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Cigar Review | Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas. This little cigar is a 4 x 52 short pyramid featuring a Connecticut Broadleaf Oscuro wrapper and Brazilian Mata Fina binder. The fillers consist of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos originating from the trimmings of the Liga Privada No. 9 and T52. The cigar retails for $6.25 and comes packed in boxes of 50 for $325.

Thirty minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up a mix of cocoa and leather. Through the nose, I find some mild cedar flavor. The finish offers lingering black pepper spice with a hint of cocoa. Strength and body settle in at medium.

The second third ends at fifty minutes. The draw displays the same flavors with some added pep. On the retro-hale, there is more cedar with the addition of black pepper. The finish is delicious with a hearty blend of bold cocoa, black pepper, and espresso. Strength and body jump slightly to medium-to-full.

The final third wisps away around one hour and fifteen minutes. I see no change to the flavors on the draw. Through the nose, black pepper and cinnamon spice up my sinuses. The finish gives me bombs of black pepper and dark cocoa. There is no change to strength or body.

The Drew Estate Liga Privada Unico Serie Nasty Fritas – what a mouthful – is a solid small cigar. Complexity is on the low end, but the flavors I picked up on this cigar were excellent. Construction is spot on, and it even burns slower than expected. If you enjoy any of the Liga Privada line of cigars, you will enjoy this. It won’t blow your mind, but it’s certainly a tasty little smoke with a good price point. I highly recommend trying it out.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Cornelius & Anthony The Gent Robusto

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Cornelius & Anthony The Gent in the Robusto size. This box-pressed 5 x 52 cigar retails for $8.50. It features an Ecuadorian Rosado wrapper with a binder from the United States and fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The cold draw produces a slight oak flavor. The wrapper gives off a chocolatey leather aroma, while I smell dried fruit. Once lit, I pick up white pepper and cedar on the draw. Vanilla and cinnamon come through on the retro-hale. The finish hits me with light black pepper and some coffee.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

Thirty minutes in, the first third finishes. On the draw, I pick up some white pepper with brown sugar and coffee. Through the nose, mint blends with cinnamon and vanilla. The finish lingers with spicy nutmeg, toast, and prune. Strength and body settles in at a stout medium-to-full.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The second third gets me to one hour. I find more white pepper on the draw with leather and floral notes. The retro-hale consists of cinnamon and toast. On the finish, there is more spicy nutmeg with black pepper and ginger. I see no change to strength and body.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The final third closes out at an hour and a half. On the draw, white pepper gives depth to citrus and more floral notes. Through the nose, my sinuses are blasted with bombs of black pepper and cinnamon. The finish offers black pepper with char and earth. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Cornelius & Anthony The Gent

The Cornelius & Anthony The Gent Robusto is an excellent cigar blend that offers great complexity and flavor. Construction is top-notch with a smooth draw and plentiful smoke. The flavors on this thing really work well together, and I enjoyed every last puff. Cornelius & Anthony continues to put out quality cigars. This cigar ranked as my #13 cigar of 2018, and I highly recommend trying it.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Press Release| Crowned Heads Announces Sanctuary, Exclusive for Smokers Abbey

March 14, 2019

On April 1, Smokers Abbey, a Nashville-based retail tobacconist, will debut a new Limited Edition cigar, “Sanctuary,” created exclusively for the boutique-centric retailer by Crowned Heads.

Produced at Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A., the factory behind Cigar Aficionado’s ‘Cigar of the Year 2018’ (EPC Encore Majestic), ‘Sanctuary’ is a 5 1/2″ x 52 trunk-pressed Genios vitola that features an Ecuadorian (Sumatra) wrapper and all-Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. Total production of Sanctuary is limited to 333 12-count boxes.

“We’ve been amazed to witness the rapid rise of The Abbey since they began from square one five plus years ago,” commented Crowned Heads co-owner/founder, Jon Huber. “We’ve always had a mutually supportive local relationship and it’s really been a labor of love to create a shop exclusive for them.

‘Sanctuary’ have been aged for over fourteen months, and they are truly a special smoke for a special tobacconist.”

‘Sanctuary’ single cigars will be available for $11.99 and boxes will be priced at $129.99

Box reservations are currently being accepted by contacting Smokers Abbey at (615) 678-8458, via email at info@smokersabbey.com, or online at SmokersAbbey.com.

Founded in 2013 by Joshua Stump, Smokers Abbey is located in the heart of East Nashville. The Abbey was born from Josh’s passion for cigars and his desire to build community and fellowship amongst people. The Abbey has successfully carved a national reputation as a go to source for some of the most sought-after and hard-to-find boutique cigars on the market, as well as a place where all are welcome to come “Find Rest for Your Soul.”

Press Release | Drew Estate Releases ACID Croqueta Tubo: One for Now, One for Later

Thursday, March 14, 2019 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces today the release of ACID Croqueta Tubo to Drew Estate retailers nationwide.  Attendees of the 2019 TAA Trade Show held March 17-21st in Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic will get the first look at this beautiful full ring gauge, short length expression.

Drew Estate Acid Croqueta

Celebrating the power of purple times two, with 2 long filler nub smokes (2.5” x 50) within each tube, the ACID Croqueta defines the expression “one for now, one for later.” Draped in an earthy San Andres maduro wrapper, over robust Nicaraguan binder and filler, the Croqueta is a perfect sensorial experience of ACID when you want a complete cigar experience but are short on time.

Drew Estate Acid Croqueta

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Drew Estate President and Founder Jonathan Drew adds, “We are just starting to kick off the party for the 20th Anniversary of ACID. Bringing back Croqueta is a nod to our roots, while we drove the legendary ACID brand forward for over 20 years, ACID has been by our side for retailers and consumers alike, a trusted friend.”

Each ACID Croqueta Tubo features two 2.5”x 50 cigars, with an MSRP of $8.40 per tubo, and are shipping in bundles of 25 in Mid-April. 

Press Release | Cigar Dojo & Cubariqueño Announce Second Collaboration with Protocol Night Stick

DENVER, CO (Friday, March 15, 2019) —— Cigar Dojo, the first and
largest social cigar app, and Cubariqueño Cigar Company, a rapidly growing favorite in the craft cigar industry, have collaborated for the second time, introducing the Protocol Night Stick—a swift and just assault on the palates of die-hard cigar enthusiasts.

Following in the footsteps of 2018’s Hit Release: Protocol K9—a limited
edition project that proved to be among Cigar Dojo’s most acclaimed and fastest selling cigar collaborations—the two community-focused companies have combined talents once more, now upping the ante with a 6½” x 54 toro gordo; a commanding cigar truly befitting its “Night Stick” title.

With Protocol Night Stick, members of both Cigar Dojo and Cubariqueño
worked in collaboration with Espinosa Premium Cigars’ director of operations, Héctor J. Alfonso, Sr., to design the Nicaraguan-based blend. Like all Protocol cigars, the Night Stick caters towards Nicaraguan tobaccos and vibrant flavors. This begins with a filler recipe selected from Nicaragua’s uppermost Condega and Jalapa growing regions, giving the blend an approachable sweetness. This blend is bound in a Nicaraguan leaf and finalized in a highly specific Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper, imparting deep levels of stone fruit and cinnamon to the flavor-forward profile of the Protocol Night Stick.

Juan Cancel, co-owner of Cubariqueño Cigar Co., notes, “We wanted to
follow up the extraordinarily successful Protocol K9 with something special for the Cigar Dojo community! We wanted the Dojo Nation to have a very memorable cigar experience, so we blended this beauty especially with them in mind! We hope you guys enjoy the Night Stick
as much as we do; I actually love it and am sad that it will not be a regular-production cigar. I made myself a few extra because I know they are going to sell out fast!”

Protocol Night Stick

As the Night Stick’s predecessor was extremely short-lived on the retail shelves of Pennsylvania-based Famous Smoke Shop (completely selling out in a matter of 2 hours), Protocol Night Stick has increased production to 500 limited-edition bundles of 10 cigars (compared to only 300 bundles for Protocol K9). With a completely new blend and size, Night Stick showcases custom-designed artwork as well, adding to the atypical series of police-themed projects from Cubariqueño and Cigar Dojo. Like the K9, Night Stick is being offered exclusively through Famous Smoke Shop, including an in-store sale (accompanied by a release-party with members of Cigar Dojo and Cubariqueño), as well as online orders throughfamous-smoke.com.

Cigar Dojo owner Eric “Master Sensei” Guttormson commented, “The
release party, the amazing cigar, working with Juan, Bill, and Kevin—the Night Stick is EPIC in every facet, so get ready for another instant classic.”

With Cubariqueño co-owners Juan Cancel and Bill Ives being among the
first influential members of Cigar Dojo’s app upon its debut in 2012 (including a Dojo Hall-of-Fame induction in 2014), the two companies have shared a tight-knit bond and common core beliefs; this has
allowed for highly engaging collaborations such as the Protocol K9 and now the Protocol Night Stick!

“Juan and I have been involved with the Cigar Dojo community since
2012,” adds Bill Ives, co-owner of Cubariqueño Cigar Co. “Being able
to work with Eric and blend a second Dojo cigar after the K9 hit is an honor.”

The Protocol Night Stick Release Party will be held at the Famous Smoke Shop and accompanying Leaf Cigar Bar, located in Easton, PA. The event will begin simultaneously with the cigar’s release on April 5th at 12pm (Eastern Time).

Protocol Night Stick Breakdown

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua (Condega | Jalapa)
Factory: La Zona
Production: Limited Edition (500 bundles of 10 cigars)
Packaging: 10-ct Bundles
Vitola: 6½” x 54 “Attitude Adjuster”
Price: $89.99 ($9/cigar)
Release: April 5, 2019 | 12pm (EDT)
Retailer: Famous Smoke Shop

Cigar Humidor Review | NewAir CC-300H

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review a new humidor. The NewAir CC-300H is a temperature controlled cigar humidor. It features stainless steel trim with a glass door and cedar shelving. The unit retails for $595.95 and can hold quite a few cigars.  

NewAir CC-300H

The NewAir CC-300H is much like the regular CC-300, but it also features heating in addition to the cooling element. The heating tops out at 74 degrees Fahrenheit and is exceptionally accurate and consistent. I tested this unit nearly a month, and the temperature was always right on the dot or within a degree of the chosen setting.

NewAir CC-300H

The front of the humidor features a slick stainless steel trim around the glass door with a digital display at the top showing the temperature setting. There are buttons to adjust the temperature as well as a button to turn on the blue light inside the top of the unit. That light doesn’t provide a ton of illumination, but it’s a nice touch that adds some cool factor.

One of my favorite things about NewAir humidors is the perfect seal and stable environment they provide. The humidor is basically a fridge, and it’s flashed around the door accordingly with a nice suction to it as you close the door. Humidification elements last far longer in this unit than in traditional cedar humidors.

NewAir CC-300H

Inside this bad boy, you’ll find four slotted cedar shelves along with two deep cedar drawers. I filled everything up with singles to maximize space. That being said, I managed to get close to 300 cigars in mine, and I imagine I could fit another 50 if I got creative. If you store boxes, you’ll have a bit less space.

The unit comes with an owner’s manual, quick start guide, product registration card, two keys, and a plastic tray for humidity sources. The key is the same as other NewAir humidors and won’t keep out anyone crafty, but it keeps children away from your cigars.

NewAir CC-300H

I tested this NewAir CC-300H for a good while, and I have to say, this is one of the best humidor options on the market. It’s perfect for most cigar smokers with moderate collections. If you ever plan on having more than 300-400 cigars, I’d go with something bigger, but if your stock is in that range or less, it’s a wonderful option. Price is a bit up there, but it’s worth it. Sure, there are some pretty cool, ornate cedar humidors, but as far as I’m concerned, you won’t find anything this stable in terms of humidity and temperature.

NewAir was gracious enough to provide us with a discount code if you are interested in purchasing a CC-300H. Use the code 20LIGHTSMOKE for 20% off a NewAir CC-300H by clicking this link.

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Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Accessory Review | Colibri Monaco Cigar Lighter

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I review a cigar lighter. The Colibri Monaco is a triple flame butane cigar lighter. For this review, I test out the Metallic Charcoal. It retails for $79.

This triple flame lighter features a unique pyramid flame pattern. The three burners are lined up straight across with each side burner turned slightly inward toward the center burner. This creates quite a powerful flame when it hits the foot of a cigar.

In my time testing the Monaco, I never once experienced any trouble igniting the flame. Often, many sub-par cigar lighters will continually click without lighting over and over again. Bleeding the tank of air when refilling often improves performance, but many lighters still don’t cut it. This one was a dream with a very smooth pull-down ignition on the front face.

The size is very appropriate for pocket carry, but it has a decent size fuel tank as well. I found myself lighting many cigars before a refill of fuel. With such a powerful flame, it takes much less time to light a stick as well. The flame is very wind resistant.  

On the bottom of the lighter, as is common with many, there is a found refill point as well as a flame adjustment know. Up on top is a flip-top cap that must be manually opened and closed. I did find out the flame can be ignited while the lid is closed, but it keeps it contained and goes out almost immediately.

On the rear of the Colibri Monaco, a large fuel window sits in the center of the lighter. It’s got Colibri’s signature blue illusion design which makes it very easy to see. This is one of the best lighter features on the market that I wish every company would incorporate.

The finish on this thing is slick. It’s offered in both a metallic finish (what I’ve got) and a carbon fiber finish. I prefer the metallic, but both are slick. The lighter seems to be made very well with durable materials. The Colibri Monaco has been tested to function up to 9,000 feet in altitude, and the company warrants the product for two years.

Overall, this Colibri Monaco has been a flawless lighter. I’ve tested it a few months with many cigars, and it never failed me. The ignition is crisp and smooth with nearly unmatched reliability. It seems like it will hold up to time, and I find myself reaching to this more than much more expensive lighters. Still, it’s $79 which isn’t exactly cheap, but it’s not too expensive, either. I find it to be a reliable, competitive value in comparison to what’s on the market and highly recommend picking one up if you need a new torch.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)