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Cigar Review | Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX. This cigar was made with Paul Rosenberg, president of Shady Records, to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary. It comes in one size, a 5 x 50 box-pressed Belicoso, and retails for $10.40. A Mexican San Andres wrapper adorns a Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano binder and fillers from Nicaragua and Brazil.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Let’s Get Started

On the cold draw, the Undercrown ShadyXX produces a raisin-dominant dried fruit flavor. The wrapper gives off a rich earthy aroma while I smell much the same out of the foot. Once lit, rich dark cocoa and black pepper appear. Through the nose, sweet cocoa is touched by a hint of black pepper. The finish exudes black pepper, leather, and earth.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

First Third

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up cocoa with black pepper and espresso. Through the nose, red pepper blends with oak. The finish gives me grassy earth and black licorice. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Second Third

The second third ends around fifty minutes. Strong black pepper and bitter cocoa dominate the draw. On the retro-hale, sweet cocoa is tamed but present along with vanilla. There is more black licorice on the finish with leather and grassy earth. Strength and body remain consistent at medium-to-full.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Final Third

An hour and twenty minutes in, the final third sees the end. On the draw, I get more black pepper and cocoa. Through the nose, sweet cocoa and vanilla are topped off with additional black pepper. The finish hits me with more black licorice and even bolder black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX

Overall Thoughts

The Drew Estate Undercrown ShadyXX is a solid cigar. It produces a lot of bold, dark flavors that work well together with a decent amount of complexity. Aside from a brief wavy burn and required touch-up in the final third, construction was on point with huge plumes of smoke.

Price is competitive with other cigars on the market, and I would say this is one of the best blends currently in the Drew Estate portfolio. These cigars are a limited production, so they’re a bit hard to come by. I recommend giving the Undercrown ShadyXX a try if you can find it!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I do a full review of my #1 cigar of 2019, the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552. This beefy 5 x 52 Robusto retails for $10.75 and features a Connecticut Broadleaf No. 1 Dark Corona wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Pre-Light

On the cold draw I taste bitter, damp fruit notes. The wrapper produces a rich musty molasses aroma while the foot smells similar. Once lit, I pick up toast and molasses. Through the nose, toast blends with sweet cinnamon and brown sugar. The finish consists of cocoa and coffee.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

First Third

Thirty minutes in, the first third closes out. On the draw, I pick up coffee with brown sugar and smoked almond. Through the nose, I find light cinnamon and oak notes. The finish hits me with rich molasses and deeper coffee alongside light black pepper. Strength is a steady medium while body is very full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Second Third

The second third wraps up at one hour. The smoke off of this Mi Querida Triqui Traca is extremely thick and chewy. The draw continues to give me coffee with molasses and underlying tart cherry. On the retro-hale, cinnamon picks up with a delicious gingerbread note. Coffee turns to espresso on the finish with a complementing molasses and leather core. There is no change to strength or body.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Final Third

The final third wisps away at one hour and forty minutes. On the draw, black pepper and molasses dominate with occasional hints of tart cherry. There is more gingerbread through the nose with hints of cherry and orange peel. Leather comes up front on the finish with smoky oak and more coffee. Strength finishes at medium while body closes out very full.

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca

Overall Thoughts

The Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 552 is simply a phenomenal cigar. It displays an impressive amount of complexity with flavor depth beyond most blends. Construction is spot on with a perfect draw and sharp burn. It’s certainly a finger-burner.

One of the most satisfying elements of this cigar is the density of the smoke with a rich chewiness. It’s also one of the rare cigars that provides an enormous level of flavor without being overpowering on strength. There’s a reason I named this cigar my #1 of 2019 – I can’t stop smoking these. This is one of my favorite cigars of the last decade, and you just have to try it!

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

My Cigar Pack | April 2020

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out my second delivery from My Cigar Pack. This monthly subscription features five cigars with an add on each month. Use our promo code at the bottom of this page for $10 off your first month of subscription.

Subscription Details

The My Cigar Pack cigar selections come from manufacturer recommendations each month. Users create an online account and choose a strength profile of mild-to-medium, medium, or medium-to-full. Included with each pack is an accessory or add-on of some sort to increase value. The cost of each pack is $34.99 with free shipping.

My Cigar Pack April 2020

Each monthly pack comes in a nice box with a color-coded label indicating the selected strength level. Inside is an information card with a QR code. Once scanned, the QR code takes users to the My Cigar Pack website where each cigar selection can be viewed in detail.

My Cigar Pack April 2020

The cigars themselves are packed inside a sealed bag with a Boveda pack to assure consistent humidity levels. The add-on comes loose in the box – this time, it is a sample of Kimera Koffee which I’m especially excited to try.

The Cigars

Included in my April pack were the following cigars:

My Cigar Pack April 2020
  • Crowned Heads Four Kicks Maduro
  • AJ Fernandez New World Puro Especial
  • Fratello Oro
  • Maya Selva Cumpay
  • Villiger San’Doro Claro

Leftover packs can be purchased in addition via the website.

Overall

The My Cigar Pack April subscription for the mild-to-medium profile is another winner. Two of the cigars I’ve smoked and enjoyed previously while three were new to me. I appreciate these packs don’t simply send run-of-the-mill cigars. The value of the pack again exceeds the subscription cost, and this month once more has my recommendation.

You can find My Cigar Pack here. Use our discount code CUTLIGHT10 for $10 off your first pack with a subscription.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Press Release | Drew Estate Announces Seasonal Flying Pig Release

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 — Miami, FL – Drew Estate announces the Spring Seasonal Release of their infamous Flying Pig vitola, including Liga Privada No. 9 and T52, Undercrown Maduro, Shade and Sun Grown, as well as Kentucky Fire Cured.

The Flying Pig is one of the most desired vitolas in the company’s portfolio, presented in a 100mm x 60 ring gauge and is a favorite amongst cigar enthusiasts worldwide. The shape is based on a photograph of an 1895 cigar salesman’s size selection case. It is one of the most complicated vitolas to manufacture due to the unique size and signature pig-tail, which required specialized training of the buncheros and rolleras at La Gran Fabrica in Esteli.

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew Founder and President of Drew Estate notes, “It is such a challenging time in the world right now, incredibly difficult for everyone in every corner of the world.  To those who have lost loved ones, we especially feel your pain.  To the first responders and their families, nurses, doctors, police, fireman, hospital staff, truck drivers, and others who are fighting the good fight – we are with you and love you.  We spark up a Flying Pig in your honor and salute you!!!”

This seasonal release commences with the Kentucky Fire Cured Flying Pig, featuring a Kentucky seed tobacco, grown and fire cured in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, accompanied with Nicaraguan and Brazilian fillers. The cigar is wrapped with a Mexican San Andres cover leaf that adds depth and balance to the blend profile. The Kentucky Fire Cured Pigs are presented in 12 count boxes and have an MSRP of $115.17.

The Undercrown Maduro, Undercrown Shade, and Undercrown Sun Grown Flying pigs are packaged in 12 count boxes with an MSRP of $153.17, with Undercrown Shade and Undercrown Sun Grown Flying Pigs exclusive to Drew Diplomat Retailers. The Undercrown Maduro features a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, Connecticut Stalk Cut and Sun Cured Habano binder, and Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan Habano filler leaves. The Undercrown Shade Flying Pig features an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper over a Sumatra binder with Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The Undercrown Sun Grown features a Sun Grown Sumatra wrapper with a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut and Sun Cured Habano binder with fillers exclusively from Nicaragua.

Rounding out the release, the Liga Privada No. 9 and Liga Privada T52 Flying Pigs are packaged in 12 count boxes with an MSRP of $181.17 and available exclusively to Drew Diplomat retailers – shipping in May. The No. 9 features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder and filler leaves from Nicaragua and Honduras. The Liga Privada T52 features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut and Sun Cured Habano Wrapper, Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder and filler leaves from Nicaragua and Honduras.

Press Release | Crowned Heads & Ace Prime Launch Bulb Box

RELEASE DATE: April 15, 2020 Introducing BULB (TheBulbBox.com) – a new platform to help local cigar retailers to KEEP THE LIGHTS ON

TheBulbBox.com is a unique way to leverage the reach of national brands and the influence of cigar experts to generate sales and support local businesses. (Open for Subscriptions on April 23, 2020 – further details below). 

“The idea for TheBulbBox.com comes at an important time. It represents our genuine desire to support local businesses – “Keep the lights on” and help customers feel more connected to their local cigar retailer.” MIKE CONDER, President and Co-founder of Crowned Heads 

The COVID-19 public health crisis has significantly impacted cigar retailers and customers from across the country. Our sector is experiencing stores and lounges turning their lights off, confusion from customers, disappointment from people looking to connect with their friends. TheBulbBox.com is a monthly subscription that directly supports the local cigar retailer. Subscribers receive exclusive content, special deals, and access to live experiences with amazing special guests. The profits from Bulb go to retailers, to KEEP THE LIGHTS ON

“TheBulbBox.com is a unique way to enjoy the exclusive experience, save money on their favorite cigars, and support local businesses.” – LUCIANO MEIRELLES, Co-founder of Ace Prime 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR RETAILERS? 

It’s rewarding: When they become a Bulb Partner, they get paid! 

It’s easy: TheBulbBox.com does all the work. 

It’s personalized: It’s their client. It’s their message. We send their customized message in each Bulb Box, always elevating their brand, their business. 

“At a time of such uncertainty and instability – TheBulbBox.com is a potential ‘life-line’ to local businesses. Bulb will do all the work – including generating the marketing, creating momentum, and fulfilling the subscriptions. For cigar retailers, this is an opportunity to re-engage your “regulars,” acquire new customers and continue to provide a “sense of community.” LUCIANO MEIRELLES, Co-founder of Ace Prime” 

MORE BENEFITS: 

Opportunity to re-engage “Regulars”: Bulb will generate the marketing and momentum. When retailers share their unique code, their customers have the opportunity to experience a taste of their local store in their homes. 

A chance to acquire New Customers! Bulb will also direct online customers in their local area to the Retailer. (based on geolocation). 

Provides a “sense of community”: The subscribers will experience exclusive content, industry insights, tips, and pairing experiences. Retailers will have the option to curate content as well as bring cigar events to their clients! 

“Local cigars retailers are a real-life social network across the country. We are creating something that will connect the cigar family at a time of crisis, and this is only possible because of the existing trust and loyalty of the customers and the retailers.” – JON HUBER – Co-founder of Crowned Heads 

ENGAGING FOR THE SUBSCRIBER, EASY FOR THE RETAILER: 

FOR SUBSCRIBERS: 

Step 1: Subscribe, pick your Bulb Box, and get a GREAT DEAL! (Subscriptions launch on April 23, 2020) 

Step 2: Enjoy THE EXPERIENCE! Hang out with cigar legends, get private access to their incredible knowledge and imagination. Be part of a large community of passionate premium cigar enthusiasts. 

Step 3: Receive THE BULB BOX! Enjoy a selection of specially curated, world-class cigars delivered to your door, every month! 

5 Bulb Options: 

• Bub Access: Free Content Subscription. 

• Bulb Basic: Access to Content + 5 premium cigars picked by experts. 

• Bulb Lite: Access to Content + 10 premium cigars picked by experts. 

• The Bulb Box: Access to Content + 20 premium cigars picked by experts. 

• The Bulb Box Prime: Access to Content + 40 premium cigars picked by experts. 

*Subscription cost will vary from $50 (Bulb Basic) to $360 (The Bulb Box Prime). Prices are subject to change and full price list to be announced at the launch party. 

FOR RETAILERS: 

Step 1: SIGN UP (TheBulbBox.com/Retailer) Get listed on TheBulbBox.com platform and receive access to the digital content. (Bulb Partner registrations open on Monday (4/20), or email info@TheBulbBox.com to RSVP your place). 

Step 2: SHARE your unique code with your customers, and let’s KEEP THE LIGHTS ON! You’ll also receive new customers from the online platform. When customers subscribe, you get paid. 

Step 3: GET YOUR CHECK – Each month, TheBulbBox.com will send you a check for the “orders” related to your “store code” and from “new clients” in your area. 

OFFICIAL LAUNCH APRIL 23, 2020: INTRODUCING BULB Live “herf and chat” with Jon, Luciano, and special guests Thursday, 4/23 7 pm CT (8 pm ET

For TheBulbBox.com – contact: info@thebulbbox.com www.TheBulbBox.com 

Cigar Review | Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988. This cigar was made as a nod to the birth year of Kyle Gellis, founder of Warped Cigars. It comes in one size, a 5 ¼ x 50 Robusto, and it retails for $9. The blend consists of all Nicaraguan tobaccos with a Corojo 99 wrapper.

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

Pre-Light & First Light

The cold draw is loose with cedar and fruity notes. The wrapper gives off a nutty leather aroma, while the foot smells similar with a fruity note. Once lit, I pick up oak with cashew. Through the nose, there is deep toast and white pepper. The finish gives me nutty cedar and brown sugar.

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

First Third

Twenty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up nutty caramel with sweet cream and toast. Through the nose, I find more toast with cinnamon spice. The finish is delightful with toasted marshmallow, brown sugar, and leather. Strength and body settle in at medium.

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

Second Third

The second third gets me to fifty-five minutes. The draw consists of black pepper and floral notes alongside citrus. On the retro-hale, spice settles down and turns into a sweeter cinnamon on top of cookie dough notes. There is more leather on the finish with a sourdough toast and hints of marshmallow. Both strength and body remain at medium.

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

Final Third

The final third wisps away around an hour and a half. On the draw, I pick up more black pepper and citrus on top of leather. Through the nose, cookie dough persists with hints of marshmallow. The finish displays dried fruit and leather with the return of brown sugar. Strength and body finish out at medium.

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988

Overall

The Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988 is a phenomenal cigar. Flavors are mouth-watering, and complexity is solid. Burn and construction are perfect, and the cigar gives off huge plumes of smoke. I have no complaints about this cigar whatsoever.

This is one of those cigars you wish lasted longer every time you smoke it. The price is extremely competitive and makes this treat an exceptional value. It’s a box-worthy blend, and I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Cigar Review | Black Star Line Cigars War Witch

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out Black Star Line Cigars War Witch. This cigar is made at the AGANORSA factory in Nicaragua and comes in one size, a 6 x 46 box-pressed Corona. It retails for $12.

Black Star Line Cigars War Witch

The War Witch is a Nicaraguan puro meaning all tobaccos come from Nicaragua. It features Corojo and Criollo tobaccos, though there are no further details on where these are placed within the blend.

Black Star Line Cigars War Witch

Pre-Light

Pre-light, the cold draw produces a faint leather and fruit flavor. The wrapper puts off a sweet citrus and tobacco aroma, while the foot smells similar. Once lit, the draw displays citrus, cedar, and nuttiness. Through the nose, a spicy white pepper mixes with citrus. The finish consists of a nuttiness and caramelly leather.

Black Star Line Cigars War Witch

First Third

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up toast, citrus, and roasted almond. Through the nose, black licorice blends with dark rum and nutty notes. The finish gives me coffee with mixed berries and hints of white pepper. Strength and body settle in at medium-to-full.

Black Star Line Cigars War Witch

Second Third

The second third gets me to one hour and twenty minutes. The draw presents flavors of coffee, black licorice, and bold nuttiness. On the retro-hale, there is added sweetness with no change to flavor notes. The finish sees berry flavors up front with more coffee. There is no change to strength or body.

Black Star Line Cigars War Witch

Final Third

Two hours in, the final third ends. The War Witch is quite the slow burner! On the draw, I pick up spicy coffee with a sweeter black licorice and smoky almond. The retro-hale remains consistent. More berries come through on the finish paired with oak and coffee. Strength and body finish out at medium-to-full.

Overall Thoughts

The Black Star Line Cigars War Witch is a phenomenal cigar. It’s no surprise coming from AGANORSA. This cigar really wowed me with a solid amount of complexity and flavors that work perfectly together. Smoke output is voluminous, and construction is top notch.

The slow burn allows for quite a lengthy experience that is very welcome. Price point on the War Witch is extremely competitive. I couldn’t put this thing down. It’s a box-worthy cigar that I think everyone should try, and I highly recommend it.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)