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Press Release | JSK Announces Shop Exclusive Zlatno Sonce

Jas Sum Kral has announced the limited production of a shop exclusive size in the famed Zlatno Sonce line. The blend returns to Rudy’s Shop in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 19th.

Jas Sum Kral Zlatno Sonce Rudy's

This limited Zlatno Sonce is coming back in a 6 1/2 x 42 box-pressed vitola (the same as the last JSK Rudy’s exclusive) and it limited to 100 boxes of 10.

Jas Sum Kral Zlatno Sonce Rudy's

The blend features an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with somewhat of a mystery inside. The company has noted some ligero and a pinch of Corojo in the filler, but the blend is under wraps.

Jas Sum Kral Zlatno Sonce Rudy's

From Riste Ristevski, “The Jas Sum Kral Zlatno Sonce plays the masked man in the Connecticut-wrapped cigar world. It looks calm and tame, but this beast will slay you with a full force of power. It’s an extremely bold cigar offering delicious flavors that blend well with its own explosive strength and body.”

Jas Sum Kral Zlatno Sonce Rudy's

Rudy’s Shop is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and will be hosting a release party on October 19, 2019.

The following beers will be on tap for the event:

  • Barrel Aged Stout Midnight Retreat from Hop River Brewing Company
  • Barrel Aged Stout Pumpkin from Mad Anthony Brewing
  • Zombie Dust from 3 Floyds Brewpub
  • Baste Patio Pils from 18th Street Brewery

Two more undisclosed beers will be added to the taps at the event. There will also be Macedonian Kebapi sausage. From 12pm to 4pm, there will be 15 breweries on site for a Barrel Aged Beer party.

Jas Sum Kral Zlatno Sonce Rudy's

Judging from previous JSK events, this will surely go all day. Hotels are available very close to Rudy’s, and designated drivers are recommended.

Press Release | Jas Sum Kral Announces Sota Kakor

Jas Sum Kral has announced the release of a limited cigar for Sweden in 2020. The cigar is dubbed Sota Kakor, meaning “Sweet Cookies” in Swedish.

Sota Kakor Box

This project has been in the works since 2017 with Kind Cigars, the Jas Sum Kral importer for Sweden. It will be limited in quantity, but Riste Ristevski, owner of Jas Sum Kral, is waiting to announce production numbers and price for release day.

The JSK Sota Kakor is slated for release in the summer of 2020. It will feature a high priming Ecuadorian Habano wrapper concealing a Criollo 98 binder and fillers from four regions of Nicaragua. They will be packed in boxes of 12.

Sota Kakor Band

The ornate bands feature kurbits, artwork from a part of Sweden called Dalarna as well as Dalahorses in nod to tradition.

This release will only be available in Sweden.

Cigar Review | Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Torpedo Grande

It’s Stog o’Clock, and this time, I check out the Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado Torpedo Grande. This cigar comes in at 6 1/2 x 52 with a sharp tapered torpedo head. It retails for $21. The Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper is silky smooth. It conceals all Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. It’s a really sharp-looking cigar.

Thirty-five minutes in, the first third comes to a close. On the draw, I pick up sweet bread – somewhat like Hawaiian bread – and white pepper. Through the nose, there is more sweet bread with some honey. The finish blends oak and sweet leather. Both strength and body settle in at medium.

The second third gets me to an hour and fifteen minutes. Buttery toast and mild black pepper hit me on the draw. On the retro-hale, I see no changes, The finish consists of light baking spice alongside more oak and sweet leather. Strength and body remain consistently medium.

The final third wisps away at two hours. I find strong white pepper and leather on the draw. Through the nose, baking spice melts with caramel. The finish offers me some oak with mossy oak and black pepper. Strength and body finish out at medium.

The Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Habano Rosado is an fine cigar. It’s not explosive on complexity, but the flavors it dishes out are a mellow blend of pleasantries. Construction was good, and it was an enjoyable smoke.

Unfortunately, the price of this cigar is very steep, so that may put many people off. You can certainly get a comparable experience from many cigars at half the price, and I can’t justify a box purchase solely for that reason. However, it’s a solid smoke, and I highly recommend this one if the cost doesn’t bother you.

Smoke on!

-Noah (CutLightSmoke)

Press Release | Crowned Heads Announces Full Court Press

CROWNED HEADS ANNOUNCES “CHC RESERVE XVIII FULL COURT PRESS LE 2019” 

In 2018, Crowned Heads released a brand inspired by and dedicated to its loyalists (the Crowned Heads ‘Court’) known as CHC Reserve XVIII. 

CHC Reserve XVIII went on to receive high accolades (including a ’91’ rating via halfwheel), and was included in numerous ‘Best Cigars of 2018’ lists amongst the cigar enthusiast blogosphere. Now as the end of 2019 is in sight, Crowned Heads is pleased to announce a limited edition follow-up to that original release, once again dedicated to the ‘Crowned Heads Court:’ “CHC Reserve XVII Full Court Press LE 2019.” 

Crowned Heads Full Court Press

CHC Reserve XVIII Full Court Press features the original CHC Reserve XVIII blend in a 5 7/8″ X 52 box-pressed vitola. The resulting smoking experience is a rich yet accessible medium bodied expression that exudes a multi-layered flavor profile with hallmark balance.

“The idea came to me last May during the NBA playoffs,” commented Crowned Heads co-owner/ founder, Jon Huber. “Initially, I tossed the name out there somewhat as a corny double entendre, but the more I thought about it the more I liked the idea of releasing a box-pressed expression of CHC Reserve. Once I smoked the sample it was a no-brainer to go to production.” 

This limited release cigar is manufactured at Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A. (Santiago, Dominican Republic) under the supervision of industry icon, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. Production is limited to 1700 (12-count) boxes, i.e., 20,400 total cigars with a suggested retail price of $11.95 per cigar. 

Press Release | Alec Bradley to Release Magic Toast “Chunk”

Alec Bradley Cigar Co. to Release a 4 ½ X 60 in the “Magic Toast” Line, Named the ‘Chunk’

Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 19. 2019) – Alec Bradley Cigar Co. today announced that they are expanding the popular and critically acclaimed Magic Toast line of cigars. Alec Bradley will be adding a   4 ½” X 60 ring gauge cigar named the “Chunk” to the line as a permanent extension.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast was first announced as the ‘Mystery Cigar’ prior to 2018’s International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) trade show in Las Vegas. Alec Bradley unveiled Robusto, Toro and Gordo sized cigars of Magic Toast as a Global Release line on the first day of the show.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast Chunk

The story of Magic Toast goes back to when Alec Bradley founder, Alan Rubin, was taken to a new tobacco field immediately after arriving to Central America. At dusk, with help from pickup truck headlights, he saw the new crop and knew it was something special. A bottle of scotch was grabbed from the truck and a toast was proposed. Alan’s business partners referred to the crop as magical. Alan stuck with the concept and later named the cigars, featuring tobacco from that field, Magic Toast.

“Premium cigar enthusiasts really embraced the story of Magic Toast; after that, it was a must-try” said Director of Sales & Marketing, Jonathan Lipson. “The flavor profile is exquisite and the cigars are an unbelievable value. Adding a short 60 ring gauge cigar to the line will help expose more enthusiasts to Magic Toast and Alec Bradley as a whole.”

Magic Toast features filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua; a double binder, one Nicaraguan and one Honduran; and a silky smooth dark natural wrapper from Honduras. Magic Toast Chunk is being rolled at the Raices Cubanas Factory in Danli, Honduras.  There will be a limited amount of boxes shipping to US tobacconists in October, with a global release to follow in November. Magic Toast Chunk is being presented in a 20 count box and will retail in the US, before any applicable taxes, for $9.25 per cigar.   

Press Release | Undercrown Dojo Dogma Limited Release Now Shipping to Drew Diplomat Retailers

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 — Miami, FL- Drew Estate announces today that the 2019 limited release of the Undercrown Dojo Dogma is now shipping to Drew Diplomat retailers nationwide.

The Undercrown Dojo Dogma and accompanying shelf merchandizer were showcased at the 2019 IPCPR trade show held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2014, the Dojo Dogma was the commemorative cigar for the one-year anniversary of the prestigious online Cigar Dojo community, and became a hit with both consumers and retailers.

The Undercrown Dojo Dogma features a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano binder, and filler leaves from Nicaragua and Brazil. Unique within the core vitolas of Undercrown Maduro, the 6 x 56 Dogma is box pressed and packaged in a beautiful, blue color 10 count soft pack, along with a shelf merchandizer designed to hold 5 soft packs for display on the retail shelf or counter.

From the heights of the Swiss Alps, Jonathan Drew Founder and President of Drew Estate exclaims, “The 2019 limited release of the Undercrown Dojo Dogma is a smash hit. Wrapped in these beautiful, royal blue soft packs, the cigars simply illuminate beauty. Now with the accompanying shelf merchandizer it’s much easier for our retailers to showcase the product and for our consumers to find it on the shelf. Dogma really makes the geek squad component within Drew Estate uber proud and satisfied.”

Undercrown Dojo Dogma is packaged in a 10-count soft pack with an MSRP of $107.97 exclusive to Drew Diplomat retailers.

Press Release | Drew Estate Announces Liga Privada Unico Pancetta Exclusive

Friday, September 20, 2019 – Miami, FL Drew Estate announces today the release of the limited edition Liga Privada Unico Pancetta as a Liga Privada Lounge exclusive for Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop in Havertown, PA and Barrister Cigars in Union, NJ.  

This once a year release will be available at these two retail locations, beginning on October 19th, when each of these exclusive retailers will be hosting a special launch event at their respective store locations.

The Liga Privada Unico Pancetta features a storied blend, embodying two powerhouses from the Liga Privada lineup.  Providing a spicy intensity, this cigar features a Connecticut Stalk Cut and Cured Habano capa utilized in the Liga Privada T52.

To add raw might to the blend, a bold Brazilian Mata Fina Binder and powerful filler leaves from Nicaragua and Honduras were selected. These binder and filler leaves are the very same that go into the Liga Privada Unico Feral Flying Pig. All packed into a 4 ¾” x 50 belicoso that is truly an intense smoking experience.

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew Founder and President of Drew Estate notes, “These two stores have a deep connection to the earliest days of Drew Estate. They have stood by us through thick and thin, acting as true ambassadors for our brands. That’s why we chose to share with them the Pancetta, this blend will blow you away!”

The Liga Privada Unico Pancetta is packaged in 24 count boxes with an MSRP of $299.00/box, sold exclusively through Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop and Barrister Cigars.