Maduro

PR | Repackaged Aganorsa Leaf Habano Now Shipping

Aganorsa Leaf Habano is back with a familiar new look. Formerly known as Aganorsa Leaf Tabsa Habano, the new name, band and presentation are intended to align the brand with the Corojo, Maduro, and Connecticut editions of the Aganorsa Leaf series which were repackaged last year.

Aganorsa Leaf Habano

“One of the key goals of our packaging changes is to demonstrate clearly the variety of taste and aroma our cigars offer while maintaining an overall coherent look and feel that remind the consumer each blend is an expression of our signature Aganorsa flavor profile.” states Terence Reilly, who serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “The Aganorsa Leaf Habano was repackaged with this balance in mind.” Max Fernandez states: “For Aganorsa Leaf Habano we created a uniquely smooth, refined blend that highlights the sweetness and aged spices of our Corojo 99 and Criollo 98 seeds. The flavors of our Aganorsa Leaf speak for themselves. When you combine them with a Habano wrapper you will find an elegant balance of natural, multilayered flavor notes. These are the qualities we believe make a great cigar.”

Aganorsa Leaf Habano

The blend is available in robusto (5 ¼ x 50), toro (6 x 52), churchill (6 ½ x 48), and Titan (6 x 60) vitolas which will retail between $7.25 and $7.85.

Aganorsa Leaf Habano

Contact Information

For more information regarding this announcement or general information on AGANORSA Cigars and tobacco visit our new website www.aganorsaleaf.com or contact Terence Reilly, VP of Sales and Marketing, at 954-579-1082

Cigar Review | Pura Soul Maduro

Pura Soul Maduro Cigar Review. On a recent Friday evening I ran into, the CEO of Pura Soul Cigars, Mr. Robert Wright. My local cigar shop was having an event featuring Pura Soul cigars. Now I had seen these cigars in the shop, but didn’t know anything about them. Anytime I have a chance to talk to a cigar manufacturer, I take full advantage of the opportunity.

Part 1 – Pura Soul Maduro Cigar Review

Mr. Robert Wright is a veteran of the cigar industry for over 30 years. He has worked together with Christian Eiroa at Camacho. Camacho was eventually taken over by Davidoff where Mr. Wright was appointed the head sales. Pura Soul cigars were initially released under the CLE line. Currently Pura Soul is an independent company with Robert at the helm.

Pura Soul Cigars Maduro

Today I will be reviewing the Pura Soul Maduro which is a Honduran Puro produced at Eiroa’s El Aladino factory. The maduro is produced in several sizes including a 50 x 5, 54 x 6 and an 64 x 7. The sample I am smoking today is a 50 x 5. Priced at $7.50, the maduro is box pressed and features a rich dark chocolate colored wrapper. The Pura Soul maduro features a San Andres wrapper and Honduran corojo filler & binder. This cigar is firmly packed and has an aroma of earthy tobacco. The Honduran corojo is sourced from Christian Eiroa’s family farm in Honduras. This farm was one that was not included in the sale of Camacho to Davidoff.

Pura Soul Cigars Maduro

Upon first light the draw appears to be slightly loose which surprised me because it was firmly packed. However turned out to be near perfect. The smoke is thick and almost chewy. I notice flavors of dried fruit, cinnamon, floral and black pepper. Right away I start to feel some heat from the strength of the cigar. It has a medium to long finish which I notice only on the back of my mouth. The retrohale is on the spicy side. Robert indicated that he likes full flavor cigars that you can feel slightly in the body. I think he hit the nail right on the head with this one as I have to sit calmly and enjoy this cigar. Robert says that he blended his cigars so that you will receive a “soothing, decompressive experience”.

Part 2 – Pura Soul Maduro Cigar Review

The Pura Soul Maduro turns into a full flavored, full bodied experience. This cigar is what one expects when a maduro is smoked. Sweet notes of dried fruit, coffee, hints of spice (cinnamon, black pepper), spicy retrohale and a good dose of strength. Given the pedigree of the tobacco, I should have expected no less that a great smoke when I lit this cigar.

Ratings:

Value: 4/5 (Very Good)
Construction: 5/5 (Excellent)
Flavor: 4/5 (Very Good)
Overall Experience: 5 (Excellent)

Total: 4.6/5

Cigar Review | Liga Privada Unico Serie Dirty Rat by Drew Estate

Liga Privada PairingIt was a balmy 51 degrees on the day that I decided to review the Liga Privada Unico Serie Dirty Rat by Drew Estates. Now 51 may not be balmy in your part of the world, but compared to the ‐4 degree temperatures recently experienced in Maryland… I will take it. I decided to pair this smoke with the Purple Monkey Dishwasher.

The dirty rat is available in one size a 5 x 44 corona and the approximate price is $12‐14.00. The wrapper is a stalk cut, sun cured, Connecticut River Valley Habano. The wrapper features a fan‐twisted cap and uses the same wrapper as the famed T52. The binder is a Brazilian Mata Fina. The filler contains a blend of 5 different tobaccos from Nicaragua & Honduras.

Pairing: Purple Monkey Dishwasher Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter by Evil Genius Brewing (Bloomfield Connecticut).

1st Third

The Dirty Rat features a dark brown satin finish wrapper with a fan tail cap (I am a sucker for extra features). It feels very compact and give of smells of earth and glue off the wrapper. On the cold draw, I get a pretty good draw and tastes of tobacco & raisin. Upon initial light I am greeted with great smoke output and a variety of flavors including molasses, pepper, tobacco and chocolate. The strength is medium plus with a long oily finish. At this point my mouth is coated with the flavor and strength is beginning to make my head heat up.

Liga Privada

2nd Third

The Rat started with some pepper, but it is not a pepper bomb. I am continuing to experience pepper with the added coffee and chocolate flavors. On the retrohale I experience a good dose of pepper/spice and a toasted bread sensation. If smoking this one, don’t forget to retrohale (if you are able to). There are definitely flavors that will be missed if you don’t. The complexity continues as I pick up a mineral type flavor along with the coffee and increased toasted bread.

Final Thoughts:

Even though the Dirty Rat is a small ring gauge cigar, it is a tasty slow burner that is full of flavor, smoke and complexity. The construction has been spot on and it is burning as straight as an arrow. Throughout my smoking experience, Drew Estate has always been a top notch company when it comes to construction, the Dirty Rat was a tasty treat. Even though it is kinda expensive, I think that it is worth the price.

Being that it is a medium bodied cigar, this is a good one for someone who likes mild cigars but is looking to step up to the plate and see what a good medium bodied cigar is all about. The constructions was excellent and the flavors were rich and complex.

I would not hesitate to buy and smoke the Dirty Rat again. This cigar is limited in availability, so it is a get while the getting good type of smoke. I would also suggest that you buy at least 2. If you like it, you will have another. If you don’t, you will have a cigar that you can easily trade.


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Oliva Serie G Double Robusto Review

Oliva Serie G Double Robusto is a 5″ cigar that sports a 54 ring gauge. This tightly rolled cigar has little veins and an almost perfectly smooth wrapper. The Oliva Series G line is a Nicaraguan Cigar that packs lots of flavour. A true value at a price of €4.50. I’ve enjoyed this cigar on a few occasions and I suggest you do too.

An Impressive Dank – BTW… Dank is A Good Word

The Oliva Series G comes from a line of impressive cigars. Earlier in the year I enjoyed a Series V Perfecto but, have to say that I liked this one better. Maybe it was a bad roll or my humidor’s humidity was off, but the Perfecto went out a few times and I had to re-light it. As a result, I’m not sure I got all the flavours and transitions.

Back to the Oliva Series G, some call the double Robusto size a “Wide Churchill” because normal Robusto cigars usually weigh in at a size of 5″ 50 or only slightly smaller and less wide. This cigar had a few transitions throughout its burn. Not overly complex, but enough to notice.

Oliva Series G Double Robusto

Cigar – Savour the Flave – A Description About Flavour

Right away in the first third, an earthy smooth medium body cigar which has a simple medium draw. Don’t let simple fool you into thinking this is a one dimensional cigar. I was referring to fact that the draw is medium, but tends to be on the lighter side. This is for the most part how I like a cigar to be.

From the start, the Oliva delivered pleasant flavours and a short finish that had hints of sweetness on its head. There were also touches of some dark chocolate. Depending on whether or not you double puffed or drew too many times you get some elements of spice. The cigar emits a pleasant smell, filling the air with a sweet cigar aroma of aged cedar.

I had to admit it’s hard to control yourself. The flavours and ease of the draw make you want to puff this cigar quickly. The razor sharp burn and the fact that it needs zero touching up is ultra pleasurable. I couldn’t believe it, but the cigar took me near two hours to complete. I’m not sure if a sweetener was added to the head, this isn’t a complaint, it’s just an observance.

Final Thoughts on This Pleasurable Cigar

An excellent cigar, well made and definitely well worth the cost. One last thing, I love the band and logo too.

-iROBUSTO
Cigars are like people, every good one makes a mistake sometimes, so always be willing to give one a second chance.


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