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For our summer issue, we updated the In Our Humidor section by writing about the cigars that are literally in our office humidors, instead of just writing hypotheticals. Now, those office humidors are fit to burst. Back in July, a few of the office staff members, myself included, went to the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) convention in Las Vegas. To say we came back with a lot of cigars is an understatement—125 was the official count just on my end. Jealous of my job yet?

The issue was we only had one humidor in the office, so we had to buy another humidor, this one from Quality Importers. She’s a beauty, isn’t she? Even with two humidors, there still wasn’t enough room to properly hold all the cigars. But I digress. My point is we have a lot of cigars to talk about and very little space to do so.

We have a process that our smoking editor, William “Cliff” Nelson, insists we stick to: freezing the cigars first to prevent cigar beetles, then refrigerating them to lessen the shock and finally waiting a week or two before smoking them. This is where we are in the process of some of the wonderful cigars we received from the IPCPR show.


CAO Cigars’ Amazon Anaconda

CAO amazon anaconda cigars

Finishing up the Amazon Basin trilogy, this cigar is a combination of the Amazon Basin and the Fuma Em Corda cigars. Rick Rodriguez, the blender for the Amazon line, says the Anaconda has the best of both cigars with the spice from the Fuma and the sweetness of the Basin. I sampled one on the spot, and boy, was it a superb smoke. I can’t wait to get the rest out of the freezer, into the humidor and then onto a patio, where I’ll enjoy them again. Unfortunately, this cigar is a limited release, so if you find some, buy them immediately before they sell out.

Wrapper: Brazilian Bahiano Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Colombian, Dominican, Brazilian Braganca, and Fuma Em Corda

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AJ Fernandez’s New World Puro Especial

AJ fernandez new world cigar

I was able to sample a few of AJ Fernandez’s new cigars while at the IPCPR show, including the Enclave Broadleaf and the San Lotano, but I didn’t get a chance to try the New World Puro Especial. The other two were so good I may just have to break this one out while I finish writing this. Excuse me a moment.

Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano
Binder: Nicaragua Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan
Description: Medium-bodied, perfectly balanced, with notes of nuts and a sweet finish. A.J. and his father, Ismael, have redefined the classic taste of a Nicaraguan puro. This incredible blend has been in the works for a few years, and A.J. has used only the best tobacco from his various farms in Esteli, Nicaragua. These cigars are aged to perfection.

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Drew Estate’s Pappy Van Winkle “Tradition”

Pappy van winkle cigars

This cigar is in extremely limited supply but will be available in October exclusively for sale through Drew Diplomat retailers. It is an ultra-premium cigar that represents the legacy of Julian Van Winkle, president of Old Rip Van Winkle distillery.

Jonathan Drew, president of Drew Estate, says, “The Pappy Van Winkle Tradition features an ultra-complex combination of extensively aged fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic that are blanketed with a flawless Ecuadorean Habano oscuro wrapper. I am humbled to extend the Drew and Van Winkle friendship, time-tested honor, and craftsmanship to Drew Diplomat humidors across the United States.”

I would say more about how beautiful of a smoke this cigar is (I tried the Toro), but I would ruin the review, which is coming soon. Keep an eye on our website.

Wrapper: Ecuadorean Habano oscuro
Binder: Indonesian
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

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Alpha Cigar Company’s Absinthe Infused Connecticut

alpha cigar absinthe

What a surprising smoke this was. There is such a stigma surrounding infused cigars, but I don’t see what the hullabaloo is about. They are damn good. The Connecticut is Alpha Cigar’s debut blend. It’s creamy and very well-balanced with hints of citrus and spice. Tim Cavenagh, founder of Alpha Cigar Company, told me there are notes of pine and hay in it as well, and after he told me, I definitely noticed them. He explained how they lightly infuse a single leaf in each cigar with premium French absinthe prior to rolling.

Wrapper: Ecuadorean Connecticut
Binder: Dominican
Filler Dominican and Nicaraguan

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Check out what was in our humidor last summer, and this summer!


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