We’ve been smoking some amazing cigars lately courtesy of our midsummer haul from the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association trade show in Las Vegas. There are many cigars still patiently waiting their turns to be smoked—but no worries, we’ll get to all of them. Here are two that we recently enjoyed and two that are next on our list.
IN THE HUMIDOR
“The Gold Series is blended with the finest aged Nicaraguan tobacco,” owner Kevin Schweitzer told Cigars & Leisure. “Our master blenders worked diligently for two years to create a cigar that even the most astute aficionados would appreciate.”
I’ve always been a huge fan of Rock-A-Feller’s Vintage series—the Connecticut is a personal favorite—but I have a feeling this newest addition may take the personal favorite spot.
Wrapper: San Andres
Filler: Pennsylvania broadleaf, Nicaragua
For more information, and to order this cigar, visit vrcgcigars.com.
To say I’m excited to smoke this cigar is an understatement. This cigar is a relaunch of what manufacturer Matias Maragoto calls a “very old Cuban brand.” This cigar was originally released over 15 years ago as a milder cigar. But Maragoto said Villiger wasn’t happy with how the blend turned out, so they pulled it from their lineup. Last year they decided it was time to rework the blend and bring the cigar back, and here it finally is! I’ll let Maragoto explain more about this relaunch.
Filler: Nicaragua and Dominican Republic
For more information, and to order this cigar, visit villigercigars.com.
This cigar finally came to the States after being available exclusively in European markets for almost a year. It was well worth the wait. These cigars come in four sizes varying from 3 1/2 x 56 to 6 x 60 (the Tempo). I won’t say much more about it yet because our smoking editor, Cliff, has the pleasure of reviewing this cigar, and he’ll have plenty to say. Check back on our website soon for Cliff’s review.
Wrapper: Habano Jamastrán
Binder: Olancho and Azacualpa
For more information, and to order this cigar, visit mayaselvacigars.com.
This cigar was a treat. It’s made with an andullo leaf in the filler, which is commonly found only in pipe tobacco. Here’s a video explaining andullo way better than I can.
We’ll have a review for this cigar soon, as well, but for now I’ll just say that it’s a unique, sweet, and well-balanced cigar. To put it another way: It’s exceptional.
Wrapper: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Pennsylvania, andullo, and Nicaragua
For more information, and to order this cigar, visit www.laaurora.com.do.