"Overall I was a huge fan of this blend. The strong pepper in the retro along with great leather, chocolate, mocha, and baking spices lead this blend right onto my preferred palate. The only downside was the starting and ending inches had a hot and harsh flavor.I will absolutely revisit this blend in the future." -Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
"This cigar is all about the delicate transitions! There were quite a few of them in this small cigar. If you are looking for a kick in the teeth, this cigar is not for you. But, if you like light, delicate, and sweet flavor notes this is for you. Would pair perfectly with your morning coffee or any rum-based cocktail. I'm sure a few of these cigars will find it into my personal humidor and hopefully yours too. Enjoy" -Estevan Z. (TheRealBanzi)
"I really enjoyed this cigar. I was a little worried about the pepper blast at the beginning, but it smoothed out and was enjoyable. Not overly complex, but not linear in flavor profile either. It had just the right mix and developed nicely as it went along. This is a cigar I would be proud to hand my experienced smoking friends, and even those less experienced looking for a medium to full-bodied experience without the strength making it tough for them. I am looking forward to finding out what this one is! " -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
Crowned Heads is releasing its eighth version of the Las Calaveras series, Las Calaveras EL 2021. For the first time, the blend will feature an Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro wrapper. The rest of the blend uses Nicaraguan binder and fillers.
"This was a very enjoyable cigar based upon flavor and performance. My only complaint is the flavors becoming somewhat muted during the middle portion. I would highly recommend this to any smoker who enjoys bold flavors and has a bit of time to dedicate to the experience. I’d love to pick up a five-pack of these for future enjoyment." -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf
"I had low expectations for this one based on the appearance, aroma, and first third. The final two portions brought total redemption, however, and left me wanting to light another, and wanting to buy some for the future. This could easily be my morning cigar. I recommend it to everyone." -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
"This enjoyable cigar featured great construction from start to finish. While there was not a great deal of complexity present, the transitions in both strength and dominant flavors (especially in the second third) were quite enjoyable. While I wish the creaminess had stuck around longer, the bold cedar and mostly consistent spice danced very well together throughout the smoking experience." -Matt Cade (CadeTNCC)
ACE Prime has announced a new cigar in the Luciano line to be shown off at the PCA 2021 Trade Show. This is the first regular production cigar in the Luciano line and follows the limited production Dreamer and Traveler. This new iteration comes in 4 sizes. "Fiat Lux" is a Latin expression used during the intellectual movement of the Enlightenment and represents the search for knowledge and meaning. The company says "Fiat Lux itself is a blend that generates deliberation. The construction of the cigar provokes an inevitable exploration of flavors as it ignites the taste buds for the sake of discovery. Enlightenment is a natural, mindful consequence of its physical attributes."
JR Cigar has announced another offering in its lineup of 50th Anniversary Celebration cigars - Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua JR 50th. The company worked with Rafael Nodal, Head of Product Capability at Tabacalera USA, and AJ Fernandez, to create a new exclusive size in the Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua line.
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"At first, I really didn't know if I was going to enjoy this one. The flavors were very good but the finish in the first third was throwing me off. Once the finish settled though, I really enjoyed this one. I'd definitely smoke this one again. The perfect pairing for me would be nice smooth bourbon or dark beer." -James H. (Keikan Jim)