"This was a fairly complex and transitional medium-bodied cigar. The flavors were well-balanced, and definitely up my alley. The only downside was the amount of attention this needed all the way through. I’d absolutely pick up another one in hopes that the burn issues I had were just a fluke. It was still an enjoyable experience even with a couple of touch-ups and a relight." -Chris M. (Chris)
JR Cigar introduces the second blend of the JR Pure Origin line, Terra de Andes, available from November 1. This unique cigar, crafted with rare tobaccos, tells the story of South America's Andes Mountains.
The flavor profile on this blend was great with a solid bitter dark chocolate flavor later mixed with some nice baking spices and smokiness. A sneaky black pepper kick made me want to retrohale often to spice up the blend even more. There was just a slight construction or leaf problem causing a major central tunnel in the first couple of inches that weighed this stick down. I'd want to try it again in hopes of getting the full start-to-finish experience." -Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
"Hats off to the torcedor who expertly rolled such a beautiful cigar and hats off to the blender for the incredible balance of flavors that dazzled my palate. From the first puff to the last this smoke was nothing short of stellar! Spice bombs typically aren't my go to when I reach in the humidor but this one hit different as the abundance of spice was offset and balanced with just the right amount of sweet. The contrast of flavors was enjoyable and intriguing enough that I didn't miss the lack of significant transitions and it certainly did not detract from the overall smoking experience. I would love to try this cigar again and would love to pair it with pint of a bitey flavorful IPA or a nice spiced rum on the rocks." -Noah S. (Noah)
Diesel Disciple is getting two new sizes as regular production additions. The Toro and Torpedo vitolas be the second and third sizes in the line and started shipping last week. The line was originally released as a TAA exclusive in 2021 in a lancero vitola, the moved to a regular release in 2022.
"Overall, I would say, this was an excellent cigar. Although the flavors did not transition much from third to third, considering I enjoyed all of these flavors it was very pleasing. I would definitely recommend this to individuals who, like a little bit bolder of a cigar, considering it was medium to full throughout most of the cigar." -Angel M. (Angel)
Altadis U.S.A. has announced the Trinidad Espiritu No. 3, following the path of the Series 1 and 2. The blend uses a mix of Mexican and Nicaraguan tobaccos and was created by award-winning cigar duo Rafael Nodal and AJ Fernandez.
"Really nice flavor package. The only thing that keeps me from sending the ratings to the top of the scale is the overall dryness of the smoke, the unbalanced pepper on the retrohale, and the draw that was to the loose side of perfect. But all things considered those deductions are a bit nitpicky. I’ll definitely be buying more of this." -Bill C. (Bill)
Diesel Cigars and Rabbit Hole Bourbon and Rye have announced their third collaboration: Diesel Whiskey Row Founder’s Collection Boxergrail. The two men working behind the scenes were two masters of their respective crafts: AJ Fernandez and Kaveh Zamanian, founder and whiskey maker of Rabbit Hole.
Altadis U.S.A. has announced a sequel to their Montecristo 1935 Anniversary, the Edición Diamante. This follow-up to the original Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua ship around May 2023.