Altadis U.S.A. is releasing a special 6 x 60 gordo version of their Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua to celebrate their 2019 Cigar of the Year award from Cigar Aficionado. Just like the original blend, the Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Impromptu is a collaboration between Rafael Nodal and AJ Fernandez.
Protocol Cigars has announced a new 6 x 60 Gordo size in their Blue line of cigars. The new size will debut at the PCA 2021 trade show in Las Vegas. Protocol Blue was the first cigar line released by Protocol back in 2015. The other sizes in the line currently include a 6 x 52, 7.5 x 38 Lancero, and 5 5/8 x 46 Corona Gorda. This will be the first Gordo size made by Protocol, and pending the success of this launch, will add them to other lines.
Crux Cigars is adding a new size to their number one selling Epicure line: Crux Epicure Gordo. The new size is a 6x60. The Epicure line was introduced in 2017 at IPCPR and uses an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and fillers.
"This cigar definitely had personality. It started off with a nice balance of espresso and chocolate with a very nice, mellow after-taste. The second third became more of a strong espresso with hints of chocolate, much like a chocolate brownie after-taste. Finally, it took on the personality of a strong, bold cigar that was basically a strong cup of coffee. There were nice notes of chocolate throughout but became very strong at the end. The construction was solid and the draw, while very easy at first, became just a not tight about half way through. All in all this was nice cigar that would pair well with any strong drink." -Eric (smalls29)
If you tried the Soneros cigar in the past and enjoyed it, you may have been wondering what on earth happened to it. Well fear not, because White Hat Cigars have been working to get that cigar back on store shelves. That will be a reality in April of 2018. Soneros will be available with a maduro or claro wrapper. The cigars are already available for pre-order by retailer
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"This was a much larger cigar than I normally like to smoke. However, I went into it very open-mindedly and found the flavor notes in the first third and partway through the second third to be very good with lots of spiciness. I liked the mix of earthiness mixed with the spice and was looking forward to how the cigar progressed. Withdraw problems leading to burn issues, I truly lost interest halfway through the second third. I muddled my way through the rest of the cigar hoping that that full flavor from the beginning of the cigar would re-emerge. I would try the cigar again, but it definitely would suit me in a smaller vitola." -Diana (ArmyRN)
In addition to the Lancero announced earlier this month, Villiger will be bringing a 6x60 version of the La Vencedora to the IPCPR trade show later this week. The La Vencedora was released earlier this year to celebrate the company's 130 year Anniversary. Emmett did a quick review on it here and gave it a 91.
You will soon have the chance to enjoy the first handmade cigar blend released from the Balmoral Serie Signaturas (Signature Series) platform. Boris Wintermans collaborated with the E. P. Carrillo for this first release. The cigar is called DUETO, and it will premiere in the Royal Agio at the 2018 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.
Alec Bradley Cigar Co have announced they will be initiating a full-scale re-release Medalist cigar line. The Medalist is cloaked in a golden ‘shade grown’ wrapper grown in Honduras, a Honduran binder and premium long-fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua.