"This is an extremely full-bodied cigar with core flavors of earth and wood. When the initial pepper spice was joined by some mineral early on things calmed down a bit, I only wish that the addition of coffee and orange zest that appeared in the final third had arrived earlier in the smoking experience as they added some complexity and balance to the cigar that I felt was needed. As far as pairings are concerned, I highly recommend a bourbon that has a natural touch of sweetness to it." -Matt Cade (CadeTNCC)
The last cigar in the JR Cigar 50th Anniversary collection comes from none other than Steve Saka and Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. This special cigar is called the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Limited Edition “EM” Maduro . Steve Saka was once a JR Cigar Executive Consultant. This cigar joins releases from earlier in the year for the JR Cigar 50th Anniversary including Herrera Esteli, Oliva, Crowned Heads, and Davidoff.
JR Cigar is adding a legendary cigar to its 50th Anniversary celebration cigars - the Oliva Serie V Melanio. The Oliva Serie V Melanio JR 50th is said to be a special tweaked version of the blend that has been on the market since 2012. It is also a unique shape, being the first rounded version of the cigar sold in the US.
"What started out as a phenomenal cigar faded quickly to bitter then harsh. There was such a great sweetness and fruit profile at the beginning I settled in to what I thought was going to be an epic cigar. Instead, the cigar turned dry and earthy with heavy ground coffee and wood notes on the finish. I will be curious to find out what this cigar is and determine if I just got the "one off" from the floor that was just not great, or if this is a common profile of the cigar." -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
JR Cigar has been celebrating their 50th Anniversary year with a number of new exclusive cigars, but now they have announced a 100-count custom numbered humidor. The humidor was designed by renowned accessory designer Nick Nanavichit and his team at Nsolo Consulting Group. Nsolo previously designed the Davidoff Winston Churchill Wooden Ashtray set as well as several other prominent boxes and accessories.
JR Cigar is releasing a Sampler of all their 50th Anniversary cigars, just in time for the holidays. Over the last 12 months, JR Cigar has released a series of limited, special edition cigars in conjunction with some of the worlds leading cigar manufacturers to celebrate 50th years in the business.
The latest cigar joining the long list of exclusive 50th anniversary celebration cigars from JR is none other than the Herrera Estelí by Drew Estate. This special version of the Herrera Estelí brand is not just a new size, it is a special blend, made just for this project.
"I lit this cigar up shortly after dinner and it hit just the right notes for a quality dessert cigar. If that Snickers profile came out anymore while smoking, I'd have been overjoyed. Either way, this is a cigar worth checking out and I would definitely smoke it again." -Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
JR CIgar continues to celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a growing list of collaborators making exclusive cigars. The latest to join the celebration is Nick Melillo and Foundation Cigars for El Güegüense JR 50th. El Güegüense is Spanish for “The Wise Man,” and is also the name of a Nicaraguan dramatic theater piece from the 16th Century. It is one of the oldest indigenous works in the Western Hemisphere. This was Foundation Cigar Company's first release back in 2016. Melillo chose the name in honor of his love of Nicaragua and its people. In 2020, Foundation released a 5th Anniversary edition of the El Güegüense with a slightly tweaked blend and The Foundation El Güegüense JR 50th is based on that special blend.
JR continues their 50th Anniversary Celebration with a collaboration from Alec & Bradley. Alec and Bradley Rubin are the namesake behind the Alec Bradley brand, chosen by founder Alan Rubin. Alec and Bradley started their own company Alec & Bradley a few years ago.