"Overall I did enjoy this blend and would smoke it again. The opening was a bit underwhelming with the pure mineral flavor, but as it warmed up and the toast and roasted nut flavors kicked in it became more enjoyable. The occasional citrus note did add a bit of interest which also helped." -Lauren S. (Lauren S.)
"During the first half of the first third, I wasn’t sure this was the cigar for me. Into the second third the aforementioned flavors of creamy baking spice, salted butter, and slightly savory paprika, mixed in with black coffee periodically, made for some great flavors. Retrohale was very pleasing throughout. The burn was razor sharp and the entire experience and construction were flawless. Overall a very good experience. PS… And that ash!" -Randy B. (randobush)
Hiram & Solomon Cigars has announced new lines: Châbal, Sublime Prince and Revival. All of these will be shows off at the TPE Trade Show that starts today and will ship later this month. The company had not planned originally on releasing all three lines at the same time, but due to supply chain problems with box manufacturing, shipping, and other issues, some had to be delayed.
"Overall I enjoyed this cigar. The transition from dry and earth to bakers spice and bread notes was a pleasant surprise. The lemon zest on the finish definitely added to the overall experience " -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)
"If the burn hadn't been so impossible to deal with, this would have been quite a decent cigar. The blend had some pleasant flavors, and the smoke output was on point. Unfortunately, the burn just knocked it down several notches for me. I'm hopeful that this was just a fluke, and the other sticks burn perfectly, but mine just did not." -Nate H. (SineQuaNon)
"This was a splendid and sagacious cigar, with notes including honey graham cracker and rich baking spice, all of which I really enjoy. That being said, the open draw and feint ending were a bit of a downer for me. Overall, it is one I could see myself revisiting, as these drawbacks could be one-off issues and the next experience is much more fulfilling. " -Doug S. (Unpossible_1)
Hiram & Solomon Cigars is moving production of their cigar lines to the PDR Cigar Factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. Previously, their cigars had been rolled at Plasencia Cigars S.A. in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Hiram & Solomon Cigars is adding a new cigar to their core lineup: The CURAMUS. This latest addition to their Freemason themed brand is made specially for MW Robert V. Monacelli, Grand Master of the Most Ancient and Honorable Society of Freemasons for the State of New Jersey.
Royal Jamaica Cigars are back, and now as a Casa de Montecristo made by Abe Flores of PDR Cigars. The brand was started in 1935 by James Frederick Gore. Post-Cuban embargo the brand saw a lift and was very popular until 1988 when Hurricane Gilbert caused more than $700 million in damages including to tobacco crops and infrastructure.
"While I typically do not prefer cigars that are "one dimensional", I do appreciate ones that have minimal transitions, with outstanding representations of the flavors that are there. This is one of those cigars. My only complaint is this was a relatively fast burner. It was one that I wished I had a toro version of, cause I wasn't ready to be done when the nub got to hot to hold! " -Kevin A. (Kevin A.)