"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)
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.
Altadis has announced the latest in the Aging Room Quattro line: Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Sonata. From his early classical music studies, Rafael Nodal, Head of Product Capability for Tabacalera USA, has always been fascinated by famous sonatas. “Beethoven’s Moonlight and other sonatas from Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Rachmaninoff among my favorites,” he says.
"From beginning to end this cigar performed like a rock star. The transitions in flavors from section to section kept my interest and the flavors were exactly what I look for in a cigar. Cocoa, baking spices, leather, and salted nuts all worked in unison to create a truly enjoyable experience. I would definitely recommend this cigar to anyone. Thanks for the chance to smoke it!" -Kevin J. (maninblack77)
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.
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.
"This was a very good cigar. It stayed in my wheelhouse in the mild to medium strength. This cigar gave me some interesting flavor notes that I appreciated with a mixture of nuts, cedar and other wood notes, root beer (?), salt, and even a salsa note at one point as well as some popcorn aromas on the aromatics. Very enjoyable cigar for the 2 plus hours that I smoked this. I highly recommend picking up a fiver at least. I know I will be picking up more once I know what this is. " -Mickey T. (irratebass)
Altadis U.S.A. has announced a new size in the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua line. The Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua Espeso will measure 5 1/2 x 60 and ship this Spring. “Espeso,” the Spanish word for “thick,” and describes the fatter ring gauge of this vitola.