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Cavalier of Geneva Black USA Robusto

Cavalier of Geneva is well known for distribution of cigars in Europe. They also have a USA Exclusive line. The wrapper is smooth with the signature gold diamond stamp. The cold draw is perfect.


The initial flavor profile is medium bodied with earthy and some light citrusy notes. The retohale is smooth. The light grey ash looks solid at this point and the burn is even.

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Cattle Baron LITTLE DOGIE

This is a small hand made cigar with a somewhat rustic wrapper. The cold draw is perfect and the mottled ash looks solid. Tonight’s beverage is a pour of Pampero Ron Extra Anjeo Reserva Ezxclusiva.


The initial flavor profile is mostly earth and leather. The retohale has black pepper notes and is just past smooth. The ash dropped into the ashtray and the burn is even. The rum is less sweet than other rums in its class, and pairs well with the cigar.

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Carrillo Cigars is proud to introduce our newest line of limited production cigars,The Retro Short Run

With the Retro we bring back the beloved Short Run. Our last Short Run was in 2016, and we’ve been hoping to bring it back ever since then!
Music is part of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and Carrillo Cigars’s DNA. From his formative years playing the drums to his finely curated record collection and occasional performances at special family events, music has served as the soundtrack to Ernesto’s life. It’s also at the forefront of his mind when he sets out to blend a new cigar.  
There’s a rotating list of favorite albums that Ernesto will listen to when he approaches the task, each contributing to the overall feeling or mood that he wants the cigar to evoke, their rhythms finding their counterpoints in different strains of tobacco. The one thread that runs through the makeup of all Carrillo Cigars is the song “Spain” by Chick Corea. It’s Ernesto’s favorite and one that he will listen to countless times as a blend is developed.
Naturally, our new release is reminiscent of the vinyl records that Ernesto would put on for himself and for family and friends.
Available in three sizes, the Retro Short Play is the robusto and reminiscent of a music single. The Retro Extended Play is our toro and plays like your typical half-length album. Finally, the Retro Long Play is our longest smoke of the bunch the gordo and is comparable to your standard vinyl album.

Mombacho Cosecha 2015

Mombacho’s Cosecha line is a yearly release with five years of age. The date stamp on the inside of the ring says May 2017, so the tobacco is aged before and after the cigar is rolled. This one was released in 2020, so it has an extra year from the humidor. The wrapper is mostly smooth with a little tooth. The cold draw is perfect. Tonight’s beverage is a Lone Pint Brewery Laser Kraken Rum Barrel Stout.


The initial flavors are medium bodied and smooth. The profile is a bit sweet with earthy undertones. The retohale is smooth with light white pepper notes. The ash looks solid and the burn is even.

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Blanco Cigar Company Press Release regarding the appointment of National Sales Director


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Blanco Cigar Company would like to announce the addition of Mr. Ken Mansfield as the National Sales Director, effective 01 June 2021. “We are excited to add such a dynamic personality and manager to our team and feel Ken will provide immense value to the company, enhancing customer service policies and procedures in addition to developing the sales force throughout the Continental U.S. We would like to welcome him and his family to Blanco Cigars as we look forward to a long and prosperous future together”, says David A. Blanco, President and Founder of Blanco Cigar Company.

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Casa Cuevas Edicion Limitada Mandarria Habano

This looks to be a very well crafted cigar. The smooth Habano wrapper stops about 1/2” from the foot, which has rich aromas of earth and fruit. The cap sports a nice pigtail. The cold draw is perfect. Also, this one has at least two years of humidor time. Today’s beverage is a Yuengling Black & Tan.


The initial flavors are medium bodied and earthy/sweet, only tasting the binder and filler. The ash is mottled grey and the burn is uneven, as you would expect from just binder.

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Warped Guardian of the Farm Apollo (6×44)

The Lonsdale is one of my favorite parejos. Tonight’s selection is from Warped Cigars, one of the pre-eminent boutique cigar brands. This specimen has a beautiful medium brown wrapper with a couple of veins showing. The foot has aromas of fruit and honey. Tonight’s beverage is a 903 Java the Hutt rye/coffee stout. The cold draw is a bit tight.


Initially strong, the flavor profile has coffee notes with a cherry sweetness. The retohale is smooth with a light dusting of white pepper. The burn is mostly even. The coffee notes in the ale are medium and complement the coffee in the flavor profile. A very good pairing.
In the first third, the flavor profile continues to have coffee and cherry notes with a loamy base. The retohale loses some but not all of the pepper notes. The ash is mottled grey and fairly solid. The burn is diagonal, almost to the point of canoeing.

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Alec Bradley Magic Toast Box Pressed Gran Toro Limited to 1000 Boxes and Exclusively for PCA 2021 Retail Attendees

Press Release-
Alec Bradley to Present Limited Edition Magic Toast Box Pressed Gran Toro at Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show in July


Magic Toast Box Pressed Gran Toro Limited to 1000 Boxes and Exclusively for PCA Retail Attendees


Fort Lauderdale, FL – May 20, 2021. Alec Bradley Cigar Company announced today that they will be presenting the Magic Toast Box Pressed Gran Toro as an exclusive for retail attendees of the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show at the Sands Convention Center, Las Vegas, July 9-13, 2021. Not only are the Magic Toast Box Pressed Gran Toro cigars exclusive to PCA retail attendees, but they will also be limited to a 1000, twenty-four count box production.

According to the company, the Magic Toast Box Pressed Gran Toro line extension is an homage to the original launch of the Magic Toast line. Alec Bradley first presented Magic Toast as a “Mystery Release” ahead of the 2018 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) trade show, (now PCA). No information about the line was divulged prior to the show, making the much-anticipated release an exciting perk to attendees – Alec Bradley’s way to help incentivize retailers to attend. At the show, tobacconists were introduced to three traditional round sizes of the Magic Toast line: Robusto (5 x 52), Toro (6 x 52) and Gordo (6 X 60). Alec Bradley would later introduce a fourth round size, the Magic Toast Chunk (4 1/2 X 60) in September of 2019. The upcoming limited edition Magic Toast Box Pressed Gran Toro will be the first square pressed vitola in the line.

“The Premium Cigar Association and this trade show are very important for the future of our industry,” said Alec Bradley founder, Alan Rubin. “With the Magic Toast Box Pressed Gran Toro, we are presenting something special for the retailers that are in support of our industry and this trade show. Now, more than ever, it is important that we stick together as one unified industry, and the PCA trade show is the best vehicle to achieve this.”

The Magic Toast Box Pressed Gran Toro features filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua; a double binder, one Nicaraguan and one Honduran; and a silky smooth dark natural wrapper from Honduras. As the name suggests, the cigar also features a rigid box press, making the cigar square in shape. The 6 x 54 ring gauge limited edition Magic Toast Box Pressed Gran Toro is being presented in a handsome 24-count box, which will feature a “guarantee seal” indicating PCA 2021 attendee exclusivity. MSRP has been set to $11.00 per cigar (before any applicable taxes). Alec Bradley estimates that the cigars will ship to tobacconists in late Q3 of 2021. Sale of the cigars are limited to US retailers. Magic Toast Box Pressed Gran Toro is being rolled at Alec Bradley’s Raices Cubanas Factory in Danli, Honduras.