Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cigar Review: Romeo y Julieta Pirámides Añejados (SOA SEP08)



The new Romeo y Julieta Pirámides Añejados and Montecristo Churchill lines from Habanos SA seems to be a very polarizing release according to initial feedback.  When these were announced back in December, the whole Habanos world seemed to have an opinion on whether or not the line was legitimately aged, worth the predicted retail prices, and just what exactly Habanos was thinking with a release like this.  Tuna and I discussed the topic on one of our shows, and to me I felt it showed forward thinking from the Habanos team. Aging a cigar for 5-8 years, and planning to sit on capital that long is a serious investment. I was able to grab a few of the Romeo y Julieta Pirámides Añejados to see what all the fuss was about.  Thus far, I have seen mixed reviews of both releases, with some loving them, while others have issue with the price and value delivered in the smoking experience.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cigar Review: Bolívar Poderosos Edición Regional Belux (2013)


Belux is not a specific country; let's begin there. Sometimes with the regional program you can tell by the bands where the Habanos is designated: Alemania is for Germany, España is for Spain, and Italia is for Italy, but with bands that say Benelux or Belux, it is easy to get confused. Benelux is actually a union of three countries, Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg, and Belux is a combination of Belgium and Luxembourg. You would wonder why the countries come together for a regional program, but when you look at the cost, the sizes of the country, and the market, it makes sense to come together to create a regional release and have it do very well. That is why over the years, you have seen these countries come together to have a regional release. In 2013, Belgium and Luxembourg teamed up to create the Bolívar Poderosos Edición Regional Belux, and today I look at this Rodolfo or Double Pyramid.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cigar Review: Juan López Petit Coronas (2013)


Orale Juan Lopez! Arguably the most underrated regular production smokes on the market, Seth and I are huge fans of the Juan Lopez Marca. For some reason the Juan Lopez Petite Coronas always seemed to be on the backburner for me, as so many other petite coronas and minutes dominated my humidors. I finally made it a point to seek one out via trade, specifically for review. I am not positive of the date code, but I know the cigar came from a 2013 box. The Juan Lopez brand only has three releases, all size I enjoy in Robusto, Coronas Gorda, and the Petite Coronas. In recent years, the Regional Editions have been extremely intriguing, and I must say I am always looking to score any Regional Juan Lopez I can find.

Caring for Cubans: How to Season a Humidor to 65rh for Habanos


I wrote this article a long time ago on a forum, and it always seemed to be referenced by many folks, having them say it helped them out with their humidors. I wanted to post it on Habanos Critic for all of our loyal and new followers as well, whom might have questions as well. This is the approach I have taken over the years, in seasoning a humidor for Cuban cigars/Habanos.