Tuesday, August 25, 2015

What Embargo? Book II, Chapter I


What Embargo? is back! Check out the return episode with our new co-host, Yellow Snapper!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Cigar Review: Montecristo 80 Aniversario


80 years ago, in the summer of 1935, a man by the name of Alonso Menéndez created the Montecristo brand at the Particulares Factory in Habana, Cuba. While the Montecristo brand had a beginning like any other brand, in a matter of years it was in high demand and one of most sought after brands in the world. To this day, it is one of the most popular brands in the world, and I would even say it is in the top three of global brands. To celebrate the brands history and its 80 years of production, CubaTabaco and Habanos S.A. announced the release of the Montecristo 80 Aniversario at the 2015 Festival Habanos. The Habanos would be a commemorative release, and would be composed of only the best tobacco from Vuelta Abajo 


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Cigar Review: El Güegüense Churchill (Foundation Cigar Company)


If there are two vitolas that Cuba dominates the global market with, it is the Double Corona and the Churchill. Some could argue that they dominate more than two vitolas, and I would probably agree with them or see their point, but the Churchill and Double Corona are definitely up there. For some reason, the non-Cuban manufacturers fail in delivering good releases in those two sizes. They are unable to deliver a cigar that is flavorful and complex throughout, and with their releases there is very little transitioning past the first third. There are some examples of where a non-Cuban manufacturer or brand owner delivers a successful Churchill, though it is uncommon, and today I look at a soon to be released Churchill from Nicaragua that I have been told goes "head to head" with the Churchills coming out of Cuba. The cigar is called El Güegüense, and it a brand new blend by Nicholas Melillo with his new company, Foundation Cigar Company. While he does own his own fields or factory, he is a master blender and has much experience in selecting tobacco and blending from his years at Drew Estate. His new line is made at TABSA in Esteli, Nicaragua and is composed of all AGANORSA tobacco. I would have reviewed this on Cigar Federation, but we already reviewed it there so I am reviewing it on Habanos Critic instead. I am not here to compare it to a Cuban Churchill, that's idiotic, but let's see what Nicholas can do in this incredible size that the American market fails to do so often. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cigar Review: Juan López Chiado 1864 Edición Regional Portugal (2014)

 Possibly one of my favorite brands, Juan López is a brand that delivers a flavor profile that is sweet and spicy, balanced, and always complex. They can smoke great young,and with age they are awesome. The brand is limited to only three vitolas which is kind of disappointing, but those vitolas are simply incredible. Because of the brand being a Local Brand though, it qualified to be part of the regional edition program, and that is a total plus. Since 2006 the brand has had a regional edition released, but it is not a brand that has had a regional every year. In 2014 however the brand received two regional editions, both for Europe, and today I take a look at the release for Portugal. I have already touched on the one for Benelux. The Habano is called Juan López Chiado 1864, and the name Chiado comes from a particular square within the city of Lisbon, Portugal. 1864 marks the year that the Treaty of Lisbon was signed, thus marking the borders between Portugal and Spain.


Friday, July 10, 2015

Cigar Review: Bolívar Belicosos Finos (TEB NOV-08)


As some of you may know, Brother Catfish has announced his retirement from being a public critic on cigars and Habanos, and with his departure I thought it was only correct to review a Habano that he is a fan of and also touch on a box code that he and I both love. Habanos Critic and What Embargo? will truly miss him, we will never be the same without him, but we wish him all the best. In his honor I review a classic, the Bolívar Belicosos Finos- (TEB NOV-08).