Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cigar Review: H. Upmann Sir Winston (2012)

Habanos S.A. has mastered many vitolas in my opinion, and what they do that is great is limit the number of brands for specific vitolas. They don't flood the market with every brand having the same vitolas, but give some brand certain vitolas and others not. Not every brand has a Julieta No. 2, and not every brand has a Coronas Gordas. With that being said, there is one brand that has almost every vitola offering, and it should be no surprise that it is the Cohiba brand. All the other brands have their roles to play in the world of Habanos S.A., and the role of the H. Upmann brand is to master the 40 ring gauge market. You think of any vitola that is produced, and is produced with a ring gauge in the 40's, and I guarantee H. Upmann has it. From Petit Coronas to Hermoso No. 4s, Habanos S.A. has H. Upmann with an offering, and within that ring gauge is the famous Julieta No. 2. More often than not, smokers look at the Romeo y Julieta Churchill or Cohiba Esplendidos as their Julieta No. 2 offering, but the greatest lies with the H. Upmann Sir Winston.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Habanos S.A. News: Habanos S.A. Presents Its New Línea of Habanos Añejados

In the middle of December, Habanos S.A. announced the newest addition to the Habanos portfolio, and this addition was with the Añejados. This new addition is not a brand, but almost a vitola extension to existing brands. What makes the announcement very interesting and special is that these are not new Habanos, but rather five year old Habanos. It is being offered for two brands in two vitolas, and the Habanos are the Montecristo Churchills Añejados and the Romeo y Julieta Pirámides Añejados.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Cigar Review: Robaina Farm Custom Julieta No. 2

While I am the more traditionalist, seeking down regular production Habanos to review now and in years to come, providing more everyday feedback to our readers. Catfish is a bolder fish and one that seeks out the rare and custom cigars hailing from Cuba. He is the one that speaks to Crazy 88, and that is why he is The Catfish. In his constant quests, he provided me some custom Julieta No. 2s. What makes these customs very special are that they hail from the farm of Vegas Robaina in the San Luis region of Vuelta Abajo in the well known Pinar del Río province. Today I look at a cigar that is composed of only Vegas Robaina tobacco, and see not just growing skills of the Robaina Family, but also their blending skills.  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial (September 2009)

Sneaking in the top five of Cigar Aficionado’s (CA) Cigar of the Year list, was a lone Cuban, the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial (EE).  Given the higher ratings of the Cuban cigars throughout the year, I was surprised to see that only one had hit the top ten, but not surprised in the least to see it was an EE. I grabbed a cab of September 2009 a few years back, and smoked through them like wildfire, as well as gifting them to my friends to enjoy. To me, Hoyo is the one brand that across the board showcases all the nuance of Cuban tobacco, as each blend is significantly different then the next.  One line may be full bodied, with darker notes and flavors, while a classic such as the Double Coronas is as mild as they come. The Epicure line includes the No. 1 and 2, as well as the Epicure Deluxe, Double Epicure, and Grand Epicure Limitada, the last three in limited fashion.  I am a huge fan of this line, having smoked all but the Limitada, which is on the short list for review.  I personally had to bury what was left of my 2009 cabinet to forget about them, and seeing their rating in CA reminded ole Catfish, it was time to review a sample. The size is a Robusto Extra, 5.6in long with a 50rg, enough to give the smoker a good hour and half to two hours of enjoyment, depending on how fast you puff.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Cigar Review: El Rey del Mundo Aniversario Edición Regional Asia Pacifico (2012)

An El Rey del Mundo regional edition? For Tuna, this has the potential of being a disaster, the regional edition that it is. So to truly test this Habano, we are going to have Tuna review it and not Catfish. Will this end well? Who knows, but let's take a look at this two year old El Rey del Mundo Aniversario Edición Regional Asia Pacifico and see how it smokes for Big Tuna.