Yup, you read that right. We’ve got some new cigars.
Oh, new thing too. I’m doing a part time bit helping out the owner so she can take some vacation time or spend time with her family. It’s been fun so far!
Let’s see, just a few things that have come in:
Diesel Grind: I left my full review here. Basic takeaway was that this was a new release from AJ Fernandez for IPCPR and utilized a different blend than any of the other Diesel lines.
Pinar Del Rio: These are one of the hidden gems of the industry. Nicaraguan hand made cigars with excellent quality and taste .We carry the Sungrown, the Maduro and Capa Especial (red)
Avo Syncro South American Ritmo: A personal favorite of mine, this
cigar will get a proper review on this site soon. Full bodied, beautiful, well crafted, this premium cigar will surely satisfy any fans of the late Avo Uvezian. I prefer the torpedo in the box pressed Churchill size.
Brickhouse Natural and Maduro: A solid re-release from Nicaragua
by the folks at JC Newman, who brought this toasty, earthy cigar back from extinction as a tribute to J. C. Newman.
Macanudo Inspirado Red and Black: Soft and supple, or more full bodied in a maduro, you decide. But we carry black, red and white!
If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know
my favorite non luxury (read, not super ultra premium) cigars has been made by Pete Johnson. In everything of his I’ve smoked, I have found immense pleasure.
The Re-Imagined Henry Clay was no different.
The pre-light draw is really more mellow than anything else – like mulled wine and candy. This is a box press cigar with plenty of heft in the fingers.
The original Henry Clay band remained, but the addition of a second band just below it in typical Tatuaje-style font added to the aesthetic.
The first few puffs elicit cedar and hints of pepper along with that sweetness described earlier. The draw is good with wood notes sneaking up along the rest of the other flavor.
Flavored are much more mellow than expected. Hints of mint. Good draw. Gray smoke. It’s a fairly complex smoke, something I would expect from Pete Johnson and Don “Pepin” Garcia.
Sweet red pepper comes into play. Odd juice-like notes. Still solid burn and draw.
I was really happy to see Pete still kicking around and doing new things.
This is another hit from First Leaf Wine Club. I’ve been enjoying the half case shipments when I could pick them up and I think you’ll enjoy them too. Unlike my preferred Underground Cellar, Firstleaf is a curated wine program in the more traditional sense of the word – that is, you buy in and are sent wine at specified time periods.
Deep red in color, slight purple tinge. The nose is mostly berry and herbaceous, but once the wine opens up, the herbal notes tone down just a bit. I was pleasantly surprised to not get hit in the face with typical, strong pepper notes from Shiraz, this wine is softer than that.
The flavor is very herbaceous, but hints of pepper, cherry and vanilla come through. Medium long finish and enjoyed with pepper steak and roasted garlic potatoes.
When things settle in for me I’ll start posting about the various wine regions I’m getting bottles from. I think you’ll be excited, just as I am!
I picked this up at Got Cigars? in downtown Decatur a few weeks back and got to try it. The pre-light has heavy raisin and mulled wine tastes. Dark wrapper has no noticeable flaws. Speckled slightly, giving hope of spice.
6×60 and felt so right in my fingers!
The Cigar starts off easily with hints of red pepper and spice along with slight oak flavors.
Then it picks up as the smoke burns evenly, with hints of cocoa and bourbon barrel flavors.
The burn line corrected after a few minutes and the flavors became more like baking spices.
Coffee notes develop along with chocolate sweetness and light earth. With a medium to full bodied finish that lingers, this is a definite keeper in the humidor.
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I hate to see this but Chai Nicole is leaving Highland Cigar Company and moving on to bigger things. So come join us at Highland Cigar Company Friday, October 7th from 7 PM until close while we wish Chai the very best in her new path!
I remember walking into Highland Cigar Company almost three years ago with my oldest Girlfriend and Chai being the first to greet us and treat us right. She’d kept the scotch flowing, had the notes on all the drinks and knew more than an average 25 year old would about spirits and cigars.
She’s been a part of Mix, Mingle Indulge, a quarterly event at Highland that showcases female owned businesses and educates the smokers about the hobby we all have a passion for.
I hope you’ll raise a glass with me to toast this awesome woman in her next journey!
At Got Cigars? the owner had brought in a larger selection of AJ Fernandez cigars, including the new Enclave Broadleaf. Naturally, I had to give it a try.
The first thing to notice is the beautiful chocolate colored broadleaf wrapper, cluing me in that I’m in for a sweeter treat than AJ’s normal experiences.
Using a straight cut to clip the cap, I put the cigar to my lips and tasted the cold draw’s sharp stone fruit, mixed with hints of wood. The cigar wasn’t too loose or too tight so the draw was good, also assuring me of solid construction. Oh, there was a subtle sweetness I can’t quite name yet, too.
Once I lit the cigar, I tasted the prominence of wood that died down after a few hearty puffs. The smoke was ash gray. Sweet, dark cocoa (how can something be dark cocoa and sweet? Don’t know, ask the blender!) balanced along with bitter notes of black pepper.
As the cigar burns down, we pick up more balance in the sweet and spice mixture, until we burn down to the final third. Then the broadleaf really shines and we pick up that light cocoa I associate oftentimes with Tatuaje cigars.
The medium to full flavor is graced with a long finish.
Great cigar overall, and another hit for master blender AJ Fernandez.
Another FirstLeaf selection, and the last from my last shipment, this wine was equally as impressive as the other five bottles drank and reviewed. Our offering today is from South Eastern Australia and is an 80/20% mix of Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine has a very faint nose with hints of berry. Swirling the wine brings the berry flavors up. The wine has almost a deep purple tint to it.
The first sip confirms it. Sweet berries and hints of oak come together in a lush mouthfeel that leaves a lingering medium finish on the palate. As the wine reaches room temperature, the berries become more pronounced, almost like cherry but with less tartness and a touch of spice.
Overall, another solid offering from First Leaf.