Cigar Review 

Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial Review

In 2013, Joya de Nicaragua commemorated their 45th year in business with the Cuatro Cinco Edicion Limitada: a 6×54 box pressed Nicaraguan Puro. The limited release of only 4,500 boxes of 10 cigars was much anticipated and they sold out rather quickly. Earlier this year, Joya de Nicaragua released a new line of the Cuatro Cinco: the Reserva Especial. This release currently offers 4 vitolas; none of which are identical to the original release of the 2013 Edicion Limitada. Although the Reserva Especial is the same base blend, Joya de…

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Cigar Lifestyle 

Kentucky Barn Smoker 2015 Recap

“To plan an event is artless; to create an experience is timeless.” As Drew Estate’s Kentucky Barn Smoker came to a close, I spent some time chatting with Danilo Faulin of Drew Estate. During the course of our conversation I asked him, “so, you’re the event coordinator then?” to which he replied, “close, I’m the Experiential Event Planner.” Initially, I passed it off as some sort of title that the marketing team came up with, but after looking back on the event, I realized that there was a difference that…

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Undercrown Manifesto

Undercrown Manifesto (AKA “Liga Krump”) The Undercrown Manifesto is a very unique cigar with an equally unique origin. In January of 2013, John Krump, a fellow Brother of the Leaf, just like you and I, purchased an antique German cigar mold off of Craigslist. Upon acquiring the mold, he posted a photo of it on a cigar oriented Facebook group to share his excitement about his new find. Among dozens of comments on the photo, Jonathan Drew, of Drew Estate mentioned that he was very interested in the mold and…

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News 

Cigar News: Nicholas Melillo Announces Foundation Cigar Co.

It seems like only yesterday that Nicholas Melillo had announced his departure from Drew Estate as their vice president and director of tobacco and began tobacco consulting on his own. Fast forward a little over a year and his mentions of wanting to create a cigar of his own, is becoming a reality. Operating out of Connecticut under the Foundation Cigar Co. name Nicholas as President and CEO plans to release his cigars at next month’s IPCPR trade show in New Orleans. These cigars are being produced by the Tabacos…

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Cigar Review 

Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada Lancero

The Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada is the sixth vitola and the first Limited Edition released from the Herrera Esteli line by Drew Estate. Herrera Esteli was Willy Herrera’s debut cigar and is a fantastic addition to Drew Estate’s lineup; adding a “Cubanesque” flavor profile to their portfolio. 2,000 boxes of 15 cigars were released, making the total production of the Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada Lancero 30,000 cigars. Year of Production: 2014 Vitola: Lancero (7×38) Blend: Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Honduran Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli and Jalapa) Appearance: The Herrera Esteli Lancero…

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Cigar Review 

Undercrown ShadyXV by Drew Estate

In November of 2014, Drew Estate announced a partnership with Shady Records. The first cigar to come from this collaboration is the Undercrown ShadyXV which commemorates Shady Records’ fifteenth year in business. The Undercrown ShadyXV is a 5×50 box pressed belicoso utilizing the same blend as the Undercrown Corona Viva. “Drew Estate has announced the release of the Undercrown ShadyXV, a line extension to their coveted Undercrown Line produced in partnership with Shady Records. The Detroit-based Shady Records will celebrate their fifteenth anniversary in 2014 and will be working with…

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