Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Protocol Probable Cause Lancero

| STRENGTH: FULL | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: SPICY, WOODY, HINTS OF ESPRESSO | In 2015 two police officers, Juan Cancel and Bill Ives, revealed the industry’s newest cigar brand: Cubariqueno! Launched nationally at the 2015 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, Cubariqueno was created by two police officers, Juan Cancel & Bill Ives. The La Zona cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua is the chosen location where all Cubariqueno blends are created under the watchful eye of Erik Espinosa. Cubariqueno’s freshman release is the protocol. Originally a single blend…

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Todos Las Dias

“Todos Las Dias is my personal Spanglish translation meaning ‘All the Days,’” said Steve Saka, Dunbarton’s owner, in a press release. “The workers at Joya de Nicaraguan often cringe at my casual butchering of their mother tongue, but in my opinion cigars are far more than a grammar lesson to abide, they are the physical manifestation of a feeling and of an experience. It is a supple, sungrown Cuban Seed capa which encapsulates its intricate tripa recipe of rich Jalapa and Esteliano tobaccos. From the first puff, there is no…

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Cigar Review 

Undercrown Sun Grown

| STRENGTH: MEDIUM+ | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: EARTHY, TOASTED OAK, HINTS OF SPICE AND MALT | The Undercrown is one of Drew Estate’s best selling core line cigars – birthed from the famed Liga Privada, which many of you may know was a private blend made for Steve Saka during his time at Drew Estate. The Undercrown was released in October of 2010 as a sort of “alternative” to the Liga Privada which was quite hard to find at the time. The story of the Undercrown is really…

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Cigar Review 

Hit & Run

| STRENGTH: MEDIUM | BODY: MEDIUM | TASTING NOTES: CEDAR, WHITE PEPPER, HINT OF CITRUS | In 2009 a former Marine turned Jeweler entered the cigar industry with a new perspective and unique flair that has echoed through the industry ever since. His name? Matt Booth of Room 101 brands. Now people seem to enter the industry all the time, coming in with what they believe is the hottest new thing, but few make it very far. The market soon realizes that it’s just the same thing they’ve seen time…

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Cigar Review 

Tabernacle Lancero by Foundation Cigar Co.

Last summer, I reviewed the Tabernacle Toro by Foundation Cigar Co. and at the end I mentioned that I would be interested in how they might age. Well, it’s been nearly a year now and I decided to do another review of the Tabernacle, but this time I’m reviewing the Lancero! Blend: Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: San Andreas Mexico Filler: Jamastran Valley – Honduras, Esteli & Jalapa Valley – Nicaragua Vitola: Lancero (7” x40) Appearance: The Tabernacle is an absolutely gorgeous, regal cigar in appearance. The rich Broadleaf wrapper is…

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News 

Drew Estate’s Pappy Van Winkle “Tradition” Makes it’s Debut

Drew Estate announces the formal release of Pappy Van Winkle “TRADITION”. This extremely limited supply brand will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #2608) at the IPCPR Convention and Tradeshow, held July 10-14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Pappy Van Winkle Tradition will be exclusively available for sale through Drew Diplomat Retailers. From Kentucky, Julian Van Winkle President of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, “I was invited to Cigar Aficionado’s A Night to Remember by Jonathan Drew in 2016 and was presented with a non-banded, wooden box of…

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