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So far Cigar Aficionado has released the #2 – #10 top cigars of 2017.
Looking in our humidor I see that we have FOUR of these cigars on the shelf
so thought we would point those out in the following blogs!!
It’s important to consider Padrón’s résumé before lighting up this resplendent cigar. Padrón has been named Cigar of the Year three times (the current record holder). The Serie 1926 cigar has occupied the No. 2 spot twice. And a Padrón cigar has been in the top 10 ever since Cigar Aficionado has been handing out its Cigar of the Year Awards (since 2004). So the Padrón Serie 1926 No. 2 is more than merely a great cigar—it’s a legacy of achievement backed by years of consistency.
The Serie 1926 is named for the birth year of company founder and patriarch José Orlando Padrón, who died at the age of 91 on December 5. It’s an all-Nicaraguan blend and one of the most powerful, full-bodied cigars in the entire Padrón portfolio. But Padrón is meticulous in its blending—if the tobacco is strong, it will also show elegance and sophistication.
Every puff of the No. 2 reflects this marriage of power and grace from the delightfully earthy core to its rich coffee bean character, all accented by a sweet, underlying woodiness and black tea finish. The smoke is dense, the draw perfect and the cigar emblematic of the inimitable Padrón style José Orlando Padrón perfected over 53 years of making cigars.
Made By: Tabacos Cubanica S.A.
Factory Location: Nicaragua
Dimensions: 5 1/2″ By 52 Ring Gauge
Ten years ago, Oliva Cigar Co. released its Serie V, which was the strongest, most full-bodied cigar the company ever created. But it was also impressive in its ability to render layers of richness and complexity in spite of its power. Ten years later, we found ourselves with the same excellent product. It’s difficult enough to maintain such quality and consistency, but even more of an accomplishment when you consider this: Oliva has been acquired by a larger company.
In 2016, Oliva Cigar was bought by European cigarmaker J. Cortés Cigars N.V., who wanted a premium brand in its portfolio. Naturally, there were concerns about the Oliva cigars changing and quality suffering. Luckily for the cigar-smoking world, J. Cortés kept Oliva president José Oliva on board after the acquisition, to help ensure that quality was maintained. So far, the change has been seamless and the Serie V remains remarkable for its ability to convey high volumes of flavor, especially at such a low price point.
The blend is centered around strong, ligero tobacco from Nicaragua’s Jalapa Valley and a high-priming wrapper to complete the taste profile, which is rich in earth, leather and spice though balanced with a sweet touch of molasses.
Made By: Tabacalera Oliva S.A.
Factory Location: Nicaragua
Dimensions: 5″ By 54 Ring Gauge
After starting his tobacco career producing mild- to medium-bodied cigars, Alan Rubin, owner of Alec Bradley Cigars, decided to try his hand at a full-bodied smoke more than 10 years ago. The result was the Alec Bradley Tempus, a cigar made in Honduras with Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco.
The main focus of the Tempus blend is the wrapper leaf, which Rubin procured from a farm in the Trojés region of Honduras. For Rubin, the wrapper went beyond any generic Honduran flavor profile and imparted a very particular, estate-specific taste. For those who know a Latin phrase or two, the word tempus is Latin for time, and that’s exactly what Rubin needed to perfect this blend. It took him years. When he finally finished the cigar, the strength surprised him, but he found that the blend elevated the wrapper, rather than overshadowed it.
The blend works particularly well in the Centuria size. Because Centuria isn’t a very thick cigar, the wrapper has far more influence on the taste. The overall effect is quite delicious as each puff leaves the smoker satisfied the way a sip of hearty stout would satisfy a beer connoisseur.
Made By: Fabrica De Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. De R.L.
Factory Location: Honduras
Binder: Honduras, Indonesia
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras
Dimensions: 7″ By 49 Ring Gauge
It isn’t often that Ashton Distributors Inc. puts out a new brand under the Ashton name, but when it does, the company dedicates an enormous amount of thought and care into the release.
Many years in the making, the Ashton Symmetry debuted in 2014, and the company could not have chosen a better name. If you take a bit of poetic license, you could interpret the word “symmetry” to also mean balance, and this blend is a case study in balance. Symmetry is made in the Dominican Republic by the Fuentes. If you’re familiar with Ashton’s portfolio, Symmetry falls somewhere in between the VSG line and the Cabinet line in terms of strength. In terms of character, it has all the finesse of an Ashton product, but unlike other Ashtons, the Symmetry contains some Nicaraguan tobacco. This is a first for an Ashton-branded cigar.
In this blend, a pristine Ecuadoran wrapper brings together the Symmetry’s Dominican and Nicaraguan tobacco for a sublime smoking experience rich in black cherry notes, spicy cinnamon and coffee bean, and that’s just on the first puffs. Notes of almond, vanilla and toast continue to unfold all in beautiful balance—or symmetry.
Made By: Tabacalera A. Fuente Y Cia.
Factory Location: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Filler: Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Dimensions: 5 1/4″ By 52 Ring Gauge
Starting this Sunday November 26th we will feature a game during which time we have $3 Abita pint specials.
Going along with this is the Sunday food basket specials for $5.
See the event page for details!
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