New Cigar Arrivals for 2007-08

601 Green Label – The newest and strongest of this highly-rated line created by blending maestro, Don Jose Pepin Garcia (a/k/a “Mr. Popularity.”) A blend of diverse, high-priming Nicaraguan longfiller tobaccos are capped with an oily, ebony Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper leaf. A juicy well-balanced, and very robust cigar brimming with depth and complexity. (Experienced smokers only.)

Avo 787* – A unique and complex-tasting blend of select Dominican tobaccos containing Piloto Cubano Ligero, San Vicente Seco, Olor, and Piloto longfillers with a San Vicente binder capped in a pristine Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. In the Avo tradition, the smoke is well-balanced, aromatic and sumptuously creamy. Medium-bodied, dominated by a nutty-cedary flavor laced with sweet ‘n spicy notes and a dash of coffee bean. One of Avo’s best limited editions to-date.
*Currently available only at “brick & mortar” cigar stores.

CAO America – In another fine example of how CAO likes to reinvent the premium cigar, CAO America is deftly rolled with twin American-grown wrapper leaves – a dark Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro contrasted by a lighter Connecticut Shade leaf for a wicked-looking pinstirpe effect. Full-bodied, yet not overpowering despite its all-Ligero filler blend of Nicaraguan, Italian, U.S., and Dominican tobaccos with a snappy Brazilian leaf binder. The smoke is robust, creamy, complex and marvelously smooth with a clean finish. Very impressive.

Cuvée Blanc*  – One of several new luxury cigar lines under the Cuvée imprint. The Cuvée Blanc (blue label) sports a silky-smooth, proprietary ‘Dos Cubanos” Ecuadorian wrapper that surrounds a unique blend of Peruvian and Dominican longfiller. Even more intriguing is that only one leaf in ten is selected for making these flawless looking cigars. The smoke is creamy-smooth and mild to medium in body with a “sweet nutty twist.” Presented in handsome humidor-style boxes wrapped in a blue satin ribbon.
*Currently available only at “brick & mortar” cigar stores.

Isla del Sol by Drew Estate – A sweet coffee flavored cigar with a head-turning aroma that will seduce even the most ardent anti-smoker. A dark, sweetened, sun-grown Sumatra wrapper caps this triple Nicaraguan leaf mix infused with exotic Sumatra Mandheling bean coffee. The smoke is mild, flavorful and very smooth. If you enjoy coffee with your cigar, this blend will definitely perk you up. A “must-try” if you love the flavored fare.

Joya de Nicaragua Serie C – The newest selection from Joya De Nicaragua with a twist. Instead of a Nicaraguan wrapper leaf, they’ve chosen to use an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper specially cured to achieve a more robust flavor. It surrounds a hearty blend of diverse, three-years-aged Nicaraguan Habana longfillers. The smoke is bold and earthy with plenty of depth. A good selection for full-bodied cigar smokers with a preference for Connecticut wrapper.

La Aurora Preferidos Ecuador – A bold, complex cigar with a diverse blend of vintage oak barrel-aged Dominican, Brazilian and Cameroon longfillers in an Ecuadorian sun-grown Sumatra wrapper. The smoke is thick and creamy with flavors of espresso, wood, and a spicy splash of cayenne pepper on the finish. Perfect for those who believe spice is nice.

Oliva Serie V – A masterpiece of a cigar that could only come from the hands of Gilberto Oliva. Fourth-priming Nicaraguan Jalapa Valley Ligero longfillers and a Nicaraguan binder are finished in a gorgeous, extra-rich-tasting Nicaraguan Habano Sun Grown wrapper. The smoke is full-bodied, yet maintains Oliva’s tradition of non-overpowering smoothness and complexity. One of my top-picks of the year, which also just received some outstanding scores in Cigar Insider, including an historic “94” for the Torpedo. You’ll also find a great review at About.com:Cigars.

Padron 7000 – The newest frontmark in the brand I like to call “the ultimate smoking machine.” At 6¼” x 60, this wide-bodied, all-Nicaraguan leaf beauty is available in earthy Natural or a richer and sweeter Maduro wrapper. In a word, “stunning.” And all those extra leaves really turn up the volume, too. A “must-smoke” for every Padron groupie.

Perdomo Habano Corojo & Maduro – A tour de force from Nick Perdomo & Co. Presented in five wide-ring sizes, Perdomo Habano is a full-bodied cigar blended with Cuban-seed tobaccos grown in Nicaragua’s Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa regions. Offered in Cuban-seed Corojo and triple-fermented Nicaraguan Maduro wrappers, the smoke is perfectly-balanced, remarkably smooth, and overflowing with caramelized flavors. Another one of my top picks that you just have to try if you love big full-flavored cigars.

Romeo y Julieta Havana Reserve –  Advertised as “the most full-bodied Romeo y Julieta cigars ever,” the Habana Reserve melds the rich, hearty Nicaraguan & Honduran tobaccos with one of the most beautifully dark and oily Nicaraguan wrappers. This is a very robust and aromatic cigar dominated by spicy tobacco flavors with a trace of sweetness in the mix. It’s so smooth you may not notice what’s happening in your bloodstream until you stand up. Check out my recent “My Weekend Cigar” blog on the Robusto.

Rocky Patel Factory Corojo & Rocky Patel Factory Maduro – A muscular, high-quality premium presented in unbanded bundles of 20 cigars. The blend consists of long-aged, high-priming Nicaraguan and Honduran longfiller tobaccos offered in tangy Corojo and even heartier-tasting Maduro wrappers. The smoke is very flavorful, naturally sweet, and spicy with a long finish. A fantastic buy for full-bodied bargain hunters. £

Gary Korb

Gary Korb

Executive Editor at cigaradvisor.com

Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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