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CA Report: Top New Cigars (Jan 18 2021)

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Here we are. The bowels of winter. It’s usually a depressing time for cigar smokers, but the previous year’s exploits have gotten us used to spending our time cooped up. Now it’s just the great indoors with a dash of inconvenient white stuff on the side. To help cheer me (and you) up, I just found two new cigars (Alec & Bradley Kintsugi and La Aurora 107 Nicaragua) tucked inside my mailboxWhat they lack in quantity, they’ve made up for in quality. Check out my brief review on each below and be sure to leave a comment if you’ve tried them yourself! 

Alec & Bradley Kintsugi 

Wrapper: Honduras Trojes 
Binder: Honduras and Nicaragua 
Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua 

Top New Cigars Alec Bradley Kintsugi cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Alec and Bradley Rubin have been on a flavorful hot streak. The future heirs – and current namesake – to the Alec Bradley throne already have three blends under their belt, and they haven’t even been handed the factory keys yet! First Blind Faith, then Gatekeeper, and now Kintsugi. To my palate, the new Kintsugi is their most refined effort, largely due to the tobaccos – and crafty blending skills – they’ve used: a Honduran Trojes wrapper, and a heart of tobacco leaves from Honduras and Nicaragua. The strength of the nicotine and flavor don’t go beyond a medium body, meaning that Kintsugi is nestled snugly between Blind Faith and Gatekeeper on the intensity scale. I found notes of exotic spices, cream, a little cedar, and a pronounced citrusy sweetness. It’s the kind of cigar that makes me forget that the mercury took a nosedive when I go out and smoke it, and that goes a long way this time of year. 

La Aurora 107 Nicaragua 

Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano 
Binder: Nicaragua 
Filler: Nicaragua 

Top New Cigars La Aurora 107 Nicaragua cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

If you’re in the ‘Nicaraguan cigars are too strong’ camp, La Aurora 107 Nicaragua is a great way to experience Nicaragua’s beloved flavors without a case of the cigar sweats. In the wrapper position, they’ve included a Nicaragua Habano wrapper that burns with light spices, along with some earth, sweet caramel, and nutty flavors from its Nicaraguan core. As you can see, it’s a puro, but one that’s been tamed to perfection for the smoking everyman. The 107 Nicaragua blend is now part of their rebranded “Tobaccos of the World” series which is a tour of some of the most popular growing regions. But my favorite part is the price – quite reasonable. Great flavor at a great price is always a winning combo. 

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Scott Morris
3 years ago

Just two new smokes? LOL. What else is there?

Jared Gulick
3 years ago
Reply to  Scott Morris


Thanks for reading! Top New Cigars publishes biweekly, so with the COVID slowing down manufacturing, we’ve been keeping the list to 2-3 cigars so that we have consistent content for you. Sorry that it’s so short!

Jared Gulick

Jared Gulick

Features Editor, Jared Gulick, is a Certified Tobacconist, nerd of all things science, musician and serial abuser of the Oxford comma. He made his way to the Famous Smoke Shop retail store in 2018 and joined the Advisors when it was discovered that he could locate the shift key. Prior to his work in the cigar industry, he was a recording studio engineer, songwriter, and a journalism major at Northampton Community College.

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