Reading Time: 3 minutes Rolled in an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper over a 3-nation core, discover why Gary describes his experience with the Crowned Heads Mil Días Marranitos E648 LE 2023 as “a full-flavored jamboree,” among other things, in this review.
CA Report: Top New Cigars (Sept 27 2021)
The Best New Cigars in the Famous Smoke Shop Humidor!
Early Autumn is like the calm before the storm. Before the crush of the holidays. Before the shortened days and long cold nights—when there’s still opportunity to eke out some quality outdoors time with your favorite cigar. It’s also the time of year when I need to start replenishing my humidor stash after a long summer of cigar smoking enjoyment. Whether you’re looking for a new treat or simply stocking up on premiums, we have a topflight edition of Top New Cigars—featuring stunning cigars from Black Label Trading Company, Davidoff, and HVC.
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HVC Serie A Toro Exclusivo
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo
HVC Serie A Toro Exclusivo is an extremely limited, specially selected blend for the Famous Exclusivo program. But that’s not why it’s here. I had to include it because I can’t resist singing the praises of Serie A cigars. Featuring prime tobaccos sourced from Aganorsa’s Nicaraguan farms—grade A leaves—HVC Serie A Toro gives you everything you love from this blend, but in a longer vitola. That’s right, more goodness to go ‘round. And speaking of goodness, Serie A has all the flavors that make my palate sing including black pepper, hay, chocolate, cedar, almonds, and a leather that reminds me of my old baseball glove. In other words, this cigar is complex with a roller coaster of transitions—in the best possible way. Serie A is medium bodied, balanced, and a delight no matter the time of day.
Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro
Binder: Honduran Habano
Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras
Black Label Trading Company Viaticum was first released a couple years ago as a limited-edition extension of the Last Rites line—only being made available to select retailers. This edition is a regular release featuring the same top-shelf tobaccos from the previous blend—just in different proportions and from different parts of the plant. Viaticum is a rich, complex cigar that remains beautifully balanced throughout with fruit and floral notes alongside black pepper, baking spices, and a clean finish. If you’re looking for a full-bodied cigar blended with a deft touch and a bit of finesse, you won’t be disappointed with Last Rites Viaticum.
Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021
Wrapper: Ecuador Hybrid 238
Binder: Mexican San Andres Negro Seco
Filler: Dominican Hybrid 192 Seco, Piloto Seco, Piloto Viso, and San Vicente Ligero
The Chefs Edition from Davidoff seeks to marry the best of the culinary world with the best of the cigar world. Using only the finest quality ingredients, Davidoff’s master blenders consulted with 4 chefs—with a total of 9 Michelin stars between them—to craft this latest masterpiece limited edition cigar. The end result is unlike anything I’ve ever tasted—a true 4 course gourmet meal in cigar form. The blend kicks off with notes of cream, before pepper and cedar come to the table. Then you’ll be greeted with spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg before the blend caps things off with coffee, caramel, and cocoa. The Davidoff Chefs Edition 2021 is the essence of a special occasion cigar worth savoring.