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Top New Cigars (September 4, 2023)

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Another summer in the rear view, eh? You could complain about it…or enjoy some new cigars while the warm weather sticks around a bit longer. I dunno about you, but I’m picking door number two. My therapist said that I should look for silver linings and more cigars sounds like a good place to start.

In this week’s edition of TNC, we’re highlighting fresh blends from Rojas and Stolen Throne, along with a smaller size addition to the popular Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Sonata. Join me for a few quick reviews where I cover the flavors of each to help you decide if they belong in your humidor!

And as always, be sure to let me know which new cigars you’ve been smoking in the comments below!


Rojas Street Tacos Carnitas

Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

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The original release of Rojas Street Tacos Barbacoa came out of left field and knocked us straight out of our socks. To put it another way, it was one of the few cigars we unanimously green-lighted in our Best Cigars of 2021 list. Here we are with the sequel: Street Tacos Carnitas.

A medium-bodied Connecticut answer to the OG’s heavier-hitting blend, Carnitas’ smoke  provides flavors of coffee, cedar, toast, and a distinctive maple syrup sweetness. More pancakes than tacos, but you won’t catch me complaining. Especially at this low price point. Give ‘em a shot and let me know what you think.


Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Sonata Espressivo (New Size!)

Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

cigar advisor top new cigars 9-4-23 Aging Room Quattro Sonata at famous smoke shop

The Espressivo 5” x 50 (Robusto) vitola of Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Sonata hails from master blenders, Rafael Nodal and AJ Fernandez. Great for quicker 30-to-40-minute smoking sessions, the new size marks the blend’s first Parejo format and smallest stature yet. Cocoa, espresso, nuts, and spices dance with a layer of floral and citrus on the finish—all the full-bodied tastiness of the Nicaragua puro you’ve come to love. Consider it for the back porch, especially with cooler nights approaching that will have you scurrying inside a little earlier.


Call to Arms by Stolen Throne Cigars

Wrapper: Indonesia Sumatra
Binder: Nicaragua

cigar advisor top new cigars 9-4-23 call to arms at famous smoke shop

Because every day is a battle, and your cigar should be a victory celebration. With its notes of cocoa, cayenne peppers, honey, vanilla, and earth, Call to Arms by Stolen Throne offers a level of complexity not normally seen at its price point. I welcomed notes of cocoa, spices, earth, cayenne pepper, and even vanilla. Bonus: a silky, long finish that’ll leave your taste buds as satisfied as your mood. Whether your personal battle is bills, the impending onslaught of leaves to be raked, or your micromanaging boss breathing down your neck, it’s hard to think of a better way to decompress for such a meager sum.

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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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