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Commentary: New Cigars I’d Like to Smoke

24 Jul 2013

So many sticks debut at the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Trade Show, I usually find that before I’ve had a chance to try many of the new cigars, it’s time for the next convention.

In an effort to keep my expectations in check, I’m tightening my focus. Here are four I’m hoping to get to soon, and why.

Foundry Shoreham

Foundry: Michael Giannini has cooked up some intriguing smokes in his role as General Cigar’s mad scientist. And for these small batches, the emphasis is on small, as in a few hundred boxes. Some are just for B&Ms, others will be sold online. Packaging is unique, the tobaccos said to be exotic and rare. Who knows if I’ll ever see any of the 18 blends, much less get to try one. If you do, please submit a Guest Quick Smoke.

Aging Room: A Dominican perfecto, the M21 Fortissimo is another Aging Room limited edition: 30,000 cigars in 10-count boxes. The price is about $13 per stick. My fondness for Aging Room cigars makes this one I really hope to find.

San Cristobal Revelation: At least I should have no trouble finding this one. Like its siblings, this latest line extension from Ashton is rolled by Don Pepin Garcia. With an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper over Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos, Ashton is promoting this line as medium in strength. It’s offered in a mix of regular and very large ring gauges.

Melanio Maduro: Following the success of one of my favorites, the Serie V Melanio, this one-size (6.5 x 52) box-pressed torpedo was being offered only at the Trade Show. While it could become an annual release, Oliva marketing director John Conroy said this year just 10,000 10-count boxes were available. The single-stick price is around $13.

So, what’s on your hot list?

-George E

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