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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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Drew Estate

9 Responses to “Commentary: New Cigars I’d Like to Smoke”

  1. mphxaz Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    Like yourself, I’m looking forward to the San Cristobal Revelation, but I’m also excited to try the Drew Estates Nica Rustica and the MUWAT – KFC (Kentucky Fire Cured)

    • George E. Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 8:48 am #

      Yes, those are definitely on my longer list.

  2. Patrick Ashby Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    I'm looking forward to trying a ton of stuff, as usual, but one smaller, new company that caught my eye was Fratello Cigars.
    http://www.fratellocigar.com/

    Omar de Frias seems really passionate about his smokes.

    Also can't wait to try the new sizes from PG.

  3. Greg Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    PDR's new tin of short coronas has caught my eye for some reason. Maybe because it'll be excellent and affordable.

    • George E. Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

      No doubt that tins are going to be on display everywhere.

  4. Jennifer-Adam Cliett Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Top 5 for myself would be(In no order) KFC from Drew Estate, La Campaña de Panamá Soberana from Roma Craft, El Mayimbe by AJF, Melanio Maduro and my number 1 to try by far is LFD Chapter I…

    • George Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm #

      An excellent list. I wish you luck with the La Campaña de Panamá Soberana. I think that may be one of the toughest cigars of all to latch on to.

  5. Roy Marshall Friday, July 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    I am enjoying a ffortissimo Aging Room M21 right now. Very nice, very mellow and flavorful. A box well spent is my conclusion.

    • George E Friday, July 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

      I can't wait to try one!