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Behind the Scenes – Spotlight on New Products, Volume 2

You may have seen our last “Spotlight on New Products” post, but just in case you haven’t, here’s the rundown. We have a “Newest Items” page on our website that features the 25 newest products to be added to our inventory, but we’ve gotten so many in lately that 25 slots isn’t enough to keep track of all of them. That’s why I decided to put together a list of some of the new additions to our humidor that may have otherwise stayed under the radar. Anyway, without further ado, here’s the list:

Gurkha Cellar Reserve

Gurkha Seduction/Cellar Reserve/Royal Challenge

With several new releases for 2011, you can bet that the guys at Gurkha have been keeping busy. We’ve gotten in three so far; Gurkha Seduction, a medium-bodied blend that’s made with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and Dominican and Colombian filler; Gurkha Cellar Reserve, a medium-to-full-bodied cigar that’s made with a Criollo ’98 wrapper, Dominican binder, and super-smooth, 15-year-old Dominican filler; and finally, Gurkha Royal Challenge, which is medium-bodied and features a silky Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Honduran Habano binder, and Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. Needless to say, these all feature pretty spectacular packaging, and they are all fantastic smokes.

Toraño Vault
Originally a private blend for the Toraño family, Toraño Vault is a full-bodied beast of a smoke. These stogies feature dark and oily Nicaraguan wrapper leaves, along with two binders; a Honduran leaf from Jamastran and a Nicaraguan leaf from Ometepe; and filler leaves from the Esteli and Condega regions of Nicaragua. Charlie Toraño, the company’s president, told Cigar Aficionado that these are the strongest cigars the Toraño family has ever released. That said, this is one smooth talker of a smoke, boasting notes of coffee, cedar, butter, and a hefty amount of peppery spice. The company has hinted that this will be the first of several releases from the family’s private “vault.”

La Sirena

La Sirena
La Sirena may have been around for a few years, but this is the first time we’ve seen it in our humidor. These ultra-premiums are made by Miami Cigar Co., the same folks who brought you Nestor Miranda, Don Lino, La Aurora, and more. These Nicaraguan-made beauties are made by Don “Pepin” Garcia at My Father Cigars, and feature a super-bold blend of tobaccos; a a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, two Nicaraguan Cuban-seed binders, and Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’96 filler leaves. Expect a rich, spicy smoke with notes of cocoa, dark fruit, espresso, and leather, with just the right amount of warm pepper.

Antonius is relatively new to the cigar market, and you probably won’t find much information about their cigars since their website, like hundreds of other cigar manufacturers’ websites, is under construction. That doesn’t mean they don’t blend a standout cigar, though. Made in honor of Dutch cigar maker Maurice Antonius Koks’ grandfather, Antonius Koks, these stogies are made in ultra-small batches with Ecuadorian-grown Corojo wrappers, Dominican binders, and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. They’re medium-to-full bodied with a fair amount of spice and notes of earth, leather, and caramel sweetness. I have a couple of these aging in my humidor as we speak, so expect a review sometime in the near future. In the meantime, you owe it to yourself to try some of these sleeper stogies.

Xen by Nish Patel

Thunder by Nimish and Xen by Nish Patel
While Rocky Patel has been hard at work with all of his new releases for 2011, his family has been just as busy. His cousin, Nimish Desai, put together Thunder by Nimish, a powerhouse line of stogies with big, bold flavors of cocoa, coffee, and leather (click here to check out my review), while his brother, Nish Patel, put together the more subdued Xen by Nish Patel, a creamy, medium-bodied smoke with an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper. Both are beautifully made, and both feature the craftsmanship and blending excellence that Rocky’s own cigars are known for—looks like it runs in the family.

Anyway, I hope this has helped to shed some light on the constant deluge of new products we’ve been throwing onto our website. Expect another one of these soon, as we’re constantly adding new cigars to our inventory. In the meantime, check out some of these new stogies, because every one is worth trying.