New Cigars 10.2.15.
Consider yourself lucky – Lightning strikes Earth about 8 million times a day, and it hasn’t hit you yet.
How does that relate to cigars? It doesn’t. But this does:
La Boheme Encantador
This week brings yet more good vibrations from Rafael Nodal & co. A high-end offering to awaken your inner fancy-pants, the La Boheme Encantador follows up last year’s 91-rated La Boheme with a similar recipe of rare Dominican tobaccos, this time under a darker and stronger Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leaf from a higher priming. Unlike the original La Boheme, this stick sports box-pressed construction on all three sizes for that spot-on Cuban-style draw. You’ll find some nice complexity here, and a good kick as well, all delivered in balanced and refined fashion. Expect a crescendo of tasting notes, including rich cedar and oak, white and black pepper, honey, citrus, and more.
Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro
The new Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro is decked out in a sun ripened, dark broadleaf wrapper over dual binders and filler tobaccos from the fertile Condega region of Nicaragua. In case that blend description doesn’t spell it out for you, I’ll make it plain: this potent combination of premium leaves results in a powerhouse smoke with some real “pop.” Rocky’s latest heavy-hitter will drench your senses in earthy, sweet, and spicy flavor with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, pepper and caramel. If you’re a fan of Decade, The Edge, etc., you’ll probably want to get your mouth around the Sun Grown Maduro as well. I think Frank The Tank summed it up best when he said, “ It’s so good….once it hits your lips, it’s so good!’
Alec Bradley Nica Puro Rosado
Alec Bradley’s highly-rated Nica Puro in a golden Rosado Colorado wrapper? You better believe it friends, and it’s even more delicious than the original. In the Nica Puro Rosado, a trio of hearty tobaccos from Nicaragua’s top growing spots—Jalapa, Esteli and Condego, come alive to paint your palate with dense flavor and a creamy finish. The roasted nuts and toasted bread notes of the original are still there, now joined by a little more butter, cream, and sweetness. It’s like Nica Puro 2.0. If you dug the first version, upgrading to the Rosado should be a no-brainer.
Trill by Villiger
Not necessarily new, but new to our shelves is Trill by Villiger. Rocking a flawless Habano leaf over a bold blend of Dominican Cuban-seed binder and Cuban-seed Corojo and Criollo 98 filler tobaccos, Trill offers earthy flavor and fiery notes of red pepper, as well as tones of coffee, cedar, and bread. If you like peppery smokes as much as I do, you’ll feel right at home within the first few puffs of Trill. Blended using 100% Dominican tobaccos sourced from private farms, this is a hearty smoke on the stronger side of medium-full that proves that Nicaragua isn’t the only country around that can produce cigars that really pack a punch. In fact, it’s deceptively full in strength. I smoked one on a near-empty stomach at a 9:00 am meeting a few days ago and walked out with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head. You’ve been warned.
I have a few more, but they’ll have to wait until next week. It’s Friday night, and this copywriter’s got a Black Whopper out there with his name on it. ‘Til next time, keep it smoky, folks.