New Cigars 9.17.15.
Okay gang, gather ‘round and get comfy. Your old Uncle J’s got lots of nice new smokes to tell you about this week:
Alan Rubin’s new baby –
Tempus Nicaragua by Alec Bradley:
The Alec Bradley Tempus family of cigars has grown once again with the introduction of the Tempus Nicaragua. A Nicaraguan puro comprised of a Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper surrounding a Nicaraguan double binder and long-fillers from the Jalapa, Condega, and Esteli regions, the Tempus Nicaragua clocks in at a true medium body, making it a few degrees lighter than Alec Bradley’s other all-Nicaraguan cigar, the medium-full bodied Nica Puro. These well-rolled sticks lay the flavor on thick with a bright, earthy taste boasting tones of pepper, cedar, cocoa, and leather, as well as a zesty spice note that progresses throughout the course of the smoke. Just in case my poetic description wasn’t enough to sell you on these, I’ll quickly add that we’re currently letting the Tempus Nicaragua go for around $6-$8/stick – a very reasonable price point considering their impressive pedigree.
A double helping of premium goodness from Kafie 1901 –
Don Fernando Maduro:
Kafie 1901’s flagship cigar, the Don Fernando Maduro features an “undisclosed” blend of specially-harvested Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos beneath a well-rested Nicaraguan-grown Cuban Seed Habano wrapper. With 5-6 years of age on the wrapper leaf and 3-4 years on the interior tobaccos, immaculate balance and smooth flavor delivery are the Don Fernando’s calling card. Expect a spot-on medium body with big notes of coffee, cocoa, toasted bread, and more, along with a burn and draw performance that makes it almost too easy to enjoy.
Kafie 1901 Connecticut:
The guys at Kafie cigars hemmed and hawed for nine months before finally settling on the blend for their new Kafie 1901 Connecticut. Turns out it was worth the wait. Cloaked in a silky shade-grown Connecticut leaf from Ecuador, a recipe of tobaccos from three nations (Honduras, Dominican Republic, & Nicaragua) come together to create a uniquely mild and flavorful smoking experience. A picturesque burn and ample draw give way to well-defined notes of cream, cedar, graham, toast, cinnamon, hints of vanilla, and more. Just the other day I was reading a thread on one of the cigar-nerd forums out there on the topic of “complex Connecticut-wrapped cigars.” Now I’ll have to go back and drop this tasty revelation on ‘em.
Last but not least….
Flor D’Crossier Selection No. 512:
Hand-crafted in Costa Rica, Flor D’Crossier cigars comes packaged in sealed Spanish Cedar-lined tins of six cigars. Each cigar is tucked into a breathable cellophane that lets it “breathe in” the crisp essence of the cedar, magnifying its already-awesome flavor and character. Our Marketing Director Jeff has been racking his brains for a couple of months trying to figure out a diplomatic way to convey to you a certain quality that Flor D’Crossier cigars possess which I’m now about to serve you raw:
They taste uncannily like Cubans. There. That wasn’t so hard.
The fact is that everybody who lights these Costa Rican beauties up says the same thing – that they have that “certain something” that is typically only found in cigars that are rolled using Cuban tobaccos. Am I insinuating that Flor D’Crossier does, in fact, include some leaves grown on the Forbidden Island? Of course not. Don’t be silly. But they are:
C) Not long for our humidor
Grab yours here.
Until next week, I’ll be camping out on the loading dock with lighter and pen in hand, ready to smoke and assess the next batch of killer cigars that show up. If you happen to be local, stop by and bring me a burger or something, would ya?