Medium-Full Selection

MEDIUM-FULL SELECTION
JANUARY 2023

Selection Includes One Each Of The Following Items:

  • EP Carrillo Allegiance Wingman
  • AJ Fernandez New World Puro Especial Toro
  • Ghurkha Ghost Asura
  • Cuba Aliados Original Blend Toro
  • Oliva Serie V Maduro Torpedo
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OLIVA SERIE V MADURO TORPEDO

Length: 6”

Ring Gauge: 54

Strength: Medium-Full

The Oliva family of cigars may be one of the most popular brands of premium cigars in the US, but the blend that established them as a truly exceptional cigar maker is the Oliva Serie V. Before it was released, the company had been hurtling toward critical mass with consistently good ratings in the industry’s premier cigar publications. But their cigars had not been seen as truly premium. Oliva desperately wanted to show the world that they had the tobacco and the talent to compete with the world’s best premium manufacturers. Oliva Serie V was so much better than anything they had released previously, it dropped a lot of jaws. There is no doubt that the Oliva Serie V is the brand that changed people’s perception of what the company was capable of producing.

The Oliva Serie V Maduro is a follow up blend to one of Oliva’s most popular cigars, the Oliva Serie V. And if you like the original blend but were hoping for something a bit bolder, then the Oliva Serie V Maduro is for you. It’s an exceptional blend of tobacco that is both flavorful and approachable. Oliva Serie V Maduro uses a blend of specially fermented and aged Jalapa Valley ligero for the filler and binder. A Mexican San Andres wrapper was selected to complete the blend. The result is nothing short of exceptional. Tasting notes include complex flavors of espresso, earth, and dark chocolate with hints of pepper, cedar, and roasted cashews. Oliva Serie V maduro is the kind of cigar you find yourself coming back for over and over again.

CUBA ALIADOS ORIGINAL BLEND TORO

Length: 6”

Ring Gauge: 52

Strength: Medium

Cuba Aliados is one of the most famous cigar brands of the boom era. Their cigars were known for having outstanding flavor and aroma. Unfortunately, they were not able to keep pace with demand and their brand faltered. A few years ago, Oliva purchased the brand and vowed to return it to its former glory. They wanted the cigar to be as close to the original as possible, so they turned to the master of Honduran tobacco, Julio Eiroa, and his Aladino factory to help create these special cigars. The blend is 100% Honduran tobacco just like the original cigar. Medium in strength, Cuba Aliados Original Blend features rich flavors of earth, pepper, natural tobacco, and cedar along with hints of vanilla, cream, and syrup sweetness. If you had the opportunity to enjoy this brand in its heyday, you’re in for a treat!

GURKHA GHOST ASURA TORO

Length: 6”

Ring Gauge: 52

Strength: Medium

Rating: 87

Steeped in legend and history, the Gurkha Cigar, originally created more than a century ago, was reborn in 1992. They were known for their meticulously and artisanally handcrafted cigars. When the brand was revived, they carried those same ideals into the packaging too. These new cigars would become one of the world’s first super premium cigars. Elegance and luxury are the new hallmarks for the Gurkha brand. Each blend to bear the name is exceptionally crafted using the finest tobaccos and packaged with care using the finest quality packaging in the industry. Their beautiful looking cigars and packaging draw you in, but it’s the flavors and quality of the tobacco that keeps you coming back for more.

All hat and no cattle is a saying that refers to someone who is all talk with no action, power, or substance behind their words. For a long time, that’s the way many people would think of the Gurkha brand of products. However, that’s not really a fair characterization of the brand. They now produce world class cigars in a variety of blends and price points. The Gurkha Ghost is one of Gurkha’s most popular cigars. Gurkha Ghost features a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos and a Criollo binder. It is topped with a beautiful Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. Tasting notes include flavors of earth, cocoa, and black pepper along with hints of baking spices, leather, and sweet cream. This is certainly a Ghost you won’t mind having around!

AJ FERNANDEZ NEW WORLD PURO ESPECIAL TORO

Length: 6 1/2”

Ring Gauge: 52

Strength: Medium-Full

Rating: 93

There are few people in the cigar industry who have achieved the level of recognition AJ Fernandez has in such short a time. Like many in the business, he was raised in Cuba where he was a student of tobacco growing and cigar making, but when AJ opened shop in Nicaragua, he quickly gained a reputation for being one of the nation’s best cigar makers. From the beginning, he understood that to produce outstanding cigars day after day, year after year, you have to grow your own tobacco and control the process. He operates 10 farms and 2 factories where his brands are precisely crafted under his watchful eye. The New World is a brand that was created to commemorate the discovery and introduction of tobaccos grown in the New World (the Americas) to the old. Since 1492, these tobaccos have been the benchmark the world over.

While there are many versions of AJ Fernandez’s New World cigars, the Puro Especial is the only New World cigar to feature tobaccos from only one country. But to make this cigar unique, the blend features tobaccos from several regions of Nicaragua where Fernandez grows tobaccos. As with most cigars under AJ’s umbrella, the tobaccos used for this blend have all been aged for 3-5 years and are of superior quality. It’s one of the hallmarks of his brands. New World Puro Especial features tasting notes of earth, pepper, and browned butter along with hints of natural tobacco, espresso, and dried berries. Yet again AJ Fernandez delivers a spectacular expression of his New World brand that is distinctive and enjoyable.

E.P. CARRILLO ALLEGIANCE WINGMAN

Length: 6 7/8”

Ring Gauge: 54

Strength: Medium-Full

It’s not easy being known as the “Godfather” of premium cigars, but it is a title that Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, Jr. wears well. Since 1980, Ernesto has been making some of the most sought-after cigars in the world. His journey began in father’s (Ernesto Sr.) El Credito cigar factory in Little Havana, Miami in the mid 1970s. Four years later, his father passed away, and Jr. took the reins. He carried within him the 4 greatest lessons his father taught him: dedication to work, humility, patience, and respect. These principles have guided him throughout his life and career. He is always patient and willing to lend a hand to friends in need, and it’s why he’s often known as the “godfather.” He may not be your relative, but he’s always around to provide advice or a helping hand to other cigar makers. He’s truly one of the nicest people in the cigar industry.

The E.P. Carrillo Allegiance is the latest offering under the family line of cigars from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. However, Allegiance is quite different from every other cigar in the family line as it is made in Nicaragua by the Oliva family. Having known the Oliva family for years, they were one of the few cigar families that EPC could trust to bring his latest vision to life. Allegiance features a blend of Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos, and is covered by an 8th priming Sumatra seed wrapper from Ecuador. Medium-to-full in strength, these cigars featured bold and complex flavors of black coffee, pepper, and earth along with hints of cashews, savory spices, citrus, and honey. It’s another masterful blend from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and a testament to the skills of the Oliva cigar factory.