MEDIUM-FULL SELECTION  /  JUNE 2022

PARTAGAS ANEJO PETIT ROBUSTO

Length: 4 1/2”

Ring Gauge: 49

Strength: Medium

MSRP: $7.00

PARTAGAS ANEJO PETIT ROBUSTO

For over 175 years, Partagas has been proud to craft premium, sophisticated tobacco blends that delight distinguished cigar smokers from across the globe. But, those who only look to the past are certain to miss the future. By staying true to their traditions, doubling down on their values, and looking to the horizon with a fresh perspective, Partagas has been redefining what it means to be a premium cigar company with a rich history. From their humble beginnings in Cuba to the Partagas Black and beyond, every cigar that bears this storied name is meticulously crafted with the finest tobaccos and the highest of standards. This is why the Partagas name has endured and continues to gain new fans after almost two centuries.

For the Partagas Añejo, the brand managers wanted to create something unique, special, and undeniably Partagas. Añejo is the Spanish word for aged, and it’s fitting for this mark thanks to its special double wrapper setup. The blend uses a Cameroon wrapper from the 1998 crop and a Connecticut shade wrapper from 2013 together in a barber pole design. As for the rest of the tobaccos, the blend features a binder from the Dominican Republic and fillers from Mexico and the Dominican Republic. These special tobaccos combine to deliver a medium strength cigar with well balanced flavors that include notes of woods, leather, and earth with hints of cocoa and pepper. Partagas Añejo is a showcase for the creativity that powers this historic brand to new heights!

ALADINO COROJO RESERVA No. 4 LIMITADO

Length: 5”

Ring Gauge: 44

Strength: Full

MSRP: $10.00

ALADINO COROJO RESERVA #4 LIMITADO

Aladino and JRE Tobacco may not be household names in the premium cigar industry, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t enjoyed a cigar or two from these fine folks before. As a matter of fact, you’ve probably heard of a few brands made famous by them. JRE stands for Julio R. Eiroa. He’s the father of Christian Eiroa of Camacho and now CLE Cigar fame, and his factories and farms helped put those brands on the map. Julio has been growing tobacco and making cigars for over 50 years. He was the first person to grow authentic Cuban-seed Corojo tobacco outside of Cuba. This authentic Corojo leaf changed the course of the industry 20 years ago, and it continues to be one of the most sought after tobaccos on the planet. Simply put, Aladino is an under the radar brand that produces some seriously good cigars.

Have you ever wished that you could turn back time and pick up a few more of that special smoke that you’re still thinking about from 15-20 years ago? If you were a fan of the original Camacho Corojo Diploma series (the ones that came in those god-awful pyramid shaped boxes), you’re in for one heck of a treat! While the folks from Aladino can’t say this is the same blend of tobaccos, trust us when we say if it’s not the original recipe that it’s damn close. Julio Eiroa is the owner of Aladino and used to own the Camacho brand with his son, Christian. The Aladino Corojo Reserva line is made of well-aged 100% Authentic Corojo tobacco, and the Eiroas are the only tobacco growers in Honduras that grow this special leaf. Starting to see where we’re going with this? This full bodied blend features tasting notes of pepper, coffee, and natural tobacco with hints of milk chocolate, citrus, and cedar. This powerhouse cigar is the perfect compliment to a hearty meal and fine drink. It’s not too often you stumble across cigars like this, but when you do you’ll be extremely grateful that you did.

AGING ROOM BIN NO. 2 C MAJOR

Length: 5 3/4”

Ring Gauge: 54

Strength: Medium

MSRP: $13.25

AGING ROOM BIN NO. 2 C MAJOR

Aging Room is the brainchild of Rafael Nodal. While he may not be a household name in the cigar industry, he’s been around as a brand owner for over 20 years and has seen his fair share of ups and downs. His original foray into the industry was a brand called Oliveros, and it saw mild success in the early 2000s. However, it wasn’t until 2010 that he decided it was time to change course and rebrand. His company was renamed from Habana Cuba Cigar Co to Boutique Blends, and he went from the concept of mass production to small batch production. His manufacturing partner, Jochy Blanco, appreciated the concept and began working on their first collaboration. In 2011, Nodal launched his first new brand dubbed Aging Room M356, and Boutique Blends was off to the races. The M356 was named to Cigar Aficionado’s 2011 Top 25 Cigars list and each subsequent Aging Room product has earned high praise.

Like all Aging Room cigars, the Aging Room Bin No. 2 was blended by the musical mind and fantastic palate of Rafael Nodal. While many of his blends are a hodge-podge of tobaccos from various countries, Nodal focused specifically on Plasencia-grown, extra aged tobaccos for this Nicaraguan puro project. The blend uses a Nicaraguan wrapper, Ometepe binder, and fillers from Estelí and Jalapa. These tobaccos have been grown and fermented with care by the Plasencias, and the Ometepe binder is the special tobacco that was the spark of Nodal’s inspiration. “As soon as I tasted this rare tobacco, I knew it had to be the start of a blend,” Nodal says. “Just like a composer creates a concerto for orchestra and a specific instrument.” Tasting notes include flavors of leather, woods, and coffee with hints of pepper, earth, dried fruits, and sweet cream. Another masterful composition from Rafael Nodal of Aging Room cigars!

LA GLORIA CUBANA CRIOLLO DE ORO TORO

Length: 5 3/4”

Ring Gauge: 54

Strength: Medium

MSRP: $10.50

LA GLORIA CUBANA CRIOLLO DE ORO TORO

La Gloria Cubana is a storied brand with a rich history, and it is recognized the world over as one of the finest premium cigar brands. The brand was reincarnated for American consumers by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. In the mid 1990s, the brand developed a cult following and set them on a trajectory for success. The brand grew so quickly, in fact, that Perez-Carrillo opened a new factory in the Dominican Republic. With his meteoric growth during the cigar boom, he sold his brand and factory to General Cigar in 1999, but he continued to oversee the factory and blending for another decade before handing over the reins to his team and retiring (at least for some time). La Gloria Cubana continues to be a leader in the industry that produces distinct, Cuban-inspired blends that continue to captivate the hearts and minds of cigar smokers everywhere.

La Gloria Cubana Criollo de Oro is a fantastic take on this storied brand. While the brand is known for its bolder blends, the Criollo de Oro strikes a different path. The blenders of these cigars decided to focus on flavor instead of a combination of strength and flavor. The result is a spectacular medium strength blend with a wonderful flavor profile. Using a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran filler tobaccos, along with a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, La Gloria Cubana Criollo de Oro is topped with a hybrid Criollo de Oro wrapper (that was developed by crossing Criollo ‘98 with Pelo de Oro). Tasting notes include flavors of cedar, earth, and natural tobacco along with hints of pepper, roasted nuts, and molasses. This La Gloria Cubana Criollo de Oro blend is very approachable and can be enjoyed any time of the day.

CROWNED HEADS LE PaTISSIER – PCA Exclusive

Length: 6 1/2”

Ring Gauge: 44

Strength: Medium-Full

MSRP: $10.50

CROWNED HEADS LE P TISSIER

Back in 2011, a couple of alums of CAO set off on a path to create a new cigar brand called Crowned Heads. They burst onto the scene with some great cigars and a whole lot of deserved hype. The company was founded by the duo of Mike Conder and Jon Huber with a different philosophy than that of their previous employers. Rather than spending tons of money on advertising and fancy packaging, they chose to invest in quality tobaccos and partnerships with cigar factories with the hope of creating an authentic brand that consumers would flock to. It’s safe to say that their brand and way of cigar making has achieved the success that they had hoped for. Their blends have been well received over the years and have achieved a devoted following.

Crowned Heads Le Pâtissier was introduced in 2021 at the PCA convention and trade show as the brand’s exclusive release for retailers who were in attendance and supported the brand. A relatively new and welcome trend in this industry, cigar brands are now creating products exclusively for members who attend the most important industry gathering of the year. Le Pâtissier is French for the baker and is another food inspired name from the creative team at Crowned Heads. Made in Nicaragua at Tabacalera Pichardo, Le Pâtissier uses a blend of Costa Rican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos, a Nicaraguan binder, and a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Tasting notes include luscious flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, and earth with hints of pepper, cream, and toasted nuts. This blend is a treat from Crowned Heads and Tabacalera Pichardo. We hope to see more limited releases like this down the road.