Medium-Full Selection

MEDIUM-FULL SELECTION
AUGUST 2022

Selection Includes One Each Of The Following Items:

  • La Aroma de Cuba Pasión Churchill
  • Oliva Serie G Cameroon Torpedo
  • Alec Bradley Prensado Gran Toro
  • H. Unman The Banker Annuity
  • Viva La Vida Jester
Cigar King Club September 2022 Medium-Full Selection

LA AROMA DE CUBA Pasión CHURCHILL

Length: 7”

Ring Gauge: 49

Strength: Full

Rating: 90

La Aroma de Cuba roots date back to the late 1880s in Cuba, where the brand became an early favorite of Winston Churchill. In the midst of Cuba’s rebellion against years of Spanish conquest, Churchill arrived on the island in 1895 as an eager young lieutenant. There, the genesis of his brilliant military career and his avid passion for handmade cigars emerged. More than 120 years later, La Aroma de Cuba embraces an entirely fresh and prominent heritage in Nicaragua. Today, it is blended by legendary cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia in Estelí, Nicaragua. Pepin’s foundation in Nicaragua is preceded by his extensive reputation in Cuba as a master blender. For decades, Pepin oversaw production of a number of Cuba’s most revered brands. Generations of meticulous cigar-making craft influence the unrivaled standards for flavor, aroma, and quality expressed in La Aroma de Cuba cigars.

Pasión is the Spanish word for Passion, and that’s precisely what makes this La Aroma de Cuba blend so special. It’s the attention to detail and quality that goes into this and every premium cigar made by the Garcias. Looking at the specs, this Nicaraguan puro is not that different from other cigars claiming to be a puro. But dig a little deeper and you’ll understand that passion of quality and unique flavor were the driving forces behind this blend. Every leaf of wrapper, binder, and filler harvested for Pasión undergoes a meticulous Triple Fermentation process by My Father Cigars. This full profile cigar includes tasting notes of cedar, leather, and earth, with hints of citrus, spice, molasses, and cashews. This is one of the finest La Aroma de Cuba releases to date.

OLIVA SERIE G CAMEROON TORPEDO

Length: 6 1/2”

Ring Gauge: 52

Strength: Medium

Rating: 91

The Oliva portfolio of premium cigars is wide ranging and covers the bases of flavor profile and price points. No matter which of their products you choose, you are guaranteed a great tasting cigar at a fair price point. While some of their other marks get the lion’s share of attention, it’s worthwhile to look back and enjoy one of their first premium blends. Even after all these years, the Oliva Connecticut Reserve Series is still a champ. Though it’s been on the market for close to a decade, it keeps racking up the accolades. This cigar is a testament to the care and attention to detail that the Oliva family puts into products that bear their name.

The Oliva Serie G Cameroon is a delightful medium strength cigar with a ton of flavor. This blend was one of Oliva’s original premium blends and it continues to impress and receive accolades after more than a decade in the market. With Oliva’s tobacco growing and purchasing operations they have been able to consistently use outstanding quality leaf to make sure this bread-and-butter blend remains a top quality product. The blend includes Nicaraguan tobaccos for the filler and binder, and is topped with a top grade, genuine African Cameroon wrapper. Tasting notes include flavors of Oak, honey-roasted nuts, and earth with hints of pepper, doughy breads, and sweet cream. This is one of Oliva’s best selling blends and it’s easy to see why. It’s a great smoke at a great price.

ALEC BRADLEY PRENSADO GRAN TORO

Length: 6”

Ring Gauge: 54

Strength: Medium-Full

Rating: 92

Alec Bradley Cigar Co. has a well-deserved reputation for churning out hit after hit to satisfy their loyal fans. It’s due in no small part to the meticulous attention to detail of the brand’s founder, Alan Rubin. But it wasn’t a quick and easy journey. He joined the premium cigar industry in 1996 but stumbled to find his footing for a while. He had a line of bundle cigars made in the Dominican Republic by Henke Kelnrer of Davidoff that was good, and he introduced the industry’s first (and only) triangular pressed cigars. Around 2005, he was told of a great little factory in Honduras called Raices Cubanas and traveled to see what the hype was about. It was this trip that altered the course of his company and set them on the path towards greatness. In 2007, they launched the Tempus line and established themselves as a serious player in the game. Two years later, working with the same factory, Alec Bradley introduced Prensado, and their legacy had been cemented as a world class cigar maker.

The Alec Bradley Prensado is a special blend for Alan Rubin. It was his second blend produced in the Raices Cubanas factory and the cigar that earned him Cigar Aficionado’s coveted Cigar of the Year award. While working in Honduras, he was introduced to a very dark wrapper leaf grown in a region of southern Honduras called Trojes and decided to build a cigar brand around it. He was amazed by its unique flavor, and it put his gears in motion. It was blended along with Honduran and Nicaraguan filler and binder leaves and pressed into a rectangular shape (hence the name Prensado). Tasting notes include flavors of cocoa, leather, and spice with notes of vanilla, cream and honey. This cigar is an absolute classic that has maintained its place in the market for years.

H. UPMANN THE BANKER ANNUITY

Length: 6”

Ring Gauge: 52

Strength: Medium

Rating: 89

In 1843, a German banker named Hermann Upmann moved to Havana, Cuba to open an import/export business for a German firm that bought and sold tobaccos. In 1844, he purchased a small local cigar factory, and soon after the first H. Upmann cigar was born. Hermann could never have imagined that his little endeavor would become one of the world’s best known cigar brands. He was known for his innovation in the tobacco business and is credited with being the first cigar maker to package his cigars in cedar boxes. Honoring that commitment to innovation is what Altadis’ Grupo de Maestros is all about. Their guiding principle is to push the boundaries of a brand, while honoring the traditions and heritage of the brand’s past.

The H. Upmann The Banker pays tribute to Hermann Upmann and the journey that led him to create his eponymous brand. As a banker who was deeply involved with Cuban tobacco trade, the name is a fitting tribute. The blend begins with a rich core of premium, well aged filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. A Nicaraguan binder leaf is also used and the blend is topped with an almost shimmering Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leaf. Tasting notes include flavors of roasted nuts, coffee, and natural tobaccos with hints of leather, earth, and baking spices. This iteration of the H. Upmann brand is supremely enjoyable anytime of the day.

VIVA LA VIDA JESTER

Length: 5”

Ring Gauge: 56

Strength: Full

Rating: 94

Viva La Vida is a boutique brand created by 2 brothers (Billy and Gus Fakih) who used to own retail cigar stores in Manhattan. After they sold those stores in 2015, they didn’t feel like they were done with the premium cigar industry. They launched their own company called Artesano del Tabaco and went to work creating their own line of premium cigars. To date, they have only released a few brands. But, they work hand-in-hand with their manufacturing partner, AJ Fernandez. They elected to have Fernandez make their cigars as they felt he could best bring their vision to life of creating some exceptional Nicaraguan Puro cigars. Additionally, all Artesano del Tabaco cigars are distributed through AJ Fernandez to retailers. The relationship between the brothers and Fernandez is so tight that most people mistakenly assume Artesano del Tabaco cigars are part of the Fernandez portfolio.

Working together with AJ Fernandez to create Viva La Vida cigars has been quite the adventure for Billy and Gus Fakih. When they wanted to create their own brand of premium cigars, they knew that there was one person that could bring their vision to life. Working hand-in-hand with Fernandez, they quickly got a quick but detailed education in premium tobacco. AJ helped them select tobacco and try many different blends before settling on what would become their Viva La Vida line. The blend is a Nicaraguan Puro featuring Nicaraguan Criollo filler tobaccos and a Nicaraguan Corojo binder. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Habano leaf grown by AJ Fernandez, and the cigars are rolled at his San Lotano Factory. Tasting notes include flavors of leather, earth, pepper, and cream with hints of cedar, smoked meats, and honey butter. This kind of flavor bomb is what makes brands like Viva La Vida so exciting.