Mild-Medium Selection

MILD-MEDIUM SELECTION
JANUARY 2023

Selection Includes One Each Of The Following Items:

  • Illusione Fume D Amour Viejos
  • Highclere Castle Edwardian Robusto
  • Cuba Aliados Original Blend Toro
  • Ghurkha Ghost Asura
  • AJ Fernandez New World Connectcitu Churchill
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ILLUSIONE FUME D’AMOUR VIEJOS

Length: 5”

Ring Gauge: 50

Strength: Medium

Rating: 91

One of our favorite aspects of the cigar industry is the cast of characters that lead some of today’s cigar companies. Some are reclusive and would rather focus on their craft while others are outspoken and ostentatious. However, they all share a passion for outstanding tobacco. Dion Giolito, Illusione’s founder, is what you might call a “super tobacco nerd.” He has a passion for seeking knowledge about different types of tobacco and how they work together when creating a blend. And he’s quite good at it too. It’s why Illusione has garnered a well-deserved reputation and accolades for creating cigars that are known for their balance and intricacy.

Illusione Fume D’Amour roughly translates to “love smoke.” And it’s a fitting name for a brand created by Dion Giolito, who is as passionate about his love of smoking cigars as just about anything else. Fume D’Amour was an interesting project for Giolito. He challenged himself to create a signature Illusione cigar that didn’t contain a single leaf of ligero tobacco. One thing we’ve learned over the years is that Dion is a master blender of tobaccos, and if he sets his mind on something, the results will be worthy of the effort. This Nicaraguan Puro features well balanced tasting notes of roasted nuts, earth, and cedar along with hints of pepper, caramel, and cream. It’s no wonder that the Fume D’Amour has racked up countless outstanding ratings!

HIGHCLERE CASTLE EDWARDIAN BY FOUNDATION ROBUSTO

Length: 5”

Ring Gauge: 50

Strength: Mild-Medium

Nick Mellilo, aka Nick.R.Agua, is the owner of Foundation Cigar Co. He has a rich history in the premium cigar industry. He began his career by working at Drew Estate’s La Gran Fabrica in Nicaragua as their master of tobaccos. After he departed Drew Estate, he began making cigars under his own label, and he launched Foundation with great success. He had spent years exploring some of the world’s best and most unique tobaccos and knew exactly what he wanted to create with his first offerings. George Carnarvon, the eighth Earl of Carnarvon and owner of Highclere Castle (the castle from the show Downton Abbey), saw potential in Foundation and commissioned them to create a cigar named after this spectacular English manor.

The Highclere Castle Edwardian is the original release from the Highclere collection and its debut cemented Foundation’s spot as a truly talented boutique cigar company. As this is a collaboration between the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and Foundation, Highclere Castle set out to be a cigar of distinction. Using only the finest, well-aged tobaccos Nick Mellilo blended a masterpiece worthy to bear the Highclere name. The blend features a Connecticut Shade wrapper and a Mata Fina binder from Brazil. The fillers are both Criollo and Corojo from the volcanic soils of Jalapa and the island of Ometepe. An additional type of tobacco called Nicadan was developed by Mellilo and is used in the filter. Tasting notes include well defined, yet balanced flavors of leather, citrus, and pepper with hints of cashews, caramel, and earth. Highclere Castle Edwardian is a fantastic cigar that will have you looking at Foundation Cigar Co in a whole new way.

CUBA ALIADOS ORIGINAL BLEND TORO

Length: 6”

Ring Gauge: 52

Strength: Medium

The Oliva family of cigars may be one of the most popular brands of premium cigars in the US. But they didn’t get their start as a family of cigar makers. Instead, for over 135 years, the family has earned and maintained a reputation as one of the finest tobacco growing families in the world. A little more than 25 years ago, the family decided that their best path forward was to create a line of premium cigars that would bear their name too. They came out of the gate with strong offerings that were excellent quality cigars at value price points. This helped them quickly establish a reputation in an industry dominated by big names like CAO and Rocky Patel. Their brand has evolved over the years to include some of the best selling premium cigars in the world. They continue to make outstanding cigars at great prices.

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 CONNECTICUT CHURCHILL

Length: 7”

Ring Gauge: 50

Strength: Mild-Medium

Rating: 89

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 Connecticut blend is somewhat unusual. While most versions use tobaccos grown on his farms, this New World features tobaccos from other countries. Kind of unusual, but being a tobacco man, AJ wanted to create a different kind of Connecticut cigar. He started with some of his Nicaraguan grown tobaccos for the filler but added in some additional Brazilian tobaccos and a San Andreas binder from Mexico. He capped this blend with a USA grown Connecticut Shade wrapper. It produces wonderful flavors of cedar, leather, and cream with hints of coffee and citrus-y fruits. This great cigar has more than enough flavor and just the right amount of strength to satisfy the most discerning of palates.