SIN COMPROMISO VARITA MÁGICA BY STEVE SAKA
Cigar maker Steve Saka has a unique approach to blending cigars. He blends what he likes to smoke, and if you don’t like what he creates that’s OK with him. He’s one of the most knowledgeable and particular guys the cigar industry has ever seen, so most people will give him a pass when it comes to his approach. As unique as Steve’s way of blending is, he also believes in a no compromise way of manufacturing. Hence the name Sin Compromiso (without compromise). His belief is pretty simple: if you truly believe in your product, you are going to make it without compromise- not in tobacco, not in manufacturing, not in aging, or packaging. Do it the way you truly believe it should be done.
Being the line that is named for his ethos of cigar making, only the best raw materials are used to craft Saka’s masterpiece. Beginning with a blend of exceptional Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian filler and binder leaves, what sets Sin Compromiso apart is its unique San Andreas Maduro wrapper. Saka believes this is the finest and tastiest San Andreas Maduro wrapper leaf around. Once these tobaccos have been properly fermented and aged, the finest torcedores (cigar rollers) in the factory skillfully make the Sin Compromiso. The result is complex, smooth, and strong. Tasting notes feature layers of espresso, cocoa, toasted breads, and savory spices with hints of pepper, cedar, and sweet cream. Saka often boasts this is the finest cigar he’s ever blended, and he may be right.
OLIVA SERIE V MELANIO MADURO FIGURADO
The Oliva family of cigars may be one of the most popular brands of premium cigars in the US, but one of their blends truly stands apart from the rest of their portfolio; the Oliva Serie V Melanio. The name Melanio pays tribute to the first Oliva family member to grow tobacco. As such, the Melanio features only the finest, well-aged, and most coveted tobacco in Oliva’s arsenal. These cigars are regular production but released in small quantities to ensure that each Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro meets the exacting standards of the family’s crowning achievement.
The Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro is an exceptional follow up to the Cigar of the Year award winning Serie V Melanio line. It is made in Oliva’s Nicaraguan factoryby a small group of their best rollers, the Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro starts with a special blend of Nicaraguan Habano filler tobaccos along with another Nicaraguan leaf for the binder. Topping off this blend is a unique Maduro wrapper gown in the lush, fertile San Andres Valley in Mexico. This box-pressed masterpiece is sure to satisfy the most discerning cigar lover with its decadent flavor profile. It features bold but balanced flavors of dark coffees, toasted nuts, and caramel with hints of chocolate, leather, and cedar. This may be the finest maduro cigar in the Oliva portfolio!
ASHTON ESTATE SUN GROWN (ESG) 22 YEAR SALUTE
In 2006 to celebrate the Ashton brand’s 20th anniversary, Ashton came up with an idea to create a series of five cigars to celebrate the company’s heritage and success. Each year leading up to their 25th anniversary, they would release a new size of a blend. They turned to Arturo Fuente, their manufacturing partner in the Dominican Republic, to develop the special blend and sizes that would be included in the brand’s lineup. Being the faithful partners that they are, the Fuentes had an idea to use some of their oldest tobaccos and a rare wrapper leaf. They presented their ideas to Ashton and recommended sizes to best capture the essence of these special tobaccos. The idea was a hit, and the Ashton Estate Sun Grown was born.
The Ashton Estate Sun Grown is a master class in flavor and complexity. It exclusively uses Dominican tobaccos grown by the Fuente family. But these are not just any old Fuente tobaccos. For this milestone blend, Fuente dived deep into their archives to select some of the best and oldest tobaccos they have for the filler and binder blend. This unique recipe of ultra-mature tobaccos is finished in a beautiful, rare, and glistening Dominican wrapper leaf, harvested solely to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Ashton Cigars. The result is nothing short of spectacular. Complex flavors of cedar, graham cracker, cocoa, and earth are present along with notes of molasses, licorice, and pepper. This small batch commemorative is big on flavor and satisfaction.
MONTECRISTO PLATINUM SERIES TORO
Montecristo is one of the most hallowed and recognized names in the world of premium cigars. With that kind of reputation and name recognition, introducing a new Montecristo requires not only careful planning, but a blend that continues to elevate the Montecristo brand to new heights. It’s this philosophy that drove Montecristo’s blenders to create the Montecristo Platinum Series. It is a cigar that honors the brand’s past triumphs and glory. How do they do this, you may ask? It’s no easy feat. In this case, they began searching their vast tobacco stores for leaves that are worthy to be included in the Montecristo Platinum Series of cigars.
The Montecristo Platinum Series is a surprisingly smooth and flavorful blend that delivers more than one would expect from this blend on paper. It begins with a blend of well-aged Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian fillers along with a Dominican binder. Topping this luxurious blend is a beautiful San Andrés Cubano wrapper. The Montecristo Platinum Series blend is exquisite and provides a rich, smooth, and sensual smoke. This special blend features tasting notes of cedar, leather, and nuts with hints of citrus, earth, and pepper.
DIAMOND CROWN CLASSIC ROBUSTO NO. 4
In celebration of J.C. Newman Cigar Company’s 100th Anniversary in 1995, Stanford Newman had a vision to develop an exceptional series of Super Premium cigars. He dreamt of making the best cigars. It didn’t matter how much it would cost or how long it would take, Stanford wanted to create a brand that would be his legacy. He turned to his close friend, Carlos Fuente, Sr., to develop this special cigar at his Tabacalera A. Fuente factory in the Dominican Republic. Carlos listened to his friend and sought out exceptional tobaccos that would give this visionary brand a unique identity. A dream was born into reality, and the Diamond Crown brand established J.C. Newman as producers of some of the finest cigars in the world.
The Diamond Crown cigars are produced in the Dominican Republic by the world-renowned Tabacalera A. Fuente. These cigars are rolled by the very best master rollersat the factory and undergo rigid quality standards before public release. Each Diamond Crown cigar is aged for no less than 12 months in cedar vaults to ensure uniform flavor and an even burn. The Diamond Crown blend consists of 5 unique filler tobaccos, a Dominican binder, and a very special wrapper leaf. It is a 5 Year old, double fermented USA Connecticut Shade leaf of unparalleled quality. Smooth and well-balanced, tasting notes include flavors of cedar, cream, and earth with hints of citrus, bourbon cream, and sweetness. It’s an outstanding vitola that has been a pinnacle of flavor and consistency for over 25 years.