reserve SELECTION – JANUARY 2023

** Due to the limited nature of the products included in this level, we may occasionally alter the contents of the current selection based on product availability**

Reserve Selection

JOYA DE NICARAGUA CINCO DÉCADAS EL CUMICHE

Length: 5 1/2″

Ring Gauge: 52

Strength: Medium-Full

JOYA DE NICARAGUA CINCO DÉCADAS EL CUMICHE

Cigar manufacturers love to celebrate milestones. We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen any other industry as smitten with celebrating anniversaries. This is not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination, rather just an observation. Truthfully, these milestones drive most cigar companies to create some of their best work, and the Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Décadas is no exception. For over 5 decades (Cinco Décadas), Nicaragua’s oldest cigar factory has been making exceptional cigars that have garnered attention and praise from all over the world. To celebrate their 50 years of heritage and the bright future of JDN, the Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Décadas was created.

Joya is mum on the blend details except that all tobaccos used in this blend come from Nicaragua. Whatever they may be, they are well-aged, rich, and flavorful. The wrapper leaf is a dark and luscious looking leaf that is as inviting as its label. The blend is a masterpiece of balance featuring flavors that are both sweet and spicy. The flavor delivery is luxurious and smooth with notes of cream, earth, and cedar along with hints of berries, cinnamon, and sugar. These wonderful cigars are a testament to the skills of the Joya de Nicaragua team and their craft.

WARPED FLOR DEL VALLE SKY FLOWER

Length: 5 5/8”

Ring Gauge: 48

Strength: Medium

Rating: 92

WARPED FLOR DEL VALLE SKY FLOWER

Warped Cigars is another tale of the boutique cigar company that could. Launched in 2009, the brand was founded by then 29 year old Kyle Gellis, making him one of the youngest cigar brand owners around. He had a string of early hits like La Colmena and Futuro that helped cement his place in the industry. He does not own a factory but partners with select manufacturers to produce his brands. The factories he works with the most are El Titan de Bronze in Miami and Aganorsa Leaf in Nicaragua. Both factories are able to create the boutique, quality cigars that are Gellis’ focus. Only producing a total of 115,000 to 200,000 cigars per year, Warped places a focus on quality rather than quantity.

The Warped Flor del Valle Sky Flower is an extremely limited production variation of their Flor del Valle line. Not that any of the sizes in the Flor del Valle are easy to get, this is the first size released and arguably the best. It features a Nicaraguan puro blend with a Corojo 99 wrapper, an undisclosed binder leaf, and Corojo 99 and Criollo 98 fillers. This blend also includes some Medio Tiempo leaf, a higher priming of tobacco not found on every plant and known for adding some distinctive strength and flavor. Tasting notes include flavors of natural tobacco, earth, and pepper along with hints of dried fruits, cedar, and coffee. This is by far one of our favorite Warped blends!

BYRON 20TH CENTURY VENECIANOS

Length: 6 1/2″

Ring Gauge: 56

Strength: Medium

BYRON 20TH CENTURY VENECIANOS

You could write volumes of prose on the long journey of what is now known as Espinosa Premium Cigars. None of it would be possible without the Alpha Dawg himself, Erik Espinosa. What a long, strange trip it’s been to get where he is today. To keep it short, he got his start in the industry as a cigar broker in southern Florida and quickly developed a desire to become a brand owner. He first launched EO cigars with his close friend Eddie Ortega and had cigars made by Pepin Garcia in Nicaragua. When Garcia could no longer commit to producing their blends, the duo split. Erik formed Espinosa Premium Cigars and opened his own factory called La Zona in Nicaragua where many of his cigars are made today. There’s so much more to this story, but Erik is one of our favorite people in the industry- honest and trustworthy as the day is long. It’s one of the reasons his brand has developed a cult-like following. He says what he means and does what he promises.

Like most cigar makers, Espinosa Premium Cigars loves to celebrate milestones. And this is a very special milestone for the brand. It is the 10th anniversary of their own Nicaraguan cigar factory and it’s called La Zona. This boutique factory is where many of Espinosa’s best brands are made and this 10th Anniversary Toro is made there as well. Everything about this cigar is a nod to the factory. From the rustic looking bands and boxes to the tobaccos selected for the blend, everything screams La Zona. The blend features Nicaraguan tobaccos for the filler and binder (including Pelo de Oro tobacco) along with a high priming Brazilian Escuro Alto wrapper. Limited to just 300 boxes, these cigars feature flavors of earth, espresso, and honey roasted nuts along with hints of pepper, leather, and sweet cocoa. Just a fantastic balance of flavors and a heck of a way to celebrate a big anniversary!

HVC 500 YEARS ANNIVERSARY SALOMON

Length: 6 2/4”

Ring Gauge: 56

Strength: Medium-Full

Rating: 88

HVC 500 YEARS ANNIVERSARY SALOMON

There’s something exciting about watching a young cigar company hustle. They’ve got the vision and the drive; they usually have some angle to work; and hopefully they have the tobaccos and cigars to back it all up. Luckily for Reinier Lorenzo he did. In 2011 he founded HVC as a way of paying homage to Havana City where he lived for most of his life. He was inspired by his upbringing to keep the Cuban tradition of hand-made cigars alive and well. His focus is mainly on outstanding, small-crop Nicaraguan tobaccos that remind him of home. Each cigar in the HVC portfolio is a unique experience that in some way or another pays homage to his hometown. We jumped on the HVC band wagon early on, and it has been a pleasure to watch this outstanding upstart company gain traction and attention.

The HVC 500 Years Anniversary Salamon was a blend created to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Havana, Cuba. Havana City is where Reinier Lorenzo was born and raised, so it’s no surprise that he named his cigar company after the city and would celebrate this milestone with a special cigar. Made at HVC’s new factory in Nicaragua the blend features Nicaragua Criollo 98 and Corojo 99 filler, a Nicaraguan Jalapa binder, and is topped with a Nicaragua Corojo 99 wrapper. Tasting notes include flavors of earth, salted butter, cedar, and nuts along with hints of cocoa, pepper, and baking spices. The HVC 500 Years Anniversary is another exceptional blend from Lorenzo and a testament to the skills of his new factory.