ROYAL RESERVE SELECTION / APRIL 2021

DAVIDOFF COLORADO CLARO ANIVERSARIO NO. 3

DAVIDOFF COLORADO CLARO ANIVERSARIO NO. 3

Length: 6”          Ring Gauge: 50          Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut          Strength: Medium Plus        MSRP: $27.00

Davidoff is an iconic name in the cigar industry. They were the first true luxury brand in the cigar industry and are known for producing some of the best, high-quality, and consistent handmade cigars in the world. Their factories in the Dominican Republic are cathedrals to the craft and their tobacco stores are the envy of fellow manufacturers. It’s the company’s commitment to quality that drives them to regularly examine their work and adjust blends as necessary. Whether you grab a Davidoff today or 5 years from now, their process ensures that the cigars are remarkably consistent. It’s one of the many reasons why only a Davidoff is a Davidoff. Their cigars are truly timeless.

The Davidoff Colorado Claro is a special, limited production blend that is made in some of Davidoff’s most popular shapes. The toro size, or as it’s called in this case the Aniversaio No. 3, is by far one of their best sellers. The Colorado Claro blend begins with 2 types of Dominican fillers featuring Piloto Ligero, San Vicente Ligero, and Olor Seco. A Dominican Hybrid Olor/Piloto Seco binder is used, and the blend is capped by a reddish-brown Ecuador Connecticut wrapper. This sun grown wrapper is reminiscent of the Cuban varietal and possess unique flavor. Tasting notes include complex flavors of cream, cedar, and pepper with hints of malt, coffee, and nuts. Adorned by the company’s elegant white and gold band, the Davidoff Colorado Claro Aniversario No. 3 is simply one of the most pleasant and enjoyable cigars available.

PADRON SERIE 1926 40TH ANNIVERSARY

PADRON SERIE 1926 40TH ANNIVERSARY

Length: 6 1/2”          Ring Gauge: 54          Wrapper: Nicaraguan         Strength: Medium-Full         MSRP: $27.50

One of the most highly rated and acclaimed cigar brands in the world is Padron. It’s almost like they couldn’t make a bad cigar if they tried. Not that they would of course, but from their everyday “Thousand Series” to their high-end blends like the “Serie 1926 and more, Padron earns universal praise and well deserved adoration from the cigar community. Their secrets of cigar making are closely guarded and their distribution is tightly controlled to ensure that only the finest tobacconists are entrusted to sell Padron cigars.

The Padron Serie 1926 series debuted in 2002 to commemorate Jose O. Padron’s 75th birthday. It is an outstanding cigar that uses a blend of all Nicaraguan tobaccos that have been aged for no less than five years. They are tight lipped about the blend details in typical Padron fashion, but their stellar reputation allows for it. You have to have faith in their process and tobaccos. As one of the most respected cigar brands in the world, you are certain to have an exceptional and pleasurable experience. The Serie 1926 is medium-full, and it balances flavors of coffee, nuts, and cedar with hints of anise, pepper and sugar. It’s another testament to the skills of the Padron’s and the passion they have for creating some of the best cigars in the world.

BLACK DIAMOND EMERALD BY DIAMOND CROWN

BLACK DIAMOND EMERALD BY DIAMOND CROWN

Length: 6”          Ring Gauge: 52          Wrapper: Connecticut Sun Grown        Strength: Medium Plus       MSRP: $20.75

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the J.C. Newman Cigar Co., Stanford Newman had a dream of creating the family’s first true luxury cigar. His vision was to create one of the world’s best cigars regardless of cost. He didn’t even care if it sold. He just wanted something special, and the Diamond Crown was born. It was wildly successful. Fast forward to the company’s 120th anniversary, and Stanford’s kids, Bobby and Eric Newman, are back striking at the forge to create another exceptional blend worthy of the Diamond Crown name. This new cigar, made in the Dominican Republic and blended by Carlos and Carlito Fuente, was to be called the Diamond Crown Black Diamond.

The Diamond Crown Black Diamond Emerald is the newest member of the Diamond Crown family. The Newmans and Fuentes worked closely to develop this new blend and ensure it was worthy of the name. The Fuentes wasted no time in selecting some exceptional and unusual tobaccos for this marquee blend. The blend begins with 5 year aged Dominican filler and binder tobaccos grown by Fuente exclusively for this cigar. It is capped off with a dark, Connecticut Havana-seed Sun-Grown maduro wrapper. The entire production is limited to ensure quality and consistency. Rich, flavorful, and complex, these cigars are medium-plus in strength and feature flavors of cedar, cocoa, earth and sweetness that are tempered with notes of pepper and toasted nuts that dance in and out. The Diamond Crown Black Diamond Emerald is truly a wonderful cigar!

CUATRO CINCO EL GENERAL BY JOYA DE NICARAGUA

CUATRO CINCO EL GENERAL BY JOYA DE NICARAGUA

Length: 7”          Ring Gauge: 50          Wrapper: Nicaraguan         Strength: Medium-Full         MSRP: $19.50

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 Decadas is no exception. For over 5 decades (Cinco Decadas), 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 Decadas was created.

One of the first two shapes ever rolled at the Joya de Nicaragua cigar factory was the a Churchill. So, it was no surprise to see this shape in a line celebrating their half century of cigar making. A shape like this is not easy to produce well, but the artisan craftsmen at JDN have done a superb job. 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.

PLASENCIA ALMA DEL CAMPO TRAVESIA

PLASENCIA ALMA DEL CAMPO TRAVESIA

Length: 6 1/2”          Ring Gauge: 52          Wrapper: Nicaraguan          Strength: Medium       MSRP: $17.00

For more than five generations, the Plasencia family have been known as some of the best tobacco growers the world over. They have been manufacturing cigars for just as long and known for their quality. Although not a household name (yet), you’ve likely seen their handiwork in brands like Rocky Patel, Gurkha, & Romeo y Julieta just to name a few. A few years ago, the Plasencia’s decided they wanted their moment in the limelight and launched the exceptional super-premium Plasencia cigars. It was designed as a vehicle to showcase their talents as tobacco growers and cigar manufacturers. One of their most popular lines is the Alma del Campo.

The Plasencia Alma del Campo is the family’s tribute to the fertile land where their fields of tobaccos are carefully grown and cultivated. Utilizing some of the best tobaccos grown exclusively on Plasencia farms, the Plasencia Alma del Campo is expertly constructed and features a blend of all Nicaraguan filler, binder, and wrapper tobaccos. That’s all they are willing to divulge about this blend, but the wrapper is a beautiful chocolate brown color and has a lovely sheen to it. The Plasencia Alma de Campo Travesia is a medium strength blend with lots of flavor. Tasting notes include complex and balanced flavors of coffee, nuts, and earth with hints of salted caramel and pepper. The Tavesia vitola is another superb example of why the Plasencia family has thrived for generations.

SOBREMESA BRULE BLUE BY DUNBARTON TOBACCO & TRUST

SOBREMESA BRULE BLUE BY DUNBARTON TOBACCO & TRUST

Length: 6 1/4”          Ring Gauge: 46          Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut         Strength: Medium        MSRP: $15.00

In 2015, Steve Saka burst back onto the cigar scene by launching his Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust brand. Having recently completed his 2 year non-compete after departing as Drew Estate’s CEO, many people were curious to see what the guy who created the Liga Privada line for Drew had up his sleeve. His freshman release was called Sobremesa and it was met with mixed reviews. It’s not that the cigar wasn’t good (in truth it was excellent), but it wasn’t the $12 Liga Privada that people were hoping for. After peoples fever dream wore off, people started to come around to the brand and Dunbarton has been on a steady climb since. They now offer several lines that include a few variations of the Sobremesa line-up including the wonderful and intriguing Sobremesa Brule Blue.

The Sobremesa Brule Blue is a tribute to one of the best cigars Steve Saka has ever smoked. He has a notoriously excellent palate and an excellent memory for the cigars he has enjoyed over the years. With the Brule Blue, he wanted to tweak the Sobremesa Brule blend and create a modern rendition of the Habana Davidoff Dom Perignon. Many will say this is one of the finest cigars ever produced. While he set out to create this cigar in the same shape as the original, he settled on a Corona Gorda shape as it better accommodated the flavors and strength he was looking for. Flavors are complex and feature notes of cream, sweet vanilla, and coffee with hints of pepper, cedar and browned butter. The Sobremesa Brule Blue was one of the most talked about cigars to be released in 2020. Enjoy one and it’s easy to understand why. It is masterclass in complexity and balance.