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Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Series Sun Grown

Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Series Sun Grown 1Editor’s Note: Each week, our friends at the Smooth Draws Radio Show, based in Atlanta, GA, do a review of ‘The Cigar of the Week’ on their radio show, which can be heard Saturday mornings on AM1230 ESPN the Fan 2 (WFOM radio) from 9AM to 11AM. That review is printed (in its entirety) here on Cigarweekly.com, usually on the Monday following its broadcast.

The Smooth Draws Radio Show Pick of the Week

THE CIGAR

As our ‘Premium Cigars of Georgia’ cigar of the week, we’ve selected the Perdomo Factory Tour Blend Series Sun Grown.

BACK STORY

Truly, you will never have a higher appreciation for cigars then after having experienced a factory tour. And many a cigar enthusiast has travelled (or will eventually travel) to a tobacco producing country to take in a cigar factory tour.

Perdomo has gained a reputation as one of a handful of companies offering tours of its factory, by welcoming consumers and retailers from all around the world to its facilities in Nicaragua.

The Factory Tour Blend was inspired by Perdomo’s fifteen years of factory tours. The company says that Aristides Garcia, one of the factory’s long time managers, would roll special cigars for guests who toured the Nicaraguan factory. And now that special blend is being made available to everyone.

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Flatiron Maduro

Flatiron Maduro 1Fabricator: Martinez Cigars
Size: 5 inches x 50 ring gauge (box-pressed Robusto)

If you weren't born in New York City, here's the answer to the origin of the moniker ‘Flatiron’. Apparently, in New York City, there exists a triangular, 22-story, steel-framed building located in the borough of Manhattan. This building was considered a groundbreaking skyscraper upon its completion in 1902. It sits on a triangular block formed by three streets. As with numerous other wedge-shaped buildings, the name ‘Flatiron’ derives from its resemblance to a cast-iron clothes iron.

The building, which has been called one of the world's most iconic skyscrapers, is a quintessential symbol of New York City. The neighborhood around it is called the Flatiron District, after its signature building.

The Flatiron Building was designated a New York City landmark in 1966, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

Under the shadows of this iconic structure, Antonio Genaro Martinez (1947-2002), who was known to everyone as Don Antonio, opened a storefront in 1974 – Martinez Cigars. This enterprise produced lines of premium handmade cigars.

Martinez was “an immigrant from the tiny town of Tamboríl in the Dominican Republic, and brought with him a vast wealth of knowledge and incredible talent for making some of the finest cigars imaginable”.

The Flatiron series is part of the firm’s line of premium handmade cigars, and is aptly named after the aforementioned building and neighborhood.

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Kristoff Galerones Series DR4

Kristoff Galerones Series DR4 1Editor’s Note: Each week, our friends at the Smooth Draws Radio Show, based in Atlanta, GA, do a review of ‘The Cigar of the Week’ on their radio show, which can be heard Saturday mornings on AM1230 ESPN the Fan 2 (WFOM radio) from 9AM to 11AM. That review is printed (in its entirety) here on Cigarweekly.com, usually on the Monday following its broadcast.

The Smooth Draws Radio Show Pick of the Week

THE CIGAR

This time around, we’ve selected the Kristoff Galerones Series DR4 as our cigar pick of the week.

BACK STORY

The Kristoff Galerones Series, which includes the DR4, was unveiled at the 2013 IPCPR trade show. Glen Case, the brand owner, wanted to create a new core line of cigars that would mark a new chapter in the company’s history. This line would give Kristoff Cigars what Glen Case called “a new look, a new flavor and a new level”.

For the Galerones Series, Kristoff creates cigars that have a big flavor component, as opposed to a strength-based nature. The DR4 blends flavorful Connecticut tobacco, and is aimed at the beginner as well as the experienced smoker. It derives its name from the fillers, as there are four distinct Dominican Habano Cuban seed tobaccos in the filler.

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La Galera Connecticut

La Galera Connecticut 1Editor’s Note: Each week, our friends at the Smooth Draws Radio Show, based in Atlanta, GA, do a review of ‘The Cigar of the Week’ on their radio show, which can be heard Saturday mornings on AM1230 ESPN the Fan 2 (WFOM radio) from 9AM to 11AM. That review is printed (in its entirety) here on Cigarweekly.com, usually on the Monday following its broadcast.

The Smooth Draws Radio Show Pick of the Week

THE CIGAR

As our Premium Cigars of Georgia ‘cigar of the week’, we’ve selected The La Galera Connecticut by Indian Head Cigars.

BACK STORY

The La Galera Connecticut comes to us from José ‘Jochy’ Blanco’s Tabacalera Palma, which traces its origins back to the mid-19th-Century, when a Spanish citizen named José Manuel Blanco Lozada moved to the Dominican Republic to specialize in the trades of tropical fruits and tobacco.

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A Cigar's Tale Review VII

A Cigars Tale Review VII 1Cigar name: Lobotomy       

Cigar brand: Asylum          
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Vitola reviewed: Toro (6 inches x 50 ring gauge)
Strength: Medium
Price: $4.20

Visual

My cigar review ritual begins by looking at the overall appearance of this cigar. It is a very aesthetically pleasing cigar. The dark chocolate Maduro wrapper is almost Oscuro looking. I observe two prominent (yet small) veins, and seams that are slightly visible but tight. I see no blemishes, and note the firmness of the cigar, which has only one soft spot near the beginning of the last third. Overall, the construction is done very well.

Cold aroma

Holding the cigar under my nose, I pick up some cocoa and tobacco off the wrapper. The foot brings still more scents – coffee with cream, toffee, caramel, cinnamon, smoke and a slight raisin note, all coming together very nicely.

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A Cigar's Tale Review VIII

A Cigars Tale Review VIII 1Cigar name: Casa Miranda Chapter Two         

Cigar brand: Miami Cigar Company (with My Father Cigars)
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Nicaragua, Brazil and Dominican Republic
Vitola reviewed: Robusto (4.5 inches x 50 ring gauge)
Strength: Medium
Price: $5.70

Visual

My inspection begins with a look-over of the wrapper, which reveals a chocolate brown color as well as tight and invisible seams. I find a couple of medium but prominent veins. The cigar is firm, with absolutely no soft spots. I also see a slight tooth on the wrapper.

Cold aroma

Sniffing along the wrapper, I sense a very faint coffee note, and not much else. The foot has a good bit more to offer. Here, raisin, grape, sweet hay, brown sugar and moss come together surprisingly well, and the combination of scents actually gives me some promise on how good this cigar might be.

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Rocky Patel Vintage 1990

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 1Editor’s Note: Each week, our friends at the Smooth Draws Radio Show, based in Atlanta, GA, do a review of ‘The Cigar of the Week’ on their radio show, which can be heard Saturday mornings on AM1230 ESPN the Fan 2 (WFOM radio) from 9AM to 11AM. That review is printed (in its entirety) here on Cigarweekly.com, usually on the Monday following its broadcast.

The Smooth Draws Radio Show Pick of the Week

THE CIGAR

This week, we selected the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990.

BACK STORY

The Rocky Patel brand has always been known for its quality, construction and consistency. Having entered the cigar industry during the early days of the cigar boom as an outsider (without the Cuban or even Latin pedigree, no less), and having been told that he would never make it, Rocky succeeded like no other.

Rocky then put aside the Indian Tabac brand name (which he had spent years building) to focus on the Rocky Patel Brand, and the Vintage Series in particular. He wanted to have direct control over the quality of his cigars.

During his travels, Rocky discovered unused bales of 12-year old, Honduran-grown, broadleaf wrapper leaves. He found that this older tobacco performed significantly better than anything he had used before. Rocky also cut back on production in order to focus on quality control. Instead of rolling 400 to 500 cigars per day, Rocky limited daily runs to 250 cigars. This measure created room for an unprecedented level of craftsmanship and, in turn, permitted better attention to ensuring quality production. The Vintage line of cigars has consistently cracked the 90 rating barrier in Cigar Aficionado.

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Cubanacan Percy Ray 1928

Cubanacan Percy Ray 1928 1Editor’s Note: Each week, our friends at the Smooth Draws Radio Show, based in Atlanta, GA, do a review of ‘The Cigar of the Week’ on their radio show, which can be heard Saturday mornings on AM1230 ESPN the Fan 2 (WFOM radio) from 9AM to 11AM. That review is printed (in its entirety) here on Cigarweekly.com, usually on the Monday following its broadcast.

The Smooth Draws Radio Show Pick of the Week

THE CIGAR

As our ‘Premium Cigars of Georgia’ cigar of the week, we’ve selected The Cubanacan Percy Ray 1928 by Nate McIntyre.

BACK STORY

Many of us in the cigar industry (and many more cigar enthusiasts) know Nate McIntyre from his presence in the retail and wholesale cigar sectors. From shop keeper to national sales manager, Nate has been a personable professional. In September of 2015, Nate announced, as Eastern U.S. Sales Manager for Cubanacan, that he would be branching out with his own cigar line – an annual limited edition, marketed under the Percy Ray Cigars banner, which would pay tribute to his grandfather.

Nate has stated that his goal with Percy Ray Cigars is simply to say thank you, give his grandfather (Percy Ray McIntyre) the honor to which he is due, and perhaps inspire other people to celebrate the same people in their lives.

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La Gloria Cubana Serie RF No. 21

La Gloria Cubana Serie RF No. 21 1

What’s in a name? When it comes to cigars, perhaps not much. One can find hundreds of different cigars with wonderful, and some not so wonderful, names. Many cigar brands sound traditional, while others are more contemporary. Still others have names that are clearly marketing ploys.

Although the name of a cigar has nothing to do with how it smokes, or with the quality of the brand, I've always been a person who enjoys a cigar with a fine name. Some cigars (and I won't mention any specifically) sport names that, to be frank, make me want to avoid them at all costs. However, a few of those cigars also happen to be amongst my favorites. And no... A fine sounding name is not always an indication that the cigar will be a winner, either.

La Gloria Cubana, literally The Glory of Cuba, is one of those cigars brands that did it right in choosing a name. The brand name belongs to both Cuban and Dominican cigar manufacturers. I’ve had very little experience with the Cuban line. But I have smoked my fair share of the Dominican-bred LGC cigars.

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Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle Corona Gorda

Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle Corona Gorda 1This time around, Cigar Weekly's Jeff Slatton assesses the merits (and characteristics) of the Four Kicks Black Belt Buckle Corona Gorda, which has been provided for review by Famous Smoke Shop. Thanks goes out to the folks at FSS for their generosity.

Size: 5 5/8 inches by 46 ring gauge
Country of origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper color: Maduro
Wrapper origin: Connecticut
Wrapper leaf: Broadleaf

Initial impressions

The rich, fragrant Maduro wrapper displays some veins, while the finger-feel indicates a fairly solid bunch. I suffer through a slightly messy clip, but the draw seems good.

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GTO Hypnotic Connecticut

GTO Hypnotic Connecticut 1Editor’s Note: Each week, our friends at the Smooth Draws Radio Show, based in Atlanta, GA, do a review of ‘The Cigar of the Week’ on their radio show, which can be heard Saturday mornings on AM1230 ESPN the Fan 2 (WFOM radio) from 9AM to 11AM. That review is printed (in its entirety) here on Cigarweekly.com, usually on the Monday following its broadcast.

The Smooth Draws Radio Show Pick of the Week

THE CIGAR

This week, we selected the GTO Hypnotic Connecticut, which is produced by Oscar Rodriguez, a good friend of ours for several years now.

BACK STORY

Oscar Rodriguez is the CEO of GTO Cigars and Tabacalera GTO Dominicana. He epitomizes the current generation of cigar manufacturers – those desiring to produce innovative and unique styles and blends, yet still adhere to the tried and true methods that have proved successful for decades.

A cigar smoker since his early 20s, and also having been brought up and trained by his father and grandfather on the family tobacco farms and at the Tabacalera, Oscar has a keen talent for blending very tasty cigars that adhere to his family's rich Dominican Republic tobacco growing and cigar manufacturing roots and traditions.

What people like most about this personable cigar maker, who now splits his time between the Dominican Republic and Alabama (the latter where he is a practicing physician), is that he is highly approachable and enjoys talking with fellow cigar smokers at events, shops and lounges. And that’s where the inspiration for the Hypnotic line first came to him.

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