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Archive for October, 2011

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser

30 Oct

Synopsis:
Blender: Carlos Fuente Sr., Carlos Fuente Jr., Stanford Newman
Maker: Tabacalera A. Fuente
Filler: “Central American”
Binder: Not Available
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cuban-Seed
Flavors: Citrus, cedar, wood, chocolate → floral/ herbal, nuts
Draw/Volume/Strength: 0 / 0 / 3
Rating: 9.3

Julius Caeser Newman emigrated to the Unites States in 1888. Known as JC (the “Caeser” added on Ellis Island by an immigration officer who decided young Julius needed a middle name, and who also presumably misspelled it), his particular version of the American Dream involved a long apprenticeship in cigar rolling, finally selling his first 10 wheels to grocers around his family’s Cleveland, Ohio home. He was 20 years old.

Today, J.C. Newman Cigars is the oldest family-owned premium cigar maker in the US. To honor their founder and Great-grandfather, the company released the Diamond Crown Julius Caeser in 2010. These cigars were originally only available at select Diamond Crown Lounges around the country. It has since become available at a few on-line retailers. After an exhaustive search, I located a retailer who carried the Julius Caeser, but circumstances being what they were, it sat in the Sasquatch-a-dor for about 9 months– not intentionally, I just didn’t get around to it. You see, aging this cigar for 9 months would be a pointless gesture. But more on that in a bit.

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Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro (6x52)

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Posted in Dark Natural, Toros

 

7-20-4 Corona

18 Oct

Synopsis:
Blender: Kurt Kendal
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Mexican, Columbian
Binder: Costa Rican
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Flavors: Pepper, earth, leather → oak, espresso
Draw/Volume/Strength: +1 / +3 / 4
Rating: 9.2

Never smoke a Robusto when you should be smoking a Churchill, and never smoke a Churchill when you should be smoking a Corona. Implicit in this simple Sasquatchism is the notion that there is a right time and place for cigars of certain sizes. “Indeed,” you may say, “but what are they?” Good question, I say. Allow me to philosophize.

Regular readers know that the Cigar Sasquatch likes things big, so I can frequently be seen smoking Churchills. If there’s a good time to smoke a Robusto, I can only say that it’s when you get one as a gift and you don’t want to be rude, or when it comes in a sampler with a bunch of other sizes, and there’s nothing left in that blend that you can smoke instead (I’m not a fan of Robustos). So what’s the right time for a Corona? Any time you bloody-well please.

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7-20-4 Corona (5⅝x46)

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Posted in Coronas

 

Nub 464T Series Part 2: Maduro

12 Oct

Synopsis:
Blender: Sam Leccia
Maker: Oliva Cigar Co.
Filler: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro
Flavors: Black pepper, fresh tobacco, earth, oak
Draw/Volume/Strength: -1 / +2 / 3
Rating: 9.0

Today I present the second installment in the 4-part series evaluating the principal blends in the Nub line from the Oliva Cigar Company. Nub cigars are defined by their large ring gauges and short lengths, intended to turn the entire cigar into the “sweet spot.” The line offers a variety of vitolas with none longer than 4 inches, and all with ring gauges of 58 or more.

For this series, I’ll be smoking the 464T, a Torpedo (4×64), in each of the Habano, Cameroon, Connecticut, and Maduro wrappers. I’ll be delivering these reviews in no particular order.

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Nub Maduro 464T (4x64)

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Posted in Figurados, Maduro