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IPCPR 2013 Review

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DE KFC

I didn’t get a chance to head to IPCPR 2013 as I am new to the cigar news and reviews industry, I just did not have time to get a trip together. But I did follow my twitter feed and other blogs feverishly looking for the new cigars that I would be reviewing in the coming months. I have highlighted some of the upcoming releases that I am excited about and hope to be reviewing once released.

 

Drew Estate– Oh how great the future looks for Drew Estate. They are coming out with some fantastic additions this year. Along with a redesigned site, they are teaming up with Joya de Nicaragua again and continuing the MUWAT line with KFC (Kentucky Fire Cured). These are going to be amazing as they are fire cured with hickory, oak, and maple. It will come in 3 sizes. There is also the Nica Rustica “El Brujito” which looks to be a great robust smoke as well.

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My Father Cigars– Reaching their 10th year in the cigar industry, My Father Cigars is producing the Don Pepín Garcia 10th Anniversary. This is only available as a 6.5 x 52 Vitola and is a limited release of 2500 boxes. Expected single cigar prices are $22, which is a bit high, but im guessing this will be well worth it. After winning cigar of the year honors, I am sure that this will be a highly sought after stogie.

La Palina– Besides the goldie No.2 and No.5 which I still need to try, the upcoming Mr. Sam should be a hit as well. This is a limited production run of 850 boxes in a Robusto 4.75 x 54 Vitola. Expect this to come into stores and leave very fast as La Palina Cigars  is a really hot cigar company right now.

LP MrSam

La Flor Dominicana– This is a company that I have heard a ton about but haven’t had the chance to try yet. Besides their previous releases I will be on the lookout for the new release Chapter One. Limited to 10,000 boxes of a 6.5 x 58 box press vitola. Should be a great smoke based off of early reports on it.

LFD Chapter 1

Nomad– Owner Fred Rewey took a trip to Nicaragua and came back with the Estelí Lot 1386 and is super excited about it. So I am going to be excited about it to. Per the Nomad website “Very limited run that can not be repeated.” I will for sure be hunting this one down.

J Fuego– The Connoisseur is the new cigar for J Fuego this year. I have already had and reviewed this and it was great. But they are releasing new Origen vitolas which I would like to get my hands on.

Oliva– There is only one new release and its the Serie V Melanio Maduro. Ive had the Melanio and loved it. So I am really excited for the Maduro which comes in a Torpedo Vitola and I know will be super tasty.

Crowned Heads– I recently smoked the Headley Grange and absolutely loved it. So I am beyond stoked about the upcoming release of J.D. Howard Reserve. It will come in 5 sizes and should be a very good smoke. This cigar will also be included in a sampler pack called a 6 shooter. It will contain 2 Four Kicks, 2 Headley Grange, and 2 J.D. Howard Reserve. This looks to be the way to go, at $49 MSRP your getting a hell of a great deal.

GurkhaGurkha came out swinging this year. They normally have a lot of releases throughout the year but they have some great updates this IPCPR. First is the Cellar Reserve Limitada, which a bit of a different blend but expect it to be just as great. Prize Fighter which is going to be a $2 cigar, I repeat A $2 GURKHA, holy hell that’s cheap and I know it will be above good for sure.

 Prize Fighter Band

Drew Estate Liga Undercrown

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Drew Estate Liga Undercrown

Brand: Drew Estate

Wrapper: San Andres

Binder: T52 Connecticut stalk cut & cured Habano

Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina and Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium-Full

Size: Belicoso 6.0 x 52

Price: $7.50

 

The wrapper on this cigar is really gorgeous. Dark leathery brown with splotches of lighter spots, veins visible. The smell is just fantastic as well, really invites you in with its sweet scents. This is one of my favorite bands on a cigar. Dark blue background with gold border and a picture of a lions head with a crown beneath. Really cool, reminds me of the Lannister sigil on Game of Thrones. Cold draw has a light tobacco taste with a touch of spice.

First puffs– Starting out there is a great spice flavor that rests in the back of my mouth. Accompanying it is a floral and earthy wood taste.

Drew Estate Liga Undercrown Smoked

First third– There is a really deep earth flavor along with a bit of spice as well. I get a great sweet taste as well. Cocoa enters into the mix as well, complex but all playing nicely. The draw is a little tight, smoke is low.
Second third– The draw has improved a lot along with the smoke production. Really smooth and creamy so far. Same flavors as the first third, which is a great thing.
Final third– Earth flavors are prominent here with the sweetness falling back a bit. Still smoking very well.

Overall a fantastic cigar. The complex flavors of earth and cocoa, mix perfectly with the wrappers natural sweetness. I highly suggest this and can almost guarantee this will become a regular in most humidors.

Find out more at Drew Estate and tweet @drewestatecigar

Drew Estates Liga Privada T52

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 Drew Estate Liga Privada T52

Brand: Drew Estate

Wrapper: USA Connecticut

Binder: Brazil

Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras

Strength: Full

Size: Robusto 5.0 x 54

Price: $13.00

 

I continue my journey through the Liga Privada line of Drew Estate cigars. The T52 is up next, which makes me think it’s a model of Terminator. Smells sweet with a hint of spice. The wrapper is a gorgeous super dark brown with a dull oily sheen. The cold draw has a faint spice with a nice tobacco taste. Wrapper stay consistent with the Liga line, classy industrial, well designed.

First puffs– I get a deeply complex wood and spice combo with a smidge of cocoa. Oh man this is gonna be good. The draw is tight and smoke is low.

Drew Estate Liga Privada T52 Smoked

First third– Flavors have blasted off. Cocoa, Coffee, Spice, and earth tones. This is complex while being creamy and smooth. Draw is still tighter than I would like.
Second third– Seriously! This is great so far. During the transition I got hit with a sweet cherry flavor. Spices and other flavors linger as well. Draw is better and smoke is pouring out now. Construction is great so far.
Final third– Now I’m getting a nut flavor with spices and more earth and leather. The draw has really opened up now and is smoking like a champ.

Drew Estate Liga Privada T52 nub

Overall this cigar was almost transcendent. The flavors contained within are simply amazing. Construction was great and appearance was enticing. I prefer this over the No.9 for sure. This is an absolute must smoke cigar. Buy this as soon as you see it available in your local stores.

To find out more about this cigar visit Drew Estates and tweet @drewestatecigar

Drew Estate Liga Privada No 9

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Liga Privada9

 

Brand: Drew Estate

Wrapper: Oscuro

Binder: Brazil

Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan

Strength: Medium – Full

Size: Toro 6.0 x 52

Price: $13.00

 

Right on Drew Estates site it states; “This cigar was originally crafted not for resale, but for our own personal humidors.” You know its gotta be good then. I have heard so much about the Liga Privada line that I had to try it. I picked this up yesterday @foxcigars store locally. The smell of this cigar is amazing, a nice sweet aroma. The wrapper is gorgeous as well, dark and silky, extremely inviting. The Oscuro wrapper is the darkest Connecticut you can get without it being a maduro. When you first look at it you can tell you will be in for a good smoke. The band has a very industrial feel to it, which is a nice departure from the normal flashy bands you see on some cigars. On the other side is the lion sigil, which is bad ass. Overall presentation is fantastic, it is inviting me to smoke and enjoy.

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