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IPCPR 2013 Review


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.


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

J Fuego Connoisseur


J Fuego Connoisseur

Brand: J Fuego

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Mexican San Andres Maduro

Filler: 1/2 Nicaraguan Corojo, 1/2 Honduran Corojo

Strength: Full

Size: Grand Robusto: 5.5 x 54

Price: $9.00


This is a pre-release being announced at IPCPR 2013 in Vegas this weekend. It is also my first J Fuego cigar. The wrapper is a creamy medium brown with prominent leaf lines. The initial smell took me off guard, it had a musty spicy odor. I didn’t find it to be appealing at all. I do like the bands on this cigar. Very classic look, yellow with gold lettering on a black background. Extra band on the foot with company stamp. Cold draw had a salty and spicy taste to it.

First puffs– There is a deep pepper flavor accompanied by a salty undertone. Kind of a harsh start. Draw is good and smoke production is great, nice and loose.

J Fuego Connoisseur puff

First third– The draw is fantastic on this cigar, really easy to smoke. The pepper has become subdued and there is a musty wood flavor. Not as bad as my initial smell led me to believe. There is also a sweet caramel like taste with a touch of salt as well.
Second third– Flavors have shifted a bit to more of a wood and spice flavor. Spices keep fading in and out. This is the first cigar I’ve had that contains a salty taste on my lips, it’s kind of odd at first, but adds to it nicely.

J Fuego Connoisseur smoked

Final third– Not to much change except there is bit more sweetness. The real focus is ease of smoke here. The draw is fantastic and the smoke production is still great.


Overall a smooth cigar with some interesting flavor choices. Definitely a cigar that will give you a different experience from most of your usual’s. Once released I do suggest trying this one out.

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