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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

Oliva Serie V Melanio


Oliva Serie V Melanio

Brand: Oliva

Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Strength: Full

Size: Robusto 5.0 x 52

Price: $9.00


I had been looking for this one for a while now. Eagerly I grabbed it right away. It has a beautiful creamy medium brown wrapper with darker shades. There is a spice smell to the cigar and the cold draw confirms that as well. The band is a modified Serie V band, embellished with red and gold, along with a second band that has Melanio Gran Reserva Limitada on it. I used a punch on this and lit it up.

First puffs– I get a huge sharp spice that attacks my senses, this can’t be pepper, probably a cayenne. Beneath is a taste of a creamy wood. The draw is a bit tight and the smoke is light.
First third– Spices are settled now and it is super smooth and creamy. That wood taste is now combined with a kind of floral flavor. Towards the end I get hint of coffee notes as well.

Oliva Serie V Melanio Smoked

Second third– Great so far, still smooth and the draw has gotten a ton better. There are a lot of flavors. The floral notes have picked up along with the spice.
Final third– A bit nut has entered but most of the flavors have settled down and are fading. What’s left is a nice smooth creamy enjoyable smoke till the end.

Overall a powerhouse flavor blasted premium cigar. There is so much happening in this stogie it’s hard to nail down all of the flavors. This is a must smoke and needs to be experienced. Oliva has created a fantastic cigar.

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