Nicaragua

Puro Gold

Padrón Cigars celebrates its 50th anniversary with two new all-Nicaraguan releases. Padrón Cigars turned 50 this year, and in an industry where fierce competition and other factors such as inclement weather and civil unrest have snuffed out many brands, reaching this milestone is cause for celebration. To mark the achievement, the company, which is renowned for its Nicaraguan puros—cigars with […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | Cigars: E.P. Carrillo Edición Limitada 2013

Representing a new direction for the blender Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the E.P. Carrillo Edición Limitada 2013 (www.epcarrillo.com, $300 per box) features a Mexican wrapper. Perez-Carrillo selected a San Andrés maduro and combined it with a double Nicaraguan and Brazilian binder and a Nicaraguan filler to produce a medium-full-bodied smoke with an enticingly long finish. The Edición […]

Holiday Stars: Nicaragua

ASHTON SAN CRISTOBAL REVELATION The only new cigar to be introduced by Ashton this year features an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper, the same oily leaf found on the company’s best-selling VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) brand. But the Revelation’s wrapper is harvested from a lower portion of the plant, giving it a slightly lighter hue and taste. […]

Gifts of the Season 2013: Smoke Symbols

A Swiss tobacconist’s 10-year approach to Nicaraguan cigars and the limited-edition humidor that celebrates the journey. Ten years ago, the Davidoff team of tobacco specialists set out to discover new, raw tobaccos that would contribute to a revolutionary taste profile for the brand—one that delivered bittersweet palate stimulation.  Up to that point, Davidoff had worked […]

Mellow Strength

Even back in the days when he was producing La Gloria Cubana, Ernesto Perez-Carrillowas not known for creating mild cigars. Now that he has established his own company, Perez-Carrillo maintains that reputation with his newest cigar, the E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Series ($7.25/$145–$8.75/$175), packaged by the score in a distinctive “cardinal red” box with a black […]

A Major-League Smoke

On April 17, 2009, Major League Baseball outfielder Gary Sheffield hit his 500thhome run. He then went on to score nine more homers before retiring from an illustrious career playing for eight different ball clubs, with a .292 lifetime batting average. Now he has teamed up with another all-star, cigar maker Rocky Patel, to create […]

A Nicaraguan Homage to Cuba

Pepin Garcia and his family-owned My Father Cigars company in Estelí, Nicaragua, has garnered a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the finest cigars inside or outside of Cuba, the island nation that is also known as “the flower of the Antillas islands.” Now, the latest creation of Pepin’s son Jaime pays tribute to the […]

Slow Smoking

In this fast-paced world, cigars are an anomaly, as their tobaccos are aged naturally and consequently, cannot be rushed, their hand-rolled construction is methodical, and even the act of smoking them is typically a leisure-time activity. All of this is personified in the Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada 2011 ($8 to $10, depending on size). Tortuga […]

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