March 27, 2012 | By Dan Reeve
for review tonight is a brand sold exclusively in Europe. I had never
heard of Patoro cigars prior to my recent visit to the new Augusto Reyes
factory in the Dominican Republic where they are produced. Patoro is a
brand that was created by Patrick J. Martin and is sold at luxury prices
in some of the best lounges in Europe. Patrick has a long history in
the cigar industry; most notably, he is recognized for his work with
early Dominican-made Davidoff products.
A quote from the Patoro website: luxury and good taste. Pure Cuban tobacco seeds, Dominican sun and the soil of Santiago create the valuable basis for each and every Patoro Cigar. The rich, nurturing soil combined with excellent experience in growing tobacco plants, gained over more then six generations, and the skillful hands of our master Torcedores, creates the unique taste of a masterpiece.
When I spoke with Patrick, he stressed to me the importance of the quality he demands of his product. He said he only allows a team of rollers to make 50 cigars a day (30 in the case of the Limited Edition, like in this review), and they must all go in the same cabinet for sale, if approved by quality control. As you can guess, these sticks are pretty hard to find, even in the European market.
Ring Gauge: 50
Price: $40.90 (yup)
Smoking Location: my back deck
March 22, 2012 | By Mario Takeyama
Tonight Mario and I are broadcasting live from the New York City Grand Havana Room. It's a special night at the Grand Havana Room as we are celebrating the 86th birthday of Avo Uvezian with members from all the Davidoff retail shops NYC, and De La Concha. Enjoy the feed and smoke a Avo if you have one.
(full production video to follow in the next few weeks)
March 21, 2012 | By Dan Reeve
Today's review is a pre-release sample that I picked up on my recent trip to the My Father Factory. La Dueña (translates to The Owner in English) is a cigar line that is blended by Pete Johnson (owner of Tatuaje Cigars)
specifically for Janny Garcia, the owner of My Father Cigars. This will
be the first line of cigars to be made just for Janny's taste and, I
believe, the first cigar Pete has blended for the My Father company.
I got a chance to smoke multiples of this cigar in all the different sizes (except petite lancero), so I think I have a pretty good take on the profile and what Pete and Janny were going for with this release. The sample I used for this review I actually got in Miami at the My Father headquarters, so I am going to guess it had a bit more age on it than all of the sticks I smoked in Nicaragua.
(Due to the size of this cigar, this review is only in two parts instead of the traditional thirds.)
Vitola: Petite Robusto
Ring Gauge: 52
Wrapper: Connecticut broadleaf
Smoking Location: New Havana Cigars
March 20, 2012 | By Dan Reeve
have been having spring-like weather here in Columbus, which has been
great. The other day was beautiful, so out to the back deck I went to
smoke a cigar for review. I really hope winter has come to an end
because an after dinner smoke on the deck is really something I enjoy.
For review, I pulled out another stick that I picked up on my recent
trip to the ProCigar festival. The General Cigars Special Blend #7 was
given at the annual "white party" dinner on the second night in
Santiago. The dinner parties are where all the manufacturers pass out
the latest releases or special blends made just for the festival. I
emailed Victoria McKee (Public Relations for General Cigar) to get some
more info on this stick, but it seems they are currently being very
tight-lipped on this one.
A quote from Victoria McKee on the Special Blend #7 The cigar we gave out at the white party was actually a new blend that has never been released. We are not going to provide details because it's quite possible that we will release this blend in the near future.
That's all the information I have on this cigar, so I'm moving on to the review.
Ring Gauge: 50ish
Smoking Location: my back deck
March 19, 2012 | By Mario Takeyama
Procigar Festival 2012 - - La Romana, Casa De Campo in Dominican Republic on February 19, 2012.
Video for Trip and 2nd Day at Procigar Festival 2012.
"Catamaran to Palmilla Sand Bar & Saona Island"
Whole day event packed into 10min. video! Hope you enjoy...
This video was shot by Sony HDR-CX580V & Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 Super Wide Lens.
Hope you enjoy!
March 15, 2012 | By Dan Reeve
was a unseasonably warm day in Columbus, so I took advantage and sat on
my back deck for the first time this year to do a cigar review. The
stick was a sample I brought back from the ProCigar Festival - the Quesada Q D’Etat Molotov.These cigars were just recently released to the market and I read over at Tony Casas' site
that they were limited to 1,000 boxes. I had the pleasure to watch a
skilled roller at the MATASA (Manufactura de Tabacos S.A.) factory make
these cigars and it looked to be no easy task.
A quote from Terence Reilly (One of the what seems like 25 Quesada family members working in the business) about the Quesada Q D’Etat Molotov: "The q d'etat line has a simple straight forward message: fight for your rights. Consequently the cigar is intended to have very Straightforward, distinctive flavors. In the case of the molotov, the shape offers the added bonus of seeing how the blend tastes in 3 distinct wrapper/binder filler ratios, as the cigar's ring gauge starts at 44, goes up to 58, and back down to 38"
The new MATASA factory is a impressive building that the whole Quesada clan is just getting settled into. I'm sure by next year's ProCigar, it will be one of the most stunning factories in the Dominican Republic.
Ring Gauge: 44 - 58 - 38 in that order
Smoking Location: My back deck
March 13, 2012 | By Dan Reeve
So as one of my last posts stated, I recently made my way down to Esteli, Nicaragua with Pete Johnson (owner of Tatuaje Cigars), KC Johnson (Pete's brother), Dan Welsh (owner of New Havana Cigars), Casper (Owner/ Managing Partner at GoMerch, who does all of Tatuaje's swag/media), and a few great shop owners from lower Florida. (Smoke on the water, Prime Cigar, Harbor Cigars) It was a fantastic trip and, like every time I visit the country, I learn so much. Below is a break down of what we did and where we went on each day. I'm not including all the details because I'm sure I've forgotten some in the late nights of partaking on the rooftop of hotel Los Arcos. I also took a bit of video that, as soon as Mario has chance to edit it together, I will post up. I think I got some really nice footage of the factory and the farms, but we'll see.
Anyway, on to the trip recap.
March 1, 2012 | By Dan Reeve
know we just got back from ProCigar last week, but I'm off again on
cigar adventure number two for 2012. Next week I am heading down to
Nicaragua with my good friends Pete Johnson (owner of the Tatuaje brand of cigars), Dan Welsh (owner of New Havana Cigars)
and KC Johnson (Pete's brother who I hung out with a lot last year at
the IPCPR tradeshow.) I'm not sure what to expect on this trip because
it's my first trip to the country that is not a formal "blogger" tour. I
do know that when I asked Pete last week at ProCigar what we would be
smoking, he had the best answer. He told me, "When we get up, you tell
me what we're smoking that day." I'm sure he saw the big sh*t eating
grin appear on my face. So, like the trip last week, the best way to get
updates from me on my trip and to find out what we end up smoking, is
via twitter (reeve11)(cigarexplorer). Also, you should follow Dan Welsh (NHCDAN) and Pete (tatuajecigars) if you don't already.
While I am gone Mario will continue with the updates from last weeks ProCigar festival. He's working hard on the videos and we've got a ton of footage so check back often.
I'm very excited for this trip and haven't stopped thinking about it since Pete asked me if I wanted to go. Wish me luck and see you in a week.