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Viva Republica Guerrilla Warfare

Viva Republica Guerrilla Warfare

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Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Dominican and Mexican

Filler: Dominican, Brazilian, and Nicaraguan

Size: 4×41

Price: $4.00

Acquired: Purchased at The Smoker’s Abbey, East Nashville, TN

The Guerrilla Warfare is the second cigar that has been released by cigar company Viva Republica.  The Guerrilla Warfare blend was released at the 2013 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.  The cigar I am smoking  for this review was purchased locally at The Smoker’s Abbey in East Nashville.

Appearances can often be deceiving, as was the case with this little cigar.  First and most notably was the size.  A 4×41 is a small smoke.   I tend to lean toward smaller ring gauge cigars, so I was excited to try this one.  The cigar itself was medium brown in color, and had some pretty good size veins running through the wrapper leaf.  The best way I could describe the wrapper would be to say it had an unpolished look.  The band was small with a black and neon green color scheme.  Wording read Viva Republica as well as Guerrilla Warfare.

Flavor wise get ready for a kick in the taste buds!  What I said previously about appearances being deceiving, well here it is.  This little stick is a powerhouse!  At first light your taste buds are hit with strong notes of cayenne pepper.  Once your tongue gets with the program and accepts it, it also picks up some very nice wood notes as well as a strong nuttiness that develops more throughout the smoke.  This cigar ends as strong as it began holding a consistent flavor profile throughout.

Burn wise I have no complaints.  Fired it up and it burnt even and steady throughout the entire smoke requiring no touch ups.

Buy it again?  Most likely, I will.  I probably will not buy a box because honestly it’s a bit too much pepper for me.  However, it is a great stick for when you need that little extra jolt to your system.  So if you are a fan of pepper notes in cigars, this is definitely one for you!

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PRESS RELEASE: Nomad Releases Two New Sizes to S-307

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nomad Cigar Company Releases Two New S-307 Sizes

Estelí, Nicaragua (Jan 6, 2014) – Nomad Cigar Company is pleased to announce the release of two additional sizes to the S-307 cigar line.

The S-307, a box pressed Sumatra wrapped cigar, was originally released in late 2013 in three sizes and enjoyed significant success from the start – landing on several “Best of 2013” lists.

The initial sizes in 2013 were:

Toro (6×50)
Robusto (5×50) and
Torpedo (6 1/2 x 52)

The two new 2014 sizes available in the S-307 line are:

6 x 58 and

Corona (5.5 x 44)

“I am really excited about the response to the S-307 and glad to provide two additional sizes in the line. With quality tobacco, five different size choices, and a great price point, I feel that we hit the target on this line,” said Rewey.

Nomad Cigar Company launched in 2012 with four sizes of classic hand rolled Dominican cigars and quickly grew the [DR] line to seven sizes. In January 2013 founder Fred Rewey ventured to Nicaragua; blending and creating the Estelí Lot 1386 and the S-307.

The S-307 is Nomad’s first “full production” Nicaraguan cigar. It was blended and produced at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez. The “S” in the name stands for “Sumatra” while the “307” is in reference to the approximate square miles of Estelí, Nicaragua.

Both new sizes (as well as the original sizes) are in stock and shipping immediately.

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Iconic Leaf Recluse Draconian

Iconic Leaf Recluse Draconian

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Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro

Binder: Not disclosed.

Filler: Brazilian Hybrid, Piloto Cubano,Dominican Iconic Leaf Ligero

Size: Robusto 5×52

Price: $7.25

Acquired: The Smokey Cigar-Hendersonville, TN

The Recluse Draconian is one of the newest releases from cigar company Iconic Leaf.   The new Draconian will be available in a number of sizes, including the sidewinder.  For this review, I smoked the 5×52 Robusto.

Looks wise this is a very cool, kind of badass looking cigar.  The cigar itself is medium to dark brown in color and is box pressed.  The cigar has two bands, the standard black and silver “Recluse” band, and a lower one that reads “Draconian” in red.  The cigar also has a red ribbon foot band.

Flavor wise this cigar opens pretty strong.  Upon lighting you are hit with a dose of white pepper that continues to please your taste buds throughout the entire smoke.  There is also a slight nuttiness as well as some subtle wood and cedar notes.

The Recluse Draconian burned fairly well and even throughout the smoke.  I did require two touch ups, but was smoking outside with wind.   The smoke on the cigar was full and white with a pleasant aroma.

Buy it again?  Probably.  The new Recluse Draconian is a great stick with a definite kick to it.  If you are a fan of strong pepper notes, than this is definitely a cigar for you.

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The Smokey Cigar’s Top 10 of 2013

The Smokey Cigar’s Top 10 Cigars of 2013

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Today’s top 10 list comes from Brian the owner of The Smokey Cigar in Hendersonville, TN.

10. Roma Craft Intemperance Industry – Creamy and smooth with great smoke volume.

 

9. Liga Privada T52 Belicoso – Perfect powerhouse cigar.

 

8. Illusione 88 Candela – The ultimate breakfast smoke, not over powering.

 

7. Asylum Ogre – For a 70 ring gauge this has a complex flavor profile.

 

6. Kristoff Corojo Limitada Matador – Great medium body with a spicy flavor.

 

5. Torano Vault Red Toro – Strong and spicy with intense smoke.

 

4. Emilio La Muesa Toro – Complex and bold flavor that brings out a nutty profile.

 

3. La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli 54 – Consistent flavor profile.

 

2. PDR 1878 Maduro Gigante – Bold and flavorful through and through.

 

1. Opus X Perfecxion – Perfect burn and the size brings out a flavorful wrapper.

 

The Smokey Cigar

112 Saundersville Road, Suite C-310 Hendersonville, TN 37075

615-824-9677

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Big Star Cigar’s Top 10 of 2013

Big Star Cigar’s Top 10 of 2013

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This list comes to us from Tony B over at Big Star Cigar.

 

10.  Romeo RyJ  toro “A huge surprise”

 

9.  Camacho Criollo Toro “Great reblend”

 

8.  262 Revere Lancero “Clint ups the game again”

 

7.  CAO Flathead 538 “Ricky keeps making interesting cigars!”

 

6.  Crowned Heads Headley Grange Drumstick “worth holding on to a few if you have them…wonderful”

 

5.  EPC Short Run Robusto “Ernesto is firing on all cylinders with all the cigars he’s making…2014 will be great for him!”

 

4.  Oliva V Melanio Torpedo “wow…powerful, delicious, and worth every penny!”

 

3.  Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro “Nick is making amazing sticks on a regular basis and I love this one in particular”

 

2. Montecristo Epic “wasn’t expecting the flavor…absolutely love this cigar!”

 

1.  Padron 1926 80th Anniversary Maduro “the creme de la creme…for a reason.”

 

 

Big Star Cigar

3384 N Mt Juliet Rd, Mt Juliet, TN 37122

(615) 288-4084

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Top 10 Cigars of 2013

Top Cigars of 2013

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Below you will find my top 10 of 2013.  This is a list of the cigars that I have smoked the most of or really enjoyed.  There are plenty of other great cigars that have been smoked this year, this list consists of 10 that really stood out to me.

 

10. Ortega Serie D lancero:  The original Serie D was and still is one of my favorite cigars.  The release of the lancero this year was right up my alley and totally blew me away.

 

9. Drew Estate Nica Rustica:  To say it was one of the most anticipated cigars to come out of Drew Estate this year is an understatement.  The buzz around this cigar was huge, and it definitely did not disappoint.

 

8. Fuente Casa Cuba:  This is one that shocked me, the price tag is a bit on the higher range, $12-$13, but it is packed full of flavor and simply delicious.

 

7. Drew Estate UF-13:  The UF-13, I found a box and I bought it before even trying it.  All I can say is I am glad I did.

 

6. K.A. Kendalls 7-20-4 1847:  I have long been a fan of the K.A. Kendalls 7-20-4 line, the new release of the 7-20-4 1847 is amazing.  I was introduced to it at Uptowns Smoke Shop here in Nashville, and I have been back many times to buy them by the handful.

 

5. Crowned Heads Headley Grange Drumstick:  Headley Grange kicked ass, then they made it a lancero.  It is almost like they knew I wanted that…

 

4. Ezra Zion Tantrum:  Another one that surprised me, I liked the previous releases from Ezra Zion, but this little stick is powerhouse of flavor that is simply delicious!

 

3. Emilio Cigars Draig Cayaquero:  What can I say, the mad scientist of tobacco hit another one out of the park.  The Cayaquero is nothing less than amazing explosion of flavor.

 

2. Illusione Rothechilde:  Surprisingly, I had not really heard much about this one until Pat told me I needed to try it.  I’m glad he did, because these little sticks kick ass.

 

1. Crowned Heads J.D. Howard Reserve:  My local boys blowing it out the park!  To say I have smoke a lot of these would be an understatement.  The best thing I can say besides amazing would be that my best friend got married this summer and asked me to bring a box of cigars.  He’s my best friend, we grew up together, nothing but the best would do.  We smoked J.D. Howards that day.

 

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Happy New Year

Happy-New-Year

From all of us here at Keeping Your Man Card, we wish you all a very safe and prosperous   2014.  Most importantly, we hope you get to smoke some good cigars, enjoy some great booze, and participate in some other great manly stuff.

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