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Drew Estate Unveils “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” for Barrister Cigars

Drew Estate Unveils “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” for Barrister Cigars

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Miami, FL – Drew Estate Tobacco Co. announced today the release of the first “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera”, a concept cigar by Willy Herrera. Made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in extremely small batches, the Tienda Exclusiva line is specially crafted for one retailer per release, with only a few releases scheduled per year. The inaugural “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” blend was produced for the owner of Barrister Cigars in Union, New Jersey, David Mallow, following the 2013 New Jersey Cigar Festival.

When asked about the blend, Willy Herrera responded from Estelí, Nicaragua: “This was one of the blends that I was working on through 2012 and 2013. David smoked it at the Festival and kept coming back for more. Eventually, he smoked every cigar I had brought, which I thought would be enough for the entire week! I knew he loved the blend and it felt right assigning it to him for my first Tienda Exclusiva.”

David Mallow, owner of Barrister Cigars, said that, “the ‘Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera’ is a truly beautiful project that I am honored to be involved with. It’s no secret that Willy is one of the most talented tobacco blenders out there, and we can’t wait to have the cigar in our humidor.”

As stated previously, every “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” blend is a limited quantity production cigar made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. Jonathan Drew noted, “I recommend you don’t sleep on this one. These are one and done. Willy has a lot on his plate right now as Master Blender of La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. As I’ve said before, ‘Boutique is in the Heart’ and Willy has spent so much time creating and experimenting with blends. We have some real gems out of the blends he has worked on. Now, it’s time to get them into production.”

The “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” for Barrister Cigars is packed in 10-count boxes and will sell for $12.00 MSRP per cigar, plus applicable state taxes. They will be offered for sale on September 2nd from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at a Barrister Cigars event in Union, New Jersey, with Willy Herrera and Jonathan Drew hosting the event.

In the meantime, enter the “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” giveaway for your chance to win the first box of this Tienda Exclusiva release, signed by Willy Herrera. Enter at For more information on this release, please contact John Brooke at

About Drew Estate, Inc.

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new

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elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and old cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

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Nomad Cigar Co. C-276

Nomad Cigar Co. C-276

Nomad C-276

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: Toro 6×50


Acquired: Sample courtesy of Fred Rewey owner of Nomad Cigar Co.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Fred Rewey the owner of Nomad Cigar Co. for the last couple years, I am always excited to see what he comes up with next in the cigar world. If you have been reading our blog for a while, you have surely seen our post on the Nomad Connecticut Fuerte. If there are two things I know about Connecticut cigars it’s that they are hard to do right and the Nomad Connecticut Fuerte is the best one on the market today. That being said, I was very excited to try Fred’s entry into the full-bodied market with the Nomad C-276.

Borrowed from the Nomad Cigar Co. website, “The name C-276 also has a back story. The “C” is for Concepción, one of two volcanoes on Ometepe Island. “276″ is the square kilometers of the island.”

The all new Nomad C-276 is a box pressed cigar and comes in 21 count boxes. There are five sizes total:

-Corona 5 ½ x 46

-Robusto 5 x 50

-Toro 6x 50

-Toro Grande 6 x 58

-Torpedo 6 ½ x 52

Looks: First looking at this cigar, the band is black and trimmed with chrome. The Nomad logo is red with chrome and bright white letters that read, “NOMAD”. On one side of the band in chrome lettering read, “C-276” and on the other Fred’s Twitter handle, “@GODFADR.” The cigar itself is box pressed and features a medium to dark brown Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper with some small veins. The combination of the band and this darker wrapper leaf really give this cigar a bold look.

Taste: On the pre-light draw I am immediately hit with some strong pepper and spice notes. Upon first light I am greeted with some rich cocoa and coffee flavors along with the spice and pepper. About a quarter of the way in the pepper notes have mellowed just a bit and a faint creaminess has been detected in the background.   At the mid way point a slight nuttiness has become present that further compliments this excellent flavor profile. The aforementioned flavors continue to stay present throughout the remainder of the smoke ending strong and leaving a positive aftertaste on my palate.

Strength: I would rate the Nomad C-276 in the light to medium full-bodied category.

Burn: Burn was smooth and steady requiring no touch ups. Construction appears to be good with the ash holding firm only falling when tapped. Smoke was full and white.

My recommendation, if you like full-bodied cigars and you are looking for a stick that is full of flavor, look no further. The Nomad Cigar Co. C-276 hits extremely high on the flavor notes and is very enjoyable. Buy it? You bet. Hell, buy a box, because I have a sneaking suspicion that these sticks will age excellently.

Nomad Cigars are distributed by House of Emilio.  For more information on the Nomad Cigar Co. and their cigars:

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Joya Red by Joya de Nicaragua

Joya Red

Joya Red


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Price: $7

Size: 5 ¼ x 52 Robusto

Acquired: Sample courtesy of Joya de Nicaragua


The new Joya Red is the newest line to come out of the Joya de Nicaragua family.   The Joya Red was introduced this past July at the 2014 IPCPR show in Las Vegas to retailers.

The Joya Red will be available in four sizes:

-Short Churchill 4 ¾ x 48

-Robusto 5 ¼ x 52

-Toro 6×52

-Canonazo 5 ½ x 54

Looks: Looks wise this is a very traditional looking cigar with a band that really pops. The bright red band is trimmed in gold along with the logo and has crisp white embossed lettering that reads, “Joya” in large print with “Red” in italics underneath. At the very top of the band in small gold print reads, “Fábrica Joya De Nicaragua.” The bottom of the band has similar sized print and reads, “Hecho A Mano en Esteli.” After removing the band, the inside of the band reads, “ Rediscover Joya” with the companies website address. The cigar itself features a light to medium colored brown Nicaraguan Habano wrapper leaf with some light veining. The wrapper leaf itself has an ever so slight toothiness to it.

Taste: Immediately upon lighting the Joya Red I am greeted with a burst of spice that is followed up by a toasted nuttiness and some rich wood notes. About midway into the Joya Red a notable creaminess starts to develop and the rich wood notes become ever more present. At around the ¾ mark a slight bit of a cocoa flavor joins in with the other flavors and remains throughout the end of the smoke.

Strength: I would place the Joya Red in the medium bodied strength category.

Burn: I have smoked five of these cigars so far and what I can tell you is the Joya Red is perfectly constructed. With each stick I have only lit the cigar at the beginning of the smoke and it burns straight and even throughout until the end. The ash holds firm only falling when tapped to ash. The smoke is thick, bountiful, and white.

Should you buy it? Definitely. The flavor profile that this cigar is made up of is excellent, the tastes and aromas really make this cigar stand apart from others. The Joya Red has just been released and may not be available at your local retailer yet. Be sure to tell your retailers that they need to call their Drew Estate rep and get them ordered. After they come in, smoke one, and let us know your thoughts.


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AJ Fernandez

(Miami, Florida) August 11, 2014— A.J. Fernandez Cigars, recognized for creating some of the most acclaimed cigars in the industry proudly unveils a 13 minute documentary which went live today and can be seen on the home page of their website at:

A.J. Fernandez, who has blended consistently highly rated cigars, is documented in a way that gives the viewer just a glimpse of the passion and expertise which has led many to consider him a tobacco prodigy.

Kris Kachaturian, Managing Partner of A.J. Fernandez Cigars said: “I have always stated that A.J. Fernandez will be known as a legend in the cigar industry in only a few years. I felt it was important to take advantage of the present time to document our journey. For those who are not able to visit our factory, we present them with this documentary which will bring the factory to them.”

Public Works, an award winning boutique creative agency based out of Denver, Colorado spent a week at the factory in Nicaragua and created a very unique documentary. The film is composed of beautiful cinematography, music, time lapse photography, education, and history in a way which communicates the A.J. Fernandez Cigars story in a very soulful manner.

The documentary is being announced on the heels of A.J. Fernandez’s unveiling of his latest brand, New World, which was created along with his father Ismael Fernandez who recently joined A.J. Fernandez Cigars after his retirement from the Plasencia family.

To view the documentary please visit:

About A.J. Fernandez Cigars:

A.J. Fernandez Cigars is based on the rich tradition of the Fernandez cigar legacy. A.J. Fernandez now produces unparalleled, hand-rolled cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua which have garnered numerous top ratings and acclaim from cigar publications and consumers alike.  Today A.J. Fernandez continues the family tradition as he oversees production and manages day to day operations in his factory in Estelí.


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Crowned Heads – Jericho Hill

Crowned Heads- Jericho Hill

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Wrapper: Mexican San Andres

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: OBS 4 ¾ x 52

Price: $8.75

Acquired: Pre Release sample courtesy of The Crowned Heads

Jericho Hill is the latest release to be offered from craft cigar makers, Crowned Heads. Jericho Hill was released at the 2014 IPCPR and is the fourth regular production cigar to be released from Crowned Heads. Jericho Hill will be available in four sizes:

-.44S: 5 1/8 x 44

-LBV: 6 1/2 x 46

-OBS: 4 3/4 x 52

-Willy Lee: 6 x 54

Jon takes a lot of inspiration from Johnny Cash, he has a six foot picture of him hanging on the wall just feet from his desk in the office.  The following excerpt about Jericho Hill is taken from the Crowned Heads website simply because, I could not have said it any better:

“John R. “Johnny” Cash is widely considered to be one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. His legacy continues to inspire many, including Crowned Heads. Jericho Hill was inspired by Cash’s rendition of “Cocaine Blues,” found on Cash’s 1968 live album, “At Folsom Prison.” The song is a tale of a man, Willy Lee, who goes down a dark path brought on by the influence of whiskey and cocaine. Willy is captured in Juarez, Mexico, and is brought to justice by the sheriff from Jericho Hill.

Cash was the fourth of seven children, and Jericho Hill marks the fourth regular production release from Crowned Heads. The dark wrapper leaf utilized on Jericho Hill is a nod to “The Man in Black,” as the wrapper leaf varietal (Mexican San Andres) is a nod to the “Juarez, Mexico” reference found in “Cocaine Blues.” The four vitola names were all inspired by lyrics and music found on “At Folsom Prison,” and when recited from smallest to largest (.44S, LBV, OBS, and Willy Lee), take on a lyrical element of their own.”

I’m going to preface this review by stating I am personal friends with the guys over at Crowned Heads and hang out with them on a somewhat regular basis. That being said, everything I am about to tell you about this cigar is the truth, no B.S.

Looks: First off looking at this cigar the band stands out prominently on this dark Mexican San Andres wrapper. The artwork on the band is elegant yet simple with a center badge surrounded by the words “Jericho Hill.” The colors of the band are black and gold and they really fit this cigar. The cigar itself is dark, the Mexican San Andres wrapper leaf shows minimal veins and is completed with a triple cap. The Jericho Hill is a box pressed cigar.

Taste: If you take nothing away from this review but the flavor profile, you will be doing okay. Upon lighting the Jericho Hill I immediately taste some strong wood notes as well as a definite spice. Also present are notes of cocoa powder, pepper, and a slight creaminess. All together I have smoked four of these cigars; one reason is, they are delicious, the second being there is a flavor to this cigar that I just could not figure out. Well tonight I figured it out, the Jericho Hill has a dark and smoky peaty taste to it, much like what you would get out of a scotch with prominent peat notes. The best part is it makes this cigar unlike anything that is currently on the market today and it tastes amazing!   The collaboration of the peat, cocoa powder, and the peppery spice undertones all work spectacularly together bringing you one damn delicious smoke.

Strength: Strength wise I would put the new Jericho Hill in the strong medium to light full bodied category.

Burn: Burn wise every one I have smoked has been spot on. After the initial light the Jericho Hill burns straight and even requiring no touch ups. The smoke is full and white. The Jericho Hill also provides a unique smoky scented aroma.

Buy it? Um, yeah. Jericho Hill starts shipping from Crowned Heads next week. That means you have the next couple days to make sure your retailer is getting them. If they are not you need to tell them to order them. If they still say no, you need to find a new retailer. Let’s be blunt, it is a damn good cigar and it is unique. If it helps make your decision any easier, I already have a box reserved. I am going to be bold and state that this cigar will be on almost every top 10 list that is released this year, it’s that good.  I am also told it goes very well with Jon’s wife Laura’s homemade cookies!

CH Jericho Hill

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