July 14, 2021

Fête de la Fédération: The Collaboration of Seth's Humidor & Cigar Federation

As today is July 14th, Fête de la Fédération & Bastile Day, it seemed appropriate to make this announcement today. After four years and a little over five months of contributing reviews, some news, and thoughts to the cigar world, Seth's Humidor is no longer going to be on it's own but will be collaborating with Cigar Federation to make a stronger Fédération. I thought that it was only fitting to merge with the writers and community of Cigar Federation, and in the end it will be something completely new. In nautical terms- I liked to think of Seth's Humidor as a frigate and Cigar Federation as a Man O' War before this collaboration, and together we will make a true Ship of the Line.

Starting today, all new Seth's Humidor content will be posted to Cigar Federation and older content will be moved in stages. Seth's Humidor will remain open for a week, but will then be diverted to Cigar Federation. Thank you all for your time, support and respect over the years, and have no worries or fears in that I am departing. I will remain active and involved, and with the free time I have, I will have the ability to provide more editorials and think pieces to the industry.

Thank you all, and enjoy my review of the soon to be released- Laranja Reserva Caixa on Cigar Federation today.

July 9, 2021

Cigar Review: ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25 Cantaor

The concept of collaborations has been fairly popular recently, but in some cases I believe the intention has been a necessity for the preservation of those companies involved rather than for something new and unique. The market is flooded right now with brands, and it is impossible for any retailer to carry them all or even a majority of what the market has to offer. With humidor spaces not increasing, and more and more lines being created by so many brands, there comes a point where a company is merely competing with itself. You add in the recent high number of limited editions and you begin to see regular production lines merely sitting on shelves with retailers unable to move them. For some companies though, collaborations are the opportunity to create a product that will reach out to a larger audience and build up existing brands at the same time. There is not a necessity for survival, but rather pure creativity. One companies that has been leading the charge with this is Altadis USA- makers of Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo. To begin their part in this trend, they have teamed up with Boutique Blends to create the ROMEO by Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25. They have another exciting release coming soon, but let's look at this new and much different version of the Romeo y Julieta.

July 7, 2021

Cigar News: Las Cumbres Tabaco Announces Señorial Maduro Natural & Señorial Lancero

With the 2021 IPCPR less than two weeks away, Las Cumbres Tabaco has announced a second new line and a line extension as well. Just a month ago they announced the new line Freyja, the first line by Emma Viktorsson, but today we are looking at the new releases from Jose Blanco. Jose reentered the industry last year with the Señorial and Señorial 65th, but today we are find out about the Señorial Lancero and Señorial Maduro Natural.

Cigar News: Crux Cigars Announces Newest Line, Crux Guild

Last year Crux Cigars hit the market in force and we were greeted with a multitude of offerings. They had offerings that reached out to a variety of smokers, and on a personal level I enjoyed their entire portfolio- Passport, Bull & Bear, Classic, Skeeterz, and Ninfamaniac The company ended up on my Top 25 of 2020 with one of their releases- Ninfamaniac Dark, and after such a big year I thought they would have a quiet sophomore year. Turns out that is not the case, and at this year's show they will be releasing three new lines. They have not revealed all the lines, but they are ready to talk about one of them, The Crux Guild.    

A 2021 release, the Crux Guild is being described as "a complex and rich blend with a mosaic of flavors that will delight your palate." The cigar is covered with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, and has a binder and filler blend that is all Nicaraguan. Staying true to past release, the Crux Guild will be regular production and production is coming out of Plasencia Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua. There are five vitolas with the launch: the Crux Guild Corona (5.5" with a 42 ring gauge), the Crux Guild Robusto (5" by 50 ring gauge), the Crux Guild Robusto Extra (5.25 by 54 ring gauge), the Crux Guild Toro (6" by 50 ring gauge) and the Crux Guild Toro Extra Marblehead (Box Pressed 6.5" with a 52 ring gauge). All five sizes will be sold in boxes of 20.

Cigar Review: Davidoff Escurio Robusto

In 2019, Davidoff released the Davidoff Nicaragua which was of the most exciting and unique releases that year. For the longest time, Davidoff was known as a company that did not leave it's comfort zone of the Dominican Republic, and while they used some tobacco from other countries, it was "never the focus" in any of the blends. The Davidoff Nicaragua definitely changed that, as it was a Nicaraguan puro, and with that release we were taken in a new direction from Davidoff. They showed the industry that they were capable of doing much more than what they had done year to date, and they did what many companies "dream of" or "wish they could do." Following that release they re-blended the Winston Churchill, creating another blend that was very unique for the company, and once again the market was caught off guard and pleased. In continuing down this road of unexpected yet enjoyable twists and turns, Davidoff recently announced its newest line, Davidoff Escurio. Like the Davidoff Nicaragua, the Davidoff Escurio takes us away from the Dominican Republic, but this time Davidoff takes us to the South American country of Brazil.

July 3, 2021

Cigar Review: La Palina Goldie Laguito Robusto Extra

La Palina is a brand that I have paid attention to for many years now, but it was in 2018 that the company really grabbed my attention with the announcement of a special cigar that would be the first release in the Goldie Collection. That cigar, the Goldie Laguito No. 2 received much praise from myself and other online critics, and it was a release that really took La Palina to a higher level. Since then, myself and many others eagerly await the announcement of the annual Goldie release, and we are always eager to know what the cigar vitola will be. Over the past four years the release has gone back in froth from smaller to larger ring gauge, and with last year's release being the Laguito Especial, a slightly larger lancero, a larger vitola offering was expected this summer. That larger vitola was released, and it was titled the Laguito Robusto Extra. Today I look at the fourth La Palina Goldie Collection release, and see how it smokes and compares with other releases.

July 1, 2021

Casa Fernandez Announces JFR Lunatic Jackhammer

Along with the announcement of the two Aniversario releases for 2021, Casa Fernandez has announced the third JFR Lunatic to the market, the Jackhammer. The Jackhammer is an 8" by 60 ring gauge parejo, and is composed with AGANORSA tobacco and a Mexican San Andres Marron wrapper. It is composed with Esteli and Ligero fillers, and the tobacco has been aged a minimum of three years before being added to the blend. The Jackhammer is an 8" by 60 ring gauge parejo and is priced at $8.60.

In February of this year, Casa Fernandez announced it's first JFR Lunatic, the Mambo, an 8" by 80 ring gauge belicoso, and by April they released El Chiquito which is a 4 3/4" by 70 ring gauge petit gordo. The JFR Lunatic line has been incredibly successful for the company thus far, and the company has been unable to keep up with demand.    
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