Illusione Haut 10

Illusione Haut 10 – Now at Anthony’s Cigar Emporium

Anthony’s Cigar Emporium has received the Illusione Haut 10.  Browse the Haut 10 at its website here.   The Illusione Haut 10 was launched at the 2016 IPCPR Convention in July.  The Illusione Haut 10 commemorates Illusione’s 10th anniversary. The blend is described as a mix of Nicaraguan Criollo 98 and Nicaraguan Corojo 99 finished with a Grade AAA Nicaraguan Cafe Claro Corojo wrapper. The blend is also described as Seco dominant featuring AGANORSA tobaccos triple sorted to obtain the best materials. The profile of this cigar is described as mild-bodied, but complex. The Haut 10 line is a single size: a 5 1/2 x 52 Robusto Extra and is made at Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A. (TABSA).

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My Father The Judge

My Father The Judge

Anthony’s Cigar Emporium is getting the new My Father The Judge next week.  The box-pressed The Judge is My Father’s latest line. My Father The Judge has a dark brown Sumatra-seed wrapper from Ecuador, Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo binders, and filler tobaccos that were cultivated from three of the Garcias family’s farms located in Nicaragua: La Bonita Two, El Pedrero and San Rafael.

My Father The Judge is the fourth wrapper available in the My Father brand which include the original My Father (Habano Rosado wrapped blend), My Father LeBijou 1922 (Habano Oscuro wrapped blend), and My Father Connecticut (Connecticut Shade wrapped blend).   The Judge is made at My Father Cigars S.A., the Garcia family’s factory in Nicaragua.

Both the Gran Robusto and Toro sizes are box pressed.  Click here or any picture below to browse The Judge at Anthony’s Cigar Emporium.

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The My Father The Judge comes in two box pressed sizes: Grand Robusto (5 x 60) and Toro (6 x 56)

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My Father The Judge has a secondary band.

 

 

Davidoff Year of the Rooster 2017 Limited Edition

Davidoff Year of the Rooster 2017 Limited Edition – Shipping Nov. 11, 2016

Anthony’s Cigar Emporium, a Davidoff Appointed Merchant, has learned that Davidoff will be shipping the Year of the Rooster on November 11, 2016.  Davidoff Lunar New Year limited editions are always a hot commedity given their very limited one-and-done releases.  The Davidoff Year of the Rooster 2017 is a 6 3/4” x 50 Diademas Finas vitola. The Davidoff Year of the Rooster 2017 is exquisitely packaged in distinctive, handmade 10 ct. red and dark brown lacquered wooden boxes representing the shape of a rooster’s plumage and with motifs that reflect the aesthetic origins of Chinese culture.

The unique and very complex, medium to full bodied blend composed by Davidoff Master Blenders under the direction of Henke Kelner has notes of hazelnut, nougat, and a well-pronounced creaminess. The Year of the Rooster features proprietary varietals from the Dominican Republic (San Vicente Mejorado Binder and Piloto Seco, San Vicente Visus, Piloto Visus and Criollo Seco Filler blend) all covered with a dark and oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The total production of the Davidoff Year of the Rooster 2017 was strictly limited to the availability of the exceptional tobaccos used to create this blend, and only 4,500 10 ct. boxes were made for this very limited edition release. This is truly a connoisseur’s smoke, and the past lunar new year releases have been worth the hefty price tag.

Click here or any of the pictures below to browse the Davidoff Year of the Rooster 2017 at Anthony’s Cigar Emporium.

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Montecristo Artisan Batch 1

Montecristo Artisan Batch 1 – Limited Edition Cigar now at Anthony’s Cigar Emporium

Anthony’s Cigar Emporium has just received boxes of the Montecristo Artisan Batch 1, a 6″ x 54 Toro.

The Montecristo Artisan Batch 1 is the first in a series of limited edition cigars from a private batch of tobaccos from the Grupo de Maestro’s (Altadis’ group of master blenders) tobacco reserves.  Every leaf is hand selected by just three of the Grupo de Maestros who, in turn, have selected a single buncher and roller pair to personally roll each and every Montecristo Artisan. The Montecristo Artisan Batch 1 consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Dominican binder, and a combination of Dominican and Honduran filler.  It is packaged in 15 count boxes and only a total of 40,000 cigars have been produced for this one and done release.  The Montecristo Artisan Batch 1 delivers a medium to full bodied smoke with coffee, cream and earthy notes.

To order the Montecristo Artisan Batch 1, click on the picture below, or click here.

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The Montecristo Artisan Series is packed in three rows of five.

 

 

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Beautiful Box

 

Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua

Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua – Now at Anthony’s

Anthony’s Cigar Emporium just received the new Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua.  The Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua is a 100% Nicaraguan cigar that is a follow-up to the Viaje Exclusivo, which is slated to be a regular production Viaje. The Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua is made at the Tabacos Valle de Jalapa SA (TABSA) factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

According to Viaje, the Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua will complement the existing Honduran-made Viaje Exclusivo line and not replace it. The original Viaje Exclusivo line is currently made in Danli, Honduras at Raices Cubanas factory.Like the existing Viaje Exclusivo, the Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua will be a Nicaraguan puro, but will feature a new and different blend from the Viaje Exclusivo line that is also a Nicaraguan puro but rolled in Honduras.  Now Viaje lovers will have two regular production Nicaraguan puros to choose from.

The band to the Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua will be similar to the Honduran-made Viaje Exclusivo, but will incorporate the blue colors of the Nicaraguan flag into the band.  They are packaged in 25 ct. cabinet boxes.

To browse the Viaje Exlusivo Nicaragua, click one of the pictures below.
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Viaje Exclusivo Toro (6″ x 50). Packaged in 25-ct. Cabinet boxes.

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The Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua comes in three sizes: Double R (5 1/2 x 54), Toro (6 x 50), & Robusto (5 x 52)

 

AVO Classic Covers Vol 4

AVO Classic Covers Vol 4 – Just arrived!

Anthony’s Cigar Emporium just received the AVO Classic Covers Vol 4.  In celebration of Avo Uvezian’s 90th birthday this year, AVO is releasing another limited edition cigar: AVO 90th Classic Covers Volume 4.  The AVO 90th Classic Covers Volume 4 vitola has the same dimensions of the AVO Domaine <50>, a 6” x 50/54 Perfecto.  The sophisticated shape came from a vintage Dutch cigar mold from 1823, which Avo Uvezian purchased at an antique show in Paris 20 years ago.  The AVO 90th Classic Covers Volume 4 is full-bodied and contains 12-year-old vintage Dominican tobaccos (San Vicente Mejorado Volado,Piloto Visus, San Vicente Visus) along with a Ecuadorian Sumatra binder and covered with an Ecuadorian Habano 2000 Marron wrapper.   For those who have been waiting for the AVO Domaine to be “covered,” the AVO Classic Covers Vol 4 limited edition is for you.  The packaging for the AVO Classic Covers Vol 4 is the same as the AVO Classic Covers Vol 3 that looks like a personal vinyl record player, concealing two rows of 9 cigars covered by detachable vinyl record lid.  Once the cigars are removed, the box remains as an ashtray for collectors to use and display – a personal gift from Avo.

Only 2,000 boxes were made. To browse the AVO Classic Covers Vol 4 at Anthony’s Cigar Emporium click here.

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Click here to view the AVO Classic Covers Vol 4 at Anthony’s Cigar Emporium.

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The AVO 90th Classic Covers Volume 4 vitola has the same dimensions of the AVO Domaine , a 6” x 50/54 Perfecto.

 

 

Viaje Full Moon 2016

Viaje Full Moon 2016 – This year its a Viaje Collector’s Edition! – Just Arrived at Anthony’s Cigar Emporium

Anthony’s Cigar Emporium just received the Viaje Full Moon 2016.  Since 2012, the Viaje Full Moon is an annual Halloween limited release from Viaje.  The Viaje Full Moon are Nicaraguan puros made at Raices Cubanas using 100% AGANORSA tobacco, including dark and toothy Nicarguan Corojo wrapper.

The Viaje Full Moon 2016 is now a Viaje Collector’s Edition!  The Viaje Full Moon Collector’s Edition 2016 is the fifth installment Viaje Collector’s Edition.  The Collector’s Edition series was introduced in 2012 and provides a special unique cigar size for those who like to collect Viaje cigars. The Collector’s Edition releases have been “one and done” – meaning once the cigars are gone, they are gone, and the vitola will be retired.

The Viaje Full Moon Collector’s Edition 2016 has a Viaje Collector’s Edition foot band and a pig-tail cap.  The old Full Moon jack-o-lantern boxes have been replaced for 2016 with special Viaje Collector’s Edition boxes.

Click any of the pictures below to browse the Viaje Full Moon 2016 or click here.

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Click to browse Viaje Full Moon 2016 at Anthony’s Cigar Emporium.

 

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Click to browse Viaje Full Moon 2016 at Anthony’s Cigar Emporium.

 

Arturo Fuente Anejo No 49 Review

Arturo Fuente Anejo No 49 Review

Arturo Fuente Anejo No 49 Review

Anejo No 49
Made by: Arturo Fuente
Country: Dominican Republic
Vitola: 7 5/8 by 49

Another cigar by Fuente is up today, these are delicious cigars. Of course the blend does make a difference, but it reminds me of how golf works. Nice equipment is half the battle, and in this case the tobacco in use is very nice equipment. Lets get it started with an Arturo Fuente Anejo No 49 Review.

Prelight

The cedar wrap is really a nice addition to these cigars. That does mean this cigar scores nicely in aesthetics. A dark thick wrapper with a good amount of tooth. The cap is done very well, also there are very visible seams and medium to large sized veins. The pack is pretty firm with one noticeable soft spot. The foot is giving off an apple cinnamon spice that has an amazing smell. The cut was pretty good with a bit of loose tobacco. The prelight draw has a fair amount of resistance, and the notes are showing more mixed pepper and a sweetness that reminds me of brown sugar.

1/3

Leather and a mix of red and white pepper on the front, the center shows more of the white pepper. The finish also has similar notes of mixed pepper, red and white, alongside a light floral Jasmine. There seems to be some bitter cocoa in the background on the finish. Medium smoke thickness, high smoke production. Burn line is going pretty well, white flaky ash.

2/3

The white pepper spice on the front is delicious, there is a undertone of cedar now. Red pepper is more present on the center alongside light leather notes. And on the finish the floral Jasmine reappears with undertones of bitter cocoa. Really, the cigar has a wonderful profile. The burn time is going long as expected with a cigar of this size. Burn line is doing well, smoke thickness has increased slightly, smoke production is held constant at a high.

Medium to full body, low to medium strength. The cigar does seem to be picking up a little bit in terms of power. The burn line continues to be going great, smoke production is still high. Smoke thickness has dropped slightly, there is mix red and white pepper on the front now with a cedar and oak undertone. The center shows leather and bitter cocoa, with an undertone of red pepper that carries into the finish. The floral Jasmine is still hanging around but it’s much lower than it was in the first and start of the second third.

3/3

As I’m getting to the end of the cigar, the body really hasn’t changed from a medium to full. The strength is up to a medium, the burn line still going strong. The smoke production is still high and the smoke thickness has increased a little bit more. The woodsy note that was underneath on the front has come up and now a mix of cedar and oak are controlling that area of the profile. Then on the center next pepper red pepper and then white pepper or alongside leather. The floral Jasmine is pretty much gone at this point, and leather with bitter cocoa are controlling the finish.

Smoke Time: 1 hour and 50 minutes

Conclusion: 94

Great cigar, this absolutely deserves its reputation of being wonderful. The constitution was perfect, the notes were distinct and well blended. And the best part, the burn time was wonderful. If you’re a collector this is absolutely a box buy. If you’re a casual cigar smoker then having a fiver of these on hand is a great choice. They are wonderful, so if you come by them at your local shop do not hesitate because you won’t be disappointed.

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Romeo y Julieta Reserve Rare 11 Years Old

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Rare 11 Years Old – Just Arrived!

Anthony’s Cigar Emporium has just received its shipment of the Romeo y Julieta Reserve Rare 11 Years Old.  It is available on its website here.

The Romeo y Julieta Reserve Rare 11 Years Old is a one-time limited edition release that was introduced at the 2016 IPCPR Convention and was sold out within hours. Only 1,000 boxes total containing 11 cigars each will be released.

Created by the master blenders of Altadis’ famous Grupo de Maestros, the Romeo y Julieta Reserve Rare 11 Years Old were rolled and according to Altadis, “placed out of sight in our cedar room to age for 11 long years”. That’s distinctly different than a cigar made with 11 year old tobacco. In this case, the tobaccos have been rolled into a finished cigar and the flavors and aromas are allowed to marry in an aging room for more than a decade.

The blend of the Romeo y Julieta Reserve Rare 11 Years Old is made up of a Havana 2000 wrapper from Honduras, Honduran Criollo ’99 binder and a filler combination of Honduran and Nicaraguan leaves. The cigars were originally produced in Honduras at Altadis’s Flor de Copan factory 11 years ago and come in only one vitola: a 5 3/4 x 48 Corona Gorda.

The Romeo y Julieta Reserve Rare 11 Years Old is said to be medium-bodied and offers a long finish highlighted by hints of dried fruit as well as smooth earth and woody notes. “The cigar is crafted by our very own, very patient, Grupo de Maestros who showed incredible restraint by placing them out of sight in our cedar room to age for 11 long years,” said an Altadis spokesperson in a press release. “This act of passion resulted in a work of art rolled in a rich mahogany wrapper with a perfectly balanced aroma profile. Each elegantly aged smoke leaves behind a long finish with hints of dried fruit and deliciously, smooth earth and woody notes—an exquisite experience designed to invite and delight adult cigar enthusiasts.”

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Romeo y Julieta Reserve Rare 11 Years Old. 5 3/4″ x 48 Corona Gorda. Click picture to browse at Anthony’s Cigar Emporium’s online store.

 

Arturo Fuente Work of Art Review

Arturo Fuente Work of Art Review

Arturo Fuente Work of Art Review

Work of Art
Made by: Arturo Fuente
Country: Dominican Republic
Vitola: 4 7/8 by 60

This is the first of two cigars by Fuente that I will be visiting this week. In this Arturo Fuente Work of Art Review I will be looking for differences that this vitola brings out. I have visited two of the other vitolas in the Hemingway line, this is an interesting in between point. I am looking forward to a similar profile to the Short Story but hopefully this cigars burn time will be sufficient. The other cigar that I will be visiting this week is the Arturo Fuente Anejo No 49.

Prelight

A work of art is a great name for this cigar, in contrast with the Short Story this cigar’s cap is pointed rather than rounded off. The foot is made in the same figurado style as the Short Story though. The wrapper is not that pretty with several blemishes present, the veins are small to medium. and the seams are barely visible. The pack has a spongy give throughout. The foot is harder to get notes out of because of the shape, but it shows red and white pepper as well as cedar. The cut went well and there was just a bit of loose tobacco. The prelight draw shows red pepper and barnyard. Lets get this lit up and see how it performs.

1/3

Sharp cedar on the front with a very balanced mix of white and red pepper coming into play and carrying into the center. The finish has that pepper note carrying but there is also the appearance of light cashew and oak. So pretty good complexity, it took a little bit to open up. That is due to the shape of the foot, but once it did open up it developed quickly. Great smoke production and thickness. I could see light cream coming into the profile soon. Medium body and low to medium strength. The burn seems to be settling, it was quite chaotic during the initial transition to the main body of the cigar. You can see the tooth in the ash which is just a hint at the great smoke thickness of this cigar.

2/3

Cedar and a light floral jasmine on the front, this cigar seems to be burning as quickly as the Short Story but it is significantly more complex. The center shows more floral jasmine with the very balanced mix of white and red pepper. The finish calms back down to the light cashew and oak mix. The smoke production and thickness are holding, and while there is light cream it is being muffled by the other flavors present. Medium body and low to medium strength, the burn line is holding well. Overall, this has been a step up from the Short Story in flavor but not much of a difference in burn.

3/3

Leather and cream on the front, which is a big change. The center is still the balanced with and red pepper, the leather has carried into the center as well. The finish is a mix of oak and cashew with the red pepper hanging on through the end of the profile. So that was the biggest transition in the cigar, the floral note dropped off and was replaced by leather. Smoke production and thickness held strong, and the body got to a medium plus and the strength stayed at a low to medium. Really interesting finish.

Smoke Time: 50 minutes

Conclusion: 91

Yes, this was a step up from the Short Story. It was more balanced in terms of pepper notes and had a bit more complexity. I had to go back and read the last review on the Short Story because I had forgotten the specifics. I was surprised to see a good amount of similarity to the blends, but there were some important differences which raised this cigar above. I think having a fiver on hand is a good level for this cigar. It is something you could visit over and over, great cigar by Arturo Fuente.

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