Author: Mitch

Undercrown Corona Pequena

In January Drew Estate announced the national launch of the Undercrown Corona Pequena in both Maduro and Shade wrappers. These cigars were showcased at the TPE trade show held in Las Vegas, NV on January 29th-31st.

The Undercrown Corona Pequena is a 4” x 44 petite corona, perfect to light up on the go or on those frigid winter days. The Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequena features a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, Connecticut Stalk Cut and Sun cured Habano binder, and Brazilian and Nicaraguan filler leaves. The Undercrown Shade Corona Pequena features an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper over a Sumatra binder with Dominican and Nicaraguan Filler leaves.

From the Wynwood Safehouse, Jonathan Drew Founder and President of Drew Estate adds, “Corona Pequena’s are short, squat, flavor bombs that sit between the tin size and the robusto size in the Undercrown brand family.  We could go on and on about the “functionality” of this short smoke during winter months – but there is something absolutely beautiful about the Corona Pequena that is more meaningful than just utilitarianism. This cigar is a stunner in both taste and trade dress. The whole DE team is really proud of this little gem.”

For this article, while I thoroughly enjoyed the Shade, I’ll be speaking about the maduro. The construction on these is as solid as anything else from DE. The seems are tight and are full to the touch. Stiff but yielding to pressure between the fingers. They cut easily and light with no trouble either.

The first half has the expected wonderful Undercrown notes of leather and spice with a burn that is razor sharp, the ash holds tight and for its size, produces plenty of well weighted smoke.

The second half brings out more of the espresso flavor mixed with some faint floral tones. The burn remains tight throughout and no fault can be found in construction from beginning to end.

If you only have a short time or just want a quick smoke the Undercrown Pequena in either the maduro or shade is a perfect treat. Great for that quick walk with the dogs or with a colada before work. This ciagr is a very accesable smoke for first time and long time smokers alike. Definitely something to have in your humidor at all times. The Undercrown Corona Pequena is packaged in 32 count boxes with an MSRP of $176.00/box, available in both Maduro and Shade, and started shipping early February. Go get some from your local B&M now!

Wrapper: San Andrés Negro
Binder: Connecticut Habano
Filler:  Brazilian
Price: $176 for a box of 32 (but have seen them on sale for $144)
Rating: 4.8 out of 5 pints

Jester From Artesano Del Tobacco

Viva La Vida JesterA Jester that’s no joke, just a seriously good cigar.
Artesano del Tobacco brings a brand new size to the Viva la Vida range. Weighing in at a decent 5”X 56 this clown has been worth the wait. The band itself is emblazoned with the emblematic Jester in eye catching black, red and white. On to the binder, top quality here. Beautifully done and in keeping with a high end cigar. Lights well and the ash holds throughout the smoke.
This cigar had an appealing, chocolatey pre-light flavor with a hint of tea. Overall, the smoke was exceptionally creamy and well-balanced, dominated by woody flavors with a trace of sweetness. During the second half, the cigar blooms into a much richer, spicier smoke with a note of espresso on a peppery finish. The cigar burned clean and maintained its creamy consistency through the final couple of inches.
If you’re looking for a medium-bodied, full-flavored Maduro with a little more bite to it, this cigar will do it for you.
Wrapper: Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Price: $58.00 for the 5 pack
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 pints
Article by UK Corespondent Ian DeBattista

Release of Protocol Confidential Informant

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. announces the release of the Protocol Confidential Informant as a Cigars International Exclusive. The Protocol CI Keeps to the company’s law enforcement theme. In police jargon a Confidential Informant is known as a C.I. which happens to be the nick name for Cigars International, hence: Protocol CI. The cigars are being produced at The LaZona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. The Confidential Informant will be available in a 6 1/2 X 52 box press format placed inside bundles of 10. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan fillers. Initially 500 bundles have been produced for the project. Cigars International will release the bundles nationally to all CI retail locations starting on Black Friday, November 29, 2019. Protocol owners Juan Cancel and Bill Ives will be in attendance at the following locations and times for the launch. Kickoff at the CI Bethlehem Super-Store 10am-1pm, Followed by CI Downtown – 1:30pm – 3:30pm and finally at CI Hamburg Super-Store 6pm-11pm. Each location will be raffling off a custom hand carved CI / Protocol Humidor from Nicaragua at the close of business on the 29th. “Cigars International has been a great partner with Cubariqueño Cigar Co. and we are proud to work with them on this release” stated Kevin Keithan, National sales manager of Cubariqueño Cigar Company.