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Memorable Smokes - January 2016

Smokeasy's top 4 memorable smokes for the month of January

Pictured clockwise: Tortuga 215 Reserva Maduro, Frank's Cigars House Blend Chisel Maduro, Tatuaje Black Label, Eiroa by CLE. All images (except Frank's House Blend) are courtesy of the respective cigar manufacturers.

Tortuga 215 Reserva Maduro El Coyote Negro (Legacy Brands by Victor Vitale)

You may not find much written about this cigar, or the other cigars in their portfolio, but the Tortuga 215 Reserva Maduro cigars are manufactured in small batches to ensure utmost quality, and are only available at selective appointed merchants. Each cigar is beautifully wrapped in cedar..

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina Oscuro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Vitolas (3): Cedro No. 500 (Belicoso, 5½" x 54); Cedro No. 600 (6½" x 56); Cedro No. 700 (7" x 60)

Full-bodied | Medium-Full strength


House Blend Chisel Maduro (Frank's Cigars, Hamilton, NJ)

Locals know...When you go to Frank's for cigars, you gotta walk out with some of the house blends! Frank's Cigars has a decent-sized stock of premium cigars from all of the major manufacturers, but has one full humidor cabinet dedicated to their house blend, ranging in various vitolas and wrappers, including some Habano, Maduro, and Connecticut blends. All are Dominican puros - the chisel-tipped maduro is made from tobacco aged a minimum of 7-8 years. They are very well-constructed, burn beautifully, and have a great flavor profile.

Country of origin: Dominican Republic

Wrapper: Dominican Republic

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic

Vitolas (1): 6½" x 56

Medium-bodied | Medium strength


Eiroa by CLE (CLE Cigar Company)

These Honduran puros were initially released in 2013 at the annual International Premium Cigar & Pipe ratailers (IPCPR) trade show. Each carefully crafted cigar pays tribute to the Eiroa family, a cigar brand with a legacy 100 years in the making. The band represents Eiroa's homage to his heritage that started with his grandfather and spans 100 years of love for making cigars. Each box and each cigar features the old Spanish saying, “Salud, Amor y Pesetas” which is translated to “Health, Love and Wealth.” One of the 10 cigars included in the Cigar Rights of America (CRA) Sampler #7 is the Eiroa Robusto - the purchase of which grants a complimentary 1-year individual membership to the CRA.

Country of origin: Honduras

Wrapper: Honduras

Binder: Honduras

Filler: Honduras

Vitolas (4): Toro (6" x 54); Gordo (6" x 60); Robusto (5" x 50); Corona Extra (4" x 48)

Full-bodied | Medium-Full strength


Tatuaje Black Label (Tatuaje Cigars)

The Tatuaje Black is a limited edition Nicaraguan puro that was manufactured by My Father Cigars in Estelí, but blended by Pete Johnson initially as a private reserve brand that he would give away at special Tatuaje events. In 2011, it was released to consumers, but only as a limited release. It features a limited sun-grown Criollo wrapper, and is also featured as one of the 10 cigars in the CRA Sampler #7. Otherwise, tough to find these anywhere...

Country of origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Vitolas (2): Petite Lancero (6" x 38); Corona Gorda (5 5/8" x 46)

Full-bodied | Full strength


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