Due to the Winter Storm Rocky, today Cigar and Tabac ltd will be closed! Stay safe and warm, cuddle with that nice cigar or pipe!
Kansas City’s Best Cigar shop, Cigar and Tabac ltd has new cigars to tempt your palette: Montecristo Epic 2, Viaje Super Shot, Viaje Skull & Bones Little Boy, Viaje Skull & Bones Fat Man, H. Upmann Legacy, and Te-Amo Revolution.
Montecristo Epic No. 2 Premium Selection 2007
All tobaccos are from a 2007 vintage crop.
Wrapper: Select Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Special Selection of Vintage Nicaraguan and Dominican Tobaccos
In June of 2012, Altadis USA sent out a press release that made a few people scratch their heads. It was a press release for the newest Montecristo line, the Montecristo Epic Premium Selection ’07, and there were a lot of promises. In case you need a refresher, here’s the text:
June 29, 2012 — Altadis USA is proud to announce a new launch Montecristo Epic Premium Selection ’07 – perhaps the best Montecristo ever!
So Special, So Unique, So Select, It’s Epic, MONTECRISTO EPIC
The task of creating Montecristo Epic was assigned to a special team of our most skilled and accomplished cigar makers – Grupo de Maestros – artisans with centuries of combined experience. It is a true handmade luxury, a masterpiece of complexity and full-bodied smoking pleasure made of the finest aged tobaccos – Vintage 2007.
Every step of the process, from hand selecting the ultra-premium tobaccos to each cigar’s flawless construction is performed with meticulous attention to detail and obsessive devotion. Each cigar is hand inspected and every box includes a certificate of authenticity signed by the artisans at every step. That’s what makes the cigar Montecristo. That’s what it makes it Epic.
Wrapper: San Andres Habano
Binder: San Andres Corojo
Filler: Nicaraguan, San Andres Negro, San Andres Corojo
A brave cigar for a new age. The Te-Amo Revolution represents a shift for the Te-Amo brand, ushering in a new sense of pride and prestige for this long-time favorite. This a a rich, flavorful blend that exhibits strength not seen from Te-Amo before. The result is a complex smoke that is incredibly well balanced and will leave you wanting more. The Ovalido shape also represents a shift, checking in somewhere between round and box-pressed, this one fits your hand perfectly.
Viaje Super Shot
Farkas explained his reasoning for this line to Cigar Insider:
I recently took up clay shooting and I noticed something… The cigars I brought weren’t short enough to enjoy between rounds. I’d start smoking and before it was finished it was my time to shoot again, so the smoke kept going out… But it isn’t just for a day out shooting clay. It’s designed to be smoked when time is a factor or while doing any sort of work.
Viaje Skull & Bones Fatman and Little Boy
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo
Viaje introduced their Skull and Bones line in the Spring of 2010 and it became one of the more popular lines made by the company. The 2013 release of the Fat Man and Little Boy marks the eighth release cycle of the Viaje Skull and Bones. The original Fat Man and Little Boy were released only once in the Summer of 2011 (as double capped cigars as a part of the fourth release cycle.
H. Upmann Legacy
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua/Dominican Republic
H. Upmann Legacy features a dark Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper and tobacco from a 2008 crop.
“We pulled out all of the stops in creating and blending this new H. Upmann Legacy,” said Javier Estades, general manager of premium cigars, USA, for Imperial Tobacco PLC, which owns Altadis. “It is a modern reinvention of a classic brand which offers a great, full and rich smoke that really epitomizes the new trend in cigar luxury.” The H. Upmann Legacy is part of Altadis’s recent thrust to revamp some of its classic brands.
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For the next few sets of Cigar and Tabac ltd’s Oldie but Goodies Series, we are going to visit Employee Favorites. This should be interesting!
ARTURO FUENTE CUBAN BELICOSO NATURAL SUN GROWN CHATEAU FUENTE SERIES
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Freddie secretly really enjoys this cigar, and now his secret is out in the open. Most of you know who Freddie is and appreciate seeing him in the shop! Did you know he was on the cover of TIME Magazine? This guy knew how to sell cigars and knows what he likes! His favorite is the ARTURO FUENTE CUBAN BELICOSO NATURAL SUN GROWN CHATEAU FUENTE SERIES!
The first third to me had a taste of mild spiciness, with a hint of woodiness and a slight herbal note. This is not starting off as a flavor bomb, but actually has a little creaminess in the smoke. Well constructed the cigar was easy to light and burning evenly right from the start.
The cigar has developed a nice sweetness note that tantalizes your tongue. The same woodsy and slight herbal note is still there but only slightly. This cigar would be an easy favorite for an everyday smoke!
The last third the sweet note is still present but is pairing nicely with the spiciness that I experienced in the first third. Hints of cocoa and cherry are slightly evident. The construction remained amazing; no tears or uneven burns throughout the 45 mins I smoked the cigar.
I can see why Freddie has kept this little gem unknown as his favorite until now! This is an amazing smoke!
Cigar and Tabac, Johnson County’s Cigar Shop, presents Oldie but Goodie Series #6! Gispert Natural Toro!
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan
For this morning article I am smoking the Gispert Natural Toro, with nothing to drink. The Gispert Natural Toro is found on left hand wall in Cigar and Tabac’s humidor. For reference this cigar scored a 90 rating with Cigar Aficionado. The price point on this cigar in the shop is roughly $5.00, at this price it is easy on the wallet.
This cigar is well constructed with really only one vein that appears on the band. This does travel the length of the cigar, but I do not find it all that distracting. The aroma is earthy through the foot, and pleasing. The light up was very easy and even.
The smoke is light and creamy, a dark grey ash is being produced, and flavors of earthiness and hints of slightly hidden sweetness. It is a very easy draw and burning very evenly.
A nutty flavor is being produced at this point. I have heard people compare this to a peanut flavor, but I do not agree. Perhaps this fell off a little bit with the aging in the humidor. I still taste a woodsy and sweet flavor. This is a great smoke for the value at this point.
The flavor profile did not change much over the length of the cigar. Still producing a nutty, earthy, and slightly sweet note. Where as this cigar did not change in complexity, I found it very refreshing and enjoyed it (even if it is not my normal flavor profile).
This week Cigar and Tabac ltd has plenty of new cigars to tempt your palette: three from La Flor Dominicana and one by The Foundry!
The Foundry Cayley
Little is known about the blend of this Cigar, Michael Giannini keeps a pretty tight lip as to what all is included in the making of this cigar. The Foundry Cayley is a figurado that follows the same blend as the previous Cigars we mentioned the Talbot and the Wells. This is a tasty mild smoke that is something different.
LFD Trunk Show 2012 Liga YG-23
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Especiale
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan
Liga YG-23 is a limited release of 500 boxes, made entirely of proprietary tobacco. Created by Team La Gloria’s Yuri Guillen. Liga YG-23 features a patent-pending band stamped with vegetable dye which allows the premium cigar smoker to experience the distinguished taste from foot to tuck. Liga YG-23 cigars measure 7” x 60.
La Flor Dominicana Chisel and Maduro Tubos
The Oro Chisel
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
The La Flor Dominicana Oro Chisel is a real beauty. It is crafted in the Chisel shape, like a pipe bit, which is exclusive to La Flor Dominicana, and makes it really easy to rest the cigar between your teeth. The wrapper is a medium brown with a nice reddish hue, moderate veins, and some nice oil to it.
The Oro Maduro
Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Natural/Maduro)
The Oro line pays homage to La Flor Dominicana founder Litto Gomez’s roots in the jewelry industry. As part of the marketing and packaging of these cigars, the Oro cigars are contained in gold tubing. The Oro line was launched with both a natural and maduro wrapper option.
The La Flor Dominicana Oro Maduro is a work of cigar art. The cigar has a dark, roasted coffee-bean color. There are very few wrapper seams and veins that are visible. There is some amount of oil on the wrapper.