Hirochi Robaina HR Habano
From Craig: This stunning Hermoso #4 is a sight to behold. It’s Ecuadorian colorado maduro wrapper sits over all Nicaraguan innards. The first cigar from the Robaina family released outside of cuba, this cigar was originally released and made in a partnership with Cubanacan. Throughout the much covered turmoil that emerged prior to IPCPR 2015 the HR line of cigars was in limbo. The public wasn’t aware of whether the cigar would continue to be made. Questions about its ownership, manufacture & distribution all existed. Thankfully, just this past month the last of the questions was answered and the HR cigars will continue to be manufactured at their original factory, and will still be owned by Hirochi Robaina.
Boutiques United (formerly House of Emilio) picks up a new distribution agreement in Black Label Trading Co. I’m not terribly familiar with BLTC, although I remember being given some samples with the name before the company says it was founded on their website. I wasn’t a huge fan of those, but I understand a great deal of “rebooting” took place before they launched their initial line “officially”. They now have their own factory in Estelí….which, as Cigar Coop pointed out, differentiates them from the rest of BU’s current lineup. It’s probably worth my checking into them some time soon…
262 Cigars launched a campaign dubbed “The Internship” to allow consumers to select a 2017 line. It’s an interesting approach, and the cynic in me thinks it’s probably not a bad way to market some cigars :). They will sell 5-packs of four different blends over this year, with buyers having the ability to take notes and rate them online…the winning blend will become a full-production offering in 2017. The four test blends will be: The Search, The Resume, The Interview, and The Offer. The Search is already available at 262cigars.com, and is available in a corona, robusto and toro.
We mentioned this a couple months ago, but haven’t talked much more about La Galera from Jochy Blanco/Tabacalera Palma. I’ve had the chance to smoke a few of them recently, and found them rather enjoyable. The Habano version (Ec Habano over DR corojo binder & DR piloto Cubano//DR criollo ‘98//DR pelo oro filler) comes in a number of sizes (5”x50, 6”x54, 6.5”x52, and 6.25”x60) and retails for $7-8. The Connecticut version (EC CT wrapper over same internal blend), comes in 5.125”x50, 6”x54, 6.125”x52, 5.25”x60, and 7.25”x50 and retails slightly lower, ranging from about $5-6. There are a couple other sizes available in the European market (and the DR…I’ve been digging the lancero myself). I wouldn’t hesitate to personally recommend giving these a try. They’re a very good deal at the pricepoint. I tend to prefer the habano-wrapped version, but both and worth investigating.
What Else We’ve Been Smoking
La Galera – habano & CT
The PrimerAño from Chogüí came in went here in the DR…and I missed the boat. Almost.
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