Wednesday, March 31, 2010

El Rey de los Habanos

It's been a long, cold winter free from anything of note, cigar-wise. So here's a review of a stick that's been sitting in my humidor of several months now . . the El Rey de los Habanos, Inc. in the torpedo size.

This cigar hails from Don Pepin Garcia's own Miami factory (of the same name). Here are the specs:

Contents: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Corojo Rosado Claro
Size: Torpedo 6 1/8 X 52
Body: Medium
Acquired From: Outlaw Cigar Co.
Price: $7.00 a single
Smoke Time: 1.75 hours

A fine looking, well made cigar, it smelled sweet and spicy. The wrapper is a beautiful rosy-brown. The cigar is tight and fully packed with no lumpiness. A quick clip of the head found the draw a bit tight; often typical of a torpedo. The cold draw flavors were sweet, spicy and a bit peppery tasting. We're off to a good start!

First Third
After firing it up, the first puffs were mild and earthy with none of the expected spiciness. Where was that characteristic Pepin pepper? No matter, the flavors were butter-creamy smooth with notes of mild cinnamon up front. The draw was still a bit tight throughout, but the body was easily in the mild-medium range. The ash was firm but a bit flakey and the ambient smoke had a pleasant, earthy aroma.

Second Third
The flavors picked up a bit with a hint of citrus coming ahead of the rich tobacco taste. As I moved through the second third, coffee flavors began to settle in along with the mild citrus. Body remained in the mild-medium range. Only one minor burn correction was needed in this third.

Final Third
The citrus flavor was growing and getting somewhat sour in this last third, but not unpleasantly so. Removal of the band took some of the wrapper leaf with it (a pet peeve of mine) but it didn't result in an unraveled leaf. The draw remained a bit tight so I clipped a little more off the head, with no effect. The body moved into the medium range and although there was now bitterness in the flavor it was not objectionable. Even by the end of this third the cigar never went "bad," there was just not much "good" left.

I'm not a fan of citrus flavors in cigars, so I was not thrilled with this smoke. That's just me. I was a little disappointed that there was none of that Pepin "kick" to this stick. There's really nothing wrong with it, just not anything really great with it for me.

Would I smoke this cigar again? No
Would I recommend this cigar? Sure, if you like mild flavored, citrusy cigars.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Spring is HERE! (I hope)

LOTS of events happening in the coming weeks!

This friday at Cigar & Tabac . .

Grand opening at The Outlaw Cigar's south location . .

And the March party for Craig Cunningham of Esteban Carreras the following weekend at BOTH Outlaw locations! (More info HERE!)

Busy busy !!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

First Party at The Outlaw South

Saturday was the first monthly party at the new Outlaw Cigar Co. location at 137th and Metcalf. Michael Chiusano (of Cusano Cigars) was the guest of honor. Sorry, no pics, but I have a good reason . . turnout was HUGE and all you'd see in the photos would be a bunch of people packed into the store! Standing room only after 12:00! Great food, great cigars (I had two) and a great time with Mr. Chiusano. Frankly, I think he was blown away by the size of the place and the incredible turnout, but he managed just fine. If you missed it, don't worry . . they'll do it all again next month!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


The Outlaw Cigar Co's south location is NOW open! Aaarrrggghhhhhhhh! (Homer Simpsom Impression.)

13700 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS. 913-814-9000
Hours are 9am - 10pm Mon thru Sat. Sunday 10am - 7pm. It's a trek for me, but it looks WELL worth it!