Cigars not only come in different forms. As well, the color spectrum of the wrapper is impressively extensive, and each one is the result of several different factors and processes that also influence how a cigar tastes.
The idea that change is around the corner for Cuba is widespread right now. The change itself is being predicted to happen any time between this year and ten years from now. But most Cubans and outsiders do expect grand changes to occur soon.
Estelí in Nicaragua is made up of much more than just big cigar factories. Parallel to Joya de Nicaragua, Drew Estate, Plasencia and AJ Fernandez a myriad of smaller factories operate throughout the city, in everything from town houses to backyards. And they all seem to look ahead with a sense of prosperity.
Students of the origins of Havana cigar brands will know that Montecristo came in just five sizes named numerically and it has always been assumed that the initial athletic line-up formed Montecristo’s range from the very beginning in 1935. However, during his research into the history of Hunters & Frankau, Simon Chase found some documents that suggest a rather different story.
There is hardly any other cigar label that is as strongly, virtually pictorially, connected to a woman as the brand Maya Selva Cigars. This may ostensibly have to do with the fact that the founder gave the brand her name. But those who have the opportunity to meet the Franco-Honduran personally immediately feel that this strong, energetic woman lives for “her cigars”.
There’s a new/old place in town that you really need to visit. And when you do, you won’t recognize the upstairs lounge at the famous London cigar store on St James’s Street.
The flagship brand from the Appleton Estate range takes off immediately. With a Balmoral Añejo XO Petit Robusto Flagtail with its gingerbread-like texture a very intense interplay develops.
Williamsbirne at its finest! Expressive with opulent fruit, the scent almost explodes. A Maria Mancini Postre de Banquete Edition 2015 don’t disturb the interplay of fruity sweetness, and intensifies the aromas of the cigar.
Here the eternal cliché of the dull American whiskey is dispelled. Together with an Ashton Virgin Sun Grown Belicoso with its typical spicy sweetness, a compact sensory union develops.
This bottle is smoother than what we’re used to from the house of Ardmore. Combined with a Dalay Reserva Maduro Chisel, a honey sweetness with spices develops.
In the last article, we dealt with walk-in humidor design and construction. Now we’ll discuss building materials, humidification technology, and air circulation.