Just In - 5 Stunning New Cigars

We have seen some stunning new cigars arrive in store over the last week to 10 days, so thought I had better share the love and let you know about them.

Founded back in 1995 in Esteli, Nicaragua, the cigars of A J Fernandez have proved immensely popular in the states with several of their cigars receiving high scores in both Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Journal magazines. After what has transpired to be an extremely long wait, they are finally making their way to these shores and so far the reception has been rapturous. The A J Fernandez Navegante Robusto is a stunning Nicaraguan Puro that delivers big and quite intense flavours. Another cigar from the A J Fernandez stable is the Geniales. These short Robusto's pack a punch being quite rich, earthy and spicy, an ideal wake me up in the morning with a strong coffee.

Our next cigar is one that is an extremely old brand, dating back to Cuba in 1876. By no means a common brand, I freely admit to knowing very little about until I put it on at one of our recent Cigar Evenings and was totally blown away. Not only that, I open up the current edition of Cigar Aficionado magazine, only to find that the Juan Lopez Seleccion No.2 has scored a very impressive 92 points! Medium-bodied and slightly savoury, these have to have just about the best build quality I have seen on a Cuban cigar!

Finally, we head to Downton Abbey, Newbury, Berkshire. Why I hear you ask? Well, Highclere Castle is the house featured in the famous TV series (and soon to be a major motion picture too). Since first making their way to London in 1826, cigars have been enjoyed at Highclere Castle where the tradition has always been to retire to the library after dinner for whisky and a smoke.

From the 5th Earl Carnarvon to the present 8th Earl, members of the Carnarvon family have shared the finest tobaccos with friends, visitors, and royalty alike. When the 5th Earl discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb with Howard Carter, he undoubtedly celebrated with a cigar in hand. The 6th Earl maintained a collection of smokes at The Ritz Hotel, in London, where the Carnarvons have always kept a table. He was often seen at Ascot, cigar in hand. In keeping with tradition, the 8th Earl decided to create a cigar worthy of the Highclere castle name and so, with support and a manufacturing base in Nicaragua the Highclere Castle Cigar Co. was born. Currently, we have two sizes available, the Toro and the Petit Corono. The smoke is silky smooth, exceptionally creamy with a light peppery profile. Subtle, sweet notes lend themselves well to the hints of citrus. The finish is elegantly clean.

A J Fernandez Navegante Robusto - Single

55
Nicaragua
RING GAUGE
Medium - Full

The new world is a true work of art, blended with the finest tobaccos found in the four main tobacco regions of Nicaragua. Hand selected wrappers and fillers from Esteli, Ometepe, Condega and Jalapa are showcased in a beautiful medium to full bodied box pressed cigar. Notes of Coffee, pepper, wood and chocolate enthral and entertain the palate.

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£16.95

A J Fernandez Last Call Geniales - Single

48
Nicaragua
RING GAUGE
Medium - Full

Last Call is the perfect way to commence the day with a cup of coffee or end the evening with your favourite beverage. A delicious Ecuadorian Rosado Habano wrapper envelopes a binder and select fillers from Nicaragua. Medium to full-bodied, this quick smoke delivers quite a punch with notes of black pepper, cedar, nuts and cinnamon.

In stock
£13.76

Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2 - Single

50
Cuba
RING GAUGE
Medium

An old Cuban brand and one that is maybe not as well known as it should be. Medium weight in terms of body and quite savoury too on the palate these tend to lack the sweetness that some other brands display.

In stock - ready to ship
£20.80

Highclere Castle Nicaraguan Petit Corona - Single

42
Nicaragua
RING GAUGE
Light - Medium

Highclere Castle Cigar was meticulously crafted by master blender, Nicholas Melillo, inspired by the style and flavour profile of cigars imported by the earlier Earls of Carnarvon to Highclere Castle at the turn of the 19th century.

The result is a hand-rolled cigar from Estelí, Nicaragua, using the best Connecticut Shade wrapper available. The filler includes both Criollo and Corojo from the volcanic soils of Jalapa and the island of Ometepe. For the binder, the ancient Mata Fina, a carefully selected dark tobacco from Brazil, is used to tie the flavours together. Our special blend is finalized with our very own exclusive hybrid seed that we have named Nicadán, whose flavour is reminiscent of tobacco leaf from a bygone era.

The resulting smoke is silky smooth, exceptionally creamy with a lite peppery profile. Close your eyes and you’ll get a nose of fireplace and leather books that brings you right to Highclere Castle’s library. Subtle, sweet notes lend themselves well to hints of citrus and the finish is elegantly clean.

We control each step of the production process starting with carefully selecting the tobacco, monitoring the weather and growths year to year, and managing the rolling process. Even our boxes are handmade from sustainably grown cedar logs grown on Nicaragua’s east coast at our friend Pedro’s family business, also located in Esteli.

In stock - ready to ship
£16.68

Highclere Castle Nicaraguan Toro - Single

52
Nicaragua
RING GAUGE
Light - Medium

Highclere Castle Cigar was meticulously crafted by master blender, Nicholas Melillo, inspired by the style and flavour profile of cigars imported by the earlier Earls of Carnarvon to Highclere Castle at the turn of the 19th century.

The result is a hand-rolled cigar from Estelí, Nicaragua, using the best Connecticut Shade wrapper available. The filler includes both Criollo and Corojo from the volcanic soils of Jalapa and the island of Ometepe. For the binder, the ancient Mata Fina, a carefully selected dark tobacco from Brazil, is used to tie the flavours together. Our special blend is finalized with our very own exclusive hybrid seed that we have named Nicadán, whose flavour is reminiscent of tobacco leaf from a bygone era.

The resulting smoke is silky smooth, exceptionally creamy with a lite peppery profile. Close your eyes and you’ll get a nose of fireplace and leather books that brings you right to Highclere Castle’s library. Subtle, sweet notes lend themselves well to hints of citrus and the finish is elegantly clean.

We control each step of the production process starting with carefully selecting the tobacco, monitoring the weather and growths year to year, and managing the rolling process. Even our boxes are handmade from sustainably grown cedar logs grown on Nicaragua’s east coast at our friend Pedro’s family business, also located in Esteli.

In stock - ready to ship
£23.15
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