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This picture doesn't make it any easier to pick him out of a lineup. =)
Do you post the other pictures somewhere else?
5 days, 14 hours ago on Icons of Cigars: Nestor Andrés Plasencia
This picture doesn't make it easier to pick him out of a lineup. =)
Great idea. Well executed. Keep doing what you do.
1 week, 5 days ago on HALFWHEEL X Sean “Casper” Johnson (L’Atelier Importrs)
Respect. I don't have the patience to smoke one. Thank you for taking the time to post a thorough and thoughtful review. In the end, taste is subjective. Some people find it contentious when another doesn't agree with their opinion, but I generally do not. For what it is worth, this cigar is an exact replica of the Mandible. As you mentioned, we used the same high quality tobacco and process to make it. There isn't any obvious reason why the flavors would differ. For that reason, I think this is a good case study in how the physics involved in smoking a cigar affect the flavors. David 'Doc' Diaz certainly knows the science better than I, but in general, I know that good tobacco contains low levels of sulphur. When a cigars smolders, due to insufficient oxygen, the sulphur in the ash tries to inhibit the process and it contributes a sharp metallic bitter taste, much like the the sense of sucking on a copper penny. Perhaps this is increased in an extremely large cigar where airflow, despite an open draw, is not sufficient, is too abundant or is uneven. I would also think that the constriction of relatively your small punch concentrates the negative byproducts into a small tunnel that becomes increasingly problematic over five hours. Thanks again for posting the review, Esteban enjoyed it immensely.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Review: CroMagnon Femur (Prerelease)
Thank you for sharing Brooks. I couldn't have explained it better myself.
Esteban and I are very excited about this new phase for Nica Sueno. With the additional capacity coming online, you can expect more news like this in the future!
4 months ago on News: Nica Sueño Prepares Releases for Blue Havana Cigars
Given the amount of Jalapa, I was really surprised how much I loved this cigar. I forgot what I was smoking and had one of those, 'wow this is good' moments. Definitely worth picking the Robustos up before it is gone.
4 months, 1 week ago on Review: Toraño Exodus 1959 Finite 2013 Robusto (Prerelease)
Thanks for taking the time to review and photograph CRAFT 2013. You guys put a great deal of effort into the content you present and a lot of attention to detail in the way you present it.
There is a reason why so many people, like myself, visit the site each day. Any time you put information about what we are doing out there a lot of people will see it. We appreciate this immensely.
As everyone knows, taste is subjective. What I can tell you is that the time, effort, skill and care that has gone into this project is extensive. We set out to make a limited edition cigar that was a) limited for a reason and b) worth the price tag.
In the end, we are very proud of what we do every day here at Nica Sueño and extremely proud of the La Campaña de Panamá Soberana. I hope everyone of our loyal customers have the opportunity to buy one and judge for themselves.
Also looking forward to the 90+ Redux Review after you get ahold of a retail version of his amazing cigar. =)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Review: CRAFT 2013 La Campaña de Panamá Soberana (Prerelease)
Thanks for taking the time to smoke the cigar and take notes. I always love reading the bullet points.
Charlie had a similar observation about the number of vitolas, so I wanted to say a few things about this (with a few fun facts for the data heads):
-It is important to note that 85% of the 108k cigars we have in the escaparate at Nica Sueno are the core line vitolas. So it is fair to say that the super-majority of our production is the core line.
-Historically, the distribution of production is 20.8% Intemperance BA XXI, 19.9% Intemperance EC XVIII, 25.2% for the CroMagnon and 25.1% for the CroMagnon Aquitaine. "Limited Editions' represent only 9.1% of our production, but they are produced consistently every week.
-With the exception of the Craft liga, which will be produced in 'small-batch' fashion each year in a different blend/vitolla, every cigar we make is regular production. The 'Limited Edition' vitolas referred to above are not 'batch' cigars, but are more accurately referred to as low-volume production cigars outside of the core line.
-Why do we do this? A few reasons. First, we wanted to incentivize/reward customers for attending our events, but we do not believe in discounting (eg. Buy 3, Get 1 Free) our core line. We offer our retailers the opportunity to purchase cigars outside of the core line for events. Second, this is one of the advantages of owning our own factory. We dictate daily production and are able to add new sizes that we believe are interesting. aka 'because we want to'. Third, these sizes give us a tool to use to help retailers compete. PodmanCigars.com, Riverside, Tower and R. Field have all been loyal supporters of the line and expressed an interest in acquiring the right to sell certain sizes exclusively. We believe it strengthens the bond we have with these retailers and allows them to generate sales outside of their walk-in traffic. It also makes these sizes available to consumers who can not make it to an event. Lastly, it allows us to 'market test' demand for new vitolas in the core line.
-As you know Nica Sueno SA is a different entity than RoMa Craft Tobac LLC. Esteban Disla and I have moved into a new facility. We are in the process of renovating the building and expanding our capacity from 300k cigars/year to 1.3M cigars/year. While the production of RoMa Craft Tobac cigars will increase to about 500k cigars/year, the remainder of the capacity at Nica Sueno will be utilized to make cigars for other companies. We have already begun production of private label brands for two retail stores, and are actively working on two more. We have also talked with other large brands about producing line expansions and new ligas for them here. The conversion of our old facility into a space for pre-industry (fermentation) and the process excellence we have developed in the last three years are game changers in terms of our ability to support these efforts.
In short, we are in this business for the long-term. We believe our vertical integration provides us with strategic differentiation that we try to exploit at every opportunity in order to increase value to our consumers. At the same time, we have always been and will remain focused on quality over quantity, substance over style.
I recently posted this question on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=539504729440975&set=a.296458993745551.73448.287596937965090&type=1
In our minds, it is the question every retailer should ask themselves as the walk the floor at IPCPR and every consumer should ask as they browse the humidor. It isn't about big or small, necessarily. It isn't about mega vs. boutique. In the end it is a question of value in a hyper-competitive environment. Where is it derived? Who delivers it?
One more thing, we will have bands on the CroMagnon and Aquitaine cigars at the trade show barring any extraordinary logistic issues. I have been told that the band makes the cigar taste better. =)
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Review: CroMagnon Mode 5 (Prerelease)
He has some Atlatls too....
6 months, 4 weeks ago on News: Intemperance A.W.S. IV Lonsdales Released
Give Jimmy a call and get some! Free Shipping, (412) 834-1400 < For a good time call!
Thanks for the kind words Chas. I received them exactly as you intended.
We appreciate your support and if you need anything just let us know.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on A Visit to Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño S.A.
@djshalifoe Definitely brother! BTW I will trade you 4 boxes for that box. =)
8 months ago on A Visit to Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño S.A.
Yes, you missed something:
"@SethsHumidor 3 FT now and two PT."
Juan Carlos Javier is a good friend, thank you for the comparison.
I'm here! (But those pictures were taken months ago)
Thanks JD....you know we wouldn't be where we are without your help. I appreciate your mentorship and your friendship brother.
Slobberknockers 7.5 x 56
@rhossick thanks brother. We only make about 25-30k cigars per month with our current team. #craft
@SethsHumidor 3 FT now and two PT.
The key word here is 'propose'. The Congress, not the President, levies taxes....yet everyone seems to blame Obama instead of Focusing on their Congressman.
The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.
8 months, 1 week ago on News: President Obama to Propose Increased Tobacco Taxes