September Cigar Reveal


Dapper Cigar Co - La Madrina

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Brand Dapper Cigar Co
Cigar La Madrina
Wrapper Ecuador
Binder Mexico
Filler Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, USA
Description This is one up-and-coming cigar brand that I would buy stock in if I could. The founder, Ian Reith, works in the tech world in Fresno, CA, and is a consumer turned brand owner. You're probably familiar with Dapper if you live on the West Coast, since that's where he's focused growing the brand, but just recently he's began expanding East and cigar lovers seem to have quickly taken notice. I love the name origin. When Reith handed one of his first cigars to his neighbor, a barber who focuses on classic-cuts, he took one look at it and said, "now that's a dapper cigar." And so it was. Reith began Dapper Cigars in 2013 with the goal to create just one really great cigar. Needless to say, with nine brands under the Dapper portfolio, his endeavor was a success. La Madrina means 'The Godmother' in Spanish and the theme of the cigar is the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. Now for the cigar itself, they bill this as full to extra full in both strength and flavor. I admit this left me a bit confused, because for the most part this is a pretty medium bodied cigar that I prefer to smoke during the day. It isn't until the final third that I noticed the strength picks up and begins to approach a full bodied cigar (I'm curious what you guys think smoking it blind). Never the less, this is a really elegant smoke that has a lot of subtlety and balance, with some classic cigar notes like milk chocolate, white pepper (though very little through the nose), coffee, cedar and a lot of natural tobacco flavors. It's also left me looking forward to smoking their full portfolio and I'm excited to see where Dapper goes moving forward.
Review: Halfwheel
The Dapper La Madrina is an intriguing cigar, as I found it to be incredibly familiar and enjoyable, at least for the first two thirds. The final third struggled in two of three samples, which cost the score some points, though it did manage to be remarkably consistent in its flavors and progressions. For as many varietals of tobacco are used in this blend, I was surprised that there wasn't more complexity, but what was there was enjoyable. I'd certainly smoke the first two thirds again without hesitation, and I'm certainly intrigued to see what else this company's portfolio holds.
Review: Cigar Coop
If you haven’t had Ian Reith or Dapper Cigar Company on your radar, you need to pay attention. Reith is doing some great work and with the La Madrina, he comes up big. This is a cigar with big and bold flavors. I found this cigar had enough complexity to keep me interested from start to finish. To me, this wasn’t a cookie-cutter Ecuadorian Habano blend over Nicaraguan tobacco. Because it’s a stronger and fuller cigar, it’s one I would recommend to a more seasoned cigar enthusiast. As for myself, it’s not only one I would smoke again, but it’s one worthy of box purchase consideration.

Atsiniki - Tashka (Warrior)

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Brand Atsiniki
Cigar Tashka (Warrior)
Wrapper Mexico
Binder Nicaragua
Filler Nicaragua
Description I know. Atsi---who? After blind smoking this cigar, we were as surprised as you. And now, we're really excited to make the introductions for you. But before we do, one question... Isn't it strange that with the 'Cigar Store Indians' and talk of how tobacco originated with the Native Americans, there isn't a single Native (US) American cigar brand? Well that was true, until Charles Robinson founded Atsiniki just a few years ago. Charles is a descendant of the Choctaw Tribe, grew up in Texas and currently lives in Tennessee. The story begins... well, the story begins before Atsiniki was founded, it begins with an organization Charles founded called The Red Road. Charles created The Red Road several years ago to empower Native American communities by honoring their culture and striving to raise awareness and educate the public about the extensive history and current conditions of Indigenous cultures, reshaping perceptions of this often misunderstood people group. He often travels to reservations to serve and help to improve their communities. But like many non-profits, funding was always a challenge, so a few years ago he set off to create a cigar brand that would one day help fund The Red Road. He called the brand, Atsiniki, which is his name in his wife's native tongue, and means 'Story Teller.' But why cigars? Charles considers tobacco an essential element of his culture and lineage - and smoking is considered to be an offering or a gift, a shared breath of showing respect for another's point of view, and the smoke rising like prayer's to the Creator. Well, being the first actual Native American cigar brand owner, he probably could have cut some corners and made a so-so cigar and called it a day. But that's not Charles's style. Instead, he partnered with the late, legendary master-blender Arsenio Ramos, who spent decades as one of the heads of tobacco processing in Cuba's cigar industry and later in Nicaragua blended cigars at the renowned Aganorsa factory. Like everyone that meets Charles, Ramos was instantly drawn to him when they met in Nicaragua. And when Charles asked if he would blend the cigars for his new cigar brand, he responded, "It would be an honor." Later, a friend told Charles, "That would be like meeting Bono and telling him that you're putting together a garage-band and ask if he would like to be the lead singer!" Ramos passed in 2018, and now Atsiniki cigars are blended by Ramos's protegés, Eradio Pichardo and Luciano Mureilles of Tabacalera Pichardo. You may have heard that name in the cigar-news lately, as it is the same factory that is blending Crowned Heads newest cigar, Un Mil. This cigar is the Tashka, the strongest cigar in their portfolio, and named after his son. It is one of the densest, most full-bodied cigars we've had in a while - you can almost chew the smoke! And from that dense smoke comes bold, gamey flavor notes of leather and steak, along with subtle red pepper and floral notes. He currently has three regular production lines, each named after one of his children. The good news? He has seven children! So be on the lookout for more Atsiniki cigar lines coming out in the future. And after spending time with Charles, trust us when we say that when you buy an Atsiniki cigar, you couldn't be supporting a better person or a better cause than Charles and The Red Road. 
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