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Spotlight Brand: Fonseca Vintage

April 1, 2012 |

Aged a full 5 Years! 

The Fonseca line is a well-renowned brand of cigars hand rolled in the Dominican Republic. They are everything an aficionado has come to expect from a great Dominican cigar.

It takes some of the most experienced hands in the business to make a cigar that has deep roots in Cuban history, and Manuel Quesada is considered one of the most knowledgeable tobacco men in the Dominican Republic. He was the first to blend the famous Romeo y Julieta brand outside of the Dominican Republic and, today, has a portfolio filled with highly rated brands.

This brand was introduced in 1998 and offers a seamless Connecticut-seed wrapper. Stronger than most Connecticut-seed wrapped cigars, Fonseca Vintage has a medium-to-full-bodied taste with a nice, crisp finish from the aged Dominican fillers. Not overly complex, the cigar remains consistent throughout with a smooth, cedary base including hints of vanilla and espresso. This truly is a must-have blend for fans of Dominican cigars.

Q & A: Cleansing Your Palate

Q.
What is the best way to cleanse your palate after enjoying a cigar?

3/29/12 | by KG of St Paul, MN

A.
​​As stronger and stronger cigars become the norm in the industry, enthusiasts will find their cigar’s flavor remains on their palate many hours after the cigar has been extinguished. This isn't a bad thing, but sometimes you want a fresh palate after a cigar especially if your tasting wines, scotch, or food. So how do you get rid of it? Start with water at room temperature. This should do the trick for a little bit and it might even help cleanse the palate for medium-bodied cigars. For stronger blends though, start with dry crackers. The texture and dryness of the crackers will help remove any of the remaining flavors that linger on your tongue. However, the best way to cleanse your palate is to use any citrus based food or beverage (i.e. anything made from oranges, lemons, grapefruits, etc, including sorbet). The acid of the citrus cuts right through the cigar's flavor and leaves your palate feeling refreshed. 

by Bryan

Review: Gurkha Genghis Khan

Sean G Genghis Khan
Churchill (7.5”x52): It's been a while since we touched base with this blend so we wanted to go ahead and give it another review. By this point in time, the cigars have been aging for a few years due to the lack of new production, and this churchill is tasty. Definitely not as potent as it originally was, but the super smooth and creamy flavors you receive are worth the exchange. The sweetness in this blend presents itself a bit more while the hearty, spicy finish remains rather mellow - perfectly balanced. Many cigars age better than others and this is one of them. Only issue with the churchill is by the 5th inch, the balance begins to fade away and you're left with a stout, robust character and builds in strength until the finish. Some may find that good, others not so much. Personally, this is a great blend that got better with age.
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