Q & A: 2010 Tradeshow?
What are the most exciting new products you found at the 2010 tradeshow in New Orleans?
8/16/10 | by TG of Mobile, AL
The show this year was definitely exciting although there were not as many boutique cigar makers as we had hoped to find. Due to that, it limited the number of new brands available from small suppliers. As you're well aware, here at Cigar.com, we really look forward to finding those special "diamonds in the rough" that most other companies would pass over. Unfortunately, those oppurtunities were scarce this year, however, top-notch companies such as Graycliff, Fernandez, Oliva and General all released some really tasty sticks. Here's what we found to be some of the best new releases (in no specific order), most of which will appear in our upcoming catalogs, and keep watch for our full 2010 tradeshow writeup as well.
Review: Man O' War Virtue
Man O' War Virtue
Toro (6.0"x50) Incredibly smooth and full-flavored from start to finish. Offers a great balance between earth and cedar with a semi-sweet note on the finish.
Churchill (7.5"x52) Produces thick, creamy smoke and maintains a cool, even draw. The complexities are unique as the blend changes in flavor from inch to inch while slowly building in strength. Keeps a bold finish with a rich aftertaste.
Salomon (5.7"x54) Great, limited size for the true enthusiast. The 5.7"x54 frame burns perfectly and the thick foot allows for an easy light. Be sure to toast the foot a little longer than usual, which will allow the multitude of different tobaccos to combust together, producing ample flavor and complexity. Semi-spicy.
Robusto (5.0"x50) Great 45-minute smoke. Bold and hearty from start to finish while maintaining a smooth, toasty aftertaste. One of the best Connecticut-wrapped robustos on the market. If you enjoy tons of thick smoke with an earthy, cedary aroma, go with this size.
Torpedo (6.0"x50) If you enjoy figurados but are looking for something a bit less complex than the Salomon, the torpedo is a great substitute. Offers some complex flavors but the overall blend releases a core of earth and pepper from start to finish. Light sweet nuances intermingle throughout but are masked by a hearty, smooth finish.
Lonsdale (6.0"x44) Incredibly potent but lacks balance. The small ring burned unevenly for the first inch but corrected itself. Flavor stays the same from head to foot while releasing competing notes of pepper and earth. Strongest size in the line with a long finish.