Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Cigar News- Carlos Fuente Sr. is Back!

Arturo Fuente is one of my go-to Dominican cigars. In the January 2012 Cigar Aficionado cover story on the Fuente family, it was revealed that Carlos Fuente Jr. had blended all of the company’s cigars in modern memory, including the Hemingway and Don Carlos lines. Carlos Fuente Sr., the patriarch of the family, handed over the blending reigns to his son years ago. 

Casa Cuba is his return to making cigar blends. “I blended this cigar the way I used to blend Cuban tobacco,” he told Cigar Aficionado during a 2011 interview, speaking of his days when he made cigars in Tampa using then-legal Cuban tobacco. 

The Casa Cuba is scheduled to come to market at the end of this month. Casa Cuba comes in boxes of 30, with sizes that take their names from Dominos, a game ingrained in Cuban culture. 

There are four sizes: 

  • Doble Tres, 5 1/2 by 44 
  • Doble Cuatro, 4 1/2 by 54 
  • Doble Cinco, 5 by 50 
  • Doble Seis, 6 by 52 

What makes it special: The first cigar blended by Carlos Fuente Sr. in more than 30 years. The tobacco used in this cigar will be:
  • Wrapper:   Ecuador
  • Binder:       Dominican
  • Filler:         Dominican

As far as how it will taste- My Fuente rep is telling me that it will be a medium bodied cigar with the signature creamy smoke that Fuente's are known for. With a sweet tobacco smell, dry earthy flavors, and a subtle spice this is one cigar I can't wait to try.  

For pre ordering and pricing information email me: Josh@DWCigars.com. I have a couple of boxes on their way, but given the demand on these cigars they will not last!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Limited S.T. Dupont Collection: Orient Express

Ever go look for something and it's not there? This happened to me today when my S.T. Dupont representative came in to show me their new limited edition lighter, pen, and cufflinks. First, I ask him why he is walking around with a purple briefcase? He didn't say anything just opened it up. Immediately, I went to go get my camera and to my surprise it was not there! Thankfully, he was able to provide me with photos of this BEAUTIFUL collection the:

S.T. Dupont Orient Express

S.T. Dupont Orient Express Prestige With The Collector Attache
Prestige Edition:

The design element on this exquisite line is nothing short of breathtaking. In my opinion, the pictures do not do this collection justice. There is nothing like seeing this these in person. The Collectors Edition comes with the Lighter, Cufflinks, Fountain Pen, Roller Pen,  Paper Cutter, and the Collector Attache.

S.T. Dupont Orient Express Prestige Ligne 2 Lighter
- Lighter:

My favorite item had to be the S.T. Dupont Orient Express Ligne 2. The Lighter has a sparkling blue placed lacquer and trimmed in palladium finishes. The iconic central medallion on the lighter is inspired by the obscure rain glass window on the bar car of the Orient Express. The center of this medallion is appointed with Mother of Pearl. The side of the lighter has magnificent engraving detail. The front of the lighter features the S.T. Dupont logo, and the back has the Orient Express Signature.

- Cufflinks:
S.T. Dupont Orient Express Prestige Cufflinks

The cufflinks use the same combination of Mother of Pearl and Palladium finishes that were used in the lighter. These cufflinks have that subtle stylishness to them: from afar you see them glisten, but they get so much better the closer you get. 

- Writing Kit:
S.T. Dupont Orient Express Prestige Writing Kit

S.T. Dupont Orient Express Prestige Writing Kit
The most innovative and detailed item is definitely the Writing Kit. The pen holder is crafted of blue placed lacquer and trimmed in gold finish. The rail cars and train wheels on this exquisite pen stand are also adorned in the same lustrous gold finish. When you place the Neo-Classique President Fountain Pen on top of this pen holder, behold… you are now looking at an authentic reproduction of the Orient Express! The carriage windows glimmer of mother of pearl, the body of the pen is a combination of S.T. Dupont’s luxurious blue and white placed lacquer, and the fountain pen is trimmed in yellow gold finish. Upon removing the cap, you will be mesmerized by the design on the nib. A reproduction of the Orient Express train wheels are actually engraved on the post of the gold nib set. The PrestigeWriting Kit also includes a matching ink bottle and gold paper cutter. Additionally, this set includes a converter kit, allowing you to convert this pen from a Fountain Pen to a Rollerball.

WOW, What a collection! This entire line is gorgeous, my rep said he will stop by sometime next week to show off the S.T. Dupont Orient Express Diamond Edition. 
I will be looking forward to that!

Pen Tip Engraving
For all you collectors out there, if you're interested in owning this collection please e-mail me at: josh@dwcigars.com and I will be happy to place an order for you!

Monday, September 2, 2013

New Release: 2013 Davidoff Nicaragua

Davidoff Nicaragua

My personal "most anticipated" cigar of 2013 was definitely the Davidoff Nicaragua. Being a huge fan of Nicaraguan cigars, I was very interested to see how Davidoff would blend this cigar: would it be complex like a Padron? creamy like a (my recent favorite) Regius? or a powerhouse like the Oliva Serie V? Needless to say, I had a lot of questions with very little to no answers. I first heard about this cigar in the April 9, 2013 issue of Cigar Insider... my interest was peaked, but what really made me excited was the 06/24/2013 press release: 

The Davidoff Nicaragua Experience

The 100% Puro Nicaraguan blend combines a 10-year-old Habano                           
Seed Nicaragua Rosado wrapper in a beautiful colour, with a binder                                      
from Jalapa and a filler blend of tobaccos from Esteli, Condega and 
Ometepe. The range comes in three sizes: Toro (5 1⁄2 inches; 54 RG); 
Robusto (5 inches; 50 RG) and Short Corona (3 3⁄4 inches; 46 RG).

The new range was very well received by aficionados who had a 
chance to experience it. In a blind taste test conducted at the 
Art Of Smoke in Germany, Davidoff Nicaragua ranked as of the 
five best cigars ever tested across all tobacco origins and blends. 
“One of the best cigars I've ever smoked. The cigar would be a 
regular in my humidor,”                         
-participant of the taste test carried out by Art of Smoke.

So there I was, on my birthday, smoking a Padron 1964, reading this and thinking: "Did Davidoff know it was my birthday? And if so, Why make me wait a month before I would be able to smoke my present?...RUDE"

However after smoking this cigar, it definitely was worth the wait and lived up to my expectations! Now enough of me rambling, I present to you the 2013 Davidoff Nicaragua:

Cigars Smoked: Davidoff Nicaragua Short Corona & Toro 
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Factory: Cigars Davidoff
Wrapper: Nicaragua (10-year-old Nicaraguan Havana-seed Rosado)
Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa)
Filler: Nicaragua (EstelĂ­, Condega and Ometepe)
Size: 3 3/4 x 46 (Short Corona) & 5 1/2 x 54 (Toro) 
 - Short Corona -$9.90 (Boxes of 14, $138.60) - Robusto – $13.90 (Boxes of 12, $166.80) - Toro- $16.90 (Boxes of 12, $202.80)
Date Released: Mid-July

The 10-year-aged Habano Seed Nicaraguan Rosado wrapper is in one word- amazing. With few veins present throughout, this cigar boasts a brownish-red color that contrasts very nicely with the black and silver band and it is silky and smooth to touch.  It is firm but has a little give, typical of most Davidoff's great construction with a double cap on the head. The pre-lit aromas indicate a sweet cedar and pepper.


The first third of the Davidoff Nicaragua starts off with a slight white pepper spice that is just strong enough to open the palate, but not strong enough to affect the character. After a couple puffs there is a enticing sweetness on the finish that like most Davidoff's will linger on the palate. While both the burn and draw are phenomenal through the first third the amount of smoke produced is average. 

Going into the second third of the Davidoff Nicaragua, the spice has given way to a great earthy and nutty flavor that all great Nicaraguans are known for and highlighting notes of espresso and bitter sweet chocolate. The spice will return from time to time giving an amazing balance and complexity. Construction-wise, the draw and burn remain virtually flawless. 

In the final third, the white pepper on the retrohale returns and remains until the end of the cigar, as does a new vanilla sweetness. The amount of smoke produced continues to be average, but the burn and draw continues to impress me. A final note about the construction, the nub remained cool until the very end and needed no touch ups.  

Final Thoughts:

Wow, Davidoff has created another great line! Even though this is not Davidoff's first time using Nicaraguan tobacco (Davidoff Maduro and Zino Platinum used Nicaraguan tobacco) it tastes refined and perfected. This is in part due to the craftsmanship by Hendrik “Henke” Kelner, a master who also blends cigars for PG (another personal favorite) and is one of the best in the business. This is also due to Davidoff importing all of the tobacco for this puro from Nicaragua so they can roll the cigar in their factory in the Dominican Republic. Kelner has said repeatedly that they are doing this because it is the only way they can assure that the cigars have the quality construction they are known for.

Click here to get your hands on this amazing cigar to try for yourself!

          Grade:                                 88/100 (Great)

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Another Cigar Blog

Hello Cigar Lovers,

Welcome to our new blog! 

We know what you are thinking: "O great! Not another cigar blog." Trust us, we don't want to waste your valuable time with "go buy this or go buy that.". We want to create a community where you, the reader, has as much of a say as we do. While we will review the latest cigars and accessories, we also invite any one who wants to post their own reviews to email us at josh@dwcigars.com and we will be happy to post your reviews. 

David Weiss in a Dominican Cigar Plantation
DWCigars was established in 1996 by cigar enthusiast David Weiss. His vision was to share his love for cigars with the world. This vision began while working for a Santa Monica cigar shop named Lone Wolf Cigars (which was founded by none other than Chuck Norris and Jim Belushi). The store's roots can be traced back to 1893 as E.E. Barracks, one of Santa Monica's first tobacco shops. With the internet boom and his successful mail order catalog business, DWCigars was created. DWCigars has grown into one of the leading online cigar purveyors with unbeatable  low prices and personal touches that makes everyone feel like they are part of the family.

Growing up in Western New York, some of Joshua Green's fondest memories are sitting with family and/or friends smoking cigars and sharing experiences. With 10 years of cigar smoking under his belt, he has had the privilege of smoking a wide range of cigars and is looking to impart some of his knowledge and experiences with you. While he considers himself a novice still having much to learn, he hopes to create a community where all views of cigars and life can be expressed.  

We look forward to sharing our experiences, hearing your stories, but most importantly having fun and smoking great cigars!

Please feel free to contact us at:


-DWCigars Management