The Wunder|Lust made an impact when it was released exclusively in Europe back in 2016. When the Gran Corona vitola was released in 2019, the buzz online was almost palpable. This cigar also carries the name of RoMa Craft co-founder Skip Martin's daughter, Fiorella. Here is Matt's review of the Wunder|Lust Fiorella Gran Corona.
Cameroon is one of those tobacco leaves that we smoke all the time, and maybe don't really think about. It has been a popular leaf for many decades, and when processed with care it can be an extremely flavorful and distinct element in a premium cigar. In 2019, the people at Espinosa Cigars teamed up with General Cigar to create Warzone. General has a massive supply of Cameroon tobacco, and Erik Espinosa had never made a cigar with this wrapper leaf, so a new partnership was born.
It's been a while since reviewed a cigar with a good deal of complexity, but this one has a lot going on. Not only is it complex, it's a range of flavors and aromas that complement and contract each other very well. There are no moments during the smoking experience when I think the flavors are competing for top billing.
Premium Cigars is definitely a business with a lot of family legacy. There are many family names known throughout the industry, and the love of fine tobacco passes down from father to son. In the case of the Ortez family, from father to daughter. Indiana Ortez is a daughter to Omar Ortez. Omar has been well known in the business for over 30 years, and Indiana Ortez is following in his footsteps.
At the IPCPR Trade Show in 2018, the Nashville-based Crowned Heads displayed their new offering called Court Reserve XVIII (CHC). The cigar was developed and released to be a tribute and homage to the loyal fans of the Crowned Heads brand. It was originally available in three round sizes, and was extremely well received in [...]