The 601 Black Toro is a new imagining of a cigar that was pulled from the market by Espinosa many years ago. This new Toro was unveiled at a LaZonaPalooza event hosted by Espinosa Cigars, and officially released at the 2021 PCA Trade Show. The blend is designed to be a full-bodied Connecticut Shade experience that goes above and beyond the more traditional ultra-mild cigars wrapped with a light shade wrapper. Here is Matt's review of the 601 Black Toro.
When Kevin Keithan joined Juan Cancel at Protocol Cigars, he not only brought a vast amount of energy and drive to the growing cigar brand, he also brought a wealth of experience in cyber security. As a way to integrate Kevin's technology background into the law enforcement theme of the Protocol series, the company released the Cyber Crimes Unit. The neon-green design fits nicely into the Protocol series of the original Protocol Blue, the Probable Cause Red, and the Themis Yellow (or as Garret likes to call it, the M-I-5). Here is Matt's review of this cigar.
Since the launch of Epic Cigars by Dean Parsons, the brand has steadily grown and gained a following and also garnered a solid reputation in the industry. Even after selling the brand a couple of years ago, Parsons still maintains the role of brand manager/ambassador. In celebration of the tenth anniversary, the Epic Ten was released. The cigars are presented in a beautiful bright red, high gloss 10-count box. Only 1,000 boxes were produced. Here is Matt's evaluation of the Epic Ten.
In the fall of 2020, AVO Cigars shipped the North and South Editions to select retailers. The North and South Regional Editions are the follow-up to the East and West editions released in 2019. Each blend was and is made available only to retail partners in the respective region. Each cigar was designed and blended to be a unique experience for the region, and production numbers are limited. Here is Matt's evaluation of the North Edition.
The story of ACE Prime Cigars is one that is important to the premium cigar culture. Even with a long lineage in premium tobacco going back generations in Cuba, there is a genuine desire by the founders to improve the lives of people. In the portfolio from ACE Prime is a line called Pichardo Reserva Familiar, named for Don. Eradio Pichardo, the Master Blender for ACE Prime.