Review: FSG Intensa by Drew Estate

FSG Intensa by Drew Estate

A smooth draw and pleasant under-taste are the big draws of this smoke. Featuring notes of oats, roasted cashew, and semi-sweet chocolate, this is a fine addition to any humidor.

FSG Intensa by Drew Estate5.25” x 54
Brazil, Nicaragua
Medium to Full Bodied
Arapiraca maduro wrapper


Review: La Hacienda by Warped

Opening with notes of buttered sourdough, Graham cracker, and aged cheddar cheese, this stick comes with some concerns.

The wrapper is thin, the construction awkward, and burn holes cut short what could have been a pleasant smoke. Though it mellows a few inches in, the initial taste is one of full-on ash.

House Resolution by J.C. Newman6” x 46
Medium Bodied
Corojo wrapper

Review: Kentucky Fire Cured by Drew Estate

Kentucky Fire Cured by Drew Estate

The pre-light scent of burned peat was off-putting. That said, this stick features pleasing notes of smoked brisket and oak.

Owing to the mangy and misshapen construction, I’d call this more of a cheroot-style smoke than an actual cigar. The ash hold was non-existent and the draw quite tight throughout.

In the end, my palette was not impressed, however your results may vary.

Kentucky Fire Cured by Drew Estate5.5” x 34
Medium to Full Bodied
Maduro wrapper

Review: Hercules by Rocky Patel

Hercules by Rocky Patel

While this stick features pleasant notes of hay, brush, sumac, cinnamon, and leather, the wrapper was thin and the taste soon devolves into one of overall ash.

That said, the produced smoke was thick and ample, the light quick, and the draw slinky. However, the cigar burns hot toward the middle.

Hercules by Rocky Patel6” x 60
Ecuador, Nicaragua
Medium to Full Bodied
Habano wrapper

Lawmakers Seek FDA Extension on New Cigar Rules

Some members of the United States Congress are hoping to gain an extension on the FDA’s impending regulations to the handmade cigar industry.

Spearheaded by Bill Posey (R – FL), 32 members of Congress want a longer open comment period. Lawmakers also request a delay to the August 10, 2018 deadline for new rules on cigar packaging and advertising.

An official letter reads in part:

“As members of the U.S. Congress representing all sectors of the hand-rolled premium cigar industry, we remain concerned that the FDA’s regulatory overreach  — which is contrary to Congress’ intent under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (FSPTCA) — will continue to impose greater economic burdens on the manufacturers and retailers of premium cigars.”

Meanwhile, a Texas lawsuit is challenging the requirements that up to 20 percent of cigar advertisements be covered with health hazard warnings.

by Frank Samandari
Industry News Contributor
The Layman’s Cigar

Frank Samandari is an award-winning journalist, web writer, and voice talent based near Daytona Beach, Florida.

Review: Fausto by Tatuaje

Fausto by Tatuaje

While the shaggy/pig tail foot was likely meant as a feature, the fact is that it made for a messy opening.

The draw on this stick is tight and the taste full-on ash. I actually had to pop a mint to take the edge off the unpleasant taste. Sadly, not even the strong profile could redeem this smoke.

I try to remain brand-agnostic in this forum, however this is not the first time I’ve experienced a sub-par offering from this manufacturer.

Fausto by Tatuaje5” x 54
Ecuador, Nicaragua
Full Bodied
Habano wrapper

A Plea for Help

Eric Newman hopes you’ll sign his petition. The third-generation owner of the famed J.C. Newman cigar factor in Ybor City, Florida (outside of Tampa) says new FDA regulations will almost surely cause the site to shut down.

Newman joins a growing chorus of tobacco enthusiasts urging the FDA to exempt premium cigars from regulation. Public comments are being accepted through June 25, 2018.