H.R. 1639 / S. 1461 is the Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act. This is a proposed amendment to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act clarifies the Food and Drug Administration's jurisdiction over certain tobacco products, which currently affects the manufacturing and distribution of traditional and premium cigars.
This is a serious issue that could dramatically affect the cigar community in many negative ways. Some possible examples are: no more walk in humidors (Canadian model); limits on advertising and promotions; bans on the very word cigar or tobacco; Manufacturer submission of blends to FDA for "testing." Before heading to your local shop - imagine the impact on premium cigar makers including limited new product introductions; price increases and possible end to boutique manufacturing.
As a member of the advisory board of IPCPR, our industry's trade association, I have taken action. Along with other members of the board of the IPCPR, I traveled to Washington D.C. on February 10th to stump the hill. We split into squads of four and visited our representatives and senators at the Capitol. In our effort, my squad visited California Rep. Sam Far, New York Rep. Peter King, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan, Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Rep. Ander Crenshaw and many more. I even had the privilege to smoke a cigar with our Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder while overlooking the beautiful National Mall lit up at night. What an unforgettable experience!
... for this review I went with the Habano Colorado version, and what a great version it is. The wrapper is Colorado in coloring, and is grown in the Jalapa Valley of Nicaragua. Underneath that is a Nicaraguan binder from Esteli, and then the filler is composed of tobacco from Costa Rica, Honduras, and the Jalapa Valley of Nicaragua. Jesus Fuego is one of those manufacturers who gets creative with his use of tobacco, and this cigar definitely shows that with Costa Rican fillers. Read the full review here
This 6×6 stick offers a medium brown wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a firm even construction, double cap and a texture of fine sand paper with a very small tooth, with a rich smooth tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, plenty of thick rich smoke and flavors of earth, rich tobacco with a pepper and spice finish that builds over time.
It’s hard to not love the look of a Salomon and this one is no different, it has a really nice Colorado Shade wrapper with a perfect red/brown tint, minimal veins and a seamless wrap. The cigar is firm but has a little bit of give, a uniform feel with no soft spots and a nice slow taper.
This is the last cigar in sampler pack that Xikar sent to me. They wanted my opinion on their new Grande size HC cigars, and I accepted the offer. I appreciate them giving me the chance to review these cigars. The blend has not changed. The only difference is the size. Will the new large 6×60 taste different then the Robusto? Read on and see. As always, I paired this review with a glass of water.