Our Cigar team recently traveled to Nicaragua for an unforgettable cigar experience with Drew Estates. Our trip started with true Nicaraguan food, which we finished with a Liga Pravada no.9. The roads in Nicaragua are buzzing with car horns, pedestrians and motorcycles. The Drew family shared Ligas, Naturals, Kuba kubas, and Undercrowns on the bumpy ride through mountainous terrains.
The Binny’s Top Ten Cigars are handpicked by our dedicated team of cigar consultants. These guys and gals smoke all year in the pursuit of the flavor, burn, and enjoyment. Presenting our Top Ten Cigars of 2016.
March brings thoughts of green beer, parades, and of course, a barber pole wrapped black market that will make everyone feel Irish. The Filthy Hooligans are back in limited quantities so get them while you can because just like last St. Patricks day these will soon be a distant slightly fuzzy memory.
Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan 6×50
We wanted to do something special to celebrate our 25th anniversary in the cigar business. We’ve had quite a few cigars blended for Binny’s, and each one is a labor of love. When the opportunity arose to do something different we jumped at the chance.
Torano has once again opened the Vault and to our smoking pleasure comes the Torano Vault yellow W-009. From Torano’s vault, the Yellow W-009, available in two sizes. Wrapped in a Jalapa sun grown wrapper, with a Honduran Jamastran binder and filler as well as a touch of La Entrada filler for good measure – this vault release is worth the wait. Come in and see why these were locked away in Toran’s vault.
Torano Vault Yellow Double Robusto
Torano Vault Yellow Toro
The CAO Pilon has an interesting back story: Master Blender Rick Rodriguez uses an old and expensive process to ferment the tobaccos used in this cigar. In the 1800s, men called Piloneros would create round pilons, or stacks of fermenting tobacco leaves. Pilons are made in an 18-month fermentation process, sometimes longer, involving hemming tobacco leaves together and stacking them layer by layer. This process, though time-consuming, is known to maximize the flavors and color of the leaves. It comes across in the new CAO Pilon, now available in three sizes; Churchill 7×48, Robusto 5×52 and Corona 5.5×44.
It’s that time when we release our top cigars of the year. This year we’re adding a twist to our list by selecting an entire brand rather than a single cigar. As in previous years, the selection for the top spot could have gone to any number of manufacturers, but in the end only one can be chosen as the cigar of the year.
Room 101’s The Big Payback was introduced by brand owner Matt Booth as a way to give back and say thank you to his loyal customers that have supported his line of cigars since day one. The idea was simple, produce a line that smoked great, had tons of flavor, and came beautifully packaged all while maintaining a retail price that’s set low enough where consumers wondered how these cigars can be so inexpensive. Not only did Matt accomplish what he set out to do but he also gained new smokers that now call The Big Payback their “go to” smoke.
This has been a project that we have been working with the Garcia family of My Father Cigars for nearly a year. The all-new MB Extreme is compiled of all Grade-A Nicaraguan tobaccos grown on the Garcia’s farms in Nicaragua and rolled at their facility in Esteli. We were in search of a blend that expressed classic Nicaraguan tobacco characteristics similar to the Don Pepin Blue all while keeping the price point below $6.00. This cigar displays everything we were looking for, a rich and balanced smoke that engulfs the palate with chocolate, coffee, roasted nuts, and a light spice. At an everyday low price of $5.95 it’s a deal. At this special introductory offer it’s a steal!
MB Extreme Toro 6×52
Regular Unit Price: $5.95 Binny’s Card Member Price: $4.95
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Labeled as Curivari’s ultra-premium line, Achilles is the latest release from this highly acclaimed boutique cigar manufacturer. It finally hit the market late in 2013 after years of working on the blend to perfect everything about it. Consisting of all Nicaraguan tobaccos, the cigar is covered with a silky wrapper grown in the famed Jalapa valley of Nicaragua. The Eternos measures 6.25×52 and has a natural box-press that adds charm to the feel of the cigar. It’s medium to full in body with a meticulously balanced full-flavored profile. The leather and graham cracker core are accompanied with flavors of café con leche and roasted nuts. The cigar intensifies with every puff and finishes extremely long on the palate. It’s evident that the cigar uses well-aged tobaccos that derive from 2007 and 2008 crops. Construction is immaculate with a perfect draw and a laser straight burn. There are many cigars released from different manufacturers on a yearly basis, yet very few of them display the type of sophistication that the Achilles does.