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.
I recently made a visit to our Des Plaines location. While there, I came across a box of cigars that were tucked away in the corner. This wasn’t a full box, but only had four cigars remaining. I was surprised to see these cigars still on the shelf, but at the same time I was glad they were there. They were going to go home with me. The cigar was the E.P. Carrillo Edicion Limitada 2010. We have a handful of boxes in our vintage program, and I won’t have a chance to try them for a few more years. Seeing these sticks on the shelf gave me the perfect opportunity to assess their progress.
The cigar was introduced in the fall of 2010 and quickly became a favorite. It was placed at #8 on Cigar Aficionado’s list of 25 Best Cigars in January of 2011, and scored a 94 rating. The demand went through the roof, but there already weren’t many boxes to go around. A total of 1,000 boxes, ten cigars each, were ever produced. Cigar Aficionado described it best, saying “The only flaw with this cigar is its rarity.” It was incredible four years ago, and possessed all the characteristics of a great cigar with flavor, balance, and construction. Could it hold up after all this time?
Fall is great for a lot of reasons such as pumpkin beer, spiced whiskey and Halloween festivities. It’s also the perfect season for cigar aficionados. Binny’s Cigar Buyer George Eshou recommends these four cigars because they fit the theme and the season well with their peppery and spiced flavors.
Oliva Serie V Melanio Robusto 5×52
The latest addition to the Serie V line is the Oliva Serie V Melanio, named after the family’s patriach, Melanio Oliva. This new cigar places an emphasis on tobacco grown in Nicaragua’s famed Jalapa region and is blended using expertly fermented ligero fillers, leaves known for their robust and rich flavors. The wrapper is grown from a proprietary seed by Oliva in Ecuador and is put through a rigorous hand selection process in order to choose only the finest leaves. Five years in the making, this special cigar is sure to exceed your highest expectations.
La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo 5.5×54
La Aroma De Cuba is one of the hottest and fastest growing cigar brands in the world today. The release of the Mi Amor Reserva will only add to that. This cigar is blended and manufactured by Jose and Jaime Garcia at their state-of-the-art factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Gorgeous chocolaty-brown Oscuro wrappers grown in Mexico from Cuban seeds accompany a beautifully-bold blend of the finest, most diligently aged Nicaraguan tobaccos. Full-bodied in strength, this new masterpiece boats a rich and decadent flavor-profile defined by regal notes of earth, spice, cedar, and a luscious chocolaty finish.
Marca Binny’s Seleccion Limitada Primeros 6.5×54
In order to create a great cigar you need to go to a great cigar maker and that’s why we approached Ernesto Perez-Carrillo with the idea of making us a limited edition cigar that could stand up to any other name brand on today’s market. A great cigar is what he made and we could not be any more pleased with the end result. Our Marca Binny’s Seleccion Limitada Primeros uses tobaccos grown in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Brazil that have been aged for a minimum of five years. This combination puts forth an extremely well-balanced medium to full-bodied cigar that exudes flavors of caramel, coffee bean, cafe con leche, and sweet cedar. Only 500 boxes were produced with each box being individually numbered.
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Can you say “Mule Kick”? Super limited release from Crowned Heads is here. We have a very small allocation and they will be sold on a first come first serve basis.