My Father La Opulencia Toro
#2 2018 CIGAR OF THE YEAR
The My Father La Opulencia blend is a marriage of two opulent tobaccos with splendid provenance—Mexican and Nicaraguan. The wrapper is a dark Mexican San Andrés that the company calls Rosado Oscuro. There are two Nicaraguan binders underneath, one Corojo and one Criollo, both of which bolster the body of the cigar. And then there’s the filler, a combination of Cuban seed tobaccos grown by the Garcia family, owners and makers of the My Father brand. The Garcias have a number of farms in Nicaragua, and La Opulencia shows off the quality of the leaves grown on these tobacco plantations, known as El Pedrero, Las Lometas and La Bonita.
This isn’t the first time the Garcias have experimented with the Mexico-Nicaragua combination, but My Father La Opulencia is the most refined version of this blend, combining body, complexity and a stellar appearance. It’s neatly box pressed and adorned with a secondary band that reads “La Opulencia,” as this line is an offshoot of the core My Father series of cigars.
The tobaccos play off each other in interesting ways. The combustion is perfect, the draw offering earthy underpinnings of chocolate and cocoa with each puff, balanced by a mid-palate oakiness and sweeter, subtle top notes of anise and nougat. And this cigar evolves, getting stronger incrementally as the flavors gradually gain intensity. It’s another top effort from the Garcias, who have won Cigar of the Year two times.
The Wise Man Maduro Robusto
#3 2018 CIGAR OF THE YEAR
Remember the name Nick Melillo, for his star is rising among consumers and cigar fans. He used to be a behind-the-scenes guy at Drew Estate, but in 2015, he went off on his own to form Foundation Cigar Co. in his native Connecticut. He now has a growing portfolio of brands, none better than this dark and earthy smoke called The Wise Man Maduro. While there’s certainly no shortage of dark, box-pressed cigars loaded with Nicaraguan tobacco, we were particularly impressed with this one.
The Wise Man Maduro Robusto has all the qualities of a stand-out cigar: assertive without being aggressive, full-bodied without being too strong and interesting from first puff to last. It’s a flavorful blend that oscillates between the sweet and the savory. Cocoa and vanilla notes, for example, play off the tobacco’s meaty, beef-stock qualities, all integrated by an ever-present earthiness.
The cigar is a blend of Nicaraguan binder, Nicaraguan filler (both grown by Aganorsa, the company that makes the cigar for Melillo) and Mexican San Andrés wrapper.
If you look closely at the band, you’ll see the words “El Güegüense” printed in smaller letters. That’s because The Wise Man Maduro is an offshoot of the original El Güegüense, which loosely translates to “the wise man” and is named for a folkloric dance in Nicaragua. It’s a nice nod to the culture, but not a name that American smokers can necessarily relate to. For the maduro version, Melillo put the English name up front, causing far less confusion in the humidor. Wise move.
OPUS X Perfecxion 888
The pinnacle of cigar making, the Arturo Fuente Opus X Perfecxion 888 is an ultra-premium Dominican puro that is the apple of many aficionado's eye. Featuring only the finest tobacco the Dominican Republic has to offer, this luxurious medium to full-bodied figurado is extremely rare, and best saved for special occasion.
ROOM 101 FARCE MAGNUM
*Cigar Aficionado rating.
The Room 101 Farce Magnum cigar is a premium handmade gem from Matt Booth that features a handsome medium brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over a blend of aged filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Pennsylvania. From first light to nub, this dense medium to full body smoke displays complex notes of white pepper, sweet cocoa, and roasted cashews.
CHARTER OAK CT SHADE TORO
Rich woods and complex hers set the tone for this attractive cigar. Each puff leaves impressions of oaky vanilla, spearmint and caraway seeds alon with floral notes and a cashew nuttiness.
* Cigar Aficionado December 2018
FLOR DE LAS ANTILLAS BELICOSO
by MY FATHER CIGARS
*Cigar Aficionado: December 2018
Sophisticated and rich with a savory, leathery core that complements every sweet note of marzipan and white chocolate without losing its bold character. The finish is toasty and delicious.
LIGA PRIVADA PAPAS FRITAS
The Papas Fritas is part of Drew Estate’s Liga Privada Unico Serie, which features unique blends within the Liga Privada brand family. The Papas Fritas utilizes a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, Brazilian Mata Fina binder, and Nicaraguan and Honduran filler tobaccos. The small 4.5” x 44 cigar sports Drew Estate’s signature fantail and is the perfect choice for cigar smokers who are looking for a short escape.
Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art
This cigar features a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos finished with a gorgeous, dark, and oily Honduran Corojo wrapper. Like its wildly popular cousin, Lost Art boasts immaculate construction, a slow burn, and an effortless draw that your customers will savor. Medium to full body in strength, these decadent luxury smokes are brimming with oak, espresso, buttery leather, and dark tobacco flavors highlighted with a creamy finish and a sweet, musky room note. Prensado Lost Art is yet another top-notch Alec Bradley creation that is destined for greatness.
Montecristo Ciudad de Musica
by Crowned Heads Cigars
Sometimes you can tell a cigar will be great just by looking at the box. The Montecristo Ciudad de Musica by Crowned Heads is one of those cigars that easily has a taste that lives up to the presentation.
Packaged in an elegant black box with a stunning gold logo, you can tell this is something special long before you open the exquisite bronze clasp. The cigar wrapper is equally stately, featuring the logos of all three brands that collaborated to make this masterpiece. This band, also burnished gold and black, surrounds a practically vein free Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that couldn't look better.
The first puff of a Montecristo Ciudad de Musica by Crowned Heads Cigar is likely to throw you off guard. It opens with a strong black pepper note that will widen your eyes. This initial flavor is something of a palette cleanser, designed to make the later flavors more intense.
An incredibly creamy combination of cedar, wood, coffee, and mocha takes center stage after that and holds steady throughout the burn. The spicy opening is just a distant memory when the final puff focuses almost entirely on the cedar notes.
Besides looking and tasting elegant, this cigar also has one of the cleanest burns we have ever experienced, making it a very civilized cigar. We personally recommend combining it with an old brandy, maybe after eating a good steak. However you enjoy it, you almost can't help but feel suave while smoking it.
Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Origin: Dominican Republic
La Gloria Cubana Esteli
is a rich combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos creating a medium to full-bodied profile that any fan of LGC is going to love.
Possibly the star of this show is a dark ligero wrapper grown in Nicaragua's lush Jalapa Valley. Underneath is Honduran binder and long fillers grown in two different regions. These perfectly constructed cigars have the trademark robustness that you would expect from La Gloria Cubana, with a sweet and woody flavor profile capped off with baking spices and a touch of pepper. If you're looking for something new and enjoy the LGC experience, then it's a lock that you'll love La Gloria Cubana Esteli.
The evolution of Macanudo continues with M, the brand’s first flavor-infused cigar. With sophisticated nuances of single origin coffee, this aromatic cigar is rich and brimming with tobacco flavor. M is handcrafted according to Macanudo’s exacting standards, and only the finest, hand selected leaves are chosen. A silky Indonesian Besuki wrapper and a binder from the Philippines are peppered with a blend of Nicaraguan and other fine tobaccos, yet this intriguing cigar still retains a medium-bodied edge. Notes of cedar, earth and spice are intertwined with hints of gourmet coffee for a creamy cigar that smokes like the best café con leche you’ve ever tasted.
Deadwood’s Yummy Bitches
This cigar is wrapped in a Maduro wrapper and are blended with aromatic and exotic tobaccos that bring out the natural sweetness of the cigars. Deadwood’s Yummy Bitches include Sweet Jane, Fat Bottom Betty and Crazy Alice. Sweet Jane is presented in a 5 x 46 vitola and packaged in a 24-count box. Fat Bottom Betty is presented in a 5 x 54 vitola, packaged in a 10-count box. Crazy Alice comes in a 4 ½ x 46 vitola, packaged in a 10-count box. Newly Added, Deadwood Baby Janes presented in the 4×32 vitola, packaged in a tin of 10.
From Deadwood, South Dakota, Vaughn Boyd, owner of Deadwood Tobacco Co., noted that “Sweet Jane was born in the brothels of this historic city. She is naughty and got her reputation for breaking hearts and bringing the strongest men to their knees. Fat Bottom Betty came out of Rehab in 2013 to spread some large ass lovin’ with her sister Sweet Jane. Crazy Alice showed up in 2014 and God knows where that little firecracker has been! She is one pistol crackin’ little hussy
Is a favorite of tenured smokers, Punch is one of the first cigar brands to have been developed in Honduras. Made in accordance with the country’s tradition of expertly curing its tobacco, Punch lives up to its name with a bold, full-flavored taste derived from its Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper and blend of Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Dominican tobaccos. The large-ring “Magnum” and uniquely shaped “Champion” frontmarks have earned high praise from Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider, with 90 and 91 ratings, respectively
Early this year Rafael Nodal joined the Altadis USA team. Rafael’s philosophy is based in the small batch approach using only the most select, aged tobacco to create unique flavors and aromas.
For the Trinidad Santiago, we worked with Raphael to reimagine this Cuban heritage brand and created a blend using only Dominican Cuban seed tobaccos grown in the world renowned Cibao Valley in the Dominican Republic. Crafted in Tabacalera Palma, the Trinidad Santiago is a Dominican Puro full of character, complex flavors and unique aroma.
creates some of the hottest-selling cigars in the industry by procuring rare vintage leaves and then blending and rolling them with the utmost care and perfection. Long Live the King, one of Caldwell’s most popular creations comes draped in an aged Corojo wrapper concealing a premium blend of filler tobaccos. This full-bodied gem delivers notes of earth, wood, chocolate, dark roast coffee, and the perfect touch of pepper and spice— for a truly outstanding cigar smoking experience.
Cohiba Nicaragua is the brand’s first cigar to be blended and handcrafted in Nicaragua. A luxurious expression of the flavor and complexity of Nicaraguan tobacco, Cohiba Nicaragua is made with the finest hand-selected leaves from Estelí and Jalapa, and crowned with a lustrous Colorado oscuro wrapper. Cohiba Nicaragua ushers in an entirely new dimension of taste to the Cohiba portfolio.
Due to contractual requirements OPUS X are not included in the cigar sale. OPUS X cigars are only available at our Valley Tobacco location. Thank you!
Due to contractual requirements OPUS X are not included in the cigar sale. OPUS X cigars are only available at our Valley Tobacco location. Thank you!
FREE CUP OF COFFEE WITH THE PURCHASE OF ANY PREMIUM CIGAR.
The Brick is a beautiful box pressed cigar that offers a medium to full bodied smoke. Featuring an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper filled with Honduran and Nicaraguan long leaf fillers, this cigar has an excellent draw and satisfying variety of flavors.
Romeo y Julieta Vintage
Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez is made in Nicaragua at the Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua factory. Covered in a dark, Ecuadoran Habano wrapper, the cigar consists of a Nicaraguan Criollo '98 binder and a filler blend of Nicaraguan (Criollo '98) and Dominican (Piloto Cubano) tobacco.
sizes: Corona, measuring 5 inches by 44 ring gauge; Robusto, at 4 1/4 by 54; Toro, 6 by 55; and Belicoso, 6 1/8 by 54. All come in 20-count boxes.
This new iteration will have wider retail reach, as it's intended for brick-and-mortar tobacconists.
All cigars produced at Tabacalera My Father incorporate traditional Cuban characteristics, from the entubado style bunching (folding the filler tobaccos in an accordion fashion) to the triple caps used at the head of each cigar. These traditional Cuban methods enable the cigars to burn and combust perfectly which, in turn, creates intense amounts of complexity followed by a smooth and enjoyably long finish.
If you enjoy spicy, full-bodied cigars then you should give Le Bijou a try as it is masterfully balanced. Expect long notes of pepper and spice with underlying earthy, cedar sensations all masked with light hints of sweetness. The rich and dark Habano Oscuro wrapper creates an excellent aroma with enjoyable flavors of coffee and espresso noticeable on the finish
Oliva Serie V - Melanio
The Oliva Serie V Melanio is hand rolled using expertly fermented ligero fillers, leaves known for their robust and rich flavor. Five years in the making, this special cigar is sure to exceed a premium cigar smoker's highest expectations.
The Serie V is full flavored yet smooth. The long filler tobaccos are a blend of Oliva Nicaraguan Habano that emphasizes tobacco from the Jalapa region, an area known for a more nuanced leaf than the Esteli or Condega regions. This carefully aged Jalapa blend produces a particularly flavored smoke.
At Valley Tobacco in Austintown, OH, and Cigarette World in Salem, OH, you’ll find a large selection of cigars and cigar accessories. Whether you are looking for a mild cigar or a robust cigar, we have the cigar you are looking for. Our friendly staff can also assist you, in finding that perfect cigar.
Cigar Size Information
Cigar Size Information
Is the size of a cigar important to the taste and aroma?
Yes, the same cigar blends in different sizes will taste different if there’s a big difference in ring size and length. This is because a big ring gauge, say 50 or 52, produces an immense volume of smoke compared to a 28, 36 or even a 42 ring. Larger ring gauges allow for more filler tobacco which gives a cigar more complexity and allows the cigar to burn slower and cooler. Naturally, this strongly influences taste and aroma. To fairly compare two different blends, you should taste test cigars of the same size.
To a lesser extent, length also influences taste. Besides, if you start with a 7 inch cigar when you’re used to one 5 1/2 inches long, it’ll become 5 1/2 inches long soon anyway – although, believe it or not, the 7 inch cigar at 5 1/2 inches will taste a little different than the one that starts at 5 1/2 inches.
If a manufacturer excels at making a great cigar 42 ring x 6 1/2 inches, it does not necessarily follow that the same brand in other sizes will be as good or as consistent. You’ll have to try a box of each. If you’re not accustomed to smoking a certain size that you might be curious about, maybe you should enlist the cooperation of a friend who smokes that size regularly.
Buying Your First Cigar
With so many choices and a whole new vocabulary, you might not even know where to start. If that sounds like you, try following this brief guide to buying cigars for beginners. It won't teach you everything, but hopefully it will make your first foray into cigar buying a success.
1. Stick to Valley Tobacco
Buying from a Valley Tobacco has many advantages.
You'll have a large selection of quality cigars to choose from. Plus, you can count on the fact that those cigars have been well cared for.
what's more, you'll have excellent guidance. The knowledgeable staff can help you pick out the right cigar and share some cigar tips for beginners. If you really want to learn about cigars, at Valley Tobacco is the perfect classroom.
2. Purchase a few at a time.
When you're just starting with cigars, you won't know what you like, and your preferences will change quickly. That's why it's smart to only buy a few at a time. you'll be able to experiment with a bunch of different cigars, and even more importantly, you won't be stuck with a lot of cigars that you don't enjoy.
3. Start on the mild side.
For a newcomer, full-bodied smokes can be overwhelming and potentially even unpleasant. So one of the most common cigar tips for beginners is to choose mild cigars. They'll ease you into cigar smoking and ensure that you're not turned off at the very beginning.
4. Don't break the bank
As a Valley Tobacco buying tip, you usually get what you pay for. But as a newcomer, there's no need to spend a fortune. You can get a quality cigar for under $10, and at your level, you don't need to light up anything too fancy. Stick to moderately priced cigars at first, and once your palate develops, then you can treat yourself to that extravagant smoke.
Cigar and Beer Matching
It's a good time to be a beer drinker.
And with a growing interest in craft beer has come a growing interest in cigar and beer pairings.
How to choose a cigar that matches your favorite beer is like all things concerning flavor: subjective. Some might swear by one pairing. Others might not fancy it at all. it's about experimenting with different combinations of flavors and finding ones that suit your taste. And that's part of the fun of it.
However, when it comes to cigar and beer pairings, there is one rule that you hear again and again: try to match the the type of cigar with the type of beer. That means milder cigars with lighter beers and full-bodied smokes with heavier beers. This helps avoid one half of the pairing overwhelming the other.
You can also try to create cigar and beer pairings around common flavors. For example, a stout with hints of chocolate and espresso could meet its match in a cigar with similar flavors.