Cigar Releases and Reviews
Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Legend Conqueror
Introduced in 2008 as a fuller-bodied version of the original Excalibur line, the Connecticut-wrapped Legend is a tasty, well-built cigar that pairs well with a fine rum. The Conqueror’s (6.25 x 54) profile of seared steak, black pepper, and woody spice pairs perfectly with a sweet spirit, and its superior combustion properties only add to the enjoyment. Expect a 120-minute smoke that’s more complex than your average bold cigar.
AVO Limited Edition Tesoro 2008
Before trying the new Avo 85th Anniversary, I wanted to go back and smoke one of my favorite limited edition Avo smokes from the past. The Tesoro (5.75 x 50) debuted in 2008 and it’s still a fine smoke in 2011. Sweet cream, honey, and light cedar are each elegantly balanced in this well-constructed toro. The Tesoro is proof that mild cigars need not be bland or unflavorful, and that’s why it’s still a favorite of mine.
Fuente Opus X XXX Blicoso
XXX Belicoso. X3. Power Ranger. X To The Third Power. No cigar has more names and nicknames than this short Fuente Fuente OpusX. However you ask for it, it’s a dynamite smoke, a complex powerhouse with full-bodied flavors of leather and earth. The finish has that essential sweetness found in the best of strong cigars, along with an intriguing note of Scotch whiskey on the finish. It’s quite the cigar. While it’s among the shortest of the Fuente Fuente OpusX line, it’s also one of the most powerful. The Fuente Fuente OpusX brand is among the most successful in history. The hallmark of this brand, first released in November 1995, is dark, oily and reddish-brown wrapper leaf grown under the shade at Chateau de la Fuente, a wrapper farm in El Caribe, Dominican Republic, owned by the Fuente family. This brand proved to the world that great wrapper could be grown in the Dominican Republic. If you love full-bodied cigars, this is your smoke.
Padron Family Reserve #45 - Natural
The Padrón family has created quite the tradition by coming out with a new Padrón Family Reserve every year to commemorate the company’s history. The Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro was our 2009 Cigar of the Year—this is the natural version of that very same cigar. It has the same dimensions and suggested retail price, but the lighter wrapper gives the cigar a different flavor. While the considerable kick of the maduro is informed by hearty, resonant coffee, cocoa and spice flavors that saturate the palate, the natural is a bit more mellow, with flavors of cocoa bean and earth on the palate. The cigar is quite balanced and exceptionally flavorful. It’s impossible to exaggerate how well the Padrón family has done in our Top 25—three times the company has had a Cigar of the Year, and the Padróns have never failed to have a cigar in our top five. It’s an impressive show of consistency that no other company can claim.
Credo “3 in 1” Cigar Punch Cutter
The new "3 in 1" Punch Cutter from Credo is a portable, simple-to-use tool that offers enthusiasts three sizes of cigar punch for cutting parejo-shaped cigars.The cigar punch diameters on the "3 in 1" are 6 mm, 10 mm and 14 mm, good for cutting cigars up to 34 ring gauge, 48 ring gauge and 60 ring gauge, respectively.
According to Michael Gold of importer Arango Cigar Co., each of the punch blades are made of Japanese steel, and the body of the cutter is aluminum.
The lightweight body is the distinguishing feature of the "3 in 1." Two hinges allow the user to fold the cutter onto itself, making it travel-friendly since it can easily be slipped into a pocket.
To cut, simply unfold the body and choose the appropriate punch cutter size. Place the head of the cigar against the punch, brace the body with your hand and push. The blade slices clean into the cigar head and won't leave behind tiny bits of tobacco around the cut, like poorer quality punch cutters sometimes do.
Colibri’s Slice Cutter
With the 6 x 60 cigar now a standard in many brand portfolios, smokers are in need of a bigger cutter.
Colibri's Slice is a 64-ring cutter capable of clipping even the fattest of smokes, but thin enough to fit in the pocket of your favorite pair of jeans.
The cutter's patented design feels nice in the palm of your hand and the Slice's 440 stainless steel blades provide a consistent, clean and precise cut.
A spring-loaded pull button releases the blades, which have rubber grips built into the blade handles. The button's action is smooth and offers no resistance.
The Colibri Slice can be found at finer tobacco shops and sells for approx. $59. It comes in four new finishes: pinstriped 18K yellow-gold, white lacquer with 18K yellow-gold, black lacquer with gunmetal and thunder grey lacquer with chrome.
Beer Releases and Reviews
Dogfish Head Aprihop
Aprihop is our fruit beer for hop heads!
It is an American IPA brewed with Pilsner and Crystal malts massively hopped in in the continuous fashion. The flavor is complemented by the addition of Apricots.
After fermentation the beer is dry hopped with irresponsible amounts of Amarillo hops. The beer is hoppy in the aroma with the apricots playing a supporting complimentary role.
The flavor is rich with late hop flavors and its bitterness is tempered by just the right amount of malt sweetness and fruity undertones from the apricots.
This is one of our most popular seasonal beers and we've been brewing it each spring for quite a while now. We release the beer each March and you should find it on the shelves through May. Sold in 6 packs and draft. Aprihop has an ABV of 7%.
Pretty Things Jack D’ Or
The Pretty Thing's Jack D'Or has become one of my FAVORITE beers to have in my fridge. We won 1st place at the Annual Brew Ha Ha that is held each December and hosted by 2 amazing beer drinking woman!
Read below and pick some up to try...
Inspired by some of our favorites saisons like Saison DuPont, but also DeRanke's XX Bitter, De Dolle's Arabier, and local table IPAs like Smuttynose, our Jack D'Or starts off with North American Pils, Vienna, Wheat and Malted Oats (among others) and is hopped with a combination of four hops, finishing with Palisade and Nugget. Fermentation-wise we use a blend of three yeast strains to give Jack D'Or its refreshingly dry character. Finally, despite all of the spicy flavours in this beer it contains no actual spices - only malt, oats, sugar, hops and yeast. One more time: there are no spices whatsoever in Jack D'Or!
Jack D'Or has an ABV of 6.4% and is sold in 22oz. bomber bottles.
Fkying Fish Extra Pale Ale
An original American pale ale, our XPA highlights the subtle, sophisticated flavors and aromas of our Midwestern two-row malt and imported aromatic and Munich malts. Pacific Northwest hops create an extremely balanced beer with a beautiful straw color. And thanks to you baseball fans, the XPA is the best-selling local craft beer at the Phillies ballpark. The Extra Pale Ale has an ABV of 4.8% and is sold in 1/2 kegs, 1/6 kegs and six packs. Available all year round....a wonderfully refreshing beer!
beers listed on this post are available
at Krugel's Georgetown Deli.