Emilio Draig Cayuquero Review

Brand: Emilio Cigars                        Country: Nicaragua
Size: Robusto 5 x 50                       Wrapper: Brazilian Aripiraca
Price: $11.00                            No. Smoked: 1

Emilio Draig Cayuquero Review

The Label Factor:

I was a big fan of the original Draig K label, with it’s pastel colored dragon that came with a cool backstory. The Cayuquero brings the look more in tune with the rest of the Emilio line, while paying homage to it’s ancestor by keeping the dragon. In my book, the uniqueness of the original is still a bit cooler, but I’m sure the marketability of the Cayuquero reigns supreme.

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MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Review

Brand: Drew Estate                          Country: Nicaragua
Size: Just A Friend 6 x 52                Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Price: $8.15 ( Buy )                   No. Smoked: 1

MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Review

The Label Factor:

The first that comes to mind when I look at this label is the resemblance to a sign you might find in front of a General Store in a small town, probably right next to the saloon. With the name of the stick coming from the use of Fire Cured tobacco from Kentucky, I feel pretty confident saying this is exactly the rural vibe that Drew Estate was going for. Mission: Accomplished.

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Veritas Torch Habano Review

Brand: Veritas Cigars                   Country: Nicaragua
Size: Toro 6 x 50                         Wrapper: Sun Grown Ecuadorian Habano
Price: $7.60                          No. Smoked: 2

Veritas Torch Habano Review

The Label Factor:

The first thing you’ll notice about the band is the hand grabbing the cigar, which calls to mind a revolutionary propaganda poster. After further examination, you’ll realize the background is a skyline. Curious for more detail, I reached out to Veritas Marketing Director Chris Weber about the design:

The band is the skyline of Pittsburgh, PA, which is especially relevant to me as my family is from there. Pittsburgh is my second home and a place where both my parents families have been raised. My father’s father worked in the steel mills and my mother’s father was a policeman rising to the rank of Commander of the North Side of Pittsburgh. So black and gold flow through my veins and I wanted to pay tribute to that on the band for the Torch.

Having been born and raised in Scranton, Pennsylvania, I find this pretty cool. It’s probably a good thing Chris didn’t grow up in Scranton, as the label would then be filled with abandonment and despair.

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Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda 2013 Review

Brand: Tatuaje                                     Country: Nicaragua
Size: Corona Gorda 5 5/8 x 46          Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo Estelí
Price: $10.00                               No. Smoked: 1

Tatuaje Black Label 2013 Corona Gorda Review

The Label Factor:

With so many editions of the Tatuaje Black Label having been released over the years, it can often be difficult to keep them straight. Perhaps that’s why the 2013 Corona Gorda features a label with a little more bling. I think they could have gone the extra mile and referred to the stick as the Tatuaje Black Label Lil Jon. Or, if you wanted to give it a more Spanish vibe, the Tatuaje Black Label Pequeño Juan.

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