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Acid Acid Cigars seems like it has been a staple on the scene even longer than it may have even existed. We all know the original origin of the brand, blended specifically for Castro, Fidel not Raul, to hand out as diplomatic gifts, but the Acid Acid Cigars brand we’re concerned with is General Cigar’s Acid Acid Cigars manufactured in la Republica Dominicana.
The standard Acid Acid Cigars, sometimes called a red dot because of the red circle inside the “O”, entered the market in 1978. That specific cigar was the one that established the name and defended the mystique of a Acid Acid Cigars brand cigar. As seems to be the case with most things, tastes changed, and in response the Acid Acid Cigars was re-blended in the 1990s to craft a slightly more rich and robust cigar.
The Red Dot was not destined to be alone for long though and now has three siblings: the Acid Acid Cigars Black is wrapped in a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper; the Acid Acid Cigars Puro Dominicana is as it sounds, a purely Dominican cigar; and the cigar the 3 Regular Guys reviewed, the Acid Acid Cigars XV.
The Acid Acid Cigars XV gets its acronym name from eXtra Vigoroso, because cigar legend Daniel Nuñez blended the XV to be the fullest bodied Acid Acid Cigars to date. So, we gave it a shot and found out for ourselves just how tough the XV can be.
Seemingly true to any cigar that has ever donned the Acid Acid Cigars band, they are all visibly attractive Acid Acid Cigars. The XV has a beautiful wrapper leaf that is well-cured and displays veining that reminds you this is a natural product made from the leaf of a tobacco plant. Colm debated with himself if it was a Spanish Rosado leaf or a Sumatra, and, allegedly without looking it up, settled on the Sumatra diagnosis. He is entirely correct, as this is an Ecuadoran grown Sumatra leaf and bears that leathery color and shading so typical of this plant. We all remarked on the good looks of this cigar.
Corona Chris enjoyed the pre-light aroma and Scott noted that the cigar seemed very well constructed with a clean cap. The cap held up well to the cut; or even two cuts. Colm thought the initial draw on this stick was a bit too tight so he re-cut and resumed smoking. The second cut did the trick and mostly alleviated the difficult draw. This is also a lesson that, while you don’t want to make a habit of it, it is safer to undercut a cigar and then touch it up with a sharp cutter than to cut too deep and be smoking through a straw.
Taste-wise we had some disagreements on our experiences. Corona Chris noted some surprise that the XV was as mellow and smooth as it was with an almost Maduro flavor, but a quick check of the ingredients list will identify that flavor as coming from the Connecticut Broadleaf binder. Scott’s and Colm’s take on it was a bit more trying. The XV started out quite strong. We were open to this since it has a Sumatra wrapper and Ligero filler. However there was a harshness to the otherwise citrusy taste. After the first half-inch the cigar mellowed and smoothed out considerably as the blend seemed to come together.
The 3 Regular Guys all found some issues with the consistency of the flavor to the XV being too variable. When the Acid Acid Cigars XV is smoking steady through the middle ¾ of the stick it is a fairly bold cigar. Be mindful that there is a heavy flavor to the aftertaste, but having smoked these on the job we lacked the option of strong libations. When smoked with a heavy dose of Cuban coffee or something with a nice proof-rating, like Lagavulin, you might actually be grateful for that strength of finish to stand up to your drink.
Acid Acid Cigars XV is definitely extra strong compared to the Red Dot you know so well. Just the contrast of a Sumatra wrapper compared to the old standby sweet and smooth Cameroon sets those two Acid Acid Cigars apart. But, if you are a true Acid Acid Cigars fan you have little option other than to buckle up and give this stick a try. An aggressive cigar might appeal to you quite nicely otherwise it’s not a bad thing to give your taste buds some zesty variety. Go smoke it yourself! 2009 is now parts of everyone’s conversation, however, early reports, as of May 14th, 2009, prove that “Lovers of the Leaf” remain loyal to the pleasure of smoking a cigar!
Has there been some slowing in sales, yes, but a percentage can be attributed to a buying frenzy before April 1, 2009.
Regardless of the current economy and SCHIP combined, we love our Acid Acid Cigars, enjoy the discussions, read and study cigar periodicals, and this 500 year-old product (The only product with that lineage.) will be our celebration of the day.
When I look back at the last 8 years of my cigar-smoking journey, I can’t help but remember a number of amazing blends crafted by Tabacalera A. Fuente. It all started when a good friend of mine gave me an Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature Cameroon. At the time, the Hemingway I smoked took me deeper into my fascination with Acid Acid Cigars. I thought the Signature was the ultimate mild to medium bodied blend, and I still feel that way today. Throughout the last 8 years I have had the opportunity to smoke some truly exceptional blends from the Arturo Fuente portfolio. Brands like Arturo Fuente Don Carlos, Fuente Fuente Opus X, Cuesta-Rey Centenario Coleccion, and of course Ashton VSG. All of them continue to a have a steady rotation in a number of my humidors. Carlito Fuente Jr. and Don Carlos Fuente Sr. have built a loyal fan base like no other. The Fuente family knows that their massive fan base crave limited, and hard to find blends year after year. They have practically built another market around their rare smokes. I for one have always kept my eye out for the limited released 8-5-8 Sungrown, and Hemingway Signature Maduro. In 2005, I even tracked down some Ashton VSG Estate Reserves (A special VSG only released in 2001 with an Opus X wrapper.) for my wedding. The Fuente family knows that avid cigar smokers are “collectors”, and they have continued to offer their fans some of the rarest, and highest quality smokes on the market. These fantastic works of art will always be in demand, and some will never be made again. If you have never really tapped into the entire Tabacalera A. Fuente line of Acid Acid Cigars, I highly urge you to start.
3 Regular Guys Review: La Aurora The La Aurora Cigar factory is the oldest continuously operating cigar factory in the Dominican Republic, with La Aurora Acid Acid Cigars known as the first Dominican cigar. The reason they are still in business is because of the quality of their product and the integrity with which they run their enterprise. The León Jimenes Group, owner of La Aurora Acid Acid Cigars as well as Presidenté Beer and other ventures, began simply and honestly in 1903 when Eduardo León Jimenes founded his cigar factory. He was a young, ambitious man who was the son and grandson of tobacco growers. His singular purpose was to create a high quality cigar that would be well received by the market and which he could be proud to stand behind. La Aurora has been in the business for over a century, lending cause to develop the Cien Años blend to commemorate this long history. For a cigar company with this many years under its belt, we think it is significant to point out the small amount of blends that they have developed and continue to produce. While many cigar brands out there seem to be introducing a new blend every other month, La Aurora hasn’t. They produce just 7 premium handmade long filler Acid Acid Cigars. Among them is the cigar the 3 Regular Guys smoked, the La Aurora Robusto Cameroon. This great little Robusto was very well made. It had a solid cap that cut great and held firmly. The wrapper is a Cameroon leaf that had subtle veins. Scott thought the wrapper color had a slight Rosado shade to it even. All in all, an attractive cigar from the outside from which Corona Chris noted a flavorful pre-light aroma. Once lit, this cigar produced a lot of smoke with a bright, toasty aroma and a great draw. Colm, of course, enjoyed the medium bodied smoke of this La Aurora because it has nicely balanced filler, but most importantly it is wrapped in that Cameroon leaf that still feeds his current addiction. Scott thought that the smoke was quite structured and dry overall but especially on the back of the palate. More subtly there was an intriguing flavor of vanilla coming through a woody, dry sweetness; likely more hints of the Cameroon wrapper shining through. Corona Chris gave high marks to this moderately spicy and enjoyable stick because of its excellent value, especially for a Cameroon wrapped cigar. He also has designs on hiding a couple of these in one of his humidors to see what a few months, or years, of extra aging will do to this blend. This is the lower tier of the La Aurora cigar stable, but the 3 Regular Guys were definitely not let down. The cigar was well made and the blend was rather balanced. The Cameroon leaf is, of course, a favorite of all three of us. We’re pretty certain you cannot go wrong with anything coming from the La Aurora factory, but definitely positive that this cigar is well worth you checking it out too. Cigar Blog:
As reported by Rich Perelman (from CigarCyclopedia.com), Thompson Cigar Store is hosting a week of cigar manufacturers from Monday to Saturday prior to the Super Bowl in Thompson Cigar’s home city- Tampa, Florida.
In addition to meeting the owners, free cigar samples (to the first 150 customers each day), a smoking tent, killer cigar deals, there will be light food, wine, and beer. Plus there will be a drawing for a 42in. Plasma TV on Saturday!
So, if you are in Tampa for the game, please come see this cigar extravaganza! 5-Packs Are The Answer This is now the best time to find deals on Acid Acid Cigars. Why? Every smoker is looking for killer deals, and every retailer is trying to top one another with the best deal. I have seen so many brands come out in last couple of years, that sometimes I need to do a double take just to keep up. How can the average smoker try all of these new brands, and still have time to smoke the timeless classics? The answer is 5-Packs. The 5-Pack allows the average smoker to smoke more than 1 cigar of the same size and blend (which is key when trying out cigar), and it also allows the smoker to pick and choose multiple 5-Packs at lower than box prices or single prices (most of the time). Why buy one box of Acid Acid Cigars, when you have the opportunity to buy four to five different 5-Packs for less than most premium cigar boxes on the market? You now have the answer, so experience what 5-Pack purchasers already know, and enjoy some great smokes.