New releases continued to hit retailers’ shelves in November 2011 – including a couple of highly anticipated releases. From a personal standpoint, it probably was one of the better months for smokes I have had in sometime. Let’s take a look at what happened this month.
- Alec Bradley Fine and Rare – I did not get to sample it, but had some info on it following IPCPR. 1,111 boxes hit the retailer shelves on 11/11/11 and many retailers already sold out.
- Crowned Heads Four Kicks -A lot of hype surrounded this cigar. Here were my thoughts on this particular smoke.
- Viaje WLP Stuffed Turkey – This hit the Viaje authorized retailers prior to thanksgiving. Here were my thoughts on this one.
- Torano Vault – By early November, Torano retailers had this on the shelves. Here were my thoughts on this one
- La Flor Dominicana Factory Press IV – made its way to retailers prior to December 1st. I smoked it shortly after the month was over.
- Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition: This was launched November 30th at the Big Smoke in New York City. Here is a preview.
- East India Trading Company Wicked Indie. A press release went out in early November on this new offering from Gurkha’s parent company Beach Cigar Corp. Here were my thoughts on the actual smoke.
As mentioned there were a lot of smokes this month. Here are the highlights of some of the more well known ones:
- Gurkha Seduction
- Gurkha Cellar Reserve
- Elogio Excepionales
- H.Upmann 1844 Reserve Reblend
- Pedro Martin Gold
- Illusione mj12 Maduro
- Rocky Patel Fifty
- Lou Rodriguez Edicion Reserva Maduro
- Lou Rodriguez Habano Rosado
- Viaje C-4
- Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011 – Connecticut Shade
Our friends at Cigar Brief got word that Rocky Patel has relaunched the Winter Collection. It is arriving on retailers shelves in December.
H.R. 1639 / S. 1461 continues to be the focus around the battle against the Pleasure Police. This month saw S 1461 start to gain some momentum as Senator Louisiana Mary Landrieu sign on a co-sponsor. This was followed in early December by Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander signing on. As for the House bill, HR 1639 – the number of legislators as co-sponsors is now at 126