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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

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cignewrel9.28 New cigar releases are today’s topic discussion, as we take a closer look at some new and upcoming stogies that you may want to place on your to-do list. Releases from Ocean State, My Father, Urbano, and Alec Bradley are detailed, so keep reading for more info on what each has to offer.

Ocean State J. Grotto Series Reserve




If you are unfamiliar with Ocean State Cigars, you are probably not alone, as it is considered to be a boutique company that specializes in quality over quantity. Ocean State’s first release, the J. Grotto Series, hit shelves in 2009. The release was a success, as cigar fans received the line with open arms. Company founder and president Paul Joyal hopes to build upon the success of his first selection with the release of the new J. Grotto Series Reserve.


Memorable, complex, and rich are just some of the words that Joyal uses to describe the J. Grotto Series Reserve. The cigar begins with a filler blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan Ligero tobaccos. A Criollo 98 binder comes next, and a Nicaraguan Criollo 99 wrapper completes the composition. All of the tobaccos are aged for three years prior to construction. Once finished, the cigars are aged for an additional three to four months.


The variety of leaves used to construct the J. Grotto Series Reserve help to develop its complexity. As far as its flavor is concerned, the cigar differs from the original J. Grotto Series in that it lacks spice. It does have plenty of power, however, and is full-bodied in strength, unlike its medium-bodied predecessor. Joyal created the J. Grotto Series Reserve to offer smokers a completely different experience to his first entry, and it appears as if he has succeeded in doing so.


The J. Grotto Series Reserve is offered in four sizes: the 5 x 52 Gran Robusto, 5 5/8 x 46 Gran Corona, 6 x 52 Gran Toro, and the appropriately named “6 x 60.” A single carries a suggested retail price of $8.50 to $9.50 each, depending on the size. Ocean State ships J. Grotto Series Reserve in Spanish cedar boxes of 20. Availability has been limited a select group of 120 brick and mortar shops across the United States, as Joyal prefers the traditional route of selling over internet and mail-order methods. Such a move is not extremely rare, as other boutique brands have done the same. While there is no official release date, the J. Grotto Series Reserve should be released by the end of October.


0 # InterestingLeon Perrier 2011-09-30 22:33
Glad to see these types of posts, and hope to be able to find some of the newer cigars out there. Always glad to find a good cigar for the special times!

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