ASW Smokin’ News – Mar. 23rd, 2016!


Rancho Luna and Tatascan by JRE!

Have you tried Aladino? It was the recent, auspicious debut of the JRE Tobacco Company, a new company founded by Julio and Justo Eiroa (father and brother, respectively, of Christian Eiroa)…and now it’s got some company!Christian and Julio were the men who put Camacho on the map with outstanding products; after Camacho was purchased by Davidoff, the Eiroas put their efforts into the superior CLE and Eiroa cigar lines.

Now, Julio has emerged from semi-retirement to produce an entirely new series of cigars (based on traditional Cuban blends, as Christian stated recently) made at his Las Lomas factory in Danli, Honduras. Originally showcased at the 2015 IPCPR trade show as CLE products, these new cigars proved so popular that Julio joined forces with his son Justo in a new endeavor called JRE.

In addition to the excellent Aladino, two other new lines have been released – both unique blends, both Honduran puros – and we carry them as well: Rancho Luna, available in Habano, Corojo, and Connecticut; and Tatascan, available in Connecticut and a prensado (pressed) Corojo.

Both blends are indescribably tasty, and the price-point is unbelievably low for cigars of this quality. Come in and try them right away! You might just discover a new favorite.

Attention, pipe smokers: St. Bruno has returned! The British have once again invaded American soil, and with the help of Mac Baren Tobacco an old favorite is available once again.

Offered as a flake or a ready-rubbed blend, St. Bruno is basically a Straight Virginia blend with some Lakeland region toppings and casing.

The tin note is pleasant, with stewed fruit and a faint floral note which is common with many original British over-the-counter tobaccos. However you enjoy it, it is an easy tobacco to prepare and load into your bowl. The first few puffs sing with sweetness and aroma; the stewed-fruit flavor shines for a few moments as the burning leaf evolves into a nice, medium-strength Virginia. Lots of sweetness up front, with some woody notes pushing through as well.

Many long-time smokers recall smoking St. Bruno all day, every day back when it was a staple pouch tobacco that was sold pretty much anywhere that pipe tobacco was sold. American pipe-smokers, lamenting its disappearance from our shores, finally cried long and loud enough that Mac Baren made an effort to return this old favorite to market.

The best news: It’s in stock! And it is available in 50 gram tins of flake or an equivalent amount of ready-rubbed in the pouch. Stop in to ASW and be the first kid on the block to try some of the famed St. Bruno. As far as this reviewer is concerned, the medium strength, appropriate nicotine hit, and sheer mellowness of this tobacco is the very definition of satisfaction in a pipe blend. Try some soon!

A full five pipes for St. Bruno! Puff On!

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