Recently we took a trip to the west coast of Florida to the annual Tampa Cigar Bash hosted by Tampa Humidor. The event was an awesome time. My wife and I made plans to stay in Clearwater Beach that night and do a little discovery. Now I will say that Clearwater Beach is a beautiful slice of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico with white sand beaches, colorful sunsets and an established nightlife. So after an amazing Italian dinner at Forlini’s in Clearwater Beach, FL we headed over to Fusion Cigars.
Fusion Cigars is a upscale cigar lounge located on the shopping and dining strip of Clearwater Beach . I greeted Dee Aguasvivas, the owner, and mentioned I was referred to him from a patron at Forlini’s. We explained we were doing a story on the area in an upcoming issue of Stogie Press and he was delighted. As we got to chatting, Dee explained that besides his well stocked humidor, Fusion Cigars also has their own cigar line founded by himself and his business partner Ulises Delgado.
Dee offered me a HEADLINES 1st Edition Torpedo to try. I promised him that I would take it home and let it rest in my humidor for a while and then do the review in the solitude of the Stogie Press Gar Cave. He got a chuckle out of that and we sat and talked a little more. I learned that his cigars are distributed by the Antillian Cigar Company who also distribute Swinger Cigars from Detroit, Michigan.
OK, enough of the background info, other than if you are in Clearwater, I highly recommend Fusion Cigars for a good smokey night. If you go there tell Dee, Boston Jimmie sent you.
Now lets get to the review.
So here I am chilling in the Stogie Press Gar Cave watching the Miami Canes fight another battle with the FSU Noles. I knew my Canes would need a super hero or two if they were to have any chance of beating the Noles in this game, and that would have been awesome to read the headlines on Sunday morning. Anyway, I decided to fire up that HEADLINES 1st Edition Torepdeo Dee gifted me a few weeks ago and settled in to watch the game.
HEADLINES is a medium to full strength cigar handmade in Santiago, Dominican Republic by Tabacalera Real. This Cigar is made using only the best Dominican Tobacco available. The HEADLINES is a true Dominican Puro.
- Page 1 – .5 x 60
- Page 2 – (Torpedo) 6 x 54
- Page 3 – 6 x 50
For this review I sampled the HEADLINES 1st Edition Torpedo which was gifted to me by Dee of Fusion Cigars .
The coffee flavor faded and the early nutty flavor again comes in as it moved into the 2nd third along with an aroma change to delightful sweetness. There is no spice or pepper in this stick. The retrohale was easy on the nostrils all the way through the burn. The ash holds on tight to just before the band where it finally fell.