Lone Wolf International was formed in July, 1996 when James Belushi and Chuck Norris teamed with a group of investors who had recently opened a chain of retail cigar lounges in California. The original intent of the partnership was not only to create a private label premium cigar, but a chain of chic "Club Babaloo"-type cigar lounges nationwide. With the focus first on developing the cigar brand, the initial step was to enlist some of the most respected manufacturers in the industry to produce their product. Not exactly an easy task with today's demand for premium smokes. Each of the three Lone Wolf brands are manufactured in the Dominican Republic, with each made by a different manufacturer. M.A.T.A.S.A. (makers of Fonseca and Romeo & Julieta), produce the Signature Select brand. The Lobo Rojo brand is made in the La Aurora factory and the Vintage Series is manufactured by the Palmarejo factory. Each line has been highly rated in Cigar Aficionado, The Cigar Insider and in Smoke magazine as well as in other third party reviews. Lone Wolf chose a different wrapper leaf for each brand, while the fillers and binders are all Dominican Piloto Cubano and Dominican Olor tobaccos. Each factory ages them differently however, and they grow the tobacco in different fields, producing three definitely separate and distinct cigar brands. Our panel very much enjoyed the Rojo Lobo and Vintage Series samples reviewed and this month we’re featuring a cigar from each line. Both lines rated from the mid 80’s to low 90’s in Cigar Insider. We know you’re really going to enjoy these two exceptional cigars, ‘cause if you don’t Chuck’s gonna swing by your place and show you some new martial art moves. Enjoy! For more information on the Lone Wolf Cigar Company, call them at 800-586-9653.
Our favorite of the Lone Wolf line is extremely well constructed. Note a smooth, satin-like wrapper, a firm, even roll, and a near perfect draw. Look for a pleasant aroma with hints of nuts and cedar. We found the flavor to be rich and full, offering a superb blend of tobacco, spice and floral characteristics. Overall, a subtly complex and seductive smoke. Exceptionally crafted and very enjoyable from start to finish. You might try smoking this one with Armagnac.
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