September 10, 2019
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One of Cigar Aficionado's most sensational covers now has more than 1 million likes on social media. Pop star Nick Jonas appears on the front page of our September/October issue and is the youngest person to ever hold a cigar on the cover of the magazine. Now that he posted images from the photoshoot on his Instagram account, the pictures have been liked more than a million times in only 24 hours—a social media record for Cigar Aficionado. That issue is headed to subscribers now, and will appear on newsstands in two weeks. Cigarmaker and tobacco grower Nestor Andrés Plasencia wanted to make a cigar that showcased the tobacco from Nicaragua’s volcanic island of Ometepe, and he believes that his new brand, Alma del Fuego, is his best expression of Ometepe to date. We tested the entire line in a vertical brand tasting, and the results were outstanding. Two more vertical tastings from a pair of smaller, boutique brands also delivered high scores: Southern Draw Kudzu and The T, which is a collaboration between Matt Booth, Robert Caldwell and A.J. Fernandez. You’ve heard of Connecticut shade wrapper and Ecuador Connecticut, but how about Nicaraguan Connecticut shade? This curious wrapper can be found on a new line called the Romeo y Julieta 1875 Connecticut Nicaragua, and we break the interesting story behind this unique cigar.