DH Boutique cigars changes Polish distributor. The brand new distributor Cigar Koneser from former Habanos Poland CEO Wojtek Jaroszewicz is now responsible for the distribution of the cigars from Didier v Houvenaghel. It is the fourth brand in the portfolio of Cigar Koneser. The other three brands are A.J. Fernandez, Rocky Patel, and Horacio.
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Didier v Houvenaghel is an agricultural engineer who studied in his home country Belgium but also in the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba. With his knowledge, he wrote the book ‘From Soil to Soul’ and is currently working on the second edition of the book where he goes deeper into the subject. The new book will be two chapters, yet in one release. Houvenaghel also uses his deep knowledge of tobacco, fermenting, and aging to make cigars. For that, he partners up with Abdel Fernandez in Nicaragua. That’s where all DH Boutique cigars are made. Currently, there are four different brands, Nicarao, La Ley, La Preferida, and Furia. All of them with a different taste profile.
“For me, outstanding cigars need to have character and balance,” says Houvenaghel on his website. “The character is the richness that you find during the tasting and the balance is the subtle refinement of the total experience. Balanced and with character is how I imagine and create cigars, as this is how I enjoy them. Cigars with personality and finesse are my passion. And these are the ones I like to share.” Recently Houvenaghel was the guest of honor at The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show.
Nicarao and La Ley
The first brand from DH Boutique Cigars is Nicarao. The brand was created in 2001. That was at a time when Nicaragua was not as popular as it is now. The blend represents the heart of Nicaragua. It is a Nicaraguan puro. The Nicarao Especial is the second release under the Nicarao name. The leaves of this cigar are specially selected. These leaves get extra aging. This is a Nicaraguan puro. The Rosado Habano wrapper comes from Jalapa. The Nicarao Exclusivo is the high-end line from the brand. The Maduro wrapper undergoes a low-fermentation, which takes more time. And the wrapper leave is aged for a minimum of two years. All the tobacco in this Nicaraguan puro is at least 5 years old. Then there is the Nicarao Reserva. These cigars are available once in a while. Only when Houvenaghel decides that the aging cigars are ready for the market.
La Ley means the law. It is an old Cuban brand, that, as many other old Cuban brands, gets a second chance outside of Cuba. Unlike the Nicarao, this is not a puro. The wrapper comes from Ecuador. The binder is Nicaraguan, from Esteli. The filler tobacco comes from Nicaragua, Honduras, and an undisclosed third country. That makes this a four-country blend. Just like Nicarao, La Ley has a Reserva release every few years.
La Preferida and Furia
La Preferida is just like La Ley and an old Cuban brand that gets a second life. And it’s also a four-country blend, but that’s as far as the comparison goes. A Colorado Habano from Ecuador features as the wrapper. The binder comes from Mexico. The filler is both Honduran and Nicaraguan. The blend has the intention to honor women. A true tribute to femininity, the blend honors and expresses the fantastic, distinctive mix of sweetness and strength, subtlety, and character.
Furia draws inspiration from Greek mythology. The furies of the underworld. The wool yarn that acts as a ring and is representing how things always intertwine. The blend is mostly Nicaraguan, although there is a visa leaf from an undisclosed country in each of the three vitolas. The Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper comes from the Jalapa region. The binder and fillers are from Esteli, Condega, and Ometepe. Plus that leaf from an undisclosed enigmatic country.