Acme cigars used to be an American cigar company many years ago…late 19th century. The original Acme company went under but the name has been resurrected by the good folks at NACSA or Nicaraguan American Cigars SA. There are 3 lines of Acme cigars, Acme Premier Ecuador, Acme Premier San Andreas and Acme Route 66.
Let’s talk about the Route 66 line. These Hot Rod’s sport a naturally aspirated filler blend consisting of Dominican, Nicaraguan and Mexican. Nice high octane fuel huh? The binder is a premo Criollo wrapped by a bold and racy Ecuador Habano leaf. There’s plenty of horsepower in these babies and once you light one off, you’re in for a wild ride. The power curve is very smooth and brisk.OK….it’s just a great tasting cigar!
The Route 66 ring label is cool as hell. Get some!! They retail for about $5 per rod…I mean cigar.
The Southern Classics Cigar headquarters is located in Florida but the cigar factor is in Esteli, Nicaragua. It’s a very small production facility and produces very high quality cigars but very low production rates. The quantities rolled is very limited. There are 5 cigars from Southern Classic; Dujo, Cuey, Coabey, Cucubano and the Anniversary Series.
Cigar factories are very interesting. They are very basic with just about no modern machinery of any kind. Almost everything is done with manual labor or better know as “handmade or man made”. The process of making a cigar from tobacco plant to end product is very technical though and well planned out.
Here’s an excellent video of the Esteli cigar factory making Southern Classic Cigars.
Cain Daytona is a new line/blend of tasty cigars from the famous Oliva family. Oliva makes some of the finest cigars in the world. Premo tobacco from the Jalapa Valley in Nicaragua makes these sticks mild but extremely flavorful. You can smoke one of these on an empty stomach. I like cigars that don’t make me dizzy and nauseous.
The wrapper is a mild Habano delight that keeps this stick smooth and mellow while the long leaf Ligero filler brings forth the bold flavors of spice, coffee and some sweetness. It’s a medium bodied smoke but quite mild on the strength index.
Cains are handmade with excellent construction and draw. A real delight to smoke. These are a $4 stick and well worth it.
Cain Daytona’s are great for beginners or novices alike. There’s plenty of flavor for the seasoned smoker but doesn’t hit you like a Mack truck like some medium to full bodied cigars, so beginners will enjoy these too.