Hey folks. First and foremost, thank all of you for the support you have given us, and the support you have given to the families of the fallen. We received many requests to have our cigars in your local lounges and shops. So I arranged a Skype meeting with James and Angela Brown, owners of Fabrica de Oveja Negra, makers of Black Label Trading company and Black Works cigars, and after hearing all the great things we have and continue to do, they graciously welcomed us to the Black Sheep family. And we in turn are turning loose their amazing creations on YOU!!!!! The Grunt has Sun Grown wrapper, the FNG has a Rojisso wrapper and both available in 5×52 and 6×52, and the CO has a PA Broadleaf and comes in 5×52 and 6×60 box pressed.
What is a Rojisso? You’ve never heard of it? James is a master of the leaf. This Rojisso is a silky smooth, almost olive oil like (texture, not flavor. YUCK) leaf that is both a time and space consuming process. It has to do with the rotation of the leaf while in the pilon, not many use this process, we are lucky to have been offered this very special leaf. You will not be disappointed.
Up first is Harry’s Habana Hut, if you live in or around NYC, you know Harry. Located at 214-09 41st Ave., in Bayside, Harry will carry all lines of Line of Duty cigars starting Tues 5/29/18!!! Thanks Harry.
Followed by Stateline Tobacco at 1168 Elkton Rd., Newark DE, Pat will also carry all lines and sizes of Line of Duty Cigars, thanks Pat!!!
Just returned from Washington DC for Police Week events. It is always rewarding to meet our supporters. I had about 50 people introduce themselves as members of our facebook group, or as a customer that have ordered from us, as well as maybe another 70 or so come by and buy cigars simply on recommendation of a friend. The disappointing part of this trip is that I have not yet been able to attend any of the actual events. I put 150% of myself into everything I do, and I wouldn’t want any one of the folks that walked up to our tent and ask “which one of you is Tommy?” and be told “he’s not here”. That will never change. You all support us so strongly, and come by to say hello to me, I HAVE to be there to shake your hand and thank you for the support personally. Carry on.
Line of Duty cigars has been quite busy these last few months. Sales are continuing to grow, therefore the donations to the charities we support continue to grow. You can follow us on our FaceBook group at https://m.facebook.com/groups/134607267075839, where we post specials ONLY for group members.
We we honored to be able to be a sponsor at the NY Smoking Shields Cigar Club Heroes Dinner this year. The group is mainly made up of police officers, firefighters and military as well as associate members, whose sole purpose is to help and to recognize police officers, firefighters and soldiers in need or rewarded for outstanding work. It meant even more to me because NYPD Police Officer Joe Ayala and Sgt Keith Bryan were there and being recognized for their outstanding police work in regards to the murder of NYPD Police Officer Miosotis Familia, all which took place in the 46 Pct, where I started my police career. It was an honor and privilege to meet them both, chew the fat and get to know them. God Bless them both.
Great job by John Bellico and the whole executive board at NY Smoking Shields.
We came out swinging to end the summer!! Line of Duty Cigars was present and accounted for at the National F.O.P convention in Nashville Tennessee!!! 15 hour drive, and worth every minute. What a sincere pleasure bringing our products to my brother Law Enforcers from across the country. I made some great connections, had lots of laughs with the boys and girls from Kentucky, Texas, Cali, Maine and everywhere in between!!!
But it wasn’t t over yet!!! We hit up the NJ Firemen’s Expo in Wildwood this past weekend. The hoseheads were loving us and we love them!!! The hospitality was second to none. Invited to parties and dinners left and right, had a blast. Made great friends, and introduced them to our amazing products!!!
As always, stay safe and smoke good cigars.
Size: Grunt (Robusto) 5X52
Wrapper: Habano Rosado
Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran long leaf
Price: $29.75 per 5 pack
So a couple of day ago I hope you enjoyed reading my review of the Grunt Maduro by Line of Duty cigars. Today we will give the Grunt Habano a test drive and see how it smokes. If you took the time to check out their webpage you would have had a chance to read about the background of their company and the reasons why they do what they do. This really speaks to me having a ton of friends who are serving or have served in the several branches of the military, friends who serve in law enforcement, corrections, firefighters, and even one smoke jumper.
I’d like to also talk about Gordon Haney. Me and Gordo served in the Navy together and became friends back in the mid-90s. I hadn’t seen him in 22 years. I was able to get back in touch with Gordo a couple of years ago through face book. He served as a Correctional Officer for the past 16 years and was able to train and mentor many at the facility he worked at. My friend passed away several months ago and I had the chance to speak with his mother on the phone the other day. We spoke of mine and Gordo’s time in the fleet and we spoke about his life after the military. I hope my friend did not have to suffer long and also that he was not alone when he left this world.
So please bear with me. I’m trying to work through this review but at the same time I’m also a nervous 18 year old a couple of weeks out of basic training and reporting to my ship in time for Christmas 1993. Gordo will show up in a week or so and we’ll meet for the first time.
APPEARANCE and AROMA-
The Grunt Habano is round in design instead of oval or box pressed. Like the Maduro, it looks to have a triple cap. The seams are more noticeable on this cigar than the Maduro. Veins are also very visible as well. Line of Duty has a wonderful label and the colors really work against the lighter color of the wrapper.
It also has a rich earthy scent like the Maduro had. If that is the case I expect it to also have an earthy taste that will stay with it throughout the entire smoke. But we’ll see what happens.
CUT and PRE-LIGHT DRAW-
For the cut, I’ll be using my Xikar guillotine that I’ve been using for the past year. It’s a pretty good cutter even though I prefer a V-cutter. But that’s just personal preference. There is nothing wrong with using one.
The cut goes pretty straight and the draw is wide open. I am getting earthy tones on the taste that go with the smells I got earlier. Time for fire!!
LIGHT and SMOKE-
I’m going with a single jet torch like I used last time. I think my quad has a leak and also I can’t find it so there’s that as well.
The light goes pretty good and I’m really picking up on the tones of straight tobacco like I did with the Maduro. Or to put another way, I’m not getting anything in the way of spices or wood taste like oak or cedar.
With how easy the draw is allows for the rich aroma to dance across the palate and is no way harsh.
The foot smoke is not overwhelming either. Like the Maduro, however, it is very warm to the touch. My burn line is leaning pretty heavy to one side but I’ve started rotating to try and compensate for this.
Around half way I decide to add some flame to even it out. So far so good though. The down side is my ash is leaning like crazy so I decide to bump it off and keep on smoking.
Another thing is that this cigar also has a label that is loose and easy to slide off without damaging the wrapper, which is a big plus with me.
As the burn line gets close I decide to remove the label and keep on going. And of course I knock off my ash again.
With an inch and some change left, the cigar is getting very warm so I decide to set it down and finish up inside.
Like the Grunt Maduro, the Grunt Habano had a lot in common taste wise. If anything the Habano was not quite as strong as the Maduro but not by much. I would also call this a medium to full strength smoke. I have a pleasant feeling after having smoked it which is a huge point in my personal book. When you get the chance to check them out at
By not having much in the way of added flavors really worked for me for a couple of reasons. First, if not reviewing, I’m grabbing a smoke when I can. I may be driving, or working with the kids in the yard, or whatever. By having a cigar like this, I don’t have to pay it much attention to pick up on the different flavors at work and can just enjoy smoking. Second, it has allowed me to let my mind wander a bit to days long gone. It has been great remembering adventures and misadventures with Gordo back in our old Navy days.
I think this was the purpose that Line of Duty had in mind when they came out with their cigars. It has helped me realize I have much to be thankful for but will name a few. To Line of Duty for their cigars. I’ve enjoyed smoking and reviewing them. To all the men and women that this cigar stands for. Thank you for what you do or what you have done. To Ms Joyce Haney, you raised a son to be very proud of and it is an honor to be able to call myself his friend. To Gordo, hang on bro, I’ll be there soon enough.
The reason Line of Duty Cigars exists is to help the families of fallen Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and Soldiers! We count on our customers to celebrate with our cigars and everytime you do, we donate to a worthy charity.
Thank you all for your contributions, and we look forward to a strong 3rd Quarter. We begin the next phase of Line of Duty Cigars and we expand into your local lounges and shops. Keep an eye out for us.
Thanks and as always, STAY SAFE!!!!
What an exciting time here at Line of Duty Cigars. Our plan is to send the donation checks quarterly. So the 2nd quarter ended June 30, and we are preparing the first checks to go out. This is NOT possible without you. Your purchases generate the donations we send out. The police officer, firefighter and military charities that we support are very grateful. Thank you for the continued support, have a happy and healthy 4th of July, and God bless the families of those no longer here and those that continue to serve.
Line of Duty Cigars is up and running again. Thank you all for the inquiries while we navigated this difficult transition between banks. We lost a few heroes in the time our website was down and made regular posts on FaceBook in regards to honoring them. Thank you for visiting us here at Line of Duty Cigars and the families we are trying to help thank yours well. As always, stay safe and thank you for the continued support. #VidemusTergus
Hey folks, we are 2 weeks into our official launch. We started last June, a soft opening, to see how we would be accepted. Well, we sold out of our first order in about 2 months and then had to wait on our next order!! It’s here, we are getting it done. Thanks to all of you. Your cigar purchases are supporting our police, fire and military charities, as well as Cigars for Warriors!!! We will be expanding the charities we support to not just those geared towards families that suffered the greatest loss, but to others that support cops, firefighters and soldiers and their families, regardless of the situation. Please support and visit the charities pages that you see here. Thank you for your continued support and as always, remember the #1 rule : ALWAYS GO HOME AT THE END OF YOUR TOUR!!!!