A Russian mystery?
There’s one thing that our little cigar industry and the big-shot Hollywood filmmakers have in common — we can’t resist making a sequel. The number of times we’ve heard of a follow-up blend to a brand’s most popular line is too long to count, and that’s the backstory on the Caldwell Anastasia as well. Released in the shadow of Caldwell’s The Last Tsar, Anastasia is named for Nicholas II’s youngest daughter. Luckily for us, this sequel outdoes the original in every fashion, making Anastasia one of Caldwell’s best blends to date.
Right about here is the part where I’d tell you the blend details, but Anastasia is incredibly tight-lipped, and we can’t get any details out of her. The only thing I know? This blend is rolled at Tabacalera La Alianza in the Dominican Republic, and is a collaboration between Robert Caldwell and Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. Toasting the foot, you’ll find a pleasant mixture of nuttiness, raisin, and sweet natural tobacco for a cigar that’s easy to come back to time and time again. My recommendation — give this boutique blend some time as soon as you get a chance.