The offerings and availability of these cigars are opaque at best. I'm sure this is intentional to drive desire. Frankly, it's working with me, but is also reeeeally irritating. I never did fine the two Titanium offerings, available only in Brick and Mortar shops. Might as well have been a couple unicorns. UPDATE! Finally found a couple of each Titanium! 10/10/2014
The latest three are:
- Cobalt (the Goblin)
- Dubnium (the Cheshire cat)
- Lithium (the Battery)
Foundry's online site images actually match what was shown at the 2014 IPCPR--though I don't know if the mass-produced released boxes will remain the same as what Cigar-Coop has on their site. Cigar-Coop thus far is the only place I've found decent images of the 'real' product -- vs the promo images at Foundry Tobacco. I'm sure as these stogies hit the market more images will be made available--and as I did with the original Compounds, Elements, Musings--as I find my own I'll upload my personal images. Until then, we have pics from Foundry Tobacco, followed by cigar-coop's:
UPDATE:10/10/2014 ~ Got a sample of each one, haven't tried any yet, but here are mine: Look how dark the wrapper is on Lithium. Gorgeous.
"Cobalt is an essential element for creating alloys. It's prized for its ability to bond disparate materials into a single, unified compound. Similarly this cigar fuses a diverse blend of tobaccos into a cohesive product for an experience that's truly greater than the sum of its parts." ~ Foundry Tobacco
Michael Giannini said that Cobalt will be a collector's item--the small, round box, limited availability of the tobacco--and the fact that the tobacco in much of the Elements line is limited--when it's done, it's done forever.
From Wikipedia: "Miners had long used the name kobold ore (German for goblin ore) for some of the blue-pigment producing minerals; they were so named because they were poor in known metals, and gave poisonous arsenic-containing fumes upon smelting."
The somewhat thin, rectangular box-press is quite pleasing to hold. The paper wrapper bit into a small portion of the cigar wrapper--just slightly and not enough to affect burn, I believe. But on all the 2014 issued Compounds, Elements & Musings cigars I've received, several of the paper wrappers seemed sloppily applied.
"Mystery, whimsy and just a hing of mischief--The Cheshire cat beckons us onward to explore the unexplored and discover the undiscovered. A curious, yet deeply satisfying blend of tobaccos to make for an experience you'll never forget." ~ Foundry Tobacco
In an interviews, Michael Giannini has said several funny things about this cigar, likening the Cheshire Cat's grin to his own smile ("the cat that ate the canary"), letting us know that the "DB" in Dubnium stands for Douche Bag--and that it's a sort of spiritual sister his earlier Uranium (the skeleton flipping the bird at TSA agents). He's an interesting guy.
The paper wrapper on Dubnium is cool. I'm looking forward to stretching it out to take in the artwork. BUT, large ring cigars are not my thing. Like the other large cigar, Uranium, I think it'll be some time before I feel like tackling these enormous stogies. Anything approaching 60 is a personal turn-off. I know the size is experiencing a real up-tick in popularity. To each their own.
"One of man's greatest achievements was learning to harness the Earth's energy. Just as a battery uses common metals to store and release power at our convenience, this exhilarating cigar represents another astonishing feat: capturing the energy of the sun, the wind, and the rain imbued into each tobacco leaf." ~ Foundry Tobacco
Pretty straight-forward, but elegant canister design based upon a battery. I like this cigar box design the best. Personally. Also, the deep espresso color of the wrapper is amazing--it's nearly black. Really looking forward to giving this one a try! Of the three, Lithium is the one I'm most excited by. The thin ring gauge is right in my comfort zone, the wrapper looks super yummy. Gonna let these all rest a bit in the humidor, perhaps over the entire winter here--and then look forward to a treat in a few months as Spring arrives.