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Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Ilustre

Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Ilustre

I can’t believe it’s been about six and a half years since I reviewed the original Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf with the sun grown corojo wrapper. I declared it box-worthy back then (also in 2016), and still stand by that verdict. I also stand by my liberal use of the tribal textile in my pictures back then. (It could return to my reviews at any time.)

A few years later, Casa Fernandez released the San Andres-wrapped maduro line. …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 111

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 111

It’s once time again for another issue of Brian’s The Week In Smoke. In case this is your first Week in Smoke, be advised that it covers many (though not necessarily all) of the cigars I’ve smoked in the past week (or the past month, or however long it has been since the last issue), along with a couple of quick thoughts that came to me at the time. These are not full cigar reviews, but quick blurbs based …

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Celebratory Cigars and the Meaning Behind Them

Celebratory Cigars and the Meaning Behind Them

A few weeks ago, I was sitting at my computer when an alert popped up. I had received an automated email from Indeed. Someone had found an old copy of my resume and wanted to contact me in regards to a job opening.

Ordinarily, I simply delete messages like these but I was in an optimistic mood and clicked through. Before long I was on the phone with a recruiter discussing my experience as a drafter / designer in the …

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Now Accepting Applicants for a new Everyday Smoke

Now Accepting Applicants for a new Everyday Smoke

Back when Jerry and I started Stogie Review, way back in 2006, I was an adventurous cigar smoker. I would seek out new sticks to try, eager to share my thoughts on our little cigar blog. No matter how the cigar turned out – good, bad, or indifferent, smoking and reviewing new cigars was a fun pastime.

A few years back, things began to change. My wife and I were raising a young daughter and free time was getting harder …

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MBombay Gaaja Toro

MBombay Gaaja Toro

As you may have already heard, the MBombay Gaaja takes its name from a Sanskrit word meaning Elephant. For fun I googled the name, and found it also has other meanings in Hindi, like lightning, bombshell and thunderclap. It kind of makes you wonder what you’re in for before lighting up the cigar. But the thing that puzzled me was the band. It looks like a Celtic design called the Triple Spiral (or “Triskele”), which has various meanings involving trinities …

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