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I’ll Be Damned – That Cigar Actually Looks Like a Little Fish

I’ll Be Damned – That Cigar Actually Looks Like a Little Fish

The room was dark and I found myself staring blankly at the ceiling. I had been awake for a few minutes and resisted the urge to roll over and look at the clock. It had to be close to 4:00am. Waking up like this, shortly before my alarm sounded, was becoming an all too common occurrence.

I don’t know how long I laid there but the alarm sounded soon enough. I pulled myself out of bed, headed to the bathroom …

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Island Jim by Oscar Valladares

Island Jim by Oscar Valladares

In the Cigar Community, the name Island Jim is one that seems to be gathering a lot of attention. Between Leaf and Bean in Pittsburg (which I hear is a great shop) and the Island Jim Cigar from Eddie Ortega’s Wild Bunch release, the man and face are becoming commonplace.

I was recently gifted an Island Jim cigar that I had never seen before. The person that gave it to me was in Pittsburg with his wife while she attended …

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Aging The Opus X: Do or Don’t?

Aging The Opus X: Do or Don’t?

A night or two ago I was smoking a well-aged Opus X Perfecxion No. 5. As is my custom, I spent a few minutes thinking about what I was tasting- grass, caramel, cedar, maybe a little white pepper. I also noticed it didn’t seem as robust a cigar as the last few Opus X’s I’ve had. That stands to reason, this little petite corona has been sitting undisturbed in a humidor for years.

As with many of my cigars, extended …

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E.P. Carrillo La Historia

E.P. Carrillo La Historia

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Today I have a cigar that has been hanging around my humidor for a little while, the E.P. Carrillo La Historia. I honestly can’t even remember the price I paid but it seems the range is around $7-$9. I also do not know the size but I am pretty sure it is the Dona Elena at 6 1/8 x 50. If not then it would be the El Senador at 5 3/8 x 52. To me …

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Do you shy away from a big fat stick?

Do you shy away from a big fat stick?

Every single cigar shop across the country has that one guy. You know the one. “An 80 ring gauge! For Christ’s sake, smoking that must be like putting your mouth around a big ol’…” You get the idea.

Regardless of the phobias some people have about big ring cigars, they seem to be all the rage. I can remember a time six or seven years ago when I didn’t like smoking anything larger than a 50. Now I’ll have the …

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