A Trip to the Farm with General Cigar 2017

A Trip to the Farm with General Cigar 2017

posted on February 20th, 2017

Serino Royale Maduro XX Toro

Serino Royale Maduro XX Toro

posted on February 16th, 2017

Colibri V-Cut

Colibri V-Cut

posted on February 13th, 2017

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Serino Royale Maduro XX Toro

Serino Royale Maduro XX Toro

I was approached a couple of months ago by Serino Cigars to review there Royale Maduro XX.  I hadn’t heard of Serino Cigars at the time, but was happy to give them a shot.  Serino Cigars was founded in 2016 by Tony Serino and his son, Carson, who partnered with Omar Gonzales Aleman.  Aleman worked at Partagas and was the head director at La Corona in Cuba which manufactures Romeo y Julieta, Hoyo de Monterrey, Cuaba, Por Larranaga, Saint Luis …

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Colibri V-Cut

Colibri V-Cut

I’m a pretty simple cigar smoker when it comes to accessories.  I use my S. T. Dupont lighters and Xikar cutters because I consider them the best on the market.  I’ve picked up a new cutter several months ago that has me reconsidering my cutter choice.  I saw where Colibri had introduced a new line of cutters with both a guillotine and a v-cut.  I’m a fan of the v-cut so I was excited to see another big cigar accessory …

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D’Crossier Selection 512 Lancero

D’Crossier Selection 512 Lancero

While on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I was given a cigar that I’ve heard a lot about but almost never saw.  This trip was with several other bloggers, some I’ve known for quite some time and some I was meeting for the first time.  One of them was Master Sensei, Eric Guttormson, and his son Jordan, of Cigar Dojo.  While waiting for our connecting flights home in the Miami airport, we gathered up in the TGIFriday’s bar …

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Black Works Studio Sindustry Toro

Black Works Studio Sindustry Toro

In 2015, James Brown, owner of Black Label Trading Company and co-owner of Fabrica de Oveja Negra, created Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) as way to experiment with tobaccos in different blends featuring Nicaraguan tobaccos.  It’s sort of the mad science laboratory for James Brown.  Our friends at Cigar Federation have a post about its creation here.  They’ve released 4 blends so far, NBK, Green Hornet, Killer Bee and Rorschach, and are releasing their first limited edition, Sindustry.

The …

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Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

Well, it’s that time of the year again.  Time for my Top 10 Cigars of the Year for 2016.  A lot of our blogger friends are releasing their list around this time along with us and I love to read their list as well.  We have our own personal likes and dislikes, so it’s interesting to read everyone’s list to see what excited them from this year.  This list is based off my personal preferences of what I’ve smoked in …

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Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 Maduro

Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 Maduro

This is part 2 of the review of the Padron 1926 Serie No. 90.  This review will focus on the maduro wrapper version of this cigar.  You can review my review of natural wrapper version of his cigar, along with the overview of the cigar here.  The specification of this cigar are the same as the natural except is in a maduro wrapper.

  • Wrapper:  Nicaragua
  • Binder:  Nicaragua
  • Filler:  Nicaragua
  • MSRP:  $19.50 per cigar/10 cigars per
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Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 Natural

Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 Natural

Earlier this year at IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas, NV, Padron released a new commemorative cigar called the Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 to celebrate the 90th birthday of Padron Cigars founder, Jose O. Padron.  The Padron Anniversary, in both the 1926 and 1964, are legendary cigars.  They are considered to be one of the benchmarks for Nicaraguan cigars.  Constantly garnering high praise and scores from everyone from Cigar Aficionado, Cigar Press, Cigar Snob, European Cigar Journal and even we …

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Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro “The Hammer”

Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro “The Hammer”

I’m a little late to the game with this cigar.  Released in 2014, the Padron 50th Anniversary or “The Hammer” is a commemorative cigar celebrating the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding in 1964.  The cigar was released in a natural and maduro wrapper in a stunningly beautiful humidor that retailed for $5,300.00.  The cigars were mainly sold 3 different ways:  sold together with the humidor, sold with the humidor price included in the cigar price ($105.00 a piece) or …

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Regius Seleccion Orchant Limited Edition Robusto

Regius Seleccion Orchant Limited Edition Robusto

I’m pretty happy to be doing this review.  The Regius Black Label is one of my favorite cigar lines and I heard that Akhil Kapacee teamed up with Mitchell Orchant of Alfie Turmeaus Tobacconist in 2014 to release special editions bearing Orchant’s name, Regius Seleccion Orchant.  Released originally in a robusto size and also in a torpedo size called the Campana, they recently added a Hermoso size for 2016.  They took the Black Label blend and tweaked it a little …

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Southern Draw Firethorn Pome

Southern Draw Firethorn Pome

Southern Draw released a new line extension with the Firethorn adding a lancero size called the Pome.  The Pome is the same blend as the rest of the Firethorn line using an Ecuadorian habano rosado wrapper. Robert Holt, owner of Southern Draw, teamed up AJ Fernandez to make the Firethorn which is rolled in AJ’s Tabacalera Fernandez factory in Nicaragua.  Let’s take a look at the specs.

  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
  • Binder:  Mexican San Andres
  • Filler:  Propieritary
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