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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 70

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 70

posted on December 17th, 2014

Top 10 Cigars – TGT Edition (2014)

Top 10 Cigars – TGT Edition (2014)

posted on December 15th, 2014

Colibri Astoria Triple Jet Lighter

Colibri Astoria Triple Jet Lighter

posted on December 14th, 2014

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Camacho Ecuador Robusto

The Camacho Ecuador was released this year as an edition to the Camacho line.  This new cigar features an Ecuadorian habano wrapper with a price point of $6.50.  I was sent a box of these from Dylan Austin of Camacho for review (Thanks Dylan!).  I had smoked several of these at my local shop before receiving the samples from Camacho as well as many from a couple of Camacho events I attend at shops around my area.  I have to …

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Week In Smoke No. 8 – Bayou Edition

Week In Smoke No. 8 – Bayou Edition

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with plenty of good smokes.  Nothing follows a great meal better than a nice cigar.  Luckily, I had a good bit of down time and didn’t have to do as much cooking as I normally do this Thanksgiving thanks to my family.  That means more time for cigars and bourbon.  Here are a few I enjoyed over the week.

CLE Connecticut

This is becoming one of my go to Connecticuts along with the …

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Week In Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 7

Week In Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 7

I don’t do many Week in Smoke, but I’ve been down with a bad sinus infection the past couple of weeks so I haven’t been smoking many cigars.  This past week, I’ve finally been able to enjoy some old favorites and some new cigars.  I visited my good friend Jason Jackson, manager of Cigars and More in Patton Creek, AL and picked up a couple of smokes to try out.  You will see some reviewed within the next couple of …

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La Palina Black Label Robusto

La Palina Black Label Robusto

La Palina introduced the Black Label line at this years IPCPR in Las Vegas. This new cigar line was made to compliment the other already successful lines by La Palina by being more full bodied than the others. This cigar uses a unique wrapper that I haven’t run across before along with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler.

Wrapper: Brazilian Bahiano maduro
Binder: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
MSRP: $10.00

This cigar truly is stronger than the other lines, but …

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Crowned Heads Tennessee Waltz

Crowned Heads Tennessee Waltz

Crowned Heads introduced the Tennessee Waltz this year to only their retailers in the state of Tennessee. This cigar, made by My Father Cigars, is based off the song, Tennessee Waltz which was playing in the dance hall where Jon Huber’s maternal grandparents met. The cigar features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper along with binder and filler from Nicaragua. The cigar retails for $9.25-9.50 per cigar and comes in 20 count boxes.

The cigar starts out quite spicy with a black …

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Kafie 1901 Don Fernando Maduro 6 year Anejo robusto

When I was visiting the new Crescent City Cigars location in Metairie, LA, I picked up a Kafie 1901 Don Fernando Maduro 6 year Anejo robusto on the recommendation of Armando Ortiz, the owner. I had never heard of Kafie cigars before, but he talked me into giving it a shot. I have to say I was pretty impressed by the cigar. Maybe because I had no preconceived notions. Either way, it had some great flavor and burn. The cigar …

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Elogio Crescent City Cigars Exclusivo

Elogio Crescent City Cigars Exclusivo

Elogio has created the Crescent City Cigars Exclusivo for the second year in a row for Crescent City Cigars in New Orleans, LA.  Armando Ortiz, the owner of Crescent City Cigars, sent a few of these to me for review and to get my opinion on them.  We are both big fans of Elogio Cigars, especially their core lines, LSV and Habano.  They have recently added an Edicion Limitada line which Armando is a big fan off as well.  Because …

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Sosa Classic Wavell Maduro

The Sosa Classic has been around for quite awhile and was one time in the Top 25 Cigars of the Year from Cigar Aficionado.  I have smoked several of these over the years in the natural wrapper, but rarely, if ever, smoked their maduro version.  I’m very picky about maduro cigars as I only like a certain flavor profile.  Not many cigar shops in my area carry the Sosa line, but I was lucky enough to stop by their boutique …

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Week in Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 6

Week in Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 6

Its been excruciatingly hot this week with the temperatures in the high 90s and the heat index around 106-107, so my cigar smoking has, understandably, been reduced. Still, even with my cut back in smoking, I was able to smoke some pretty interesting cigars. Here is a good sampling of some of the cigars I was able to smoke this past week.

Jericho Hill Willy Lee

The Jericho Hill is a new line from The Crowned Heads that pays tribute …

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AJ Fernandez Pinolero Maduro Toro

AJ Fernandez released the Pinolero in 2012 as a more Cubanesque blend for their line up. In 2013, they released a maduro version with a special proprietary maduro wrapper grown in Nicaragua. The Toro retails for about $9.00 and the blend also comes in a robusto, churchill and torpedo.

The cigar had a good draw and excellent construction. The only issue was the flavor profile. For me, the cigar started out very earthy and bitter. As the cigar burned down, …

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