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La Palina Black Label Robusto

La Palina Black Label Robusto

posted on October 21st, 2014

Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters Frank

Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters Frank

posted on October 18th, 2014

Dante Vita Nova Canto III

Dante Vita Nova Canto III

posted on October 15th, 2014

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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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BEN’S WEEK IN SMOKE NO. 5 – THE BAYOU EDITION

BEN’S WEEK IN SMOKE NO. 5 – THE BAYOU EDITION

Drew Estate Unicos A

This was a real treat for me.  It was my birthday earlier last week and a good friend of mine gave me this cigar to celebrate my birthday.  He won these from Drew Estate from a contest they were running at the Chattanooga Tweetup a few years ago and saved them for a special occasion.  A few years made this cigar a lot more mellow than I thought it would be.  It was a very smooth …

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Senorial Corona Gorda No. 5

Senorial Corona Gorda No. 5

Jose Blanco, formerly of La Aurora and Joya de Nicaragua, has brought out his own cigar called Senorial.  This cigar is the first from his new cigar company, Las Cumbres Tabaco, and was released in June 2014.

  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Esteli, Nicaragua
  • Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano and Dominican Corojo

This cigar was extremely well made and the draw was spot on with a smooth wrapper.  The cigar has flavors of oak, leather, allspice, black pepper and pecan.  I got coffee notes with …

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CLE Eiroa CBT Maduro Prensado

CLE Cigars is releasing a maduro version of their successful Eiroa line called the Eiroa CBT Maduro.  They are being released at the 2014 IPCPR show and feature a capa (wrapper), banda (binder) and tripa (filler) (CBT) all composed of maduro tobacco.  They haven’t let anyone in on what type of tobacco they use, just that its maduro.  The CBT Maduro line have the same vitolas as the regular Eiroa line and are made in Honduras.

The cigar burned well with …

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