Rocky Patel Hamlet Paredes 25th Year Toro

Rocky Patel Hamlet Paredes 25th Year Toro

posted on April 12th, 2018

Curivari Onassis 550

Curivari Onassis 550

posted on April 6th, 2018

Debonaire Daybreak Toro

Debonaire Daybreak Toro

posted on April 3rd, 2018

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Rocky Patel Hamlet Paredes 25th Year Toro

Rocky Patel Hamlet Paredes 25th Year Toro

Rocky Patel released the Hamlet Paredes 25th Year in 2017 at IPCPR in Las Vegas.  The cigar is in response for cigar smokers asking Hamlet Paredes during his cigar events for a more medium to mild cigar as compared to his popular Tabaquero line which is more medium-full.  The 25th Year celebrates the 25th year in the cigar industry for Hamlet Paredes, who spent many of those years at an ambassador for Habanos SA expounding on tobacco education at seminars …

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Debonaire Daybreak Toro

Debonaire Daybreak Toro

Debonaire House cigars have been around since 2012 and was founded by Philip S. Zanghi III.  Debonaire House has two cigar companies under it with Debonaire and Indian Motorcycles Cigars.  Both lines feature “ultra premium” cigars that utilize the highest quality tobacco available.  Because of this, Debonaire cigar aren’t cheap.  Enter the Daybreak.  Introduced at the 2017 IPCPR trade show, the Daybreak uses a high quality Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper over stronger Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos.  The best …

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My Father Cigars The Judge Grand Robusto

My Father Cigars The Judge Grand Robusto

My Father Cigars introduced the The Judge in 2016 with two sizes, grand robusto and toro, and added the toro fino in 2017.  The Judge line is a line of all large vitolas with ring gauges of 52 and higher.  The Judge was inspired by a friend of the Garcia family that is a judge and these cigars are larger and stronger than the original My Father lines. My local shops in Houston got these in, but I never tried …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Camacho Candela Robusto

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Camacho Candela Robusto

Its that time of the year again.  The time when we see all the candela wrapper  cigars emerge.  Candela is a historic cigar wrapper which was hugely popular during the turn of the century up until about the 50’s for cigars.  Now, its almost impossible to find a candela cigar….unless it’s St. Patrick’s Day.  The candela wrapper, along with green beer, has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day.  Candela gets a bad wrap now because it usually has a bitter …

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La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

La Flor Dominicana introduced the La Volcada at this year’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.  The cigar is named after a move in the tango dance where the gentleman dips his female partner and she bends her leg back towards him.  The move is shown as a silhouette on the band.  The La Volcada is a tribute to tango which was invented Uruguay.  Litto Gomez, the owner of La Flor Dominicana, was born in Spain but grew up in …

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JRE Aladino Cazador

JRE Aladino Cazador

The JRE Aladino was a cigar line I didn’t give much attention to when it first came out.  I’m not exactly sure why because I’ve been a big fan of Camacho Cigars since they first started.  The Eiroa family are the premier growers of corojo which they call “authentic corojo”.  Their “authentic corojo” is how corojo was grown as far back as the 1960s and from the 1930s in Cuba.  Corojo used by most all other cigar manufacturers are hybrids …

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Casa Fuente Double Robusto

Casa Fuente Double Robusto

If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas and you are a cigar smoker, your trip was a disaster if you didn’t visit Casa Fuente at least once.  It’s a pilgrimage for any cigar smoker.  They have many rare Fuente cigars including some Opus X vitolas that you can only get at Casa Fuente in the United States.  They have their own line, in both natural and maduro, that is equally as amazing as the more rarer stuff they have for …

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United Cigar Bandolero Vanidosos

United Cigar Bandolero Vanidosos

The Bandolero is a cigar from United Cigar that also distributes Atabey and Byron cigars.  We’ve reviewed these cigar before, but I haven’t had any of them since that review.  They are a little hard to find and no shops near me, at the time, carried United Cigar.  The cigars from United Cigar are blended and made by Nelson Alfonso and his Selected Tobacco company.  Some of you might not have heard of him in the age of cigar celebrities, …

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Top 10 Cigars of 2017

Top 10 Cigars of 2017

It’s list making season and it’s about time we posted one for Stogie Review. Due to some scheduling difficulties, we’re a little later posting it this year than we planned. But better late than never, right?

This year we went with a different approach, abandoning separate lists and opting instead for a single, official Stogie Review top ten. Our approach was pretty straightforward, Ben and I made individual, unordered lists of top ten candidates based on the cigars we smoked …

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CLE The First 20 Years Colorado Robusto

CLE The First 20 Years Colorado Robusto

Earlier this year, CLE quietly introduced a new line extension to The First 20 Years with The First 20 Years Colorado.  Christian Eiroa said he was trying to get a perfect colorado color. reddish brown hue, with his corojo for quite awhile and has finally done it.  This cigar is a Honduran puro made in Eiroa’s El Aladino factory in Honduras. The Eiroas are famous for their use of corojo wrapper.  Where many that grown are now using Corojo 98 …

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