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Parfum Berger Anti Tobacco Car Diffuser – CONTEST

Parfum Berger Anti Tobacco Car Diffuser – CONTEST

One of the problems we as cigar smokers constantly face, if we smoke in our vehicles, is the issue of the smell of stale cigar smoke stuck in our vehicles. Well, the people at Lampe Berger, which Parfum Berger is a part of, in Paris, France, have given us a solution. Their new car diffusers come in 4 different scents, but the one we are concerned about is the Anti Tobacco version. This diffuser is a sweet, citrus, woody scent …

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Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Presidente

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Presidente

After church this past Easter Sunday, my wife and I decided to get a coffee and take our son to the park in Webster, TX. It was perfect weather to be outside with a high temp of around 72 degrees and sunny. I didn’t bring a lot of cigars with me to Texas because when I’m there with my family, I don’t get a lot of time to smoke and relax. Luckily, I brought with me what I think is …

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Davidoff Special Short Perfecto

The Davidoff Special Short Perfecto is a cigar that seems to get lost in the Davidoff line up. Its a short smoke with great flavor so its perfect when you don’t have a lot of time and goes great with your morning coffee or tea. I have to admit….I didn’t smoke them until I went on the Davidoff factory tour in the Dominican Republic. Each morning we had breakfast with some amazing Dominican coffee and were presented with the Short …

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262 Allegiance Box Pressed Toro

262 Allegiance Box Pressed Toro

The 262 Allegiance was release in 2014 as another extension to the 262 portfolio.  The Allegiance was blended to have a broader appeal to cigars smokers by having a mild-medium body.  The name of the line came from the struggle we as cigar smokers deal with daily.  This is from the 262 website:

The Allegiance name, while stirring many connotations for many people, is 262’s official “line in the sand” campaign. While all of their previous brands have been

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Ben’s Week In Smoke – Bayou Edition Lucky No. 13

Ben’s Week In Smoke – Bayou Edition Lucky No. 13

It has been awhile since I’ve done a Week In Smoke, so I figured it was due to get one out.  I traveled to Houston, TX this past weekend to visit my wife who is working there on a temporary assignment.  I usually travel there to visit her with my mom and my son, but this time I was able to go solo.  What does that mean?  Audio books and lots of cigars.  I was gather up a great starting …

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Espinosa Laranja Reserva Corona Gorda

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Corona Gorda

The Laranja Reserva is fairly new cigar from Espinosa Cigars by Erik Espinosa out of his La Zona cigar factory based in Esteli, Nicaragua.  The Laranja Reserva uses a special wrapper from the Bahia region of Brazil that has an orange-brown hue which is where the name Laranja comes from as laranja is “orange” in Portuguese.  I’ve been a big fan of most of the cigar from Espinosa cigars, but I was late to the show on the Laranja Reserva …

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La Barba Purple Corona

La Barba Purple Corona

I’ve heard quite a bit over the years on social media about La Barba Cigars, especially the Purple.  I haven’t been able to get my hands on any as none of my local shops carry their lines.  Luckily, I was on a cigar media trip in Europe with Logan from Cigar Federation where he raved about the new Purple line.  Graciously, he sent me a sampler when we returned from our trip in the corona size, which is my …

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Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of the Year

Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of the Year

Every year I try to get my top 10 cigars of the year out before Christmas and every year I never seem to make it. Better late than never I guess. This year, I was thinking how easy it would be to come up with 10 cigars because I was thinking there wasn’t much that came out this year that really blew me away.  I figured I would have a short list and struggle to get to 10 cigars I …

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H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1

The H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1 is probably one of the most forgotten robustos in all the lines from Cuba.  It’s in a very crowded group with the likes of the Cohiba robusto, Partagas Serie D No. 4, Montecristo Edmundo, Ramon Allones Specially Selected, etc.  It’s a shame because this cigar is one of the best in the bunch.  It doesn’t require much down time to be ready to smoke either which is great since you don’t have a wait too …

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Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Gran Toro

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Gran Toro

Drew Estate released the Undercrown Shade this year, 2015, at IPCPR in New Orleans too much fanfare.  Blended by Willy Herrera, it was supposed to be a Connecticut wrapper cigar unlike any other you’ve ever tried before.  Willy wanted something with more power and flavor and developed the Shade blend.  We caught up with Willy Herrera at the Drew Estate booth in New Orleans where he gave us the low down on the Shade and some other cigars.  You can …

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