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Re+United by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo & Michael Giannini

Re+United by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo & Michael Giannini

posted on July 23rd, 2014

Senorial Corona Gorda No. 5

Senorial Corona Gorda No. 5

posted on July 22nd, 2014

BG Meyer Standard Issue

BG Meyer Standard Issue

posted on July 19th, 2014

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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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La Palina Goldie Laguito Especial

La Palina Goldie Laguito Especial

La Palina Goldie Laguito Especial was released earlier this year as the third vitola in the Goldie line following the No. 2 and the No. 5.  The Goldie line is a tribute to women in the cigar industry and named after Goldie Paley, Sam Paley’s wife, the founder of La Palina Cigars in 1896.  Rolled in the El Titan del Bronze by Maria Sierra, a level 9 roller who was personally trained by Eduardo Irizarri, Fidel Castro’s personal cigar …

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Punch Gusto

Punch Gusto

As you might have noticed, we have been doing several reviews lately of cigars that have been around quite awhile.  Most of these cigars are cigars we reviewed when we first started reviewing or are cigars we smoked a lot of when we first started smoking cigars.  There were two different cigar brands I used to smoke when I first started smoking cigars in the late 90s while in college.  I chose one of these for my throw back review. …

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Are Aging Cigars Worth it? 1998 Punch Churchill

Are Aging Cigars Worth it?  1998 Punch Churchill

I really don’t like posting reviews on cigars that many of you can’t get for one reason or another, but I always seem to get the question on whether aging cigars is worth or not. My answer is always the same.  It depends.  Usually cigars mellow out and get smoother as they age so if you like the way they are smoking now, then there is no reason to age them unless you want to see how they change.  Cuban …

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Ben’s Week in Smoke No. 4 – The Bayou Edition

Ben’s Week in Smoke No. 4 – The Bayou Edition

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one these so I figured this would be a great time to do one as our temps have been in the 90s locally. As the heats rises, I find myself smoking less and less full bodied cigars as the can be a bit over powering. Same goes for my beer!  This week has been an exception as we had several  great cigar release that I couldn’t wait to sample. With that, let’s take a …

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Eiroa Prensado

In 2013, CLE released two new cigars:  CLE Plus and the Eiroa.  I first tried the Eiroa over the winner at the Cigar Lounge of Starkville in Starkville, MS.  They had two size available at the time so I bought both to try out.  While hanging out there, I first smoked the the Eiroa Prensado.  It is such a great size.  Its a small boxed press Rothschild size cigar that just looks like it would be a nice smoke.  The Eiroa is …

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Asylum 13 99 Problems Lancero

Asylum 13 99 Problems Lancero

Asylum 13 has been one of the hottest brands on the market lately and it’s no surprise why.  They have been making very good cigars for a very good price for the past couple of years.  Most stores haven’t been able to keep them in stock, buying as much as they can, when they can.  The only problem for me with them is that no one near me has carried them, until recently, and they have ridiculously large ring gauge …

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Refinishing a Stinky Cigar Ashtray

Refinishing a Stinky Cigar Ashtray

If you’re like me, you have several Stinky Cigar ashtrays around your house.  I love them.  They are deep, can hold a lot of cigar butts and ash, and are well built.  I bought one of the new more decorative versions last year that came out recently.  I choose the antique hammered copper because, well, it looked really cool.  After several months of using it, the inside started to rust really badly.  It formed some thick rusty crust all around …

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Camacho Diploma 11/18

In late 2013, Camacho rebranded their company including reblending some of their classics like the Camacho Diploma.  They also got rid of a few lines to more streamline the brand.  This was meet with a lot of contention with the large group of fans of Camacho.  The Diploma had been one of my favorites for a long time so I was a little worried myself of how the new version would be.  My local cigar shop, The Cigar Shop in …

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