Crowned Heads Le Careme Robusto

Crowned Heads Le Careme Robusto

posted on November 23rd, 2016

CAO Amazon Basin

CAO Amazon Basin

posted on November 17th, 2016

Guardian of the Farm Apollo Seleccion de Warped

Guardian of the Farm Apollo Seleccion de Warped

posted on November 15th, 2016

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Crowned Heads Le Careme Robusto

Crowned Heads Le Careme Robusto

In July of this year, Crowned Heads introduced the La Careme at IPCPR.  The Le Careme is a new cigar from the EP Carrillo factory in the Dominican Republic.  The cigar is named after the famed chef, Marie-Antoine Careme, who is considered an extremely influential chef of his time in the late 18th century and early 19th century.  He is credited with the organization of the original mother sauces which all sauces fall under.  They all contain a roux that …

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Guardian of the Farm Apollo Seleccion de Warped

Guardian of the Farm Apollo Seleccion de Warped

This year at IPCPR in Las Vegas, Warped announced a collaboration with Casa Fernandez Cigars to produce a line of cigars called Guardian of the Farm.  This new line was created by Max Fernandez of Casa Fernandez and Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars to pay tribute to the dogs that guard the tobacco farms in Aganorsa in Nicaragua.  Each cigar is named after one of the dogs on the farms and are a Nicaraguan puro.  Here is a list of …

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Hoyo La Amistad Robusto

Hoyo La Amistad Robusto

This July at IPCPR 2016, Brian and I were taken around the General Cigar Company’s booth by Victoria McKee-Jaworski, director of public relations for General Cigar Company, who showed us their new offerings.  Several things caught our eye, but none more than the newest offering by Hoyo de Monterrey, La Amistad, which you can watch our video from the show here.  The La Amistad is a collaboration between AJ Fernandez and Hoyo using select tobaccos from Nicaragua.  La Amistad …

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Mega Review: Tatuaje Skinny Monsters – Happy Halloween!

Mega Review:  Tatuaje Skinny Monsters – Happy Halloween!

Earlier this year, Tatuaje released their 3rd spinoff from the Tatuaje Monster line with the Skinny Monsters.  The Skinny Monsters follow the Little Monsters and the Pudgy Monsters as spinoffs where they are the same blend of their larger, special released Monsters, but is a smaller format, excluding the The Chuck and The Tiff, which were only released in the Pudgy Monster and Skinny Monster boxes.  The Skinny Monster are in a petit lancero format at a 6 x …

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Foundation Cigars Charter Oak Maduro Rothschild

Foundation Cigars Charter Oak Maduro Rothschild

This is the second part of my review of the Foundation Cigars Charter Oak.  This is for the maduro version of the Charter Oak I reviewed earlier with a Connecticut wrapper which you can read about here.  You can read about the cigar in my previous review because this is the same cigar, except in a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper.  Let’s dive into the review.

Construction

The cigar has a slight rough looking wrapper, but this is Connecticut Broadleaf …

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Pier 28 by Espinosa Cigars

Pier 28 by Espinosa Cigars

While at IPCPR, one cigar that was getting a lot of buzz was the new Pier 28 from Espinosa Cigars.  I first heard about the cigar from my friend, Mark Just of Tower Cigars in Sacramento, CA.   He gave me a sample of it while we were having lunch at IPCPR.  He said he really loved the cigar and, knowing my flavor profile I enjoy in cigars, thought I would love it.  That being said, I decided to hold on …

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Foundry Cigars Time Flies

Foundry Cigars Time Flies

One of the most interesting cigar brand displays at IPCPR this year was the Foundry Cigars display in the General Cigar booth where they were debuting the new Foundry Cigars Time Flies.  The Time Flies is a collaboration between Foundry Cigars and AJ Fernandez.  There are two different versions of this cigar:  Time Flies and Time Flies Limited Edition.  The difference in the two is the wrapper.  The wrapper on the regular blend is an Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper where …

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HR Hirochi Robaina Claro Toro

HR Hirochi Robaina Claro Toro

Recently, Brian and I attended IPCPR in Las Vegas and ran into Spencer Drake of White Hat Distribution at their booth.  They are now the distributer of the HR line of cigars.  HR Cigars had been previously distributed by Cubanacan, then by La Palina Cigars, but has finally found a home with White Hat.  Spencer showed us the two new lines from HR Cigars:  Claro and Blue.  You can check out our interview with Spencer here.

For this review, …

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Foundation Cigars Charter Oak Connecticut Rothchild

Foundation Cigars Charter Oak Connecticut Rothchild

Someone I always look forward to seeing every year at IPCPR is Nick Melillo of Foundation Cigars.  As one of the brain children, along with Steven Saka, behind the iconic Liga Privada lines and its off shoots, you can rest assured that his offerings from his new company, Foundation Cigars, should be pretty tasty.  After the successful launch of last year’s El Gueguense, I couldn’t wait to try out Nick’s new stuff.  One of the new releases this year is …

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Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Epicure Maduro – Return of a Classic Cigar

There are times when I am about to smoke a cigar that I want something well within my comfort zone.  A cigar that is considered a classic.  One that you know very well, have smoked often and you know will give you satisfaction.  For me, one of those smokes is the Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur.  Specifically, this time, the Epicure in maduro.  We have been smoking a lot of the new stuff coming out of IPCPR and I know most …

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