Herfin’ Heads: MBombay Corojo Oscuro

Herfin’ Heads: MBombay Corojo Oscuro

posted on February 5th, 2016

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Corona Gorda

Espinosa Laranja Reserva Corona Gorda

posted on February 2nd, 2016

Product Review: Cigar Oasis Excel with Smart Humidor

Product Review: Cigar Oasis Excel with Smart Humidor

posted on January 29th, 2016

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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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Percy Ray by Cubanacan Cigars

Percy Ray by Cubanacan Cigars

The Percy Ray cigar is a limited edition cigar from Cubanacan Cigars that is an annual release and will be shipped to retailers on December 14th, 2015.  The cigar is a tribute to Nate McIntyre’s grandfather, Percy Ray McIntyre.  Nate wanted to created a “good cigar for good people” to honor him.

Percy Ray McIntyre is now 87 years old. His knuckles are black from decades of long, hard work. He would tell you himself that he has not a

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Patrick Martin of Patoro Cigars discussing his line of cigars

Recently, Patrick Martin of Patoro Cigars visited The Cigar Shop in Biloxi, MS for a Meet and Greet with our customers.  I recorded him talking about his start in the business and how he developed his cigars.  Enjoy.

Fat-Ash.com also did a write and video of the event at The Cigar Shop in Biloxi, MS as well. Check it out here.…

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Quesada Reserva Privada Robusto

Quesada Reserva Privada Robusto

Quesada released the Quesada Reserva Privada in April 2015 to select retailers throughout the US and later to the rest of the Quesada retailers.  This special released is blended with special tobacco that Quesada had been sitting on for a special project.  The tobacco used in this cigar is from 1997 when Manuel Quesada Sr. had an amazing San Vicente crop of tobacco which his son, Manuel Jr., convinced him to store for a future special project.  The tobacco was …

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Crowned Heads 12 Honest Men

Crowned Heads 12 Honest Men

Crowned Heads has released another limited edition for 2015, but this time it’s in the Jericho Hill line.  Called the 12 Honest Men, it’s named after a line in Johnny Cash’s song, Cocaine Blues, that refers to Willy Lee, after killing his girlfriend during a bender with whiskey and cocaine, being judged in a courtroom by 12 honest men. The blend is the same as the rest of the Jericho Hill line, but in a new vitola.

Size:  7.5 …

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Dunhill Heritage Robusto

Dunhill Heritage Robusto

The Dunhill Heritage was released this year at the 2015 IPCPR by General Cigar as Dunhill’s strongest cigar to date.  The blend is a mixture of Honduran and Nicaraguan aged tobaccos including an habano ligero wrapper.  The cigar is available in 4 sizes:

Robusto (Boxed Pressed): 5 x 50
Toro: 6 x 50
Gigante: 6 x 60
Torpedo (European and Asian Markets only): 6.25 x 52
Churchill: 7.5 x 50

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Binder: Nicaraguan from Jalapa
Filler: Honduras (Jamastran …

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