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Cigar Safari: Jonathan Drew & Nick Melillo Talk Tobacco

Cigar Safari: Jonathan Drew & Nick Melillo Talk Tobacco

posted on April 23rd, 2014

Nub Connecticut 464T

Nub Connecticut 464T

posted on April 18th, 2014

Cigar Safari 2014: Drew Estate II (DE-2)

Cigar Safari 2014: Drew Estate II (DE-2)

posted on April 16th, 2014

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Puro Vida Connecticut Toro

Puro Vida Connecticut Toro

Puro Vida Cigars is a new cigar company formed in Biloxi, MS by Eddie Rivers.  Originally from Danli, Honduras, Eddie moved to Biloxi, MS early on.  His family owns a very successful coffee company in Honduras and decided to start Puro Vida because his other passion is cigars.  Currently, Puro Vida has three different lines: maduro, habano and connecticut.  Each cigar is a Nicaraguan puro, but features different wrappers.  I will be reviewing each version, but today I’m reviewing the …

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Fuente Fuente Opus X Angel’s Share Robusto – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Fuente Fuente Opus X Angel’s Share Robusto – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

In 2012, Fuente released the Fuente Fuente Opus X Angel’s Share in limited edition humidors made by God of Fire/Prometheus.  In December 2013, a limited number of these cigars were released to Opus X account holders throughout the nation.  These cigars have a different construction than the regular Opus X line.  The difference is the wrapper used where the regular Opus X uses an upper priming wrapper leaf where the Angel’s Share use a middle priming.  This gives the cigar …

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Curivari Achilles Eternos

Curivari Achilles Eternos

In 2013, Curivari introduced the Achilles as a stronger line to its already impressive line up of cigars. The Curivari Achilles is a Nicaraguan puro that was given more ligero to boost its body while still retaining a well rounded flavor profile. Released in three sizes, the cigar will be re-released 4 times a year on a limited run.

  • Eternos: 6 1/4″ x 52
  • Gloriosos: 5 3/4 x 56
  • Heriocos: 5 1/4 x 50

All retailing for under $10.00, I …

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Viaje Exclusivo Leaded

Viaje Exclusivo Leaded

Viaje first released the Exclusivo blend in 2010 and is the exclusive blend for the owner of Viaje, Andre Farkas.  The blend remains unknown.  All we know is that its rolled at Fábrica de Tabacos Raíces Cubanas for Viaje.  In 2014, Viaje released their latest version in the Exclusivo Leaded.  Continuing the firearm theme that began with the Super Shot cigars, this cigar differs slightly from the other releases as it uses medio tiempo tobacco in the blend.  Medio tiempo …

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Play fantasy baseball against Jerry and Ben and win prizes from Miami Cigar!

Its almost spring time.  That means its baseball is right around the corner.  Jerry and I are diehard baseball fans (Orioles for Jerry and the Braves for me) and figured a fun contest would be to have a fantasy baseball league with our cigar brothers and sisters.  What would make it even more fun?  How about winning cigars from Miami Cigar?  Our friend, Barry Stein at Miami Cigar, has graciously donated cigars for prizes throughout the season.  Here …

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Miami Cigar Nestor Miranda Special Selection Exclusivo Regional Robusto Extra

Miami Cigar Nestor Miranda Special Selection Exclusivo Regional Robusto Extra

Ever since Miami Cigar introduced the Nestor Miranda Special Selection, I’ve been a big fan.  The cigars are well made with great flavors for a good price.  My favorite of the line  has been the Coffee Break which is their petit corona.  It had a lots of flavor in a small package.  They had a special release called the Danno which is probably my second favorite size.  Its a double corona size that was first released in 2010.  They released …

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Cuban Stock Triumph Torpedo

Cuban Stock Triumph Torpedo

SJ Cigars first introduced their Cuban Stock line of cigars in 2012 in both natural and maduro wrappers.  They later added on several other lines to the Cuban Stock brand, but in 2013, they added the Cuban Stock Triumph.  Available in 3 sizes, we were sent the torpedo size to review.  The Triumph line has a unique “Dominican Maduro Special” wrapper which I’m not sure what that means.  I’m assuming is some proprietary fermenting method they have developed for this …

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Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of 2013

Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of 2013

It’s that time of that year where we put out our top cigars of the year.  It always hard to try to put our favorite cigars together for a top ten list.  There are so many really good cigars that it makes it hard to pick just 10 and try to put them in some kind of order.  This is what I consider my top 10 cigars of the year.  I tried not to include in rare or elusive cigars …

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Camacho Blackout Figurado

Camacho Blackout Figurado

Late in 2013, Camacho announced a new limited edition cigar called the Camacho Blackout.  This new cigar went through an extensive fermentation process for its wrapper called “press fermentation”.  The process is where extra weight is added to the top of the pilones (large tobacco stacks) as the wrappers fermented.  This gave the wrapper its very dark color.  The wrapper is an upper priming leaf on the tobacco plants that is left on the plant a little longer to make …

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Davidoff of Geneva 25th Anniversary

Davidoff of Geneva 25th Anniversary

Davidoff of Geneva North American Operations is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special cigar.  This cigar comes in at 5 x 56 at around $24.00 a piece in boxes of 10.  This robusto gordo features a Dominican Yamasa wrapper, Dominican binder and Dominican filler.  This new limited edition comes on the heels of new the Davidoff Nicaragua and Clubhouse cigar as well as the new Year of the Horse cigar.  Hopefully this gem won’t get lost in the shuffle. …

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