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Padron Black Label No. 89 Maduro TAA Exclusive

Padron Black Label No. 89 Maduro TAA Exclusive

After reviewing the Padron Black Label No. 89 Natural TAA Exclusive, I figured it would only be appropriate to also check out the Padron Black Label No. 89 Maduro TAA as well.  The Padron Black Label No. 89 Maduro TAA Exclusive has been the most popular as Padron usually makes amazing cigars with their maduro wrappers.  I won’t go into much detail here about the cigar, because the maduro version is the same as the natural with a different …

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Padron Black Label No. 89 Natural TAA Exclusive

Padron Black Label No. 89 Natural TAA Exclusive

The Padron Black Label No. 89 TAA is one of the most anticipated releases in recent years for Tobacco Association of America (TAA) and was released in both natural and maduro wrappers.  The Padron Black was originally released in very limited quantities for Jose Orlando Padron’s 89th birthday in 2016.  They were a huge hit and everyone sought after these cigars.  Padron decided to take a departure from their regular TAA releases, which they normal release a special sized 1926 …

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H. Upmann Grupo de Maestros Connecticut Toro

H. Upmann Grupo de Maestros Connecticut Toro

Following the success of the H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez, Altadis USA released the H. Upmann Grupo de Maestros Connecticut at IPCPR 2018. Created by the Grupo de Maestros, a group of blenders at Tabacalera de Garcia lead by master blender Rafael Nodal, the H. Upmann Grupo de Maestros Connecticut features a proprietary tobacco called Pilotico varietal created by the Mendez family in the Dominican Republic. The H. Upmann Grupo de Maestros Connecticut is medium bodied Connecticut and features an …

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Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Barber Hole 2018

Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan Barber Hole 2018

Alec Bradley released the Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan last year just before St. Patrick’s for the 5th year in a row. The cigar was originally released in an all candela wrapper, but changed to a barber pole wrapper last year. Barber pole cigars are always eye catching so when cigar companies use them, they are usually quite good sellers. The Alec Bradley Black Market Filthy Hooligan is a limited release cigar with only 2000 boxes of 22 cigars …

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RoMa Craft Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Washington

RoMa Craft Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 Washington

RoMa Craft Tobac introduced the Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 in 2016 as an exclusive to online retailer Famous Smoke Shop. RoMa Craft Tobac has themed their cigar after different historical subjects and the Intemperance line is named after the temperance movement during the Prohibition era. The Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794 takes on a similar theme with the Whiskey Rebellion 1794 that happened western Pennsylvania in opposition to an unfair tax law that was implement by President George Washington at the …

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Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Short Corona Gorda

Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Short Corona Gorda

One of the most anticipated releases at this years IPCPR 2018 was the Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro from Drew Estate. Following the acclaim the original Herrera Esteli, it was only natural that a maduro would be next. What is unnatural was the choice of wrapper. Willy Herrera chose to use Plantation grown Brazilian Mata Fina as the wrapper which is usually used as a binder or in the filler. This is what Willy had to say about his choice of …

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Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019

Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019

Davidoff has really tried to capture the life of Winston Churchill in their Winston Churchill cigar line. The Late Hour was released to represent when Winston Churchill did his best work in the late hours of the night. Now Davidoff has released the newest limited edition to honor the travels of Winston Churchill as a statesman. Here is what Davidoff had to say about the new edition to the Winston Churchill line:

Inspired by Winston Churchill’s sense of travel, this

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Warped Cigars La Relatos The First

Warped Cigars La Relatos The First

Warped Cigar released the La Relates, which means “The Stories” in Spanish, at this year’s IPCPR trade show. The blend is supposed to be one of the original blend’s Kyle Gellis created about 10 years ago for Warped Cigars. We caught up with Kyle at the trade show and he discussed the La Relatos in our interview which you can view here. Right now, the La Relatos is only available in a petit lancero, call The First, but other …

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Montecristo Epic Craft Cured Toro

Montecristo Epic Craft Cured Toro

Altidis USA released the third cigar under the Montecristo Epic series, the Montecristo Epic Craft Cured, in December 2017.  The Montecristo Epic cigar series is produced in Nicaragua by the Plasencia family and consist of the Epic, Epic Estoque and Craft Cured. The tobaccos used in the Montecristo Epic Craft Cured are quite unique in that they were fermented in small pilones instead of large ones because Altidis claims this gives the tobaccos a richer flavor.  The wrapper is …

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Davidoff 50th Anniversary Diademas Finas

Davidoff 50th Anniversary Diademas Finas

Davidoff introduced the Davidoff 50th Anniversary Diademas Finas as a limited edition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Davidoff Cigars. Originally released in 2006, the Diademas Finas was re-released in 2018 in 4 different 10 count ceramic jars featuring artwork from Mariane Leger with only 8000 cigars being made. Below is the press release from Davidoff on the Diadema Fina:

To mark Davidoff’s 50th anniversary, the Swiss cigar maker will bring back its popular Diademas Finas –a cigar that was