The Box-Worthies: Brian’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

The Box-Worthies: Brian’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

posted on January 10th, 2017

Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

posted on January 9th, 2017

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 106

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 106

posted on December 27th, 2016

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Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

Well, it’s that time of the year again.  Time for my Top 10 Cigars of the Year for 2016.  A lot of our blogger friends are releasing their list around this time along with us and I love to read their list as well.  We have our own personal likes and dislikes, so it’s interesting to read everyone’s list to see what excited them from this year.  This list is based off my personal preferences of what I’ve smoked in …

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Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 Maduro

Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 Maduro

This is part 2 of the review of the Padron 1926 Serie No. 90.  This review will focus on the maduro wrapper version of this cigar.  You can review my review of natural wrapper version of his cigar, along with the overview of the cigar here.  The specification of this cigar are the same as the natural except is in a maduro wrapper.

  • Wrapper:  Nicaragua
  • Binder:  Nicaragua
  • Filler:  Nicaragua
  • MSRP:  $19.50 per cigar/10 cigars per
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Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 Natural

Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 Natural

Earlier this year at IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas, NV, Padron released a new commemorative cigar called the Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 to celebrate the 90th birthday of Padron Cigars founder, Jose O. Padron.  The Padron Anniversary, in both the 1926 and 1964, are legendary cigars.  They are considered to be one of the benchmarks for Nicaraguan cigars.  Constantly garnering high praise and scores from everyone from Cigar Aficionado, Cigar Press, Cigar Snob, European Cigar Journal and even we …

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Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro “The Hammer”

Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro “The Hammer”

I’m a little late to the game with this cigar.  Released in 2014, the Padron 50th Anniversary or “The Hammer” is a commemorative cigar celebrating the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding in 1964.  The cigar was released in a natural and maduro wrapper in a stunningly beautiful humidor that retailed for $5,300.00.  The cigars were mainly sold 3 different ways:  sold together with the humidor, sold with the humidor price included in the cigar price ($105.00 a piece) or …

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Regius Seleccion Orchant Limited Edition Robusto

Regius Seleccion Orchant Limited Edition Robusto

I’m pretty happy to be doing this review.  The Regius Black Label is one of my favorite cigar lines and I heard that Akhil Kapacee teamed up with Mitchell Orchant of Alfie Turmeaus Tobacconist in 2014 to release special editions bearing Orchant’s name, Regius Seleccion Orchant.  Released originally in a robusto size and also in a torpedo size called the Campana, they recently added a Hermoso size for 2016.  They took the Black Label blend and tweaked it a little …

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Southern Draw Firethorn Pome

Southern Draw Firethorn Pome

Southern Draw released a new line extension with the Firethorn adding a lancero size called the Pome.  The Pome is the same blend as the rest of the Firethorn line using an Ecuadorian habano rosado wrapper. Robert Holt, owner of Southern Draw, teamed up AJ Fernandez to make the Firethorn which is rolled in AJ’s Tabacalera Fernandez factory in Nicaragua.  Let’s take a look at the specs.

  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
  • Binder:  Mexican San Andres
  • Filler:  Propieritary
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Fratello Oro Boxer

Fratello Oro Boxer

One of the first stops Brian and I made at IPCPR 2016 was the Fratello booth and talk with Omar de Frias about his new releases.  One of the cigar lines he was introducing was the new Oro line.  The Oro line is Fratello’s foray into Connecticut wrapper cigars.  Omar wanted add this missing piece to his line up cigars, but make a Connecticut that was still full of flavor.  He partnered up with La Aurora to create the Oro.  …

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La Palina Illumination Robusto

At IPCPR 2016, La Palina introduced the Illumation to their extensive line cigars.  Considered a “Goldie light” by La Palina, its made at El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami, FL using mostly the same tobaccos as the Goldie.  The only difference is they replaced the medio tiempo tobacco with a higher priming ligero leaf.  Here are the specs:

  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Ecuadorian
  • Filler:  Dominican and Nicaraguan
  • Size:  5 x 52
  • MSRP:  $10.35

The cigar is definitely Goldie-like, but …

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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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