Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 103

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 103

posted on September 23rd, 2016

Foundation Cigars Charter Oak Connecticut Rothchild

Foundation Cigars Charter Oak Connecticut Rothchild

posted on September 22nd, 2016

Screwpop Cigar Ashtray

Screwpop Cigar Ashtray

posted on September 19th, 2016

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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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Crowned Heads The Angel’s Anvil TAA 2016

Crowned Heads The Angel’s Anvil TAA 2016

Next in our line of TAA exclusives is the Crowned Heads The Angel’s Anvil TAA 2016.  This cigar is another one that is highly anticipated each year as Crowned Heads has been one of the hottest cigar companies in the market since their debut in 2011.  This is the 3rd iteration of The Angel’s Anvil with each one being a different blend.  This year, The Angel’s Anvil is a boxed press robusto grande made at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza …

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Davidoff Yamasa Toro

Davidoff Yamasa Toro

Just before IPCPR, Davidoff has released a cigar that was 20 years in the making:  Davidoff Yamasa.  What makes this cigar so special is that it uses tobacco from a region in the Dominican Republic that is not known for growing tobacco and is actually has soil that isn’t great for growing it either.  That all changed 20 years ago when Henke Kelner of Davidoff decided to try to cultivate the soil to make it more hospitable for tobacco.  The …

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2016 La Flor Dominicana TAA 48

2016 La Flor Dominicana TAA 48

2016 La Flor Dominicana TAA 48

For my next installment of the 2016 TAA line of cigars, I’m going to be reviewing the La Flor Dominicana TAA 48.  I’m back at the Serious Cigars Clear Lake location smoking in their lounge again.  The La Flor Dominicana is usually one of the more full bodied cigars in the TAA releases which makes it one of the more popular cigars.  This year’s cigar is no exception.  The cigar was selected during a …

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Tatuaje TAA 2016

Tatuaje TAA 2016

Tatuaje TAA 2016

Lately, I’ve been smoking a lot of the limited releases from cigar companies for the Tobacconists’ Association of America or TAA.  Only select shops can carry these cigars as they have to be a member of TAA.  These limited releases are usually very good cigars, though hard to find.  You can find a list of the shops that are TAA members here.  These shops have an option to buy these special release cigars and, now that …

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H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Edicion Limitada

H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Edicion Limitada

While in Belgium in October 2015 for the Royal Agio factory tour and InterTabac, we visited a Casa del Habano store in Antwerp.  While there I picked up several regional exclusives and edicion limitada cigars.  To my surprise, several of the earlier edicion limitada cigars were still available.  Each year, Habanos SA releases edicion limitada cigars in different brands.  In 2009, one of the edicion limitadas was the H. Upmann EL Magnum 48.  This follows the ever popular Magnum 46, …

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Ben’s Week in Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 14

Ben’s Week in Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 14

Ben’s Week in Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 14

I know it’s been awhile since I last posted at Stogie Review, but I have a good excuse.  I recently moved from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Houston, TX.  While the move didn’t keep me from smoking cigars, it definitely curtailed how many I smoked since I was packing and moving our stuff to Houston.  I didn’t have a lot of time to video and edit any new reviews.  Here, at …

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Parfum Berger Anti Tobacco Car Diffuser – CONTEST

Parfum Berger Anti Tobacco Car Diffuser – CONTEST

One of the problems we as cigar smokers constantly face, if we smoke in our vehicles, is the issue of the smell of stale cigar smoke stuck in our vehicles. Well, the people at Lampe Berger, which Parfum Berger is a part of, in Paris, France, have given us a solution. Their new car diffusers come in 4 different scents, but the one we are concerned about is the Anti Tobacco version. This diffuser is a sweet, citrus, woody scent …

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Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Presidente

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Presidente

After church this past Easter Sunday, my wife and I decided to get a coffee and take our son to the park in Webster, TX. It was perfect weather to be outside with a high temp of around 72 degrees and sunny. I didn’t bring a lot of cigars with me to Texas because when I’m there with my family, I don’t get a lot of time to smoke and relax. Luckily, I brought with me what I think is …

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