Partagas Cameroon No. 1 Lonsdale

Partagas Cameroon No. 1 Lonsdale

posted on December 13th, 2018

Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto

Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto

posted on December 7th, 2018

Arturo Fuente Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame 2018

Arturo Fuente Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame 2018

posted on November 28th, 2018

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JRE Aladino Cazador

JRE Aladino Cazador

The JRE Aladino was a cigar line I didn’t give much attention to when it first came out.  I’m not exactly sure why because I’ve been a big fan of Camacho Cigars since they first started.  The Eiroa family are the premier growers of corojo which they call “authentic corojo”.  Their “authentic corojo” is how corojo was grown as far back as the 1960s and from the 1930s in Cuba.  Corojo used by most all other cigar manufacturers are hybrids …

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Casa Fuente Double Robusto

Casa Fuente Double Robusto

If you’ve ever been to Las Vegas and you are a cigar smoker, your trip was a disaster if you didn’t visit Casa Fuente at least once.  It’s a pilgrimage for any cigar smoker.  They have many rare Fuente cigars including some Opus X vitolas that you can only get at Casa Fuente in the United States.  They have their own line, in both natural and maduro, that is equally as amazing as the more rarer stuff they have for …

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United Cigar Bandolero Vanidosos

United Cigar Bandolero Vanidosos

The Bandolero is a cigar from United Cigar that also distributes Atabey and Byron cigars.  We’ve reviewed these cigar before, but I haven’t had any of them since that review.  They are a little hard to find and no shops near me, at the time, carried United Cigar.  The cigars from United Cigar are blended and made by Nelson Alfonso and his Selected Tobacco company.  Some of you might not have heard of him in the age of cigar celebrities, …

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Top 10 Cigars of 2017

Top 10 Cigars of 2017

It’s list making season and it’s about time we posted one for Stogie Review. Due to some scheduling difficulties, we’re a little later posting it this year than we planned. But better late than never, right?

This year we went with a different approach, abandoning separate lists and opting instead for a single, official Stogie Review top ten. Our approach was pretty straightforward, Ben and I made individual, unordered lists of top ten candidates based on the cigars we smoked …

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CLE The First 20 Years Colorado Robusto

CLE The First 20 Years Colorado Robusto

Earlier this year, CLE quietly introduced a new line extension to The First 20 Years with The First 20 Years Colorado.  Christian Eiroa said he was trying to get a perfect colorado color. reddish brown hue, with his corojo for quite awhile and has finally done it.  This cigar is a Honduran puro made in Eiroa’s El Aladino factory in Honduras. The Eiroas are famous for their use of corojo wrapper.  Where many that grown are now using Corojo 98 …

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Davidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour Churchill

Davidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour Churchill

Davidoff introduced the Winston Churchill Late Hour as an extension of their Winston Churchill cigar line at this year’s IPCPR.  The Late Hour is named after time of day that Winston Churchill found most of his inspiration and creative spark, the late hours.  What makes this cigar unique is that the Nicaraguan Condega Visus tobacco used in the cigar is aged in fine scotch whisky barrels for six months.  This isn’t the first time Davidoff has used barrel aged tobaccos …

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A.J. Fernandez New World Puro Especial Robusto

A.J. Fernandez New World Puro Especial Robusto

AJ Fernandez released the New World Puro Especial at the IPCPR 2017 following the brands very successfully release of the original New World in 2014.  The New World line was released to honor Christopher Columbus discovering the tobacco plant in the new world.  The tobaccos used in this cigar were all grown on farms owned by AJ Fernandez and his father, Ismael.  The tobaccos come from three different farms located in various regions of Nicaragua.  The wrapper was is a …

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Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust Todos Las Dias Half Churchill

Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust Todos Las Dias Half Churchill

Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust introduced the Todos Las Dias as their third line extension following the huge successes of the Sobremesa and Mi Querida.  The Todos Las Dias was blended by Steve Saka to honor the Nicaragua puro cigars of old.  Steve posted on his Facebook page about what this cigar is all about:

One of the things I like to do is make unique ligas, something different than the other cigars in the market. In the case of TLD

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La Aurora ADN Dominicano/Dominican DNA Toro

La Aurora ADN Dominicano/Dominican DNA Toro

La Aurora ADN Dominicano Toro

La Aurora introduced the ADN Dominicano or, DNA Dominican, at IPCPR in 2017.  This new cigar features an interesting new tobacco that is rarely used in cigars called Andullo.  Andullo is a tobacco that is aged in tight twist or ropes that was wrapped in palm/yuca leaves to age.  This creates a very dense pack of tobacco that is usually used as plug or chewing tobacco.  La Aurora uses a whole Andullo leave in the …

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Ben’s Week in Smoke – No. 16

Ben’s Week in Smoke – No. 16

Warped Lirio Rojo

Just one of my staples.  I consider this one of the best, if not the best cigar from Warped.  It’s a perfect size with a medium body and great flavor.  It’s the Goldilocks of Warped….not too strong, not too weak, not too small, not too large, etc.  I mean, it was my No. 2 Cigar of the Year for 2016.

Nat Sherman Epoca Perfecto

 

One theme you will see here is a few Nat Sherman cigars …