Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019

Davidoff Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2019

posted on February 11th, 2019

Warped Cigars La Relatos The First

Warped Cigars La Relatos The First

posted on February 4th, 2019

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 117

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 117

posted on January 29th, 2019

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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 …

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Week in Smoke – 10/25/2017

Week in Smoke – 10/25/2017

I have a huge backlog of cigars I want to review before the end of the year, but time is running out on me.  Some cigars I want to get to, might not make it, which is why I love when we do these Week in Smoke.  Its a good way to showcase some cigars we’ve been smoking lately that we might not get a full review out on or it might be awhile until we can create one.

The …

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La Gloria Cubana Coleccion Reserva Robusto

La Gloria Cubana Coleccion Reserva Robusto

The La Gloria Cubana Colección Reserva was released at the 2017 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas, NV.  The cigar is a collaboration with Ernesto Perez Carrillo who took over the La Gloria Cubana line in Miami in 1980 where it had been in operation since 1972.  La Gloria Cubana was one of the hottest cigar lines during the cigar boom of the 1990s and was one of the original cigars considered full bodied during a time where there were …

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H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez Toro

H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez Toro

AJ Fernandez is probably the hottest cigar blender and manufacture in the industry at the moment.  Not only is he busying making his own lines, in his new state of the art factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, but he has been blending cigars in collaborations with many other cigar manufactures.  One of the largest is Tabacalera USA.  They are the parent company for JR Cigars and Altidis USA.  AJ has collaborated with them earlier on a Romeo y Julieta and Montecristo …

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Drew Estate Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Belicoso Fino

Drew Estate Pappy Van Winkle Tradition Belicoso Fino

One of the best pairings while smoking a cigar is a nice bourbon.  The flavors compliment each other nicely and are perfect for a nice relaxing nightcap.  Pappy Van Winkle is one of the greatest bourbons on the market so I was excited to hear that they teamed up with Drew Estate to produce a couple of lines of cigars.  The first one using Kentucky tobaccos that was barn fire cured and fermented in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels in …

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Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill

Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill

Romeo y Julieta is a Cuban cigar brand that I’ve never really taken too.  The only one I’ve ever really enjoyed was the Churchill.  Even the Edicion Limitadas didn’t really appeal to me.  Romeo y Julieta also has never had a robusto in their regular line up until the Short Churchill was introduced in 2006.  The only one before that was a Edicion Limitada in 2001.  Since the robusto is probably the most popular vitola, the introduction of the Short …