IPCPR 2019:  Plasencia Cigars

IPCPR 2019: Plasencia Cigars

posted on July 16th, 2019

IPCPR 2019:  Crux Cigars

IPCPR 2019: Crux Cigars

posted on July 16th, 2019

IPCPR 2019: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

IPCPR 2019: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

posted on July 16th, 2019

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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 Altadis 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 …

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Warped Cigars Black Honey

Warped Cigars Black Honey

One of the hottest cigar companies in the industry right now is Warped Cigars led by Kyle Gellis.  Warped Cigars have released several blends including limited editions that are so sought after, many retailers have problems keeping them on the shelves.  Several Warped Cigars have even made it onto our Top 10 Cigars of the Year list.  The Black Honey is probably the most sought after cigar Warped has ever put out.  Combining components of two of Warped’s most popular …

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AJ Fernandez Last Call Maduro

AJ Fernandez Last Call Maduro

AJ Fernandez introduced the Last Call Maduro at the IPCPR 2016 trade show in Las Vegas following the release of the very popular Last Call.  The Last Call popularity has sky rocketed since its release earlier in the year.  The price point is very attractive for cigar smokers as both version come in at less than $6.  With the popularity of the Last Call, it only makes sense the next version be a maduro version replacing the Ecuadorian Habano Rosado …

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Avo Syncro South America Ritmo

Avo Syncro South America Ritmo

Avo released their third cigar in the Syncro line in the South America Ritmo using tobaccos from 6 different countries in Central and South America.  The Ritmo continues the musical theme of the Syncro series in which Ritmo means “rhythm” in Spanish and represents the primal rhythms of South and Central America.  The colors of the cigar, teal, gold, silver, white and blue, are reminiscent of the vivid colors of the carnival season in Brazil.  The artwork created for the …