Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Robusto

Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Robusto

posted on April 22nd, 2017

Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas

Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas

posted on April 17th, 2017

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 109

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 109

posted on April 13th, 2017

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Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Robusto

Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Robusto

I’m switching things up again this week. My schedule made it difficult to set aside the time it takes to do a video, so I thought I’d borrow a page from Ben’s book do a written review. Or is that steal a page? I’m also swiping most of his format for this review as well.

I’ve spent most of my smoking time this week puffing on Caldwell’s Blind Man’s Bluff, with a review in mind. Walking through the local humidor, …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 109

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 109

It’s once time again for another issue of Brian’s The Week In Smoke. In case this is your first Week in Smoke, be advised that it covers many (though not necessarily all) of the cigars I’ve smoked in the past week (or the past month, or however long it has been since the last issue), along with a couple of quick thoughts that came to me at the time. These are not full cigar reviews, but quick blurbs based …

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Partagas Ramon y Ramon Maxim Grande

Partagas Ramon y Ramon Maxim Grande


There are a number of reasons to review the Partagas Ramon y Ramon. To begin with, we haven’t yet. That is generally reason enough. Then there’s the whole regenerated vintage tobacco thing. That’s also interesting. But the real reason I’m lighting up the Ramon y Ramon this week is that I won a box on my trip to the Dominican Republic based on my blending, bunching and rolling skills in the General Cigar factory. And each one tastes like victory. …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 108

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 108

Thanks to some poor lifestyle decisions made by a younger Brian and the present day dental consequences, I haven’t been able to enjoy that many cigars over the past week. So how can you post a new Week in Smoke? Asks the reasonable reader. Easy, is my response, these are all smoking visualization exercises, what I imagine it would be like to smoke the random assortment of cigars listed below. I’m just kidding. I already had a partially complete Week …

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General Cigar Factory Tour 2017 Part 2

General Cigar Factory Tour 2017 Part 2


Now that we’ve explored the farm, and gotten an in-depth look at the long, involved process tobacco goes through on it’s way to becoming a cigar, it’s time for photogenic part of the tour. The part everyone thinks about when they hear “cigar factory tour” – the bunching, rolling and packaging of the finished product. But it isn’t all fun and games, there’s still more sorting and more quality control to be done along the way, as you will …

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General Cigar Factory Tour 2017 Part 1

General Cigar Factory Tour 2017 Part 1


After a day spent taking in the farm atmosphere, we picked up on the next leg of the journey for tobacco. After it spends time hanging in the curing barn it’s off to the factory. There’s still a lot in store for the leaves before they are rolled into handmade premium cigar.

After a short presentation, we got started in the what Don Quico calls the conditioning area. In this room, tobacco that had previously been carefully dried is …

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A Trip to the Farm with General Cigar 2017

A Trip to the Farm with General Cigar 2017


Just over two weeks ago (it seems like so much longer than that now), Ben and I spent several days touring General Cigar’s facilities in the Dominican Republic. Our first stop was the farm. It makes sense, that’s where it all begins. To kick things off, Régis Broersma, the president of General Cigar officially welcomed us on the tour, in the process introducing us to the people who would be guiding us on our journey through the Dominican world of …

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Manolo Estate Serie 32 Habano

Manolo Estate Serie 32 Habano

I considered a number of cigars for this, my first video cigar review of 2017. But then I thought it wasn’t right to not make good on a promise I made last year. Months ago (I’m not even sure how many) I was sent these samples of the Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32 to review. And several times I started to do just that. But then something would happen, and I’d forget. It happened a number of times. But not …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 107

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 107

Man, that week went by quickly. It seems like I had barely enough time to finish a cigar or two before I was staring down the barrel of another Monday. But I’ve gotten in a few sticks in since the annual top ten lists went up. So…

It’s once time again for another issue of Brian’s The Week In Smoke. In case this is your first Week in Smoke, be advised that it covers many (though not necessarily all) …

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

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

2017 is here, and just when you think it you’re safe from 2016, up pops my list of the top 10 cigars of 2016. I hope the sudden shock and inevitable controversy that follows is not too taxing on your health. Remember, breath deeply and evenly when you’re yelling at me over the internet. Stress, like the FDA, is not your friend.

My rigorous scientific method in picking the top cigars of the year is as follows:

1.) Sit around …

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