Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask Robusto

Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask Robusto

posted on June 18th, 2019

San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua Robusto

San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua Robusto

posted on June 10th, 2019

Punch Egg Roll

Punch Egg Roll

posted on May 24th, 2019

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Punch Egg Roll

Punch Egg Roll

would you believe me if I told you that the Punch Egg Roll isn’t the first cigar I’ve seen that comes in a Chinese food takeout box? And I don’t mean because a guy carrying a humidor ran into a guy carrying Chinese takeout. (“You got your cigars in my fried rice!” “No, YOU got your fried rice in my cigars!”) I wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t believe me. It was only after some googling that I …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 118

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 118

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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Ramon Allones by AJ Fernandez Toro

Ramon Allones by AJ Fernandez Toro

This week we’re talking a look at the Ramon Allones by AJ Fernandez Toro, one of AJ’s many blends with a classic Cuban name. It marks an interesting sort of collaboration with General Cigars, the brand owner, and AJ Fernandez. In fact, I’m not sure you’d actually call it a collaboration as General is really hands off with sales and distribution on this one. But enough inside baseball, let’s talk about the cigar itself.

The production volume of the Ramon …

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Mombacho Cosecha 2013

Mombacho Cosecha 2013


Considering the limited number of Mombacho Cosecha 2013 cigars that were actually produced (800 boxes), I’ve had a pretty good number of them since their release in mid 2018. Admittedly, some of them have been samples, but I’ve also taken advantage of a few opportunities to buy. So before I smoke my last couple, I think it’s time we gave it a proper review. One of the new fancy reviews with the number at the end.

Before we get into …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 117

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 117

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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Top 10 Cigars of 2018

Top 10 Cigars of 2018

Once again, the season of lists is upon us. And in keeping with tradition, we err on the side of caution when it comes to creating our list of the top 10 cigars for the year. The goal is to publish after we’re certain the old year is completely dead, but just before people get completely used to writing the next year in dates.

This is the place where make the obligatory note about how hard it is to make …

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Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto

Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto

I’m back, having fully recovered from a case of the seasonal crud, and I’m happy to get back into the swing fo things with a review of the Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut. It’s the third in a series that includes the original blend with a Nicaraguan wrapper, and the follow up San Andres Maduro version. Though the main band has been modified to reflect the name change (Casa Fernandez is now Aganorsa Leaf, ICYMI), and the colors are different, …

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Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto Gran Toro

Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto Gran Toro

What do you get when two manufacturers work together on a cigar? If you said “a collaboration”, you’d be right, but with this joint effort from Agio Cigars and the musically-inclined Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the term we’re looking for is “Dueto”. As in the Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto. As you have probably guessed, Dueto is Spanish for duet, which is a fun way to think of a collaboration- two people singing a song. Accordingly, there are two names on the main …

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Tatuaje Monster Series The Bride

Tatuaje Monster Series The Bride

It’s Monster season again. If it feels more foreboding than your typical October that could be because the cigar I’m reviewing today, the Tatuaje Monster Series The Bride, is the terminal release of the popular series. We got on this spooky train back in 2008 with The Frank, and fittingly The Bride is our final destination. There’s a nice symmetry to it all.

But before we stitch together the meat of this review, sad fans of the Monster Series have …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 116

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 116

A lot has happened since the last time I did The Week In Smoke. There was a tradeshow or two (less than five, certainly), the weather started to cool off again (sorta), people started putting pumpkin spice in inappropriate places (mouths, mostly), and we started doing numerical ratings here on Stogie Review (terrifying, but this is a safe space). It’s hard to keep up with it all. So I’ve done the only thing I know how to do, smoke as …