Davidoff Anniversario No. 3 702 Series

Davidoff Anniversario No. 3 702 Series

posted on March 20th, 2017

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 108

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 108

posted on March 17th, 2017

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Flying Pig

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Flying Pig

posted on March 6th, 2017

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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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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 106

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 106

This time of year can be a lot of fun, but it doesn’t always afford me many opportunities to enjoy a fine cigar. Or a lot of time to write about (or video) the cigars I do get to enjoy. But I did my best to shoehorn in as many as I could. The silver lining is that I probably enjoyed the cigars I did get to smoke a little more than I do on the long, quiet days of …

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Jose Blanco 12/2/16 Interview

Jose Blanco 12/2/16 Interview

Jose Blanco was one of the people we missed at this year’s busy trade show, and that’s something that has been bothering me ever since. So when I heard he was going to be in the area doing a blending seminar, I made a point to grab my handy GoPro and brave Atlanta traffic to meet up with him.

In this video we spend ten minutes catching up with Jose Blanco after the seminar. He talks about joining the EP …

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CAO Amazon Basin

CAO Amazon Basin

The popular CAO Amazon Basin has returned after a hiatus of several years, and I made a point not to miss it this time around. According to CAO, the supply of the blend’s key component, Amazon-grown Braganca tobacco is only harvested once every three years. As you can imagine, that makes it pretty difficult to produce the Amazon Basin on a regular basis.

Here’s the full scoop right from the source:

After a long wait, the Amazon has given us

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