Casa Fuente Double Robusto

Casa Fuente Double Robusto

posted on February 20th, 2018

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 114

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 114

posted on February 17th, 2018

United Cigar Bandolero Traviesos

United Cigar Bandolero Traviesos

posted on February 12th, 2018

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 114

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 114

It’s been a busy week, but not so busy that I didn’t light up an interesting assortment of cigars. And since it’s been a minute and a half since I did one…

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 …

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Herfin’ Heads: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

Herfin’ Heads: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

A lot of people have asked us when we were going to do another Herfin’ Heads cigar review video. The answer is today. The technical terrors have been tamed (knock on cedar coffin), and we have a joint video review of the Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Nacatamale ready for viewing at your convenience.

We cover most of the pertinent information in the video below, but here’s the official word from the Dunbarton website, followed by the standard …

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Tatuaje TAA 2014/2017

Tatuaje TAA 2014/2017

The Tatuaje TAA 2014/2017 is a cigar that might seem a little confusing if you haven’t been following the annual releases of the exclusive Tobacconist Association of America (or TAA) line. It’s commonly referred to as simply “TAA 2017”, but hang on a second, the band says 2014. What’s going on here? It isn’t a band misprint, nor have these cigars been suspiciously discovered in the back of a warehouse after three years. It’s actually a rerelease of the size …

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Tatuaje Monster Series The Michael

Tatuaje Monster Series The Michael

When The Michael was released, it just didn’t seem like Halloween, much less fall. By the time I got ahold of my box, it was starting to feel sorta fall-ish in Atlanta, but not all that spooky. I didn’t let that deter me from lighting a few of the latest Monster Series up that week. When I started working on this review about a month later, the time seemed right. We had a few cooler days, and even a healthy …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 113

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 113

Hopefully you’ll have a chance to eat too much, put your feet up, and light up a few good cigars this week while being generally thankful for the good things in life. That’s my goal. Before donning my combat gear and rushing out at o’ dark-thirty to buy a 937” razzamataz definition television with the latest 3D virtual cup holders. I hope someone brings a camera to Walmart, I’ve choreographed a pretty epic brawl sequence, if I do say so …

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Room 101 Hit & Run Almost Robusto

Room 101 Hit & Run Almost Robusto

The recent announcement of Room 101’s entrance into the spirits world with surprising choice of gin reminded me that I’m overdue to reread George Orwell’s 1984. But more relevant to the task at hand, it also reminded me I had picked up some Room 101 Hit & Run sticks for a review, and it was high time to roll up my sleeves and get to work on that. I decided to save time on the sleeve-rolling by sticking to …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 112

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 112

You may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet since The IPCPR 2017 Complete Digest posted a few weeks back. Sadly, I haven’t been on vacation, well, I was for the last week. It’s that time of year, and I caught whatever crud du jour that was going around. I don’t know for sure, but I think it was a mild case of whooping cholera. It really took the wind of my sails for a couple weeks, and also the …

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IPCPR 2017: Complete Digest

IPCPR 2017: Complete Digest

At long last, the marathon of IPCPR 2017 coverage is complete. It took a little longer than expected to get them all posted, but then, we filmed a few more interviews than we did last year. About a dozen more, in fact. That included a big expansion of videos covering products (and topics) related to, but beyond cigars. In all, I’m happy with the work we did this year. A big thank you to Justin Holman for tirelessly holding the …

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IPCPR 2017: Paul Garmirian

IPCPR 2017: Paul Garmirian

I’ve been meaning to stop by the Paul Garmirian booth at IPCPR for years now, but it never seems to happen. This year we bumped into Kevork Garmirian after the trade show floor had closed for the day and talked for a while. I promised to drop by next day to chat on camera. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, we didn’t get to talk to Paul Garmirian on camera, but Kevork did a great job of telling us about the …

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IPCPR 2017: Foundation Cigars

IPCPR 2017: Foundation Cigars

The very last interview we did before walking off the IPCPR trade show floor for the last time was with Nick Melillo of Foundation Cigars. And it’s a doozy- so buckle in, grab a drink and light up a cigar. A lot of people talk about having a busy show, but the Foundation booth was slammed every time I dropped by to see if Nick was available. The Foundation booth wasn’t just a hit with retailers, the IPCPR awarded it …

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