Partagas Cameroon No. 1 Lonsdale

Partagas Cameroon No. 1 Lonsdale

posted on December 13th, 2018

Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto

Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto

posted on December 7th, 2018

Arturo Fuente Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame 2018

Arturo Fuente Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame 2018

posted on November 28th, 2018

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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 …

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Help Us Welcome Darkfire Cigar Spills

Help Us Welcome Darkfire Cigar Spills

I’d like to welcome our newest advertiser, Darkfire Cigar Spills. They’re here to invite you to light your cigars differently. These days it’s so easy to light a cigar, you grab your torch, bring it to life with a click, and seconds later your cigar is smoldering. Convenient. But is that really the best way to light your cigar? It all depends on your priorities. If you prioritize convenience and speed, you cannot go wrong with any number of …

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Govee Smart Hygrometer Review

Govee Smart Hygrometer Review


This week I’m switching things up. Instead of a cigar review, or a week in smoke, I’m taking a look a new gadget for your humidor. It’s a hygrometer, but not just any only digital hygrometer, it’s one that has been designed to allow you to monitor the temperature and humidity in your humidor via your smartphone. It’s called the Govee Smart Hygrometer. I have encountered wireless humidity and temperature capabilities in humidification units before, but this is my first …

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IPCPR 2018: Complete Digest

IPCPR 2018: Complete Digest

And now, our coverage of IPCPR 2018 is complete. We hope you have enjoyed the videos. As is tradition, here is our complete list of interviews for your convenience. Enjoy! Now it’s time to get back to our regular cigar review programming. …

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IPCPR 2018: Sinistro

IPCPR 2018: Sinistro

On the final day of IPCPR we dropped by Sinistro Cigars’ booth to get a quick update on what’s new for them this year. Coleman Fine tells us about the new Habana Viejo, a cigar rolled by La Aurora, which was officially released a few month prior to the trade show, and The Last Cowboy which should start hitting stores any time now. …

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IPCPR 2018: Crowned Heads

IPCPR 2018: Crowned Heads

In the Crowned Heads booth we talk to the robustly-mustachioed Jon Huber about how the trade show had been for them and the new, limited production Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII, a blend featuring a Mexican San Andres wrapper, produced in Tabacalera La Alianza by Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. We also talk about the 6 x 60 Luminosa Gigantes, aka the “When Hell Freezes Over Cigar” and Four Kicks Maduro Lancero. …

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IPCPR 2018: Cornelius & Anthony

IPCPR 2018: Cornelius & Anthony

In this quick interview, Steven Bailey shows us the latest additions to the Cornelius & Anthony portfolio, a bolder, US grown tobacco-heavy cigar named The Mistress and a milder, more subtle blend named The Gent. Both cigars are made at the La Zona factory, and if they’re not already on shelf at your local shop, they should be there soon. …