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Cigar Safari: Jonathan Drew & Nick Melillo Talk Tobacco

Cigar Safari: Jonathan Drew & Nick Melillo Talk Tobacco

posted on April 23rd, 2014

Nub Connecticut 464T

Nub Connecticut 464T

posted on April 18th, 2014

Cigar Safari 2014: Drew Estate II (DE-2)

Cigar Safari 2014: Drew Estate II (DE-2)

posted on April 16th, 2014

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Cigar Safari: Jonathan Drew & Nick Melillo Talk Tobacco

Cigar Safari: Jonathan Drew & Nick Melillo Talk Tobacco

In this part of the Cigar Safari tour, Jonathan Drew and Nick Melillo take us to a room full of pilones to discuss tobacco. Specifically the broadleaf and habano grown in the Connecticut River Valley region that’s destined for use in Liga Privada blends. Toward the end of the video, they show us the clear visual differences between leaf just off the boat vs. one, two and three year-aged tobacco.

But like the previous video, there’s more to it than …

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Cigar Safari 2014: Drew Estate II (DE-2)

Cigar Safari 2014: Drew Estate II (DE-2)

This year Cigar Safari got rolling with a visit to the brand new Drew Estate II (DE-2) facility across the street from the original Drew Estate factory. Jonathan Drew and Nick Melillo lead the tour of the 64,000 square foot expansion that they’ve dedicated to storing, curing, sorting and aging their growing supply of tobacco. The video that follows introduces the new facility, and branches off into an animated discussion of Drew Estate’s history and relationships with Nicaraguan tobacco growers, …

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Herfin’ Heads: L’Atelier Extension de la Racine ER13

Herfin’ Heads: L’Atelier Extension de la Racine ER13

In this very special episode of Herfin’ Heads Ben does not confront a high school bully, while Brian also does not learn a thing or two from a hard-nosed Driver’s Ed teacher. Instead Ben and Brian journey once again into the realm of cigar reviews to discuss the L’Atelier Extension de la Racine ER13. Along the way Brian struggles with pronunciations and invents the “Double Raptor” while Ben confuses Sancti Spiritus tobacco with Pelo de Oro and throws around words …

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Cigars and Pollen: Some Survival Tips

Cigars and Pollen: Some Survival Tips

Or, A Few Reasons to Smoke through Allergy Season.

It’s been a long, cold winter. No matter what the calendar says, it feels like it isn’t quite over yet. In fact, as I write this, the temperature outside is just above freezing. But spring is starting to break winter’s icy grip. I’ve seen a few days this month get into the high sixties. The warmer days have been a welcome break, but they have brought with them a tiny menace …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 45

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 45

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 reviews, but quick blurbs based on …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 44

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 44

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 reviews, but quick blurbs based on …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 43

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 43

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 reviews, but quick blurbs based on …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 42

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 42

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 reviews, but quick blurbs based on …

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Fratello Robusto

Fratello Robusto

At this point visiters to Stogie Review will undoubtedly recognize the Fratello, with its distinctive slanted red band and bold lettering. It’s been a staple of Jerry’s humidor and made it into his top 10 list for 2013, as well as quickly becoming a well established brand with cigar smokers on social media. And I thought it was time we gave it a full review.

Brand owner Omar De Frias grew up in the Dominican Republic, and says that …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 41

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 41

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 reviews, but quick blurbs based on …

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