Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 116

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 116

posted on October 9th, 2018

Help Us Welcome Darkfire Cigar Spills

Help Us Welcome Darkfire Cigar Spills

posted on October 5th, 2018

Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut Gran Toro

Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut Gran Toro

posted on September 27th, 2018

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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. …

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IPCPR 2018: PDR

IPCPR 2018: PDR

PDR was really shaking things up at IPCPR, and Richie Otero was our guide this year through the updated and the new. The first thing we discuss is rebranding of products, like the 1878 and Gran Reserva, a new logo, and price decrease for some lines. With the updated packaging, it will be easier to differentiate the brick and mortar cigars from those found in catalogs. This year they are adding the 1878 Roast Cafe to the line, which is …

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IPCPR 2018: Viaje

IPCPR 2018: Viaje

We caught up with Andre Farkas in the Viaje booth late in the trade show, and he was very much in party mode. But even with drink in hand, Andre was happy to talk about the Viaje Exclusivo Collector’s Edition Humidors (which are shipping) and Private Keep. Private Keep is a vehicle for Viaje to send out new blends without going through the process of creating a whole new line of cigars. And Andre tells us he has a lot …

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IPCPR 2018: Altadis

IPCPR 2018: Altadis

This year Travis Pappenheim took us on a whirlwind tour of the new product in the Altadis booth at IPCPR 2018. And we cover a lot of ground. We get started with the new Romeo y Julieta 1875 Nicaragua, which is a step up in body from the original 1875 and features Nicaraguan Habano leaf. Next we look at the Aging Room Pura Cepa, a Nicaraguan puro with blend designed to give off the same aroma as the cigars Rafael …

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