Gran Habano Persian King Rajah

Gran Habano Persian King Rajah

posted on June 19th, 2018

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA 2018

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA 2018

posted on June 12th, 2018

Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto

Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto

posted on May 23rd, 2018

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Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA 2018

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA 2018

For those of you who like dates, anniversaries, and milestones, I have some relevant fun facts for you in thise week’s cigar review. As noted in the press release (more of that below), the introduction of the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA 2018 coincides with the 50th anniversary of both Joya de Nicaragua and the Tobacconist Association of America (TAA). You really don’t have a choice with a dual milestones like that, you just have to release …

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Romeo San Andrés By RyJ Toro

Romeo San Andrés By RyJ Toro

As I smoked through several Romeo San Andrés Toros for this review, I found myself imaging the moment when the idea for the cigar came together. I envision a small group of Altadis blenders and decision-makers walking leisurely along a tobacco field, looking on as a tour group gets the scoop on farming and tobacco curing. After a pause in conversation, one of them announces that a new Romeo by RyJ blend is needed. Another says, “how about a San …

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Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown (FSG) Robusto

Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown (FSG) Robusto

One of my favorite interviews at last year’s IPCPR trade show was talking about Florida Sun Grown tobacco with Jeff Borysiewicz. This is a passion project, and I could tell. Especially when he showed us the tobacco he brought with him. If you want the full scoop on the FSG, the process, see the actual tobacco leaves, and hear about the history of tobacco growing in Florida, you really should check out interview. There’s just too much to cover …

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Curivari Onassis 550

Curivari Onassis 550

I’ve been meaning to write up a review on the Curivari Onassis for months now, but then I get distracted by something like a freshly open beer and I forget. Usually that means smoking it without bothering to take notes or pictures. But not this time. As much as I’d like to just light it up, crack open a beverage and search the streaming video services for a movie (do they even make those any more, or is it all …

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Macanudo Inspirado Red Robusto

Macanudo Inspirado Red Robusto

I think the last Macanudo we reviewed here on Stogie Review was the Macanudo Mao back at the end of 2016. It’s been even longer since I reviewed one. So when these samples of the new Macanudo Inspirado Red showed up at my door a few days ago, I decided on the spot I’d review them next- like ’em or not. Of course, I always hope to like a cigar I’m about to review, because it’s committing to smoking …

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Fratello Navetta Discovery Robusto

Fratello Navetta Discovery Robusto

There are a lot of jokes you have to acknowledge up front when reviewing a cigar whose name translates to “shuttle”, and that’s made by a former employee of NASA. Things like, “does it take a rocket scientist to blend a good cigar?” Or perhaps, “I’m worried this cigar will be so strong it’ll send me into orbit!” I’m sure there are more out there where those came from. Undoubtedly Omar de Frias has heard them all, probably daily. (I …

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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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