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Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Ilustre

Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Ilustre

I can’t believe it’s been about six and a half years since I reviewed the original Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf with the sun grown corojo wrapper. I declared it box-worthy back then (also in 2016), and still stand by that verdict. I also stand by my liberal use of the tribal textile in my pictures back then. (It could return to my reviews at any time.)

A few years later, Casa Fernandez released the San Andres-wrapped maduro line. …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 111

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 111

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 cigar reviews, but quick blurbs based …

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MBombay Gaaja Toro

MBombay Gaaja Toro

As you may have already heard, the MBombay Gaaja takes its name from a Sanskrit word meaning Elephant. For fun I googled the name, and found it also has other meanings in Hindi, like lightning, bombshell and thunderclap. It kind of makes you wonder what you’re in for before lighting up the cigar. But the thing that puzzled me was the band. It looks like a Celtic design called the Triple Spiral (or “Triskele”), which has various meanings involving trinities …

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Cohiba Blue Robusto

Cohiba Blue Robusto

This week I lit up the latest addition to the Cohiba brand, the more accessibly priced Cohiba Blue. When Ben and I were down in the Dominican Republic touring the General Cigar facilities we got to see the boxes being painted in the factory. The process was fascinating to watch and I’ve been looking forward to trying them ever since. But before we get into the review, here’s an excerpt from the press release:

Cohiba has always been synonymous with

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 110

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 110

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 cigar reviews, but quick blurbs based …

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Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Robusto

Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Robusto

I’m switching things up again this week. My schedule made it difficult to set aside the time it takes to do a video, so I thought I’d borrow a page from Ben’s book do a written review. Or is that steal a page? I’m also swiping most of his format for this review as well.

I’ve spent most of my smoking time this week puffing on Caldwell’s Blind Man’s Bluff, with a review in mind. Walking through the local humidor, …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 109

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 109

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 cigar reviews, but quick blurbs based …

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Partagas Ramon y Ramon Maxim Grande

Partagas Ramon y Ramon Maxim Grande


There are a number of reasons to review the Partagas Ramon y Ramon. To begin with, we haven’t yet. That is generally reason enough. Then there’s the whole regenerated vintage tobacco thing. That’s also interesting. But the real reason I’m lighting up the Ramon y Ramon this week is that I won a box on my trip to the Dominican Republic based on my blending, bunching and rolling skills in the General Cigar factory. And each one tastes like victory. …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 108

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 108

Thanks to some poor lifestyle decisions made by a younger Brian and the present day dental consequences, I haven’t been able to enjoy that many cigars over the past week. So how can you post a new Week in Smoke? Asks the reasonable reader. Easy, is my response, these are all smoking visualization exercises, what I imagine it would be like to smoke the random assortment of cigars listed below. I’m just kidding. I already had a partially complete Week …

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General Cigar Factory Tour 2017 Part 2

General Cigar Factory Tour 2017 Part 2


Now that we’ve explored the farm, and gotten an in-depth look at the long, involved process tobacco goes through on it’s way to becoming a cigar, it’s time for photogenic part of the tour. The part everyone thinks about when they hear “cigar factory tour” – the bunching, rolling and packaging of the finished product. But it isn’t all fun and games, there’s still more sorting and more quality control to be done along the way, as you will …

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