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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IPCPR 2018: Drew Estate Liga Privada & Herrera Esteli

IPCPR 2018: Drew Estate Liga Privada & Herrera Esteli

Our long time friend Willy Herrera gives us the scoop on the latest Liga Privadas and Herrera Esteli cigars in the Drew Estate Booth at IPCPR 2018. In this video we talk about the new corona Viva, petite corona, and short panatela Liga Privada sizes, the Liga Privada Aniversario, the Liga Privada H99, the Herrera Esteli Maduro, and the new Herrera Esteli Miami sizes.…

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IPCPR 2018: Xikar

IPCPR 2018: Xikar

Up next we drop by Xikar to talk to Kurt and Suzanne about new cigar accessories. They show us their new single, flat-flame lighter in a variety of finishes, which retails for $80. Antique bronze is a good look, and it’s a fast mover for Xikar. We also check out a lighter with red prism fuel windows that creates a “blade of flame” with three torches that angle to a point. And then there’s Kurt’s favorite, the $69 scratch-resistant Turismo …

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IPCPR 2018: United Cigar Group & Selected Tobacco

IPCPR 2018: United Cigar Group & Selected Tobacco

Ben, Justin and I got the show started by catching up with Oliver Nivaud in the United Cigar Group & Selected Tobacco booth. He shows us the limited releases of the Firecrackers. Each year a different manufacturer does one, previous manufacturer’s Firecrackers include the Tatuaje (M80), La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero, and RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon Firecracker (which is returning). Drew Estate, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust and Fratello are also producing Firecrackers for them this year.

We also take a …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 115

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 115

We’re coming up on my favorite time of the year for cigars- trade show season. It’s also a really busy time. A lot of back and forth emails discussing appointment times on the floor of the trade show. That and increased activity with other projects haven’t left a lot of time to set up a proper cigar review. But that’s OK. I’ve been picking up and smoking a lot of interesting one offs lately (though unfortunately not the Illusione OneOff …

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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 …