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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 55

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 55

posted on July 30th, 2014

La Riqueza Lancero

La Riqueza Lancero

posted on July 26th, 2014

Indian Tobac Super Fuerte Natural

Indian Tobac Super Fuerte Natural

posted on July 24th, 2014

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Charlie has been enjoying cigars since 2000 and generally prefers a medium-bodied, full-flavored smoke. A USAF vet, he currently works as a data scientist focusing on natural language processing and is pursuing a PhD in computer science in his spare time. Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Northern Virginia, Charlie is also a fan of football, science fiction, political philosophy, and single malt scotch. You can contact Charlie on Twitter @greenbacker.

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God of Fire Don Carlos 2008 (first impressions)

God of Fire Don Carlos 2008 (first impressions)

Sadly, smoking a cigar has become a relatively rare event for me lately, as everything at home and work has been so busy. Having finally found an opportunity to enjoy a nice, long, relaxing smoke, I sifted through my coolidor looking for something truly top-shelf. A while back, our friend Keith Park of Prometheus sent me a wonderful Limited Edition God of Fire 9-cigar Assortment. I’ve been spreading these out a bit, only smoking them on special occasions in …

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Los Regalos Quetzal by Emilio Cigars

Los Regalos Quetzal by Emilio Cigars

It truly is a great time to be a cigar smoker. So many manufacturers are bringing so many new brands to market, experimenting with new tobaccos and new blends, and we all benefit from this energy & innovation. An interesting side effect from all these new cigars being produced is that cigar makers seem to be running out of unique names for their products. Numerous new cigars have had to change their names shortly after introduction in order to avoid …

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Inception Cigars (plus giveaway)

Inception Cigars (plus giveaway)

A while back, I received some samples of a newly released brand called Inception Cigars. If there’s some confusion over the name “Inception,” these Inception Cigars come from the folks at JSR Cigar Distributors in Houston. I believe there is at least one other brand from a separate company offered under the name “Inception,” but I’ve heard there’s some sort of work in progress to clean up this naming mix-up. In any event, I’m always willing to try something …

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Screwpop Cigar Punch — accessory review (plus giveaway)

Screwpop Cigar Punch — accessory review (plus giveaway)

We’ve all been there. You’re just about to enjoy a fine cigar and a cold beer when you realize you’ve forgotten to bring a cigar cutter and bottle opener… what a buzzkill! In the past, you’d need to carry around a separate cigar cutting tool and bottle opener, adding a significant amount of bulk to your already overflowing pockets. Now there’s a new solution: a combination cigar punch and bottle opener that clips right onto your keychain called the Screwpop

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Key West “Al Capone” by Rafael Fuente (first impressions)

Key West “Al Capone” by Rafael Fuente (first impressions)

Several weeks ago, I received a little sampler pack of cigars from Island Cigar Factory, a chain of three cigar shops down in Key West, Florida. They carry a line of their own cigars made at their own factory in the Dominican Republic. The most visually-stunning cigar among the samples they sent me was this little robusto-sized salomon-like figurado with a barber pole wrapper. Named after the infamous Chicago mobster, Al Capone, it was quite unique looking. …

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My Uzi Weighs A Ton – Bait Fish (first impressions)

My Uzi Weighs A Ton – Bait Fish (first impressions)

Yesterday, the temperatures rose enough and the clouds cleared up enough for me to head outside to enjoy a rare nice day in February. Not knowing how long the decent weather would hold out, I reached into my office humidor for something guaranteed to be a decent quick smoke. Out came the My Uzi Weighs A Ton (MUWAT) Bait Fish, a collaboration between Drew Estate’s Subculture Studios and Joya de Nicaragua (JDN).

Brian reviewed the original MUWAT back

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Liga Privada Papas Fritas

Liga Privada Papas Fritas

This time of year is always slow for us here at the Stogie Review. The majority of us live in parts of the country where it’s generally too cold to spend an extended period of time outside smoking a large cigar. When you can’t smoke indoors at home, and don’t have the time to make it to a cigar lounge as often as you like, your ability to record video cigar reviews during these cold winter months is rather limited.…

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Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 12

Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 12

They’re calling it an “epidemic.” This year’s flu outbreak has been pretty bad, spanning almost the entire country. Although I’ve personally not come down with anything (other than a day or two of feeling “icky”), unfortunately my wife and son each fell ill for a few days. Taking care of a sick family caused me to miss the Civil Cigar Lounge launch event, which was a real bummer, but my duties as pater familias come first. Additionally, I didn’t …

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Charlie’s Top Cigars of 2012 (plus giveaway)

Charlie’s Top Cigars of 2012 (plus giveaway)

It’s that time of year again. So exciting. So suspenseful. So controversial. It can only mean one thing: everyone with a blog is publishing their highly-opinionated list of top cigars for the year, and everyone else is having fun arguing over which cigars were overlooked and which were overrated. Allow me to add my inflation-adjusted two cents to the equation with my own list of Top Cigars of 2012…

I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about how I’ll …

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Ezra Zion Reagan

Ezra Zion Reagan

In my day job, I work a lot with statistics. Over the past year, Gary Griffith from Emilio Cigars has brought six independent boutique cigar brands into his distribution network (in addition to his own lines). If my calculations are correct, and assuming the expansion continues at an exponential rate, by 2016 EVERY cigar brand will be distributed by Emilio.

Bad math jokes aside, Ezra Zion Cigar Company is one of the latest additions to the Emilio distribution empire. …

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