Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 118

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 118

posted on May 17th, 2019

Henry Clay War Hawk Toro

Henry Clay War Hawk Toro

posted on May 13th, 2019

Cazadores by La Aurora Robusto

Cazadores by La Aurora Robusto

posted on May 8th, 2019

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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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App Update: Cigar Boss 3.0 & Android version released

App Update: Cigar Boss 3.0 & Android version released

Sonny Westmoreland recently contacted us to let us know that he has just released a 3.0 version of his popular Cigar Boss app (previously reviewed by me) on iOS, along with a long-awaited Android version.

As with the iOS app, the Android counterpart is offered as an ad-supported (fully-functional) free version and an ad-free Pro version for $2.99. While the initial Android versions won’t have all of the features of the iOS 3.0 release, it is still billed …

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Partagas 1845 Launch Event (plus giveaway)

Partagas 1845 Launch Event (plus giveaway)

This past Saturday, I made my way over to Leesburg Cigar & Pipe in Leesburg, Virginia for the Partagas 1845 launch event. The latest offering from General Cigar, the Partagas 1845 is a whole new blend featuring a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a unique & proprietary Connecticut Habano binder, and a filler comprised of Dominican & Nicaraguan tobaccos. It’s designed to fill that medium-bodied spot in between the classic, Cameroon-wrapped Partagas and the fuller-bodied Partagas Black.

Dan Greenwald, …

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Have YOU signed the petition yet?

Fellow cigar smokers, the everyday luxury we share an intense passion for is facing a serious threat. As most of you know, the FDA is considering onerous new regulations that will cripple the premium cigar industry. Some concerned citizens have organized a petition to entreat the White House to step in and prevent the destruction of cigar manufacturers, retailers, and thousands of jobs across the country.

The petition reads in full:

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Not Allow The

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Morro Castle (first impressions)

Morro Castle (first impressions)

For today’s review, I fished a cigar out of my coolidor that I think I acquired from my Stogie Review Fan Forumssecret santa.” Morro Castle is one of the several cigars manufactured by AJ Fernandez exclusively for Cigars International. I had just finished doing my taxes, and decided to enjoy the nice weather outside as I daydreamed about how responsibly my tax dollars were being used (ha!).

As I lit up, I realized how sunny, windy, …

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Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 4

Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 4

Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that I was writing up another one of these. The new job is still keeping me super busy (in a good way), and there’s tons of work to do to prepare for the impending birth of my first son. Have no fear: I still find a way to make time for the important stuff, like smoking cigars.

Here’s a recap of some of the cigars I’ve smoked since my last …

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Oja Oscuro

Oja Oscuro

Rummaging through my coolidor recently, I came across a couple cigars I received in a trade from @YoungBuckBOTL. These in particular just so happened to catch my eye because I vaguely remember hearing about the brand but had never seen them in a shop: Oja Cigars. I don’t normally gravitate towards torpedos, as I find it more difficult to make an optimal and I sometimes get the feeling that the shape focuses the smoke somewhat like a laser. …

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Emilio AF Suave pre-release (first impressions)

Emilio AF Suave pre-release (first impressions)

I’ve been smoking a lot of Connecticut-wrapped cigars lately, which is rather unusual for me. I typically pass-up these milder smokes for something with a bit more punch. However, I’ve found myself with time to smoker earlier in the day than usual, so I’ve reached for a few of these creamier, milder cigars so as not to ruin my palate for stronger smokes later that same day.

One such cigar happened to be a pre-release sample of the new Emilio

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Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 3

Charlie’s Month in Smoke, vol. 3

Sorry again for the lack of content on my part, folks. It’s been a while since my last full review, and I have to thank Jerry for taking my normal slot last week. See, my wife & I just bought our first home, so things have been busy around here, to say the least. However, between all the trips to Home Depot and re-assembling furniture, I’ve been able to sneak in a few really nice smokes.

Here’s a recap …

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13th Floor Foundation (first impressions)

13th Floor Foundation (first impressions)

Short on time again this week, so here’s another first impressions video for you all to enjoy. And yes, I took my life into my hands again and recorded the video while fighting through traffic on my way to work. This time around, I lit up a 13th Floor Foundation series toro which I received through a cigar trade — with whom, I can’t remember!

13th Floor started making cigars only a few years ago. After some initial success, the …

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La Sirena Prince (first impressions)

La Sirena Prince (first impressions)

I know what you’re probably thinking right now: “What gives? Another ‘first impressions’ video? Where are my full-length reviews?” I’m sorry! I mean, it’s not like I’m busy, what with the new job, new house, pregnant wife, and everything else. I know I’ve been slacking, but there are only 24 hours in a day. So please bear with me, and don’t everyone throw your computer mice at my head all at once!

The first thing you notice about La Sirena