IPCPR 2019:  Plasencia Cigars

IPCPR 2019: Plasencia Cigars

posted on July 16th, 2019

IPCPR 2019:  Crux Cigars

IPCPR 2019: Crux Cigars

posted on July 16th, 2019

IPCPR 2019: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

IPCPR 2019: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

posted on July 16th, 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