Nat Sherman Epoca 2019 Limited Edition

Nat Sherman Epoca 2019 Limited Edition

posted on October 8th, 2019

Ben’s Week In Smoke – No. 19

Ben’s Week In Smoke – No. 19

posted on September 26th, 2019

Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

posted on September 11th, 2019

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Alonso Menendez Mata Fina

Here we have an Alonso Menendez Mata Fina Robusto at 5×52 from Cigars of Brazil. It’s a Brazilian puro of Mata Fina tobacco from the northern area of the Bahian recôncavo, but I won’t pretend to understand exactly what that means. 🙂 This one came to me via our very own Walt, courtesy of Paul Arneson.…


Arturo Fuente Sun Grown Exquisitos

Here we have an Arturo Fuente Sun Grown Exquisitos at 4×30. I have had, and not liked, a couple of Cameroon Exquisitos as well as had, and liked, several Maduro Exquisitos. So when I found out a shop a few minutes from my in-law’s house had them in Sun Grown I had to pick up a handful the next time we were down that way.…


Interview with Mark Neff

Today we bring you a conversation with Mark Neff, owner/operator of a fantastic online store for cigar accessories and apparel. We’d like to thank Mark for taking the time to sit down with us and answer these questions.…


Ashton Aged Maduro #20

Here we have an Ashton Aged Maduro #20, weighing in at 5.5×44 with an almost vein-free very smooth wrapper with a slightly oily appearance. There is a very well done, firm, double cap reaching down well past the head of the cigar. The cigar is very firm, with almost no give when squeezed which has me a bit concerned pre-light. The cap cuts very cleanly revealing a better draw than I was expecting.…


La Vieja Habana Connecticut

I’ve been a fan of the original Corojo La Vieja Habana line for a while and have gone through a couple of boxes. I think they’re a great value smoke and know quite a few people who agree. The original line was recently revamped with new bands, cellophane, and four wrapper choices including Maduro, Connecticut Shade, Cameroon, and Corojo. Here we have a Connecticut Shade Rothschild Luxo at 5×54.…


5 Vegas Classic

Here we have a 5 Vegas Classic Corona that is yet another cigar I received in a trade over at Club Stogie. This corona measures 5.5×44 with a fairly smooth wrapper with but a few small veins. The cap was somewhat sloppy looking but cut cleanly revealing a pleasant draw and taste. There was an enjoyable slightly floral/herbal aroma to the cigar from the foot to the head.

The foot toasted quickly and the first few puffs had a taste …


Helix XP Maduro

This hefty torpedo comes in at 6×54 with a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, Honduran binder, and a mix of Dominican, Brazilian, and Mexican filler. The firm cap cut cleanly revealing a pleasant pre-light aroma and draw with a mild tobacco flavor though lacking the sweetness on the lips that I find in a lot maduro-wrappered cigars.

This cigar lit easily with the slightest bit of toasting the foot though the draw produced a little less smoke than I expected of …


Ashton Cabinet #3

This Ashton Cabinet #3 measures 6×46 and is one of the silkiest, smoothest, best looking cigars I have had the pleasure to smoke. I got this one in a trade over at Club Stogie, a popular pastime over there. I’m not kidding, this cigar was nothing less than beautiful, not a vein to be found anywhere.

Pre-light draw was rather tight as-expected given the perfecto shape. The foot toasted quickly and provided the only hint of spice I got during …


Tampa Sweethearts NO. 4

This Tampa Sweethearts NO. 4 comes in at 5.5×43 in both Natural and Maduro wrappers. This one is a Maduro that I received as a gift from Catfishm2 over a Club Stogie, as well as a rather large sampler of other Tampa Sweethearts, a testament to the atmosphere overe there.

I received two of these from Catfishm2, the first one I pulled out of the humidor was hard as a rock. The only place on the cigar that there was …


Perdomo Lot 23

This Perdomo Lot 23 Robusto was a gift from the guys over at Dogwatch Social Club and was enjoyed during a herfcast for episode #80. While the wrapper was very smooth and without any large veins, it had a slightly rugged appearance but felt very good between the fingers. Very nice double cap that cut perfectly and a pre-light draw giving a nice earthy tobacco taste. A large band on a cigar is a personal pet peeve of mine but …