Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 101

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 101

posted on May 26th, 2016

Even Wild Animals Like a Good Cigar

Even Wild Animals Like a Good Cigar

posted on May 23rd, 2016

Out for a Walk with an Oliva Serie G Maduro

Out for a Walk with an Oliva Serie G Maduro

posted on May 18th, 2016

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Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey Robusto

Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey Robusto

For your weekend viewing pleasure, I bring you a review of the new Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey. General Cigar wants to be clear here, this is not your father’s Hoyo de Monterrey. The cigar has a bold new look that follows the example of last year’s Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150. And to emphasize that this is a new direction for the brand, you won’t find a mention of it on hoyodemonterreycigar.com. It has its own …

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AVO 90th Classic Covers

AVO 90th Classic Covers

I’m a couple weeks late, but I’d like to start off this review by saying Happy Birthday, Avo! 90 is an incredible accomplishment- someone needs to ask Avo what the secret is to immortality, because I think he has it, both literally and figuratively.

This week I take a look at volume three in the Classic Covers line, the AVO 90th Classic Covers, a blend that is a “cover” of the AVO XO core line. We all know what a …

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Henry Clay Tattoo

Henry Clay Tattoo

This week I have selection for you that’s probably a little surprising: the Henry Clay Tattoo. Surprising in that it’s a limited edition that hit the markets last year, around six months ago at this point. I have a couple of reasons for reviewing it now. The first and foremost is convenience. I was working on a viewer review request that just wasn’t going to come together in time, and I knew it. But there was this Henry Clay Tattoo …

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The Griffin’s Nicaragua Robusto

The Griffin’s Nicaragua Robusto


My local shop introduced me to The Griffin’s Nicaragua a while back. The didn’t bring a lot of them in, at least as far as I can tell, but they told me it was good and I should try it. I bought one and my initial experience was positive. As I smoked it, I thought it’d be a fun cigar to review. When was the last time you smoked a The Griffin’s cigar? I know it’s been years for me. …

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La Aurora Puro Vintage 2006 Edición 111 Aniversario

La Aurora Puro Vintage 2006 Edición 111 Aniversario


I had started working on a Week In Smoke for this week, but as I was drinking my coffee, a blend from Counter Culture called Apollo, a thought occurred to me- I’ll bet the Puro Vintage I smoked last week would go pretty well with it. So I dropped my pen (or keyboard), grabbed one, turned on the video camera and lit it up. Changing horses midstream means posting this later than usual, but I think it turned out well. …

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Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

Well, the holiday season is upon us. Even if it isn’t technically a holiday yet, it feels like one. So I decided to light up something nice this afternoon. Truth be told, I’ve been sneaking in Don Carlos Eye of the Sharks since they hit the shops a few weeks ago. I didn’t secure all that many, so I’ve been trying to make them last. So far I’ve made it to Thanksgiving without running completely out.

So as you’ve probably …

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Tatuaje Monster Series The Hyde

Tatuaje Monster Series The Hyde


The spooky season is upon us, and I just happened to pick up a few of this year’s Tatuaje Monster Series The Hyde. Now ordinarily, I’d set these rarities to the side in the humidor and light one up in about a month (or three), but I thought it’d be fun to light one up right off the truck, as they say. And as long as I was already doing half the work of a cigar review, I might as …

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Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Yard Bird

Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Yard Bird


A big thank you to Sam Morales of Drew Estate (you may know him as @drewestatedata on social media) for sending me this event exclusive Kentucky Fire Cured Yard Bird. It made its first appearance at the second annual Kentucky Barn Smoker in the Hopkinsville, KY on October 3rd. It then made its first appearance in my ashtray for this first impressions review a few days later on October 6th.

For the official scoop on the cigar, I turn it …

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Balmoral Añejo XO & Westvleteren 12 Pairing

Balmoral Añejo XO & Westvleteren 12 Pairing

Drew Estate put Ben and I to work after our tour of the Royal Agio facility. Our job? To smoke a Balmoral Añejo XO while at the same time drinking one of the most sought after beers in the world, Trappist Westvleteren 12. It was tough work, but someone had to do it. Find out how it went in a mere two and a half minutes by clicking the play button.

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InterTabac 2015 and Royal Agio Trip Recap

InterTabac 2015 and Royal Agio Trip Recap

Last Thursday Logan and Seth from Cigar Federation invited Ben and I to join them in a special recap show on Google Hangout. In it we discuss the Royal Agio trip to Europe, covering a tour of La Trappe Trappist brewery, Royal Agio and InterTabac 2015. Light one up, open a chilled drink (I’d recommend something Belgian) and click play.

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