First Impressions Archive

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El Compartir Belicoso

El Compartir Belicoso

A couple of weeks ago one of the guys from Sir Stogies sent me a text message. He was letting me know that Edolara from Cigar Noise was in town and planned on stopping by the shop for an impromptu smoke, if I wanted to join them. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get away and missed out on a very good time.

I stopped by the shop a couple of days later and got caught up on what I had …

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Fuente Fuente OpusX Rosado Oscuro Oro (First Impressions)

Fuente Fuente OpusX Rosado Oscuro Oro (First Impressions)

As the minutes ticked by I found myself stuck. My notes weren’t ready for a Week In Smoke, and I didn’t feel motivated enough to do one of the reviews I planned for this week. But I really wanted to try one of my Fuente Fuente OpusX Rosado Oscuro Oros, a late Christmas present to myself. Ordinarily I’d let these cigars sit for a while, but recent experience has indicated that the OpusX is often ready to go, right off …

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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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Quesada Oktoberfest 2015 Bavarian (First Impressions)

Quesada Oktoberfest 2015 Bavarian (First Impressions)

I’m back this week with a first impressions video featuring the Quesada Oktoberfest 2015 Bavarian and I paired it with Samuel Adams Oktoberfest. A similar combination served me well in the past and since I’ve been doing a liquid tour of Oktoberfest offerings anyway, it just made sense. Of course, with the passing of time, tastes and tobacco crops change, so there are never any guarantees. All one can do is pour the beer and light the cigar and see …

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Azul Vintage 2008 (First Impressions)

Azul Vintage 2008 (First Impressions)

Several weeks back I got an awesome care package from Jerry Cruz. Inside the package was a number of cigars I hadn’t had the pleasure of smoking yet. One of them was the Azul Vintage 2008 from Epicurean Cigars – Distributed by House of Emilio.

Lighting up the Azul Vintage 2008, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. The last time I smoked anything associated with Steve Ysidron, it was when he was with Savinelli. …

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Undercrown Dogma by Drew Estate

Undercrown Dogma by Drew Estate

I want to let you in on a little secret. I have a pretty bad habit of firing up a cigar and pressing record on my camcorder. I record a review, or two, with the intention of going back and editing prior to posting here on Stogie Review.

Every once in a while (actually, a lot more often than that), a review gets forgotten and gets stuck in some sort of review purgatory on a memory card. I stumble onto …

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Davidoff Nicaragua Toro – Contest time! – Winner Announced

Davidoff Nicaragua Toro – Contest time! – Winner Announced

Recently  I was invited by Davidoff to attend their launch party of their new cigar line, Davidoff Nicaragua, in New York City.  I went with my local shop owner, Paul Bertucci of The Cigar Shop in Biloxi, MS, as they are an appointed Davidoff White Label merchant.  We flew in Thursday morning for the event later that night in downtown Manhattan.  Davidoff had a DJ playing music as images of exploration adventure were projected on the walls.  Jim Young, president …

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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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Sneak Peek – Ortega Serie D Maduro Lancero

Sneak Peek – Ortega Serie D  Maduro Lancero

First I want to give it up to my brothers running the show at DC Cigar Tweetup. I’m a big supporter of giving back to the community. It is my belief that our primary purpose in this world is to help each other. And if we can’t help, at least not hurt. Next week is the 2nd Annual DC Cigar Tweetup. Last year, the guys at DC Cigar Tweetup were amazing enough to choose First Candle as …

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