• IPCPR 2013 - Post Mortem
    IPCPR 2013 Post Mortem
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    An Afternoon with Cynthia Fuente
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    Storage on a Budget - How to Build a Coolidor
  • Women of the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show
    Women of the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show
  • Ashton VSG (23 Year) Cigar Review
    Ashton VSG (23 Year) Cigar Review
  • An Interview with Keith Park
    An Interview with Keith Park of Prometheus and God of Fire
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    Complete Coverage of the 2013 IPCPR Trade Show
Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 66

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 66

posted on November 19th, 2014

Week In Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 7

Week In Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 7

posted on November 18th, 2014

Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters Mummy

Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters Mummy

posted on November 15th, 2014

First Impressions Archive

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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 …

3

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 …

4

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 …

3

Key West “Al Capone” by Rafael Fuente (first impressions)

Key West “Al Capone” by Rafael Fuente (first impressions)

Several weeks ago, I received a little sampler pack of cigars from Island Cigar Factory, a chain of three cigar shops down in Key West, Florida. They carry a line of their own cigars made at their own factory in the Dominican Republic. The most visually-stunning cigar among the samples they sent me was this little robusto-sized salomon-like figurado with a barber pole wrapper. Named after the infamous Chicago mobster, Al Capone, it was quite unique looking. …

2

My Uzi Weighs A Ton – Bait Fish (first impressions)

My Uzi Weighs A Ton – Bait Fish (first impressions)

Yesterday, the temperatures rose enough and the clouds cleared up enough for me to head outside to enjoy a rare nice day in February. Not knowing how long the decent weather would hold out, I reached into my office humidor for something guaranteed to be a decent quick smoke. Out came the My Uzi Weighs A Ton (MUWAT) Bait Fish, a collaboration between Drew Estate’s Subculture Studios and Joya de Nicaragua (JDN).

Brian reviewed the original MUWAT back

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E Cigars by BOTL LLC [Esencia] (first impressions)

E Cigars by BOTL LLC [Esencia] (first impressions)

With limited time again this week, I figured I should look for something interesting to serve as the subject for a first impressions video review. As I was digging through my remaining samples from this summer’s IPCPR, I recalled the glowing praise offered by our own Walt White and also our friend Craig Vanderslice from CigarCraig.com for the new “E” Cigar by BOTL LLC, makers of Esencia Cigars and Palio cutters. Marc Aub provided some background information about the …

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La Musa Melete by Emilio Cigars (first impressions)

La Musa Melete by Emilio Cigars (first impressions)

Here I am again, late as usual with my weekly post. It seems like I’m always apologizing… but then again, you guys keep coming back, so I must be doing something right. You’ll probably be glad to see that I’ve actually got a video uploaded this week. I recorded this first impressions clip last Thursday, but a combination of house guests over the weekend and a 16-hour workday yesterday prevented me from posting it until now. And, boy is it …

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Dona Flor Puro Mata Fina (first impressions)

Dona Flor Puro Mata Fina (first impressions)

I have to apologize for dropping the ball again last week, loyal Stogie Review readers. I’ve just be overwhelmed with work and everything lately, but alas, here I am back this week with a video that I think you’ll all enjoy, and rest assured that I have a few more in the pipeline for the coming weeks.

A while back, the folks at Dona Flor USA contacted me to see if I’d be interested in checking out a few samples …

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