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First Impressions Archive

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Pinar Del Rio Small Batch Reserve Maduro

Pinar Del Rio Small Batch Reserve Maduro

A little while back, before my car accident, I received an email from Abe Flores of Pinar Del Rio. With me not making IPCPR or Cigarfest this year, it has been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of talking with Abe. The email was a surprise and I was thrilled to find out that he wanted me to try some of his new product offerings.

With life being so busy, I wasn’t able to tear into the cigars …

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La Flor Dominicana Reserva Especial (first impressions)

La Flor Dominicana Reserva Especial (first impressions)

Things are starting to settle down a little bit with the newborn, but I still haven’t had time to finish my next full review. Other than the CAO Last Stick Standing clips, it’s been a while since my last video, so I decided to pull something out of my desktop humidor for a quick first impressions. I wound up selecting the La Flor Dominicana Reserva Especial, from a sample pack that I won as a raffle prize …

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Nub USA (First Impressions)

Nub USA (First Impressions)

Right about now, Brian probably has his feet up, puffing on a cigar, and drinking some form of alcoholic beverage at the Drew Estate Compound in Nicaragua. As a result, I’m filling in for him and have to warn you, if you were looking for a Tower of Burn, you’ll have to check back next week.

Up for review today is the Nub USA 460. This cigar is another from the Studio Tobac Word Tour sampler sent out to …

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Studio Tobac ST-EFG01 (First Impressions)

Studio Tobac ST-EFG01 (First Impressions)

Last month I received a surprise letter from Oliva. I would seem that despite my vocal displeasure for the way the 2011 Studio Tobac Advisory Board was handled, I was nominated once again to hold a place on the 2012 Studio Tobac Advisory Board.

In hopes that things would be different, I accepted the nomination and received a welcome package a few days later. The package consisted of a Studio Tobac World Tour Sampler (available when you purchase a …

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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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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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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

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Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 pre-release (plus giveaway)

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 pre-release (plus giveaway)

Back in October, I met up with Pete Johnson at a Tatuaje Cigars event hosted by Holt’s in Philadelphia. As one of the promotions at the event, customers received a three-pack pre-release sampler of the Cojonu 2012 with each box purchase. I jumped at the opportunity to try some cigars that won’t be released until later this year, so I stocked up on a couple boxes of Tatuaje and scored the samplers.

The Cojonu 2012 will be offered in a …

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Dunhill 100th Anniversary Edition (First Impressions)

Dunhill 100th Anniversary Edition (First Impressions)

With time running short again this week, I searched through my coolidor for some potentially interesting subjects for a first impressions video. I offered a few options to my fellow Stogie Review compadres, and the nearly unanimous choice was the Dunhill 100th Anniversary Edition. I’d never smoked a Dunhill before, let alone this special limited release, and I struggled to find information about this cigar online, so I really had no idea what to expect. All I knew was …