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Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Ilustre

Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Ilustre

I can’t believe it’s been about six and a half years since I reviewed the original Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf with the sun grown corojo wrapper. I declared it box-worthy back then (also in 2016), and still stand by that verdict. I also stand by my liberal use of the tribal textile in my pictures back then. (It could return to my reviews at any time.)

A few years later, Casa Fernandez released the San Andres-wrapped maduro line. …

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MBombay Gaaja Toro

MBombay Gaaja Toro

As you may have already heard, the MBombay Gaaja takes its name from a Sanskrit word meaning Elephant. For fun I googled the name, and found it also has other meanings in Hindi, like lightning, bombshell and thunderclap. It kind of makes you wonder what you’re in for before lighting up the cigar. But the thing that puzzled me was the band. It looks like a Celtic design called the Triple Spiral (or “Triskele”), which has various meanings involving trinities …

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Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Exclusivo

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Muestra de Saka Exclusivo

Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust announced the Muestra de Saka at the 2016 IPCPR.  The cigar is meant to be an example of blending of unique blends from Steve Saka, owner and tobacco guru of Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust.  The Muestra de Saka will be released every year but with a different blend.  These cigars are blends that Steve is testing out a different blending style where the blend will usually be outside his comfort zone or something he wants to …

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All Out Kings Smash

All Out Kings Smash

All Out Kings was one of the most high anticipated releases from IPCPR 2016.  The All Out Kings is a collaboration with Caldwell Cigars and Drew Estate Cigars.  Both companies are known to push the boundaries in the cigar world so them collaborating on a cigar is not a surprise.  The brainchild of Robert Caldwell, Willy Herrera and Jonathan Drew, this would be Caldwell’s first Nicaraguan cigar.  The cigar will be distributed though Caldwell Cigars using tobaccos from La Gran …

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Le Veil iCigar® DCH-60b Electronic Humidifer

Le Veil iCigar® DCH-60b Electronic Humidifer

Well howdy, today I am going to take a look at a new humidifier I recently purchased, the Le Veil iCigar® DCH-60b. This humidifier is made for larger humidors and could fit nicely into a tower humidor or a large end table humidor. It has a MSRP of $199.95 but you can find it for around $170. I bought mine from Thompson Cigar and even used a coupon ( CIGAR20 ) to get another $20 off (might expire 6-30-2017 …

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Cohiba Blue Robusto

Cohiba Blue Robusto

This week I lit up the latest addition to the Cohiba brand, the more accessibly priced Cohiba Blue. When Ben and I were down in the Dominican Republic touring the General Cigar facilities we got to see the boxes being painted in the factory. The process was fascinating to watch and I’ve been looking forward to trying them ever since. But before we get into the review, here’s an excerpt from the press release:

Cohiba has always been synonymous with

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Guaimaro Robusto

Guaimaro Robusto

Guaimaro Cigars is the brainchild of Esteban Disla, co-owner of Nica Sueno, the cigar factory of RoMa Craft cigars.  Disla partnered up with Skip Martin and Mike Rosales to create RoMa Craft Tobac which produces some of the hot cigars on the market.  RoMa Craft’s most famous of which are the Cromagnon and Aquitaine lines, but Disla didn’t have his own line until they unveiled the Guimaro at the 2016 IPCPR.  I was pretty excited to see this cigar as …

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Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Robusto

Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Robusto

I’m switching things up again this week. My schedule made it difficult to set aside the time it takes to do a video, so I thought I’d borrow a page from Ben’s book do a written review. Or is that steal a page? I’m also swiping most of his format for this review as well.

I’ve spent most of my smoking time this week puffing on Caldwell’s Blind Man’s Bluff, with a review in mind. Walking through the local humidor, …

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Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas

Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas

The Las Mareas was released in 2016 by Crowned Heads as a more Cubanesque style cigar than the rest of the lines.  The cigars were first released in limited quantities with a single silk ribbon at the foot in two sizes and then had a full release at IPCPR in 2016 in four sizes.  The cigars are made by My Father in their factory in Nicaragua.  Las Mareas means “tide” in Spanish and each vitola is named after a specific …

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Avo Improvisation Limited Edition 2017

Avo Improvisation Limited Edition 2017

The Avo Limited Edition cigars are always really good cigars and this year’s Improvisation should be no exception.  This year’s Avo limited edition is a first on two fronts.  One, it’s a box press cigar and, two, it’s in a 60 ring gauge.  I’m glad they did a box press when they decided to do a 60 ring because the box press makes it more comfortable to smoke.  Pretty much everyone knows by now that I’m not a fan of …

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