Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown (FSG) Robusto

Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown (FSG) Robusto

posted on April 20th, 2018

Rocky Patel Hamlet Paredes 25th Year Toro

Rocky Patel Hamlet Paredes 25th Year Toro

posted on April 12th, 2018

Curivari Onassis 550

Curivari Onassis 550

posted on April 6th, 2018

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Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown (FSG) Robusto

Drew Estate Florida Sun Grown (FSG) Robusto

One of my favorite interviews at last year’s IPCPR trade show was talking about Florida Sun Grown tobacco with Jeff Borysiewicz. This is a passion project, and I could tell. Especially when he showed us the tobacco he brought with him. If you want the full scoop on the FSG, the process, see the actual tobacco leaves, and hear about the history of tobacco growing in Florida, you really should check out interview. There’s just too much to cover …

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Rocky Patel Hamlet Paredes 25th Year Toro

Rocky Patel Hamlet Paredes 25th Year Toro

Rocky Patel released the Hamlet Paredes 25th Year in 2017 at IPCPR in Las Vegas.  The cigar is in response for cigar smokers asking Hamlet Paredes during his cigar events for a more medium to mild cigar as compared to his popular Tabaquero line which is more medium-full.  The 25th Year celebrates the 25th year in the cigar industry for Hamlet Paredes, who spent many of those years at an ambassador for Habanos SA expounding on tobacco education at seminars …

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Curivari Onassis 550

Curivari Onassis 550

I’ve been meaning to write up a review on the Curivari Onassis for months now, but then I get distracted by something like a freshly open beer and I forget. Usually that means smoking it without bothering to take notes or pictures. But not this time. As much as I’d like to just light it up, crack open a beverage and search the streaming video services for a movie (do they even make those any more, or is it all …

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Debonaire Daybreak Toro

Debonaire Daybreak Toro

Debonaire House cigars have been around since 2012 and was founded by Philip S. Zanghi III.  Debonaire House has two cigar companies under it with Debonaire and Indian Motorcycles Cigars.  Both lines feature “ultra premium” cigars that utilize the highest quality tobacco available.  Because of this, Debonaire cigar aren’t cheap.  Enter the Daybreak.  Introduced at the 2017 IPCPR trade show, the Daybreak uses a high quality Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper over stronger Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos.  The best …

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Macanudo Inspirado Red Robusto

Macanudo Inspirado Red Robusto

I think the last Macanudo we reviewed here on Stogie Review was the Macanudo Mao back at the end of 2016. It’s been even longer since I reviewed one. So when these samples of the new Macanudo Inspirado Red showed up at my door a few days ago, I decided on the spot I’d review them next- like ’em or not. Of course, I always hope to like a cigar I’m about to review, because it’s committing to smoking …

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My Father Cigars The Judge Grand Robusto

My Father Cigars The Judge Grand Robusto

My Father Cigars introduced the The Judge in 2016 with two sizes, grand robusto and toro, and added the toro fino in 2017.  The Judge line is a line of all large vitolas with ring gauges of 52 and higher.  The Judge was inspired by a friend of the Garcia family that is a judge and these cigars are larger and stronger than the original My Father lines. My local shops in Houston got these in, but I never tried …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Camacho Candela Robusto

Happy St. Patrick’s Day – Camacho Candela Robusto

Its that time of the year again.  The time when we see all the candela wrapper  cigars emerge.  Candela is a historic cigar wrapper which was hugely popular during the turn of the century up until about the 50’s for cigars.  Now, its almost impossible to find a candela cigar….unless it’s St. Patrick’s Day.  The candela wrapper, along with green beer, has become synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day.  Candela gets a bad wrap now because it usually has a bitter …

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Fratello Navetta Discovery Robusto

Fratello Navetta Discovery Robusto

There are a lot of jokes you have to acknowledge up front when reviewing a cigar whose name translates to “shuttle”, and that’s made by a former employee of NASA. Things like, “does it take a rocket scientist to blend a good cigar?” Or perhaps, “I’m worried this cigar will be so strong it’ll send me into orbit!” I’m sure there are more out there where those came from. Undoubtedly Omar de Frias has heard them all, probably daily. (I …

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La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

La Flor Dominicana La Volcada

La Flor Dominicana introduced the La Volcada at this year’s IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.  The cigar is named after a move in the tango dance where the gentleman dips his female partner and she bends her leg back towards him.  The move is shown as a silhouette on the band.  The La Volcada is a tribute to tango which was invented Uruguay.  Litto Gomez, the owner of La Flor Dominicana, was born in Spain but grew up in …

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JRE Aladino Cazador

JRE Aladino Cazador

The JRE Aladino was a cigar line I didn’t give much attention to when it first came out.  I’m not exactly sure why because I’ve been a big fan of Camacho Cigars since they first started.  The Eiroa family are the premier growers of corojo which they call “authentic corojo”.  Their “authentic corojo” is how corojo was grown as far back as the 1960s and from the 1930s in Cuba.  Corojo used by most all other cigar manufacturers are hybrids …

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