Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 116

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 116

posted on October 9th, 2018

Help Us Welcome Darkfire Cigar Spills

Help Us Welcome Darkfire Cigar Spills

posted on October 5th, 2018

Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut Gran Toro

Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut Gran Toro

posted on September 27th, 2018

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Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut Gran Toro

Balmoral Anejo XO Connecticut Gran Toro

One of my favorite cigars that has been released in the past 5 years has been the Balmoral Anejo XO by Royal Agio, so I was really excited to visit their booth at the 2018 IPCPR show in Las Vegas.  Royal Agio had a distribution deal with Drew Estate to distribute the Balmoral line in the US with the Balmoral Anejo XO and Balmoral Anejo 18 Limited Edition.  I was blown away by both cigars so I was excited to …

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Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5 Parejo

Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5 Parejo

One of the most anticipated releases for IPCPR this year was the Sin Compromiso from Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust. The Sin Compromiso is made with some of the best tobaccos available which took Steve Saka 3 years to get the blend right. Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust uses unique tobaccos for the Sin Compromiso that I’ve personally never heard of before. We sat down with Steve to talk about the new releases including the Sin Compromiso which you can watch here

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Cornelius by Cornelius and Anthony Cigars

Cornelius by Cornelius and Anthony Cigars

It has been a while since I’ve sat down with the intention of reviewing a cigar. These days I spend most of my time being a father to three young girls while trying to grow a brand new business. That isn’t to say that I’m retired from Stogie Review – most of my time on the site comes in the form of running updates and managing the back-end of things.

Last week I was given the opportunity to dip …

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IPCPR 2018: Camacho and Zino Cigars

IPCPR 2018:  Camacho and Zino Cigars

We meet up with Scott Kolesaire of Davidoff to talk about what is new with Camacho and Zino Cigars, which are lines under Davidoff. Scott shows us the new 3 pack of the Zino Platinum Z-Crown and the Back2Back cigar from the amazing Mike Baca and Fernando Romero of UR New York, also featuring their own artwork. Next, we see what’s new from Camacho as Scott show us a new Camacho Liberty, a throwback to the 2005 Liberty, which is …

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IPCPR 2018: 22 Minutes with Pete Johnson

IPCPR 2018: 22 Minutes with Pete Johnson

No trade show coverage is complete without chat with Pete Johnson at his usual place behind the bar in the Tatuaje booth. This year we lucked out and caught Pete on the first day, which was the day following the premier of his passion project, Hand Rolled: A Film About Cigars. So we get started talking about the documentary, what he thought of the final (or near final) product, plans for distribution (Netflix is a possibility), and the potential …

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IPCPR 2018: ROYAL AGIO BALMORAL

IPCPR 2018: ROYAL AGIO BALMORAL

We visit with Boris Wintermans and Jaime Florez-Estrada at the Royal Agio booth to talk about the new offerings from the Balmoral line. We also talk to them about their collaboration with Ernesto Perez Carrillo on the Dueto.

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IPCPR 2018: Xikar

IPCPR 2018: Xikar

Up next we drop by Xikar to talk to Kurt and Suzanne about new cigar accessories. They show us their new single, flat-flame lighter in a variety of finishes, which retails for $80. Antique bronze is a good look, and it’s a fast mover for Xikar. We also check out a lighter with red prism fuel windows that creates a “blade of flame” with three torches that angle to a point. And then there’s Kurt’s favorite, the $69 scratch-resistant Turismo …

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Balmoral Dueto – Quick Look

Balmoral Dueto – Quick Look

 

On our third stop of the day, we were treated to the new Dueto, a collaboration between Boris Wintermans and Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. The Gran Toro was showcased and we were able to sit down and light one up. The MSRP is 8 to 12 and will be available in a limited release later this year.

Initial thoughts

Justin

”Very smooth, nice creamy flavor, amazing burn, a bit of spice on the finish”

Ben

”creamy, a little bit of spice, …

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OneOff Corona Gorda

OneOff Corona Gorda

If you smoked cigars in the early to mid-2000s like me, you probably remember a cigar company called OneOff.  There were a true boutique cigar that was hard to find with a peace symbol on a simple band.  OneOff made some amazing cigars back then, but were quite pricey coming in at around $14 on average.  The company was originally started by Andrea Molinari in 2001, who an the La Casa del Habano SA in Milan, Italy and was the …

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Avo Improvisation 30 Years

Avo Improvisation 30 Years

In 2018, Avo Cigars celebrates their 30th anniversary in the cigar business and they have released a special cigar to mark the occasion.  The Avo Improvisation series is a series of special tweaked blends of classic Avo cigars and this years is framed around the Avo Classic No. 3 and is called the 30 Years to celebrate their anniversary.  This marks the sixth edition of the of the Avo Improvisation line and the first after Avo Uvezian’s death last year, …

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