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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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Gran Habano Persian King Rajah

Gran Habano Persian King Rajah

Gran Habano is a cigar company that was well know for making quality cigars for a great price.  My friends and I smoked a lot of Corojo #5s when we used to get together to smoke because it tasted great and was priced right.  They’ve added various line extensions since then and one of them they sent me to review is the Persian King Rajah.  The Persian King is a unique cigar in that it has two different wrappers.  The …

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Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA 2018

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA 2018

For those of you who like dates, anniversaries, and milestones, I have some relevant fun facts for you in thise week’s cigar review. As noted in the press release (more of that below), the introduction of the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Gran Reserva Presidente TAA 2018 coincides with the 50th anniversary of both Joya de Nicaragua and the Tobacconist Association of America (TAA). You really don’t have a choice with a dual milestones like that, you just have to release …

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Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto

Diesel Whiskey Row Robusto

The Diesel cigar line is well known for being a stout cigar that was very popular with cigar smokers, but was only available online at Cigars International or CIgar Bid which is a subsidiary of General Cigar Company.  Recently, General Cigar Company has moved the Diesel line out of being online only to a regular line within their portfolio.  General Cigar partnered again with AJ Fernandez to create their first Diesel cigar for for cigar shops called the Whiskey Row.  …

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Black Label Trading Company Bishop’s Blend Robusto

Black Label Trading Company Bishop’s Blend Robusto

Black Label Trading Company has been making waves in the cigar world for several years.  Their approach to the boutique cigar market is in a very unique way.  When you are looking in the humidor of your local cigar shop, the different cigar lines from Black Label Trading Company will really stand out and catch your eye.  They use a dark, gothic theme in their artwork and names of their cigars which is very unique in the cigar market.  Found …

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Romeo San Andrés By RyJ Toro

Romeo San Andrés By RyJ Toro

As I smoked through several Romeo San Andrés Toros for this review, I found myself imaging the moment when the idea for the cigar came together. I envision a small group of Altadis blenders and decision-makers walking leisurely along a tobacco field, looking on as a tour group gets the scoop on farming and tobacco curing. After a pause in conversation, one of them announces that a new Romeo by RyJ blend is needed. Another says, “how about a San …

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La Aurora Preferidos Platinum Cameroon Robusto

La Aurora Preferidos Platinum Cameroon Robusto

The La Aurora Preferidos is an iconic cigar that I’m sure you’ve smoked or at least seen at your local cigar shop.  The originals came in tubos in the double perfecto shape in red, blue, green, silver and gold.  Later on, they added several more colors in which all the colors represent precious metals or gems.  These are the flagship cigars of the La Aurora brand and have become synonymous with the brand.   The line was further extend when La …

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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 …