Guaimaro Robusto

Guaimaro Robusto

posted on April 25th, 2017

Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Robusto

Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff Robusto

posted on April 22nd, 2017

Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas

Crowned Heads Las Mareas Olas

posted on April 17th, 2017

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Partagas Ramon y Ramon Maxim Grande

Partagas Ramon y Ramon Maxim Grande


There are a number of reasons to review the Partagas Ramon y Ramon. To begin with, we haven’t yet. That is generally reason enough. Then there’s the whole regenerated vintage tobacco thing. That’s also interesting. But the real reason I’m lighting up the Ramon y Ramon this week is that I won a box on my trip to the Dominican Republic based on my blending, bunching and rolling skills in the General Cigar factory. And each one tastes like victory. …

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General Cigar Factory Tour 2017 Part 2

General Cigar Factory Tour 2017 Part 2


Now that we’ve explored the farm, and gotten an in-depth look at the long, involved process tobacco goes through on it’s way to becoming a cigar, it’s time for photogenic part of the tour. The part everyone thinks about when they hear “cigar factory tour” – the bunching, rolling and packaging of the finished product. But it isn’t all fun and games, there’s still more sorting and more quality control to be done along the way, as you will …

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General Cigar Factory Tour 2017 Part 1

General Cigar Factory Tour 2017 Part 1


After a day spent taking in the farm atmosphere, we picked up on the next leg of the journey for tobacco. After it spends time hanging in the curing barn it’s off to the factory. There’s still a lot in store for the leaves before they are rolled into handmade premium cigar.

After a short presentation, we got started in the what Don Quico calls the conditioning area. In this room, tobacco that had previously been carefully dried is …

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A Trip to the Farm with General Cigar 2017

A Trip to the Farm with General Cigar 2017


Just over two weeks ago (it seems like so much longer than that now), Ben and I spent several days touring General Cigar’s facilities in the Dominican Republic. Our first stop was the farm. It makes sense, that’s where it all begins. To kick things off, Régis Broersma, the president of General Cigar officially welcomed us on the tour, in the process introducing us to the people who would be guiding us on our journey through the Dominican world of …

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Manolo Estate Serie 32 Habano

Manolo Estate Serie 32 Habano

I considered a number of cigars for this, my first video cigar review of 2017. But then I thought it wasn’t right to not make good on a promise I made last year. Months ago (I’m not even sure how many) I was sent these samples of the Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32 to review. And several times I started to do just that. But then something would happen, and I’d forget. It happened a number of times. But not …

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Jose Blanco 12/2/16 Interview

Jose Blanco 12/2/16 Interview

Jose Blanco was one of the people we missed at this year’s busy trade show, and that’s something that has been bothering me ever since. So when I heard he was going to be in the area doing a blending seminar, I made a point to grab my handy GoPro and brave Atlanta traffic to meet up with him.

In this video we spend ten minutes catching up with Jose Blanco after the seminar. He talks about joining the EP …

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CAO Amazon Basin

CAO Amazon Basin

The popular CAO Amazon Basin has returned after a hiatus of several years, and I made a point not to miss it this time around. According to CAO, the supply of the blend’s key component, Amazon-grown Braganca tobacco is only harvested once every three years. As you can imagine, that makes it pretty difficult to produce the Amazon Basin on a regular basis.

Here’s the full scoop right from the source:

After a long wait, the Amazon has given us

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Gurkha Vintage Selection Shaggy Toro

Gurkha Vintage Selection Shaggy Toro

When I was writing up last week’s Week In Smoke, I was a little surprised to discover we have never reviewed the Gurkha Vintage Selection Shaggy. I know it’s a cigar that I’ve talked about with people a number of times over the years, and people have had generally positive things to say about it. On more than one occasion I’ve been told it was one of the best, or the best Gurkha available. (That and the old G3, …

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Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey Robusto

Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey Robusto

For your weekend viewing pleasure, I bring you a review of the new Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey. General Cigar wants to be clear here, this is not your father’s Hoyo de Monterrey. The cigar has a bold new look that follows the example of last year’s Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150. And to emphasize that this is a new direction for the brand, you won’t find a mention of it on hoyodemonterreycigar.com. It has its own …

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AVO 90th Classic Covers

AVO 90th Classic Covers

I’m a couple weeks late, but I’d like to start off this review by saying Happy Birthday, Avo! 90 is an incredible accomplishment- someone needs to ask Avo what the secret is to immortality, because I think he has it, both literally and figuratively.

This week I take a look at volume three in the Classic Covers line, the AVO 90th Classic Covers, a blend that is a “cover” of the AVO XO core line. We all know what a …

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