The Box-Worthies: Brian’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

The Box-Worthies: Brian’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

posted on January 10th, 2017

Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of 2016

posted on January 9th, 2017

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 106

Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 106

posted on December 27th, 2016

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La Palina Illumination Robusto

At IPCPR 2016, La Palina introduced the Illumation to their extensive line cigars.  Considered a “Goldie light” by La Palina, its made at El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami, FL using mostly the same tobaccos as the Goldie.  The only difference is they replaced the medio tiempo tobacco with a higher priming ligero leaf.  Here are the specs:

  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano
  • Binder: Ecuadorian
  • Filler:  Dominican and Nicaraguan
  • Size:  5 x 52
  • MSRP:  $10.35

The cigar is definitely Goldie-like, but …

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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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Crowned Heads Le Careme Robusto

Crowned Heads Le Careme Robusto

In July of this year, Crowned Heads introduced the La Careme at IPCPR.  The Le Careme is a new cigar from the EP Carrillo factory in the Dominican Republic.  The cigar is named after the famed chef, Marie-Antoine Careme, who is considered an extremely influential chef of his time in the late 18th century and early 19th century.  He is credited with the organization of the original mother sauces which all sauces fall under.  They all contain a roux that …

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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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Guardian of the Farm Apollo Seleccion de Warped

Guardian of the Farm Apollo Seleccion de Warped

This year at IPCPR in Las Vegas, Warped announced a collaboration with Casa Fernandez Cigars to produce a line of cigars called Guardian of the Farm.  This new line was created by Max Fernandez of Casa Fernandez and Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars to pay tribute to the dogs that guard the tobacco farms in Aganorsa in Nicaragua.  Each cigar is named after one of the dogs on the farms and are a Nicaraguan puro.  Here is a list of …

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