A Trip to the Farm with General Cigar 2017

A Trip to the Farm with General Cigar 2017

posted on February 20th, 2017

Serino Royale Maduro XX Toro

Serino Royale Maduro XX Toro

posted on February 16th, 2017

Colibri V-Cut

Colibri V-Cut

posted on February 13th, 2017

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Southern Draw Firethorn Pome

Southern Draw Firethorn Pome

Southern Draw released a new line extension with the Firethorn adding a lancero size called the Pome.  The Pome is the same blend as the rest of the Firethorn line using an Ecuadorian habano rosado wrapper. Robert Holt, owner of Southern Draw, teamed up AJ Fernandez to make the Firethorn which is rolled in AJ’s Tabacalera Fernandez factory in Nicaragua.  Let’s take a look at the specs.

  • Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano Rosado
  • Binder:  Mexican San Andres
  • Filler:  Propieritary
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Fratello Oro Boxer

Fratello Oro Boxer

One of the first stops Brian and I made at IPCPR 2016 was the Fratello booth and talk with Omar de Frias about his new releases.  One of the cigar lines he was introducing was the new Oro line.  The Oro line is Fratello’s foray into Connecticut wrapper cigars.  Omar wanted add this missing piece to his line up cigars, but make a Connecticut that was still full of flavor.  He partnered up with La Aurora to create the Oro.  …

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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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