Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break

Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break

posted on December 9th, 2019

Drew Estate Liga Privada 10 Year Aniversario

Drew Estate Liga Privada 10 Year Aniversario

posted on December 6th, 2019

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

posted on December 2nd, 2019

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Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break

Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break

It finally happened.  Miami Cigar Company has brought back one of my favorite cigars, Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break.  Around 2010, I smoked boxes of Nestor Miranda Special Selection cigars, especially their limited Edition, Danno.  One of my favorite vitolas in the line was the Coffee Break.  I was happy to see the line resurrected this year at IPCPR 2019 for Nestor Miranda’s 30th Anniversary as a cigar company.  They were originally released in both a Rosado and Oscuro …

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Drew Estate Liga Privada 10 Year Aniversario

Drew Estate Liga Privada 10 Year Aniversario

During IPCPR 2018, Drew Estate released two new Liga Privada cigars called the H99 and the 10 Year Aniversario as samples to retailers and media members that went to the show.  They weren’t ready for full distribution yet, but the Liga Privada 10 Year Aniversario was finally released to retailers this year through a lottery method that is broadcast on Facebook Live.  Drew Estate had special tobacco grown for the wrapper leaf that is only available for them to use …

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RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

RoMa Craft Baka Bantu

Probably one of the most anticipated, if not the most anticipated cigar release of IPCPR 2019, was the RoMa Craft Baka. The Baka is RoMa Craft’s first cigar line release using Cameroon tobacco. The origins of the cigar go way back with Skip Martin and Jack Torano teaming up to try to blend a cigar with Cameroon tobacco which first ended up being the 1916 Cameroon from Torano which he details in our interview at IPCPR 2019. Later, after Torano …

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Road Show Interview with Jon Huber of Crowned Heads

Road Show Interview with Jon Huber of Crowned Heads

In September, I was lucky enough to meet up with our friend, Jon Huber of Crowned Head Cigars, during one of their Roadshow events that happened to be at one of my local shops, Harbor Cigars, in Destin, FL.  The event was standing room only with great cigars, great deals, and great food and drinks.  After the event was over, we took over the humidor, thanks to Marvin Holthouser, to talk about what’s been going on with Crowned Heads and …

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BEN’S WEEK IN SMOKE – NO. 20

BEN’S WEEK IN SMOKE – NO. 20

I’ve been slacking quite a bit with posting these Week in Smoke.  It’s been a busy time as I’ve somehow become my son’s soccer coach so my cigar time has been shortened quite a bit. I have managed to get a few cigars in here and there so let’s take a look at what I’ve managed to get in during the week.

Punch Diablo Champion

The Punch Diablo is a new line extension that is a collaboration with AJ Fernandez …

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Southern Draw IGNITE Navy SEALs Foundation Habano No. 3 Double Corona

Southern Draw IGNITE Navy SEALs Foundation Habano No. 3 Double Corona

Happy Veteran’s Day everyone!  For this week’s review, I thought I should review a cigar with a military heritage to it.  I found the perfect cigar in my humidor for today in the Southern Draw IGNITE Navy SEALs Foundation Habano No. 3.  We were introduced to the IGNITE series for 2019 at this year’s IPCPR.  Southern Draw uses the IGNITE line to introduce special cigars were their sales have a portion go to a charitable foundation.  For 2019, Southern Draw …

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Nat Sherman Timeless Limited Edition 2019

Nat Sherman Timeless Limited Edition 2019

Last week, we reviewed one of two limited editions released by Nat Sherman this year at IPCPR, Epoca Limited Edition 2019. This week, we take a look at the Timeless Limited Edition 2019.  The Timeless Limited Edition uses select Dominican tobaccos and is made in the Quesada SA cigar factory.  The cigar was released to select retailers in September in 5 count boxes with an MSRP of $85.00.  The Timeless Limited Edition was available in only one size:  6 x …

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Nat Sherman Epoca 2019 Limited Edition

Nat Sherman Epoca 2019 Limited Edition

Nat Sherman release two limited editions to their regular line up this year at IPCPR 2019 in Las Vegas.  The first one was a Timeless Limited Edition and the Epoca Limited Edition which we are reviewing here.  Both cigars were well received at IPCPR and I was able to smoke a few of each one before, and during the show.  For this review we are focusing on the Epoca Limited Edition which was released in August with the Timeless Limited …

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Ben’s Week In Smoke – No. 19

Ben’s Week In Smoke – No. 19

It’s been quite awhile since I last published a Week In Smoke so I figured, after our small vacation after IPCPR, now is a great time to start them back up again.  Here is a list of some of the cigars I’ve smoked over the past week or so.  Some are some old favorites and some are new.  These are not reviews on the cigars, but just my quick thoughts on them.

Crowned Heads Four Kicks Robusto

These have always …

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Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

Black Label Trading Company Last Rites Viaticum

Black Label Trading Company is known for their special release cigars that come out annually during different times of the year.  One of the most anticipated cigars is the Last Rites.  This year, the Last Rites is a little different from the normal yearly Last Rites release.  This year, James Brown, owner of Black Label Trading Company, tweaked the blend to be more in the realm of his personal tastes.  Here is a quote from James Brown about the new …