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Southern Draw Firethorn Lancero
Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn Limited Edition Lancero



Southern Draw is a veteran owned boutique cigar company that should be well known to our reader, having cigars in both our Honorable Mentions of 2014 and Top Ten Cigars of 2015 lists, as well as several other highly rated blends. Recently, they have released to limited edition lancero versions of their core lines, with both the Southern Draw Kudzu and Firethorn lanceros.

Las Calaveras 2016 by Crowned Heads
Cigar Review: Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2016 by Crowned Heads



Once again Crowned Heads has released their annual Las Calaveras cigar, and once again it is a very good tasty cigar made at My Father Cigars’ Nicaraguan factory. This year’s Las Calaveras features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, which helps make for an especially flavorful full bodied cigar. Coming in three vitolas, only 4,500 boxes of the Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2016 will be made.

Camacho Powerband Cigar
Cigar Review: Camacho Powerband


Since Davidoff’s rebranding of the Camacho line, the company has focused on fuller, stronger powerful cigars. With their “Board of the Bold” and “The Bold Standard”, the company has become the first stop for those looking for flavorful bold cigars. Their latest installment in the Master Built Series, the Cmacho Powerband fits into the category of flavorful, bold and full bodied category of cigars. Claiming to draw inspiration from the “power, performance, and acceleration associated with the classic V-twin engine”, the Powerband is an impressive full bodied cigar.

Debonaire Cigars Review
Cigar Review: Debonaire Belicoso


Debonaire Cigars was founded by Philip Zanghi (originally of Indian Tobac) and Daniel Sinclair. The core line features a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, Dominican binder and a blend of fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The Debonaire Belicoso it a decent medium to medium-full bodied cigar that is extremely well constructed.

Schrader MMXIII by Nat Sherman
Cigar Review: Schrader MMXIII by Nat Sherman



Nappa winemaker Fred Schrader has partnered with Nat Sherman International to create a second Schrader “Sparky” Cigar. (The original was made by Quesada and was distributed by Tatuaje.) Taking three years to produce the cigar’s shape and blend, the Schrader MMXIII was a collaboration between Fred Schrader and Michael Helklots, and is manufactured at Quesada’s Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Daddy Mac Cigar by Cornelius & Anthony
Cigar Review: Daddy Mac by Cornelius & Anthony



The release of the Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony Cigars was an extremely impressive cigar made at Miami’s El Titan de Bronze. How do they follow that impressive first cigar? By releasing a high quality cigar from one of Estelí’s hottest factories, Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory. Named for owner Steven Bailey’s father Mac, is yet another stellar cigar from the La Zona Factory, and should only cement Cornelius & Anthony as a boutique brand to watch.

Jul
22
2016

Press Release: Southern Draw Cigars discusses IPCPR 2016

July 20, 2016 – Austin, Texas As the premium cigar industries’ BIGGEST week rapidly approaches, Southern Draw Cigars would like to share a few thoughts with partners, consumers and friends along with media members and industry associations. WIN. The top priority of Southern Draw is to honor God’s will in our lives. Secondarily, our priority is centered on our...

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Jul
21
2016

Press Release: Viva Republica Releases Art of War at IPCPR 2016

MIAMI – On July 21, 2016 attendees of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailer trade show will be introduced to Viva Republica’s Art of War, a larger sized parent brand to the company’s popular Warfare Series. The Art of War, handmade at La Aurora, along with all of the company’s releases, will be featured in four sizes: Robusto (5” x 50) $8.50,...

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Jul
20
2016

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn Lancero

Southern Draw Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosada Clara) Binder: Mexico (San Andres) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 40 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $8.99 Overall Rating: 9.1 Southern Draw is a veteran owned boutique cigar company that should be well known to our reader, having cigars in both our Honorable Mentions of 2014 and...

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Jul
18
2016

Cigar Review: Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2016 by Crowned Heads

Crowned Heads Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 46 Strength: full Price: $9.25 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.1 Once again Crowned Heads has released their annual Las Calaveras cigar, and once again it is a very good tasty cigar made at My Father Cigars’ Nicaraguan factory....

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Jul
08
2016

Cigar Review: Camacho Powerband

Camacho Cigars / Davidoff AG  Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000) Binder: Mexico (San Andres Negrito) Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo Ligero), Honduras (Corojo Ligero) & Dominican Republic Size: 6” x 50 Strength: full Price: $12.00 Overall Rating: 9.0 Since Davidoff’s rebranding of the Camacho line, the company has focused on fuller,...

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Jul
06
2016

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Kudzu Lancero

Southern Draw Cigars: Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 40 Strength: full Price: $8.99 Overall Rating: 8.8 Southern Draw has been making some great cigars over the past two year, with Southern Draw Kudzu Gordo coming in 4th on our Top Ten Cigars of 2015 List. When owner, Robert Holt announced...

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Jul
04
2016

Cigar Review: Debonaire Belicoso

Debonaire Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6” x 54 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $14.50 Overall Rating: 8.5 Debonaire Cigars was founded by Philip Zanghi (originally of Indian Tobac) and Daniel Sinclair. The core line features a Nicaraguan Habano...

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Jul
01
2016

Cigar Review: Schrader MMXIII by Nat Sherman

Nat Sherman International Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Dominican Republic Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Nicaragua, Peru & Dominican Republic Size: 6” x 60 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $14.00 Overall Rating: 9.3 Nappa winemaker Fred Schrader has partnered with Nat Sherman International to create a second Schrader “Sparky”...

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Jun
27
2016

Cigar Review: J. Fuego 777 Maduro Silver

J. Fuego Cigar Co. Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa Corojo) Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli & Condega) Size: 5 1/2” x 46 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $7.50 Overall Rating: 8.8 Many may be familiar with the original Jesus Fuego 777 Maduro, however the new 777 Maduro is a whole new cigae. Made at the new J.Fuego factory in...

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Jun
22
2016

Press Release: Smoke Inn Cigars Announces The Microblend Collection First Edition

Wednesday, June 22, 2016—Boynton Beach, FL—Smoke Inn Cigars is pleased to announce a collection of exclusive, premium cigars, six years in the making. Introducing The Microblend Collection First Edition—featuring our finest presentation to date—including each of the first ten cigars in the legendary Microblend SeriesTM. The Microblend Collection First Edition...

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Jun
22
2016

Product Review: Andorini Genova L Deluxe Humidor

Andorini Humidors Overall Opinion: Excellent Value: Fair Price: $574.00 MSRP Capacity: 100-150 count (Manufacturer Estimate) We cigar enthusiasts love accessories, but perhaps the most most important accessories we buy are the humidor we use to keep our treasured cigars properly humidified. Too many novices have been sold on the impression that any cedar lined...

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Jun
21
2016

Press Release: RoMa Craft Tobac and Cigar Dojo team up for Whiskey Rebellion 1794

Many of history’s most important moments revolve around whiskey. For instance, in 1791 the very first taxation of any product was instituted by the newly formed United States federal government. That tax was on whiskey. Farmers in western Pennsylvania, who supplemented their income with whiskey production, did not take kindly to this new “whiskey tax”...

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Jun
20
2016

Press Release: Gaaja by Bombay Tobak Announced

Our new brand, Gaaja (Pronounced : Gaa-ya), will be released on July 1st, 2016. In Sanskrit language “Gaja” (Pronounced: guj ), means elephant.   We had been working on the blend of Gaaja for more than 4 years. The process involved in logistics and long fermentation of tobacco from countries like Peru and Paraguay, really tested our patience. We had to...

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Jun
20
2016

Cigar Review: Cucubano by Southern Classic Cigars

Southern Classic Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2 x 52 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $7.95 Overall Rating: 8.9 A Cucubano is type of lightning bug that is native to Puerto Rico, and also happens to be the name chosen for a very good cigar from Southern Classic Cigars. Coming in a 5 1/2” x 52...

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Jun
16
2016

Cigar Review: EP Carrillo Short Run 2016

EP Carrillo Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $12.00 Overall Rating: 8.4 The 2016 edition of the EP Carrillo Short Run has a great new updated look. The cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Nicaragua binder and a mix of Nicaraguan...

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Jun
14
2016

Cigar Contest: Holt’s Cigar Company Father’s Day La Aroma/San Cristobal Sampler Contest

Holt’s Cigar Company has teamed up with us to bring you an excellent Father’s Day Cigar Contest. We’ll be giving away a La Aroma de Cuba/San Cristobal ’92-95’ Rated Sampler courtesy of our friends at Holt’s Cigar Company. I love smoking cigars with my old man. (I call him that mainly because he called his dad that, and I know it drives him nuts when I call him...

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Jun
10
2016

Cigar Review: Henry Clay Stalk Cut

Altadis USA Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf – Vintage 2012) Binder: Dominican Republic (Vintage 2010) Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6” x 46 Strength: medium Price: $8.00 Overall Rating: 9.2 Last year, Altadis USA scored rave reviews with the release of the Henry Clay Tattoo. They’ve followed that up...

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Jun
06
2016

Cigar Review: Room 101 Johnny Tobacconaut

Room 101 Brand Country: Honduras Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2 x 50 Strength: full Price: $13.00 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.2 Matt Booth is a creative guy, and the Johnny Tobacconaut from his Room 101 Brand is a creative concept for a cigar. As the press release for the cigar put it, “One small puff...

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May
31
2016

Cigar Review: Fuente Fuente OpusX Rosado Oscuro Oro

Arturo Fuente  Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Rosado Oscuro) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 7” x 48 Strength: medium-full to full Price: N/A ($250/box) Overall Rating: 8.9 Fuente Fuentee OpusX has become synonyms with the highest end of cigars in quality, luxury and price. Which is why the most sought after...

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May
25
2016

Cigar Review: Daddy Mac by Cornelius & Anthony

Cornelius & Anthony  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Brazil Binder: Ecuador Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2″ x 46 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $10.00 Overall Rating: 9.2 The release of the Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony Cigars was an extremely impressive cigar made at Miami’s El Titan de Bronze. How do they follow that impressive first...

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May
23
2016

Cigar Review: Angel’s Anvil 2016 TAA Exclusive by Crowned Heads

Crowned Heads Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2” x 54 Strength: medium-full Price: $10.50 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.2 Crowned Heads released their first Angel’s Anvil TAA Exclusive in 2014, and over the last two years the cigar has become one of the more...

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May
16
2016

Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Last Call

AJ Fernandez Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosado) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 4 1/2” x 48 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $5.00 Overall Rating: 9.0 The newest release from AJ Fernandez may be familiar to those who visited AJ’s White House Estate in Nicaragua during football season. The Last Call was often smoked by those...

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May
09
2016

Product Review: Xikar MTX Multi Tool

Xikar Inc Overall Opinion: Excellent Value: Great Price: $49.99 Click here to buy it now. Despite what some people think, not all cigar cutters are made the same. Yes, any sharp double bladed cutter will do in a pinch, but a cheep cutter just doesn’t handle the day-in-day-out use of an avid cigar lover. Xikar has managed to make a name for itself by not only...

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May
03
2016

Cigar Reviews: Martinez Cigars Flatiron

Martinez Cigars Country: USA (New York) Wrapper: Ecuador Binder: Nicaragua (Broadleaf) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 54 Strength: medium Price: $10.50 Overall Rating: 8.1 New York doesn’t really come to mind when you think of places that make cigars, but Martinez Cigars is trying to change that. Founded in 1974 by Don Antonio Martinez, the Martinez Hand...

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May
02
2016

Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive

Drew Estate Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Brazil (Mata Fina) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $12.00 Overall Rating: 9.2 Drew Estate has built their reputation on broadleaf tobacco with the Liga Privada. So what happens when Willy Herrera uses broadleaf for the first time since joining...

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Apr
26
2016

Cigar Review: QuickDraw Connecticut by Southern Draw Cigars

Southern Draw Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut) Binder: Nicaragua (Ometepe) Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli & Condega) Size: 5 1/2” x 40 Strength: medium Price: $6.00 Overall Rating: 9.1 Veteran-owned Southern Draw Cigars has been producing high quality cigars for two years now, and their Southern Draw Kudzu Gordo even earned a spot in our...

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Apr
23
2016

Toast of the Week (4/23/16)

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve all been smoking some great cigars. Around here things have been a little crazy. Personally, getting married, my day job  and the flooding in Houston have been taking up a lot of my time and look like it will likely do so until C.A.T.S. Fest in May. I just thought I’d give you guys a heads up, in case you’r...

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Apr
20
2016

Cigar Review: Espinosa Habano (2015)

Espinosa Premium Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: full Price: $6.98 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.0 At last year’s IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans, Erik Espinosa’s company was one of the definite stars, with several new releases coming from his Estelí based La Zona...

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Apr
18
2016

What’s In Your Humidor? with Rocky Patel

It’s hard to be a cigar smoker and not know the name Rocky Patel. I often refer to him as the Donald Trump of cigars, just because it seems like his name is everywhere. Few people have done as much for all aspects of the cigar industry as Rocky Patel. After twenty years in the cigar industry, Rocky is no longer an outsider, but a prominent member of the cigar...

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