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Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua
Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua



The Viaje Exclusivo began life as a personal blend for brand owner Andre Farkas, but since 2009 has become a staple in the Viaje line, with all kind of various sizes being released over the years. Now the Viaje Exclusivo gets a new Nicaraguan puro, manufactured at Casa Fernandez’s TABSA factory in Nicaragua, which sets it apart from the original line which is made in Honduras. This new medium-full to full bodied addition to the Viaje Exclusivo line surpasses its original version, and sure to become a favorite of Viaje fans.

Andalino by JRE Tobacco
Cigar Review: Andalino by JRE Tobacco


Julio R. Eiroa (father of Christian) released several new cigars at this year’s IPCPR, but the one that really stands out is the Aladino. Julio is also a legend in the tobacco industry, having grown tobacco in Honduras since 1963 and being famous for his original Corojo tobacco that formed the basis for Camacho’s success. With JRE Tobacco, it is being called a “crop to shop” operation, with every step in the process from farming, production and distribution being controlled by JRE Tobacco.

Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express
Cigar Review: Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express



Once again, the Caldwell Cigar Company booth was one of the busiest at the IPCPR. It’s a testament to Robert Caldwell and the following that his cigars have gained over the past few years. One of the new cigar from Caldwell that keeps coming up in conversation is the Eastern Standard Midnight Express. (Mostly because my friend Lauren won’t shut up about it.) While not a standard “maduro version” of the Eastern Standard, since it is it’s own unique blend...

La Aurora Double Barrel Aged No. 2
Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos Double Barrel Aged No. 2


For the first time since adding La Aurora Preferidos Diamond No. 2 back in 2012, La Aurora has expanded the Preferidos line with a new blend. While the other cigars in the line are differentiated by the type of wrapper used (ie. Brazillian, Broadleaf, Cameroon), this time La Aurora is focusing on the aging process. After being rolled the cigars are aged for an additional 90 days, imparting an interesting sweetness to the cigar. The new La Aurora Preferidos Double Barrel Aged No. 2 is a good addition to the flagship Preferidos line.

HR Blue Maduro
Cigar Review: HR Blue Maduro



After the stellar release of the HR Habano in late 2014, everyone was waiting to see what Cuban tobacco grower Hirochi Robaina would do next. First he made our Most Fascinating People in the Cigar Industry 2015 List, then he teamed up with Spence Drake to expand the brand at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Shows in New Orleans with two new additions. The HR Blue is the new maduro added to the line, and uses tobacco from the original HR Habano blend covered in a Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper.

Herrera Esteli H-Town Lancero
Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town Lancero



The well-recieved Stogies H-Town Lancero Series continues to expand, this time with a rare cigar in a rare vitola. For this year’s TAA, Drew Estates released the Herrera Esteli TAA Maduro, and the latest Stogies store exclusive lancero is that blend in the vitola that only seems to fly off the shelves at Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas. Like the other cigars in the H-Town Series the Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town is a great cigar, and is definitely going to be sought after by hard core cigar enthusiasts.

Nov
28
2016

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn Pome 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 Robert Holt’s Southern Draw Cigars recently extended its core Kudzu and Firethorn lines by adding lancero vitolas. The lancero may not sell as well as a...

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Nov
25
2016

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull

La Flor Dominicana Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Corojo) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6 1/2” x 52/64 Strength: full Price: $15.00 Overall Rating: 8.9 Paying tribute to the cattle breed that is used in bullfighting that is popular in the Andalusian region of Southern Spain, the La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull is...

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Nov
23
2016

Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Farmer Bill Hatchet (2016)

Viaje Cigar Company Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Undisclosed Binder: Undisclosed Filler: Undisclosed Size: 5 1/4” x 54 Strength: medium Price: $11.00 Overall Rating: 6.9 It’s that time of year when Viaje releases it’s Thanksgiving themed cigars. This year the company is releasing a different take on the Farmer Bill Hatchet with a zombie story behind...

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Nov
21
2016

Cigar Review: Hoyo Amistad by AJ Fernandez

General Cigar Company  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 50 Strength: full Price: $7.80 Overall Rating: 8.9 General Cigar Company had a lot of big new announcements and anticipated cigars on display at the IPCPR in Las Vegas this year, in what should be a good year for them. Perhaps the biggest and most...

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Nov
18
2016

Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Shriner

Hiram & Solomon Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Dominican Republic & Brazil Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium Price: $11.00 Overall Rating: 9.0 Hiram & Solomon Cigars is a Masonic themed boutique brand that has released some very good cigars. With cigars themed for the Blue Lodge degrees including the...

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Nov
16
2016

Cigar Review: Warped Guardian of the Farm Apollo

Warped Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Jalapa Corojo 99) Binder: Nicaragua (Corojo 99) Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo 99 & Criollo 98) Size: 6” x 44 Strength: mild-medium to medium Price: $8.00 Overall Rating: 9.1 Warped Cigars has developed a cult following in recent years among avid cigar enthusiasts. With a string of hits like the La Colmena, El...

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Nov
14
2016

Cigar Review: Foundry Time Flies

Foundry Cigar Company / General Cigar Company Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo and Criollo) Size: 5” x 50 Strength: full Price: $7.00 Overall Rating: 7.9 For the latest blend from Foundry Cigar Co, a subsidiary of General Cigar Company, Michael Giannini teamed up with AJ Fernandez on the Foundry Time...

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Nov
11
2016

Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua

Viaje Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 50 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $9.00 Overall Rating: 9.3 The Viaje Exclusivo began life as a personal blend for brand owner Andre Farkas, but since 2009 has become a staple in the Viaje line, with all kind of various sizes being released over the years....

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Nov
09
2016

Cigar Review: Aladino from JRE Tobacco

JRE Tobacco Country: Honduras Wrapper: Honduras (Corojo) Binder: Honduras Filler: Honduras Size: 6” x 50 Strength: mild-medium Price: $10.00 Overall Rating: 9.2 Julio R. Eiroa (father of Christian) released several new cigars at this year’s IPCPR, but the one that really stands out is the Aladino. Julio is also a legend in the tobacco industry, having...

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Nov
07
2016

Cigar Review: Gurkha Heritage Maduro

Gurkha Cigar Group Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres) Binder: Brazil (Arapiraca) Filler: Brazil & Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 54 Strength: full Price: $8.99 Overall Rating: 9.1 Last year’s Gurkha Heritage was quite well received upon its release, and at this year’s IPCPR in Las Vegas Gurkha featured the follow up cigar at its booth. The Gurkha...

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Nov
04
2016

Cigar Review: Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express

Caldwell Cigar Company Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Connecticut (Arapiraca Maduro) Binder: Dominican Republic (Habano) Filler: Dominican Republic (Criollo 98 & Corojo Ligero) & Nicaraguan (Habano) Size: 5 3/4 x 46 Strength: medium-full Price: $10.00 Overall Rating: 9.1 Once again, the Caldwell Cigar Company booth was one of the busiest at the...

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Nov
02
2016

Cigar Review: Mi Querida Fino Largo by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Size: 6” x 48 Strength: full Price: $8.95 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.1 Steve Saka made a name for himself at Drew Estate, and was one of those involved with the Liga Privada line. So, fans of Saka have long awaited his...

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Oct
31
2016

Cigar Review: Viaje Full Moon 2016 Collector’s Edition

Viaje Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 56 Strength: full Price: $10.95 Overall Rating: 9.1 It’s Halloween again. That time of year when we have to pass out candy to cute kids dressed like Elsa and teenagers dress like god knows what, in hopes that no one eggs our house. (Personal Opinion: If you’re old...

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Oct
28
2016

Toast of the Week (10/28/16)

So, we’ve had a couple new reviews this week, and there are more coming. I recently did the math, and there are fewer than ten weeks until the release of our annual Top Ten Cigars list. There’s a lot of good cigars to get through before that happens. But enough about the future, here’s what happened this week in the cigar world… I was in New York this week, and...

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Oct
26
2016

Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos Double Barrel Aged No. 2

La Aurora / Miami Cigar & Co. Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic, Brazil & Cameroon Size: 5” x 54 Strength: medium Price: $22.50 Overall Rating: 8.9 For the first time since adding La Aurora Preferidos Diamond No. 2 back in 2012, La Aurora has expanded the Preferidos line with a...

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Oct
24
2016

Cigar Review: HR Blue Maduro

White Hat Tobacco Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Maduro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 50 Strength: full Price: $8.95 Overall Rating: 9.0 After the stellar release of the HR Habano in late 2014, everyone was waiting to see what Cuban tobacco grower Hirochi Robaina would do next. First he made our Most Fascinating People in the...

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Oct
22
2016

Toast of the Week (10/23/16)

It’s been another busy few weeks here with events to attend and reviews to write. We’ve had recent reviews of the Finca Santa Fe by Cordoba & Morales, the full line of QuickDraw Short Panatelas by Southern Draw, 1502 Blue Sapphire, Espinosa Alpha Dawg, Southern Draw Kudzu Axil Lancero, Indian Motorcycle Habano and the Stogies’ Exclusive...

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Oct
21
2016

Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town Lancero (Stogies Exclusive)

Drew Estate / Stogies World Class Cigars  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Brazil (Mata Fina) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 7” x 40 Strength: full Price: $10.00 Overall Rating: 9.1 The well-recieved Stogies H-Town Lancero Series continues to expand, this time with a rare cigar in a rare vitola. For this year’s TAA, Drew Estates...

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Oct
19
2016

Cigar Review: Indian Motocycle Habano Toro

Indian Motorcycle Cigars  Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium-full Price: $7.50 Overall Rating: 8.8 Phil Zanghi of Debonaire Cigars has released a new Indian Motorcycle brand. Paying homage to the classic Americana style of the motorcycle...

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