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Ashton Symmetry Cigar
Cigar Review: Ashton Symmetry Sublime



It seems like late Ashton has spent most of its time and money on their brands from Don Pepín Garcia (San Cristobal and La Aroma de Cuba), and they've not released a new Ashton branded cigar in nearly ten years. When the Ashton Symmetry debuted at the IPCPR in 2014, it quickly became a one of the most eagerly awaited cigars of the year. The Symmetry was a collaboration with the Fuente factory. Ashton fans expecting another ESG may not find what they’re looking for in the Symmetry, but the cigar is still a very good cigar and a nice addition to the Ashton brand.

MBombay Mora
Cigar Review: MBombay Mora (all vitolas)


Rarely do we ever review the same blend in multiple vitolas, unless there is something that warrants a later review of a different size. Yet, the MBombay Mora is such a wonderful cigar, that when Mel Shah of Bombay Tobak gave us the opportunity to try the entire MBombay line, it was readily apparent that this was a cigar of such complexity and quality that it deserved a little special treatment. So, for the first time ever we are reviewing each vitola in the line.

Drew Estate Pope of Greenwich Village Cigar a Smoke Inn Microblend
Cigar Review: Drew Estate Pope of Greenwich Village (Smoke Inn Microblend)



Smoke Inn’s latest Microblend is coming to shelves soon, and we were given the chance to try it a bit early. Like all of recent releases in the Microblend series, and (for that matter) all recent Drew Estate releases, it is a cigar that is going to be much talked about and sought after by cigar enthusiasts. When questioned about the new release, Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn Cigars stated, “I’m very excited to have my friends at Drew Estate joining us in Smoke Inn’s Microblend Series..."

Cubanacan Habano Rothchilds Cigar
Cigar Review: Cubanacan Habano Rothchilds



Cubanacan is still a relatively new boutique company, but is fast gaining traction with serious cigar enthusiasts. In 2006, the company began growing their own tobacco in Esteli and Jalapa, Nicaragua. Not long after, the founded their factory with just five pairs of rollers. Cubanacan means “where fertile land is abundant” and it is from the fertile Nicaraguan soil that some of Cubanacan’s tobacco gains their signature flavor. With the Cubanacan Habano Rothchilds, the company has managed to produce a complex medium bodied cigar at a very reasonable price.

Quesada Selección Espana H-Town Lancero from Stogies of Houston
Cigar Review: Quesada Selección España H-Town Lancero



Any fan of the lancero vitola has probably heard of the H-Town Lancero Series from Stogies World Class Cigars (especially if they are regular readers of ToastedFoot). Stogies’ owner Jorge Ahued is one of the biggest devotees to the lancero vitola, and has a series of exclusive lanceros that can’t be found anywhere else. The fourth installment in the H-Town Lancero Series is the Quesada Selección España, and it is a very impressive cigar.

Aug
03
2015

Cigar Review: La Aurora Untamed Belicoso

Cigar Review: La Aurora Untamed Belicoso

La Aurora Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Dominican Republic (Corojo) Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6 1/4” x 52 Strength: full Price: $9.00 MSRP Overall: Rating: 8.9 At 112 years old, La Aurora is the oldest continually operating cigar company, and in recent times the cigars (and their look)...

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Jul
31
2015

Cigar Review: Camacho American Barrel Aged

Cigar Review: Camacho American Barrel Aged

Camacho Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: USA (Broadleaf) Binder: USA (Broadleaf) Filler: USA (American Broadleaf, Pennsylvania Maduro) & Honduras (Corojo) Size: 6” x 50 Strength: full Price: $11.00 MSRP Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.1 Since their rebranding effort began, Camacho has done a great job of producing cigars that sell....

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Jul
24
2015

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Final Thoughts on This Year’s Show

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Final Thoughts on This Year’s Show

On the six hour drive back from New Orleans I had plenty of time to mull over what I believed were the overall trends, winners, losers and such that I noticed at IPCPR 2015. So, beginning with the caveat that these are my own personal opinions, I sit have decided to post the conclusions that I have come to while pontificating on the extremely long drive back to...

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Jul
21
2015

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 4 (Final Day)

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 4 (Final Day)

Finally, it’s the final day of the show! In some ways it seems like it’s been a very long show, and in other it seems like there just hasn’t been enough time. This year the convention space was so long that it was difficult to navigate, and required insane amounts of walking. (My phone says I’ve averaged 11.2 miles a day for the last three days.) Maybe I’m just...

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Jul
20
2015

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 3

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 3

Last night, I took it easy and when souvenir shopping and sightseeing, so that I’d be fully recovered for the extremely busy day and wild night that was ahead. Today was simply crazy, not just because there is just so much to see and do, but because it was the night of the Cigar Dojo Bash at Hemingway’s. Sure enough, it was an awesome (but busy) day and night....

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Jul
19
2015

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 2

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 2

I don’t know how, but it seems even hotter and more humid today than it did yesterday. Everyone at the IPCPR seems tired and worn out, maybe it’s from the heat or maybe it’s being hungover, but people are moving around the Convention Center floor a little more slowly today. So, while I do have some great new stuff to talk about there wasn’t anything quite as...

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Jul
18
2015

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 1

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 1

It’s another hot and muggy day here in New Orleans to kick off the IPCPR. How people lived here before air conditioning is something that I will never quite understand. Maybe that’s why this place used to be inhabited by pirates, because no one in their right mind would chase them here. Anyhow, on to the real reason I am supposed to be posting about… On...

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Jul
17
2015

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – First Night in NOLA

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – First Night in NOLA

There isn’t a ton of good things to report today, as it was more about checking in and getting registered. It was a long ride from Houston to New Orleans (like 5 cigars long), and I was too damn tired to do much other than register and check-in to the hotel. I did discover Cigar Factory New Orleans in the French Quarter. Basically, the make their own...

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Jul
14
2015

Press Release: AJ Fernandez to Introduce the “Enclave” at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans

Press Release: AJ Fernandez to Introduce the “Enclave” at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans

(Miami, Florida) July 13, 2015— A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing consistently highly rated and sought after cigars, is proud to unveil “Enclave” at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans. Following in the footsteps of the very popular New World cigar, the Enclave blend was a special collaboration between A.J. and his father Ismael Fernandez. The spirit of the...

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Jul
13
2015

Press Release: Duran Cigars to Release the “Santo” Cardenas Edition of the Roberto P. Duran Signature Series

Press Release: Duran Cigars to Release the “Santo” Cardenas Edition of the Roberto P. Duran Signature Series

  (Miami, Florida) July 8, 2015— Duran Cigars will be unveiling the Limited Edition Roberto P Duran Salomon rolled by Master Roller Crisanto “Santo”  Cardenas at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans. The 7¼ x 57  Salomon comes in individual, hand signed and numbered, cedar coffins housed in 5 count boxes.  All 3000 cigars have been personally rolled by Santo at our...

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Jul
12
2015

Press Release: Black Label Trading Company DELIVERANCE NOCTURNE

Press Release: Black Label Trading Company DELIVERANCE NOCTURNE

July 8, 2015 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the upcoming release of DELIVERANCE NOCTURNE: Hand crafted at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua; Deliverance Nocturne features a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper and is available in two custom Salomon vitolas. Deliverance Nocturne will be an addition to the Deliverance line, made throughout...

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Jul
12
2015

Press Release: Davidoff Escurio Range is Officially Revealed at Miami Pre-launch Party

Press Release: Davidoff Escurio Range is Officially Revealed at Miami Pre-launch Party

Basel/Miami, June 2015. Davidoff Cigars has unveiled its new Escurio cigar line in a spectacular setting at a Miami pre-launch event on June 25, 2015. Davidoff Escurio follows on the heels of the acclaimed Davidoff Nicaragua line – Cigar Aficionado’s Top 3 cigar of 2013 – in its quest to offer aficionados across the globe diverse and innovative experiences....

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Jun
25
2015

Press Release: Joya de Nicaragua to Release Cuatro Cinco “Reserva Especial”

Press Release: Joya de Nicaragua to Release Cuatro Cinco “Reserva Especial”

Estelí, Nicaragua – In 2013, during its 45th anniversary, Joya de Nicaragua released Cuatro Cinco – Edición Limitada, a beautiful cigar containing 100% Nicaraguan fillers and five year old ligeros aged inside vintage oak barrels. This Limited Edition exhibited a unique, seductive flavor and enchanting aroma that captivated consumers worldwide and...

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Jun
24
2015

Press Release: Smoke Inn’s 1st Microblend, Tatuaje Anarchy, to be Re-Released!

Press Release: Smoke Inn’s 1st  Microblend, Tatuaje Anarchy, to be Re-Released!

Boynton Beach, FL – June 1, 2015. Pre-orders for Tatuaje Anarchy will begin June 29 and will ship nationwide on July 13, 2015. All pre-orders can be made on Smoke Inn’s website, www.smokeinn.com In 2010 Smoke Inn teamed up with Pete Johnson of Havana Cellars to create their first Microblend Cigar. Pete Johnson, alongside the Garcia Family, carefully selected...

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Jun
23
2015

Cigar Review: Ashton Symmetry Sublime

Cigar Review: Ashton Symmetry Sublime

Ashton Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Unspecified Filler: Domican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 52 Strength: mild-medium Price: $14.00 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.7 It seems like late Ashton has spent most of its time and money on their brands from Don Pepín Garcia (San Cristobal and La Aroma de...

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Jun
17
2015

Cigar Review: La Aurora Puro Vintage 2006

Cigar Review: La Aurora Puro Vintage 2006

La Aurora Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador Binder: Brazil Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic & Brazil Size: 6 1/2″ x 52 Strength: medium Price: $18.75 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.6 La Aurora is the oldest continually operating cigar company, having been around since 1903, but too often the brand is forgotten about...

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Jun
09
2015

Davidoff 2015 Golden Band Award Nominees Announced

Davidoff 2015 Golden Band Award Nominees Announced

PINELLAS PARK, FL, JUNE 9, 2015 — Davidoff, the leading luxury premium cigar brand, announces the Fourth Annual Davidoff Golden Band Awards Show nominees, honoring those Appointed Merchants who best embody the Davidoff standard of excellence. The Fourth Annual Awards show will be part of an exclusive Davidoff event on July 19th at IPCPR in New Orleans, LA. This...

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Jun
08
2015

Cigar Review: La Palina Black Label

Cigar Review: La Palina Black Label

La Palina Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Brazil (Bahiano) Binder: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 50 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $10.50 MSRP Click here to but it now Overall Rating: 9.2 La Palina cigars are no stranger to regular readers of ToastedFoot. The La Palina Mr. Sam...

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Jun
03
2015

Press Release: 262 Releases Allegiance Lancero

Press Release: 262 Releases Allegiance Lancero

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 – To say that the guys at 262 Cigars are a little biased towards the Lancero vitola is a bit of an understatement. Earlier in the year, they let the news go that their next Lancero would grace the Allegiance lineup this summer. Well folks, summer is here and so is the Allegiance Lancero. This 7 x 38, Brazilian wrapped beauty makes for a...

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May
29
2015

Press Release: La Palina H-Town Lancero Arrives at Stogies on June 1st

Press Release: La Palina H-Town Lancero Arrives at Stogies on June 1st

Houston, TX – May 29, 2015 — Stogies World Class Cigars has is pleased to announce that the newest edition in the H-Town Lancero Series will arrive in store on June 1, and is an all new blend from La Palina Cigars. The La Palina H-Town will be the fifth edition in the much talked about H-Town Lancero Series from the Houston based brick & mortar and...

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May
28
2015

Cigar Review: MBombay Mora

Cigar Review: MBombay Mora

MBombay Cigars / Bombay Tobak Country: Costa Rica Wrapper: Dominican Republic Binder: Ecuador Filler: Dominican Republic, Peru & Ecuador Strength: medium to medium-full Average Rating: 9.2 Rarely do we ever review the same blend in multiple vitolas, unless there is something that warrants a later review of a different size. Yet, the MBombay Mora is such a...

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May
18
2015

Press Release: MBombay Announces the Release of their New Habano Blend

Press Release: MBombay Announces the Release of their New Habano Blend

Palm Desert, CA: B​ombay Tobak… creating their MBombay Brand of cigars, is truly focused on Flavor­forward blends. After receiving much success with their Connecticut Classic and Corojo Oscuro lines, they have decided to “shoot the gap” with a medium bodied, flavor­packed cigar designed once more to tantalize the palate! The M​Bombay HABANO ​is WELCOMED...

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May
04
2015

Cigar Review: Mason Dixon Project North Edition by Crowned Heads

Cigar Review: Mason Dixon Project North Edition by Crowned Heads

Crowned Heads Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium-full Price: $9.85 MSRP Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.8 The guys at Crowned Heads are on a roll; they picked up awards left and right last year. They had a cigar in our own Top Ten of 2014 (the Headley...

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May
01
2015

Cigar Review: Surrogates Animal Cracker by L’Atelier

Cigar Review: Surrogates Animal Cracker by L’Atelier

L’Atelier Imports / Surrogates  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Hanano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 60 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $9.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.2 As a brand, Surrogates was originally sold as an exclusive to Dan Welsh’s New Havana Cigar Company in two original blends (the...

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Apr
08
2015

Cigar Review: Drew Estate Pope of Greenwich Village (Smoke Inn Microblend)

Cigar Review: Drew Estate Pope of Greenwich Village (Smoke Inn Microblend)

Drew Estate Cigars / Smoke Inn Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres) Binder: USA (Connecticut Stalk-Cut Habano) Filler: Brazil (Mata Fina) & Nicaragua Size: 6” x 40 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $8.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.3 Smoke Inn’s latest Microblend is coming to shelves soon, and we were given the chance to...

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Apr
07
2015

Press Release: BG Meyer to Debute New “Gigantes” Line in April

Press Release: BG Meyer to Debute New “Gigantes” Line in April

LOS ANGELES, CA (APRIL 8th, 2015) –– Camacho Cigars and Rob Weiss are proud to introduce the BG Meyer Gigantes, an exciting new line extension and third addition to the BG Meyer by Camacho collaborative portfolio. Gigantes, which will begin shipping nationwide in mid-April, is set to debut on the heels of Cigar Aficionado’s 90-point rating of the BG Meyer...

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Apr
06
2015

Cigar Review: Cubanacan Habano Rothchilds

Cigar Review: Cubanacan Habano Rothchilds

Cubanacan Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Ecuador Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5″ x 50 Strength: mild-medium to medium Price: $5.75 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.9 Cubanacan is still a relatively new boutique company, but is fast gaining traction with serious cigar enthusiasts. In 2006, the company began growing their...

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Apr
01
2015

Cigar Review: 7-20-4 Hustler

Cigar Review: 7-20-4 Hustler

7-20-4 Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Brazil (Mata Fina) & Ecuador (Connecticut) Binder: Costa Rica Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 54 Strength: medium-bodied Price: $9.50 Overall Rating: 8.7 7-20-4 is one of the more interesting new brands to hit the cigar market in recent years. It is resurrected brand that was produced in Manchester, New Hampshire...

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Mar
31
2015

Press Release: The Davidoff Flagship Mother Store in Geneva Reopens with a New Look

Press Release: The Davidoff Flagship Mother Store in Geneva Reopens with a New Look

Basel/Geneva, Switzerland, March 2015 – Cigar lovers will soon be able to indulge in a completely unique and pleasurable experience in the heart of Geneva: The original Davidoff Flagship Store on Rue de Rive 2 has been revamped in accordance with the new globally standardized design concept “Davidoff of Geneva – since 1911″, and is reopening its...

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Mar
30
2015

Press Release: Espinosa Cigars Unveils Espinosa Especial

Press Release: Espinosa Cigars Unveils Espinosa Especial

Hialeah Gardens, Florida (March 26, 2015) – Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Cigars, has announced the release of a new cigar line, the Espinosa Especial. “It’s a new line, a new blend, a new cigar, but it’s everything you have come to expect from Espinosa Cigars and La Zona”, said Erik. Available in three vitolas: No. 1 – 6-1/2 x 48 No....

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Mar
27
2015

Cigar Review: Quesada Selección España H-Town Lancero

Cigar Review: Quesada Selección España H-Town Lancero

Quesada Cigars / Stogies World Class Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Arapiraca) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 7″ x 38 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $8.75 Overall Rating: 9.3 Any fan of the lancero vitola has probably heard of the H-Town Lancero Series from Stogies World Class...

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Mar
25
2015

Press Release: General Cigar Celebrates an Icon with Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150

Press Release: General Cigar Celebrates an Icon with Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150

General Cigar Company will debut Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150, the first and only cigar to feature a proprietary Habano Shade wrapper tobacco, the first ever grown in Esteli. Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150 is a 6” x 54 box-pressed offering handcrafted in Honduras. The blend features a classic Ecuadoran binder and a spicy combination...

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Mar
24
2015

Press Release: Tobacconist University Announces New Consumer Certification Program

Press Release: Tobacconist University Announces New Consumer Certification Program

New Jersey, March 23, 2015: Starting in April of 2015, Tobacconist University (TU) will hand off their consumer certification program to Certified Retail Tobacconists (CRT). The University updated this program allowing certified retailers the exclusive right to administer final exams to consumers who want to become certified. TU anticipates that these changes...

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Mar
23
2015

What’s In Your Humidor?: William Cooper (CigarCoop.com, Stogie Geeks & CMA President)

What’s In Your Humidor?: William Cooper (CigarCoop.com, Stogie Geeks & CMA President)

William Cooper is one of the stars of online cigar media. Know as Cigar Coop, his site personal site cigar-coop.com publishes cigar news, reviews and miscellaneous cigar industry happenings. Coop’s site is the place to go for cigar news (his news feed has been picked up by CigarDojo.com). You can also find Coop on the StogiesGeeks.com podcast and serving as the...

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Mar
13
2015

Contest: Win a Great Smoke 2015 Goodie Bag

Contest: Win a Great Smoke 2015 Goodie Bag

Every year, there is one event that both Willy and I. look forward to with the anticipation of a kid waiting for Christmas…Smoke Inn’s Great Smoke in West Palm Beach. One of the largest cigar events in the country, the Great Smoke was the brainchild of Smoke Inn’s Abe Dababneh. The event features the biggest and best manufacturers handing out cigars, live...

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Mar
02
2015

Cigar Review: Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014 by Crowned Heads

Cigar Review: Angel’s Anvil TAA 2014 by Crowned Heads

Crowned Heads Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Havana) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 7 1/8” x 49 Strength: medium Price: $10.50 MSRP Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.2 Crowned Heads recently celebrated their two year anniversary, and in their short history they have built an impressive brand. In 2014, they received the...

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Feb
23
2015

Press Release: Drew Estate Announces “Pope of Greenwich Village” Cigar As Part of Smoke Inn Microblend Series

Press Release: Drew Estate Announces “Pope of Greenwich Village” Cigar As Part of Smoke  Inn Microblend Series

Miami,  FL  – Drew  Estate  announced  today  that  they  would be participating  in Smoke  Inn’s  Microblend  series  with  a new  cigar  named  “Pope  of  Greenwich  Village”.  The  new  cigar will  be  released  in  Spring  2015  and  will  be  available  through Smoke Inn’s  South Florida-based  retail  stores  and  website. The  “Pope  of  Greenwich...

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Feb
11
2015

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Kudzu Gordo

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Kudzu Gordo

Southern Draw Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 60 Strength: full Price: $9.95 Overall Rating: 9.2 One day while hanging out at Stogies of Houston, I ran into Robert Holt from Southern Draw Cigars. After a very long conversation, I had the chance to try the Southern Draw Firethorn (which...

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Feb
05
2015

Press Release: Viva Republica Announces Limited-Edition Cigar – Jailbreak

Press Release: Viva Republica Announces Limited-Edition Cigar – Jailbreak

Miami, Florida- Viva Republica, a premium handmade cigar manufacturer is ready to launch a limited edition, one of a kind blend named: Jailbreak. Jailbreak is the latest in unique and innovative lines put forth by Jason Holly, President of Viva Republica. Jason Holly said” Jailbreak is a new concept in where a Lancero is buried inside of a 6’X 58 cigar trying...

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Feb
04
2015

What’s In Your Humidor: Jonathan David & Willy Styl (co-editors of ToastedFoot)

What’s In Your Humidor: Jonathan David & Willy Styl (co-editors of ToastedFoot)

Back in the old days of ToastedFoot there was a feature called “What’s in Your Humidor” that was a big hit with ToastedFoot’s readers. For some time we’ve wanted to bring it back to the site, but we wanted to make sure it was done properly in a way that honored the original while bring in a sense of the new ToastedFoot style. The...

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