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QuickDraw Connecticut by Southern Draw Cigars
Cigar Review: QuickDraw Connecticut by Southern Draw Cigars


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 Top Ten Cigars of 2015. With their QuickDraw line, Southern Draw has created some small, but no less flavorful cigars at a reasonable price. The QuickDraw Connecticut in the line to be released in two vitolas, and joins the QuickDraw Habano and QuickDraw Pennsylvania.

Espinosa Habano (2015) Cigar Review
Cigar Review: Espinosa Habano (2015)


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 Factory. One of the new releases on display was a rebranded and reblended Espinosa Habano. Similar to the original Espinosa Habano, the 2015 version is a full flavor and full bodied cigar at a very reasonable price.

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What's In Your Humidor? w/ Rocky Patel



t’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 community. His Rocky Patel Premium Cigars brand is know worldwide, and for good reason.

Why I Love Cigars - 100 Cigar Giveaway to Celebrate JD\
Contest Update: Why I Love Cigars - 100 Cigar Giveaway to Celebrate JD's Wedding



The response to our Why I Love Cigars Contest was amazing. There were 177 total entries of all kinds. Some were long, some were short, some were serious, and some were quite funny. I think that Dave G’s entry put it best, “I love cigar because of all the wonderful, amazing stories like there from all these incredible people. After reading through all these comments, all I can say is Wow! Well done everyone!”

Cornelius Cigar by Cornelius & Anthony
Cigar Review: Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony



The Bailey Family, which has been growing tobacco in Virginia for 150 years, has expanded their portfolio to include the premium cigar brand Cornelius & Anthony. Brand owner Steven Bailey has named their new release after his grandfather Cornelius Bailey, who ran the family’s first tobacco business back in 1866. The Cornelius is being produced at Miami’s El Titan de Bronze Factory, and like other cigars coming from the factory is a well constructed complex cigar that is sure to be a hit with avid cigar enthusiasts.

Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32
Cigar Review: Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32



At the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans, Master Blends Cigar Company, owned by Luis Gutierrez and Juan Carlos Rojas, announced the Manolo Estate Cuban Heritage line to be produced in the Dominican Republic. The brand’s name pays tribute to Manual “Manolo” Rojas, and the multiple generations of the Rojas and Gutierrez families that have been in the cigar industry. The Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32 manages to mix flavor and strength at an exceptional value.

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 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 anticipated annual TAA...

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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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Apr
01
2016

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Twentieth Lancero

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Honduras Binder: Honduras Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua Size: 7 1/2” x 38 Strength: medium Price: $9.95 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.1 In 1995, Rocky Patel launched entered the cigar industry, and began on a path to cigar stardom. To celebrate his first ten years in the business he released...

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Mar
30
2016

Cigar Review: Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony Cigars

Cornelius & Anthony  Country: USA (Miami) Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Special Reserve) Binder: Ecuador Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2” Strength: medium Price: $13.50 Overall Rating: 9.4 The Bailey Family, which has been growing tobacco in Virginia for 150 years, has expanded their portfolio to include the premium cigar brand Cornelius & Anthony. Brand owner...

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Mar
30
2016

La Aurora 1962 Corojo and La Aurora 1987 Connecticut Now In Stores

(Miami, Florida) March 2016 – La Aurora is pleased to announce that the La Aurora 1962 Corojo and the La Aurora 1987 Connecticut are now in stores. La Aurora is celebrating their 113 years in existence. These two blends are dedicated to the years in which they began working with the types of wrappers used on each. The La Aurora 1962 features a corojo wrapper,...

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Mar
29
2016

Press Release: Smoke Inn’s 11th Microblend by Davidoff to be Released

In celebration of their fifteenth anniversary, in 2010 Smoke Inn began collaborating with some of the world’s greatest manufacturers to create a collection of unique store exclusives called the Microblend Series.TM It only seemed fitting that the 11th installment of this series would be in celebration of Smoke Inn’s twentieth anniversary. Smoke Inn is proud to...

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