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WIYH Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn Cigars & Kiss My Ash Radio
What's In Your Humidor?: Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn Cigars & Kiss My Ash Radio


Abe Dababneh, proprietor of Smoke Inn, is a more than living legend in the cigar industry, he is a personal friend of myself and Willy. Abe has an empire contesting of a regional retail cigar powerhouse (12 Smoke Inn retail locations), a massive online presence (smokeinn.com), one of the biggest and best cigar festivals anywhere (the annual Great Smoke), a sought after series of cigars (the Smoke Inn Microblend Series) a successful poker tournament (Smoke Inn Poker Series) and a weekly radio show (Kiss My Ash Radio).

Euforia Dominican Cigar from GMD Cigars
Cigar Review: Euforia (Dominican) Toro by GMD Cigars



Global Marketing & Distribution (GMD) Cigars may have an unappealing name, but they have some extremely appealing cigars in their portfolio. At the IPCPR in New Orleans I discovered the appeal of these impressive luxury cigars. The Dominican Euforia (yes, it’s spelled that way) is a flavorful medium bodied cigar with the quality that one would expect from a cigar produced at Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Woody by Oscar Cigar
Cigar Review: The Woody by Oscar



Oscar Valladares has made a name for himself making unique cigars. There’s the Leaf by Oscar (wrapped in a tobacco leaf rather than cello), the Big Johnny (an 8” x 66 version of the Leaf Maduro) and the Island Jim No. 2 (that looks like a No. 2 pencil). Now, Oscar has released a cigar (mainly for events) that is a massive 21” x 100 vitola, and comes in individual coffins. While the Woody is more for show than anything else, it is a smokeable cigar and is actually surprisingly good.

Aj Fernandez Enclave Figurado Cigar
Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Enclave Figurado


One year ago, AJ Fernandez teamed up with his father Ismael to create the New World, and followed it up with the New World Connecticut. (See our earlier New World review.) Now, they have once again partnered together in the creation of the AJ Fernandez Enclave. Beginning with the New World, there has been a reworking of the AJ Fernandez Portfolio that has been very well done. With an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper and African Cameroon binder, the Enclave is a very distinctive addition to the AJ brand.

Cabal Esoteric Robusto Cigar
Cigar Review: Cabal Esoteric Robusto



While developing the Cabal core line at KBF, Chris Arolfo went through 21 blends or so with many of those being tweaked several times. According to Chris there was one robusto that he kept coming back to again and again, despite the fact that it did not fit into the core line flavor profile. Yet, it was too good a cigar to let go, so the Cabal Esoteric Robusto was born. The result is a medium bodied cigar with a very interesting flavor profile.

Warped La Colmena Amado No 44 Cigar
Cigar Review: Warped La Colmena No. 44



With so many boutique brands on the market being started by cigar industry celebrities, it is rare for a new brand to burst onto to the scene with the kind of quality, style, character and positive press that Jupiter, Florida based Warped Cigars has. While many boutiques fail to live up to the hype, Warped seems to surpass the hype. Although owner Kyle Gellis’ company began in 2009, in the last year and a half the company has really come into its own. With cigars coming from El Titan de Bronze and Casa Fernandez...

Sep
04
2015

Cigar Review: La Boheme Musico

Boutique Blends Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6 1/4” x 60 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $10.50 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.1 Rafael Nodal and Hank Bischoff’s Boutique Blends Cigars has built a solid name for itself both with online and print...

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Sep
02
2015

Cigar Giveaway: #SouthernDrawSeptember Giveaway All Month Long

Southern Draw Cigars and ToastedFoot bring you #SouthernDrawSeptember all month long! Southern Draw Cigars may be considered a “newcomer” to the cigar industry, but they have managed to set the cigar world to talking with high ratings and quality cigars that live up to the “simply the perfect draw” line they use in their advertising. Founded by U.S. veterans,...

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Sep
01
2015

What’s In Your Humidor?: Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn Cigars & Kiss My Ash Radio

Abe Dababneh, proprietor of Smoke Inn, is a more than living legend in the cigar industry, he is a personal friend of myself and Willy. Abe has an empire contesting of a regional retail cigar powerhouse (12 Smoke Inn retail locations), a massive online presence (smokeinn.com), one of the biggest and best cigar festivals anywhere (the annual Great Smoke), a...

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Aug
31
2015

Cigar Review: La Palina Red Label

La Palina Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Ecuador Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6” x 50 Strength: medium Price: $10.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.2 The La Palina cigars coming from El Titan De Bronze have built a reputation for quality and consistency, but often overlooked are the high...

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Aug
28
2015

Cigar Review: Euforia (Dominican) Toro by GMD Cigars

GMD Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicargua, Peru Size: 6” x 50 Strength: medium Price: $14.00 Overall Rating: 9.0 Global Marketing & Distribution (GMD) Cigars may have an unappealing name, but they have some extremely appealing cigars in their portfolio. At the IPCPR...

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Aug
26
2015

What’s In Your Humidor?: Master Sensei (Cigar Dojo)

There’s few people in the cigar media world that I admire more than Eric Guttormson (Master Sensei) over at Cigar Dojo. In a very short time Dojo has gone from a cigar blog to a cigar media empire with a mobile app, weekly contests, an online show (Smoke Night Live), merchandise (there’s even Dojo trading cards), events and cigars sold through third...

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Aug
24
2015

Cigar Review: The Woody by Oscar

Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.  Country: Honduras Wrapper: Honduras Binder: Honduras Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua Size: 21” x 100 Strength: full to very full Price: $50.00 (approximate price) Overall Rating: n/a Overall Opinion: Good Final Smoking Time: 3.5 hours Oscar Valladares has made a name for himself making unique cigars. There’s the Leaf by...

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Aug
19
2015

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente King T Rosado

Arturo Fuente Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Rosado Sun Grown) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 7” x 49 Strength: mild-medium to medium Price: $11.98 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.0 Rumor has it that the Fuente King T Rosado began as a mistake when someone at the factory accidentally used the rosado...

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Aug
17
2015

Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Enclave Figurado

AJ Fernandez Cigars  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosado) Binder: Cameroon Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 52 Strength: medium-full to ful Price: $6.90 Overall Rating: 9.1 One year ago, AJ Fernandez teamed up with his father Ismael to create the New World, and followed it up with the New World Connecticut. (See our earlier New World review.)...

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Aug
14
2015

Cigar Review: Cabal Esoteric Robusto

Cabal Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Dominican Republic Binder: Peru & Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & USA (Pennsylvania) Size: 5” x 50 Strength: medium Price:  Overall Rating: 8.9 While developing the Cabal core line at KBF, Chris Arolfo went through 21 blends or so with many of those being tweaked several times....

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Aug
12
2015

Cigar Review: Warped La Colmena No. 44

Warped Cigars Country: USA (Miami) Wrapper: Ecuador (Deflorada) Binder: Ecuador Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic Size: 5 1/2” x 44 Strength: medium Price: $14.50 Overall Rating: 9.3 With so many boutique brands on the market being started by cigar industry celebrities, it is rare for a new brand to burst onto to the scene with the kind of quality,...

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Jul
13
2015

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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