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Southern Draw Rose of Sharon
Cigar Review: Southern Draw Rose of Sharon



Last year released its first Connecticut cigar with the QuickDraw Connecticut, and since the release of that cigar, many have wondered if there would be a Connecticut addition to their core line of cigars. Finally, there is one, with the release of the Southern Draw Rose of Sharon. As with previous cigars in the core line, the company is keeping with its theme of flower plant name, while also drawing on the biblical expression that first appeared in the King James Bible in 1611...

Top Ten Cigars of 2016
Toasted Foot's Top Ten Cigars of 2016



Once again, it’s the time of the year when lists of all kinds appear, and amount them is our annual Top Ten Cigars list. It has been a very interesting year for the cigar industry. The FDA regulations seem to loom large over everything. Many new cigars were released this year, owing a lot to manufacturers trying to meet deadlines, and so there was an unusually high number of impressive releases this year. This made putting together this year’s Top Ten List harder to put together than in years past...

Top Ten Cigars of 2016 - Honorable Mention List
Toasted Foot's Top Ten Cigars of 2016 - Honorable Mention List



So many great cigars were released this year, and unfortunately not all of them can make our Top Ten List, but are nonetheless stand out enough to be acknowledged and shared with our readers. Our annual Honorable Mentions list serves as a place to tip our hat to the cigars that were in the running for the Top Ten, but did not quite make the cut for one reason or another.

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.

Jun
23
2017

Cigar Review: Davidoff Series 702 Aniversario No. 3

Davidoff AG Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (702) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6” x 50 Strength: medium Price: $26.90 Overall Rating: 9.2 Rarely does a specific tobacco attain a celebrity status of its own, but Davidoff’s proprietary Ecuadorian 702 wrapper is one such type of tobacco. The 702 wrapper has been a part...

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Jun
19
2017

Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Antidote (2017) Collector’s Edition

Viaje Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Undisclosed Binder: Undisclosed Filler: Undisclosed Size: 6 1/4” x 50 Strength: medium-full Price: $9.98 Overall Rating: 8.9 For years, Viaje has laid claim to Zombie themed cigars, with cigars like the Zombie Supershot, the Zombie Antidote and the recent Zombie Farmer Bill Hatchet. This year, there is a new Collector’s...

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Jun
12
2017

Cigar Review: Guaimaro Torpedo

Guaumaro Cigars / Popsiech Inc Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres) Binder: Brazil (Arapiraca Castaño) Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6” x 54 Strength: Medium-full to full Price: $8.75 Overall Rating: 8.9 Esteban Disla is the factory manager and co-owner of Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño, which has become famous for producing the...

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Jun
05
2017

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Rose of Sharon

Southern Draw Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Sun Grown Connecticut) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic Size: 6” x 52 Strength: mild-medium Price: $9.99 Overall Rating: 9.0 Last year released its first Connecticut cigar with the QuickDraw Connecticut, and since the release of that cigar, many have wondered if there would be...

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May
02
2017

Cigar Review: Davidoff Year of the Rooster Limited Edition 2017

Davidoff AG Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Dominican Republic (San Vincente Mejorado) Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6 3/4” x 50 Strength: mild-medium to medium Price: $39.99 Overall Rating: 9.1 Back in 2012, Davidoff began making cigars to celebrate Chinese New Year with the launch of the Year of the Snake. With the Year of...

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Feb
06
2017

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana 2017 Football Special Edition

La Flor Dominicana Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano and Connecticut Shade) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6 1/2” x 52 x 60 Strength: medium Price: $15.00 Overall Rating: 8.6 Super Bowl LI is over, and once again the Patriots have won it all (despite no one telling the Falcons they were supposed to loose)....

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Jan
31
2017

Cigar Review: Fratello Oro “The Boxer”

Fratello Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut) Binder: Cameroon Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic Size: 6 1/4” x 52 Strength: mild-medium to medium Price: $9.50 Overall Rating: 9.2 Omar de Frias introduced his first Connecticut cigar at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show. Teaming up with the Dominican’s storied La Aurora factory,...

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Dec
31
2016

Toasted Foot’s Most Fascinating People in the Cigar Industry 2016

Two year’s ago, while watching the Barbara Walters special, I jokingly posted a list of my Most Fascinating People in the Cigar Industry to Facebook. When my buddy Jorge (who made last year’s list) saw it, he pointed out that in an expanded form it would make a great feature for ToatedFoot.com. One year later, our first annual Most Fascinating People in the...

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Dec
27
2016

Toasted Foot’s Top Ten Cigars of 2016 – Honorable Mentions

Every year, there are some cigars that are so good that they really stood out, but for one reason or another did not make our annual Top Ten Cigars list. Many of those great cigars are ones that we feel deserve some acknowledgement, and we believe are worth pointing to our readers. The answer was to create the Honorable Mentions list, of cigars that very well...

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Dec
21
2016

Toasted Foot’s Top Ten Cigars of 2016

Once again, it’s the time of the year when lists of all kinds appear, and amount them is our annual Top Ten Cigars list. It has been a very interesting year for the cigar industry. The FDA regulations seem to loom large over everything. Many new cigars were released this year, owing a lot to manufacturers trying to meet deadlines, and so there was an unusually...

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Dec
17
2016

Cigar Review: Padrón 1926 Serie No. 90 Maduro

Padron Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Maduro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2” x 52 Strength: full Price: $19.50 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.1 To celebrate the 90th birthday of José Orlando Padrón, there are two new releases this year from Padrón Cigars, the 1926 Serie No. 90 with both Natural and Maduro wrappers....

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Dec
15
2016

Cigar Review: Montecristo Pilotico

Altadis USA Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 52 Strength: medium Price: $16.90 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 8.7 Last year, Altadis released the Montecristo 80th Anniversary that made use of special Pilotico from Pepe Mendez. This year, in a...

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Dec
13
2016

Cigar Review: Serino Royale Maduro XX

Serino Cigar Co.  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000 Maduro Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium-full Price: $10.50 Overall Rating: 9.1 The Serino Royale Maduro XX, though from a brand that is new, is technically a  20th Anniversary cigar, due to the fact it is owned by people behind APS Distributors, which...

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Dec
05
2016

Cigar Review: Protocol Lancero from Cubariqueño Cigar Company

Cubariqueño Cigar Company Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua (Habano) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 7 1/2” x 38 Strength: full Price: $10.50 Overall Rating: 9.2 When Juan Cancel and Bill Ive’s Cubariqueño Cigar Company launched with the Protocol it was one of the surprises of last year’s trade show. This year the boutique brand adds...

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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: 9.0 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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