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Monte Cristo Espada Nicaraguan Cigar
Cigar Review: Monte Cristo Espada Guard



As I’ve said before, I’m quite impressed with what Altadis has been doing with its long standing brands. (See my earlier H. Upmann The Banker review.) From the Monte Cristo Epic to the Monte by Monte Cristo, Altadis has been changing the way serious cigar enthusiasts view their cigars. So, when it was announced that an all Nicaraguan Monte Cristo made in a collaboration between Grupo de Maestros and the Plasencia family, I was understandably excited to see the finished product.

La Jugada Nunchuck Cigar for Cigar Dojo
Cigar Review:La Jugada Nunchuck


The La Jugada Nunchuck is the third cigar blend to be released by Moya Ruiz Cigars. It is a limited edition cigar created for the Cigar Dojo online cigar site and social network. In keeping with the dojo theme, the cigars are packaged to resemble a pair of nunchucks. Only 1,000 boxes of 10 cigars are being released to La Jugada retailers across the country, and they should sell out pretty quickly. So far, Moya Ruiz Cigars has released really good high quality cigars made at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory.

Torano Vault A-008 Cigar
Cigar Review: Toraño Vault A-008 Torpedo


The Toraño Family has a long history in the cigar industry dating all the way back to 1916. However, the story of the Toraño Vault line of cigars dates to 1982 when Carlos Toraño Sr. began writing down the family’s blends in a “blend book” to keep track of the blends released and those that never left the factory. The book was locked away in a vault (hence the line’s name) until Charlie Toraño revisited the blend captured in the book. Blend A-008 dates to 2000, but was never released because it was missing something...

Caldwell Long Live the King Lancero cigar
Cigar Review: Caldwell Long Live the King Lancero


Robert Caldwell has been in the cigar industry a long time, but his boutique brand Caldwell Cigars is something new. They are still in the process of rolling out the line at select shops across the country. There is a quality and passion to these cigars that is very impressive. Perhaps the star of the new Caldwell line is the Long Live The King lancero. Wood and spice dominate this flavorful superbly constructed medium bodied lancero.

My Father La Antiguedad cigar
Cigar Review: My Father La Antiguedad


With their newest release, My Father has resurrected an old Cuban brand called La Antiguedad. The name translates as “The Antiquity” and it is similar to the Flor de las Antillas in appearance. This latest My Father cigar features an Ecuadorian wrapper with double Nicaraguan binders (both Criollo and Corojo). With chocolate and coffee as the backbone, there are also flavors of hazelnut, leather, spice and pepper. The La Antiguedad is a flavorful full bodied cigar that is sure to delight fans of the Garcia family.

Leccia Luchador Loco Perfecto Cigar
Cigar Review: Leccia Luchador Loco Perfecto


The Leccia Luchador takes it name from the famous masked Lucha Libre wrestlers in Mexico. Like those wrestlers the Luchador Loco Perfecto (litter all meaning “crazy perfect” in Spanish) is a spicy and peppery heavyweight that is sure to please. Packed full of every conceivable pepper flavor from crush red and ground black to green pepper. It’s an interesting mix of tobaccos that gives the Luchador its unique problem, including use of Pennsylvania Ligero.

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Guest Article: The FDA is Officially Creeping Into Your Humidor by Glynn Loope


We wrote our first article about what federal regulation of cigars could mean on June 12, 2009. Seems like a lifetime. During that time, many thought it was a case of ‘crying wolf,’ with thoughts the U.S. Food & Drug Administration would be consumed with attacking other tobacco products well into the next decade, or even another generation. On that date in June of ’09, I stated “the actions of the agency will have to be monitored on a consistent basis.”

601 La Bomba Bunker Buster Cigar from Smoke Inn Mircoblend
Cigar Review: 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster (Smoke Inn Mircoblend)



On June 6th, the anniversary of D-Day, Smoke Inn will release the latest cigar in its Microblend Series, the 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster from Espinosa cigars. A large launch party will be held at the Smoke Inn Casa de Monte Cristo in Boyton Beach, where to honor those who served our country, any active or former military will receive a free cigar and cocktail with a military ID. It’s nice to see the military aspect of the 601 Bunker Buster carried over to even its launch party.

Press Release:Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Proudly Announce  Distribution Partnership

Miami, FL, March 3, 2014: Royal Agio Cigars and Drew Estate Tobacco Company are pleased to announce exclusive distribution agreement effective April 1st 2014. Drew Estate will market, sell, and distribute all Royal Agio Cigar brands in the United States. This agreement expands Royal Agio Cigars’ reach across the broad channels of tobacco...

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Top 10 Cigars of 2013

Top 10 Cigars of 2013

Well another year has passed and with that we reflect on the year that was.  For me personally, it was an exciting and challenging year.  My professional responsibilities grew and the time required for that, and my son getting older, took away from the time I had dedicated for writing reviews.  For that I humbly apologize to you, my readers. And with that I...

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Cigar Review: Ezra Zion Tantrum

Ezra Zion Tantrum Size: Box Pressed Petit Corona  4 11/25″ x 44 Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Strength: Full Price: $9.50   Grade: 9.0 Last year I was one of the first to review Ezra Zion’s Jamais Vu (formerly known as (Inception) and I said then that it was “a terrific launching point”.  Since then...

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Cigar Review: Sindicato “Hex” Churchill

Sindicato “Hex” Churchill Size: 7” x 54 Wrapper: Dark Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Strength: Medium   Price: $8.75 Click here for More Info Grade: 8.9 One of the biggest stories emerging from this past years IPCPR trade show was the launching of the brand Sindicato.  Why is this different from every other year where...

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My Father El Centurion Robusto Size: Robusto ( 5 3/4″ x 50) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo 98 Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo, Corojo Habano and Sancti Spiritus Strength: Medium Price: $7.50 msrp Click here to buy now Grade: 9.1 One of the big surprises last year was word that My Father would be re-releasing the El Centurion blend for...

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