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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.

Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express
Cigar Review: Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express



Once again, the Caldwell Cigar Company booth was one of the busiest at the IPCPR. It’s a testament to Robert Caldwell and the following that his cigars have gained over the past few years. One of the new cigar from Caldwell that keeps coming up in conversation is the Eastern Standard Midnight Express. (Mostly because my friend Lauren won’t shut up about it.) While not a standard “maduro version” of the Eastern Standard, since it is it’s own unique blend...

La Aurora Double Barrel Aged No. 2
Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos Double Barrel Aged No. 2


For the first time since adding La Aurora Preferidos Diamond No. 2 back in 2012, La Aurora has expanded the Preferidos line with a new blend. While the other cigars in the line are differentiated by the type of wrapper used (ie. Brazillian, Broadleaf, Cameroon), this time La Aurora is focusing on the aging process. After being rolled the cigars are aged for an additional 90 days, imparting an interesting sweetness to the cigar. The new La Aurora Preferidos Double Barrel Aged No. 2 is a good addition to the flagship Preferidos line.

HR Blue Maduro
Cigar Review: HR Blue Maduro



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 Cigar Industry 2015 List, then he teamed up with Spence Drake to expand the brand at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Shows in New Orleans with two new additions. The HR Blue is the new maduro added to the line, and uses tobacco from the original HR Habano blend covered in a Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper.

Herrera Esteli H-Town Lancero
Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town Lancero



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 released the Herrera Esteli TAA Maduro, and the latest Stogies store exclusive lancero is that blend in the vitola that only seems to fly off the shelves at Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas. Like the other cigars in the H-Town Series the Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town is a great cigar, and is definitely going to be sought after by hard core cigar enthusiasts.

Mar
03
2014

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 distribution throughout...

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Jan
14
2014

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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Sep
03
2013

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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Aug
13
2013

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 new...

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Aug
01
2013

Cigar Review: My Father El Centurion Robusto

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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