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Top 10 Cigars of 2013
TOP 10 CIGARS OF 2013


Choosing a top 10 list is no easy feat, it gets even harder when your very own rules restrict you to only include the cigars that were reviewed. There are cigars I smoke regularly, or love tremendously that will not appear on the list as they were not smoked for review. So just like last year, here are the factors that went into the list...

Cigar Review: Crémo Cigars Capa Caliente


A few weeks ago we broke the news that Crémo Cigars was preparing to launch there third blend, the Capa Caliente. The Capa Caliente, like all of the Crémo blends, is hand rolled at the tiny boutique El Titan de Bronze factory on Calle Ocho. Rolled in the Entubo style by some...

Cigar Review: Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel – A Smoke Inn Microblend



Back in March I mentioned during my Big Delicious review that there was a rumor of a Quesada-Smoke Inn Microblend in the works. Last week Smoke Inn Cigars confirmed the rumor with the press release published here. The concept is simple, a tribute to “Dunkel” or “dark” Bavarian Ale which is fitting since the annual, limited, Oktoberfest blend was blended with a goal of being a pairing cigar for this seasonal beer. The “Dunkel” takes it to the next level by incorporating the same...

La Palina Goldie Laguito no.5
Cigar News: Press Release: Smoke Inn’s Newest Microblend – Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel



Smoke Inn has once again teamed up with a manufacturer for our seventh installment of our highly regarded Microblend SeriesTM. Smoke Inn together with Manuel Quesada of Quesada Cigars are proud to present the world a very special limited version of Quesada Cigars’ highly acclaimed...

Cigar Review: Ezra Zion Tantrum


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 the Ezra Zion boys have been busy making a real foothold in the boutique cigar market by signing a distribution deal with Emilio Cigars and launching new lines including the Honor Series....

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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: Crémo Cigars Capa Caliente

Crémo Cigars Capa Caliente Size: Toro (6″  x 52) Wrapper: Dark Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican Strength: Full Price:  $ 12 MSRP Grade: 9.1 A few weeks ago we broke the news that Crémo Cigars was preparing to launch there third blend, the Capa Caliente. The Capa Caliente, like all of the Crémo blends, is hand...

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Cigar Review: CyB Lancero Fino

CyB Lancero Fino Size: 7” x 38 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Dominican Piloto Cubano (from La Canela) Filler: Nicaraguan (Estelí & Ometepe), Peruvian Strength: Medium   Price: $10.25   Grade: 9.3   The CyB line (formerly Cuenca y Blanco) is not just the brainchild of Jose Blanco and Joya de Nicaragua’s brand owner Dr. Alejandro Martinez...

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Cigar Review: Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel – A Smoke Inn Microblend

Size: Toro  (6″ x  54) Wrapper: Broadleaf Maduro & Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Cuban Seed Criollo, Olor Viso & Ligero Strength: Medium-Full Price:  $8.95 Click here to buy now Grade: 9.2 Back in March I mentioned during my Big Delicious review that there was a rumor of a Quesada-Smoke Inn Microblend in the works. ...

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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 News: Press Release: G.A.R. DELI CUSTOM CIGAR ORDERS

G.A.R. DELI CUSTOM CIGAR ORDERS George Rico announces the launch of G.A.R. Deli custom blended cigars out of Little Havana factory. Miami, Florida – G.R. Tabacaleras Co. Cigar Factory. About three years ago, George Rico envisioned developing a project where his customers could create their own cigar blends without having to go through the very costly process...

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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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Cigar Review: La Palina Classic Robusto

La Palina Classic Robusto Size: 5” x 52 Wrapper: Brazil (Habano) Binder: Ecuador Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price: $7.50 Click here to buy now Grade: 9.0 After my glowing review of the La Palina “Goldie” I thought it would be interesting to explore something a little more accessible from the La Palina brand.  That...

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Cigar News: Press Release: First Look: Camacho Blackout Limited Edition 2013

The New Camacho BLACKOUT Limited Edition 2013 utilizes tobaccos from 4-different years. Wrapper grown in 2006, Binder from 2009, Fillers from 2003, 2008, 2009. The rolled cigars where then aged together another 2-years, when the normal marrying process is normally just a few months. Wrapper, which was picked from the top 2/3’s of the plant, was fermented...

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Cigar Review: La Palina “Goldie” Laguito no.5

La Palina “Goldie” Laguito no.5 Size:  Laguito no. 5 (5 5/8″ x 54) Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Binder: Ecuador Filler:  Nicaragua, Dominican Republic Strength: Medium-full Price:  $18 MSRP Click here to buy now Grade: 9.5 Last year Bill Paley and his La Palina Cigars delivered one of the most memorable cigar offerings of the year with the...

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Cigar Review:  La Flor Dominicana TAA 2013 Double Press Maduro

Size: 6” x 52 Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium-to-Full Price: $8.00 Click here to buy now Grade: 8.4 Last year, as part of the Tobacconist Association of America’s limited store release’s La Flor Dominicana released a revised version of their opular air bender cloaked in an Ecuadorian Habano...

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Cigar Review: Viaje Super Lance Exclusivo

Viaje Super Lance Exclusivo Size: 7.5” x 46 Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $10.80 Click here to buy now Grade: 8.0 The ninth vitola to be released in Viaje Cigars’ Exclusivo series, the Super Lance Exclusivo is another take on brand owner Andre Farkas’ personal blend.  The Exclusivo happens...

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Cigar Review: La Jugada “Prieto” Robusto

La Jugada “Prieto” Robusto Size: Robusto (5″ x 50) Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price: $8.00 msrp Click here to buy now Grade: 9.0 La Jugada “Prieto”, a new brand that launched at the end of 2012 by longtime friends Danny Moya and Nelson Ruiz, is one of the latest cigars to...

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Cigar Review: Casa Magna Domus Magnus II Optimus

Casa Magna Domus Magnus II Optimus Size: 5.75” x 52 Wrapper: Jalapa Sun Grown 2009 (Nicaragua) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price: $8.45 Click here to buy now Grade: 8.8 One of last years more quiet success stories was Quesada’s release of the Domus Magnus, a limited release of 1000 boxes in three Vitolas.  This year the...

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Cigar Review: Espinosa Maduro Toro

Espinosa Maduro Toro Size: 6” x 52 Wrapper: Mexican Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-to-Full (airing on the side of Full) Price: $8.60 Click here to buy now Grade: 9.2 Having hit store shelves roughly a month ago, the Espinosa Maduro is the namesake follow-up to Erik Espinosa’s first solo release, the Espinosa Habano. Made in his...

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Cigar Review: Ortega Serie “D” No. 9

Ortega Serie “D” No. 9 Size: Lancero (6 1/2″ x 38 ) Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro Binder: Esteli, Nicaragua Filler: Esteli & Jalapa, Viso & Ligero Strength: Medium Price: $8.25 msrp Click here to buy now Grade: 9.4 Eddie Ortega made quite the splash last year when he and long time partner, Erik Espinosa, split EO Brands and Eddie...

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Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos “Diamond”

La Aurora Preferidos “Diamond” Size: Preferidos No.2 ( 5″ x 54) Wrapper: Connecticut BroadLeaf Binder:  Dominican Maduro Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium Price:  $20 Click here to buy now Grade: 9.2 Unveiled last summer at IPCPR and released in October, The Preferidos “Diamond” is an extension of the La Aurora Preferidos line. ...

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Cigar Review: Ezra Zion Cigars-Honor Series “Reagan”

Ezra Zion Cigars-Honor Series “Reagan” Size: President (6 3/4″ x 54) Wrapper: Nicaraguan 2006 Sun Grown Habano Binder:  Nicaraguan 2006 Cuban Seed Filler: Nicaraguan 2007 Seco, Viso, Ligero Strength: Medium-Full Price:  $12.50 Grade: 8.9 Last summer we were approached by the guys from Cigar Federation to review their initial entry into the...

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Cigar Review: Room 101 Big Delicious

Room 101 “Big Delicious”-Smoke Inn Microblend Series Size: Torpedo (6 1/4″ x 42/54) Wrapper: Special High Grade Habano 2000 Binder: N/A Filler: Brazilian, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican Strength: Medium-Full Price:  $8.95 Click here to buy now Grade: 9.2 Well, we’re back after a little unplanned hiatus.  The last few weeks were quite...

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Cigar Review: Drew Estate MUWAT Digital Son 6

Drew Estate MUWAT Digital Son 6 Size: Corona (5 ” x 42) Wrapper: Mexican-San Andres Binder: Conneticut Shade Filler: Brazilian Mata-Fina, Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price:  $6.95 Grade: 9.1 At the end of last year Cigar-Coop.com and LeafandGrape.com broke the news of a line extension to the popular My Uzi Weighs a Ton (MUWAT) joint collaboration...

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Cigar Review: Quesada Heisenberg Corneta Cuadrada

Quesada Heisenberg Corneta Cuadrada Size: Corneta Cuadrada (5 3/4″ x 44/48/55) Wrapper: N/A Binder: N/A Filler: N/A Strength: Medium Click here to buy now Price:  $6.95 MSRP Hang tight readers, in the spirit of the Heisenberg Principle, we are going to “Embrace Uncertainty” and change things up just a little on this review! The Heisenberg,...

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Cigar Review: 1502 Black Gold Toro

1502 Black Gold Toro Size: Toro (6 ” x 50) Wrapper: Sun Grown Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price:  Unknown (Samples provided by Emilio Cigars, distributor of 1502, various web reports suggest a $6-$8 range) Grade: 8.6 A little while ago I received a package of cigars from Gary Griffith, head honcho and leader of the...

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Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Oro Maduro Tubo No. 6

La Flor Dominicana Oro Maduro Tubo No. 6 Size: Toro (6″ x 54) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Full Price: $13 MSRP Grade: 8.9 When I wrote my review of the La Flor Dominicana LG Diez Chisel last year I mentioned that I don’t always smoke Dominican cigars, however La Flor is one of those brands that...

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Cigar Review: Emilio Cigars La Musa Mousa Torpedo

Emilio Cigars La Musa Mousa Torpedo Size: Torpedo (6 1/2 ” x 52) Wrapper: Habano Rosado Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price: $8.75 MSRP My interest in Emilio cigars began, like so many others, in reading a lot of the published reviews that were emerging in 2011 regarding Gary Griffith’s young company. Unfortunately,...

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Cigar Review: Crémo Classic Maduro Intrepidus

Crémo Classic Maduro Intrepidus Size: Toro (6″ x 52) Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $12 MSRP So it’s been a few a little while since I’ve had a chance to publish a review. Between the holidays and work, time was at a premium. Throw in a few days of being sick after new years and...

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Toasted Foot Top 10 of 2012 – Honorable Mentions

 Honorable Mentions: There are a few cigars that were either near misses, or otherwise noteworthy, and while they didn’t make my top 10 list, but I’d like to give them a mention.       Arturo Fuente-Solaris  Reviewed by my buddy Da Mayor from the Gar Shop, this well aged Belicoso from Fuente, and part of Smoke Inn’s Micro blend...

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Toasted Foot Top 10 of 2012 – Full List & Contest!

Congratulations to Tx_Tuff who is the winner of our top 10 of 12 Sampler. Thanks for your support, the sampler is on its way! CONTEST HAS ENDED – WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!   Well it’s that time of the year when we reflect back on the year that was and in this case, the cigars we smoked. 2012 was a remarkable year for ToastedFoot.com and...

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Cigar Review: Liga Privada Único Serie Papas Fritas

Liga Privada Único Serie Papas Fritas Size: Petit Corona (4 1/2″ x 44) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran Strength: Medium Price: $5.99 MSRP The Papas Fritas is the latest edition to the Unico Serie, Drew Estate’s limited small batch line that includes such legendary cigars as the Dirty Rat,...

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Cigar Review: P. Benitez Cigars- Antonio Benitez Corona

P. Benitez Cigars- Antonio Benitez Corona Size: Corona (5.5″ x 42) Wrapper: Honduran Habano Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, Mexican Strength: Medium Price: $5.80 MSRP The Antonio Benitez is the latest offering from Paul Benitez Cigars, a small boutique brand with a factory in Managua, Nicaragua. The cigar is named for...

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Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Robusto

Oliva Serie V Melanio Robusto Size: Robusto-Box Pressed (5″ x 52) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: $9.50 MSRP The Oliva V Melanio was one of the more exciting releases on display last summer at the IPCPR trade show. The Melanio is named for Melanio Oliva, the originator of the Oliva roots in...

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Cigar Review: K.A. Kendall’s 7-20-4 Lancero

K.A. Kendall’s 7-20-4 Lancero Size: Lancero (7.5″ x 38) Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina Binder: Costa Rica Filler: Columbian, Nicaraguan, Mexican, Honduran Strength: Medium-Full Price: $8.30 MSRP Last weekend I had the opportunity to appear on kissmyashradio and while chatting it up with Abe and the gang the conversation veered to the Kurt Kendall...

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Cigar Review: Maldonado Dynasty: The Beverly Hills Cigar Brand “The Mogul”

Maldonado Dynasty: The Beverly Hills Cigar Brand “The Mogul” Size: Toro (6″ x 50) Wrapper: Arapiraca Maduro Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican, Peruvian, Columbian Strength: Medium-Full Price: N/A Samples provided by manufacturer A little over a month ago I received a message on twitter from Paul Maldonado from The Maldonado Dynasty, the...

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Cigar Review: Crowned Heads-Headley Grange Estupendo

Crowned Heads-Headley Grange Estupendo Size: Estupendo (5 1/2″ x 52) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Strength: Medium-Full Price: $9.30 MSRP One of the cigars that’s gotten a tremendous amount of attention since the annual trade show is the Headley Grange,, by Jon Huber’s, Crowned Heads. Crowned Heads broke out...

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Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Cardinal 52 Natural

E.P. Carrillo Cardinal 52 Size:   Robusto (5″ x 52) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder:  Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua Strength: Medium-Full Price:  (Pre-Release Sample) $7.25 MSRP Recently, I reviewed the EP Carillo Cardinal Maduro (here!)  and like most of Ernesto’s Cigars I really enjoyed the blend.  Today we review the sister blend, the...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Apocalypse

Cigar: Tatuaje Apocalypse (Smoke Inn Micro Blend Exclusive) Size: Salomon (5 1/4″ x48/52) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf            Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price: $8.95 MSRP ( $134.25 per box) Grade: 9.3 Back in late 2010, shortly before celebrating their 15th year anniversary,  Smoke Inn Cigars launched...

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Cigar Review: La Palina El Diario KBII

La Palina El Diario KBII Size: Corona Grande (6″ x 40) Wrapper: Honduran Corojo ’99 Rosado Binder: Honduran Criollo ’98 (Double Binder) Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 Strength: Full Price: $9.25 MSRP One of the “newer” brands that I have really grown a fondness for is Bill Paley’s, La Palina. I hesitate to use...

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Cigar Review: E.P. Carillo Cardinal Maduro 54

E.P. Carillo Cardinal Maduro 54 Size: Toro (6″ x 54) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Strength: Medium-Full Price: (Pre-Release Sample) $7.25-$8.75 MSRP depending on Vitola One of my favorite cigar makers is Ernesto Perez Carillo. In fact his New Wave Connecticut and recently discontinued Elencos are two of my favorite...

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Cigar Review: Viaje 5th Anniversary

Viaje 5th Anniversary Size: Box Pressed Perfecto (6 1/2″ x 52) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price: $13.20 MSRP Click here to buy now OWell like all good things, they must come to an end, and so must my buen viaje through Viaje! (Yes, I know that pun was corny, but I get to write this...

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Cigar Review: Viaje Honey & Hand Grenades Rapier

Viaje Honey & Hand Grenades Rapier Size: Perfecto (6 1/2″ x44) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Strength: Full Price: $10 MSRP Click here to buy now The Viaje Honey & Hand Grenades (HHG), is a new release from Viaje that had generated a good amount of buzz leading up to its release at IPCPR this year. The HHG line...

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Cigar Review: Viaje Satori Karma LE 2012

Viaje Satori Karma LE 2012 Size:   Robusto (Box Pressed)  (5″ x52) Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas Maduro Binder:  Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua Strength: Full Price:  $10.35 MSRP Click here to buy now Viaje, a fairly young brand at 5 years old, is one of those brands that burst on the scene and has a very strong and loyal following, especially amongst...

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Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cuenca Y Blanco Lonsdale Club

Joya de Nicaragua Cuenca Y Blanco Lonsdale Club Size: Lonsdale (6.5″ x 44) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Dominican Piloto Cubano Filler: Esteli, Nicaragua & Omatepe, Peru Strength: Medium Price: $8.45 MSRP Click here to buy now One of the most widely anticipated releases of 2012 was the Cuenca y Blanco manufactured by Joya de Nicaragua under...

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Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut-Coffee Break

Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut-Coffee Break Size: Petite Robusto (4.5″ x 50) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran Strength: Mild-Medium Price: $7.25 MSRP On a recent Saturday afternoon I wandered into site sponsor Smoke Inn and ended up catching up with Barry Stein, Assistant Director of...

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Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Daga

Quesada Q D’etat Daga Size:   Solomon (7″  x 44/50/54) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Arapiraca Binder:  Cuban Seed Criollo ’98 Filler:  Nicaraguan & Dominican Strength: Mild-Medium Price:  $9.75 MSRP Click here to buy now The Quesada Q D’état Daga (Dagger) is the third and final installment in the in their Q D’état series.  The...

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Cigar Review: Quesada Jalapa Belicoso

Quesada Jalapa Belicoso Size:   Belicoso (6 1/8″  x 52) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa Binder:  Dominican Filler:  Nicaraguan & Dominican Strength: Mild-Medium Price:  $8.75 MSRP Click here to buy now One of the surprise hits last year was a little distributed (domestically) cigar from Quesada named the España.  The España was a regional release...

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Cigar Review: Room 101 Daruma Roxxo

Room 101 Daruma Roxxo Size:  Roxxo (4″ x 48) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder:  Brazilian Filler:  Honduran & Dominican Strength: Medium Price: $7.25 MSRP Click here to buy now Room 101 has been on quite a roll for the last year with the release of the Namakubi and the OSOK lines which have been incredibly good, popular, and successful lines for...

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Cigar Review: Reinado Cigars Grand Empire Reserve

Reinado Cigars Grand Empire Reserve Size:   Box Pressed (5″ x 55) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro Binder:  Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua Strength: Full Price:  $9.95 MSRP Grade: 9.1 One of my more memorable moments at IPCPR2012 led to the discovery of what I found to be one of my favorites of the show.  While walking through tradeshow floor I found myself...

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Cigar Review: Tres Reynas Robusto

3 Reynas Robusto Size:  Robusto (5″ x 50) Wrapper: Connecticut Broad Leaf Binder:  Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price: $7.50 MSRP Grade: 9.0 Click here to buy now The Tres Reynas, or Three Queens, was one of the most buzz heavy cigars released at IPCPR ’12.  Rightly so as the Tres Reynas is a collaboration between My Father...

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Cigar Review: Vega Fina Sumum Edicion Especial 2010

Vega Fina Sumum Edicion Especial 2010 Size:  Robusto  (5″ x 54) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder:  Connecticut Broadleaf Filler:  Nicaraguan, Dominican, Peruvian Strength: Medium Grade: 8.3 Price: 6.75 MSRP Back at the end of June we launched a contest where we asked our readers to name a cigar they’d like to see reviewed.  We had almost 200...

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Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Timeless Hermoso

Nat Sherman Timeless Hermoso Size: Robusto (5.25″ x 54) Wrapper: Honduran Criollo Binder:  Domican Filler:  Dominican & Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $7 MSRP Click here to buy now The Nat Sherman Timeless was born of a collaborative effort between Michael Herklots, Executive Director of Retail & Brand Management for Nat Sherman, and the...

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Cigar Review: My Father Cigars La Duena No. 7

My Father Cigars La Duena No. 7 Size:  Petite Lancero  (6″ x 42) Wrapper: Connecticut Broad Leaf Binder:  Estelí Nicaragua, Connecticut Broadleaf Filler:  Estelí, Nicaragua, Connecticut Broadleaf Strength: Medium Price: 7.75 MSRP Click here to buy now First there was “Don” Jose Pepin the man behind so many wonderful cigars.  Then there...

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Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Edge Habano Toro (Pre-Release)

Rocky Patel Edge Habano Toro (Pre-Release) Size:  Toro (6″x52) Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Habano Seed) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price:  (IPCPR Pre-Release Sample) $6.15 msrp Grade: 8.7 My last night at the IPCPR show I ended up hanging out with some members of the Rocky Patel Cigars marketing team.  I can’t remember...

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Cigar Review: La Aurora Fernando Leon Family Reserve

La Aurora Fernando Leon Family Reserve Size:  Robusto (5 x 50 ) Wrapper: Dominican Corojo Binder: Dominican Corojo Filler:  Peruvian, Brazilian, Dominican Strength: Medium Price:  (IPCPR Sample) $8-$10 msrp Depending on Vitola Grade: 8.7 I mentioned last week the Miami Cigar had a number of new offerings at IPCPR.  One of the cigars that was given to me by...

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Cigar Review: Miami Cigar Añoranza Robusto

Miami Cigar Añoranza Robusto Size:  Robusto-Box Pressed  (5 x 50 ) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro Binder: Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price:  (IPCPR Sample) $6.50 msrp Grade: 8.9 Miami Cigar Company had a number of new offerings at ICPCR and while I wasn’t able to get my hands on all of them, a retailer I had befriended at the...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Avion 2012

Tatuaje Avion 2012 Size:  Short Perfecto -Box Pressed (5 5/8” x 48-52) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price:  $8.50 Grade: 9.0 Click here to buy now First, to our loyal readers, an apology.  The week after IPCPR should have been full of reviews of the latest and greatest cigars headed to your local shop. ...

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Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana LG Diez 2012 Chisel

La Flor Dominicana LG Diez 2012 Chisel Size:  Chisel  (5.5 x 55 ) Wrapper: Dominican Binder: Dominican Filler:  Dominican Strength: Full Price:  $12.10 msrp Grade: 9.0 Click here to buy now I’ll let you know right from the beginning, the Litto Gomez Diez vintage series is one of those cigars that I just love.  This line is like the Dos Equis Man of...

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Cigar Review: Illusione Singulare 2012

Illusione Singulare 2012 Size: Vimana (Toro + ) (6″ x52) Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas Maduro Binder: Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price:  $11 MSRP (as per press release) Grade: 9.1 Earlier this week we reviewed the 2011 Singulare from Illusione, today we bring you our review of it’s box mate, the 2012 Singulare.  The 2012...

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Cigar Review: Illusione Singulare 2011

Illusione Singulare 2011 Size: Vimana (Toro + ) (6″ x 52) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Binder: Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price:  $11 MSRP (as per press release) Grade: 9.0 Last week in one of my numerous treks through B&M’s in my hometown I was lucky enough to show up as the new Illusione Singulares were being put on the...

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Cigar Review: Camacho Liberty Limited Edition 2012

Camacho Liberty 2012 Size: Perfecto 11/18 (6″ x 48/54/) Wrapper: Honduran 2008 Corojo Binder: Honduran 2008 Corojo Filler:  Honduran 2008 Corojo Strength: Medium Price:  $16.70 MSRP Grade: 8.5 Click here to buy now One of the most anticipated annual releases for cigar aficionados is Camacho Liberty series.  The Camacho Liberty began in 2002 as a way of...

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Cigar Review: Ezra Zion Inception Exquisito

Ezra Zion Inception Exquisito Size: Toro (6 1/4″ x 52) Box Pressed Wrapper: Nicaragua-’99 Cuban Seed Corojo Binder: Nicaragua -’99 Cuban Seed Corojo & ’98 Cuban Seed Criollo Filler:  Nicaraguan Cuban Seed Medio Tiempo, Viso, & Ligero Strength: Medium-Full Price:  N/A (pre–release sample provided by Ezra Zion Cigars) Grade:...

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Cigar Review: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012 Size: Toro (6 1/2″ x 52) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Shade-Grown Connecticut Binder: Nicaragua (Cuban seed) Pele de Oro Filler:  Nicaragua (Cuban seed) Strength: Medium Price:  $16 MSRP Grade: 9.0 Click here to buy now Last year My Father Cigars released a 3,700 box limited edition run of the popular Jaime...

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Cigar Review: Sosa Cigars Classic 6 x 60

Sosa Cigars Classic 6 x 60 Size: Gigante (6″ x 60) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Honduras Filler:  Domican Republic Strength: Medium Price:  $10 MSRP (as per press release) Grade: 8.6 In June Sosa Family Cigars sent out a press release announcing they will be adding a 60 ring gauge to their Classic line.  A few weeks later they contacted us and...

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Cigar Review: CLE Cuarenta Corona

CLE Cuarenta Corona Size: Corona (5 3/4″ x 46) Wrapper: Habano seed Binder: Honduran (?) Filler:  Honduran, Dominican (?) Strength: Mild-Medium Price:  $ N/A Grade: 8.5 As I wrote in my review of the CLE Corojo, a few days ago I received a small package of cigars from site sponsor SmokeInnCigars.Com, when I opened the package it was a pleasant surprise...

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Cigar Review: CLE Corojo Corona

CLE Corojo Corona Size: Corona (5 3/4″ x 46) Wrapper: Corojo Binder: Honduran (?) Filler:  Honduran, Dominican (?) Strength: Medium-full Price:  $ N/A Grade: 8.7 A few days ago I received a small package of cigars from site sponsor SmokeInn.Com, when I opened the package it was a pleasant surprise as it contained samples of CLE Cigars new offerings. ...

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Cigar Review: Four Kicks Crowned Heads Seleccion No. 5

Four Kicks Crowned Heads Seleccion No. 5 Size: Lonsdale (6 1/2″ x 44) Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Binder: Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua, Dominican Strength: Medium Price:  $7.70 MSRP Grade: 8.8 Crowned Heads, founded by Jon Huber, formally of CAO, is one of the new darlings of the cigar blog-o-sphere.  The Four Kicks line is blended by Ernesto Perez-Carillo,...

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Cigar Review: La Palina “Goldie” Laguito No.2

La Palina “Goldie” Laguito No.2 Size: Petit Lancero (6″ x 38) Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Binder: Ecuador Filler:  Nicaragua, Dominican Republic Strength: Medium-full Price:  $15 MSRP Grade: 9.5 Click here to buy now The “Goldie”, by Bill Paley’s La Palina Cigars is one of those cigars I was itching to smoke when I first read...

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Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2012 Exquisitos

E.P. Carrillo Short Run 2012 Exquisitos Size: Robusto (4.875″ x 50) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf Filler:  Nicaragua, Dominican Republic Strength: Medium Price:  $ 6.35 MSRP Grade: 9.2 Click here to buy now Today I decided to review one of my go to cigars for the last few months, the 2012 Short Run by E.P. Carrillo in the...

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Cigar Review: San Lotano Oval Maduro Toro

San Lotano Oval Maduro Toro Size: Toro (6 x 52) Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic Strength: Medium-full Price:  $ 9 MSRP Grade: 8.4 Click here to buy now One of the hazards of spending a week, or two, on a theme as we did with the Lil Monsters is that other sticks in the humidor get their...

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Cigar Review: Davidoff Puro d’ Oro Gigantes

Davidoff Puro d’ Oro Gigantes Size: Super Robusto (5 1/2″ x 56) Wrapper: Dominican Davidoff Yamasa Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium-full Price:  $ 19.10 MSRP Grade: 8.8 Click here to buy now Welcome back to the ToastedFoot, we hope you had a great fourth of July with friends, family, fireworks, and a great cigar or two.  I know...

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Cigar Review: La Aurora 107 Salomon

La Aurora 107 Salomon   Size: Salomon (7 1/4″ x 52) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Sun Grown Binder: Dominican Corojo Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price:  $ 12 MSRP Click here to buy now Grade: 8.9 As I’m sure many of you have figured out by now, I stop by Smoke Inn West Palm Beach, my “regular”  local shop...

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Cigar Review: Drew Estate Undercrown Corona ¡Viva!

Cigar: Drew Estate Undercrown Corona ¡Viva! Size: Corona (5 5/8 x 46) Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Negro Binder: Stalk Cut Connecticut Habano Filler: Brazilian Mata Fina & Nicaraguan Cuban seed Strength: Medium-Full Price: $7.25 msrp Grade: 8.8 Click here to buy now By now most of you know who are reading the Cigar blogs know the story behind the Undercrown,...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Frank Jr.”

Tatuaje Little Monsters “Frank Jr.” Size:  Corona  (5 5/8 x 44) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $7.50 (Part of the 10 count Lil Monsters Sampler, $75 MSRP) Grade: 9.4 Welcome to final installment of our Tatuaje Lil Monster Series Sampler review. Today we are going to review the...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Lil’ Drac”

Tatuaje Little Monsters “Lil’ Drac” Size:  Short Torpedo  (5 x 48 ) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $7.50 (Part of the 10 count Lil Monsters Sampler, $75 MSRP) Grade: 8.3 Welcome to fourth edition of Tatuaje Lil Monster Series Sampler review. Today we are going to review the...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Babyface”

Tatuaje Little Monsters “Babyface” Size:  Petit Robusto (4 3/8 x 50) Wrapper: San Andreas Mexican Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-full Price: $7.50 (Part of the 10 count Lil Monsters Sampler, $75 MSRP) Grade: 9.3 Welcome to third edition of our review series of the Tatuaje Lil Monster Series Sampler. Today we are...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Wolfie”

Tatuaje Little Monsters “Wolfie” Size: Torpedo (5 1/2 x 48) ) Wrapper: Sumatra Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-full Price: $7.50 (Part of the 10 count Lil Monsters Sampler, $75 MSRP) Grade:8.7 Welcome to our second day of Lil Monster reviews.  Yesterday, in our Mini Mum review  we covered the back story so from here on in...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Mini-Mum”

Tatuaje Little Monsters “Mini-Mum” Size: Corona (5 3/4 x 42 ) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-full Price: $7.50 (Part of the 10 count Lil Monsters Sampler, $75 MSRP) Grade: 9.0 Welcome to the beginning of Tatuaje Lil Monsters Review Week here on Toastedfoot.com.  We are sharing our first...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje El Triunfador Old Man & the “C”

Tatuaje El Triunfador Old Man & the “C” Size: Lancero (7 1/2″ x 38) Wrapper:  Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $30 msrp (Coffin including 1 lancero and a Culebra) Grade: 9.0 Continuing the string of Tatuaje reviews for the week I decided to bring something out that’s been sitting...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Red Veruco Tubo

Tatuaje Red Veruco Tubo Size: Torpedo (6 1/8 x 52) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-full Price: $11.00 MSRP (2010) Grade: 9.2 As a cigar smoker, one of the little joys I get is stopping at B&M’s while I’m traveling and finding cigars that are either not offered at one’s local shop or finding...

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Cigar Review: Ortega Serie “D” Natural No. 8

Ortega Serie “D” Natural no. 8 Size: Robusto (5 1/2 x 50 ) Box Pressed Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Binder: Esteli, Nicaragua Filler: Esteli & Jalapa, Viso & Ligero Strength: Medium Price: TBD (pre-release sample) Grade: 9.4 The Ortega Serie D Natural is the second cigar to be released from the Ortega Cigar Company. As we wrote in our...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Mexican Experiment (Limited Release)

Tatuaje Mexican Experiment (Limited Release) Size: Box Pressed Robusto (5×52) Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $8 msrp Grade: 9.0 So walking into the Cigar shop today was a pleasant surprise.  I was welcomed by the sweet aroma of cocoa powder.  It was almost as if someone grabbed a tin of Nesquick...

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Cigar Review: Espinosa Cigars

Espinosa Cigars Size: Robusto (5″ x 52) Wrapper: Habano Seed Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price: ??? (samples from Espinosa Cigars Release Party) Grade: 8.8 Living in South Florida sometimes has it’s advantages and no I’m not talking about the sun, the beach, or the women.  South Florida, due to it’s large...

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Cigar Review: My Father No. 4

My Father No. 4 Size: Lancero (7 1/2″ x 38 ) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium to Full Price: $10.50 est. msrp Grade: 9.0 I had mentioned in a previous review I have been on a bit of a small ring gauge kick as of late and have really been enjoying lanceros and coronas as a staple of my regular rotation. A few months...

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Cigar Review: My Father Flor de las Antillas

My Father Flor De Las  Antilles Size: Box Pressed Robusto (5 x 50) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $7 msrp Grade: 8.3 Click here to buy now The new My Father “Flor De Las Antilles” has been hitting retailers shelves the last few weeks and I love to try the new releases so when I saw this in...

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Cigar Review: My Father El Hijo

My Father “El Hijo” Smoke Inn Microblend Series Size: Box Pressed Robusto (5.5 x 52) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano (2009) Binder: Nicarauguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium to Full Price: 9.75 msrp (Box of 15, $146.25, Exclusively at Smoke Inn Cigars) Grade: 9.1 Click here to buy now So, after my good friend Da Mayor reviewed the newest release...

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Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Solaris

Arturo Fuente Solaris Size: 6X49 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown Binder: ? Filler: ? Strength: Mild-Medium Price: $8.95 MSRP Grade: 9.0 Click here to buy now When Smoke Inn announced its Microblend Series celebrating its 15 anniversary I was excited. But when they announced that Arturo Fuente was making the fourth installment of the Microblends, I became obsessed....

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Cigar Review: Pedro Martin Royal Lancero

Cigar: Pedro Martin Royal Size: Lancero (7 x 38) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Maduro Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo Strength: Mild-Medium Price: Unknown  (this was gifted) Grade:  7.9 So I’ve been on a small ring gauge kick for a while now, and have been cherishing the opportunity to sample various cigars out of my normal routine that...

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Cigar Review: La Palina El Diario Toro

Cigar: La Palina El Diario Toro Size: Box Pressed Toro (6 x 50) Wrapper: Honduran Corojo ’99 Rosado Binder: Honduran Criollo ’98 (Double Binder) Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 and Criollo ’98 Strength: Medium Price: $10 msrp ($200 for a box of 20) Grade: 8.9 Click here to buy now The La Palina El Diario, or “the daily” is a new release...

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Cigar Review: Ortega Serie “D” Maduro No. 8

Ortega Serie “D” no. 8 Size: Robusto (5 1/2 x 50 ) Box Pressed Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro Binder: Esteli, Nicaragua Filler: Esteli & Jalapa, Viso & Ligero Strength: Medium Price: $6.90 msrp Grade: 9.3 Click Here To Buy Now The Ortega Cigar Company was founded in 2012 by Eddie Ortega, formerly the “O” in EO Brands, makers...

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Cigar Review: Romeo Pyramid by Romeo y Julieta

Romeo Pyramid by Romeo y Julieta Size: Pyramid  (52 x 6) Wrapper: Dark Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium Price: $7.50 Grade: 8.0 Altadis USA, owner of the (non-Cuban) Romeo y Julieta brand has recently released an expansion of the R&J line under the name “Romeo”.  The Romeo is a departure from the classic...

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Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Molotov

Quesada Q D’etat Molotov Size: 5×58 perfecto Wrapper: Dominican Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium-Full Price: $7.95 Grade: 8.7 out of 10 Click here to buy now For my first review under the Toasted Foot banner, I chose the Quesada Q D’etat Molotov. Now here’s a little background on this 5×58 perfecto that, as the name...

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Cigar Review: LA Flor Dominicana TAA 2012 Airbender Torpedo

LA Flor Dominicana TAA 2012 Airbender Torpedo Size: 6 1/2 x 54 Torpedo Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder:  Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Full Price: $8 MSRP Grade: 8.7 Click Here To Buy Now The 2012 La Flor Dominica TAA exclusive is a limited release cigar only available to stores that are members of the Tobacconists Association of America.  The LFD...

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Cigar Review: Drew Estate Unico Series L40

Cigar: Drew Estate Unico Series L40 Size: Lancero (oversized) (7 x 40) Wrapper: Connecticut Stalk Cut Habano Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $13 msrp Grade: 9.1 Drew Estate’s “Unico” series is the brand by which the makers of Acid, and Liga Privada release their small batch series of cigars.  The...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra

Cigar: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumata Size:Box Pressed Gran Toro (6 1/2 x 52) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium to Full Price: $13 msrp ($312 for a book of 12 Sumatra & 12 Broadleaf) Grade: 8.9 Click Here To Buy Now Pre-Light : (1.8) The Tatuaje Cojonu was first released in 2003. The Cojonu (or...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Broadleaf

Cigar: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Broadleaf Size: Box Pressed Toro (6 1/2 x 52) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium to Full Price: $13 msrp ($280 for a book of 12 Sumatra & 12 Broadleaf) Grade:  9.3 Click Here To Buy Now The Tatuaje Cojonu was first released in 2003.  The Cojonu (or “Ballsy” as a...

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Cigar Review: Litto Gomez Small Batch #4

Cigar: Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch #4 Size: Double Corona-ish (7×54) Wrapper: Dominican Pele De Oro Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Full (very) Price:  $18.75 Grade: 8.6 CLICK HERE TO BUY At this point a disclaimer:  I am typically not a big fan of Dominican cigars However there are some exceptions, mostly with LFD.  I am a big fan, and...

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Cigar Review: Macanudo Cru Royale Robusto

Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder:Dominican Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $104 Grade: 9.0 Released at the 2010 IPCPR, this brand follows the release of one my favorites, the Macanudo 1968. Produced by General Cigar and blended by Benji Menendez this cigar is a more full bodied offering from Macanudo...

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Cigar Review: Esteban Carreras Connecticut

Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut (Aged 7 years) Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $104 Grade: 8.8 The Connecticut is available in 4 sizes and range from $104 – $132 for a box of 20. There is mixed information online regarding the Binder and the Filler – while most places note them as...

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Quick Toast: Tatuaje Seleccion De Cazador

Size: 5×50, Regios Wrapper: Habano Ecuador Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Strength: Full Price: Box of 25, $225 Affectionately known as the “Brown Label” or “Cabinet Selection”, the Tatuaje Seleccion De Cazador is the first line in the Tatuaje collection.  The majority of the sizes are produced in Miami with two sizes being...

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Cigar Review: D’Crossier Imperium Class Vintage Robusto

Tony is back with another guest review – it’s always a pleasure having him join us! Size: 4 7/8×50 Wrapper: Costa Rica Binder: Equador Filler: Costa Rica/Dominican Price: Unknown I’m back for another review for my friends at Toasted Foot with another cigar I know nothing about. The only information I have is from a review done for the Torpedo...

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Cigar Review: 262 Paradigm 4Sixty

Size: 4 x52, 4Sixty (Short Robusto) Wrapper: Brazilian Binder: Honduran Filler: Cubito, Columbian, and Nicaraguan (Seco/Ligero from Esteli and Jalapa) Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $141.42 Grade: 8.8 We have previously reviewed the 262 Paradigm Box Pressed Toro here.  Today we are reviewing the same blend, but in a different size that was created...

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Cigar Review: New Orleans Plantation Reserve

Size: 5.25×44, Corona Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Honduran Strength: Mild Price: Box of 10, $42 Grade: 8.7 Today’s review was sent to me from Andy (@andym78), a good friend on Twitter. The Plantation Reserve is rolled out of the New Orleans Cigar Factory. The Factory was established in 1999 in the famous French Quarter by two families...

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Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Shark

Size: No. 77, 5 ¾ x 54 (The Shark) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium Price: $9.25 to $13.25 Grade: 9.2 This is somewhat of rare cigar so I am very fortunate to be able to review this one here at Toasted Foot.  The Anejo is a limited release that comes out twice a year, in the summer around Fathers Day...

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Cigar Review: La Escepcion Edicion Limitada 2009

Size: Gran Gener, 6×54 Wrapper: Habano Talango Binder: Ometepe Filler: Nicaraguan Ometepe Strength: Medium From General Cigars, the information on the La Escepcion is available here. The medium brown wrapper on the Escepcion has a rugged appearance and texture to it but seems to be well constructed. The aroma along the wrapper is heavy with more subtle,...

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Quick Toast: La Floridita Gold

Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Shade Binder: Honduras Filler: Nicaragua and Honduras Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $69 The Famous Smoke Shop Exclusive La Floridita Gold is a mid priced cigar available in Churchill, Toro, and Robusto, each priced between $3 and $5. From the decent triple cap to a spongy but clean foot, the Gold is not a looker...

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Quick Toast: La Tradicion Cubana

Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Honduran Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: $5-8 Based in Miami since 1995, La Tradicion Cubana produces a handful of cigars, and today we are reviewing the namesake cigar. Available in 9 sizes, the prices are right on this blend, between $4-9. To learn more, you can visit LTC...

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Cigar Review: Falto Privilegio Mi Viejo Liga #9

Size: 6 3/8×48, Churchill Wrapper: Corojo Ecuadorian Binder: Dominican Olor Filler: Nicaraguan, Brazilian, and Dominican Viso Strength: Medium Price: ??? Grade: 8.9 Not too long ago we reviewed the Falto Privilegio “Mi Viejo” Liga #8 on the site.  This cigar is released in tandem with the Liga #9 which we are going to review here today.  The introduction...

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Quick Toast: Graycliff G2 Turbo

Size: 6×60, Turbo Wrapper: San Andres Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 20, $99.95 The Graycliff  Turbo is decent looking smoke with a nice wrapper.  The cigar is light in the palm but is well packed.  The pre-light aroma is not very intense but I do pick up mature tobacco at the foot.  The cold draw leaves a...

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Cigar Review: Sancho Panza, Cuban

Size: 4×40, Bachilleres Wrapper: Cuba Binder: Cuba Filler: Cuba Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $265+ (Today’s price) Grade: 9.2 Today’s review is the Sancho Panza Bachilleres, hailing from Cuba. From everything I read online, this is the mildest and the rarest of the Sancho Panza line of cigars and is from the Fransiscano factory.  Today’s...

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Cigar Review: Casa Gomez

Size: 7.5×50, Senior Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Honduran Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild/Medium Price: Box of 25, $157 Grade: 8.9 The Casa Gomez was thought up by Benny Gomez Jr. and blended by the folks at La Tradicion Cubana. Benny Jr. is the son of La Roma Cigars founder, which was established in 1963. La Roma began rolling cigars in...

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Cigar Review: Viaje Holiday Blend (2009)

Size: 5×54, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Price: $8.75 Grade: 8.9 Limited to 3,000 cigars, this Nicaraguan Puro was the first of the limited edition holiday blends from Viaje.  Andre Farkas does a lot of limited releases with the Nicaraguan Puros he produces. I was fortunate enough to...

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Cigar Review: Illusione Singulare Phantom

Size: 6×50, Toro Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 15, $180 Grade: 9.0 The Illusione Singulare “Phantom” is a limited release Nicaraguan puro from Don Giolito at Illusione cigars.  The cigar is rolled in Honduras and is limited to 1,000 boxes of 15 cigars per box.  The cigar is available...

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Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Vintage 1990

Size: 4.5×44, Petite Corona Wrapper: Honduran Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan Ligero Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $106.95 Grade: 9.2 Early into my serious smoking career, I became very fond of the Vintage series from Rocky Patel – this was back when I still ordered from Thompson, and they always touted them in...

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Cigar Review: Marco V Bronze Label Lancero

  Size: 6.5×38, Lancero Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Dominican (De Olor) Filler: Dominican (De Olor and Piloto Cubano) Strength: Mild Price: Around $6 Grade: 8.5 The Lancero version of the Connecticut shade from MarcoV was released some time last year and contains the same guts as the 5×60 Marco V. We reviewed that size here, which is...

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Quick Toast: Don Tomas Clasico

Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Honduran Binder: Honduran Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan Price: Box of 25, $73.99 The Don Tomas Clasico is made under Estelo Padron and uses primarily Honduran tobacco. The reddish brown hue on the Clasico wrapper creates a very clean and elegant appearance – it also bears a well done double cap, minimal veins, and no...

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Cigar Review: Alec Bradley American Classic

Size: 6×50, Toro Wrapper: Honduras (Connecticut) Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa) Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli and Condega) Strength: Mild Price: $4.75 Grade: 9.3 Last week I received a package from Alec Bradley and was surprised to see two toro sized cigars with a simple white band that read Sample. There was a sales sheet with just a bit of information and...

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Cigar Review: EP Carrillo Elencos Series

  Size: 5.25×50, Don Rubino Wrapper: Brazillian Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Price: $9.50 to $9.50 Grade: 9.3 Today we toast a smoke that I have been looking forward to for some time, the Elencos Series from EP Carrillo. The Elencos has the same exact blend as the Edicion Limitada 2010 and is available in three...

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Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Series N

  Size: 5.5×54, JSB Wrapper: Capa Oscuro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $6.35 Grade: 9.0 Though this cigar has been reviewed a number of times by fellow bloggers, I am just now getting it put to paper. The Serie N is the newest release from La Gloria Cubana and is a sister blend to the well received Serie R (review)....

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Cigar Review: Torano Single Region Serie Jalapa

  Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Criollo ’98) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $6.5-6.95 Grade: 8.6 Released in August of 2010, right around the IPCPR convention, the Torano Single Region Serie Jalapa is available in three sizes and priced between $6.50 and $6.95. The three sizes are a 5×52 Robusto, a...

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Cigar Review: Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary

  Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Corojo Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf Filler: Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $6.5 Grade: 8.9 General Cigar released the Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary in late March. The cigar is available in one size, a 5×50 Robusto, and in a limited quantity. The cigar features a Connecticut...

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Cigar Review: Padron 1964 Anniversary, SI-15 Natural (Smoke Inn 15th Anniversary)

  Size: 6×60 Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sungrown Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Price: 15 for $277.50; 5 for $92.50 Grade: 9.4   Smoke Inn Cigars is celebrating their 15th Anniversary with three limited edition releases. Their first release was the Tatauaje Anarchy (review), which was largely well received. Their second...

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Cigar Review: Oliva Cain Daytona

Size: 5×50, 550 (Robusto) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Habano Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 24, $124.95 Grade: 9.0 This cigar has created quite a buzz online with multiple reviews and generally positive reception from cigar smokers.  While the Cain line of cigars have been known as powerhouse smokes...

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Cigar Review: Medici Rolobo

Today we welcome back Tony, our most regular guest contributor! He always does an outstanding job, and he will be looking at the Medici Rolobo in this review, which is a Best Cigar Prices exclusive. Size: 4.5×60 Wrapper: Honduran Binder: Honduran Filler: Honduran Price: Box of 20, $82.95 Today for Toasted Foot I am reviewing a bestcigarprices.com house...

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Cigar Review: Sancho Panza

Size: 6.2×54, Aragon Wrapper: Connecticut Shade Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican (Piloto Cubano) Price: Box of 20, $59 Up today is a quick toast on the Sancho Panza. With a slight box press and a medium brown to almond colored wrapper, this is a good looking cigar. The Sancho Panza is well packed and is quite hefty in...

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Cigar Review: Jameson Santos de Miami

  Size: 6×54, Haven (Box-Press) Wrapper: Dominican Havana Corojo Binder: Dominican Criollo ’98 Filler: Dominican Corojo and Criollo Strength: Medium/Full Price: $8 Grade: 8.9 The Santos de Miami is beautiful cigar produced by the Jameson Cigar Company. Below is the info on this smoke from their website. A blend inspired by the spirit of Miami,...

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Cigar Review: EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut

Size: 5×50, Brillantes Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Strength: Medium Price: $4.50-7 Grade: 9.2 The E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Edition is one of two new releases from the Carrillo family, the other being the Elencos Series, which is the same blend as the Edicion Limitada 2010 Elencos. These two...

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Cigar Review: J Fuego Sangre de Toro

  Size: 4 7/8x49 Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Colorado Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo Strength: Medium/ Full Price: $5.75 – $6.95 Grade: 8.9 Today we are toasting the J. Fuego Sangre de Toro, which is a Nicaraguan puro produced by the J. Fuego cigar company.  Sangre de Toro translates to “Blood of the Bull” which is...

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Cigar Review: CAO Gold

  Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $63.98 Grade: 9.1 One of the first premium brands developed by CAO, the Gold is a line that has seen a lot of extension over the years. The Gold is available in a Maduro as well as a Vintage line, under the Connecticut wrapper....

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Toast of the Week (3/29/11)

We’re almost into April and I can’t wait for the Spring weather! We spent this past weekend laying a plot for our garden and we’ll plant the sprouts this weekend. So, be on the lookout for summer contests, featuring carrots, onions, zucchini, lima beans, peas, and cantaloupe. But for now, check out our current cigar contest – we’re...

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Cigar Review: Hoyo De Monterrey, Hoyo De Tradicion

Size: 6×52, Toro Wrapper: Honduran Jamastran Viso Rosado Binder: Connecticut Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, & Dominican Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $133.95 Score: 8.8 The Hoyo De Tradicion is produced by General Cigar in the famed Villazon factory in Honduras. The Rosado Honduran wrapper encases a three country filler that includes proprietary...

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Quick Toast: Jameson Declaration Screaming Eagle

Size: 4×44, Screaming Eagle Wrapper: Dominican Habano (’98) Binder: Dominican Criollo (’98) Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium Price: Bundle of 20, $89 Today we’ve got a quick toast on the new size offering in the Jameson Declaration, the 4×44 Screaming Eagle. This is a very fine looking cigar – the beautiful Declaration band covers a...

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Cigar Review: JC Newman Julius Caeser

Size: 6×52, Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Central American Filler: Central American Strength: Medium Price: $11+ Grade: 8.8 A new release in JC Newman’s Diamond Crown series, the Julius Caeser honors company founder, Julius Caeser Newman. Julius was born in 1875 and was named after a historic leader, but with a slightly different spelling. Julius’...

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Cigar Review: Cohiba Siglo I 2008

Size: 4×40, Petit Corona (Siglo I) Wrapper: Cuba Binder: Cuba Filler: Cuba Strength: Mild/Medium Price: $9 Grade: 9.0 This Siglo I from 2008 was gifted to me in the recent Twitter Cigar Pass and I’ve been very eager to fire this one up for review. The Cohiba brand is perhaps the most recognizable of all cigars, especially of those from Habana, Cuba, even...

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Cigar Review: Falto Privilegio “Mi Viejo” Liga #8

  Size: 6 3/8×48, Churchill Wrapper: Corojo Ecuadorian Binder: Dominican Olor Filler: Nicaraguan, Brazilian, and Dominican Viso Strength: Medium Price: ??? Grade: 8.9 We are fortunate enough here at Toasted Foot to receive some great smokes in the mail from boutique manufacturers. One that has been consistently highlighted on this site is La Garita...

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Cigar Review: Kristoff Sumatra

Today we have a guest review from TriMarkC, on the Kristoff Sumatra On a recent business trip to the Baltimore/DC area, I had an evening to kill and had had a week-long desire for a NUb Maduro.  After a quick search on CigarFriendly.com I couldn’t find a local B&M close enough. But after asking around, I found Faders Tobacco in Towson MD was...

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Cigar Review: Cuban Stock Chubbys Ultimate Short

Size: 6×60 Wrapper: Dominican Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Price: Box of 20, $100 We have another guest review from our buddy Tony; he has previously reviewed with us and does an excellent job! Today’s cigar is another brand and manufacturer I have not had any experience with. The Chubbys Ultimate is a Dominican Puro from Cuban Stock (originally...

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Cigar Review: Savinelli Extremely Limited Reserve

  Size: 5×49, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: $12 Grade: 9.2 Savinelli has been around since 1876 and is world renowned for their pipes. In 1994, however, they released their first cigar, the Extremely Limited Reserve, made by the masters at Arturo Fuente. They have released several other lines...

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Cigar Review: Alec Bradley New York

  Size: 5.25×52, “Six Two” Robusto Wrapper: Honduran Criollo ’98 Filler: Honduran & Nicaraguan Binder: Honduran Strength: Medium Price: $11.00 Grade: 8.7 This is our second cigar this week that is a salute to the Big Apple. Monday we reviewed the La Aurora Broadway Series. Today we are toasting the Alec Bradley New York and the size we were...

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Cigar Review: La Aurora Broadway Series

Size: 5.75×54, Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra & Nicaraguan Binder: Dominican Corojo Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican, & Peruvian Strength: Medium/ Full Price: $12.75 Grade: 9.1 La Aurora and Alec Bradley have both released cigars in the past few months to highlight the cigar scene in NYC and to help support the local Brick and Mortars. This week at...

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Cigar Review: CAO Spotlight

We are concluding our week of CAO related news. We spent the last three days interviewing former CAO Lifestyle Marketing Director Jon Huber, who has recently formed a new company, Crowned Heads. To read the 3 part interview click here, here, and here. We thought we’d conclude the week with a spotlight on the CAO cigars we have reviewed here at Toasted Foot...

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Show Your Stash – Jim

Today’s Reader’s Stash is from Jim. Take it away! (To learn more about this new series, and how to submit pictures of your stash, click here.) ========== I keep 2 humidors at home and 2 in my office – just don’t want to look like I’m over doing it at home and I like to share with a couple of guys in my office if they’re having a...

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Cigar Review: Oliva Cain F Nub

Today we are very excited to have a guest review from GC Puffs. GC manages a cigar blog that I just became aware of a few weeks ago, and it has quickly become one of my favorite blogs to visit – I’ve gone back and read through almost all of his posts. We wanted to provide GC some space on our blog to do his thing, and would like to encourage our...

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Cigar Review: Oliva Nub Connecticut

Size: 3.75×54 (354) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 24, $89 Grade: 9.2 The Oliva Nub is the creation of Sam Leccia, who as you likely know, is no longer with the Oliva family – we are still waiting to learn of his next venture. Here is some of the story, which can be found at their...

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Cigar Review: Felipe Gregorio PURE

Today we have another guest review from our buddy Tony; he has previously reviewed with us and does an excellent job! Size: 5×44, Corona Wrapper: Corojo Binder: Corojo Filler: Corojo Velta Arriba and Velta Abajo seed Price: Unknown I’m back for another review here on Toasted Foot. Today will be a cigar and brand completely new to me, the Felipe Gregorio...

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Toast of the Week (2/8/10)

I hope everyone is doing well and had the opportunity to be with friends and family while enjoying the Super Bowl! Congratulations to the Green Bay Packers! For me it was a low-key weekend for what felt like the first time in ages. Last week at Toasted Foot we introduced a new series that I hope all of our readers will participate in. In “Show Your...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cabaiguan Maduro (Guapo 46)

  Size: 5.25×50 (RX, Robusto) Wrapper: Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $171 Grade: 9.3 The Maduro version of the Cabaiauan line from Pete Johnson and Don Pepin Garcia features a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan inners. Originally released in a small run, the Maduro, or Guapo, was...

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Cigar Review: Casa Fernandez Arsenio 2009

  Size: 5.25×54, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo, 2006 Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 10, $45.95 Grade: 8.9 Hand-made in Nicaragua by the team of Paul Palmet and Eduardo, and utilizing Aganorsa leaf, the Casa Fernandez is another offering by the team that has produced Illusione and Cruzado.  The name of their...

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Cigar Review: CAO L’Anniversarie Cameroon

Size: 5×50 (Robusto) Wrapper: West African Cameroon Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $112.99 Grade: 9.3 Today’s review is one I’ve wanted to make a formal review of for quite a while – the CAO Cameroon for today’s review has several years age on it. The Cameroon was first introduced in 1999, at the 30...

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Cigar Review: La Sirena

  Size: 5×50, The Prince (Robusto) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Habano & Nicaraguan Corojo Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 & Corojo ‘96 Strength: Medium/Full Price: $8-10 MSRP Grade: 9.0 La Sirena is a later 2010 release from Miami Cigar & Co and is a collaboration with Don Pepin Garcia, who both blended and...

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Cigar Review: Mi Barrio

  Size: 6×50, El Aceres Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Binder & Filler: Nicaraguan Esteli & Jalapa Strength: Medium/Full Price: $7-10 Grade: 9.1 Mi Barrio is a seasonal, limited edition cigar that was created by Jose Pepin Garcia for EO Brands. The Mi Barrio cigars are presented in a box with original artwork by Edin Gutierrez; each release...

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Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Flora Fina 8-5-8 Claro

Size: 6×47, 8-5-8 Wrapper: Claro Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $104 Grade: 9.1 The Arturo Fuente Flora Fina 858 is a part of the Gran Reserva line of cigars, and is one of Fuente’s best priced cigars, aside from their mixed filler smokes. You can easily find these in B&Ms and online for around $3-4 a stick. I...

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Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #26 (Summer Issue)

Today is our last review in our series of re-posted panelist reviews from the Summer Issue of Smoke Magazine. Smoke Magazine Sample #25 Aesthetics, 90 – A dry exterior creates a textured feel in the hand, though the almond colored wrapper does have a slight sheen. Flawlessly seamed with minimal and slightly raised veins, there is some spotting on the wrapper...

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Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #25 (Summer Issue)

Today we have another blind review we did for Smoke Magazine. Smoke Magazine Sample #25 Aesthetics, 91 – The light brown and silky smooth wrapper is topped by a well constructed torpedo head and cap. Through the body of the smoke, the seams are even and there are no blemishes to speak of – this is a fine looking cigar. Construction, 91 – Though well...

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Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #24 (Summer Issue)

Today we have another blind review we did for Smoke Magazine. Smoke Magazine Sample #24 Aesthetics, 80– A dry, cracked, and green spotted wrapper is laced with staccato and stalk like veins with a stretched wrapper along the seams. Moving from head to toe, the double cap is sloppy and misshaped and the foot is spongy and loose. Construction, 91 – Despite...

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JANUARY 18, 2011 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MIAMI, FL – We’re excited to finally introduce the SouthBound Series with Latitude being the first release.  The SouthBound Series was conceived as a collection of everyday smokes, cigars you can afford to set alight often.  With SouthBound conjuring up images reminiscent of travel, a journey to a ...

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Today we have another blind review we did for Smoke Magazine. Smoke Magazine, Sample #23 (Summer Issue) Aesthetics, 85 – With a steady amount of veins, bumps, and blemishes along the wrapper, a leathery texture is created on this medium brown wrapped cigar. Construction, 87 – Packed well with a nicely constructed head and cap, there is a very pleasant...

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To conclude our Tatuaje Week, I thought we would do a little poll, to see how much our readers enjoy Tatuaje. This week, we reviewed the Tatuaje Anarchy (review), La Riqueza (review), and the Frank (review) in honor of Tatuaje Week. With so many blends produced by Tatuaje, and with the recent flurry of limited/private releases he’s produced, we thought...

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Size: 7 5/8×49, Double Corona (slight box press) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $13 (original MSRP) Grade: 9.2 To finish up Tatuaje week here at Toasted Foot we are reviewing the first installation in the Pete Johnson Monster Series, known as “The Frank”. Released in October of 2008, this...

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Size: 4 3/8×42, Petit Corona (No. 5) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $163 Grade: 9.2 Continuing Tatuaje Week, we have another collaboration between Pete Johnson of Tatuaje and Don Pepin and Jamie Garcia, the La Riqueza, which is interpreted the riches in Spanish. Somewhat unique for...

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Size: 6×54, Anarchy Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium to Full Price: Box of 15, $149.85 Grade: 9.2 It’s Tatuaje Week on Toasted Foot, with three Tatuaje reviews. First up is the Anarchy! The Tatuaje Anarchy is a shop specific, limited edition cigar produced for Smoke Inn in out of Florida. Abe...

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Today we have another blind review we did for Smoke Magazine. Smoke Magazine, Sample #22 (Summer Issue) Aesthetics, 88 – The milk chocolate wrapper is smooth to the touch and has a great presence when rolled in the palm. It bears an excellently constructed, almost wafer-like box press and has a very hearty appearance. Construction, 88 – Smooth to the touch,...

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Several months ago we took our second go-round as panelists for Smoke Magazine, and we’ll be posting our blind reviews here and there. We’ll reveal the smoke at the end of the review! Smoke Magazine, Sample #21 (Summer Issue) Aesthetics, 86 – A dark and oily wrapper and a pigtailed cap help disguise an otherwise unimpressive looking cigar that is...

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A couple weeks ago MM posted his Top 10 cigars, along with a list of honorable mentions and a Top 5 list of new release cigars. I’m following up his lead with my own list, organized in the same format. As MM stated, our lists are a bit different, as he prefers milder smokes and I prefer more full bodied smokes. Also, though one cigar may have scored higher...

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Size: 5.5×52, Aguila Wrapper: San Andres Double Maduro Binder: San Andres Filler: Nicaraguan, Panamanian Strength: Medium/ Full Grade: 8.8 Price: Box of 20, $170.95 Today at Toasted Foot we review the new line of cigars from Gran Habano. Headed up by Don Guillermo, the Azteca is a departure from the typical Gran Habano flavor profile; George Rico worked...

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I hope everyone had a very blessed Christmas; we actually got some snow in Middle Georgia, which is extremely rare for Christmas – it’s usually the first of the year before we see any (if we do at all). I had a great time with family and friends and got to enjoy cigars with some of my closest friends, my father, and my brother-in-law; truly a great...

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Size: 6×44, Casadores Wrapper: Mexican Morron Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran Strength: Mild Price: Box of 50, $92.95 (Purchase) Grade: 7.8 Produced in Honduras, by Altadis USA, the Primo Del Rey is available in both an Ecuadorian Connecticut and a Mexican Morron Maduro wrapper. The brand was introduced in the early 1960s, and...

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Size: 7×48, Wrapper: Dominican Corojo Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $117.99 Grade: 8.8 Pride Cigars is a relatively new company and their cigars were originally unveiled at the 2009 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans. At this show, Pride introduced a Corojo and Connecticut series of cigars that are available in eight...

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It’s that time of year when bloggers start looking back and try to form a list of their favorite cigars of the year. Toasted Foot will be submitting three lists this each year – three from me (MM), and three from JJ. Here’s how it’ll work. We’ll each submit three lists: Top 10 Cigars – the 10 best cigars we reviewed this year,...

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Size: 4 7/8×50, Encantos Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican Strength: Medium/ Full Price: Box of 20, $115.95 Grade: 9.3 Today we toast the highly anticipated third release from The EPC Cigar Company. Here is a bit of information on the company from one of our previous reviews: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is best known for...

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Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Habano, Nicaraguan Filler: Habano, Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $72.99 Grade: 8.4 The man behind Gran Habano and 3 SLS cigars is Don Guillermo Rico. Prior to opening his own business, he sold leaves to Miami based cigar makers, including the Oliva family, under the name GR...

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Size: 6×50, Toro Wrapper: Habano Binder: Mexican Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 20, $99.99 Grade: 8.8 Another Famous Smoke Shop exclusive, the Famous Signature Series by Rocky Patel Cigars was also developed by Amilcar P. Castro. Amilcar is behind other Rocky smokes including one of my favorites, the 15th Anniversary, reviewed...

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Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Honduras Filler: Nicaragua Strength: Mild Price: Box of 24, $115 Grade: 9.1 Though seemingly difficult to find both locally and online, at one time the Connecticut was available in seven sizes, all sold in boxes of 24 – Churchill Tubo (7×46), Sesenta (6×60), Double Corona (7×52), Torpedo...

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In 2010, AJ Fernandez released a new line of cigars – the San Lotano. It is currently available in three wrappers – Connecticut, Habano, and Maduro. We reviewed each wrapper and thoroughly enjoyed all three, each scoring a 9.0 or higher. We’ve offered a brief synopsis of each review below. Connecticut The construction is spot on with this...

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Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Honduran & Dominican Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran Strength: Full Price: $6-8 Grade: 9.0 The San Lotano is made in AJ Fernandez’s Esteli, Nicaragua factory, which produces 9 million cigars per year. The cigar comes in four sizes with a choice of three wrappers – a Connecticut,...

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Size: 6.25×44, Lonsdale Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $223.75 Grade: 8.8 The Angelenos is produced in five sizes: Robusto (5.5×50 – $9.50), Double Robusto (5.75×52 – $9.95), Toro (6×50 – $9.95), Lonsdale (6.25×44 – $8.95), and Gran Toro...

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Size: 5×50, Divino Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Cameroon Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 24, $93.95 Grade: 9.3 One of the highlights of 2009 was the release of the La Traviata by CAO.  The cigar received rave reviews and in the online cigar world many touted it as one of their go to smokes,...

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Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Honduran Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $72.95 (Purchase) Grade: 8.7 The Gispert is available in both a Natural and a Maduro, and is available in six sizes, each with larger than usual ring gauges – Robusto (5×54), Corona (5.5×44), Toro (6×54), Lonsdale...

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Size: 5 1/2 x 44, Corona Wrapper: Sumatra Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan/Cuban-seed Dominican Price: Box of 25, $59.95 Today we have a guest review from Tony! I first met Tony through the Cigar Asylum and he has become a friend on Toasted Foot as well. He has an excellent palate and you can find Tony on Facebook or on Cigar Asylum. He’s...

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Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown Sumatra Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild/Medium Price: Box of 25, $107 Grade: 9.0 There is not a whole lot of information online about the La Caridad Del Cobre brand of cigars. It is produced by Frank Herrera, the person behind Cigar Law, and it rolled in the Old World Cuban tradition,...

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Some posts are just a bit more fun to work on… I’m not saying these our best posts, but these are some of the ones we’ve most enjoyed writing! - Articles – Why I Love Cigars: When you really take the time to reflect on why you love something so much, often times you’re surprised by just how much you love it (here) A Bloggers Place...

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Nov
12
2010

Cigar Review: VUDU

Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Mexican Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $79.99 Grade: 8.8 A Famous Smoke Shop exclusive, the new VUDU was developed by Amilcar P. Castro for Rocky Patel. Amilcar is behind other Rocky smokes, including one of my favorites, the 15th Anniversary, reviewed here. Constructed in...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto #1 Wrapper: Habano Ecuadorian Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $101.95 Grade: 8.9 The Ambos Mundos, translates Two Worlds and is a lower cost blend from Pete Johnson of Tatuaje. The cigar is blended and constructed in the Cuban tradition in Nicaragua. This blend is available with two different...

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Size: 6×50, Toro Wrapper: Dominican Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $157.95 Today, we have a guest review from our good friend Chris. He received this Maker’s Mark from a friend, who was gifted the cigar to celebrate the birth of his friend’s son (confused? It was free, and celebrated a birth, that’s all that...

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Nov
06
2010

Weekend Cigar Poll

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Size: 6.75×48, Churchill Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Dominican San Vincente Filler: Dominican Ligero & Seco, Peruvian Seco Strength: Medium/Full Grade: 9.0 Price: Box of 20, $170.95 Today we have the newest release from Avo Uvezian. We have previously reviewed the AVO Limited Edition 2010, Lounge Edition, and Classic here at Toasted Foot and have...

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We had a great time with the Halloween Contest, and would like to thank everyone that participated! We’d also like to thank the awesome folks at Miami Cigar & Company for sponsoring our contest. As a reminder, the 5 winners will each review a 7 pack of Miami Cigars: Calibre 58, La Aurora 107, Guillermo Leon Signature Series, La Aurora Corojo, Nestor...

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Size: 4.875×52, No. 4 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Nicaraguan Ligero & Dominican Olor Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 24, $105.95 (Purchase) Grade: 8.8 Produced by El Credito Cigar Company, and originated by Ernesto Carrillo, the La Gloria Cubana brand is now made exclusively for General Cigar, a subsidiary of Swedish Match....

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Size: 6×51, Perfecto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Cuban-seed Seco, Ligero, Olor Dominicano, and Nicaraguan Strength: Mild-Medium Price: Box of 20, $142.99 Grade: 8.8 Back in October of 2009, we reviewed the Panacea Black from Flatbed Cigar Company and had a very bad experience with the flavor profile. Each sample was very...

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Size: 6.25×48, Short Churchill Wrapper, Filler, & Binder: Honduran Habano de Jamastran Filler Addition: Honduran Piloto Cubano Strength: Medium/ Full Price: $7.95 Grade: 9.0 The mastermind behind the Sencillo (sen-see-yo) is Keith K. Park, who also created the God of Fire and Angelenos cigars. Sencillo means simple in Spanish and that sums up his...

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Size: 6×47, 8-5-8 Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $104 Grade: 8.9 The Arturo Fuente Flora Fina 858 is a part of the Gran Reserva line of cigars, which features four wrappers and sixteen sizes: an African Cameroon, Connecticut Shade, Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro, and Ecuadorian Sun...

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Size: 5×54, Robusto (box pressed) Wrapper: San Andres Morron Mexican Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan Strength: Mild/Medium Price: Box of 20, $63.95 (Purchase) Grade: 9.2 The Gispert is available in both a Natural and a Maduro, and is available in six sizes, each with larger than usual ring gauges – Robusto (5×54),...

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Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Brazilian Habano Binder: Honduran & Dominican Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran Strength: Full Price: $6-8 Grade: 9.1 We recently reviewed the Maduro wrapper of this release by A.J. Fernandez and it was an excellent smoke. Our review today is the second of the three wrappers offered in the San Lotano line, and this...

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Size: 6.5×44, Lonsdale Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran Strength: Mild/Medium Price: Box of 20, $91.99 Grade: 8.5 The Rocky Patel American Market Selection is made exclusively for Famous Smoke Shop. American Market Selection refers to the shade of the wrapper, which were apparently popular in the early 20th Century....

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Size: 4.5×50, Coffee Break Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 2006 Binder: Dominican Criollo 1998 and Nicaraguan Habano 2000 Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo 1999 and Dominican San Vicente Strength: Medium Price: $6-8 Grade: 8.9 Released at the 78th IPCPR Annual Convention and Trade in New Orleans this year, the Nestor Miranda Art Deco is the latest collaboration between...

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Size: 5.5×54, d.5 Wrapper: Honduran Ligero Filler: Nicaraguan and Mexican Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $69 Grade: 9.2 The Diesel Unlimited is the latest creation from young masterblender Abdel “AJ” Fernandez, and was released at the 2010 IPCPR in New Orleans. AJ already has an incredible, and growing list of cigars to his credit, including the...

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Size: 4.5×54, Robusto No. 5 Wrapper: Connecticut, Double Fermented Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $192.95 (Purchase) Grade: 9.3 Today’s cigar is the Diamond Crown, and it is a sponsored review from AJ’s Cigar. The Diamond Crown was created in 1995 in celebration of J.C. Newman Cigars 100th Anniversary. It was a...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Filler: Columbian, Dominican, and Honduran Binder: Indonesian TBN Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $70 (Purchase) Grade: 8.7 VegaFina is produced by Altadis U.S.A. and is made in La Romana’s Tabacalera de Garcia factory. This is the same factory responsible for Montecristo, H. Upmann, Romeo y Julieta,...

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Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Honduran Sun-Grown Binder/Filler: Honduran Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $130 Grade: 9.1 In business since 2005, Honduras Caribbean Tobacco is located in Miami, FL with production facilities in Honduras, which they own and operate themselves. The Maduro from HCT is specifically grown in Trojes and is a 100% sun grown...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut (2002) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild/Medium Price: Box of 22, $124 Grade: 8.8 The Man O’ War from Abdel “AJ” Fernandez has been well received, but those that enjoy medium bodied cigars have been left in the dark – thus, the Virtue, or Man O’ War light. The mixture for...

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Size: 6×52, Torpedo Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Binder/Filler: Dominican, Ecuadorian, & Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $188 Grade: 8.9 Created by Alberto Medina in Miami, The Resurrection is the latest release from PIO cigars. Producing no more than 600 boxes a month for the national market, PIO is a true boutique...

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  Size: 6×47, Gran Corona Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Corojo & Cameroon Filler: Dominican, Peruvian, Nicaraguan, & Brazilian Strength: Medium/Full Price: $7.60 – $9.80 Grade: 9.0 Released at the 2010 IPCPR trade show, the Guillermo Leon line is the newest offering from La Aurora and Miami Cigar Company, and is named for La Aurora Vice...

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Size: 6×50, Toro (box pressed) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado (Jalapa) Binder: Nicaraguan (Jalapa) Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero, Mexican Ligero (San Andreas), Dominican Republic Viso (Piloto Cubano) Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $164 Grade: 9.2 262 Cigars came on the scene back in 2009 with the release of their first blend, the Paradigm (review); we...

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Size: 5×44, Corona Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro Binder: Honduran Filler: Dominican Republic Strength: Medium/ Full Price: Box of 20, $96 Grade: 8.8 The Black Label Corona by Jameson  Cigars is one of their original releases. Brad Mayo of Jameson is a friend of Toasted Foot and sat down with us for an interview some time ago (here). In his interview, he...

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Size: 6 x54, Grande Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano 99 Hybrid Binder: Honduran Filler: Honduran Strength: Medium/ Full Price: $6.50 Grade: 9.0 Luca Del Toro is the latest release from the owner of Olde Punta Gorda Cigars, Ron Andrews. Made by George Rico of Gran Habano Cigars (STC Tobacco), the cigar is being released by Los Nietos Cigars. In keeping with the...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran Strength: Mild/Medium Price: Box of 20, $55 Grade: 8.8 We are big fans of 5 Vegas here at Toasted Foot – their lines are consistent in construction and flavor, and they are always available at an exceptional value. We’ve bought and enjoyed...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto (Box Press) Wrapper: Habano Ecuadorian Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 20, $195 Grade: 9.1 The Bowery from Velvet Cigars, as all of their smokes, is named for a location in NYC’s East Village, which is very close to the Velvet Cigar Lounge. The Bowery features four year aged Nicaraguan and...

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Size: 4.5×50, Robusto (#400) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $75.95 (Purchase) Grade: 8.8 Today’s review was provided by one of our sponsors, AJ’s Cigars; you’ll see their box ad to the right. We first reviewed the La Unica Natural a few weeks ago and really enjoyed...

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Size: 6 x52, 652 Belicoso Wrapper: Connecticut Shade and Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Secret Filler: Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Price: $9.50 (Boxes of 25) Grade: 9.0 The La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros is a product of General Cigar and was released in April of this year. This is the second cigar in the Artesanos series....

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Size: 5×60, Toro (No. 2) Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Blend of 5 tobaccos, mostly Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $143.99 Grade: 9.2 Avo cigars are produced at the Tabadom Factory by the same folks that bring us Davidoff. Avo Uvezian is know to some as the man behind a quality cigar line, but to most others he is known for...

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Size: 6.25×44, Corona Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $127.99 Grade: 8.5 This 100% certified organic cigar from Nestor Plasencia, Jr. is a mild bodied Nicaraguan puro and is available in 7 sizes: 6×50 (Toro), 6.25×44 (Corona), 6.25×52 (Piramide), 4.75×52 (Robusto), 7×48...

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Size: 6×52, Connoisseur Wrapper: Unknown Binder: Havana seed Filler: Four unknown Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $340 Grade: 8.9 Created to celebrate twenty years of Paul Garmirian Cigars, the Symphony 20 was blended by Henky Kelner of Davidoff and Eladio Diaz and is a part of the Gourmet Series. This is the first limited edition cigar they have ...

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Size: 4.5×50, Robusto (#400) Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $75.95 (Purchase) Grade: 9.0 I picked a box and a half of these up in a recent purchase and I’ve loved them, so I figured it was time to actually sit down and review them. Before I started reading up for the review, I had no idea what...

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Today we have a guest review from AJ – he operates a great blog over at AJ’s Stogies. He has a great range of cigars on his site, from hard to find smokes, to boutiques, and the occasional Cuban; he also includes some great pictures as the cigar burns. One of my recent favorites is his take on the shaggy footed Viaje Summerfest. Be sure to click on...

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Mike and Al Argenti recently joined forces with Henry “Don Kiki” Berger and have been producing some excellent cigars over the last few years. All three men have extensive experience in the cigar industry and since combining their efforts, their releases have really impressed us here at Toasted Foot. They recently released two new cigars, which...

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Size: 5×52, Robusto (Box press) Wrapper: Mexican Binder: Honduran & Dominican Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran Strength: Medium/Full Price: $6-8 Grade: 9.0 A.J. Fernandez is the third generation tobacco blender in his family. Successfully producing cigars for a number of other makers (Diesel, Man O’ War, Padilla Habano), A.J. has created a cigar...

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Size: 4.7×52, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $99 Grade: 8.7 I had such a great experience with the Natural Casa Torano (review) that I was very excited about smoking the Maduro. The Casa Torano was originally the house blend for the Torano family, and was only...

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Our reviewer today is TriMarkC, a frequent contributor and “Ward B” member over at CigarWorld. He is a relatively new cigar smoker, starting in 2005-2006 (with Drew Estate Kuba Kuba’s). He has progressed to mild-bodied cigars (like CAO Gold Vintage), and mild-medium cigars (like Perdomo Reserve, 10th Anniversary Champagne) and then to medium...

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Floods Devastate Honduras Miami, Fl., August 20, 2010 – Severe thunderstorms have devastated Honduras causing major flooding and landslides. The Gran Habano factory has sustained damage by the floods but we anticipate that we can recover without any loss to production or distribution. However, the families in the surrounding area and our own families...

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Size: 6×46 Corona Gorda Wrapper: Habano Ecuadorian Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Price: $10-11 Grade: 9.1 The Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary was created as a celebration of Rocky’s fifteenth year in the cigar business. The Nicaraguan puro is rolled in the entubar method whereby the filler is rolled into tubes and then two...

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Size: 5×50, Schnorr Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $3.99-5.79 (Sold in Boxes of 30) Grade: 9.3 We’ve really enjoyed Berger & Argenti’s cigars here at Toasted Foot. Everything we’ve smoked has been excellent, with flawless construction and entertaining flavor profiles. Today we are...

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We’ve had some great fellas agree to step in as I take a break to be with my family, as we welcomed our new son. Today we have another guest review from Tony! I first met Tony through the Cigar Asylum and he has become a friend on Toasted Foot as well. He has an excellent palate and you can find Tony on Facebook or on Cigar Asylum. Please show Tony some...

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Size: 4 5/8×48, Corona Macho (box-pressed) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan & Dominican Strength: Full Price: $9.99 Grade: 9.2 First off, be sure to check out our current contest – where we are giving away a box of Berger & Argenti’s new cigar, MOOCH, a 6 pack of the Enutbar, and a three pack of the...

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Size: 7×48, Churchill Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro Binder: Olor Dominican and Cuban Seed Filler: Olor Dominican, Cuban Seed, Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 20, $125.99 Grade: 8.8 The Kristoff Maduro is made by Exclusive Cigars, which was established in 2005. EC is a manufacturer of boutique cigars, including the Vengence, Brittania, Cuban...

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Aug
10
2010

Toast of the Week

What a great week! Matt welcomed the birth of his second son (picture) and everyone is doing great! Toasted Foot also announced an exciting new contest last week (here). It’s a very exciting time for the cigar industry, with IPCPR starting this week; with press releases flying around everywhere for all the new cigars, it’s going to be an exciting...

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Aug
09
2010

Cigar Review: Sultan

Today we are thankful to have a guest review from Charlie, as I take a brief break to help welcome the birth of my second son. Charlie runs a great cigar website, The Cigar Feed, and is active on Twitter as well. Be sure to check out both of the orange links, and please help me welcome Charlie to Toasted Foot – leave a comment or two! Size: 5×50,...

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Size: 6.5×52, Torpedo Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo Esteli Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 10, $139.99 Grade: 9.2 Tatuaje – man, we love some Tatuaje cigars, so keep that in mind – though we try and remain objective here. The newly released El Triunfador, the Cabaiguan (and Guapo), and the value line Series...

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Size: 6×50, Toro (#40) Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild/Medium Price: Box of 25, $185.99 Grade: 8.9 Handcrafted by the Arturo Fuente family at the Chateau de la Fuente, the Ashton Aged Maduro uses Dominican tobacco and a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Some time ago, when the Aged Maduro was released, it...

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Size: 4.5×44, Le Petite Wrapper: Sun grown Corojo ’99 (Café Rosado) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Cabinet of 50, $332.50 Grade: 9.4 Illusione is of course well known in the cigar industry – Dion Giolito is responsible for the Illusione, Epernay, Cruzado, and the mixed filler Cuchillos Cubanos. The Illusione Epernay...

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Size: 4×58, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Oscuro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $4.60 Grade: 9.0 Miami Cigar has had a recent explosion of new cigar offerings in the Nestor Miranda Collection, including the Special Selection (review), Dominicano (review), the mixed filler 1989 (review), and now the Calibre 58. They’ve also...

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Another week down – I hope it treated you well. IPCPR is right around the corner, and we are excited about all of the new releases coming soon. The weather has been high 90s and low 100s for the last week, but I’ve managed to make it outside once the sun has gone down to enjoy some great cigars – Illusione Epernay, AVO Classic, Torano Casa...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto (P2) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan (Mixed filler) Strength: Medium Price: Box of 31, $104.99 Grade: 9.0 The Series P from Tatuaje, or the White Label, is Pete Johnson’s most affordable option at a little over $3 a stick. Available in 4 sizes and sold in nailed cabinet boxes of 31, the...

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At the close of 2009 we chose not to include a Top 10 or Top However Many, mostly because we were still working out the kinks of our new website, and there were so many others making solid selections. But, this year we plan to present our Top Favorites. Following Chief Hava’s lead, we decided it would be fun to do a half-year report, of what we are really...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Brazillian Mata Fina Binder: Columbian Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, & Mexican Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 20, $121 Grade: 9.0 Back in the early 20th Century, before most of us were born, there was a cigar company known for making some of the best 10 cents cigars around – in fact, they made around 54 million of...

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Size: 7×38, Lancero Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $118 Grade: 9.1 Pride Cigars debuted at the 2009 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, unveiling a Corojo and Connecticut series of cigars – each were originally available in 7 sizes, and they have since added an eight size, a 6×60...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild/Medium Price: Box of 20, $90 Grade: 8.7 The original CAO Gold line was created in 1996 and has been very well received – the Maduro version utilizes the same binder and filler, but utilizes a Brazilian Maduro wrapper, and was introduced in 2007. The Gold...

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Jul
16
2010

Cigar Review: Cruzado

Size: 4×48, Dantes (Robusto) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $172 Grade: 8.9 The Cruzado was born when Don Giolito of Illusione fame wanted to create a milder version of his Nicaraguan treats, which was attained by removing the trademark Ligero featured in Illusione cigars....

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Size: 6×43, No. 1 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Mexican Filler: Dominican Olor Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $106.95 Grade: 8.9 Utilizing a three year aged Dominican Olor tobacco, the Romeo y Julieta Vintage gets its smoothness from the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and its complexity from a Mexican binder. The Vintage was introduced in 1993...

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Size: 55/8x46, White Horse Wrapper: Nicaraguan Café Colorado Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 25, $145.95 Grade: 8.8 Dion Giolito of Illusione Cigars is well known among cigar smokers, and is especially known by those who enjoy Nicaraguan tobacco and boutique branded cigars. The cg4 utilizes first generation Corojo ’99 and...

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We recently had the honor of being panelists for Smoke Magazine and we are sharing with you our four blind reviews. Today is our final installment; once again, the reveal is made at the end of the post. Smoke Magazine Sample #26 Aesthetics, 78 – The cigar sports an incredibly dark and oily wrapper – too dark in fact. As the wrapper becomes wet your...

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We recently had the honor of being panelists for Smoke Magazine and we are sharing with you our four blind reviews. Today is our third installment. Once again, the reveal is made at the end of the post. Smoke Magazine Sample #25 Aesthetics, 84 – Sporting a light to medium brown wrapper that is veiny and toothy, the cigar had a very rugged and aged leather...

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We recently had the honor of being panelists for Smoke Magazine and this week we are sharing with you our four blind reviews. Today is our second installment. Once again, the reveal is made at the end of the post. Smoke Magazine Sample #24 Aesthetics, 90 - Clean exterior with spider web veins and a few stalks, the exaggerated length creates a powerful presence...

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A few months ago Evan Dashevsky gave us an opportunity to review some samples for an upcoming issue of Smoke Magazine. Within a couple days of the email, we received 4 different cigars, with 3 samples of each. It was our first blind tasting and the reveal was not made until after we submitted our reviews. The Spring issue should be hitting stands very...

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Jul
02
2010

Cigar Review: Cubao

Size: 5.5×52, No. 6 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $123.00 Grade: 9.1 From the boys at EO Brands, with the help from Don Pepin Garcia, comes the Cubao. Released back in 2008 at the IPCPR show, this is a great addition to the EO Brands line of cigars, most notably the 601 Series and...

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Size: 6×54, Belicoso Wrapper: Corojo Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 23, $139 Grade: 8.9 The El Tiante 23 Series is named after and created by Red Sox legend Luis Tiant. Completely handmade at the Tabacalera Tambor factory, it is rolled in the style of Old Cuba. Available in a Habano and Corojo wrappers, the 23...

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Size: 5.5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Colorado Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: $5.50 to $7.50 a cigar Grade: 9.0 Sometimes a high score can overshadow the actual product, which is great on its on, and this may be the case with the Casa Magna Colorado. Rated as Cigar Aficionado’s number one cigar in 2008, with a rating of...

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Size: 7×50, Churchill Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild/Medium Price: Box of 20, $74.99 Grade: 8.7 The Don Kiki White Label employs tobacco from a 2001 harvest out of the Tabacalera Esteli factory. The cigar is exclusive to Cuban Crafters and may be ordered here. The price on these sticks, which are aged...

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Size: 7×36, Lancero (No. 1) Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: $12.15 single (10% discount on 20) Grade: 9.1 Tesa Cigar Company is a cigar lounge based in Chicago with a superb lineup of house blends. They currently have 9 different blends, all blended by Chicagoan Chris Kelly, the mid-20s owner of Tesa,...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Bundle of 20, $59.99 Grade: 7.3 The Cusano M1 was created for the Macanudo lover on a budget – mild Dominican mixed filler and a US Connecticut wrapper. Sold in bundles of 20 for around $60, the M1 is available in five sizes. You can find these sticks all...

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Size: 4 3/4×48, L250 Cabinet Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatran (Oscuro) Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Full Price: Box of 24, $146.99 Grade: 8.7 For you today we have our first review of a Litto Gomez cigar. The Ligero Series from La Flor Dominicana is available in two styles, the Ligero and Double Ligero: The Ligero features Dominican ligero...

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Size: 6×52, Torpedo Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli, Jalapa, and Condega) Strength: Medium Price: Bundle of 20, $49.99 Grade: 8.4 Sold in bundles of 20 and billed as one of the top bargains around, the Sherpa Café from Gurkha Cigar and Kaizad Hansotia is said to be a limited edition stick and is apparently...

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Size: 5.25×52, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $114.95 Grade: 8.9 The Jamie Garcia Reserva Especial is the most recent release from the My Father factory, though this cigar is completely blended by Jamie Garcia, son to Don Pepin. The five-size line is made with two kinds of...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $193.95 Grade: 9.1 Produced at Tabacalera A Fuente for JC Newman, the Diamond Crown Maximus follows the success of the regular Diamond Crown line. Production began on this line at the start of the 21st century and after three years work...

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Size: 5×45, Coronita Wrapper: Panamanian (Sumatran) Binder: Panamanian Filler: Panamanian Strength: Mild Price: Bundle of 25, $150 Grade: 7.8 The folks at Joyas de Panama contacted us a couple months ago and I was very intrigued by a Panamanian puro, and was looking forward to reviewing it after some time in the humidor. We reviewed Le Cigar a few weeks...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto (Wavell) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $76.99 Grade: 8.5 Known as one of the strongest cigars produced in the Dominican Republic, the La Gloria Cubana is available in Natural and Maduro, is rolled in 23 sizes, and is produced by El Credito, in Little Havana...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Ecuadorian Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 20, $165 Grade: 9.0/9.1 I can’t recall how Bryan White and I began talking, but we’ve been going back and forth on Twitter and via email for several months and it’s been a great joy to learn a bit about the production process....

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Size: 4 7/8×50, Robusto Wrapper: Colorado Claro Binder: Costa Rican Filler: Costa Rican and Dominican Strength: Mild Price: $7.40 MSRP Grade: 9.1 This is our second review of the D’Crossier line of cigars; we detailed the company in our first review, but I’ll include it once more here. You can check out our review of the Imperium Class Vintage...

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Size: 5 1/8×42, Corona Wrapper: Nicaragua Café Colorado Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $185.00 Today we have a guest review from Tony! I first met Tony through the Cigar Asylum and he has become a friend on Toasted Foot as well. He has an excellent palate and you can find Tony on Facebook or on Cigar Asylum....

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Size: 5 1/4×52, Robusto Wrapper: Havana/Connecticut hybrid Binder: Connecticut Filler: Dominican and Peruvian Strength: Medium Price: Around $5 Grade: 8.4 Today we have a first for you – we’ve reviewed cigars that are hard to find, cigars not distributed in the States, and cigars that have yet to be released, but this is the first time we’ve reviewed...

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Company: Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company Bean Origin or Blend: Columbia Villarica (Cup of Excellence, 2009) Body: Light Roast: Light Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $24/12oz (Purchase) Background: We’ve been very impressed by the beans from Zoka and have reviewed a couple (Costa Rica COE, Rwanda). The Columbian Villa Rica is a 2009 Cup of...

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Size: 4.9×38, Petit Corona (Premium No. 4) Wrapper: Sumatran (Bahia shade grown) Binder: Brazilian (Bahia) Filler: Brazilian (Bahia) Strength: Mild Price: Unknown Grade: 8.8 Eduardo Leoni of Le Cigar got in touch with us early in the year requesting that we review his cigar. A few weeks later we received a couple samples each of the Robusto and Petit...

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Size: 5×50, Nobles Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Corojo ‘99) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $151.25 Grade: 9.0 When deciding what to review this week, we were both amazed that we had only sat down to review one cigar from Mr. Pete Johnson, the newly released El Triunfador – so, for today’s review we are taking on the...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Indonesian Filler: Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $146.99 Grade: 8.4 Heralded as one the Torano family’s finest cigars, the Reserva Selecta comes in a Connecticut shade wrapper and Costa Rican Maduro, each employing a variety of tobacco in the binder and filler. Since...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Brazillian Mata Fina Binder: Honduran Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli & Jalapa), Columbian Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 20, $95.99 Grade: 9.0 I can’t speak from year’s past, but it seems more and more companies are lending their name and their blending to private label and house label smokes. Our review for today is a...

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Size: 6 1/8×52, Torpedo Wrapper: Nicaraguan Oscuro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli & Jalapa) Strength: Medium Price: $5.50 Grade: 8.7 The next cigar in the Nestor Miranda Collection, the 1989 began hitting B&M’s on May 1st across the country. The name honors the founding year of Miami Cigar & Company and presents a Nicaraguan...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaragua (Condega & Jalapa) Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $118.99 Grade: 8.6 At nine years old, Don Rolando Reyes told his father and siblings he wanted to be a tobacconist. Born in Las Villas, Cuba in 1924, Rolando was trained by Silvio Santana of the Tabacalera...

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Company: Fratello Coffee Roasters Bean Origin or Blend: Guatemalan Montecristo (Single Estate, Rainforest Alliance, Direct Trade) Body: Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $30.50/2lbs. Before we get started, don’t forget to sign up for our current contest, where Fratello is giving away five 8 ounce bags of their Panamanian bean...

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Size: 7×50, Churchill Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Filler: Domn. Olor, Cubano, San Vicente Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $189.95 Grade: 8.3 Today’s cigar is exclusive to Corona Cigar Company. The Boris 11is available in a Connecticut and a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper and is sold in five sizes: Churchill (7×50), Perfecto...

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Happy Tuesday everyone, and congratulations on making it past Monday – I barely scraped by. This was an interesting week in the cigar industry, highlighted by the news of Rocky Patel buying a 50% stake in EO Brands, formerly United Tobacco, and makers of such brands as 601, Cubao, and Murcielago. The announcement was made just a few days after EO Brands...

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Size: 5 7/8×52, Delirios Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Dominican and Nicaragua Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 24, $168 Grade: 9.2 The second release from the newly formed EPC Cigar Company, the Short Run was released in early May, 2010. Ernesto created 1,500 boxes of 24 for each of the 3 sizes in the 2010 Short Run...

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Size: 6.5×43, Corona (No. II) Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano and Mexican long-leaf Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $268.95 Grade: 8.9 Macanudo is distributed by General Cigar, who was kind enough to send us samples for this review. General Cigar is of course one of the giants and are responsible for the distribution...

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Size: 5×50, Robust Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Honduran and Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 24, $141 (Purchase) Grade: 8.1 Birthed in 2008, Di Fazio honors the memory of a family name and currently offers three blends: Connecticut (Black), Picoso (Red), and Maduro (White). Presented in four sizes, a Robust, Double Robust,...

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Size: 6 ½x42, Lonsdale Wrapper: Corojo Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $116.95 Grade: 8.4 Well, first things first, the picture – not my own! The great computer crash of 2010 wiped out a bunch of my pictures and the Patriarch was one of the fatalities…so, Walt from Stogie Review to the rescue! He was kind...

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Size: 5×44, Corona Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Honduran Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $96 Grade: 8.7 One of the original offerings from Jameson Cigars, the Red Label is owner Brad Mayo’s mildest offering, teetering between a high mild and a low medium. The Red comes in five sizes – a Torpedo, Toro, Robusto,...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatran Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Ometepe Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 20, $103.95 Grade: 8.7 It took some time to finally get in a review of the Punch Uppercut. I had a couple, then sent them away in a cigar pass, then had others, then something else happened, then finally I forced myself to buy...

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Size: 4.5×50, Reserva R Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: $10.45 (10% discount on 20, $188) Grade: 9.0 Tesa Cigar Company is a cigar lounge based in Chicago with a superb lineup of house blends. They currently have 9 different blends, all blended by Chicagoan Chris Kelly, the mid-20s owner of Tesa, and...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $6.50 Grade: 8.7 The La Aurora 107 was announced March 12, 2010 and is slowly making its way into B&Ms, where they will be exclusively sold. The 107 commemorates the rich history of La Aurora, the Dominican’s oldest cigar maker, which...

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Notice a format change on today’s review, but still look vaguely familiar? That’s because the great Tony Casas, of Casas Fumando, stopped by for a visit and he brought a Flying Pig to the party! Tony is a great friend and BOTL; he has been a tremendous help to and supporter of Toasted Foot. Tony lives in El Paso, Texas, is married, and has one of...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto #4 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium to Full Price: $6.50 Grade: 8.7 Cuban Stock has operated a cigar factory out of Santiago, Dominican Republic since 1995, is run by Yaniv Levy, President, and was originally known as Crown David Cigars. The name change was a result of consumer recognition, as...

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Size: 5×50, Monarcha Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Honduran Corojo Filler: Dominican and Honduran Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $115.99 Grade: 8.9 Camacho was founded in Miami in 1961 by Simon Camacho; in 1995, after the death of Simon Camacho, the company was acquired by Caribe Imported Cigars (Baccarat and National Brand), which is owned by...

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Today’s product review comes courtesy of Cheap Humidors. Be sure to check them out online and give them a follow on Twitter. Today, we’ll be taking a look at two of their cutters. Stainless Steel Guillotine Cutter (Here) The polished gunmetal finish on this guillotine cutter is a good start and the gold hardware on the edges adds a bit of...

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Size: 5×54, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 40, $206.95 Grade: 8.9 El Baton is a Nicaraguan puro manufactured by J. C. Newman Cigar Company, most recently known for the Brickhouse (Review), but of course no stranger to the cigar industry. El Baton is an original release of J. C. Newman...

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Please help us welcome our newest sponsor, Miami Cigar & Company! We are very excited to be partnering with these great folks! You know Miami Cigar & Co. as the creator of the Nestor Miranda Special Selection, Don Lino, and Tatiana line of cigars, as well as the distributor of EO Cigars and La Aurora. Their recent releases include the Nestor Miranda...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado Binder: Nicaraguan (Criollo ’98) and Honduran Habano Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa and Condega Corojo) Strength: Medium to Full Price: Box of 20, $79.99 Grade: 8.9 The Siboney Reserve is produced for Famous Smoke Shop by the Don Pepin Garcia family at their My Father cigar factory in Esteli. This full...

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Size: 4.5×46, Principe Wrapper: San Andres Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Habano Filler: Aged Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $49.99 (Deal) Grade: 8.9 The Nica Libre was created with the intention of being Padron’s stepchild. The San Andres Maduro wrapper on the Nica Libre is very similar to that used on the Padron Anniversary Maduro. There...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan Ligero Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $95.95 Grade: 9.1 We detailed the impressive resume of AJ Fernandez a while back on our review of his Diesel (here). The short of it is that he has risen to incredible notoriety in the cigar industry, blending for some of the top...

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Size: 5 1/8×58, Torpedo (Bullet) Wrapper: Costa Rica Binder: Ecuadorian Filler: Costa Rican & Dominican Strength: Medium Price: $13 Grade: 8.8 D’Crossier is distributed by Pure Aroma Cigars and recently displayed at the 2009 IPCPR. The operation is based in Miami, Florida, while the manufacturing processes take place in Costa Rica. The president,...

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Size: 7 1/2×38, No. 1 Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $422.99 Grade: 9.2 Zino Davidoff, eldest son of Henri, was born in present day Ukraine in March of 1906. After fleeing to Switzerland, his family opened a tobacconist shop in 1912. Zino kept a steady eye on the tobacco industry and in 1924,...

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Size: 6.5×42, No. 1 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild/Medium Price: Box of 25, $168.75 (here) Grade: 9.3 Ok, ready yourself for a long introduction; there is a good bit to mention here since there is an “old” version, a “kinda-new” version, and a “brand-new” version of the El Triunfador! Pete...

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Size: 5×60, V. Gigante Wrapper: Arapiraca, Brazilian Maduro Binder: De Olor, Dominican Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero, Dominicano de Olor, Piloto Cubano Republic Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 20, $120 Grade: 8.8 This is our second go-round with the Gigante series from Marco V cigars. We reviewed the Bronze Label a while back and included some...

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Size: 4.5×50, Coffee Break Wrapper: Dominican (Rosado) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $109 (Buckhead Cigar) Grade: 8.8 The Dominicano is a new line under the Nestor Miranda Collection label, distributed by Miami Cigar & Company, and is a collaboration between Nestor Miranda, Pepin Garcia and his My Father Cigar...

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Blue: The wrapper was clean and pretty smooth, with a few non-obtrusive wrappers and a bit of plume, but there were several green spots toward the foot of the smoke and an oddly swiveled cap on this Torpedo. The blue stick lit perfectly and a nice even ring formed at the base. The ash was a very clean white/grey that stacked well  with a medium draw held...

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Size: 4 7/8×60, Bouchon Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan and Honduran Strength: Medium Price: Box of 10, $64.95 Grade: 8.9 The CAO Gold Vintage is manufactured at CAO Fabrica de Tabacos and employs an Ecuadorian wrapper from a 2004 harvest, which, according to CAO’s website, “experienced a growing season that...

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Size: 4 1/4×46, Perfecto Wrapper: Connecticut Shade and Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild/Medium Price: $13/single (MSRP), sold in boxes of 25 Grade: 8.4 This review comes courtesy of Cigars Direct. The next time you’re looking for a rare cigar, check them out. From the Hemingway line, the Between the Lines is a very...

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To Score or Not To Score… We need some reader help! There are lots of opinions out there on whether cigar review websites should give a score when they review a cigar. It is a subjective practice and, besides, most people either ignore them completely or take the opposite approach, and pay more attention to the score than they should. Some say leave the...

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Size: 5.5×55, Super Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown Binder: Mexican grown, Sumatra seed Filler: Dominican Ligero Strength: Full Price: Box of 10, $155 Grade: 9.1 Avo Uvezian was introduced to the cigar industry when he met Hendrik Kelner in 1982, though he began his career as a musician and later became a composer. The first AVO cigar went...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $106.00 Grade: 9.1 United Tobacco got its start in 2003, when Eric Espinosa and Eddie Ortega joined forces. Since their partnership began, they have released some highly rated cigars, including the 601 line (Red, Blue, Green, and Black),...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: West African Cameroon Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $45.95 at Cigar.com Grade: 8.2 Packed in boxes of 20 and available in 4 sizes, the Cameroon Label does not stray far from the Cigar.com House Blends lineup. Another stick produced at the famed Tabadom Factory, the folks at Cigar.com recommend this stick...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto (Invictos) Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Habano Rosado Claro) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan (’99 Corojo) Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $154.95 Grade: 8.7 The Vegas Cubanas from Don Pepin Garcia is one of Pepin’s first blends and is currently produced at his Miami factory, El Rey de Los Habanos. It is comprised of Cuban-seed...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Honduran Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $185.00 Grade: 8.7 First off, I’d like to thank Dave at The Cigar Sage for sending four Prensados my way; thanks for the great contest Dave! Another cigar released at 2009’s IPCPR, the Prensado comes in five sizes and has...

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Company: RockStone Premium Coffees Bean Origin or Blend: Kenya Peaberry Gethumbwini Body: Medium Roast: Medium Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $17/lb. Background: RockStone Premium Coffees is sold by Jameson Cigars. They are one of the first cigar manufacturers to get into the premium coffee industry and we at Toasted Foot applaud their efforts; most...

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Size: 4 ½x42/47, Perfecto Wrapper: Cameroon Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 25, $125 Grade: 8.8 Made from a mold dating back to 1923, Luis Falto won this in an auction and quickly put it to use. Utilizing a Cameroon wrapper and Dominican binder and filler, this is a medium-full bodied cigar is intended for a quick...

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Size: 6×50, Toro (No. 7) Wrapper: Ecuadorian with added Nicaraguan Criollo upper Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild-Medium Price: Box of 24, $145 Grade: 9.3 Joya de Nicaragua, S.A. are well known for their Antano line of cigars and the newly released Antano Dark Corojo; most of JdN’s releases are full-bodied, but not so with the...

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Size: 5×56, Torpedo Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Filler: Nicaraguan (Jalapa, Condega, and Esteli) Strength: Medium to Full Price: Box of 30, $99.95 Grade: 9.3 The Diesel Unholy Cocktail is the latest creation from young masterblender Abdel “AJ” Fernandez. AJ already has an incredible, and growing, list of cigars to his credit, including the Man O’...

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Size: 6×54, Belicoso (Torpedo) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Indonesian Filler: Habano Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 23, $175 Grade: 8.8 The El Tiante 23 Series is named after and created by Red Sox legend Luis Tiant. Completely handmade at the Tabacalera Tambor factory, it is rolled in the style of Old Cuba. Available in a Habano and Corojo...

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Size: 5×50 (Wavell) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Natural Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Republic Price: Box of 25, $89.99 Strength: Medium Grade: 9.2 The Sosa family has been involved in the cigar industry since the early 1900s, originally as growers and later of course as manufacturers and distributors. During the early 1920s, the small Cuban village of Santa...

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Size: 6×52, Pirate (Torpedo) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Price: Box of 20, $49.99 (CI) Strength: Mild Grade: 7.9 The G2 is Graycliff’s answer to the desire for a less expensive version of their quality cigars. There is a bit of discrepancy however in the blends; there appears to be two lines of the G2, with the only...

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Size: 6 x54, Toro (Box Press) Wrapper: Brazilian Binder: Honduran Filler: Cubito, Columbian, and Nicaraguan (Seco/Ligero from Esteli and Jalapa) Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $158.00 Grade: 8.9 Revolution 262 was started by 3 cigar enthusiasts in 2009 and they spent most of last year designing the brand and working on their first release, the...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Piloto Cubano, San Vicente Strength: Mild-Medium Price: Box of 24, $149 Grade: 9.2 The Cuvee line of cigars from Mike Chiusano of Cusano cigars originated to compete with fuller-bodied cigars in the European market; the line was ranked in the top 10 by the...

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Company: Rocketfuel Coffee Bean Origin or Blend: Hawaiian Kona Dark (100%) Body: Medium-Full Roast: City Plus Brew Method: Drip and French Press Price: $36/lb. Background: Rocketfuel Coffee is based out of Toronto, Canada and specializes in premium, rare coffee beans from across the world. The Kona Dark is a new offering and is in answer to a request for...

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Size: 5.5×50, Iniquity Wrapper: Dominican Habano (’98) Binder: Dominican Criollo (’98) Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 21, $120 Grade: 8.7 Jameson Cigars, founded in 2007, is most known for their Red and Black Label, which debuted at the 2008 IPCPR and have received high praise; their Red Label Perfecto received a panel average of...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan habano Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano (‘97), Mexican Ligero (‘97), Nicaraguan Criollo (‘98) Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $59.95 Grade: 7.4 Alan Rubin cracked open the cigar industry’s door in 1997, leaving a lucrative career as an importer of screws and bolts. The company name is a combination of his...

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Size: 5×54, Short Torpedo Wrapper: Costa Rican Maduro Binder: Mexican Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Grade: 8.7 Price: Box of 25, $119.99 This particular brand was created by Rocky Patel for pipe maker Erik Nording. Nording produces over 50,000 pipes per year, 90% of which are exported to other countries. You can learn more about Eric and Nording...

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Size: Robusto, 53/8x52 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano (3 year old) Binder: Double, Nicaraguan and Dominican (5 year old) Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican (2-3 years old) Strength: Medium Grade: 9.3 Price: Box of 10, $130 As we work through the first couple months of 2010, it’s hard not to look back at all the excellent releases of 2009. It was, in my opinion, a...

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Size: 5×54, Rothschild Luxo Wrapper: Connecticut Filler: Mixed Nicaraguan, Esteli and Jalapa Valley Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $49.95 Grade: 8.9 Drew Estate is a name that has been receiving more and more notoriety of late thanks to the Liga Privada line of cigars. Known primarily for his line of infused cigars, Acid and Natural, Drew is no stranger...

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Size: 5 x 50 Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut (Ecuadorian) Binder: Habano (Dominican) Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild to Medium Price: Box of 25, $114.99 Agent 24 from The Cigar Spy is back from running Black Ops for Santa Claus and completing some top secret cigar training to do a guest review for the Gentlemen here at Toasted Foot. Today’s target is the Pinar...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Indonesian Sumatran Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Price: Box of 25, $112.50 Strength: Medium Grade: 8.9 Produced in the famed La Aurora factory, the Falto was the first line of cigars offered by La Garita Cigar Company. The first shipment of the Falto arrived to Puerto Rico in July of 1995 and has been in...

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Size: 6×48, Carnegie (Toro) Wrapper: Connecticut Filler: Dominican and South American Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $171 Grade: 9.0 The story of Nat Sherman International is an interesting one. Nat Sherman International got its start in the 1930s with the partnership between Nat and Charles Baer, owner of the Epoca Cigar Factory. Together they opened a...

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Size: 4.5×50, Rothschild (Coffee Break) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan and Dominican Price: Box 0f 20, $109.99 Strength: Medium Grade: 9.2 Add another cigar to Pepin’s credentials! The Special Selection from Nestor Miranda, of Miami Cigar & Company, recently landed in CA’s Top 25 Cigars of 2009 (or the first...

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We’ve worked our way through the three blends offered by Cu-Avana and were very happy with the results. If you keep in mind that these sticks are all under $3, I think you’ll be happy with what you find as well. Smooth, consistent, and affordable, the Cu-Avana line has widened its audience with the new full-bodied offering, the Intenso. The Natural...

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Size: 5 3/4×50, Belicoso Wrapper: Ecuadorian ‘Desflorado’ Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box 0f 20, $117.99 Grade: 9.0 Berger and Argenti have yet to disappointment us. This our third review of their cigars, having previously reviewed the Entubar (here) and the Exile Maduro (here). The...

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Size: 5.5×52, Favoritos (Belicoso) Wrapper: Connecticut Filler: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $144.95 Grade: 8.9 The Tabacos Baez is from Don Pepin Garcia and offers a different side to the master roller. Offering a Connecticut shade wrapper with Nicaraguan filler, the Tabacos Baez presents a medium-bodied smoke with less spice...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Filler: Peruvian and Nicaraguan Ligero Strength: Full Price: Box 0f 20, $59.95 Grade: 8.8 Cu-Avana cigars have long been known for their consistency, value, and mildness. The Natural and the Maduro are both very mild cigars and this left the Cu-Avana line with no real place in the new market of fuller-bodied...

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We love a great smoke here at Toasted Foot, but what we love even more is a great smoke under five dollars! Our newest feature here at Toasted Foot is a list of great cigars that can be toasted for less than five dollars a stick. The list below is not ranked, just alphabetized, nor is it complete. Over the next few months, we will pick more sticks that fit this...

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Size: 5.25×50, Perfecto Wrapper: Connecticut Filler: Dominican Olor, Cubano, and San Vicente Strength: Mild-Medium Price: Box of 20, $199.99 Grade: 8.5 The Boris 11 is available exclusively at Corona Cigar Company and is available in several sizes and in a Connecticut and Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Today we’ll take on the Connecticut, which was...

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Size: 5.2×50, Robustos Extra Wrapper: Ecuadorian grown Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 24, $200.00 Grade: 9.2 The Cabaiguan is another Tatuaje blended by Don Pepin Garcia at the El Rey de los Habanos factory. This is the same factory that is responsible for the 5 Vegas Miami, other Tatuaje cigars, and select...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Cuban-seed Corojo Filler: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan (Jalapa and Condega) Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $99.95 Grade: 9.1 The final cigar released in honor of Ernesto Padilla’s poet father, the Series ’68 commemorates the year Herberto was arrested for speaking publicly against Castro; 1968 is also the year Herberto...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra (Cuban Hybrid) Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Price: Box of 20, $45.95 Grade: 8.5 We have reviewed quite a few of the Cigar.com House Blends here at Toasted Foot and all of them have been good smokes with scores consistently in the mid to high 8’s. I was excited about firing up the Cuban blend as it is...

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Size: 7×48, Churchill Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, and “Family Blend” of Central & South American Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $104.95 Grade: 9.2 The Torano family’s tobacco story began in 1916, with Don Santiago Torano. When emigrating from Spain to Cuba, Don fell in love with the tobacco...

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Size: 6 7/8×36, Panetela Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 26, $96.20 Grade: 9.0 In the interest of full disclosure, I am a big Padrón fan and have been since the day I started smoking cigars.  The Padrón  2000 Maduro is one of my main go-to smokes. The Padrón family cigars seem so careful...

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Size: 6×50, Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian 151 Sun-grown Filler: Dominican Olor, Piloto Cubano, and San Vicente Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $225 Grade: 8.3 Today we take on the AVO Lounge Edition, gifted to us by Jeff from Corona Cigar Company. From Avo Uvezian and Henkie Kelner of Davidoff, the Lounge Edition is blended specifically for Corona Cigar...

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Size: 5×54, Robusto Wrapper: Havana Subido Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $108.99 Grade: 9.2 Today we take on another new release from the IPCPR show in New Orleans, the Brickhouse from J.C. Newman Cigars. This Nicaraguan puro has gotten a fair amount of buzz lately. This cigar is a resurrected blend from the J.C....

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Size: 5×52, Robusto Oscuro Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Brazilian Filler: Honduran and Dominican Strength: Full Price: Box of 24, $212 Grade: 9.0 Drew Estate is no stranger to the cigar business, though he is a fairly new heavy player in the non-flavored arena. Drew’s story is a great one and you should definitely check out his website and read...

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Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown Connecticut Binder/Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: N/A Grade: 9.0 Jose Carlos, a new line of cigars introduced by Bill Davies, is named after an orphan Bill met in Nicaragua while researching his new blend. Bill was inspired by Jose’s story of rising above his abandonment and named his first...

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Size: 5.2×52, Robusto Wrapper: Habano-Rosado, Ecuadorian Filler: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan (Esteli) Strength: Full Price: Box of 23, $207 Grade: 9.0 Coming from the El Rey de los Habanos factory, founded in 2002 in Miami’s Little Havana, the My Father is limited to a production 50,000 sticks per year and is a joint effort between Don Pepin and his son Jaime....

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Size: 5×64, Robusto Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran and Mexican Binder: Costa Rican and Colombian Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $137 Grade: 8.8 Originally part of the MAXX lineup, The Vice was sold in boxes of 50 and in one size, a 6.5×62 Toro, and was released in 2007. The Vice was reintroduced as its own line at the...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $92.00 Grade: 8.7 Luis Falto of La Garita Cigar Company was gracious enough to send us samples of his full line of cigars, as well as sponsor a couple of our contests. Over the next several months we’ll start reviewing the line. Today is our...

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Size: 5X52, Robusto Wrapper: Café Colorado Binder/Filler: Corojo and Criollo Strength: Full Price: Box of 25, $195 Grade: 9.0 Known primarily as a boutique blend, Illusione has received some great reviews, including a Top 10 finish on Cigar Aficionado’s 2007 list (again, for whatever that is worth). Produced in the Raices Cubanas factory, Illusione cigars...

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Size: 5.0×52, Belicoso Wrapper: Mexican San Andrea Maduro Binder: Mexican Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $176.99 Grade: 8.8 Released at this year’s IPCPR trade show, the Murcielago is one of the newest cigars to hit the market and is receiving a lot of online buzz. Developed by Erik Espinosa and Eddie Ortega of EO Brands, or Espinosa...

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Size: 5×60, V. Gigante Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: De Olor, Dominican Filler: Blend, Dominicano de Olor and Piloto Cubano (Cibao Valley, Dominican) Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $120 Grade: 8.8 So, the Marco V is huge, it is, as they call it, a gigante cigar. When we first received these samples I was shocked by the size—they looked large...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Cuban-seed Corojo (Nicaraguan) Filler: Cuban-seed Corojo (Nicaraguan) Strength: Full Price: Box of 25, $269.95 Grade: 9.2 The Padilla 1932 was masterminded by Don Pepin Garcia and is produced in his Little Havana factory, El Rey de los Habanos. One size however, the La Perla, is produced at Pepin’s Nicaraguan factory,...

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Size: 4×64, Short Torpedo Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 24, $125 Grade: 8.8 Ok, ok, so we all know about the Nub. The invention of Sam Leccia, liquor salesman turned cigar salesman turned garage-cigar-roller turned ultra success story via the Oliva Nub and Cain. But, it’s a good enough story...

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Size: 5×52, Rothschilde   Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut   Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan   Strength: Mild   Price: Box of 27, $202   Grade: 9.0 Reminiscent of the original Montecristo, the White differs only in its Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. The White does well to uphold the stellar reputation of Montecristo. Always looking for great flavor...

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Size: 5×60, Grande Wrapper: Brazilian Maduro Binder: Dominican Habano Filler: Seco Cubano, Ligero Piloto Cubano, Ligero Olor Dominicano, and Ligero Nicaragua Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 24, $150.99; Box of 40, $248.99 Flatbed Cigar Company is headquartered in Pennsylvania and was formed nearly three years ago, with the Panacea Black being released...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild-Medium Price: Box of 20, $87.95 Score: 8.8 The Connecticut Reserve is a departure in many ways for Oliva. As with most manufacturers, Oliva has turned their attention to fuller-bodied smokes. Luckily, Oliva also took some time to work on a great Mild...

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Size: 6.5×52, Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 22, $128 Grade: 8.9 The Man O’ War received a lot of attention not too long ago, flying high the full-bodied flag that so many have waved recently. Manufactured at Tabacalera Fernandez in Nicaragua, this Man of a cigar was created by A. J....

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Size: 5×50, Robusto (Divino) Wrapper: Ecaudorian Habano Binder: Cameroon Filler: Nicraguan & Dominican    Strength: Full Price: Box of 24, $130 Grade: 9.5 The CAO La Traviata is another smoke that has garnered a great deal of conversation around the blogosphere and on Twitter. Announced at this year’s IPCPR event, held on August 8-12 in New...

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Size: 6×56, Majesty Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $243.00 Score: 9.0 Ashton Cigars came about in 1985, when Robert Levin sought out the expertise of the Fuente Family. Together, they have created one of the most highly sought after premium cigars. The Ashton line has grown over the years but...

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Size: 6.75×50, Churchill Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full  Price: Box of 20, $115.99 Grade: 9.1 The first smoke I fired up from Berger and Argenti, the Entubar, blew me away. Let’s just say my expectations were high on the Exile as well. The packaging alone is enough to get anyone...

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Size: 4×42/49, Perfecto   Wrapper: African Cameroon Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $129.99 Grade: 9.1 A part of the Hemingway line of cigars from Arturo Fuente, the Short Story has emerged as their bestseller and, at 4×42/49, you can bet it’s an even stronger seller in the winter months that are now upon us....

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Size: 5×50, Robusto (305) Wrapper: Honduran “Semilla 101” Binder: Honduran Filler: Honduran and Dominican Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 25, $168 Grade: 8.9 Room 101 was originally founded by musician Matt Booth in 2003. Fusing Asian and West Coast influences, Room 101 made a quick name for unique and relevant design. It was at an after party...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Costa Rican Maduro Binder: Ecuadorian Filler: Nicaraguan Blend (Esteli, Jalapa, and Condega regions) Strength: Medium Price: Rueda of 50, $339.95 Grade: 8.6 The Escaparate is a blend made exclusively for Corona Cigar Company and comes in two varieties: Costa Rican and Ecuadorian. Today we toast the Costa Rican Maduro sent to...

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Size: 6×52, Torpedo Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Unknown Filler: Unknown Strength: Medium-Full Price: Bundle of 20, $92.99 Grade: 8.4 This cigar comes courtesy of Matt over at Tex Cigars. An unbanded Torpedo, this stick is produced by Alberto Medina, maker of the PIO line of cigars. This blend originated after Tex requested a cigar similar to the...

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Size: 6×52, Torpedo Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Filler: Dominican Republic Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $49.95 Score: 8.6 Another blend produced for Cigar.com at the Tabadom Factory in the Dominican Republic, the Red Label is our next fire in the 7 blend house line. Available in 4 sizes and in boxes of 20, this is another fine value...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Filler: Mixed Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $45.95 Score: 8.6 Inching closer and closer to burning through the 7 House Blends offered by Cigar.com, today we take a look at the Brazilian Label. The Cameroon is rolled by Tabacalera Fernandez and is the most recent addition to the House...

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Size: 6×52, Torpedo (Pirate) Wrapper: Jalpetec Maduro Filler: Peruvian, Columbian, Mexican, and Brazilian Long Fillers Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $139.95 This is Agent 24 from The Cigar Spy! I am back doing some “off-the books, contract work” for the gentlemen here at Cigar Reviews! My target for Matt and...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Filler: Cibao Valley, Dominican Republic Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $39.95 Grade: 8.4 Resurrected by Fonseco’s master blender, Manuel Quesada, this Dominican filled, Connecticut wrapped cigar is a consistently smooth smoke at an exceptional value. Available in the mild Connecticut and Maduro for some time,...

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Size: 5X42, Petite Corona Wrapper, Binder, Filler: Cuban Puro Strength: Medium Price: Gifted Grade: 9.2 Introduced in 1935, Montecristo has emerged as the best selling Cuban cigar in the world. A good friend of mine gifted me this cigar about six months ago. It has been resting up nicely in the humidor and I figured it was time for me to fire up it up. Let’s...

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Oct
21
2009

Cigar Review: Mad Dog

Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Sumatran Filler: Panamanian Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $114.99 Grade: 8.8 Matt over at Tex Cigars recently sent us a couple of the Mad Dog sticks in the Robusto size. This blend is only sold as a Robusto and Torpedo, and is hand-made in Panama. Often grown with a bit of volcanic soil, cigars from Panama can carry...

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Size: 6×50, Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Cuban-seed Seco, Ligero, Olor Dominicano, and Nicaraguan Strength: Mild-Medium Price: Box of 20, $115.99 Grade: 8.1 Flatbed Cigar Company recently sent us their two blends, the Panacea Black (Natural) and the Red. After sitting for about 6 weeks, I decided to fire up the...

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Size: 5¼x54, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian ‘Desflorado’ Connecticut-seed Filler: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: $8.99 Score: 9.6 Today we review the newest cigar from Berger & Argenti, the Entubar. The release of this cigar was recently announced at the 77th Annual IPCPR Convention and Trade Show in New Orleans, LA. Shipment of this cigar...

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Size: 3.7×48, Special G Wrapper: African Cameroon Binder: Cuban-seed Habano Filler: Nicaraguan Habano Strength: Medium Price: Box of 48, $143.95  Grade: 9.0 A unique size that is sold in boxes of 48, the Special G is fun to hold and more fun to smoke. I picked this stick up a month or so ago from our local B&M and I’ve been waiting for a night when...

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Size: 6X50, Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Dominican Republic Strength: Medium to Full Price: Box of 20, $110.50 Grade: 9.1 A couple months ago we started talking with Bruce Goldstein of Arnold’s Tobacco Shop about his house blend. We were hearing some pretty good things about the La Flor Dominicana blend and wanted to try them...

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Oct
10
2009

Davidoff Round-up

We’ve worked our way through the nice cigars sent to us by Davidoff. We would like to thank them for the generosity and for continuing to reach out to smokers. Over the last month or two, we reviewed four cigars from Davidoff: the Maduro R, Millennium Blend, Seleccion 702 LE, and the Zino Classic. Each cigar had its own flavor profiles and they sent us a...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Estelí Ligero (32%), Jalapa Ligero (25%), Condega Ligero (25%) Strength: Full Price: Box of 5, $25.00 This is Agent 24 from The Cigar Spy! I am doing some “off-the books, contract work” for the gentlemen here at Cigar Reviews! My target  was The Cain F. The Cain is the latest offering from...

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After a pretty long day, and with a full moon out here in Georgia, I decided to fire up a United Tobacco Series 601 Black Label blended by Don Pepin Garcia. My partner in crime here on the blog gifted me this smoke and I had been thinking about it for awhile. The Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper is very deceiving as this is a very full flavored and medium to...

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Size: 6½x52, Torpedo Wrapper: Maduro Filler: Cuban-seed, Dominican Republic Strength: Full Price: Box of 25, $185 Grade: 8.9 Velvet Cigars in New York City recently sent us a few samples of their full-bodied house blend, The Tompkins. Each of their three cigar lines is named for locations in New York City’s East Village; the Tompkins is named for Tompkins...

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Size: 7¼x40, Lancero Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun-grown Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Strength: Medium to Full Price: Box of 10, $181.99 Score: 8.7 I don’t often get the chance to smoke a “skinny” cigar, so I was looking forward to tackling this Lancero when it arrived from the fine folks at Davidoff. As we wrap up our reviews of the...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Panamanian Maduro Filler: Cuban seed grown in Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price: Box of 25, $59.95 Grade: 8.8 The Corona Nicaraguan Selection was introduced in 1997 and was Corona’s first House Blend. They recently released a 10th Anniversary to commemorate the occasion. The original blend is hand-made in Central America under...

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Size: 5.5×55, Robusto (Apotheosis) Wrapper: Costa Rican, Maduro Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Honduran (Aged 4 years) Strength: Full Price: Box of 10, $45.00 Grade: 8.7 Being a fan of the 5 Vegas Classic and Gold Double Nickel, I was really looking forward to trying out the full bodied offering from 5 Vegas (You may see my review on the Gold here)....

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Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Cuban seed, Nicaraguan Sungrown (Maduro) Binder: Dominican San Vicente Filler: Dominican Strength: Full Price: Box of 25, $368 Grade: 9.1 Davidoff’s Maduro R is blended by Henke Kellner and has Dominican binder and filler, all wrapped up nice and tight by a Cuban seed, Nicaraguan sungrown wrapper. The R is only available in...

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Let’s get this out of the way: I am not a big fan of flavored cigars. Since moving on from Swisher Sweets and Black n Milds years and years ago, I haven’t craved a flavored cigar. However, my dad loves them. After dinner at my folk’s, I started digging through his humidor. It was full of the CAO flavor line, Tabak Especial, his remaining...

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Size: 5.75×56, Salomon Wrapper: Habano (outside) and Ecuadorian Connecticut (inside) Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Cameroon Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $119 Grade: 8.8 I would put Rocky Patel’s Vintage line up against just about any line of cigars out there. The 1990, 1992, and 1999 Connecticut are three of my favorite smokes. So, when...

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Sep
18
2009

Cigar Review: CAO Lx2

Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Honduran Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $110 Grade: 8.7 The Lx2 had a lot of buzz when it first came out; I picked one up at my local shop and let it rest for about six months. The Lx2 is slammed full of ligero, the highest priming on a tobacco plant. This portion of the...

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Size: 5X50, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Filler: Mixed Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $45.95 Score: 8.9 With the birds chirping, a sleeping baby inside, and a nice breeze after a rainy day, it was the perfect time to fire up a cigar on the back porch. I’ve chosen to smoke another House Blend from cigar.com tonight. Tonight I fire up the Purple...

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The last mild bodied Gurkha I smoked was the Symphony and I was thoroughly disappointed. The Turk offers some of the same mild bodied notes so I was hoping this stick would redeem the Symphony. The double-band circled a smooth and well-rolled Toro-shaped stick. The pre-light odor was of hay and the draw was very good. Lighting the Turk produced a thick cloud of...

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Size: 7×50, Churchill Wrapper: Corojo Filler: Mixed Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $45.95 Score: 8.5 While vacationing in Florida this week, I decided to review the Corojo Label sent to us by the great folks at Cigar.com. The Corojo blend debuted in 2007. Produced in Nicaragua under the watchful eye of Don Pepin Garcia, and in the same factory...

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When I first started smoking cigars, one of my first purchases was an Arturo Fuente Curly Head. Brand name, mild strength, and cost were the driving factors for my purchase then. Well, as I geared up to head down to Florida for a much anticipated vacation this week, I went by my local tobacconist and picked up a few Curly Heads–they were there and I...

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Size: 6×52, Torpedo Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Filler: Dominican and Central American Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $49.95 Grade: 8.8 (MM); 8.7 (JJ) Cigar.com graciously sent us a sampler of their 7 House Blends and today we review our first smoke, the Blue Label. This is their flagship blend that initiated the concept to develop their own...

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Cigar.com was kind enough to send out a mega-sampler of their House Blends for us to review. As always, the cigars came packaged in the classic zip baggie with a humi-pillow to keep the boys safe. We let them sit for a few weeks and fired up the first one a couple nights ago. We’ll post that joint-review very soon. If you haven’t already, check out...

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  Size: Torpedo, 5X54 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduran Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $140 Grade: 6.9 (CE); 6.6 (JJ) Henke Kelner recently re-blended the Zino Classic and utilized Dominican tobaccos, while still maintaining the original Honduran characteristics. You can learn more about Zino here. This was a gifted smoke from...

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Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $39.95 Grade: 8.5 My buddy and blog partner Jed introduced me to Cu-Avana a year or so ago when he left me with one of the naturals. It sat for a while, appearing to be nothing spectacular, and one afternoon I grabbed it to unwind. My expectations were...

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Aug
26
2009

Cigar Review: Conuco

Size: 5 x 50, Robusto Wrapper: Honduran Habano Filler: Honduran and Costa Rican Ligero, Nicaraguan Viso, and Panamanian Seco Binder: Nicaraguan Seco leaf Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $79.99 Grade: 8.6 As a big fan of boutique cigars, I must admit I was excited to get my hands on this Conuco Robusto. An exclusive smoke from Famous Cigar Shop, the stick is...

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Size: 6X50, Generosos Wrapper: Corojo Oscuro Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of  25, $175 Grade: 9.0 I was extremely excited to have the opportunity to review this smoke from Don Pepin Garcia.  As one of the premier cigar makers in the boutique arena, Don Pepin’s smokes are very well respected and, as a guy who loves a good hearty smoke,...

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Size: 5×54, Robusto Wrapper: Triple fermented Connecticut Filler: Cuban-seed Nicaraguan blend Strength: Mild-Medium Price: Box of 25, $124 Grade: 8.5 I am a very big fan of Perdomo—bias announced. I love the Lot 23 and I also had a good experience with the ESV ’91. JJ and CE, who both review here, love the Habano line from Perdomo…we are fans. So,...

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Size: 5 x 55, Double Nickel Wrapper: Connecticut Filler: Honduran, 5 year age Strength: Mild-Medium Price: Box of 20, $65 Grade: 8.9 Here in Georgia the dog days of summer make it hard to really enjoy a smoke due to the humidity, but one evening last week it dried up a bit.  With frogs croaking and crickets humming, I fired up the 5 Vegas Gold Double Nickel...

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Size: 4.5×6, Figurado Wrapper: Ecuadorian Capa Corona Binder: Connecticut Filler: Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 25, $72.95 Grade: 8.7 I can’t remember the first time I had a Punch Champion but I am sure it was the shape that initially caught my eye. About a year and a half ago I was traveling through North Carolina...

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Size: 6×56, Torpedo Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Jalapa Nicaraguan Ligero Strength: Full Price: Box of 10, $99.95 Grade: 9.1 Cigar Reviews welcomes a guest reivewer today, as he offers his first guest review. He prefers full-bodied smokes and has been looking for an opportunity to light his first Serie V. Everyone, say...

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Aug
11
2009

Cigar Review: Reo

Size: 5×52, Robutso Wrapper: Sumatran seed grown in Costa Rica (Aged 5 years) Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $49.99 Grade: 8.8 Coming from Rocky Patel and blended by EO Brands, the Reo was originally released in 2005. I purchased a 5-pack from Cigar Bid a year or so ago and I payed around $17; the boxes are...

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Size: 5.25×48, Toro Especial Wrapper: Sungrown Ecuadorian Filler: Piloto Cubano, Dominican Olor, and San Vicente Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 10, $247 Grade: 8.1 (JJ); 7.8 (MM) The kind folks at Davidoff recently sent a sampler and today we do a joint review on the Davidoff Seleccion 702, a specially shaped Toro released in limited edition for 2009....

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