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Laranja Reserva by Espinosa Cigars
Cigar Review: Laranja Reserva by Espinosa Cigars



Erik Espinosa has been making cigars for some time now, but outside of Florida his cigars haven’t caught on the way they should. The new Laranja should change all that. It is a cigar with a lot going for it. With a it’s full flavor and medium body, the Laranja is a cigar that is sure to win over cigar enthusiasts to the Espinosa brand. This is definitely Erik’s best cigar release to date.

Viaje Double Edged Sword II Cigar
Cigar Review: Viaje Double Edged Sword II


The Viaje Exclusivo 2013 Double Edged Sword II is a cigar made for collectors. The cigars are packaged in a beautiful ceramic jar, much like some Cubans or the Byron. With a limited production of 700 jars of 19 cigars, the Double Edged Sword II is a cigar sure to be hard to find. It is a great looking cigar that should please Viaje's rabid fans. The Double Edged Sword II is a medium-full bodied cigar with a mix cinnamon, coffee and leather flavors. It may not be the greatest cigar that Viaje has ever released, but it is worth trying for those who enjoy Viaje's cigars.

Davidoff Nicaragua Cigar
Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Collection Connecticut


This year has seen a major rebranding effort at Miami Cigar and Company to celebrate their 25th anniversary. The Nestor Miranda Collection is taking the place of the old Special Selection line. It’s being released in a Habano, a Connecticut and a Maduro that are all made by My Father Cigars in Esteli, Nicaragua. The full flavored Connecticut blend really stands out due to it’s incredible mix of flavors. The Nestor Miranda Collection Connecticut is one the most complex Connecticut cigars on the market right now.

Headley Grange Laguito No. 6 Cigar by Crowned Heads
Cigar Review: Headley Grange Laguito No 6 by Crowned Heads



Normally, Willy and I do not review the same cigar in different sizes because it would just become a bit redundant. (Willy generally picks sizes that appeal to him personally. I try to try a bunch of sizes and pick the one that best fits that cigar blend.) However, when a friend that works at my local cigar shop gave me the new Headley Grange Laguito it was too good not to share with our readers.

Alec Bradley Nica Puro H-Town Lancero for Stogies of Houston
Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Nica Puro H-Town Lancero



Jorge Ahued, proprietor of Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, has long been known as a fan of lancero cigars. Few shops have such an extensive lancero collection, so it only makes sense that Stogies has developed a line of exclusive H-Town lancero cigars with various manufacturers. The other day Jorge told me that, “when it’s all said and done there will be ten different H-Town lanceros”. The latest addition to the H-Town series is an Alec Bradley Nica Puro that was made by the Plasencia family.

Oct
22
2014

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana 1994

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana 1994

La Flor Dominicana Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 7″ x 54 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $8.20 MSRP Click here to buy now Overall Rating: 8.8 In 1994 Litto Gomez left the jewelry industry and launched Los Libertadores, his first cigar brand. Two years later, Gomez...

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Oct
20
2014

Cigar Review: Laranja Reserva by Espinosa Cigars

Cigar Review: Laranja Reserva by Espinosa Cigars

Espinosa Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Brazil Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 3/4 x 46 Strength: medium bodied Price: $8.50 CLICK HERE TO BUY NOW Overall Rating: 9.3 Erik Espinosa has been making cigars for some time now, but outside of Florida his cigars haven’t caught on the way they should. The new Laranja should change all that. It is...

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Oct
03
2014

Cigar Review: Monte Cristo Texas Connoisseur Edition

Cigar Review: Monte Cristo Texas Connoisseur Edition

Monte Cristo Cigars / Altadis Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6″ x 60 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $13.95 Overall Rating: 8.7 They say everything is bigger in Texas. Anyone who has ever been to Texas knows that this is definitely true. Even the Monte Cristos are bigger...

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Oct
01
2014

Cigar Review: B.G. Meyers Standard Issue Gordo

Cigar Review: B.G. Meyers Standard Issue Gordo

BG Meyers Cigars / Camacho Cigars / Davidoff Country: Honduras Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua (Esteli) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 60 Strength: medium-full Price: Overall Rating: 8.5 Rob Weiss, executive producer of Entourage and How to Make It in America has made his debute in the cigar industry with the new BG Meyers brand from Camacho Cigars....

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Sep
17
2014

Cigar Review: Balmoral Royal Selection Añejo 18 Torpedo MK52

Cigar Review: Balmoral Royal Selection Añejo 18 Torpedo MK52

Royal Agio Cigar Company / Drew Estate Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Brazil (aged 18 years) Binder: Dominican Republic (Oro) Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & Brazil Size: 6 1/4″ x 52 Strength: medium bodied Price: $13.50 Overall Rating: 8.8 With tomorrow’s Scottish independence vote (see my On a Side Note section) this...

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Sep
15
2014

Cigar Review: MBombay Maduro Churchill

Cigar Review: MBombay Maduro Churchill

Bombay Tobak Country: Costa Rica Wrapper: Brazil (Mata Fina 2007) Binder: Peru Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua & Honduras Size: 7″ x 48 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $13.50 Overall Rating: 8.7 The MBombay is one of the latest boutique brands to hit store shelves. There is something refreshing about the branding of the MBombay from...

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Sep
12
2014

Cigar Review: Hammer & Sickle Icon

Cigar Review: Hammer & Sickle Icon

Hammer & Sickle Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Shade) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6″ x 50 Strength: mild Price: $9.50 Overall Rating: 7.7 The Hammer & Sickle cigar brand is one of those little known gems in the cigar world. Blended by Hendrick Kelner, the brand has quickly become one of...

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Sep
10
2014

Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo 2013 Double Edged Sword II

Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo 2013 Double Edged Sword II

Viaje Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Fill: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 50 Strength: medium-full Price: $18.70 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.6 The Viaje Exclusivo 2013 Double Edged Sword II is a cigar made for collectors. The cigars are packaged in a beautiful ceramic jar, much like some Cubans or the Byron. With a...

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Sep
08
2014

Cigar Review: Recluse Amadeus Sidewinder No. 3

Cigar Review: Recluse Amadeus Sidewinder No. 3

Iconic Leaf Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut Shade) Binder: Unkown (Proprietary) Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 7″ x 57 Strength: mild-medium to medium Price: $8.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 7.6 The Recluse Amadeus is the third cigar release from Iconic Leaf Cigars. In keeping with the company’s...

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Sep
05
2014

Cigar Review: San Cristobal Revelation Prophet

Cigar Review: San Cristobal Revelation Prophet

San Cristobal / Ashton Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5” x 54 Strength: medium bodied Price: $8.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.7 In 2007 Ashton released the San Cristobal, which was the first of the Don Pepin Garcia made cigars for the company. Since then there have been four...

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Sep
03
2014

Cigar Review: Illusione Gigantes

Cigar Review: Illusione Gigantes

Illusione Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres) Binder: Nicaragua (Criollo 98 & Corojo 99) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2″ x 56 Strength: medium-full Price: $7.99 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.5 Illusione’s earlier Rothchildes release was a huge hit with cigar enthusiasts both for the quality and the price (see my...

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Sep
01
2014

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Collection Connecticut

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Collection Connecticut

Miami Cigar & Co. Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras & Dominican Republic Size: 5 1/2” x 54 Strength: mild-medium Price: $9.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.8 This year has seen a major rebranding effort at Miami Cigar and Company to celebrate their 25th anniversary. The Nestor...

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Aug
29
2014

Cigar Review: Viaje Satori Zen 2014

Cigar Review: Viaje Satori Zen 2014

Viaje Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 3/4″ x 52 Strength: medium-full Price: $10.95 Click here to buy now Overall Rating: 9.0 Every year since 2010, Viaje Cigars has released the limited production Satori cigar that is only available to attendees of the IPCPR Trade Show. The current...

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Aug
27
2014

Cigar Review: Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole

Cigar Review: Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole

Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 52 Strength: full bodied Price: $8.00 Overall Rating: 9.2 Whenever anyone asks me about what brands I think are worth watching or what cigar they should try that they probably haven’t Cordoba & Morales is the first brand that comes...

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Aug
26
2014

Press Release: Cigar Media Association Announces New Board of Directors

Press Release: Cigar Media Association Announces New Board of Directors

This week the Cigar Media Association held its election for Board of Directors. Monday morning the results were announced by the CMA Secretary Seth Geise. The three newest members Jonathan David of ToastedFoot, Eric Guttormson of Cigar Dojo and Aaron Loomis of Blind Man’s Puff. They will be joining William Cooper of Stogie Geeks and Seth Geise of...

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Aug
25
2014

Cigar Review: Camacho Liberty Series 2014

Cigar Review: Camacho Liberty Series 2014

Camacho Cigars / Davidoff Country: Honduras Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2005) Binder: Honduras (Corojo 2006) Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic Size: 6” x 54 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $17.0 Click here to buy now Overall Rating: 8.4 Each year Camacho releases a limited edition Liberty Series cigar that pays homage to this great country. In the...

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Aug
22
2014

Cigar Review: AKA Nth° Eternal

Cigar Review: AKA Nth° Eternal

American Kick Ass Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres – aged 4 years) Binder: Dominican Republic (aged 4 years) Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras & Peru (aged 4-5 years) Size: 7 1/4″ x 50 Strength: medium bodied Price: $8.75 Overall Rating: 8.8 Only a company based in Texas would name their company American Kick Ass Cigars....

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Aug
20
2014

Cigar Review: Room 101 Daruma Gold Monstro

Cigar Review: Room 101 Daruma Gold Monstro

Room 101 Cigars / Camacho / Davidoff Country: Honduras Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres) Binder: Brazil (Mata Fina) Filler: Honduras & Dominican Republic Size: 5″ x 60 Strength: medium-full Price: $10.25 MSRP Overall Rating: 8.6 Ever since I introduced the original Room 101 Daruma to my friend Carmin he smokes at least one a day. I’m convinced...

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Aug
18
2014

Cigar Review: Casa Magna Dominus Magnus II Tiberius

Cigar Review: Casa Magna Dominus Magnus II Tiberius

Casa Magna Cigars / Quesada Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Sun Grown Jalapa 2007) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 54 Strength: medium bodied Price: $10.95 MSRP Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.0 The Dominus Magnus II is a regular production follow up to the original limited edition Dominus Magnus from Casa Magna...

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Aug
15
2014

Cigar Review: Headley Grange Laguito No. 6 by Crowned Heads

Cigar Review: Headley Grange Laguito No. 6 by Crowned Heads

Crowned Heads Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 56 Strength: medium Price: $10.50 Click here to buy now Overall Rating: 9.3 Normally, Willy and I do not review the same cigar in different sizes because it would just become a bit redundant. (Willy generally picks sizes that appeal to...

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Aug
13
2014

Cigar Review: Viaje Collaboration 2014

Cigar Review: Viaje Collaboration 2014

Viaje Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Corojo 99) Binder: Nicaragua (Aganorsa) Filler: Nicaragua (Aganorsa) Size: 6″ x 52 Strength: full bodied Price: $11.00 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.1 Viaje is a boutique brand that tends to be less well known well among the average cigar enthusiast, but is passionately followed by cigar...

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Aug
11
2014

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Nica Puro H-Town Lancero

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Nica Puro H-Town Lancero

Alec Bradley Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 7″ x 40 Strength: medium-full Price: $7.95 Overall Rating: 9.0 Jorge Ahued, proprietor of Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, has long been known as a fan of lancero cigars. Few shops have such an extensive lancero collection, so it only makes sense that...

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Aug
08
2014

Cigar Review: Ortega Heavy Duty 670

Cigar Review: Ortega Heavy Duty 670

Ortega Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Unknown Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic & USA (Pennsylvania) Size: 6″ x 70 Strength: full bodied Price: $6.85 MSRP Overall Rating: 8.1 Due to a bad economy and ever increasing regulation raising the price of cigars, there has been a consistent demand for reasonably...

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Aug
06
2014

Cigar Review: Illusione Rothchildes

Cigar Review: Illusione Rothchildes

Illusione Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 4 1/2” x 50 Strength: medium-full Price: $4.50 Click here to buy now Overall Rating: 9.1 It seems like every few years there is a price increase in the cost of cigars. (Primarily due to regulations and taxes.) So it is a relief to see a high quality cigar...

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Aug
04
2014

Cigar Review: Davidoff Nicaragua Toro

Cigar Review: Davidoff Nicaragua Toro

Davidoff Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Nicaragua (Rosado) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2″ x 54 Strength: medium-full Price: $16.50 MSRP Click here to buy now Overall Rating: 9.1 For years Davidoff has been known as a Dominican cigar company; especially after they stopped making cigars in Cuba. Master Blender Henkie Kelner is...

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Aug
01
2014

Cigar Review: A.J. Fernandez New World Toro

Cigar Review: A.J. Fernandez New World Toro

A.J. Fernandez Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua (Jalapa) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 55 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $6.14 MSRP Overall Rating: 8.5 The A.J. Fernandez New World is the newest cigar from A.J. Fernandez Cigars. A full bodied cigar with a good amount of cocoa, coffee and nut flavors, the New World is certain...

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Jul
30
2014

Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Timeless 660

Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Timeless 660

Nat Sherman Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 60 (box-pressed) Strength: medium bodied Price: $10.50 Click here to buy now Overall Rating: 9.1 Nat Sherman is one of those brands (along with Davidoff and Dunhill) whose name alone conjures up images of a timeless gentleman. Despite having several off years...

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Jul
28
2014

Cigar Review: Terroir by Chinnock Cellars Cigars

Cigar Review: Terroir by Chinnock Cellars Cigars

Chinnock Cellars Cigars Country: USA (Miami) Wrapper: Ecuador (Deflorada) Binder: Ecuador Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium Price: $11.00 Overall Rating: 8.9 There are many similarities between the cigar and wine industries. Both are dominated by several major companies, but there is a culture of boutique brands within...

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Jul
25
2014

Cigar Review: Hammer & Sickle Cigars Tradición Churchill

Cigar Review: Hammer & Sickle Cigars Tradición Churchill

Hammer + Sickle Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Shade) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 7″ x 48 Strength: mild to mild-medium Price: $9.00 Overall Rating: 9.0 With all the recent turmoil in Ukraine, I don’t know many people who are real supportive of Russia right. As a guy who dates a lot of Eastern...

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Jul
23
2014

Cigar Review: Aging Room Maduro Mezzo

Cigar Review: Aging Room Maduro Mezzo

Aging Room Cigars / Boutique Blends / Oliveros Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Nicaragua (aged 5 years) Binder: Dominican Republic (Habano) Filler: Dominican Republic (Habano) Size: 6 x 54 Strength: full bodied Price: $9.05 Overall Rating: 9.0 Rafael Nodal created the Aging Room brand to focus on small batch releases using hard to find tobaccos. The brand...

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Jul
21
2014

Cigar Review: Toraño Vault A-008 Torpedo

Cigar Review: Toraño Vault A-008 Torpedo

Toraño Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Honduras & Nicaragua (Ometepe) Filler: Nicaragua (Estelí & Condega) Size: 6 x 50 Strength: full bodied Price: Click here to buy now Overall Rating: 8.5 The Toraño Family has a long history in the cigar industry dating all the way back to 1916. However, the story of the Toraño Vault line of...

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Jul
20
2014

Cigar Review: Monte Cristo Espada Guard

Cigar Review: Monte Cristo Espada Guard

Monte Cristo Cigars / Altadis Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 50 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $11.75 MSRP Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.1 As I’ve said before, I’m quite impressed with what Altadis has been doing with its long standing brands. (See my earlier H. Upmann...

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Jul
18
2014

Cigar Review: La Jugada Nunchuck

Cigar Review: La Jugada Nunchuck

Moya Ruiz Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 7 x 54 Strength: full bodied Price: $22.00 (for two cigars) Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.5 The La Jugada Nunchuck is the third cigar blend to be released by Moya Ruiz Cigars. It is a limited edition cigar created for the Cigar Dojo...

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Jul
16
2014

Cigar Review: Davidoff Art Edition 2014

Cigar Review: Davidoff Art Edition 2014

Davidoff Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Dominican Republic Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic (Mejorado) Size: 5 15/16″ x 54 Strength: mild to mild-medium Price: $35.00 MSRP Overall Rating: 8.5 Davidoff is a brand that has been associated with the art world for a long time, but in 2012 Davidoff became an Associate Partner...

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Jul
14
2014

Cigar Review: Las Calaveras Edicion Limitada 2014 by Crowned Heads

Cigar Review: Las Calaveras Edicion Limitada 2014 by Crowned Heads

La Calaveras 2014 Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 x 52 Strength: full bodied Price: $9.95 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.3 The Las Calaveras 2014 is the first in a series of annual releases celebrating the Mexican Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The idea is that this yearly...

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Jul
11
2014

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Nimmy D

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Nimmy D

Rocky Patel Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano) Filler: Honduras Binder: Nicaragua & Honduras Size: 6 x 60 Strength: full bodied Price: $8.40 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.6 Say what you want about Rocky Patel cigars, but few people have done as much for the cigar industry in recent years as Rocky has. Now his brand has...

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Jul
09
2014

Cigar Review: Cordoba & Morales Front 9 Torpedo

Cigar Review: Cordoba & Morales Front 9 Torpedo

Cordoba & Morales Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/4 x 52 Strength: mild to medium Price: $8.50 MSRP Overall Rating: 8.9 If there is one boutique cigar company to watch over the coming 18 to 24 months it has to be Cordoba & Morales. Their strategy of making cigars specifically for golfers is quite...

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Jul
07
2014

Cigar Review: La Palina El Dario KB

Cigar Review: La Palina El Dario KB

La Palina Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Honduras (’99 Rosado) Binder: Honduras (’98 Criollo x 2) Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo ’99 & Criollo ’98) Size: 4 1/4″ x 40 Strength: medium bodied Price: $9.00 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.8 Once in a while there just isn’t the time to enjoy a large cigar, and even a...

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Jul
04
2014

Cigar Review: CAO America Sinister Sam

Cigar Review: CAO America Sinister Sam

CAO Cigars / General Cigar Co. Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Shade & Broadleaf) Binder: Undisclosed Filler: Columbia & Undisclosed Size: 6 1/2″ x 52 Strength: medium to full Price: $8.50 MSRP Overall Rating: 7.9 Once again it’s that time of year where we celebrate the birth of our country. My plans for the 4tb include James...

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Jul
02
2014

Cigar Review: D’Crossier Golden Blend Robusto

Cigar Review: D’Crossier Golden Blend Robusto

Pure Aroma Cigars Country: Costa Rica Wrapper: Ecuador Binder: Costa Rica Filler: Costa Rica & Nicaragua Size: 4 7/8″ x 50 Strength: mild to medium Price: N/A Overall Rating: 8.9 The D’Crossier Golden Blend from Miami based Pure Aroma Cigars is a well aged medium bodied Costa Rican cigar. The company claims that 40 percent of the tobacco in the...

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Jun
30
2014

Cigar Review: 1907 by Dunhill

Cigar Review: 1907 by Dunhill

Dunhill / General Cigar Co. Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Honduras Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 5″ x 52 Strength: medium bodied Price: N/A Overall Rating: 8.4 In 1907, Alfred Dunhill opened his first tobacco shop in London, and he soon made a name for himself as the tobacconist of choice for King George VI and Sir...

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Jun
29
2014

Cigar Review: Caldwell Cigars Long Live The King Lancero

Cigar Review: Caldwell Cigars Long Live The King Lancero

Caldwell Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Corojo) Binder: Dominican Republic (Corojo) Filler: Dominican Republic, Peru & Nicaragua Size: 7 1/4″ x 40 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $10.00 Overall Rating: 9.2 Robert Caldwell has been in the cigar industry a long time, but his boutique brand Caldwell Cigars is...

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Jun
27
2014

Cigar Review: CAO Hurricane

Cigar Review: CAO Hurricane

CAO Cigars / General Cigar Co. Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Honduras Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua & Dominican Republic Size: 6″ x 54 Strength: full bodied Price: $6.99 MSRP Overall Rating: 8.2 Just in time for Hurricane Season in the south east comes the Hurricane from CAO. The CAO Hurricane grew out of last year’s Last Stick...

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Jun
25
2014

Cigar Review: Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador H-Town Lancero

Cigar Review: Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador H-Town Lancero

Room 101 Ltd. / Camacho Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Ecuador Binder: Honduras (Corojo) Filler: Dominican Republic & Honduras Size: 7″ x 38 Strength: medium Price: $9.50 Overall Rating: 8.8 Today I move from West Palm Beach to Houston. So, in keeping with that theme today’s review is the Room 101 Namakubi Ecuador H-Town. The H-Town was made...

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Jun
23
2014

Cigar Review: Matilde Renacer

Cigar Review: Matilde Renacer

Matilde Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2″ x 54 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $8.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.0 For years Jose Seijas had been associated with the Vega Fina cigar brand owned by Altadis. Recently, the...

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Jun
21
2014

Cigar Review: 1502 Ruby

Cigar Review: 1502 Ruby

Global Premium Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 50 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: N/A Overall Rating: 8.7 The year 1502 was the year Christopher Columbus discovered Nicaragua (although I’m pretty sure the natives never thought it was lost) on his fourth and final voyage to the New...

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Jun
19
2014

Cigar Review: Old School Jaxx LT by La Sirena

Cigar Review: Old School Jaxx LT by La Sirena

La Sirena Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras Size: 6″ x 52 Strength: mild Price: $8.50 MSRP Overall Rating: 8.6 Old School Cigars is the new offshoot brand from Arielle Ditkowich of La Sirena Cigars. The mildest cigar in this expansion is the Old School Jaxx LT made in Honduras at the...

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Jun
17
2014

Cigar Review: La a Flor Dominicana 707 TAA Exclusive 2014

Cigar Review: La a Flor Dominicana 707 TAA Exclusive 2014

La Flor Dominicana Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 7″ x 70 Strength: full bodied Price: $10.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.3 Like many other manufacturers, La Flor Dominican has made a special cigar that is only available to retailers that are members of the...

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Jun
15
2014

Cigar Review: Camacho Ecuador Churchill

Cigar Review: Camacho Ecuador Churchill

Camacho Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Ecuador Binder: Brazil (Mata Fina) Filler: Hionduras & Dominican Republic Size: 7″ x 48 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $7.50 Click here to buy now Overall Rating: 9.1 The Camacho Ecuador is an interesting new direction for Camacho. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is grown in the rugged soil beneath the...

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Jun
13
2014

Cigar Review: Casa Miranda Chapter Two Robusto

Cigar Review: Casa Miranda Chapter Two Robusto

Casa Miranda Chapter Two Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Brazil, Nicaragua & Dominican Republic Size: 4 1/2″ x 50 Strength: medium-full Price: $6.35 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.0 The story of Casa Miranda continues with a new chapter. The Casa Miranda Chapter Two from Miami Cigar is a superb follow up to...

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Jun
11
2014

Cigar Review: Viaje Oro Delicado

Cigar Review: Viaje Oro Delicado

Viaje Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Criollo) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 x 50 Strength: medium bodied Price: $8.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.1 The Viaje Oro Delicado is an impressive cigar from one of the great boutique cigar companies. Viaje is an interesting boutique cigar company because of their vision of a...

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Jun
09
2014

Cigar Review: Quesada 40th Salomon Press

Cigar Review: Quesada 40th Salomon Press

Quesada Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Mexico (San Andreas) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic Size: 6 3/4″ x 52 Strength: full bodied Price: $13.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.8 The Quesada family has been making cigar for five generations, and in celebration of Manuel Quesada’s 40...

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Jun
07
2014

Cigar Review: My Father La Antiguedad

Cigar Review: My Father La Antiguedad

My Father Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua (Criollo & Corojo) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/4″ x 52 Strength: full bodied Price: $6.70 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.8 With their newest release, My Father has resurrected an old Cuban brand called La Antiguedad. The name translates as “The...

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Jun
05
2014

Cigar Review: Leccia Luchador Loco Perfecto

Cigar Review: Leccia Luchador Loco Perfecto

Leccia Tobacco Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexico (San Andrés) Binder: Ecuador (Habano) Filler: Nicaragua, USA (Pennsylvania Ligero) and Honduras Size: 6″ x 58 Strength: full bodied Price: $8.75 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.2 The Leccia Luchador takes it name from the famous masked Lucha Libre wrestlers in Mexico. Like those wrestlers the...

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Jun
03
2014

Cigar Review: Zino Platinum Make of Los Angeles

Cigar Review: Zino Platinum Make of Los Angeles

Zino Platinum Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut Rojiza) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6″ x 54 Strength: medium bodied Price: $18.00 MSRP Overall Rating: 8.9 Zino Platinum has been trying to lay claim to the urban cigar smoking gentleman lately; first with the Zino Toro X and Make of New York,...

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Jun
01
2014

Cigar Review: Clave Cubana by Cordoba & Morales

Cigar Review: Clave Cubana by Cordoba & Morales

Cordoba & Morales Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Criollo 98) Binder: Ecuador Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 56 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $16 Overall Rating: 9.1 Cordoba & Morales is a boutique cigar company that’s main focus is on producing cigars for golfers. With their special edition Clave Cubana cigar they have gone a...

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May
30
2014

Cigar Review: H. Upmann The Banker “Annuity”

Cigar Review: H. Upmann The Banker “Annuity”

H. Upmann / Altadis Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 52 Strength: medium-full Price: $8.95 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 8.9 In 1844, German bankers Carl and Herman Upmann traveled to Cuba to create a unique cigar for their most special clients. With the release of the H....

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May
28
2014

Cigar Review: Don Pepín Garcia Original (Blue Label) 6 x 62 Box Pressed

Cigar Review: Don Pepín Garcia Original (Blue Label) 6 x 62 Box Pressed

My Father Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Corojo) Binder: Nicaragua (Criollo) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 62 Strength: full bodied Price: $10.50 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.0 Jose Pepín Garcia (better know as Don Pepín) has become a legend in the cigar industry. His My Father cigars have produced countless well received...

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May
26
2014

Cigar Review: 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster (Smoke Inn Microblend Series)

Cigar Review: 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster (Smoke Inn Microblend Series)

Espinosa Cigars / Smoke Inn MicroBlend Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano Claro) Binder: Nicaragua (Criollo) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2″ x 56 Strength: medium bodied Price: $8.95 Click here to buy it now! Overall Rating: 9.1 On June 6th, the anniversary of D-Day, Smoke Inn will release the latest cigar in its Microblend Series, the 601 La...

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May
25
2014

Cigar Review: Hammer & Sickle Moscow City

Cigar Review: Hammer & Sickle Moscow City

Hammer + Sickle Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6 1/2 x 56 Strength: full bodied Price: $10.50 Overall: 9.1 The Hammer + Sickle Moscow City is such a good cigar that, even being named for a symbol that some find as offensive as others find the Confederate flag, I...

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May
23
2014

Cigar Review: Eiroa 654

Cigar Review: Eiroa 654

CLE Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Honduras Binder: Honduras Filler: Honduras Size: 6 x 54 Strength: medium-bodied Price: $12.00 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.3 The more time you spend around cigars the less often you seem to be surprised by the new releases. When talking to Christian Eiroa after Kiss My Ash Radio one day he’s amend to say it...

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May
21
2014

Cigar Review: Camacho Ditka Throwback

Cigar Review: Camacho Ditka Throwback

Camacho Cigars Country: Honuras Wrapper: Honduras (Corojo Maduro) Binder: Brazil Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras & Dominican Republic Size: 6″ x 50 Strength: medium to full-bodied Price: $10.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.0 Anyone with even the slightest knowledge of football has heard the named Mike Ditka. As both a player (1961-1972) and...

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May
19
2014

Cigar Review: Bodega Reunion Apertivo Corona Gorda

Cigar Review: Bodega Reunion Apertivo Corona Gorda

Bodega Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano Claro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2″ x 46 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $10.00 MSRP Overall Rating: 9.1 One thing that is great about boutique cigar blends is that they tend to have interesting flavor combinations that are not found in the cigars made by larger...

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May
17
2014

Cigar Review: Cohiba Comador Double Corona

Cigar Review: Cohiba Comador Double Corona

General Cigar Company Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Havana) Binder: unknown Filler: unknown Size: 7 1/4″ x 54 Strength: medium Price: $23.00 Overall Rating: 9.2 A collaboration between General Cigar Company and rapper JAY-Z, the Cohiba Comador is one of those much hyped cigars that still manages to live up to some of its marketing....

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May
15
2014

Cigar Review: Raices Cubanas 1941 Churchill

Cigar Review: Raices Cubanas 1941 Churchill

Alec Bradley Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Honduras Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua Size: 7″ x 49 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $9.75 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 8.8 The Raices Cubanas 1941 takes its name from Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L (or Raices Cubanas for short) where many great cigars are...

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May
13
2014

Cigar Reviews: Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Gordo Real

Cigar Reviews: Casa Magna Colorado Box Pressed Gordo Real

Casa Magna Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/4 x 60 Strength: medium to full Price: $8.95 Click here to buy it now! Overall Rating: 9.0 At one point, the Casa Magna Colorado was a cigar that barely stayed on retailers’ shelves, but as time went on the Casa Magna fell out of favor with the cigar...

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May
11
2014

Cigar Review: Tatuaje 10 Grand Chasseur 2013 TAA Exclusive

Cigar Review: Tatuaje 10 Grand Chasseur 2013 TAA Exclusive

Tatuaje Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Honduras Filler: Honduras Size: 6 3/8″ x 54 Strength: medium-full bodied Price: $11.00 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.0 The Tobacconists Association of America (TAA) is a trade organization of tobacco retailers. Many companies make a TAA exclusive cigar (often a special size...

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May
10
2014

Cigar Review: Sindicato Toro by Sindicato Cigars

Cigar Review: Sindicato Toro by Sindicato Cigars

Sindicato Cigar Group Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Shade Grown Corojo) Binder: Nicaragua (double binder) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 54 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $11.95 MSRP Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.1 The Sindicato is the eponymous flagship cigar from the Sindicato Cigar Group. Sindicato has done a great job at...

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May
09
2014

Cigar Review: My Father La Dueña Petit Lancero No. 7

Cigar Review: My Father La Dueña Petit Lancero No. 7

My Father Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf & Nicaragua Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf & Nicaragua Size: 6 x 42 Strength: full bodied Price: $7.75 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.5 Don Pepín Garcia and Pete Johnson are two of the modern heroes of the cigar world, which is why their...

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May
07
2014

Cigar Review: La Palina Mr. Sam

Cigar Review: La Palina Mr. Sam

La Palina Cigars Country: USA (Miami) Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 x 50 Strength: medium bodied Price: $13.50 MSRP Click here to buy now! Overall Rating: 9.2 Anyone remotely familiar with the history of television should recognize the Paley name, from the founding of CBS to the Paley Foundation for the Arts, the Paley...

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May
05
2014

Cigar Review: Punch Rare Corojo Salamone

Cigar Review: Punch Rare Corojo Salamone

General Cigar Company Country: Honduras Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra) Binder: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic & Honduras Size: 7 1/4″ x 57 Strength: medium bodied Price: $7.99 MSRP Overall Rating: 8.6 Each year in March, General Cigar releases it’s Punch Rare Corojo. For 2014 the have redesigned the cigar’s...

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May
03
2014

Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Sterling Corona Grande

Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Sterling Corona Grande

Nat Sherman Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 5 3/4 x 46 Strength: medium bodied Price: $11.20 MSRP Click here to buy it now! Overall Rating: 8.9 Nat Sherman is a brand, like Dunhill and Davidoff, that can’t help but invoke class. From Michael Herklots ascots (yes,...

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May
01
2014

Cigar Review: MUWAT Kentucky Fired Cured “Just a Friend”

Cigar Review: MUWAT Kentucky Fired Cured “Just a Friend”

Drew Estate Cigars & Joya de Nicaragua Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Unknown Binder: Unknown Filler: Virginia (Fire Cured), Kentucky (Fire Cured) and other Size: 6 x 52 Strength: medium Click here to buy now Overall Rating: 8.2 Drew Estate’s MUWAT (My Uzi Weighs a Ton) Kentucky Fire Cured is a cigar that is both unique in the cigar world while in...

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Apr
29
2014

Cigar Review: Merlion by La Sirena

Cigar Review: Merlion by La Sirena

La Sirena Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Corojo) Binder: Brazil (Sumatra) Filler: Brazil, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic Size: 6″ x 58 Strength: medium Price: $10.50 MSRP Overall Rating: 8.8 The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and body of a mermaid. It is a prominent symbol in heraldry and has deep roots in...

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Apr
27
2014

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba Doble Cuarto

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba Doble Cuarto

Arturo Fuente Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 4 1/2 x 54 Strength: medium   Overall Rating: 7.6 The Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba is one of the most anticipated cigars to be released this years. Excluding extensions of existing lines, Fuente has not released a new cigar since 1995...

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Apr
25
2014

Cigar Review: Riverside Cigar Shop & Lounge House Blend

Cigar Review: Riverside Cigar Shop & Lounge House Blend

Riverside Cigars & Lounge Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua (Criollo 98) Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo 99) Size: 5″ x 50 Strength: medium Overall Rating: 8.7 Situated off the Ohio River in the Southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky area sits a classy little cigar lounge specializing in fine bourbons and craft beers. Opened...

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Apr
24
2014

Cigar Review: La Navarre Aramis

Cigar Review: La Navarre Aramis

Navarre Cigars Country: France Wrapper: France Binder: France Filler: France Size: 5″ x 50 Strength: Medium-bodied Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.2 France is known for many gentlemanly things, but cigars have never been one of them. Navarre Cigars is trying to change that. The tobacco for the Navarre Aramis is grown from Cuban seeds in the town of...

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Apr
23
2014

Cigar Review: Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro

Cigar Review: Casa Fernandez Aganorsa Leaf Maduro

Casa Fernandez Cigars Country: USA (Miami) Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 x 54 Strength: full-bodied Price: $8.90 MSRP Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.8 Casa Fernandez is one of those brands with a very loyal fan base, and deservedly so. Also known as Tabacalera Tropical, Casa Fernandez controls every step in...

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Apr
21
2014

Cigar Review: Illusione ~888~ Claro

Cigar Review: Illusione ~888~ Claro

Illusione Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 3/4″ x 48 Strength: Mild to Medium Click here to buy now Overall Rating: 8.2 From time to time the big companies release a candela cigar, but they have been little more than a curiosity worth only smoking once. The wrappers tend to be too waxy, the draw tends to...

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Jan
14
2014

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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Nov
01
2013

Cigar Review: Crémo Cigars Capa Caliente

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 rolled...

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Sep
20
2013

Cigar Review: CyB Lancero Fino

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 Cuenca,...

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Sep
06
2013

Cigar Review: Quesada Oktoberfest Dunkel – A Smoke Inn Microblend

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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Sep
03
2013

Cigar Review: Ezra Zion Tantrum

Cigar Review: Ezra Zion Tantrum

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

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Aug
21
2013

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

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 of...

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Aug
13
2013

Cigar Review: Sindicato “Hex” Churchill

Cigar Review: Sindicato “Hex” Churchill

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

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Aug
01
2013

Cigar Review: My Father El Centurion Robusto

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

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Jul
18
2013

Cigar Review: La Palina Classic Robusto

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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Jul
11
2013

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

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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Jul
03
2013

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

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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Jun
25
2013

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana TAA 2013 Double Press Maduro

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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Jun
19
2013

Cigar Review: Viaje Super Lance Exclusivo

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 to be...

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Jun
11
2013

Cigar Review: La Jugada “Prieto” Robusto

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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May
30
2013

Cigar Review: Casa Magna Domus Magnus II Optimus

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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May
21
2013

Cigar Review: Espinosa Maduro Toro

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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May
15
2013

Cigar Review: Ortega Serie “D” No. 9

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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May
07
2013

Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos “Diamond”

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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Mar
18
2013

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

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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Mar
04
2013

Cigar Review: Room 101 Big Delicious

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 an...

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Feb
08
2013

Cigar Review: Drew Estate MUWAT Digital Son 6

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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Feb
05
2013

Cigar Review: Quesada Heisenberg Corneta Cuadrada

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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Jan
29
2013

Cigar Review: 1502 Black Gold Toro

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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Jan
22
2013

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

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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Jan
15
2013

Cigar Review: Emilio Cigars La Musa Mousa Torpedo

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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Jan
09
2013

Cigar Review: Crémo Classic Maduro Intrepidus

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 a few...

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Jan
02
2013

Toasted Foot Top 10 of 2012 – Honorable Mentions

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 series...

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Dec
31
2012

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

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 a...

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Dec
26
2012

Cigar Review: Liga Privada Único Serie Papas Fritas

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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Dec
18
2012

Cigar Review: P. Benitez Cigars- Antonio Benitez Corona

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 Pauls...

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Dec
11
2012

Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Robusto

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 tobacco....

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Dec
06
2012

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

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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Nov
28
2012

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

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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Nov
19
2012

Cigar Review: Crowned Heads-Headley Grange Estupendo

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 with...

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Nov
14
2012

Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Cardinal 52 Natural

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 Cardinal,...

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Nov
10
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Apocalypse

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 their Micro...

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Nov
02
2012

Cigar Review: La Palina El Diario KBII

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 the...

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Oct
17
2012

Cigar Review: E.P. Carillo Cardinal Maduro 54

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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Oct
12
2012

Cigar Review: Viaje 5th Anniversary

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 stuff!)…….We’re...

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Oct
10
2012

Cigar Review: Viaje Honey & Hand Grenades Rapier

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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Oct
08
2012

Cigar Review: Viaje Satori Karma LE 2012

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 the...

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Oct
05
2012

Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cuenca Y Blanco Lonsdale Club

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 the...

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Oct
04
2012

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Special Selection Connecticut-Coffee Break

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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Sep
28
2012

Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Daga

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 series...

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Sep
26
2012

Cigar Review: Quesada Jalapa Belicoso

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 for the...

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Sep
22
2012

Cigar Review: Room 101 Daruma Roxxo

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 Matt...

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Sep
18
2012

Cigar Review: Reinado Cigars Grand Empire Reserve

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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Sep
11
2012

Cigar Review: Tres Reynas Robusto

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 Cigars...

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Sep
07
2012

Cigar Review: Vega Fina Sumum Edicion Especial 2010

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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Sep
05
2012

Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Timeless Hermoso

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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Aug
29
2012

Cigar Review: My Father Cigars La Duena No. 7

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 was...

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Aug
22
2012

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

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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Aug
20
2012

Cigar Review: La Aurora Fernando Leon Family Reserve

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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Aug
17
2012

Cigar Review: Miami Cigar Añoranza Robusto

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 show...

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Aug
17
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Avion 2012

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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Aug
13
2012

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana LG Diez 2012 Chisel

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 cigars...

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Aug
03
2012

Cigar Review: Illusione Singulare 2012

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 Singulare...

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Aug
01
2012

Cigar Review: Illusione Singulare 2011

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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Jul
30
2012

Cigar Review: Camacho Liberty Limited Edition 2012

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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Jul
30
2012

Cigar Review: Ezra Zion Inception Exquisito

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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Jul
27
2012

Cigar Review: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2012

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 Garcia...

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Jul
25
2012

Cigar Review: Sosa Cigars Classic 6 x 60

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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Jul
23
2012

Cigar Review: CLE Cuarenta Corona

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 as...

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Jul
20
2012

Cigar Review: CLE Corojo Corona

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.  CLE...

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Jul
18
2012

Cigar Review: Four Kicks Crowned Heads Seleccion No. 5

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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Jul
16
2012

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

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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Jul
13
2012

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

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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Jul
11
2012

Cigar Review: San Lotano Oval Maduro Toro

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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Jul
10
2012

Cigar Review: Davidoff Puro d’ Oro Gigantes

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 I...

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Jul
02
2012

Cigar Review: La Aurora 107 Salomon

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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Jun
29
2012

Cigar Review: Drew Estate Undercrown Corona ¡Viva!

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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Jun
27
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Frank Jr.”

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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Jun
25
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Lil’ Drac”

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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Jun
22
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Babyface”

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 going...

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Jun
19
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Wolfie”

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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Jun
18
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Little Monsters “Mini-Mum”

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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Jun
13
2012

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

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 at...

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Jun
12
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Red Veruco Tubo

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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Jun
11
2012

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

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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Jun
06
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Mexican Experiment (Limited Release)

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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Jun
02
2012

Cigar Review: Espinosa Cigars

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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May
30
2012

Cigar Review: My Father No. 4

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...

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May
23
2012

Cigar Review: My Father Flor de las Antillas

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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May
22
2012

Cigar Review: My Father El Hijo

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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May
18
2012

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Solaris

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...

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May
17
2012

Cigar Review: Pedro Martin Royal Lancero

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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May
16
2012

Cigar Review: La Palina El Diario Toro

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 made at...

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May
15
2012

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

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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May
14
2012

Cigar Review: Romeo Pyramid by Romeo y Julieta

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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May
11
2012

Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Molotov

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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May
10
2012

Cigar Review: LA Flor Dominicana TAA 2012 Airbender Torpedo

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 TAA...

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May
09
2012

Cigar Review: Drew Estate Unico Series L40

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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May
08
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra

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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May
07
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Broadleaf

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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May
06
2012

Cigar Review: Litto Gomez Small Batch #4

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 even...

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Aug
20
2011

Cigar Review: Macanudo Cru Royale Robusto

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 which is...

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Jul
25
2011

Cigar Review: Esteban Carreras Connecticut

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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Jul
14
2011

Quick Toast: Tatuaje Seleccion De Cazador

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 produced...

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Jun
27
2011

Cigar Review: D’Crossier Imperium Class Vintage Robusto

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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Jun
22
2011

Cigar Review: 262 Paradigm 4Sixty

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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Jun
17
2011

Cigar Review: New Orleans Plantation Reserve

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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Jun
15
2011

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Shark

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 and...

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Jun
10
2011

Cigar Review: La Escepcion Edicion Limitada 2009

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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Jun
06
2011

Quick Toast: La Floridita Gold

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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Jun
03
2011

Quick Toast: La Tradicion Cubana

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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Jun
01
2011

Cigar Review: Falto Privilegio Mi Viejo Liga #9

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 for...

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May
27
2011

Quick Toast: Graycliff G2 Turbo

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 bit of...

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May
25
2011

Cigar Review: Sancho Panza, Cuban

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 review...

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May
20
2011

Cigar Review: Casa Gomez

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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May
18
2011

Cigar Review: Viaje Holiday Blend (2009)

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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May
11
2011

Cigar Review: Illusione Singulare Phantom

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 in one...

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May
09
2011

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Vintage 1990

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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May
06
2011

Cigar Review: Marco V Bronze Label Lancero

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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May
04
2011

Quick Toast: Don Tomas Clasico

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 soft...

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May
02
2011

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley American Classic

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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Apr
29
2011

Cigar Review: EP Carrillo Elencos Series

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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Apr
27
2011

Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Series N

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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Apr
25
2011

Cigar Review: Torano Single Region Serie Jalapa

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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Apr
20
2011

Cigar Review: Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary

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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Apr
18
2011

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

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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Apr
15
2011

Cigar Review: Oliva Cain Daytona

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 (Maduro,...

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Apr
13
2011

Cigar Review: Medici Rolobo

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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Apr
11
2011

Cigar Review: Sancho Panza

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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Apr
08
2011

Cigar Review: Jameson Santos de Miami

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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Apr
06
2011

Cigar Review: EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut

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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Apr
01
2011

Cigar Review: J Fuego Sangre de Toro

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 also a...

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Mar
30
2011

Cigar Review: CAO Gold

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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Mar
29
2011

Toast of the Week (3/29/11)

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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Mar
25
2011

Cigar Review: Hoyo De Monterrey, Hoyo De Tradicion

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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Mar
21
2011

Quick Toast: Jameson Declaration Screaming Eagle

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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Mar
18
2011

Cigar Review: JC Newman Julius Caeser

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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Mar
16
2011

Cigar Review: Cohiba Siglo I 2008

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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Mar
14
2011

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

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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Mar
11
2011

Cigar Review: Kristoff Sumatra

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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Mar
09
2011

Cigar Review: Cuban Stock Chubbys Ultimate Short

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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Mar
07
2011

Cigar Review: Savinelli Extremely Limited Reserve

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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Mar
04
2011

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley New York

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 gifted...

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Feb
28
2011

Cigar Review: La Aurora Broadway Series

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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Feb
25
2011

Cigar Review: CAO Spotlight

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...

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Feb
17
2011

Show Your Stash – Jim

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 rough...

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Feb
16
2011

Cigar Review: Oliva Cain F Nub

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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Feb
14
2011

Cigar Review: Oliva Nub Connecticut

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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Feb
11
2011

Cigar Review: Felipe Gregorio PURE

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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Feb
08
2011

Toast of the Week (2/8/10)

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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Feb
07
2011

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cabaiguan Maduro (Guapo 46)

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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Feb
04
2011

Cigar Review: Casa Fernandez Arsenio 2009

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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Feb
02
2011

Cigar Review: CAO L’Anniversarie Cameroon

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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Jan
31
2011

Cigar Review: La Sirena

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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Jan
28
2011

Cigar Review: Mi Barrio

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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Jan
26
2011

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

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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Jan
24
2011

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

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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Jan
21
2011

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

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 packed, the...

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Jan
19
2011

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

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 the...

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Jan
18
2011

Cigar Press Release: New Cigar from Jameson Cigars – SouthBound

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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Jan
17
2011

Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #23 (Summer Issue)

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 flavor...

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Jan
15
2011

Cigar Poll: How Many Different Tatuaje Blends Have you Had?

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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Jan
14
2011

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Frank

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 cigar...

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Jan
12
2011

Cigar Review: Tatuaje La Riqueza

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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Jan
10
2011

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Anarchy

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 Dababneh,...

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Jan
07
2011

Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #22 (Summer Issue)

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, the...

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Jan
05
2011

Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #21 (Summer Issue)

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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Jan
03
2011

Our Top 10 Cigars (And a Poll) – from JJ

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...

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Dec
31
2010

Cigar Review: Gran Habano Azteca

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 as...

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Dec
28
2010

Toast of the Week (12/28/10)

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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Dec
27
2010

Cigar Review: Primo Del Rey Maduro

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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Dec
22
2010

Cigar Review: Pride Corojo

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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Dec
20
2010

Our Top Cigars of 2010 (And a Poll) – from MM

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...

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Dec
17
2010

Cigar Review: EP Carrillo Core Line

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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Dec
15
2010

Cigar Review: Gran Habano Connecticut #1

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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Dec
10
2010

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Famous Signature Series

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 here,...

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Dec
08
2010

Cigar Review: Los Blancos Connecticut Premier Line

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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Dec
06
2010

Cigar Review Roundup: AJ Fernandez San Lotano

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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Dec
03
2010

Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez San Lotano Connecticut

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, Habano, and...

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Nov
29
2010

Cigar Review: Angelenos

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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Nov
24
2010

Cigar Review: CAO La Traviata Maduro

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, including...

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Nov
22
2010

Cigar Review: Gispert Natural

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 (6.5×44),...

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Nov
19
2010

Cigar Review: 5 Vegas Classic

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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Nov
17
2010

Cigar Review: La Caridad Del Cobre 1608 Natural

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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Nov
14
2010

Some of our Favorite Posts

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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Nov
10
2010

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Ambos Mundos Habano

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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Nov
08
2010

Cigar Review: Maker’s Mark, Special Edition (It’s A Boy)

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 matters)....

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Nov
06
2010

Weekend Cigar Poll

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Nov
05
2010

Cigar Review: AVO Heritage

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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Nov
05
2010

Halloween Contest Winners!

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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Nov
03
2010

Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Serie R

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. The...

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Nov
01
2010

Cigar Review: Panacea Black (Perfecto)

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 young...

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Oct
29
2010

Cigar Review: Sencillo

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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Oct
27
2010

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Flora Fina Maduro 858

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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Oct
25
2010

Cigar Review: Gispert Maduro

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), Corona...

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Oct
22
2010

Cigar Review: San Lotano Habano by AJ Fernandez

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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Oct
20
2010

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel American Market Selection

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. Billed as...

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Oct
15
2010

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Art Deco

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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Oct
13
2010

Cigar Review: Diesel Unlimited

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 Man O’...

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Oct
11
2010

Cigar Review: J. C. Newman Diamond Crown

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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Oct
08
2010

Cigar Review: Vega Fina

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, and...

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Oct
06
2010

Cigar Review: Honduras Caribbean Tobacco Maduro

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 cigar,...

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Oct
04
2010

Cigar Review: Man O’ War Virtue

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 this cigar...

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Oct
01
2010

Cigar Review: PIO Resurrection

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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Sep
29
2010

Cigar Review: Guillermo Leon Signature Line

  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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Sep
27
2010

Cigar Review: 262 Ideology

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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Sep
24
2010

Cigar Review: Jameson Black Label

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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Sep
22
2010

Cigar Review: Los Nietos Luca Del Toro

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 name...

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Sep
20
2010

Cigar Review: 5 Vegas Gold Maduro

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 boxes of...

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Sep
17
2010

Cigar Review: Velvet Cigars Bowery

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 Honduran...

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Sep
15
2010

Cigar Review: La Unica Maduro

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 it,...

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Sep
10
2010

Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros

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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Sep
08
2010

Cigar Review: AVO Classic

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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Sep
06
2010

Cigar Review: Plasencia Reserva Organica

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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Sep
03
2010

Cigar Review: Paul Garmirian Symphony 20

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 released...

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Sep
01
2010

Cigar Review: La Unica

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 I...

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Aug
30
2010

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Miami FF

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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Aug
29
2010

Cigar Review: Berger & Argenti Round Up

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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Aug
27
2010

Cigar Review: San Lotano Maduro by AJ Fernandez

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 for...

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Aug
25
2010

Cigar Review: Carlos Torano Casa Torano Maduro

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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Aug
23
2010

Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion

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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Aug
20
2010

Cigar Press Release: Gran Habano Seeks Assitance

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 were not...

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Aug
20
2010

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary

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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Aug
18
2010

Cigar Review and Contest: Berger & Argenti MOOCH

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 reviewing...

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Aug
16
2010

Cigar Review: Pinar Del Rio 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura

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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Aug
13
2010

Cigar Review: Berger & Argenti Entubar Quad Maduro

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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Aug
11
2010

Cigar Review: Kristoff Maduro

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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Aug
04
2010

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Black Tubos

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 P have...

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Aug
02
2010

Cigar Review: Ashton Aged Maduro

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 was...

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Jul
30
2010

Cigar Review: Illusione Epernay

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 from Dion...

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Jul
28
2010

Cigar Review: Calibre 58 from Miami Cigars

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 been...

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Jul
27
2010

Toast of the Week (7/27/10)

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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Jul
26
2010

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Series P

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 affordability...

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Jul
24
2010

Top Cigars of 2010 (so far)

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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Jul
23
2010

Cigar Review: KA Kendall 7-20-4

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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Jul
21
2010

Cigar Review: Pride Connecticut

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 they...

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Jul
19
2010

Cigar Review: CAO Gold Maduro

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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Jul
14
2010

Cigar Review: Romeo y Julieta Vintage

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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Jul
12
2010

Cigar Review: Illusione cg4

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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Jul
09
2010

Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #26

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 fingers and...

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Jul
08
2010

Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #25

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 type...

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Jul
07
2010

Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #24

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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Jul
05
2010

Cigar Review: Smoke Magazine, Sample #23

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 soon....

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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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Jun
30
2010

Boutique Cigar Review: El Tiante Corojo

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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Jun
28
2010

Cigar Review: Casa Magna Colorado

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 93,...

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Jun
25
2010

Cigar Review: Don Kiki White Label

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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Jun
23
2010

Boutique Cigar Review: Tesa Havanita

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, and...

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Jun
21
2010

Cigar Review: Cusano M1

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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Jun
18
2010

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Ligero Cabinet Oscuro

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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Jun
16
2010

Cigar Review: Gurkha Sherpa Café

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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Jun
14
2010

Cigar Review: Jamie Garcia Reserva Especial

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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Jun
11
2010

Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Maximus

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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Jun
09
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Joyas de Panama

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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Jun
07
2010

Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana

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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Jun
04
2010

Cigar Review: 13th Floor Foundation Series

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. Bryan’s...

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Jun
02
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: D’Crossier Diplomacy Series, Limited Edition 2008

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 here....

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May
31
2010

Guest Cigar Review: Illusione ~mk~ Teaching Maching

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. Please...

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May
28
2010

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Havana Sun Grown

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 a...

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May
27
2010

Coffee Review: Columbia Villarica Cup of Excellence, Zoka Coffee Roaster & Tea Company

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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May
26
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Le Cigar

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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May
24
2010

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Havana VI

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 Tatuaje...

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May
21
2010

Cigar Review: Carlos Torano Reserva Selecta

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 they...

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May
19
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Sun Grown

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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May
17
2010

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda 1989

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 puro...

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May
14
2010

Cigar Review: Reyes Family Premier

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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May
13
2010

Coffee Review: Guatemalan Montecristo, Fratello Coffee Roasters

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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May
12
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Boris 11 Maduro

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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May
11
2010

Toast of the Week (5/11/10)

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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May
10
2010

Cigar Review: E.P. Carrillo Short Run

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 production,...

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May
07
2010

Cigar Review: Macanudo Vintage Cabinet Selection 2000

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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May
05
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Di Fazio Maduro

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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Apr
30
2010

Cigar Review: Perdomo Patriarch Corojo

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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Apr
28
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Jameson Red Label

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, Perfecto, and...

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Apr
23
2010

Cigar Review: Punch Uppercut

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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Apr
21
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Tesa Reserva No. 464

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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Apr
19
2010

Cigar Review: La Aurora 107

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 just...

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Apr
16
2010

Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 Flying Pig

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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Apr
14
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Cuban Stock Royal Selection

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 the...

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Apr
12
2010

Cigar Review: Camacho Connecticut

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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Apr
10
2010

Product Review: Cigar Cutters (Guillotine and Punch)

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 character....

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Apr
09
2010

Cigar Review: El Baton

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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Apr
07
2010

Announcing Our Newest Sponsor: Miami Cigar & Company

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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Apr
07
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Siboney Reserve

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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Apr
05
2010

Cigar Review: Nica Libre

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 isn’t...

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Apr
02
2010

Cigar Review: A Fernandez Signature Series

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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Mar
31
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: D’Crossier Imperium Class Vintage

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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Mar
29
2010

Cigar Review: Davidoff No. 1

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, after...

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Mar
26
2010

Cigar Review: Tatuaje El Triunfador

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 Johnson found the...

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Mar
24
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Marco V Grand Reserve

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 information...

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Mar
22
2010

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Dominicano

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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Mar
20
2010

Cigar Review Roundup: Cigar.com House Blends

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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Mar
19
2010

Cigar Review: CAO Gold Vintage

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 offered...

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Mar
17
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Hemingway Between the Lines

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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Mar
17
2010

Cigar Poll: Should We Continue Scoring Our Reviews

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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Mar
15
2010

Cigar Review: AVO Limited Edition 2010 (Pre-release)

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 on sale in...

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Mar
12
2010

Cigar Review: 601 Red Label

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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Mar
10
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Cigar.com Cameroon Label

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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Mar
08
2010

Cigar Review: Don Pepin Garcia Vegas Cubanas

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 tobacco...

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Mar
05
2010

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Prensado

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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Mar
04
2010

Coffee Review: Kenya Peaberry Gethumbwini, RockStone Premium Coffees

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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Mar
03
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Falto Prominente Gran Reserva Especial

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 after...

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Mar
01
2010

Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie

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 Cabinetta...

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Feb
26
2010

Cigar Review: Diesel Unholy Cocktail

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’ War,...

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Feb
24
2010

Boutique Wedneday Cigar Review: El Tiante Series 23 Habano

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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Feb
22
2010

Cigar Review: Sosa Wavell

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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Feb
19
2010

Cigar Review: Graycliff G2

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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Feb
17
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: 262 Paradigm

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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Feb
12
2010

Cigar Review: Cuvee Blanc

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 European Cigar Journal....

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Feb
11
2010

Coffee Review: Hawaiian Kona Dark, Rocketfuelcoffee.com

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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Feb
10
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Declaration from Jameson Cigars

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 93...

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Feb
08
2010

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Harvest Selection 1997

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 two son’s...

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Feb
05
2010

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Nording

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 Pipes...

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Feb
03
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: E. P. Carrillo Edicion Inaugural 2009

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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Feb
01
2010

Cigar Review: La Vieja Habana Connecticut

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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Jan
29
2010

Cigar Review: Pinar Del Rio Clásico Exclusivo

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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Jan
27
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Falto

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...

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Jan
25
2010

Cigar Review: Nat Sherman VIP Selection

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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Jan
22
2010

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Special Selection

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 10...

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Jan
21
2010

Cigar Review Round-up: Cu-Avana

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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Jan
20
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Berger & Argenti Clasico

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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Jan
18
2010

Cigar Review: Tabacos Baez

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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Jan
15
2010

Cigar Review: Cu-Avana Intenso

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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Jan
14
2010

5 Cigars Under 5 Dollars (Part 1)

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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Jan
13
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Boris 11 Connecticut

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 gifted...

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Jan
11
2010

Cigar Review: Cabaiguan by Tatuaje

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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Jan
08
2010

Cigar Review: Padilla Series ’68

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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Jan
06
2010

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Cigar.com Cuban Label

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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Jan
04
2010

Cigar Review: Carlos Torano Casa Torano

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 plant...

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Jan
01
2010

Cigar Review: Padron Panetela Maduro

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 and...

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Dec
30
2009

Cigar Review: AVO Lounge Edition

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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Dec
28
2009

Cigar Review: Brickhouse

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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Dec
25
2009

Cigar Review: Liga Privada No. 9

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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Dec
23
2009

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Jose Carlos Connecticut

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 line...

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Dec
21
2009

Cigar Review: Don Pepin My Father

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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Dec
18
2009

Cigar Review: Alec Bradley Vice

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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Dec
16
2009

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: El Josco

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 first...

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Dec
14
2009

Cigar Review: Illusione 88

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 use...

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Dec
11
2009

Cigar Review: Murcielago

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 y...

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Dec
09
2009

Boutique Wendesday Cigar Review: Marco V Bronze Label

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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Dec
07
2009

Cigar Review: Padilla 1932 Signature

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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Dec
04
2009

Cigar Review: Nub Maduro

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 to...

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Dec
03
2009

Cigar Review: Montecristo White

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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Dec
02
2009

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Panacea Red 560

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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Dec
01
2009

Cigar Review: Oliva Connecticut Reserve

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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Nov
30
2009

Cigar Review: Man O’ War

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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Nov
27
2009

Cigar Review: CAO La Traviata

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 Orleans,...

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Nov
26
2009

Cigar Review: Ashton Classic

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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Nov
25
2009

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: Argenti Exile

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 excited....

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Nov
24
2009

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Short Story

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. The...

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Nov
23
2009

Cigar Review: Room 101 (305)

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 that...

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Nov
11
2009

Cigar Review: CAO Escaparate Costa Rican Maduro

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 us...

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Nov
09
2009

Cigar Review: PIO Torpedo

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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Nov
04
2009

Cigar Review: Cigar.com Red Label

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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Oct
30
2009

Cigar Review: Cigar.com Brazilian Label

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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Oct
28
2009

Cigar Review: Graycliff 1666 Pirate, Guest Review

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 Jed...

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Oct
26
2009

Cigar Review: Cu-Avana Natural

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, a...

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Oct
23
2009

Cigar Review: Montecristo No. 4

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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Oct
19
2009

Cigar Review: Panacea Black

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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Oct
16
2009

Cigar Review: Berger and Argenti Entubar

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 was set...

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Oct
14
2009

Cigar Review: Oliva Serie G

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 I...

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Oct
12
2009

Cigar Review: Arnold’s House Blend, No. III

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 for...

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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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Oct
09
2009

Cigar Review: Oliva Cain F (Guest)

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 Nub...

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Oct
08
2009

Quick Toast: 601 Black Label

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 full...

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Oct
05
2009

Cigar Review: Velvet Cigars, The Tompkins

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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Oct
02
2009

Cigar Review: Davidoff Millennium

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 Davidoff...

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Sep
30
2009

Cigar Review: Corona Nicaraguan Selection

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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Sep
28
2009

Cigar Review: 5 Vegas Series A

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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Sep
23
2009

Cigar Review: Davidoff Maduro R

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 the...

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Sep
22
2009

Quick Toast: Isla del Sol

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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Sep
21
2009

Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Fusion

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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Sep
16
2009

Cigar Review: Cigar.com Purple Label

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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Sep
14
2009

Quick Toast: Gurkha Turk

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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Sep
11
2009

Cigar Review: Cigar.com Corojo Label

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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Sep
08
2009

Quick Toast: Arturo Fuente, Curly Head

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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Sep
04
2009

Cigar Review: Cigar.com, Blue Label

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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Sep
02
2009

Cigar.com House Blends

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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Aug
31
2009

Cigar Review: Zino, Premium Selection Classic

  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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Aug
28
2009

Cigar Review: Cu-Avana Maduro

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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Aug
24
2009

Cigar Review: Don Pepin Garcia, Blue

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, I...

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Aug
21
2009

Cigar Review: Perdomo Reserve, 10th Anniversary Champagne

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, when my...

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Aug
19
2009

Cigar Review: 5 Vegas Gold, Double Nickel

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 and...

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Aug
17
2009

Cigar Review: Punch Champion

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 and...

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Aug
13
2009

Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V, Maduro Especial

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 welcome!...

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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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Aug
05
2009

Cigar Review: Davidoff Seleccion 702, Limited Edition (2009)

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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