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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 of...

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Cigar News: C.L.E. Cigars Miami Warehouse Broken Into

Miami July 14th, 2014 – This past weekend the C.L.E. warehouse in Miami was broken into this past weekend, making it the latest company to suffer this kind of break in in Broward County. Alec Bradley, A.J. Fernandez and Gurkha have all suffered thefts of this sort. Among the products that were stolen for C.L.E. were the Eiroa, CLE Plus, Pura Soul and product...

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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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Press Release: Roberto Duran Premium Cigars to Introduce the Roberto P. Duran Cigar Brand a the 2014 IPCPR

(Miami, Florida) June 2014— Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars, after a successful 2013 launch with the Azan Line of cigars is ready to come into the 2014 IPCPR with a new super-premium blend: The Roberto P. Duran Cigar Brand. Roberto Pelayo Duran introduced the Azan line of Cigars at the 2013 IPCPR which included the Burgundy, Premium White, and Maduro...

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Press Release: Toraño Family Cigar Co. to Unveil “The Charlie Toraño Captiva” at the 2014 IPCPR

(Miami, FL) July 2014—Toraño Family Cigar Co., respected in the cigar- making industry for nearly 100 years, proudly announces that Charlie Toraño, for the first time, will unveil a cigar under his own name: Charlie Toraño Captiva.  Charlie Toraño represents the fourth generation in the Toraño tobacco family. Working alongside his father and industry...

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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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Press Release: ToastedFoot Becomes A Member of the Cigar Media Association

July 10, 2014 – is proud to announce that it has become a member of the Cigar Media Association, Inc. The CMA is dedicated to improving and strengthening the relationship between members of the cigar media and the rest of the cigar industry as a whole. They have put in place much needed standards for identifying credentialed media in the...

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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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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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Press Release: Sindicato Announces The Perfect Pair Picture Contest

Boca Raton, Florida – July 1st, 2014 Sindicato Cigars is pleased to announce Sindicato’s Perfect Pair Photo Contest. The company is in search of the perfect photograph of the perfect pairing between the new Sindicato cigar and something equally as amazing. They are encouraging cigar lovers everywhere to post their photos on various social media channels with...

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Press Release: Untamed by La Aurora to be Showcased at IPCPR 2014

(Santiago, DR) July 1, 2014 – La Aurora Cigars is proud to announce the release of their latest creation, Untamed by La Aurora. Using tobacco selected specifically for this project, La Aurora aims to please even the most demanding consumer with this unique blend. Led by master blender, Manuel Inoa, the team at La Aurora has been able to attack this...

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