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Cigar Media Association Board
Cigar Media Association Names 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 Seth’s Humidoras the 2014-2015 Cigar Media Association Board of Directors.

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.

Viaje Collaboration 2014
Cigar Review: Viaje Collaboration 2014


Viaje is a boutique brand that tends to be less well known well among the average cigar enthusiast, but is passionately followed by cigar geeks and bloggers. The model small batch limited releases that make use of high quality rare tobaccos is one that is especially appealing to the collectors of fine cigars. The brand has slowly grown on me over time and they’ve made some great cigars (see my earlier Viaje Oro review). Now, the idea of collaborating with a different company “every year or so” to produce something special...

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.

Davidoff Nicaragua Cigar
Cigar Review: Davidoff Nicaragua Toro


For years Davidoff has been known as a Dominican cigar company; especially after they stopped making cigars in Cuba. Master Blender Henkie Kelner is known for using fairly mild to medium filler and Ecuadorian Connecticut-seed wrappers, so this Nicaraguan Puro is a major departure from the norm. (The term “Puro” being applied to this cigar is being debated by some cigar writers because, though the tobacco is all Nicaraguan, it was manufactured at Davidoff in the Dominican Republic.)

Terroir Cigar by Chinnock Cellars Cigars
Cigar Review: Terroir by Chinnock Cellars Cigars


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 those industries. Terroir (the land the plant is grown in) plays a huge part in the eventual final product in both. The list goes on and on. So, it strikes me as odd that, before now, a winemaker never started a boutique cigar company. When winemaker Brian Chinnock started up Chinnock Cellars Cigars, he managed to create the perfect cigar to pair with a glass of red wine.

A.J. Fernandez New World
Cigar Review: A.J. Fernandez New World


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 to be well received by cigar enthusiasts. What makes the project different than previous releases is that this is the first collaboration between A.J. and his father Ismael.

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.

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.

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
29
2014

Press Release: 2014 General Cigar New Product Info At A Glance

Macanudo Estate Reserve An exceptional cigar that features private reserve Jamaican tobacco cultivated and aged exclusively for this limited release.  Just 1,800 boxes per size have been made. Debuts in September.   Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Mexican Filler: Jamaican   Macanudo Estate Reserve Robusto (5” x 50) is $16.00 per cigar or $160.00 for a...

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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
19
2014

Press Release: Global Premium Cigars Releases the 1502 Nicaragua

Press Release: Global Premium Cigars Releases the 1502 Nicaragua

Miami, Florida, July 16, 2014 – Global Premium Cigars is pleased to announce the release of its newest cigar, the 1502 Nicaragua. Global Premium Cigars is a tobacco company which is proud of its Nicaraguan heritage. The new cigar continues the company’s tradition of excellence and is the only cigar in the 1502 cigars line that is 100% pure...

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Jul
19
2014

Press Release: A.J. Fernandez to Introduce Newest Cigar, the New World

Press Release: A.J. Fernandez to Introduce Newest Cigar, the New World

(Miami, Florida) July 11, 2014— A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing consistently highly rated and sought after cigars is proud to unveil “New World” at the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas. New World will be showcased as a value brand featuring the same quality, consistency, and workmanship that is expected from A.J. Fernandez.  The New World Cigar brand is the...

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