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WIYH Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn Cigars & Kiss My Ash Radio
What's In Your Humidor?: Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn Cigars & Kiss My Ash Radio


Abe Dababneh, proprietor of Smoke Inn, is a more than living legend in the cigar industry, he is a personal friend of myself and Willy. Abe has an empire contesting of a regional retail cigar powerhouse (12 Smoke Inn retail locations), a massive online presence (smokeinn.com), one of the biggest and best cigar festivals anywhere (the annual Great Smoke), a sought after series of cigars (the Smoke Inn Microblend Series) a successful poker tournament (Smoke Inn Poker Series) and a weekly radio show (Kiss My Ash Radio).

Euforia Dominican Cigar from GMD Cigars
Cigar Review: Euforia (Dominican) Toro by GMD Cigars



Global Marketing & Distribution (GMD) Cigars may have an unappealing name, but they have some extremely appealing cigars in their portfolio. At the IPCPR in New Orleans I discovered the appeal of these impressive luxury cigars. The Dominican Euforia (yes, it’s spelled that way) is a flavorful medium bodied cigar with the quality that one would expect from a cigar produced at Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Woody by Oscar Cigar
Cigar Review: The Woody by Oscar



Oscar Valladares has made a name for himself making unique cigars. There’s the Leaf by Oscar (wrapped in a tobacco leaf rather than cello), the Big Johnny (an 8” x 66 version of the Leaf Maduro) and the Island Jim No. 2 (that looks like a No. 2 pencil). Now, Oscar has released a cigar (mainly for events) that is a massive 21” x 100 vitola, and comes in individual coffins. While the Woody is more for show than anything else, it is a smokeable cigar and is actually surprisingly good.

Aj Fernandez Enclave Figurado Cigar
Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Enclave Figurado


One year ago, AJ Fernandez teamed up with his father Ismael to create the New World, and followed it up with the New World Connecticut. (See our earlier New World review.) Now, they have once again partnered together in the creation of the AJ Fernandez Enclave. Beginning with the New World, there has been a reworking of the AJ Fernandez Portfolio that has been very well done. With an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper and African Cameroon binder, the Enclave is a very distinctive addition to the AJ brand.

Cabal Esoteric Robusto Cigar
Cigar Review: Cabal Esoteric Robusto



While developing the Cabal core line at KBF, Chris Arolfo went through 21 blends or so with many of those being tweaked several times. According to Chris there was one robusto that he kept coming back to again and again, despite the fact that it did not fit into the core line flavor profile. Yet, it was too good a cigar to let go, so the Cabal Esoteric Robusto was born. The result is a medium bodied cigar with a very interesting flavor profile.

Warped La Colmena Amado No 44 Cigar
Cigar Review: Warped La Colmena No. 44



With so many boutique brands on the market being started by cigar industry celebrities, it is rare for a new brand to burst onto to the scene with the kind of quality, style, character and positive press that Jupiter, Florida based Warped Cigars has. While many boutiques fail to live up to the hype, Warped seems to surpass the hype. Although owner Kyle Gellis’ company began in 2009, in the last year and a half the company has really come into its own. With cigars coming from El Titan de Bronze and Casa Fernandez...

May
04
2015

Cigar Review: Mason Dixon Project North Edition by Crowned Heads

Crowned Heads Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium-full Price: $9.85 MSRP Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.8 The guys at Crowned Heads are on a roll; they picked up awards left and right last year. They had a cigar in our own Top Ten of 2014 (the Headley...

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Jul
09
2014

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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Jun
01
2014

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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Jun
11
2012

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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Jul
25
2011

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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