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Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua
Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua



The Viaje Exclusivo began life as a personal blend for brand owner Andre Farkas, but since 2009 has become a staple in the Viaje line, with all kind of various sizes being released over the years. Now the Viaje Exclusivo gets a new Nicaraguan puro, manufactured at Casa Fernandez’s TABSA factory in Nicaragua, which sets it apart from the original line which is made in Honduras. This new medium-full to full bodied addition to the Viaje Exclusivo line surpasses its original version, and sure to become a favorite of Viaje fans.

Andalino by JRE Tobacco
Cigar Review: Andalino by JRE Tobacco


Julio R. Eiroa (father of Christian) released several new cigars at this year’s IPCPR, but the one that really stands out is the Aladino. Julio is also a legend in the tobacco industry, having grown tobacco in Honduras since 1963 and being famous for his original Corojo tobacco that formed the basis for Camacho’s success. With JRE Tobacco, it is being called a “crop to shop” operation, with every step in the process from farming, production and distribution being controlled by JRE Tobacco.

Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express
Cigar Review: Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express



Once again, the Caldwell Cigar Company booth was one of the busiest at the IPCPR. It’s a testament to Robert Caldwell and the following that his cigars have gained over the past few years. One of the new cigar from Caldwell that keeps coming up in conversation is the Eastern Standard Midnight Express. (Mostly because my friend Lauren won’t shut up about it.) While not a standard “maduro version” of the Eastern Standard, since it is it’s own unique blend...

La Aurora Double Barrel Aged No. 2
Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos Double Barrel Aged No. 2


For the first time since adding La Aurora Preferidos Diamond No. 2 back in 2012, La Aurora has expanded the Preferidos line with a new blend. While the other cigars in the line are differentiated by the type of wrapper used (ie. Brazillian, Broadleaf, Cameroon), this time La Aurora is focusing on the aging process. After being rolled the cigars are aged for an additional 90 days, imparting an interesting sweetness to the cigar. The new La Aurora Preferidos Double Barrel Aged No. 2 is a good addition to the flagship Preferidos line.

HR Blue Maduro
Cigar Review: HR Blue Maduro



After the stellar release of the HR Habano in late 2014, everyone was waiting to see what Cuban tobacco grower Hirochi Robaina would do next. First he made our Most Fascinating People in the Cigar Industry 2015 List, then he teamed up with Spence Drake to expand the brand at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Shows in New Orleans with two new additions. The HR Blue is the new maduro added to the line, and uses tobacco from the original HR Habano blend covered in a Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper.

Herrera Esteli H-Town Lancero
Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town Lancero



The well-recieved Stogies H-Town Lancero Series continues to expand, this time with a rare cigar in a rare vitola. For this year’s TAA, Drew Estates released the Herrera Esteli TAA Maduro, and the latest Stogies store exclusive lancero is that blend in the vitola that only seems to fly off the shelves at Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas. Like the other cigars in the H-Town Series the Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town is a great cigar, and is definitely going to be sought after by hard core cigar enthusiasts.

Jun
14
2016

Cigar Contest: Holt’s Cigar Company Father’s Day La Aroma/San Cristobal Sampler Contest

Holt’s Cigar Company has teamed up with us to bring you an excellent Father’s Day Cigar Contest. We’ll be giving away a La Aroma de Cuba/San Cristobal ’92-95’ Rated Sampler courtesy of our friends at Holt’s Cigar Company. I love smoking cigars with my old man. (I call him that mainly because he called his dad that, and I know it drives him nuts when I call him...

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Mar
01
2016

Cigar Contest: Why I Love Cigars – 100 Cigar Giveaway to Celebrate JD’s Wedding

On March 5th I will be getting married to a really amazing woman, and to celebrate I wanted to do a really amazing giveaway, so this month we are giving away 100 cigars! Many years ago, I used to be a regular at a now closed cigar bar called Downing Street in Houston, Texas. One day, after being on vacation for a while, I walked in and saw this beautiful girl...

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Jan
10
2016

Cigar Giveaway: GMD Cigars 4-packs all January Long

We’re starting off the new year with a great cigar giveaway from our friends at the GMD Group. They debuted several lines of luxury cigars produced in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua at the IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans. For the next three weeks we’ll be giving away 4-packs of some with some of our favorite GMD luxury cigars. Each 4-pack includes the...

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Dec
10
2015

Cigar Contest: What’s JD Smoking For His Birthday? (Win a RP Lighter)

Today is my birthday! What am I doing to celebrate? I’m giving away a lighter to one of our readers. Yep. I’m giving other people presents on my birthday. Our friends and brand sponsors over at Rocky Patel Premium Cigars have teamed up with up to bring you this chance to win a 2 flame torch Rocky Patel lighter. For those of our readers don’t...

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Sep
02
2015

Cigar Giveaway: #SouthernDrawSeptember Giveaway All Month Long

Southern Draw Cigars and ToastedFoot bring you #SouthernDrawSeptember all month long! Southern Draw Cigars may be considered a “newcomer” to the cigar industry, but they have managed to set the cigar world to talking with high ratings and quality cigars that live up to the “simply the perfect draw” line they use in their advertising. Founded by U.S. veterans,...

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