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Southern Draw Firethorn Lancero
Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn Limited Edition Lancero



Southern Draw is a veteran owned boutique cigar company that should be well known to our reader, having cigars in both our Honorable Mentions of 2014 and Top Ten Cigars of 2015 lists, as well as several other highly rated blends. Recently, they have released to limited edition lancero versions of their core lines, with both the Southern Draw Kudzu and Firethorn lanceros.

Las Calaveras 2016 by Crowned Heads
Cigar Review: Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2016 by Crowned Heads



Once again Crowned Heads has released their annual Las Calaveras cigar, and once again it is a very good tasty cigar made at My Father Cigars’ Nicaraguan factory. This year’s Las Calaveras features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, which helps make for an especially flavorful full bodied cigar. Coming in three vitolas, only 4,500 boxes of the Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2016 will be made.

Camacho Powerband Cigar
Cigar Review: Camacho Powerband


Since Davidoff’s rebranding of the Camacho line, the company has focused on fuller, stronger powerful cigars. With their “Board of the Bold” and “The Bold Standard”, the company has become the first stop for those looking for flavorful bold cigars. Their latest installment in the Master Built Series, the Cmacho Powerband fits into the category of flavorful, bold and full bodied category of cigars. Claiming to draw inspiration from the “power, performance, and acceleration associated with the classic V-twin engine”, the Powerband is an impressive full bodied cigar.

Debonaire Cigars Review
Cigar Review: Debonaire Belicoso


Debonaire Cigars was founded by Philip Zanghi (originally of Indian Tobac) and Daniel Sinclair. The core line features a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, Dominican binder and a blend of fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The Debonaire Belicoso it a decent medium to medium-full bodied cigar that is extremely well constructed.

Schrader MMXIII by Nat Sherman
Cigar Review: Schrader MMXIII by Nat Sherman



Nappa winemaker Fred Schrader has partnered with Nat Sherman International to create a second Schrader “Sparky” Cigar. (The original was made by Quesada and was distributed by Tatuaje.) Taking three years to produce the cigar’s shape and blend, the Schrader MMXIII was a collaboration between Fred Schrader and Michael Helklots, and is manufactured at Quesada’s Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Daddy Mac Cigar by Cornelius & Anthony
Cigar Review: Daddy Mac by Cornelius & Anthony



The release of the Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony Cigars was an extremely impressive cigar made at Miami’s El Titan de Bronze. How do they follow that impressive first cigar? By releasing a high quality cigar from one of Estelí’s hottest factories, Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory. Named for owner Steven Bailey’s father Mac, is yet another stellar cigar from the La Zona Factory, and should only cement Cornelius & Anthony as a boutique brand to watch.

Jul
12
2011

What’s In Your Humidor: Paul Maldonado of Maldonado Dynasty Cigars

What’s in your humidor? At the moment, I only have The Mogul in the humidor I’m afraid.  Guilty!  I happen to be in “perfectionist-mode”and I end up testing The Mogul in different vitolas to get a sense of change in flavor profile. My favorite in my brand would be The Mogul because it happens to be our only line thus far.  I must say, however, that...

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Feb
25
2011

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
24
2011

Cigar Interview: Jon Huber – Part Three

To view Part One and Two of this interview, click here and here. Part Three: A New Day – Marriage and Crowned Heads Anyone that follows you on Twitter knows that you’re recently engaged and will be married this summer. First off, congrats, and second, what are your plans for honeymooning!? Thank you very much. Wow, I am so excited about marrying my girl. Her...

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Feb
23
2011

Cigar Interview: Jon Huber – Part Two

Today we continue our three part interview with Jon Huber. To view part one, please click here. Part Two: Your Departure from CAO   The Merger In 2007, the climate at CAO began to shift. How did the 2007 merger with Scandinavian Tobacco Group affect the daily operations at CAO? Let’s just say that it became less and less about creating and innovating, and...

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Feb
22
2011

Cigar Interview: Jon Huber – Part One

We are very excited to have an in-depth interview with Jon Huber. Jon formerly served as Director of Lifestyle Marketing and left a few months ago when CAO was merged into General Cigars. Over the next three days, Jon will talk about his early days at CAO, life in the office during the merger, his departure, and his new cigar venture. We hope you enjoy! Part...

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