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Toraño Exodus 2016 by General Cigar
Cigar Review: Toraño Exodus (2016)


In 2014, General Cigar Co. acquired the Toraño Family brands in a well publicized deal, with Jack Toraño remaining on as the brand’s ambassador. While last year there was not much new from under the Toraño banner, this year there were several new releases on display at the IPCPR Trade Show, the most noticeable of which was an new Toraño Exodus. This new Exodus is both something new and a cigar that can be appreciated by past fans of the Toraño brand.

Stogies RoMa Craft Neanderthal H-Town Lancero
Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Neanderthal H-Town Lancero (Stogies Exclusive)



Stogies’ H-Town Lancero Series has had many great cigars, but it seems like the last several have been among the best and would be a hard act to follow. Skip Martin’s RoMa Craft Tobac has managed to continue the high standards set by earlier H-Town releases with his Neanderthal H-Town Lancero. Full bodied and flavorful, the Neanderthal H-Town is unlike any other cigar in the series of lanceros made exclusively for Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas.

The Oscar HAbano Cigar
Cigar Review: The Oscar Habano


Oscar Valladares made a splash with his Leaf, which came wrapped in a tobacco leaf rather than cellophane. Now Oscar has followed that up with a cigar that comes in a candela sleeve in place of cellophane. In a first for Oscar Valladares Tobacco, The Oscar features Nicaraguan filler, as well as Honduran, giving this full bodied cigar a bit more kick to it. If the initial reactions, both at the IPCPR in Las Vegas and my local retailer, The Oscar is bound to be Oscar’s biggest hit yet.

Cornelius & Anthony Venganza
Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Venganza



So far, Steven Bailey’s Cornelius & Anthony has been releasing some really impressive cigars. The Venganza, their latest release, follows the Cornelius and Daddy Mac, and manages to continue the company’s streak of excellent cigars. The Venganza is a full bodied cigar coming from Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelí. With its full body and flavor, the Venganza is likely to be the company’s most successful release yet.

Gaaja by Bombay Tobak
Cigar Review: Gaaja by Bombay Tobak



After much success (and two Top Ten Cigars on this site) with the MBombay brand, Mel Shah’s Bombay Tobak has expanded. The Gaaja, is a mild-medium bodied cigar, that makes use of some very fare tobaccos, including Paraguayan tobacco which is not used particularly often in premium cigars. Like previous Bombay Tobak releases, the Gaaja is complex cigar with a wonderful balance between the flavors. While the Gaaja takes its name from the Sanskrit word for elephant, but there is nothing bulky or ponderous about the cigar.

IPCPR Trade Show 2016 Las Vegas
IPCPR Coverage 2016 - Final Thoughts on the Show



Well, the 2016 IPCPR is finally over with, and I’ve had a few days to recover. While running errands with my wife, hanging out with friends and catching up on work for my day job, I’ve had some time to gather my thoughts on the IPCPR Trade Show last week. As I sit here on my patio smoking an Espinosa Laranga H-Town Lancero, I have decide to lay out my thoughts on this year’s show, in the same way I did last year. There are my own personal thoughts and opinions, and should not be taken as anything more than that.

Aug
06
2016

Press Release: Southern Draw Cigar Release “Rose of Sharon” and “Jacobs Ladder” Cigars

August 5, 2016 – Esteli, Nicaragua & Austin, Texas Southern Draw Cigars has released two new blends, Rose of Sharon and Jacobs Ladder, both are being produced at Tabacalera Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua. The two blends were initially planned for 2017 and 2018 releases and are currently in very limited production.   Southern Draw has been blessed to...

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Aug
03
2016

Press Release: Espinosa Cigars Announces Extensions to New La Crema Line

Espinosa Cigars is adding new several new line extensions to their La Crema line. According to Héctor Alfonso of Espinosa Cgars, “Even though we planned all along to have these sizes they didn’t arrive by show time but we are thrilled to have them available especially with how well the Espinosa Crema was received at the show.” The additions to...

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Mar
29
2016

Press Release: Smoke Inn’s 11th Microblend by Davidoff to be Released

In celebration of their fifteenth anniversary, in 2010 Smoke Inn began collaborating with some of the world’s greatest manufacturers to create a collection of unique store exclusives called the Microblend Series.TM It only seemed fitting that the 11th installment of this series would be in celebration of Smoke Inn’s twentieth anniversary. Smoke Inn is proud to...

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Feb
06
2016

Press Release: Michael Argenti Returns with La Gran Llave to be Released at IPCPR 2016

Miami, Florida February 1st, 2016 – After a two year hiatus, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Berger & Argenti, Michael Argenti has announced the collaboration between himself and cigar impresario, Abdel Fernandez of world famous AJ Fernandez Cigars on the creation of a new and exciting cigar line called LA GRAN LLAVE. Argenti has been in the...

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Dec
31
2015

Press Release: Davidoff Unveils New Nicaragua Box Pressed Coming March 2016

Basel, December 2015. Davidoff Cigars has unveiled its new Davidoff Nicaragua Box Pressed, arriving in late March 2016 – the first ever box pressed cigar from Davidoff. Davidoff Nicaragua Box Pressed follows on the heels of the acclaimed Davidoff Nicaragua line – Cigar Aficionado’s Top 3 cigar of 2013 & Cigar Journal’s Best Brand / DR – in 2015 – and...

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