Hurricane Harvey One Love
Houston Strong: The Cigar Industry and Hurricane Harvey

It’s hard to believe that there’s anyone out there who hasn’t heard about Hurricane Harvey and the devastation that it caused over the Greater Houston Area. In a period of less than a week, Hurricane Harvey dumped enough water on South Texas to fill the entire San Francisco Bay TWICE!

Altadis H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez
Cigar Review: H. Upmann Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez

Over the last few years Altadis has teamed up with outside cigar makers, like with Pete Johnson on the Henry Clay Tattoo, but perhaps the most sought after cigar blender of late is AJ Fernandez. Altadis has partnered with AJ on the new H. Upmann Nicaragua, which is a departure from standard Altadis fare. The new H. Upmann Nicaragua is one of those cigars regular production cigars that’ll make a good everyday smoke for the avid cigar enthusiast.

Davidoff 702 Series Anniversario No. 3
Cigar Review: Davidoff 702 Series Anniversario No. 3

Rarely does a specific tobacco attain a celebrity status of its own, but Davidoff’s proprietary Ecuadorian 702 wrapper is one such type of tobacco. The 702 wrapper has been a part of some amazing cigars, making its appearance with the Davidoff LE 2009 Seleccion 702, and then being included on legendary cigars like the Avo LE 2012 La Trompeta and Davidoff LE 2013 Year of the Snake. Davidoff has taken this impressive tobacco and used it in place of the Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper on seven of their core blends.

Viaje Zombie Antidote 2017
Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Antidote (2017) Collector's Edition

For years, Viaje has laid claim to Zombie themed cigars, with cigars like the Zombie Supershot, the Zombie Antidote and the recent Zombie Farmer Bill Hatchet. This year, there is a new Collector’s Edition of the Zombie Antidote. Unlike previous versions of the Viaje Zombie Antidote which measured 6 1/4” x 44, the latest version has earned the moniker “Double Dose” because it is 6 1/4” x 50.

Southern Draw Rose of Sharon
Cigar Review: Southern Draw Rose of Sharon

Last year released its first Connecticut cigar with the QuickDraw Connecticut, and since the release of that cigar, many have wondered if there would be a Connecticut addition to their core line of cigars. Finally, there is one, with the release of the Southern Draw Rose of Sharon. As with previous cigars in the core line, the company is keeping with its theme of flower plant name, while also drawing on the biblical expression that first appeared in the King James Bible in 1611...


Cigar Review: Protocol Themis by Cubariqueño Cigar Company

Cubariqueño Cigar Co. Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium Price: $9.89 Overall Rating: 9.1 Last year, Juan Cancel and Bill Ive’s Cubariqueño Cigar Company saw their Protocol Lancero make our Top Ten Cigars 2016 Honorable Mention List. It was quite exciting when they announced that...

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Cigar Review: Davidoff Year of the Rooster Limited Edition 2017

Davidoff AG Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Dominican Republic (San Vincente Mejorado) Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6 3/4” x 50 Strength: mild-medium to medium Price: $39.99 Overall Rating: 9.1 Back in 2012, Davidoff began making cigars to celebrate Chinese New Year with the launch of the Year of the Snake. With the Year of...

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Cigar Review: Padrón 1926 Serie No. 90 Maduro

Padron Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Maduro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2” x 52 Strength: full Price: $19.50 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.1 To celebrate the 90th birthday of José Orlando Padrón, there are two new releases this year from Padrón Cigars, the 1926 Serie No. 90 with both Natural and Maduro wrappers....

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Cigar Review: Protocol Lancero from Cubariqueño Cigar Company

Cubariqueño Cigar Company Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua (Habano) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 7 1/2” x 38 Strength: full Price: $10.50 Overall Rating: 9.2 When Juan Cancel and Bill Ive’s Cubariqueño Cigar Company launched with the Protocol it was one of the surprises of last year’s trade show. This year the boutique brand adds...

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Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Farmer Bill Hatchet (2016)

Viaje Cigar Company Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Undisclosed Binder: Undisclosed Filler: Undisclosed Size: 5 1/4” x 54 Strength: medium Price: $11.00 Overall Rating: 6.9 It’s that time of year when Viaje releases it’s Thanksgiving themed cigars. This year the company is releasing a different take on the Farmer Bill Hatchet with a zombie story behind...

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