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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...

Nov
21
2016

Cigar Review: Hoyo Amistad by AJ Fernandez

General Cigar Company  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 50 Strength: full Price: $7.80 Overall Rating: 8.9 General Cigar Company had a lot of big new announcements and anticipated cigars on display at the IPCPR in Las Vegas this year, in what should be a good year for them. Perhaps the biggest and most...

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Nov
11
2016

Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua

Viaje Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 50 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $9.00 Overall Rating: 9.3 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....

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Oct
04
2016

Cigar Review: 1502 Blue Sapphire

Global Premium Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $13.00 Overall Rating: 8.6 1502 Cigars from Global Premium Cigars is a company that declares itself “proudly Nicaraguan”, even its name is taken from the date that Christopher Columbus “discovered” what would...

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Sep
30
2016

Cigar Review: QuickDraw Short Panatela by Southern Draw (Full Line)

Southern Draw Cigars Country: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2” x 40 Price: $6.00 When Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars announced that there was going to be a short panatela vitola added to the QuickDraw line, I was excited to try these new sizes. After trying each of the three blends I found myself wanting to review the for our readers, but we rarely review something...

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Aug
26
2016

Cigar Review: The Tabernacle by Foundation Cigar Co.

Foundation Cigar Company Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Mexico (San Andrés) Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras Size: 6” x 52 Strength: full Price: $11.50 Overall Rating: 9.5 In Exodus, God commanded Moses to erect a Tabernacle in the dessert, situated due east and west, which was where in the Holy of Holies the Ark of the Covenant...

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