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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.

Mar
13
2015

Contest: Win a Great Smoke 2015 Goodie Bag

Every year, there is one event that both Willy and I. look forward to with the anticipation of a kid waiting for Christmas…Smoke Inn’s Great Smoke in West Palm Beach. One of the largest cigar events in the country, the Great Smoke was the brainchild of Smoke Inn’s Abe Dababneh. The event features the biggest and best manufacturers handing out cigars, live...

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May
04
2014

Contest Update: Just Find J.D.

Last week, from Sunday thru Thursday, I made a trip up to Orlando. While there I got a chance to visit several area shops including Sosa Family Cigars at Downtown Disney and multiple Corona Cigar Co. locations. It was a great chance to meet and talk to some of our readers, and talk to fellow BOTL like Earl from Ohio or Mike from Ocala. To celebrate my joining...

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Apr
22
2014

Cigar Contest: Just Find J.D.

From Sunday thru Thursday (April 27th to May 1st) I will be visiting the Magic Kingdom, which makes this the perfect time for a contest. Obviously I don’t plan on going that long without a cigar, so I’ll be stopping by at a couple Orlando area B&Ms to enjoy a cigar with my fellow BOTL. I’d love to meet as many of our readers as possible....

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Nov
21
2012

Cigar Contest: The Great “Guess The Gurkha” Giveaway!

CONTEST HAS ENDED – WE HAVE OUR WINNERS!!! Grand Prize:  VWarnerJr for including Ghosts and ashtray in his answer! Second Prize: BKinHop who also included Ghosts and ashtray in his answer!       Thanks to everyone for participating!  If you didn’t win, try again when I announce my next contest in a few days! @WillyStyl...

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Apr
04
2011

Cigar Contest: Win Cigars from Cohiba and La Gloria Cubana

Last week we posted a poll and invited you to decide which 3 cigars we’d give away this month. Out of 10 choices from General Cigar, and with over 190 votes, you chose these three! La Gloria Cubana Serie N (22%, 43 Votes) La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Tabaqueros (18%, 34 Votes) Cohiba XV (15%, 29 Votes) Thank you for your participation! You can see the...

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