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Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua
Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua



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. Now the Viaje Exclusivo gets a new Nicaraguan puro, manufactured at Casa Fernandez’s TABSA factory in Nicaragua, which sets it apart from the original line which is made in Honduras. This new medium-full to full bodied addition to the Viaje Exclusivo line surpasses its original version, and sure to become a favorite of Viaje fans.

Andalino by JRE Tobacco
Cigar Review: Andalino by JRE Tobacco


Julio R. Eiroa (father of Christian) released several new cigars at this year’s IPCPR, but the one that really stands out is the Aladino. Julio is also a legend in the tobacco industry, having grown tobacco in Honduras since 1963 and being famous for his original Corojo tobacco that formed the basis for Camacho’s success. With JRE Tobacco, it is being called a “crop to shop” operation, with every step in the process from farming, production and distribution being controlled by JRE Tobacco.

Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express
Cigar Review: Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express



Once again, the Caldwell Cigar Company booth was one of the busiest at the IPCPR. It’s a testament to Robert Caldwell and the following that his cigars have gained over the past few years. One of the new cigar from Caldwell that keeps coming up in conversation is the Eastern Standard Midnight Express. (Mostly because my friend Lauren won’t shut up about it.) While not a standard “maduro version” of the Eastern Standard, since it is it’s own unique blend...

La Aurora Double Barrel Aged No. 2
Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos Double Barrel Aged No. 2


For the first time since adding La Aurora Preferidos Diamond No. 2 back in 2012, La Aurora has expanded the Preferidos line with a new blend. While the other cigars in the line are differentiated by the type of wrapper used (ie. Brazillian, Broadleaf, Cameroon), this time La Aurora is focusing on the aging process. After being rolled the cigars are aged for an additional 90 days, imparting an interesting sweetness to the cigar. The new La Aurora Preferidos Double Barrel Aged No. 2 is a good addition to the flagship Preferidos line.

HR Blue Maduro
Cigar Review: HR Blue Maduro



After the stellar release of the HR Habano in late 2014, everyone was waiting to see what Cuban tobacco grower Hirochi Robaina would do next. First he made our Most Fascinating People in the Cigar Industry 2015 List, then he teamed up with Spence Drake to expand the brand at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Shows in New Orleans with two new additions. The HR Blue is the new maduro added to the line, and uses tobacco from the original HR Habano blend covered in a Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper.

Herrera Esteli H-Town Lancero
Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town Lancero



The well-recieved Stogies H-Town Lancero Series continues to expand, this time with a rare cigar in a rare vitola. For this year’s TAA, Drew Estates released the Herrera Esteli TAA Maduro, and the latest Stogies store exclusive lancero is that blend in the vitola that only seems to fly off the shelves at Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas. Like the other cigars in the H-Town Series the Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town is a great cigar, and is definitely going to be sought after by hard core cigar enthusiasts.

Dec
16
2009

Boutique Wednesday Cigar Review: El Josco

Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 25, $92.00 Grade: 8.7 Luis Falto of La Garita Cigar Company was gracious enough to send us samples of his full line of cigars, as well as sponsor a couple of our contests. Over the next several months we’ll start reviewing the line. Today is our first...

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Nov
27
2009

Cigar Review: CAO La Traviata

Size: 5×50, Robusto (Divino) Wrapper: Ecaudorian Habano Binder: Cameroon Filler: Nicraguan & Dominican    Strength: Full Price: Box of 24, $130 Grade: 9.5 The CAO La Traviata is another smoke that has garnered a great deal of conversation around the blogosphere and on Twitter. Announced at this year’s IPCPR event, held on August 8-12 in New Orleans,...

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Oct
26
2009

Cigar Review: Cu-Avana Natural

Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Filler: Cibao Valley, Dominican Republic Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $39.95 Grade: 8.4 Resurrected by Fonseco’s master blender, Manuel Quesada, this Dominican filled, Connecticut wrapped cigar is a consistently smooth smoke at an exceptional value. Available in the mild Connecticut and Maduro for some time, a...

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Oct
19
2009

Cigar Review: Panacea Black

Size: 6×50, Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Cuban-seed Seco, Ligero, Olor Dominicano, and Nicaraguan Strength: Mild-Medium Price: Box of 20, $115.99 Grade: 8.1 Flatbed Cigar Company recently sent us their two blends, the Panacea Black (Natural) and the Red. After sitting for about 6 weeks, I decided to fire up the...

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Sep
18
2009

Cigar Review: CAO Lx2

Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Honduran Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price: Box of 20, $110 Grade: 8.7 The Lx2 had a lot of buzz when it first came out; I picked one up at my local shop and let it rest for about six months. The Lx2 is slammed full of ligero, the highest priming on a tobacco plant. This portion of the...

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