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Southern Draw Firethorn Lancero
Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn Limited Edition Lancero



Southern Draw is a veteran owned boutique cigar company that should be well known to our reader, having cigars in both our Honorable Mentions of 2014 and Top Ten Cigars of 2015 lists, as well as several other highly rated blends. Recently, they have released to limited edition lancero versions of their core lines, with both the Southern Draw Kudzu and Firethorn lanceros.

Las Calaveras 2016 by Crowned Heads
Cigar Review: Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2016 by Crowned Heads



Once again Crowned Heads has released their annual Las Calaveras cigar, and once again it is a very good tasty cigar made at My Father Cigars’ Nicaraguan factory. This year’s Las Calaveras features a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, which helps make for an especially flavorful full bodied cigar. Coming in three vitolas, only 4,500 boxes of the Las Calaveras Edición Limitada 2016 will be made.

Camacho Powerband Cigar
Cigar Review: Camacho Powerband


Since Davidoff’s rebranding of the Camacho line, the company has focused on fuller, stronger powerful cigars. With their “Board of the Bold” and “The Bold Standard”, the company has become the first stop for those looking for flavorful bold cigars. Their latest installment in the Master Built Series, the Cmacho Powerband fits into the category of flavorful, bold and full bodied category of cigars. Claiming to draw inspiration from the “power, performance, and acceleration associated with the classic V-twin engine”, the Powerband is an impressive full bodied cigar.

Debonaire Cigars Review
Cigar Review: Debonaire Belicoso


Debonaire Cigars was founded by Philip Zanghi (originally of Indian Tobac) and Daniel Sinclair. The core line features a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, Dominican binder and a blend of fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The Debonaire Belicoso it a decent medium to medium-full bodied cigar that is extremely well constructed.

Schrader MMXIII by Nat Sherman
Cigar Review: Schrader MMXIII by Nat Sherman



Nappa winemaker Fred Schrader has partnered with Nat Sherman International to create a second Schrader “Sparky” Cigar. (The original was made by Quesada and was distributed by Tatuaje.) Taking three years to produce the cigar’s shape and blend, the Schrader MMXIII was a collaboration between Fred Schrader and Michael Helklots, and is manufactured at Quesada’s Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Daddy Mac Cigar by Cornelius & Anthony
Cigar Review: Daddy Mac by Cornelius & Anthony



The release of the Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony Cigars was an extremely impressive cigar made at Miami’s El Titan de Bronze. How do they follow that impressive first cigar? By releasing a high quality cigar from one of Estelí’s hottest factories, Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory. Named for owner Steven Bailey’s father Mac, is yet another stellar cigar from the La Zona Factory, and should only cement Cornelius & Anthony as a boutique brand to watch.

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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