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WIYH Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn Cigars & Kiss My Ash Radio
What's In Your Humidor?: Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn Cigars & Kiss My Ash Radio


Abe Dababneh, proprietor of Smoke Inn, is a more than living legend in the cigar industry, he is a personal friend of myself and Willy. Abe has an empire contesting of a regional retail cigar powerhouse (12 Smoke Inn retail locations), a massive online presence (smokeinn.com), one of the biggest and best cigar festivals anywhere (the annual Great Smoke), a sought after series of cigars (the Smoke Inn Microblend Series) a successful poker tournament (Smoke Inn Poker Series) and a weekly radio show (Kiss My Ash Radio).

Euforia Dominican Cigar from GMD Cigars
Cigar Review: Euforia (Dominican) Toro by GMD Cigars



Global Marketing & Distribution (GMD) Cigars may have an unappealing name, but they have some extremely appealing cigars in their portfolio. At the IPCPR in New Orleans I discovered the appeal of these impressive luxury cigars. The Dominican Euforia (yes, it’s spelled that way) is a flavorful medium bodied cigar with the quality that one would expect from a cigar produced at Kelner Boutique Factory in the Dominican Republic.

Woody by Oscar Cigar
Cigar Review: The Woody by Oscar



Oscar Valladares has made a name for himself making unique cigars. There’s the Leaf by Oscar (wrapped in a tobacco leaf rather than cello), the Big Johnny (an 8” x 66 version of the Leaf Maduro) and the Island Jim No. 2 (that looks like a No. 2 pencil). Now, Oscar has released a cigar (mainly for events) that is a massive 21” x 100 vitola, and comes in individual coffins. While the Woody is more for show than anything else, it is a smokeable cigar and is actually surprisingly good.

Aj Fernandez Enclave Figurado Cigar
Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Enclave Figurado


One year ago, AJ Fernandez teamed up with his father Ismael to create the New World, and followed it up with the New World Connecticut. (See our earlier New World review.) Now, they have once again partnered together in the creation of the AJ Fernandez Enclave. Beginning with the New World, there has been a reworking of the AJ Fernandez Portfolio that has been very well done. With an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper and African Cameroon binder, the Enclave is a very distinctive addition to the AJ brand.

Cabal Esoteric Robusto Cigar
Cigar Review: Cabal Esoteric Robusto



While developing the Cabal core line at KBF, Chris Arolfo went through 21 blends or so with many of those being tweaked several times. According to Chris there was one robusto that he kept coming back to again and again, despite the fact that it did not fit into the core line flavor profile. Yet, it was too good a cigar to let go, so the Cabal Esoteric Robusto was born. The result is a medium bodied cigar with a very interesting flavor profile.

Warped La Colmena Amado No 44 Cigar
Cigar Review: Warped La Colmena No. 44



With so many boutique brands on the market being started by cigar industry celebrities, it is rare for a new brand to burst onto to the scene with the kind of quality, style, character and positive press that Jupiter, Florida based Warped Cigars has. While many boutiques fail to live up to the hype, Warped seems to surpass the hype. Although owner Kyle Gellis’ company began in 2009, in the last year and a half the company has really come into its own. With cigars coming from El Titan de Bronze and Casa Fernandez...

Sep
05
2012

Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Timeless Hermoso

Nat Sherman Timeless Hermoso Size: Robusto (5.25″ x 54) Wrapper: Honduran Criollo Binder:  Domican Filler:  Dominican & Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $7 MSRP Click here to buy now The Nat Sherman Timeless was born of a collaborative effort between Michael Herklots, Executive Director of Retail & Brand Management for Nat Sherman, and the...

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Jul
02
2012

Cigar Review: La Aurora 107 Salomon

La Aurora 107 Salomon   Size: Salomon (7 1/4″ x 52) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Sun Grown Binder: Dominican Corojo Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price:  $ 12 MSRP Click here to buy now Grade: 8.9 As I’m sure many of you have figured out by now, I stop by Smoke Inn West Palm Beach, my “regular”  local shop...

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May
11
2012

Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Molotov

Quesada Q D’etat Molotov Size: 5×58 perfecto Wrapper: Dominican Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium-Full Price: $7.95 Grade: 8.7 out of 10 Click here to buy now For my first review under the Toasted Foot banner, I chose the Quesada Q D’etat Molotov. Now here’s a little background on this 5×58 perfecto that, as the name...

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Jul
25
2011

Cigar Review: Esteban Carreras Connecticut

Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut (Aged 7 years) Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $104 Grade: 8.8 The Connecticut is available in 4 sizes and range from $104 – $132 for a box of 20. There is mixed information online regarding the Binder and the Filler – while most places note them as...

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May
20
2011

Cigar Review: Casa Gomez

Size: 7.5×50, Senior Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Honduran Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild/Medium Price: Box of 25, $157 Grade: 8.9 The Casa Gomez was thought up by Benny Gomez Jr. and blended by the folks at La Tradicion Cubana. Benny Jr. is the son of La Roma Cigars founder, which was established in 1963. La Roma began rolling cigars in...

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