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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...

May
25
2016

Cigar Review: Daddy Mac by Cornelius & Anthony

Cornelius & Anthony  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Brazil Binder: Ecuador Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2″ x 46 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $10.00 Overall Rating: 9.2 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...

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Apr
20
2016

Cigar Review: Espinosa Habano (2015)

Espinosa Premium Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: full Price: $6.98 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.0 At last year’s IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans, Erik Espinosa’s company was one of the definite stars, with several new releases coming from his Estelí based La Zona...

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Mar
23
2016

Cigar Review: 601 Steel “Rod”

Espinosa Cigars / Famous Smoke Shop Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5” x 54 Strength: full Price: $6.95 Overall Rating: 8.8 Espinosa Cigars has released an exclusive extension of their 601 brand at Famous Smoke Shop. The 601 Steel is a full bodied cigar that manages to be tough as steel, while...

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Feb
12
2016

Cigar Review: Espinosa Especial

Espinosa Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexico (Capa Negra) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 48 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $8.75 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 8.9 Erik Espinosa released several new blends (or tweaks to blends) at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans. One of those new blends is the Espinosa...

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Dec
29
2015

Toasted Foot’s Most Fascinating People in the Cigar Industry 2015

Last year, while watching Barbara Walter’s Most Fascinating People of 2014, an idea came to me, “Why doesn’t someone do a list of the most fascinating people in the cigar industry?” There are so many characters in this industry, from the eccentrics like Matt Booth and Jonathan Drew to the do-gooders like Glynn Loope and Storm Boen, and each year more new and...

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