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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.

WIYH Master Sensei of Cigar Dojo
What's In Your Humidor?: Master Sensei of Cigar Dojo


There’s few people in the cigar media world that I admire more than Eric Guttormson (Master Sensei) over at Cigar Dojo. In a very short time Dojo has gone from a cigar blog to a cigar media empire with a mobile app, weekly contests, an online show (Smoke Night Live), merchandise (there’s even Dojo trading cards), events and cigars sold through third party shops (ie. the Undercrown Dogma or Viaje Throwdown). As the visionary behind this empire, Master Sensei has become the Elon Musk of the cigar media world.

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...

Mar
24
2015

Press Release: Tobacconist University Announces New Consumer Certification Program

Press Release: Tobacconist University Announces New Consumer Certification Program

New Jersey, March 23, 2015: Starting in April of 2015, Tobacconist University (TU) will hand off their consumer certification program to Certified Retail Tobacconists (CRT). The University updated this program allowing certified retailers the exclusive right to administer final exams to consumers who want to become certified. TU anticipates that these changes will elevate credibility throughout the luxury tobacco industry and strengthen retailer/consumer bonds. TU started certifying consumers in 1996, culminating in 2014, for a fee of $500. Starting in 2015, they turned that business over to their CRT, which empowers them to certify at will and charge significantly less for the service. Now consumer certification prices are determined by CRT. A current list of existing CRT and Certified Consumer Tobacconists (CCT) can be seen on the TU website. “While facts, truth, and knowledge may not matter to many marketers, they do matter to retailers and consumers.” President and Founder, Jorge Armenteros noted. He added, “Through certification we can establish a strong foundation of knowledge which bonds consumers, media, and retailers, thereby helping to build credibility and culture for the luxury tobacco industry.” The 2015 Media Challenge: As part of the new consumer certification process, TU is offering free CCT Certification to all industry media who sign up during the month of April. Any member of the industry media can follow the CCT process and become certified for free. Visit the TU website to GET CERTIFIED. Headquartered in Hopewell, NJ, Tobacconist University is the nation’s leading educational resource for consumers and professional tobacconists. TU is the exclusive educational curriculum of the...

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Aug
20
2012

Cigar Review: La Aurora Fernando Leon Family Reserve

Cigar Review: La Aurora Fernando Leon Family Reserve

La Aurora Fernando Leon Family Reserve Size:  Robusto (5 x 50 ) Wrapper: Dominican Corojo Binder: Dominican Corojo Filler:  Peruvian, Brazilian, Dominican Strength: Medium Price:  (IPCPR Sample) $8-$10 msrp Depending on Vitola Grade: 8.7 I mentioned last week the Miami Cigar had a number of new offerings at IPCPR.  One of the cigars that was given to me by Miami Cigar was a new offering from La Aurora, the Fernando Leon. A little more of the story on the Fernando Leon from the Miami Cigar Blog: Before Guillermo was at the helm his father guided the ship. The Fernando Leon is a cigar that Don Fernando only shared with very close friends and family. La Aurora has decided to share this family heirloom with their Brothers & Sisters of the leaf. The cigar which will be available in the same sizes as the Guillermo Leon will range in price from $8.00 to $10.25 before local taxes. If you’re a regular reader of ToastedFoot.Com you’ll know from my review of the La Aurora 107 Salomon that La Aurora is not a brand that is a regular part of my rotation but I do enjoy a few of their cigars as a change-up from my typically Nicaraguan heavy rotation and I’m always adventurous when it comes to trying something new. Thank you to Barry Stein of Miami Cigar for generously providing a few samples of the Fernando Leon.  We appreciate your generosity, however, as always it will have no influence on our review. But enough about that, let’s toast the foot…. Pre-Light:  (1.7)  The Fernando Leon has a nice dark, mottled, Corojo wrapper with a bit of bumpiness to it.  There are a few note worthy veins and some unevenness in the seams.  There is a bit of a bump where it looks like a small piece of leaf is pushing up out of the wrapper, I don’t think it’s a hole but rather a minor protrusion from a vein. The band features the gold Lions Head crest of La Aurora embossed over a red background and the Fernando Leon Signature in gold on a white background with the words “Family Reserve” printed below. The scent...

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Aug
17
2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Avion 2012

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Avion 2012

Tatuaje Avion 2012 Size:  Short Perfecto -Box Pressed (5 5/8” x 48-52) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Full Price:  $8.50 Grade: 9.0 Click here to buy now First, to our loyal readers, an apology.  The week after IPCPR should have been full of reviews of the latest and greatest cigars headed to your local shop.  Unfortunately, yours truly came down with a ridiculous cold right after returning from the show rendering smoking impossible for the remainder of the week.  My humble apologies, but we plan on making it up to you with a whirlwind of reviews for the next few weeks!  Now onto the review. My first post IPCPR review is of a cigar I had the pleasure of smoking while at the show and while talking with it’s manufacturer, the Tatuaje Avion 2012.  I smoked one with Pete while talking with him on the show floor, but my unexpected cold provided enough delay for these to show up at my B&M after the show and I was able to score one to do this review. The Avion 2012 is a Vitola extension from last years limited release of Avion, which in itself is a line extension from the Fausto line and based on the Tatuaje 110.  The blend is meant to be high in strength and smooth in flavor.  Mission Accomplished! But enough about that, let’s toast the foot…. Pre-Light:  (1.9)  The Tatuaje Avion 2012 is a great looking stick.  The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is quite dark and has some texture to it. The box press is firm, I didn’t feel any soft spots in either sample I smoked. There is a hint oil present to the wrapper The scent off the foot is classic barnyard.  The pre light draw is a bit trickier because of the heavily tapered perfecto tip but it too featured barnyard and hay with a slight of hint of chocolate. Burn:  (1.8)  The Avion 2012 starts off with a bit of a restrictive burn as the perfecto bulb burns off.  Once the burn passes the bulb the draw is a terrific, open draw that gives off a fantastic amount of smoke.  The charcoal colored ash...

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Jul
26
2012

Cigar News: Press Release: La Flor Dominicana to introduce new items at IPCPR

Cigar News: Press Release: La Flor Dominicana to introduce new items at IPCPR

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE La Flor Dominicana to introduce new items at IPCPR trade show in Orlando this year. Coral Gables, FL July 26, 2012 – La Flor Dominicana will introduce the following items at this year’s IPCPR trade show in Orlando next week, August 2 – August 6. Limitado V – This release will be our fifth installment in the Limitado series, which has a release about every two years. The powerful blend for this cigar is based off of the original Limitado blend, and is made with a dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Dominican fillers and a Nicaraguan binder. Production will be limited to 2000 boxes. We will have two line extensions in our Double Ligero line, with a corona and a robusto now being available in crystal tubos. These crystal tubos will be packaged in ten count boxes. New to our lineup will be the Oro Tubos. The tubes have a beautiful gold finish, and will be packaged in 5 count boxes. The Oro is available in a toro size, “the No. 6” in both natural and maduro, and a Chisel. “These cigars are an amped up Coronado blend, with dark Nicaraguan wrappers and Dominican fillers and binders from our farm in La Canela, Dominican Republic.” Litto Gomez We will also be expanding one of our most popular lines, Ligero Cabinet Oscuro Natural, with the release of the Torpedito! This smoke is a powerhouse measuring in at 50 x 4 ≤ and has the beautiful dark oily wrapper and full flavors that everyone has come to expect from this line. Additionally, we will be releasing three new LFD Selection samplers. These five count samplers will be available in a robusto, toro, and a Chisel and include selections from allof our lines. Finally, we will be once again releasing Colorado Oscuro. A limited production that made its debut at last year’s trade show in Las Vegas. This extremely popular blend is available in 4 sizes released in 50 count cabinets. They have an Ecuadorian Ligero Sumatra wrapper with a Dominican Sumatra binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler. The No. 2 will be a 48×4.25; No. 3 50×5; No.4 54×5.25; and the No....

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Jun
27
2011

Cigar Review: D’Crossier Imperium Class Vintage Robusto

Cigar Review: D’Crossier Imperium Class Vintage Robusto

Tony is back with another guest review – it’s always a pleasure having him join us! Size: 4 7/8×50 Wrapper: Costa Rica Binder: Equador Filler: Costa Rica/Dominican Price: Unknown I’m back for another review for my friends at Toasted Foot with another cigar I know nothing about. The only information I have is from a review done for the Torpedo vitola here on Toasted Foot: D’Crossier is distributed by Pure Aroma Cigars and recently displayed at the 2009 IPCPR. The operation is based in Miami, Florida, while the manufacturing processes take place in Costa Rica. The president, Isaias Stantana Diaz, was Cuban born in 1973 and came to the United States in 1995, by way of Sweden; he rolled his first cigar at the age of 17 and has been on a journey to create a great cigar ever since. D’Crossier is named for Isaias’ great grandfather, Francis Navarro Crossier, whose legacy was impressed upon a young Isaias when coming across his diary. His great grandfather was an avid smoker and indulger in the finer things of life. Currently, D’Crossier boasts a 5 cigar lineup: Premium Blend, Golden Blend, Limited Edition 2008, Imperium Class Vintage, and Presidential Four Pac. The Golden Blend received 4/5 stars and the Imperium Class Vintage received 3/5 stars from the 2009 Special Edition of the European Cult Journal. They also received a 90 from Cigar Snob Magazine for the Premium Blend (May/June 2009 Issue). The cigar has an oily, red, splotchy wrapper with a few prominent veins and is a little spongy to the touch. A bit of a spicy smell is detectible from the foot while the wrapper has the delightful smell of rich tobacco. The draw has the perfect amount of resistance and the cold draw is similar to the smell of spice and rich tobacco. The cigar lights well and is smooth with a nice spicy finish. I can taste a nice, full tobacco flavor before the exhale produces a blast of pepper that overwhelms it. As I get farther into the first third the spice begins to die down just a little and I can detect a hint of sweetness through the sinuses. The ash...

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