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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...

Feb
25
2011

Cigar Review: CAO Spotlight

We are concluding our week of CAO related news. We spent the last three days interviewing former CAO Lifestyle Marketing Director Jon Huber, who has recently formed a new company, Crowned Heads. To read the 3 part interview click here, here, and here. We thought we’d conclude the week with a spotlight on the CAO cigars we have reviewed here at Toasted...

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Feb
17
2011

Show Your Stash – Jim

Today’s Reader’s Stash is from Jim. Take it away! (To learn more about this new series, and how to submit pictures of your stash, click here.) ========== I keep 2 humidors at home and 2 in my office – just don’t want to look like I’m over doing it at home and I like to share with a couple of guys in my office if they’re having a rough...

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Feb
07
2011

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cabaiguan Maduro (Guapo 46)

  Size: 5.25×50 (RX, Robusto) Wrapper: Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $171 Grade: 9.3 The Maduro version of the Cabaiauan line from Pete Johnson and Don Pepin Garcia features a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan inners. Originally released in a small run, the Maduro, or Guapo, was...

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Feb
02
2011

Cigar Review: CAO L’Anniversarie Cameroon

Size: 5×50 (Robusto) Wrapper: West African Cameroon Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: Box of 20, $112.99 Grade: 9.3 Today’s review is one I’ve wanted to make a formal review of for quite a while – the CAO Cameroon for today’s review has several years age on it. The Cameroon was first introduced in 1999, at the 30...

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Feb
01
2011

Toast of the Week (2/1/11)

Moving into the second month of the year, we had Spring weather here in Georgia, while others are being slammed by violent snow storms. Just crazy. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but we’ve taken a brief break from our normal monthly contests to kind of catch our breath for a bit. We promise, we’ll be back with a great giveaway soon – we...

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