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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...

Jul
18
2012

Cigar Review: Four Kicks Crowned Heads Seleccion No. 5

Four Kicks Crowned Heads Seleccion No. 5 Size: Lonsdale (6 1/2″ x 44) Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Binder: Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua, Dominican Strength: Medium Price:  $7.70 MSRP Grade: 8.8 Crowned Heads, founded by Jon Huber, formally of CAO, is one of the new darlings of the cigar blog-o-sphere.  The Four Kicks line is blended by Ernesto Perez-Carillo,...

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Jul
16
2012

Cigar Review: La Palina “Goldie” Laguito No.2

La Palina “Goldie” Laguito No.2 Size: Petit Lancero (6″ x 38) Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Binder: Ecuador Filler:  Nicaragua, Dominican Republic Strength: Medium-full Price:  $15 MSRP Grade: 9.5 Click here to buy now The “Goldie”, by Bill Paley’s La Palina Cigars is one of those cigars I was itching to smoke when I first read...

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May
18
2012

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Solaris

Arturo Fuente Solaris Size: 6X49 Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown Binder: ? Filler: ? Strength: Mild-Medium Price: $8.95 MSRP Grade: 9.0 Click here to buy now When Smoke Inn announced its Microblend Series celebrating its 15 anniversary I was excited. But when they announced that Arturo Fuente was making the fourth installment of the Microblends, I became...

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May
14
2012

Cigar Review: Romeo Pyramid by Romeo y Julieta

Romeo Pyramid by Romeo y Julieta Size: Pyramid  (52 x 6) Wrapper: Dark Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium Price: $7.50 Grade: 8.0 Altadis USA, owner of the (non-Cuban) Romeo y Julieta brand has recently released an expansion of the R&J line under the name “Romeo”.  The Romeo is a departure from the classic...

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Jun
22
2011

Cigar Review: 262 Paradigm 4Sixty

Size: 4 x52, 4Sixty (Short Robusto) Wrapper: Brazilian Binder: Honduran Filler: Cubito, Columbian, and Nicaraguan (Seco/Ligero from Esteli and Jalapa) Strength: Medium-Full Price: Box of 20, $141.42 Grade: 8.8 We have previously reviewed the 262 Paradigm Box Pressed Toro here.  Today we are reviewing the same blend, but in a different size that was created...

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