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...

Top Ten Cigars of 2016
Toasted Foot's Top Ten Cigars of 2016

Once again, it’s the time of the year when lists of all kinds appear, and amount them is our annual Top Ten Cigars list. It has been a very interesting year for the cigar industry. The FDA regulations seem to loom large over everything. Many new cigars were released this year, owing a lot to manufacturers trying to meet deadlines, and so there was an unusually high number of impressive releases this year. This made putting together this year’s Top Ten List harder to put together than in years past...

Top Ten Cigars of 2016 - Honorable Mention List
Toasted Foot's Top Ten Cigars of 2016 - Honorable Mention List

So many great cigars were released this year, and unfortunately not all of them can make our Top Ten List, but are nonetheless stand out enough to be acknowledged and shared with our readers. Our annual Honorable Mentions list serves as a place to tip our hat to the cigars that were in the running for the Top Ten, but did not quite make the cut for one reason or another.

Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua
Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua

The Viaje Exclusivo began life as a personal blend for brand owner Andre Farkas, but since 2009 has become a staple in the Viaje line, with all kind of various sizes being released over the years. Now the Viaje Exclusivo gets a new Nicaraguan puro, manufactured at Casa Fernandez’s TABSA factory in Nicaragua, which sets it apart from the original line which is made in Honduras. This new medium-full to full bodied addition to the Viaje Exclusivo line surpasses its original version, and sure to become a favorite of Viaje fans.

Andalino by JRE Tobacco
Cigar Review: Andalino by JRE Tobacco

Julio R. Eiroa (father of Christian) released several new cigars at this year’s IPCPR, but the one that really stands out is the Aladino. Julio is also a legend in the tobacco industry, having grown tobacco in Honduras since 1963 and being famous for his original Corojo tobacco that formed the basis for Camacho’s success. With JRE Tobacco, it is being called a “crop to shop” operation, with every step in the process from farming, production and distribution being controlled by JRE Tobacco.


Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Antidote (2017) Collector’s Edition

Viaje Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Undisclosed Binder: Undisclosed Filler: Undisclosed Size: 6 1/4” x 50 Strength: medium-full Price: $9.98 Overall Rating: 8.9 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...

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Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana 2017 Football Special Edition

La Flor Dominicana Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano and Connecticut Shade) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6 1/2” x 52 x 60 Strength: medium Price: $15.00 Overall Rating: 8.6 Super Bowl LI is over, and once again the Patriots have won it all (despite no one telling the Falcons they were supposed to loose)....

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Cigar Review: Southern Draw Firethorn Pome Lancero

Southern Draw Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosada Clara) Binder: Mexico (San Andres) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 40 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $8.99 Overall Rating: 9.1 Robert Holt’s Southern Draw Cigars recently extended its core Kudzu and Firethorn lines by adding lancero vitolas. The lancero may not sell as well as a...

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Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Shriner

Hiram & Solomon Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Dominican Republic & Brazil Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium Price: $11.00 Overall Rating: 9.0 Hiram & Solomon Cigars is a Masonic themed boutique brand that has released some very good cigars. With cigars themed for the Blue Lodge degrees including the...

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Cigar Review: Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express

Caldwell Cigar Company Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Connecticut (Arapiraca Maduro) Binder: Dominican Republic (Habano) Filler: Dominican Republic (Criollo 98 & Corojo Ligero) & Nicaraguan (Habano) Size: 5 3/4 x 46 Strength: medium-full Price: $10.00 Overall Rating: 9.1 Once again, the Caldwell Cigar Company booth was one of the busiest at the...

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