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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...

Nov
04
2016

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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Oct
06
2016

Cigar Review: Espinosa Alpha Dawg

Espinosa Cigars  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano Rosado) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5” x 50 Strength: medium-full Price: $8.95 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.0 Erik Espinosa has been making some great cigars for a while now, with his Larañja Reserva being the No. 2 on our Top Ten Cigars of 2014 list. Maybe all the...

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Oct
04
2016

Cigar Review: 1502 Blue Sapphire

Global Premium Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $13.00 Overall Rating: 8.6 1502 Cigars from Global Premium Cigars is a company that declares itself “proudly Nicaraguan”, even its name is taken from the date that Christopher Columbus “discovered” what would...

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Sep
05
2016

Cigar Review: Davidoff Yamasá

Davidoff AG Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Yamasá) Binder: Dominican (San Vincente) Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium-full Price: $22.70 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.4 Although it is not a region known for its tobacco, Davidoff has been growing cigar tobacco in the Yamasá region of...

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Aug
23
2016

Cigar Review: Toraño Exodus (2016)

General Cigar Co. Country: Honduras Wrapper: Honduras (San Agustin) Binder: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Filler: Dominican Republic, Mexico & Honduras Size: 5” x 54 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $6.99 Overall Rating: 8.7 In 2014, General Cigar Co. acquired the Toraño Family brands in a well publicized deal, with Jack Toraño remaining on as the...

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