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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...

May
28
2015

Cigar Review: MBombay Mora

Cigar Review: MBombay Mora

MBombay Cigars / Bombay Tobak Country: Costa Rica Wrapper: Dominican Republic Binder: Ecuador Filler: Dominican Republic, Peru & Ecuador Strength: medium to medium-full Average Rating: 9.2 Rarely do we ever review the same blend in multiple vitolas, unless there is something that warrants a later review of a different size. Yet, the MBombay Mora is such a wonderful cigar, that when Mel Shah of Bombay Tobak gave us the opportunity to try the entire MBombay line, it was readily apparent that this was a cigar of such complexity and quality that it deserved a little special treatment. So, for the first time ever we are reviewing each vitola in the line. Since it’s launch last year, the MBombay brand has garnered a good deal of praise and press. Despite being a fairly young boutique brand, the quality and consistency of MBombay’s cigars is quite impressive. The MBombay Kesara Pyramid was even named the #4 Cigar of the Year in our Top Ten Cigars of 2014. More full bodied that the Kesara, the MBombay Mora is a flavorful medium-full bodied cigar with a complex array of unique flavors. Mora Solomon – 6” x 58 – MSRP: $16.00 – Rating 9.2 The Mora Solomon begins with some sweet citrus noted of lemon and lime. There is a slight hint of banana that occurs before subsiding into cedar, oak, mild spice and grass. On the retrohale there is a mild herbal spice. The second third of the Mora Solomon builds on the first with the introduction of white pepper. There is a subtle meatiness mixed with cedar, oak, spice, hay and lemon citrus during the second third of the Mora Solomon. In the final third of the cigar the flavors from the second third continue to mix and mingle in different combinations through to the end of the cigar. The Mora Solomon is a fairly even burn. From start to finish the cigar is solidly medium bodied. Mora No 4 – 5 1/8 “ x 44 – MSRP: $10.00 – Rating 9.4 The Mora No. 4 starts off with a unique blend of banana and sweet grass. There is a bit more spice and white pepper to...

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May
11
2012

Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Molotov

Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Molotov

Quesada Q D’etat Molotov Size: 5×58 perfecto Wrapper: Dominican Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Medium-Full Price: $7.95 Grade: 8.7 out of 10 Click here to buy now For my first review under the Toasted Foot banner, I chose the Quesada Q D’etat Molotov. Now here’s a little background on this 5×58 perfecto that, as the name implies, is shaped like a Molotov cocktail. Quesada chose the name Q D’etat for this Dominican Puro to unite all cigar smokers in an effort against the tyrannical and excessive taxation and restrictions that our all-knowing government has placed on our freedom to enjoy premium cigars. Appearance: 1.8 out of a possible 2 points As I mentioned before, the Molotov is in the perfecto shape with a short pigtail that extends off the cap of the smoke, giving it that Molotov cocktail look. The dark brown wrapper has a great appearance while multiple veins are showing and the seams are visible. Flavor: 2.6 out of a possible 3 points As far as flavor goes, I was surprised to find that the Molotov had a lot of flavor to it, which hasn’t been my experience with Quesada’s cigars. In the first third, the flavor was smooth and creamy with a strong spicy aftertaste that was akin to black pepper, but not overpowering. In the second third of the smoke, I found that it makes an odd transition to a fruity flavor, but with some of the same creaminess of the first third. The strong spicy aftertaste sticks around for our taste buds amusement and pleasure. In the final third, the fruit flavor maintains through the finish while the spiciness exits stage left half way through the final third. Burn/Draw: 1.8 out of a possible 2 points Overall, I thought this was an excellent cigar. It has a great appearance, burns and draws great, has a very enjoyable flavor and I would definitely smoke it again. Overall Smoking Experience: 2.5 out of a possible 3 points Total: 8.7 out of a possible 10 points. Thanks again, and until next time…Happy Smoking! The...

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Jun
22
2011

Cigar Review: 262 Paradigm 4Sixty

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 after the initial release.  The intro below is from the original review and gives the story behind the brand along with information on the cigar. Revolution 262 was started by 3 cigar enthusiasts in 2009 and they spent most of last year designing the brand and working on their first release, the Paradigm, which was released in January of 2010. 262 carry the motto “Smoke the Revolution” and are advocates for fighting the regulations that impede upon personal freedom, including the ever increasing laws that harm the cigar industry. You can find their manifesto on their website. The Paradigm jumps onto the scene with a smorgasbord of tobacco, combining Nicaraguan, Cubito, Columbian, Honduran, and Brazilian. The name 262 is taken from the February 1962 date of the Cuban embargo and is a change from the original moniker of Revolution 262. The Paradigm is sold in four sizes, Robusto, Toro (box press), Torpedo, and the 4Sixty, which we are toasting today. You can learn more about 262 online and they are also on Twitter. Now, let’s toast it! Pre-light, 1.8: The dark wrapper on the 262 Paradigm is smooth to the touch.  I like the foot band on this blend from 262, they give the cigars a nice look.  The cigar is well packed with a good weight with no soft spots.  The pre-light is pretty mild with no notes really cutting through on the palate.  The cold draw produces some nice warm earthy notes with spice on the edges. Burn, 1.8: The 4Sixty had a nice even burn with a nice draw the produced plenty of smoke.  The ash held well and was mottled grey in color.  The smoke temperature was little warmer than I expected, but the shorter length, I feel was factor in that characteristic.   Flavor, 2.6: The first third of the 262 was of earthy...

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Apr
15
2011

Cigar Review: Oliva Cain Daytona

Cigar Review: Oliva Cain Daytona

Size: 5×50, 550 (Robusto) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Binder: Nicaraguan Habano Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero Strength: Medium/Full Price: Box of 24, $124.95 Grade: 9.0 This cigar has created quite a buzz online with multiple reviews and generally positive reception from cigar smokers.  While the Cain line of cigars have been known as powerhouse smokes (Maduro, Habano, and Cain F, Cain F  Nub) , the newest creation is supposed to be more medium in strength due to the use of 100% Jalapa Valley Ligero. The Daytona is available in 5 sizes: Corona 646 (6×46), Double Toro 660 (6×60), No. 4 (5×43), Robusto 550, and Torpedo 654T (6×54). The Daytona is a product of Oliva’s new creative arm, Studio Tobac. Below is a little bit of information from Studio Tobac’s website: The Cain Daytona is a medium bodied offering blended using only Jalapa Ligeros. Jalapa Valley is Nicaraguas northern most tobacco area. It is well known for producing the country’s most medium and smooth fillers. Cain Daytona takes its flavor profile from this distinct area. The Daytona offers a solid medium taste with an abundance of natural smoothness. The result, a creamy cigar with true Nicaraguan taste. Pre-light, 1.8: The Cain Daytona has a medium to light brown wrapper that is smooth to the touch with just a vein or two present here and there. The cigar is well packed with a nice weight in the palm. I really like the foot band presentation with the Daytona Orange color and racing bars. The pre-light aroma is mild along the wrapper with a bit of barnyard and cedar at the foot. The cold draw produces a nice spice that warms the edges of the tongue. Burn, 1.8: The Daytona cuts clean and has a decent draw that produces an adequate amount of smoke. The ash holds well and is consistent in color. The cigar burned sharp with no touch ups or re-lights required. Flavor, 2.7: The first puff is of Nicaraguan tobacco with a tingle of spice on the finish. Into the first third, the smoke opens up a bit with notes of earth, spice, and a touch of sweetness. Into the second third, the smoke mellows out a...

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Apr
01
2011

Cigar Review: J Fuego Sangre de Toro

Cigar Review: J Fuego Sangre de Toro

  Size: 4 7/8x49 Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan Colorado Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo Strength: Medium/ Full Price: $5.75 – $6.95 Grade: 8.9 Today we are toasting the J. Fuego Sangre de Toro, which is a Nicaraguan puro produced by the J. Fuego cigar company.  Sangre de Toro translates to “Blood of the Bull” which is also a reference to the reddish, full flavored Colorado wrapper used on the sticks. The cigar is available in the following sizes: Corona (5 1/2×46), Robusto (4 7/8x 49), Toro (6×50), and Belicoso (5 1/2x 52).  From their website, here is a bit of information on the Fuego family: The Fuego family has been in the business of growing, blending, and rolling cigars for five generations (since 1876 when J. Fuego was founded as a leaf growing company) in “El Corojo” farm, Cuba. It was in 1995 when the family migrated to Central America. In 2006, after years of growing, blending and making cigars for other companies, Jesus Fuego launched “Tabacos S.A.” with the release of the “J. Fuego” brand with his Natural and Gran Reserva lines. This was in celebration of 130 years of his family in the cigar industry. Since then Tabacos S.A. has introduced the J. Fuego Delirium, and the 777 brand with Maduro, Corojo and Zero lines. The Origen brand was also introduced in 2010 with great acceptation from the consumers. We are proud to offer a wide variety of flavors and prices in our cigar selection, made with tobaccos grown exclusively for Tabacos S.A. Enjoy. You may view the full product lineup from Jesus Fuego online here. Pre-light, 1.7: The Colorado wrapper on the Robusto has a great reddish hue in appearance. The cigar is well packed with a cap that is constructed nicely and the aroma along the wrapper is earthy and somewhat leathery with a bit of warm spice at the foot. The cold draw follows the same pattern as the pre-light aroma. Burn, 1.7: No problems with the burn on this one – the cigar produces plenty of smoke with a nice draw. The ash does not hold all that well but it is consistent in color. Flavor,...

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