Play
Prev
Next
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...

Jul
19
2015

IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 2

I don’t know how, but it seems even hotter and more humid today than it did yesterday. Everyone at the IPCPR seems tired and worn out, maybe it’s from the heat or maybe it’s being hungover, but people are moving around the Convention Center floor a little more slowly today. So, while I do have some great new stuff to talk about there wasn’t anything quite as...

Read More
Feb
05
2015

Press Release: Viva Republica Announces Limited-Edition Cigar – Jailbreak

Miami, Florida– Viva Republica, a premium handmade cigar manufacturer is ready to launch a limited edition, one of a kind blend named: Jailbreak. Jailbreak is the latest in unique and innovative lines put forth by Jason Holly, President of Viva Republica. Jason Holly said” Jailbreak is a new concept in where a Lancero is buried inside of a 6’X 58 cigar...

Read More
Sep
01
2014

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Collection Connecticut

Miami Cigar & Co. Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras & Dominican Republic Size: 5 1/2” x 54 Strength: mild-medium Price: $9.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 8.8 This year has seen a major rebranding effort at Miami Cigar and Company to celebrate their 25th anniversary. The Nestor...

Read More
Jul
06
2014

Press Release: Untamed by La Aurora to be Showcased at IPCPR 2014

(Santiago, DR) July 1, 2014 – La Aurora Cigars is proud to announce the release of their latest creation, Untamed by La Aurora. Using tobacco selected specifically for this project, La Aurora aims to please even the most demanding consumer with this unique blend. Led by master blender, Manuel Inoa, the team at La Aurora has been able to attack this...

Read More
Jul
01
2014

Press Release: Miami Cigar & Co. Announces Hfbarcelona Distribution Deal

(Miami, Florida) June 30, 2014— Miami Cigar & Company proudly announces that they have reached an agreement to become the official exclusive distributor of Hfbarcelona in the United States. Hfbarcelona is a Spanish based company which offers a wide array of sleek and stylish humidors, lighters, cutters and other cigar accessories. Hfbarcelona products are...

Read More