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Toraño Exodus 2016 by General Cigar
Cigar Review: Toraño Exodus (2016)


In 2014, General Cigar Co. acquired the Toraño Family brands in a well publicized deal, with Jack Toraño remaining on as the brand’s ambassador. While last year there was not much new from under the Toraño banner, this year there were several new releases on display at the IPCPR Trade Show, the most noticeable of which was an new Toraño Exodus. This new Exodus is both something new and a cigar that can be appreciated by past fans of the Toraño brand.

Stogies RoMa Craft Neanderthal H-Town Lancero
Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Neanderthal H-Town Lancero (Stogies Exclusive)



Stogies’ H-Town Lancero Series has had many great cigars, but it seems like the last several have been among the best and would be a hard act to follow. Skip Martin’s RoMa Craft Tobac has managed to continue the high standards set by earlier H-Town releases with his Neanderthal H-Town Lancero. Full bodied and flavorful, the Neanderthal H-Town is unlike any other cigar in the series of lanceros made exclusively for Stogies World Class Cigars in Houston, Texas.

The Oscar HAbano Cigar
Cigar Review: The Oscar Habano


Oscar Valladares made a splash with his Leaf, which came wrapped in a tobacco leaf rather than cellophane. Now Oscar has followed that up with a cigar that comes in a candela sleeve in place of cellophane. In a first for Oscar Valladares Tobacco, The Oscar features Nicaraguan filler, as well as Honduran, giving this full bodied cigar a bit more kick to it. If the initial reactions, both at the IPCPR in Las Vegas and my local retailer, The Oscar is bound to be Oscar’s biggest hit yet.

Cornelius & Anthony Venganza
Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Venganza



So far, Steven Bailey’s Cornelius & Anthony has been releasing some really impressive cigars. The Venganza, their latest release, follows the Cornelius and Daddy Mac, and manages to continue the company’s streak of excellent cigars. The Venganza is a full bodied cigar coming from Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelí. With its full body and flavor, the Venganza is likely to be the company’s most successful release yet.

Gaaja by Bombay Tobak
Cigar Review: Gaaja by Bombay Tobak



After much success (and two Top Ten Cigars on this site) with the MBombay brand, Mel Shah’s Bombay Tobak has expanded. The Gaaja, is a mild-medium bodied cigar, that makes use of some very fare tobaccos, including Paraguayan tobacco which is not used particularly often in premium cigars. Like previous Bombay Tobak releases, the Gaaja is complex cigar with a wonderful balance between the flavors. While the Gaaja takes its name from the Sanskrit word for elephant, but there is nothing bulky or ponderous about the cigar.

IPCPR Trade Show 2016 Las Vegas
IPCPR Coverage 2016 - Final Thoughts on the Show



Well, the 2016 IPCPR is finally over with, and I’ve had a few days to recover. While running errands with my wife, hanging out with friends and catching up on work for my day job, I’ve had some time to gather my thoughts on the IPCPR Trade Show last week. As I sit here on my patio smoking an Espinosa Laranga H-Town Lancero, I have decide to lay out my thoughts on this year’s show, in the same way I did last year. There are my own personal thoughts and opinions, and should not be taken as anything more than that.

Jul
26
2016

IPCPR 2016 Coverage – Day 2

Today seemed like the longest day of the IPCPR Trade Show. Maybe it’s the time change or the late night, but it’s been a very long day that got off on the wrong foot when my Prometheus lighter crapped out. There was no saving it. I knew I should have brought a Xikar, so on my walk to the Sands Expo area I stopped by the Davidoff of Geneva kiosk and bought a...

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Feb
03
2016

Press Release: Miami Cigar & Co. announces exclusive distribution deal with Italian cigar manufacturer Toscano

(Miami, Florida) February 3, 2016— Miami Cigar & Company proudly announces that they have reached an agreement to become the exclusive distributor of Toscano Cigars in the United States. Based in Tuscany, Italy, Toscano produces high quality fermented Kentucky tobacco. The brand has forever been immortalized through film and television, most well known...

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Jan
12
2016

Cigar Review: La Aurora Preferidos Corona Especiales (Full Line)

La Aurora / Miami Cigar & Co.  Country: Dominican Republic Size: 5 1/2” x 42 For some reason, La Aurora seems to have gotten lost among so many newer boutique cigar brands, which is a great disservice to the oldest cigar brand from the oldest continually operating cigar factory. While they make many quality cigars, the Preferidos line is the crown jewel in...

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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...

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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...

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