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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...

May
06
2011

Cigar Review: Marco V Bronze Label Lancero

  Size: 6.5×38, Lancero Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Dominican (De Olor) Filler: Dominican (De Olor and Piloto Cubano) Strength: Mild Price: Around $6 Grade: 8.5 The Lancero version of the Connecticut shade from MarcoV was released some time last year and contains the same guts as the 5×60 Marco V. We reviewed that size here, which is...

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Mar
30
2011

Cigar Review: CAO Gold

  Size: 5×50, Robusto Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $63.98 Grade: 9.1 One of the first premium brands developed by CAO, the Gold is a line that has seen a lot of extension over the years. The Gold is available in a Maduro as well as a Vintage line, under the Connecticut wrapper....

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Mar
07
2011

Cigar Review: Savinelli Extremely Limited Reserve

  Size: 5×49, Robusto Wrapper: Connecticut Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican Strength: Mild Price: $12 Grade: 9.2 Savinelli has been around since 1876 and is world renowned for their pipes. In 1994, however, they released their first cigar, the Extremely Limited Reserve, made by the masters at Arturo Fuente. They have released several other lines...

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Feb
14
2011

Cigar Review: Oliva Nub Connecticut

Size: 3.75×54 (354) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 24, $89 Grade: 9.2 The Oliva Nub is the creation of Sam Leccia, who as you likely know, is no longer with the Oliva family – we are still waiting to learn of his next venture. Here is some of the story, which can be found at their...

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Feb
07
2011

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Cabaiguan Maduro (Guapo 46)

  Size: 5.25×50 (RX, Robusto) Wrapper: Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Mild Price: Box of 20, $171 Grade: 9.3 The Maduro version of the Cabaiauan line from Pete Johnson and Don Pepin Garcia features a dark Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan inners. Originally released in a small run, the Maduro, or Guapo, was...

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