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Monte Cristo Espada Nicaraguan Cigar
Cigar Review: Monte Cristo Espada Guard



As I’ve said before, I’m quite impressed with what Altadis has been doing with its long standing brands. (See my earlier H. Upmann The Banker review.) From the Monte Cristo Epic to the Monte by Monte Cristo, Altadis has been changing the way serious cigar enthusiasts view their cigars. So, when it was announced that an all Nicaraguan Monte Cristo made in a collaboration between Grupo de Maestros and the Plasencia family, I was understandably excited to see the finished product.

La Jugada Nunchuck Cigar for Cigar Dojo
Cigar Review:La Jugada Nunchuck


The La Jugada Nunchuck is the third cigar blend to be released by Moya Ruiz Cigars. It is a limited edition cigar created for the Cigar Dojo online cigar site and social network. In keeping with the dojo theme, the cigars are packaged to resemble a pair of nunchucks. Only 1,000 boxes of 10 cigars are being released to La Jugada retailers across the country, and they should sell out pretty quickly. So far, Moya Ruiz Cigars has released really good high quality cigars made at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona factory.

Torano Vault A-008 Cigar
Cigar Review: Toraño Vault A-008 Torpedo


The Toraño Family has a long history in the cigar industry dating all the way back to 1916. However, the story of the Toraño Vault line of cigars dates to 1982 when Carlos Toraño Sr. began writing down the family’s blends in a “blend book” to keep track of the blends released and those that never left the factory. The book was locked away in a vault (hence the line’s name) until Charlie Toraño revisited the blend captured in the book. Blend A-008 dates to 2000, but was never released because it was missing something...

Caldwell Long Live the King Lancero cigar
Cigar Review: Caldwell Long Live the King Lancero


Robert Caldwell has been in the cigar industry a long time, but his boutique brand Caldwell Cigars is something new. They are still in the process of rolling out the line at select shops across the country. There is a quality and passion to these cigars that is very impressive. Perhaps the star of the new Caldwell line is the Long Live The King lancero. Wood and spice dominate this flavorful superbly constructed medium bodied lancero.

My Father La Antiguedad cigar
Cigar Review: My Father La Antiguedad


With their newest release, My Father has resurrected an old Cuban brand called La Antiguedad. The name translates as “The Antiquity” and it is similar to the Flor de las Antillas in appearance. This latest My Father cigar features an Ecuadorian wrapper with double Nicaraguan binders (both Criollo and Corojo). With chocolate and coffee as the backbone, there are also flavors of hazelnut, leather, spice and pepper. The La Antiguedad is a flavorful full bodied cigar that is sure to delight fans of the Garcia family.

Leccia Luchador Loco Perfecto Cigar
Cigar Review: Leccia Luchador Loco Perfecto


The Leccia Luchador takes it name from the famous masked Lucha Libre wrestlers in Mexico. Like those wrestlers the Luchador Loco Perfecto (litter all meaning “crazy perfect” in Spanish) is a spicy and peppery heavyweight that is sure to please. Packed full of every conceivable pepper flavor from crush red and ground black to green pepper. It’s an interesting mix of tobaccos that gives the Luchador its unique problem, including use of Pennsylvania Ligero.

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Guest Article: The FDA is Officially Creeping Into Your Humidor by Glynn Loope


We wrote our first article about what federal regulation of cigars could mean on June 12, 2009. Seems like a lifetime. During that time, many thought it was a case of ‘crying wolf,’ with thoughts the U.S. Food & Drug Administration would be consumed with attacking other tobacco products well into the next decade, or even another generation. On that date in June of ’09, I stated “the actions of the agency will have to be monitored on a consistent basis.”

601 La Bomba Bunker Buster Cigar from Smoke Inn Mircoblend
Cigar Review: 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster (Smoke Inn Mircoblend)



On June 6th, the anniversary of D-Day, Smoke Inn will release the latest cigar in its Microblend Series, the 601 La Bomba Bunker Buster from Espinosa cigars. A large launch party will be held at the Smoke Inn Casa de Monte Cristo in Boyton Beach, where to honor those who served our country, any active or former military will receive a free cigar and cocktail with a military ID. It’s nice to see the military aspect of the 601 Bunker Buster carried over to even its launch party.

Cigar Review: Quesada Jalapa Belicoso

Quesada Jalapa Belicoso Size:   Belicoso (6 1/8″  x 52) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa Binder:  Dominican Filler:  Nicaraguan & Dominican Strength: Mild-Medium Price:  $8.75 MSRP Click here to buy now One of the surprise hits last year was a little distributed (domestically) cigar from Quesada named the España.  The España was a regional release...

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Cigar Review: Reinado Cigars Grand Empire Reserve

Reinado Cigars Grand Empire Reserve Size:   Box Pressed (5″ x 55) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro Binder:  Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua Strength: Full Price:  $9.95 MSRP Grade: 9.1 One of my more memorable moments at IPCPR2012 led to the discovery of what I found to be one of my favorites of the show.  While walking through tradeshow floor I found myself...

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Cigar Review: Rocky Patel Edge Habano Toro (Pre-Release)

Rocky Patel Edge Habano Toro (Pre-Release) Size:  Toro (6″x52) Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Habano Seed) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan Strength: Medium-Full Price:  (IPCPR Pre-Release Sample) $6.15 msrp Grade: 8.7 My last night at the IPCPR show I ended up hanging out with some members of the Rocky Patel Cigars marketing team.  I can’t remember...

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Cigar Review: Illusione Singulare 2012

Illusione Singulare 2012 Size: Vimana (Toro + ) (6″ x52) Wrapper: Mexican San Andreas Maduro Binder: Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price:  $11 MSRP (as per press release) Grade: 9.1 Earlier this week we reviewed the 2011 Singulare from Illusione, today we bring you our review of it’s box mate, the 2012 Singulare.  The 2012...

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Cigar Review: Illusione Singulare 2011

Illusione Singulare 2011 Size: Vimana (Toro + ) (6″ x 52) Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Binder: Nicaragua Filler:  Nicaragua Strength: Medium Price:  $11 MSRP (as per press release) Grade: 9.0 Last week in one of my numerous treks through B&M’s in my hometown I was lucky enough to show up as the new Illusione Singulares were being put on the...

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