Espinosa Alpha Dawg
Cigar Review: Espinosa Alpha Dawg

Erik Espinosa has been making some great cigars for a while now, with his Larañja Reserva being the No. 2 on our Top Ten Cigars of 2014 list. Maybe all the success has gone to his head a bit because his latest cigar is called the Alpha Dawg, but as much as I like Erik and his cigars I don’t think I’ll ever be calling him “Alpha Dawg”.

1502 Blue Sapphire Toro by GPC
Cigar Review: 1502 Blue Sapphire

1502 Cigars from Global Premium Cigars is a company that declares itself “proudly Nicaraguan”, even its name is taken from the date that Christopher Columbus “discovered” what would become Nicaragua on his final voyage. Enrique Sanchez Icaza’s brand has been producing some very good cigar, whose quality has only gotten better with time. The latest release is the medium to medium-full bodied 1502 Sapphire that was announced at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show in Vegas.

Finca Santa Fe by Cordoba & Morales
Cigar Review: Finca Santa Fe by Cordoba & Morales

Though they may not be well known, Cordoba & Morales has made some great cigars over the last few years. The Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole Maduro even earned a spot in our Top Ten Cigar of 2014. With their latest release, the Finca Santa Fe, brand owners Azarias and Emille Mustafa have gone above and beyond. The Finca Santa Fe is one of the most Cuban-like cigars on the market, while having a bit of added strength. This is a very impressive medium bodied cigar that will definitely surprise.

Southern Draw Code Duello Kudzu Perfecto
Cigar Review: Southern Draw Code Duello Kudzu Perfecto

Cigar smoking is a social event that gives us the chance to connect with others from all different walks of life. If your local cigar shop is anything like mine, on a daily basis we solve the world’s problems, and then we start all over again the next day. During these sessions we have a tendency to share cigars we like with each other.

Davidoff Yamasá Cigar Review
Cigar Review: Davidoff Yamasá Toro

Although it is not a region known for its tobacco, Davidoff has been growing cigar tobacco in the Yamasá region of the Dominican Republic for over 20 years, and have now decided to use the Yamasá leaf in the newest addition to the "black label" line. Master Blender Henke Kelner has put a lot of care into making this cigar turn out just right, doing everything from raising the pH of the soil in Davidoff's Yamasá fields to having climate controlled storage for the tobacco to be stored and dried.

Foundation Cigar Co. Tabernacle
Cigar Review: The Tabernacle by Foundation Cigar Co.

In Exodus, God commanded Moses to erect a Tabernacle in the dessert, situated due east and west, which was where in the Holy of Holies the Ark of the Covenant was to be kept. This is where Foundation Cigar Company’s new The Tabernacle takes its name from. Nick Melillo teamed up with AJ Fernandez’s factory to produce this excellent full bodied Connecticut Broadleaf cigar.


Quick Toast: Don Tomas Clasico

Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Honduran Binder: Honduran Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan Price: Box of 25, $73.99 The Don Tomas Clasico is made under Estelo Padron and uses primarily Honduran tobacco. The reddish brown hue on the Clasico wrapper creates a very clean and elegant appearance – it also bears a well done double cap, minimal veins, and no soft...

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Cigar Review: Torano Single Region Serie Jalapa

  Size: 5×52, Robusto Wrapper: Nicaraguan (Criollo ’98) Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Strength: Medium Price: $6.5-6.95 Grade: 8.6 Released in August of 2010, right around the IPCPR convention, the Torano Single Region Serie Jalapa is available in three sizes and priced between $6.50 and $6.95. The three sizes are a 5×52 Robusto, a...

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Cigar Review: EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut

Size: 5×50, Brillantes Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Strength: Medium Price: $4.50-7 Grade: 9.2 The E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Edition is one of two new releases from the Carrillo family, the other being the Elencos Series, which is the same blend as the Edicion Limitada 2010 Elencos. These two...

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Cigar Review: JC Newman Julius Caeser

Size: 6×52, Toro Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Central American Filler: Central American Strength: Medium Price: $11+ Grade: 8.8 A new release in JC Newman’s Diamond Crown series, the Julius Caeser honors company founder, Julius Caeser Newman. Julius was born in 1875 and was named after a historic leader, but with a slightly different spelling. Julius’...

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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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