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.


IPCPR 2016 Coverage – Day 4

This is my last day in Vegas, and it will be good to be heading home. I really need some sleep. I awoke early and got most of my things back. I can’t help but think whoever is on the flight home  next to me is going to hate me because I’l reek of cigar smoke, I’ll be sleeping and likely be snoring too. Still there’s more to do today, so back to the show floor...

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IPCPR 2015 Coverage – Day 4 (Final Day)

Finally, it’s the final day of the show! In some ways it seems like it’s been a very long show, and in other it seems like there just hasn’t been enough time. This year the convention space was so long that it was difficult to navigate, and required insane amounts of walking. (My phone says I’ve averaged 11.2 miles a day for the last three days.) Maybe I’m just...

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Press Release: Smoke Inn’s 1st Microblend, Tatuaje Anarchy, to be Re-Released!

Boynton Beach, FL – June 1, 2015. Pre-orders for Tatuaje Anarchy will begin June 29 and will ship nationwide on July 13, 2015. All pre-orders can be made on Smoke Inn’s website, In 2010 Smoke Inn teamed up with Pete Johnson of Havana Cellars to create their first Microblend Cigar. Pete Johnson, alongside the Garcia Family, carefully selected...

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Cigar Review: Surrogates Animal Cracker by L’Atelier

L’Atelier Imports / Surrogates  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Hanano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ x 60 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $9.50 Click here to buy it now Overall Rating: 9.2 As a brand, Surrogates was originally sold as an exclusive to Dan Welsh’s New Havana Cigar Company in two original blends (the...

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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters

Pudgy Monsters Price: $95.00 Click here to buy now The much anticipated follow up to Pete Johnson’s Little Monsters is the perfect Halloween treat. The Pudgy Monsters box is the only place to get your hands on the older blends in the Monster Series, albeit in a smaller size. Each box contains contained ten cigars: 1 Frank, 1 Drac, 1 Face, 1 Wolf, 1 Mummy,...

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