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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...

Oct
28
2016

Toast of the Week (10/28/16)

So, we’ve had a couple new reviews this week, and there are more coming. I recently did the math, and there are fewer than ten weeks until the release of our annual Top Ten Cigars list. There’s a lot of good cigars to get through before that happens. But enough about the future, here’s what happened this week in the cigar world… I was in New York this week, and...

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Oct
22
2016

Toast of the Week (10/23/16)

It’s been another busy few weeks here with events to attend and reviews to write. We’ve had recent reviews of the Finca Santa Fe by Cordoba & Morales, the full line of QuickDraw Short Panatelas by Southern Draw, 1502 Blue Sapphire, Espinosa Alpha Dawg, Southern Draw Kudzu Axil Lancero, Indian Motorcycle Habano and the Stogies’ Exclusive...

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Apr
23
2016

Toast of the Week (4/23/16)

Hey everyone, I hope you’ve all been smoking some great cigars. Around here things have been a little crazy. Personally, getting married, my day job  and the flooding in Houston have been taking up a lot of my time and look like it will likely do so until C.A.T.S. Fest in May. I just thought I’d give you guys a heads up, in case you’r...

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Apr
02
2016

Toast of the Week (4/2/16)

We will announce the winners of our Why I Love Cigars Contest on Monday, April 5, 2016. My wife is busy reading all 177 entries to choose the winners, and once she’s picked them I will post the winners. Good luck to all who entered. This week we reviewed several great cigars. The Rocky Patel Twentieth Lancero, Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony and...

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Mar
25
2016

Toast of the Week (3/25/16)

It’s been an interesting week around here. My week started off by hanging out with Enrique Sejas over at Stogies World Class Cigars, making this the perfect time to recommend the Matilde Oscura from our Top Ten Cigars of 2015.  I’m finally getting back to reality after too long a time spent in honeymoon mode, so we’ve reviewed the MBombay...

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