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QuickDraw Connecticut by Southern Draw Cigars
Cigar Review: QuickDraw Connecticut by Southern Draw Cigars


Veteran-owned Southern Draw Cigars has been producing high quality cigars for two years now, and their Southern Draw Kudzu Gordo even earned a spot in our Top Ten Cigars of 2015. With their QuickDraw line, Southern Draw has created some small, but no less flavorful cigars at a reasonable price. The QuickDraw Connecticut in the line to be released in two vitolas, and joins the QuickDraw Habano and QuickDraw Pennsylvania.

Espinosa Habano (2015) Cigar Review
Cigar Review: Espinosa Habano (2015)


At last year’s IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans, Erik Espinosa’s company was one of the definite stars, with several new releases coming from his Estelí based La Zona Factory. One of the new releases on display was a rebranded and reblended Espinosa Habano. Similar to the original Espinosa Habano, the 2015 version is a full flavor and full bodied cigar at a very reasonable price.

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What's In Your Humidor? w/ Rocky Patel



t’s hard to be a cigar smoker and not know the name Rocky Patel. I often refer to him as the Donald Trump of cigars, just because it seems like his name is everywhere. Few people have done as much for all aspects of the cigar industry as Rocky Patel. After twenty years in the cigar industry, Rocky is no longer an outsider, but a prominent member of the cigar community. His Rocky Patel Premium Cigars brand is know worldwide, and for good reason.

Why I Love Cigars - 100 Cigar Giveaway to Celebrate JD\
Contest Update: Why I Love Cigars - 100 Cigar Giveaway to Celebrate JD's Wedding



The response to our Why I Love Cigars Contest was amazing. There were 177 total entries of all kinds. Some were long, some were short, some were serious, and some were quite funny. I think that Dave G’s entry put it best, “I love cigar because of all the wonderful, amazing stories like there from all these incredible people. After reading through all these comments, all I can say is Wow! Well done everyone!”

Cornelius Cigar by Cornelius & Anthony
Cigar Review: Cornelius by Cornelius & Anthony



The Bailey Family, which has been growing tobacco in Virginia for 150 years, has expanded their portfolio to include the premium cigar brand Cornelius & Anthony. Brand owner Steven Bailey has named their new release after his grandfather Cornelius Bailey, who ran the family’s first tobacco business back in 1866. The Cornelius is being produced at Miami’s El Titan de Bronze Factory, and like other cigars coming from the factory is a well constructed complex cigar that is sure to be a hit with avid cigar enthusiasts.

Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32
Cigar Review: Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32



At the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans, Master Blends Cigar Company, owned by Luis Gutierrez and Juan Carlos Rojas, announced the Manolo Estate Cuban Heritage line to be produced in the Dominican Republic. The brand’s name pays tribute to Manual “Manolo” Rojas, and the multiple generations of the Rojas and Gutierrez families that have been in the cigar industry. The Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32 manages to mix flavor and strength at an exceptional value.

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
18
2016

What’s In Your Humidor? with Rocky Patel

It’s hard to be a cigar smoker and not know the name Rocky Patel. I often refer to him as the Donald Trump of cigars, just because it seems like his name is everywhere. Few people have done as much for all aspects of the cigar industry as Rocky Patel. After twenty years in the cigar industry, Rocky is no longer an outsider, but a prominent member of the cigar...

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Apr
11
2016

Cigar Review: Freyja Valhalla

Las Cumbres Tabaco Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Dominican (Criollo ’98) Binder: Mexican (San Andres) Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2” x 50 Strength: medium-full Price: $7.85 Overall Rating: 9.1 Emma Viktorsson, the well known wife of Jose Blanco, has blended a cigar of her own that made its official debut at the 2015 IPCPR Trade...

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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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