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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...

Sep
14
2016

Cigar Review: Merlion Maduro by La Sirena Cigars

La Sirena Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres) Binder: Brazil (Sumatra) Filler: Brazil, Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2” x 54 Strength: full Price: $10.50 Overall Rating: 8.9 The Merlion, a mermaid/lion hybrid, is perfect symbol for both the original Merlion cigar and the new Maduro, which are collaborations between La...

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Sep
07
2016

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Code Duello Kudzu Perfecto

Southern Draw Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Double Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 56 Strength: full Price: $21.99 (pair of two) Overall Rating: 9.3 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...

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Aug
26
2016

Cigar Review: The Tabernacle by Foundation Cigar Co.

Foundation Cigar Company Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Mexico (San Andrés) Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras Size: 6” x 52 Strength: full Price: $11.50 Overall Rating: 9.5 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...

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Aug
09
2016

Cigar Review: Gaaja by Bombay Tobak

Bombay Tobak Country: Costa Rica Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut Desflorado – Variety Hybrid Mejorado 2004) Binder: Ecuador (HVA Seca Mejorada) Filler: Peru (Hybrid Habano), Ecuador (Criollo 98), Paraguay (Hybrid Habano 2000) & Dominican Republic (Criollo 98 k HVA Mejorado) Size: 6” x 54 Strength: mild-medium to medium Price: $15.00 Overall Rating: 9.0...

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Aug
05
2016

IPCPR 2016 Coverage – Final Thought on the Show

Well, the 2016 IPCPR is finally over with, and I’ve had a few days to recover. While running errands with my wife, hanging out with friends and catching up on work for my day job, I’ve had some time to gather my thoughts on the IPCPR Trade Show last week. As I sit here on my patio smoking an Espinosa Laranga H-Town Lancero, I have decide to lay out my thoughts...

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