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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...

Jun
14
2016

Cigar Contest: Holt’s Cigar Company Father’s Day La Aroma/San Cristobal Sampler Contest

Holt’s Cigar Company has teamed up with us to bring you an excellent Father’s Day Cigar Contest. We’ll be giving away a La Aroma de Cuba/San Cristobal ’92-95’ Rated Sampler courtesy of our friends at Holt’s Cigar Company. I love smoking cigars with my old man. (I call him that mainly because he called his dad that, and I know it drives him nuts when I call him...

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Jun
06
2016

Cigar Review: Room 101 Johnny Tobacconaut

Room 101 Brand Country: Honduras Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2 x 50 Strength: full Price: $13.00 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.2 Matt Booth is a creative guy, and the Johnny Tobacconaut from his Room 101 Brand is a creative concept for a cigar. As the press release for the cigar put it, “One small puff...

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May
16
2016

Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Last Call

AJ Fernandez Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosado) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 4 1/2” x 48 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $5.00 Overall Rating: 9.0 The newest release from AJ Fernandez may be familiar to those who visited AJ’s White House Estate in Nicaragua during football season. The Last Call was often smoked by those...

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May
09
2016

Product Review: Xikar MTX Multi Tool

Xikar Inc Overall Opinion: Excellent Value: Great Price: $49.99 Click here to buy it now. Despite what some people think, not all cigar cutters are made the same. Yes, any sharp double bladed cutter will do in a pinch, but a cheep cutter just doesn’t handle the day-in-day-out use of an avid cigar lover. Xikar has managed to make a name for itself by not only...

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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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