January 2014 Blog Posts (56)

Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco

Back in December I flew down to Orlando, partially for an impromptu Drew Estate event at Corona Cigar Company,  but also to visit Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World.  While I was at Corona Cigar Company I saw a prominent display for the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco.   I had read a lot about the release of this stick and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pick up two for review.



Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 31, 2014 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Top Reviewed Cuban Cigars for 2014

Last year I found myself struggling to list the best cigars over the past year.  With many opportunities to smoke some great products, cigars appearing earlier in the year ended up fading in my memory by the time December rolled around.   This year I wanted to do something different and have a running ranked list based purely on my subjective enjoyment of each cigar.




Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 31, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Review: Felix Assouline Havana Sunrise Reserve

The other night I had just enough time to smoke this Felix Assouline Havana Sunrise Reserve, given to me by Michel Malek. It’s a nice looking, little box press with a smooth body, and a bumpy cap with a few creases in the top triple cap. But, otherwise good construction. The wrapper smelled like fresh cut, snuff tobacco, with a hint of earth/hay. I cut the cap with a guillotine and found the draw to be a bit tighter than expected. The cold draw was that of semi-sweet tobacco and some…


Added by 007MI6 on January 30, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Dignity, Alec Bradley Nica Puro, Ezra Zion and Foundry CE&M Carbon Cigars

Thanks for all of the positive feedback on my last post. It just frustrated the heck out of me when states want to do stupid things like declaring that you can't smoke in a cigar store (or private anything...don't get me started!) when there are so many other more productive things they could be worrying about! Anyway, despite the frigid weather, I managed to smoke some cigars this week.

I made the mistake of taking this Churchill sized Dignity White Gold Reserve cigar for my…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on January 29, 2014 at 6:06pm — No Comments

[Pre-Release Review] Royal Gold Nirvana Cameroon Selection

Royal Gold Cigars is one of the new kids on the block, but when you look at their back story, they really aren't that new.  The fact is that Royal Gold Cigars is the premium brand launched by Swisher International.  Yes, THAT Swisher.  So, what is the best way to launch a new premium line of cigars?  You come out strong and work with one of the hottest names (if not THE hottest) in the cigar industry.  This is how the…


Added by RobbyRas on January 29, 2014 at 6:30am — 9 Comments

Event: Partagas Festival 2013 Cuba Part 3

Partagas Festival Welcome Dinner

There’s something pretty special about waking up, watching the sun come up and having an espresso and a cigar in Cuba.   After enough caffeine to get me started for the day we headed downstairs for our buffet breakfast.  Some omelets, more espresso, various pastries and our morning ritual was complete.

Everyone was feeling better after a full nights rest and a hot shower, now it was just a matter of figuring out our plans for the day.  With…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 28, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Alec Bradley Tempus Medius 6

Hello from Strongmancigars.ca, reviews come out every Monday and Thursday and will have video reviews starting in the spring. For a little information about myself, I am a Canadian cigar reviewer based in Ontario and started reviewing during the summer of 2013 but have smoked since 2010. Below is one of my reviews about the Alec Bradley Tempus. Enjoy and visit strongmancigars.ca…


Added by Aras Repecka on January 27, 2014 at 7:10pm — No Comments

REVIEW: Sublimes Cigars Double Robusto

             Sunuvabeatch…I got a case of the beetles!  A freeze was in order, so I made sure and grabbed a few cigars to review while the rest of my stash recovers from a bit of a temperature change.  The Sublimes was a cigar that always caught my attention.  For some reason, their advertising always caught my eye, so when I saw their booth at IPCPR within close proximity of ours, I made a point to stop by and say hello.  I could not get much information about the blend from the rep, but…


Added by Catfishbluezz on January 27, 2014 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

The Ethical Challenges of Cigar Smokers in America, Are We Bad Citizens?

It’s been so cold here this week that I haven’t been able to bring myself to go out for a cigar.  It was certainly too cold to go for my usual walk (although I managed to have one in the snow yesterday), and once I got home from work, going out to a cigar shop for a smoke didn’t feel like a good idea either.  This cold and snow and stuff is getting to me!  C’mon Spring! Maybe because Winter got off to an early start we can expect it to get warmer sooner?  We’ll have to wait until…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on January 26, 2014 at 9:37am — 3 Comments

Review: Montecristo Especial No. 2

This Montecristo Especial No. 2 had been sitting in my humidor for a whopping 494 days before I picked it out to review.  Sadly I’m unsure of the origins of it, it probably came from a box pass that I did back in 2012.   The person who set me up with the cigar reached out to jog my memory.  The generous LostAbbott set me up the Montecristo Especial No. 2 as a part of a…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 24, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Ezra Zion Tantrum Is A Power Pack of Flavors

After searching for this cigar for months, a twitter BOTL took pity on me & sent the Tantrum as a gift - arriving just in time for New Year's Eve !

While I was very surprised by the size of the Tantrum ( a slightly thicker petit corona; 4.4 with 44 ring gauge ) -- this little baby was a power pack. Made with aged Nicaraguan tobacco & a Cuban Seed Corojo wrapper, the Tantrum is nicely constructed, burns beautifully, holds an amazing ash & never needs… Continue

Added by Robusto Cigar Babe on January 23, 2014 at 5:53pm — 4 Comments

Press Release: Miami Cigar Commemorates 25th Anniversary With Limited Edition Humidor

MIAMI, FL – Twenty-five years ago Nestor and Mariana Miranda began distributing cigars out of the trunk of their car, visiting accounts that Nestor had built relationships with through his many years in the liquor business. Never in their wildest dreams would they have thought that twenty-five years later their hard work and…


Added by Matt Ross on January 23, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

The Gurkha Ghost Haunts My Thoughts

Being active on Twitter & Instagram, I not only get a chance to share my cigar likes, loves & challenges, I also love to hear what everyone else is smoking. A fellow reviewer, whom I affectionately call "Houston," described the Gurkha Ghost as if it was pure gold.

Even though we have similar tastes, I actually didn't believe him. I had a preconceived notion that Gurkha was a harsh cigar based on a stick I tried, but couldn't remember it's name, a few years ago. So, I went… Continue

Added by Robusto Cigar Babe on January 23, 2014 at 10:58am — 19 Comments

A Crossfire, A Nica Rustica and A Legend…wait for it…Ario Cigar

This time of year gets a bit frustrating for me because of the weird weather. I get times when the weather isn’t very good and I really don’t want to waste a really good cigar, or smoke something new that I want to pay attention to.  I usually end up smoking something I’m familiar with, and that’s not a whole lot of fun for you guys!  So far, this has been one of those times.


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Added by Craig Vanderslice on January 22, 2014 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Review: Surrogates Animal Cracker

With a name like Animal Cracker, how could I not love this cigar? I love cigars and I love to eat. Perfect combination! :)


Below is a little about the Animal Cracker via Seth’s Humidor.


Animal Cracker marks the fifth cigar in the Surrogates brand, and the largest cigar in the Surrogates and L'Atelier portfolio. It is a 6" by 60 ring gauge cigar and has…


Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on January 22, 2014 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

DC Tweetup Cigars

We have learned of five cigars that will be made available at the 2013 DC Tweet Up.  Details are in my story below.

The five cigars are:

1-Miami Cigar's KILO 

2-The return of RoMA Craft Tobac's Formorian

3-A new limited edition frontmark to Edgar Hoill's EH line

4-A robusto size of the Asylum 13 Ogre

5-Dante Cigars new Vita Nova

Cigar News: KILO,…


Added by Cigar Coop on January 21, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 1/21/14

I should really call this "My Past 2 Weeks in Review" as I haven't posted since 1/7.  With the winter weather in full bloom here in NJ (and a foot of snow expected today), smoking has taken a backseat.  I'll post this as it makes sense to highlight cigars I think need some highlighting.  It will be sporadic, but it is what it is.  The real reviewers on Cigar Federation will keep you in the loop to give you your review fix.  With that out of the way, let's go through what I've enjoyed over…


Added by Matt Ross on January 21, 2014 at 7:55am — No Comments

Event: Partagas Festival 2013 Cuba Part 2


Enjoying a delicious Cuban cigar in the Nacional smoking room.   Enjoying a Mojito out in the sun.


Enjoying my first Cohiba Maduro in the best possible place.


Old Friend, New Friends.

As I mentioned previously, I received a text from the people who were meeting me in Havana to advise they would be delayed.  As their flight was now landing early in the morning, I…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 21, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

House of Burgess Cigars Ltd. Maduro Toro

I am going to break several of my rules right now, by offering a short review of a cigar which has sat in my Refrig'ador for only a bit over a week or two. And.... That I have only smoked one of them, so far.

That being said, this cigar, by the House of Burgess Cigars Ltd. is an excellent smoke, with little to no age on it. I smoked the Maduro, which is on the Mild to Medium side. It has a Brazilian…


Added by Mark Williams on January 20, 2014 at 3:58pm — 3 Comments

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