Featured Blog Posts – January 2015 Archive (18)

Review: S.T.K. Miami Barracuda Limited Edition Maduro 2014

What better cigar to smoke when living on the Gulf Coast, than George Rico's S.T.K. Miami Barracuda LE Maduro 2014? Well, I guess the original Barracuda would as well, but I smoked that a couple years ago, and doubt I can find more. But, today I am talking about the Limited Edition Maduro. Which, other than the band not having the Barracuda on it, so closely resembles the original that it's hard to tell them apart. Let's see how this Maduro plays…


Added by 007MI6 on January 30, 2015 at 9:21am — 4 Comments

Press Release: Punch Rare Corojo Returns with Two New Frontmarks

General Cigar announces that Punch Rare Corojo will make its annual return to retail beginning on February 16, 2015. The seasonal collection will welcome a new frontmark and a limited edition size available exclusively this year.

The 2015 release of Punch Rare Corojo marks the addition of El Diablo, a burly 6.5” x 66 cigar, as a permanent new item in the…


Added by Matt Ross on January 30, 2015 at 8:01am — 1 Comment

Review: Roberto P Duran Premium

The Roberto P Duran Premium was released during ICPRP 2014.  After the release of the Azan line in 2013, Roberto felt it was time to add a super-premium cigar to his portfolio.

“The Roberto P. Duran Cigar Brand has been a long time in the making. We used the absolute best tobacco available and we delayed the release of this cigar as we wanted to make absolutely sure that it was the best expression of a super-premium cigar.” - Roberto P…


Added by RobbyRas on January 29, 2015 at 10:00am — 11 Comments

Press Release: "Untamed" by La Aurora, Best 2014 Dominican Cigar of the Year Award

(Miami, Florida) January 28, 2015 - The Dominican Cigar Review, noted as the most important cigar magazine in the Dominican Republic, has just made public its choice of “Untamed” by La Aurora as Cigar of the Year for  2014. La Aurora “Untamed” was unveiled last July in the IPCPR Show, in Las Vegas.…


Added by Matt Ross on January 28, 2015 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Review: Nomad Connecticut Fuerte Lancero

Nomad is not a new cigar brand to me by any stretch. The Esteli Lot 1386 previously made #3 on my top cigars of 2013 and the C-276 made #9 on my top cigars of 2014. I recently had the good fortune of smoking with Fred “GodFadr” Rewey in December of 2014 when I…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 27, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Review: EPC Inch Short Run 2014 No. 62

The EPC Inch Short Run 2014 No. 62, is one hefty looking cigar.Though, I am seeing much larger cigars on the market now, a 62 ring gauge is still one heck of a large cigar. And not exactly in my normal smoking range, although I do enjoy a couple 6x60's now and then. That being said, I was surprised at how smokable the EPC Inch was.

Inch Short Run 2014 by EP Carrillo

Size: 5 x 62…


Added by 007MI6 on January 23, 2015 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

The Cigar Surgeon’s Top 10 New Release of 2014

2014 was an especially great year for me. It was my first full year with Cigar Federation. It marked the launch of my new show Sharing Our Pairings, and it was my first time being a part of the spectacle that is the IPCPR. I also found that there was a significant amount of excellent new releases for the year. It was one of the first times that I had to really struggle to pare down my list to only 10 cigars.

My goal for 2015 is to try and smoke as many of the new releases as possible…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 23, 2015 at 6:00am — 7 Comments

Top 10 New Releases of 2014 - The RobbyRas Edition

As a cigar smoker and a member of the cigar media, I felt spoiled in 2014.  It all started with the release of The Collective and snowballed from there.  For the purposes of this list (we have more to come) I stuck with cigars that were released in 2014.  I'm not sure if this was a conscious decision or not, but I stayed away from line extensions.  Had I included them, the 1502 Ruby Lancero and Corona would have been in the running.  I really enjoy that blend.

Paring down…


Added by RobbyRas on January 22, 2015 at 1:00pm — 32 Comments

Press Release: Miami Cigar & Co. Celebrates a Milestone 25 Years in Business by "Paying It Forward"

(Miami, Florida) January 20, 2015— On the heels of coming out with their new image, Miami Cigar & Company closed out an amazing 2014. The company celebrated the end of their milestone 25 years in business with an exclusive Holiday Toy Drive. The function served as the company’s last soiree. It also marked a successful year which boasted a rebrand of the Nestor Miranda Collection.



Added by Matt Ross on January 21, 2015 at 2:13pm — 1 Comment

News: Warped Announces La Colmena Black Honey

Janaury 20th, 2015:

Kyle Gellis posted a teaser to Instagram andTwitter announcing that the La Colmena Black Honey would be coming soon.


Kyle just got back to us with some more information on the project.

La Colmena Black Honey was a…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 20, 2015 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Review: 1502 Cigars Ruby Lancero

If you haven’t previously had the chance to try any 1502 cigars or see Enrique Sánchez on Stogie Geeks or Cigar Chat, you are truly missing out. I would say Enrique ranks among the top people I have met in the industry in terms of being genuine, kind, and passionate about the tobacco industry. 

I had the good fortune of trying their 1502 Robusto in 2013 where it made my…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 20, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

News: The Crowned Heads Announces Jericho Hill Shots Coming Next Month

Today, Jon Huber posted the following on @TheCrownedHeads Twitter account:

The Jericho Hill was named Cigar Federation's Top New Release of…


Added by Matt Ross on January 19, 2015 at 4:22pm — 7 Comments

News: Small Batch Cigars Announces Warped Exclusve

Today, Small Batch Cigars - the online presence for Maxamar Cigars in Orange, California - announced a forthcoming store exclusive from Warped Cigars.

Andrew from Small Batch posted the following:

We have a La Colmena exclusive (think Unico but bigger!) in the works and we…


Added by Matt Ross on January 16, 2015 at 11:45am — 10 Comments

Review: Regius White Label

I have learned a lot about Regius cigars from our buddy Catfish and he has gotten me into a few good conversations with Akhil. Who is an interesting guy for sure, and has been gracious enough to share his cigars, which is great since I can not find them anywhere else. ;) A few days ago I finally got around to lighting up this White Label, and I was very pleasantly surprised.

White Label by Regius Cigars…


Added by 007MI6 on January 16, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Cigar of the Year 2014: Catfish

Well gents and ladies, it is time to post our individual Cigar of the Year 2014 lists!  This year I decided to stay at 20, as honestly I had a ton of graet smokes that I truly loved this year. Some were reviewed, some were not, and I am only posting pictures for the first five.  Really the majority of this list was released in 2013 or 2014, as it truly does take forever to get to all samples and cigars I buy.  So without further adieu my Cigar of the Year 2014 is……


Added by Catfishbluezz on January 14, 2015 at 6:35pm — 10 Comments

Press Release: Jordan Alexander III Announces Corojo

DALTON, PA. Jordan Alexander III Premium Cigar Company’s newest release, the Jordan Alexander III Corjo will begin shipping to retailers on February 2, 2015. Originally announced as a mid-Fall 2014 release, the release will instead now mark the first release of 2015 for JA3 Cigars.

The new blend is manufactured by the Quesada Cigar Factory and will largely…


Added by Matt Ross on January 8, 2015 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Review: Sensei's Sensational Sarsaparilla by Espinosa Cigars

Espinosa Cigars created the Sensei's Sensational Sarsaparilla for Eric and the folks over at CigarDojo.com.  The Sarsaparilla is the second cigar to be "dedicated" to the Dojo.  Drew Estate released the Undercrown Dogma to much fanfare in 2014.  

The Sarsaparilla is a limited run though I can't seem to find an exact number of how limited it is.  It is available in 10-count…


Added by RobbyRas on January 8, 2015 at 9:00am — 14 Comments

Press Release: Fratello Lancero is Headed to Stogies World Class

Springfield, VA (January 7, 2015) – Omar de Frias is proud to announce the launch of the Fratello Lancero as its first store exclusive cigar.  Fratello Cigars newest vitola will be featured exclusively at Stogies World Class in Houston Texas.

Production of the 7x38 Lancero is limited to 500 Boxes of 20 Cigars Priced at 8.50 per cigar.  “When I first…


Added by Matt Ross on January 7, 2015 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

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