February 2014 Blog Posts (56)


Sometimes you just have to venture off the beaten path. You might run into a dead end, or you just might stumble across a treasure. Lou Rodriguez Cigars is an operation that strikes a rather low profile in the industry, but it has gained a reputation as a boutique brand that produces quality sticks in limited quantities. The head of the outfit is, naturally, Lou Rodriguez, a…


Added by Jason Zahner on February 28, 2014 at 9:56pm — No Comments

Attend Stogie Geeks Show LIVE!!!

We appreciate the great support of Cigar Federation for our live show.  We now bring the live experience to the next level!

With our new studios in Rhode Island, you can be a part of the show every Thursday night.  You can watch live in the studios or in the comfort of the Havana Cigar Club right next door which has our live feed. Yes folks , smoke with the one and only Stogie Santa in person!!

Most importantly, cigar smoking is encouraged in both…


Added by Stogie Geeks on February 28, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Real or Fake? Montecristo no 2 poll for all you What Embargo fans

Let's see how well we have trained all of our wonderful viewers out there in the world of What Embargo.  Big Tuna and I got a submission this week, and wanted to see how well we have trained our viewers.  So this week, a poll is in order!  Tell us what you think!  Comment below with any questions, concerns, and your opinion and we will answer on tomorrow nights show!…


Added by Catfishbluezz on February 28, 2014 at 9:21am — 14 Comments

Press Release: First H. Upmann Reserva in 170 Years of History (H. Upmann Reserva: Cosecha 2010)

It's been 170 years since Herman Upmann founded the H. Upmann brand in 1844, and not even he could imagine where the brand has come. Now one of the seven brands in the Global Brands, the H. Upmann is honored in finally being made in the Reserva format. This…


Added by Seth's Humidor on February 28, 2014 at 5:50am — No Comments

Press Release: 3rd NJ Cigar Festival Announced for May 4th, 2014

Union, NJ – David Mallow, owner of Barrister Cigars in Union, NJ, today announced the 3rd New Jersey Cigar Festival scheduled for Sunday, May 4th, 2014.  Like last year, this year’s event will take place at the prestigious Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ from 11:00am until 4:00pm EST.



Added by Matt Ross on February 27, 2014 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Review: AKA Respect 2013

With the addition of AKA Cigars to the CigFed Store, I decided to make sure there was a review of each blend here on the site. Rob reviewed the Nthº last year, but the other blends were, thus far, not reviewed here at Cigar Federation. So, I am going to fill in the gaps for those of you who have not had a chance to smoke these cigars.…


Added by 007MI6 on February 27, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Esteli with the Elephant Hunter: Part Three - Standing Out Like a Gringo

I would say I am a pretty adventurous person. I travel to third world counties for work, and when the wife and I vacation, it usually involves backpacking around Europe. I would say I am well-traveled - enough to get myself around in some pretty crazy places and blend in and not stand out like a silly tourist. Well, on this trip, I was the silly gringo who stood out in the crowd. Below is why.

I don’t speak Spanish, and no one there speaks English. Without Skip, who has learned…


Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on February 27, 2014 at 6:30am — 6 Comments

Humidors Auction at XVI Festival Habano

Habanos, S.A. thanked itself and Cuba last night with the Auction of Habanos Humidor. The Auction of Habanos Humidor has taken place since 1994, and all procees go to the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba. The auction is a gesture of the generosity and humanity from all…


Added by Seth's Humidor on February 27, 2014 at 5:40am — 1 Comment

Press Release: Leccia Tobacco to release "Luchador" this coming Cinco de Mayo

(Miami, FL) February 26, 2014 - Sam Leccia, President of Leccia Tobacco, is looking to put the cigar industry in a headlock with the announcement of his latest blend, "Luchador". Following up on the success of his much…


Added by Matt Ross on February 26, 2014 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

An Avo, a Six Zero and Cigar Transporter Tubes

I don’t have a lot happening so far this week, I’m afraid! There were a couple cigars I smoked that I want to give a second chance to. Based on the experiences I had, I don’t think it would be fair to the brands to say anything at this time. This is generally my modus operandi, I guess that’s why it looks like I always smoke cigars I like. Trust me, I prefer to smoke cigars I like! I’m an optimist, for the most part, and I really want to like everything I smoke, and I hate it when I…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on February 26, 2014 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Press Release: Trinidad Vigía - New Vitola to the Trinidad Brand

The new Vigia vitola in the Trinidad brand will be grabbing the attention of cigar enthusiasts that the Robusto Extra and Robusto T failed to do in years pasts. Both those cigars were discontinued in 2012, and Habanos is confident with the new release.…


Added by Seth's Humidor on February 26, 2014 at 10:59am — No Comments

The Partagas Serie D No. 6 and Le Hoyo de San Juan Capture the Spotlight!

Last night, over 1,500 delegates and guests from over 80 countries sat back in Club Habana and enjoyed the newest offerings in the Hoyo de Monterrery and Partagas brand.…


Added by Seth's Humidor on February 25, 2014 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Press Release: Le Hoyo de San Juan: Hoyo de Monterrey Reinvents Itself

A historic line within a brand that’s pure tradition in itself, like Hoyo de Monterrey, is now featuring the brand-new Le Hoyo de San Juan, a vitola that promises to be a revelation in the 16th Habano Festival.



Added by Seth's Humidor on February 25, 2014 at 5:37pm — No Comments

PRESS RELEASE : The largest Online Auction of Havana cigars - bidding now open

I am posting this for our international members.  If you are not familiar with CGarsLTD, they handle auctions in the UK for vintage Habanos.  Mitchell Orchant is the man behind the operation and maintains the cigars..…


Added by Catfishbluezz on February 25, 2014 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Esteli with the Elephant Hunter: Part Two - Tobacco Jesus

There are a lot of boutique cigar companies that have popped up over the last three years, but there are very few companies who have a “Tobacco Jesus” who works with them, much less are partners with a tobacco Jedi.

I met Esteban Disla a few times before this trip - once when he was at Heroes and Legacies in Austin, Texas and a…


Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on February 25, 2014 at 8:29am — 5 Comments

Cigar Punch.

Product Review - 

The most beautiful cigar punch you will ever see or use.

That is a big statement to use considering the number of great punches and cigar accessories on the market, but that statement is beyond true.

The creator of this punch is David. I reached out to Scott and interviewed him about his products that he makes in his spare time.…


Added by Marc on February 24, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

My After Dinner Reunion with the Digestivo Cigar

As you may have guessed, I use Cigar Federation and Twitter (@RobustoBabe) to find out about new cigars, follow interesting people and sometimes enter contests for sticks I really want to try.

It's through Twitter that I became acquainted with @shy_ronny who is one of the owners of Bodega Premium Blends. Ronny invited me one evening in…

Added by Robusto Cigar Babe on February 24, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments

The XVI Habanos Festival Begins with the Launch of Hoyo de Monterrey and Partagás Brands

The XVI Habanos Festival begins today! People from more than 80 countries travel this year to Cuba to learn more about the origins of the Habano and enjoy a full activity of progams. Hoyo de Monterrey, Partagás, Trinidad and H. Upmann are the brands that will be taking center stage at the sixteenth…


Added by Seth's Humidor on February 24, 2014 at 9:46am — No Comments

REVIEW: 1502 Ruby Torpedo

             One of my favorite folks I met at IPCPR was Enrique of 1502 cigars.  Enrique was positioned right behind our booth, and we quickly became good friends over his rum, my whiskey, and the bloody Mary booth.  We did several interviews with Enrique during the show (Lighting before cutting the Cap!), and he was always gracious and a great host.  Needless to say, he gave me a…


Added by Catfishbluezz on February 24, 2014 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

A Mardi Gras, a Cain, a CigarCraig Safari Blend and a La Sirena Cigar

Last year at the IPCPR show a little corner booth caught our eye, primarily due to the model they had working there. Oddly, my wife was the one who talked to her while she was getting in costume. Call me a cigar geek, but I’m afraid I get distracted by all he cigars at the show. Anyway, this young lady was representing Mardi Gras Cigars, which is a house brand of The Huntington Humidor in Huntington Village, NY. They call the Mardi Gras their own special, extra aged Double Ligero Corojo…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on February 23, 2014 at 10:13am — 2 Comments

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