Featured Blog Posts – February 2014 Archive (28)

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!…

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


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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.

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


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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.…

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


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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…

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


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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…

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

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


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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 -…

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

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


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Review: Bodega Reunión Aperitivo Double Robusto

I was fortunate enough to have a sampler pack of the newly launched Bodega cigars from the fantastic Cigar_G. Besides being a super classy Canadian from Ottawa, he’s an all around great BoTL.   I went through the cigars he sent and decided the Reunión Aperitivo Double Robusto was going to be the way to go.  

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


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Review: Paul Stulac Phantom

The Paul Stulac Phantom is my first of Paul’s, I believe, core line. I am a huge fan of the logo and banding on this cigar, and all Paul Stulac cigars really. The Phantom has a very nice, smooth, dark brown wrapper. The seams are also very smooth and clean, almost undetectable. As always, I love the torpedo vitola, and the Phantom has a sharp, clean point to it, and the shaft has smooth, rolling “waves” in it. Similar to the surface of softly rippling water. The Phantom smells of sweet…

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Added by 007MI6 on February 20, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments


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Esteli with the Elephant Hunter: Part One - Full Circle

I had a realization while driving back to Managua to leave Nicaragua after one of the best vacations I have been on in my life.  This fact alone is amazing since the drive is quite perilous and requires dodging people, cows, and cops wanting to shake down a gringo. Those who have driven from Managua to Esteli know exactly what I am talking about.…

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Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on February 20, 2014 at 6:00am — 16 Comments


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Editorial: Smoking Cigars In the Great White North, Eh?

There was a time, which doesn’t seem that long ago, where you could smoke anywhere.   You could smoke on planes, you could smoke in bars, you could smoke on patios.    I wasn’t a big fan at the time, because you would go home from a pub or bar absolutely reeking of cigarette smoke with your eyes red and inflamed.  

Originally I the smoking ban was implemented to make establishments non-smoking by default, and then all businesses would have to request a smoking permit.   This…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on February 19, 2014 at 1:28pm — 7 Comments


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Press Release: Blue Havana II named House of Emilio Master Retailer

House of Emilio National Sales Director Nate McIntyre announced today that Blue Havana II in Alpharetta, Georgia has been named the newest addition to the Master Retailer program. 
“Jim Luftman has supported the boutique cigar industry for a long time, and has supported Emilio Cigars from near the beginning” stated McIntyre. “It’s an honor to include him in our Master Retailer family. It takes quite a…
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Added by Matt Ross on February 18, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments


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My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 2/18/14

I should probably get around to changing the name of this blog - it seems that since winter started, I haven't been keeping to this Weekly thing very well.  Hopefully, with Spring less than 30 days away, I'll soon get back to my warm weather smoking routine and this blog will make more sense.  In the interim, as we have one of the worst winters in the NY area in memory, this will just be an occasional "short review" blog.  It is what it is... Let's get to the good stuff.…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 18, 2014 at 6:50am — 1 Comment


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[Press Release] Dissident Cigars to Sponsor DC Tweetup Shop Hop Bus

On Saturday, March 15th, 2014 The D.C. TweetUp Cigar Shop Crawl will take place. The organizers of the event have teamed up with Dissident Cigars and the DC KEG BUS to create a raucous environment, aboard the Shop Hop Bus, to enjoy premium cigars and travel in style between four different Tobacconists in the Washington, D.C. Area. Red_Ryan and Gweedo C of Dissident Cigars are excited for the opportunity to participate in…
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Added by Matt Ross on February 17, 2014 at 3:13pm — 2 Comments


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Press Release: Davidoff Cigars unveils its “Short Pleasures” Assortment – the ideal way to fill time beautifully when time is short

The Davidoff “Short Pleasures” Assortment offers aficionados of premium cigars a rich assortment of four cigars that promises to be the perfect companion for short, relaxing moments in their hectic everyday lives.



Basel, February 2014. Davidoff's…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 17, 2014 at 8:33am — No Comments


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Press Release: Davidoff Cigars unveils the new “Inspirational Robusto” Assortment: masterfully blended full bodied cigars for rich, intense experiences

The global release of the Davidoff “Inspirational Robusto” Assortment offers sophisticated cigar aficionados an assortment of three exceptional cigar blends and complex aromas to fill their time beautifully.



Basel, February 2014. This assortment…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 17, 2014 at 8:23am — No Comments

REVEW: TL Johnson Habano Reserve Toro Imperial 6x54 Box Press

             A while back, I set out to try some of the TL Johnson line, as I continually heard good things from the cigar community.  I put out some feelers for trades and ended up getting a Legend Reserve Habano dedicated for review.  I did not know much about the company going in, nor could I find any info other than a website under construction and a Facebook page. 

Wrapper: Habano

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Added by Catfishbluezz on February 17, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments


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Review: Crowned Heads Headley Grange “Drumstick” LE 2013

This Headley Grange Drumstick came to me by way of a side trade with a member of /r/cigars by the handle of carstenosu.  It was really great of him to set up this trade as the Headley Grange Drumstick was proving extremely difficult for me to get my hands on.

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on February 14, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment


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Review: Paul Stulac Red Screaming Sun

Paul Stulac makes some very high quality cigars in my opinion and I have highly enjoyed the two I have reviewed thus far. (White Blinding Light & …

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Added by 007MI6 on February 13, 2014 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

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