Featured Blog Posts – February 2015 Archive (21)


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Review: Nestor Miranda Collection Habano (Green)

This week, I start exploring the new Nestor Miranda Collection from Miami Cigar Co. There are three blends: the Habano (Green), Maduro (Red) and Connecticut (Blue). Today I am going to be reviewing the Habano, and not to be too big of a spoiler alert, but maybe it is. I have had a lot of just so-so cigars lately. Like, I'd smoke another one, but I wouldn't really go after them, but this cigar was pleasantly different.

Nestor Miranda Collection Habano (Green) by Miami…

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Added by 007MI6 on February 27, 2015 at 7:00am — 15 Comments


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Review: Garofalo Robusto

A few weeks ago, Logan passed along a package to me from Barry Stein containing a Garofalo Robusto.  Having never heard of the cigar, I conducted a bit of research and found it marketed as such:

He's not a cigar maker with a history of a Cuban family that has been growing and cultivating tobacco for generations. He does not wear a fancy hat, or ride a horse or wear a Guevara shirt like all the cliche ads in the cigar magazines. He is David Garofalo, an Italian American…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 26, 2015 at 7:00am — 10 Comments


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News: More Details on the Punch Cigars Signature

On February 11th, we posted about a new release from Punch Cigars called the Signature.  We recently received the following additional information from Punch Cigars:

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Added by Matt Ross on February 25, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments


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Press Release: BCS (Impromptu) Explanation

Over the past several weeks, there has been a lot of news about an offering from Bellatto/Caldwell/Sears (formerly Impromptu).  We originally posted about it here.  Last night, we received the following from Robert Caldwell:

February 20 2015 - Miami,FL



I wanted to take the time to explain Bellatto/Caldwell/Sears (Formally Impromptu). A lot…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 25, 2015 at 8:24am — 1 Comment


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Review: Warped La Colmena Unico Especial

Warped Cigars made a big impression on the cigar world in 2014.  The La Colmena No. 44 was my #3 New Release Cigar of 2014 while the Flor de Valle was up there for me as well.  With all that being said I was quite eager to get my hands on the La Colmena Unico…

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Added by RobbyRas on February 23, 2015 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

Review: Pre-Release Ohana Friends and Family Habana Rosado Toro

             Recently I was turned on to a newer brand, looking to make a splash in 2015 with two releases out of Nicaragua known as Ohana.  Ohana is the brand, Ryan Rodriguez is the owner, and the cigars are being made at Plasencia with some seriously aged tobaccos. Rodriguez has two blends he is releasing March 21st at UG Fest, the first annual cigar festival put on by Underground Cigar Shop and Lounge in Fort Worth, Texas. The Friends and Family blend was the first cigar I…

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Added by Catfishbluezz on February 22, 2015 at 4:33pm — 17 Comments


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Press Release: Drew Estate Announces “Pope of Greenwich Village” Cigar As Part of Smoke Inn Microblend Series

Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today that they would be participating in Smoke Inn’s Microblend series with a new cigar named “Pope of Greenwich Village”. The new cigar will be released in Spring 2015 and will be available through Smoke Inn’s South Florida-­‐based retail stores and website.

The “Pope of Greenwich Village” will be offered in a 6x40 panatela vitola and sold in Soft Pack 10s (pictured below). The MSRP for the 10-­‐pack will be $85.00, with…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 20, 2015 at 12:45pm — 7 Comments


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Review: La Aurora Preferido Corona Broadleaf

This week I am going to review the darkest of the La Aurora Preferido Corona line, the Broadleaf. The wrapper on this cigar is very dark and looks great. Let me apologize up front for the quality of these photos and the lack there-of. I just didn't do a good job of keeping up with them, this time. My bad. But you can still tell how it smoked. ;)

La Aurora Preferido Corona Broadleaf by Miami Cigar & Co.

Size: 5.5 x 42…

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Added by 007MI6 on February 20, 2015 at 7:00am — 4 Comments


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Review: Senorial 65th Anniversary

The Senorial 65th Anniversary is the first limited edition cigar from Las Cumbres Tabaco.  The cigar itself commemorated Jose Blanco's 65th birthday and is limited to 20,000 cigars.  The cigar is a beautiful 5 3/4 x 55 perfecto called Perfecto Elégance and is available in boxes of 10.  I believe the CigFed store is currently sold out, but when in stock…

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Added by RobbyRas on February 19, 2015 at 2:30pm — 23 Comments


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Pairing Review: The Smoking Monk of Esteli by Drew Estate Porter

The Drew Estate Smoking Monk of Esteli project dates back more than 3 years. Announced in late December 2014, the entire range covers five different types of beer to pair with. They are available in a single toro vitola at 6-1/2 by 54 ring gauge.

The Smoking Monk of Esteli line is exclusive to Cigars International and can be purchased from CI or from Cigar.com.  In the coming weeks we will post reviews of each blend and also feature each Smoking Monk on…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on February 17, 2015 at 6:00am — 1 Comment


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Review: Tabu Gold Toro

Back in January, Young of Tabu Cigars was a guest on CigarChat and detailed his three core offerings.  Young explained how he observes the KISS method with Tabu Cigars along with the rule of 3s.  Tabu Cigars offers 3 blends - Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Each blend is available in 3 different sizes - Robusto, Toro and Torpedo.  Today, we will visit the strongest offering of the three - the Tabu Gold.

Tabu Gold…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 16, 2015 at 7:00am — 10 Comments


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Review: La Aurora Preferido Corona Connecticut

Today I am continuing my review of the La Aurora Preferido Corona line. Next up is going to be the Connecticut version, a perfect morning cigar. Over the last few years I have really began to enjoy the Connecticut blends, and many have found a place in my humidor. So, let's see how this blends stacks up.

La Aurora Preferido Corona Connecticut by Miami Cigar & Co.

Size: 5.5 x 42

Vitola: Corona…

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Added by 007MI6 on February 13, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments


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Pairing Review: The Smoking Monk of Esteli by Drew Estate Imperial Stout

In late 2014, Drew Estate announced the release of the Smoking Monk of Esteli series.  Each Smoking Monk cigar was blended to pair with a specific type of beer.  Naturally we got excited over at Sharing Our Pairings. Drew Estate blending cigars to be paired with beer is like a dream come true!

The Smoking Monk of Esteli line is exclusive to Cigars International and can be purchased from CI or from Cigar.com.  In the coming weeks we will post reviews of each blend and also feature each…

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Added by RobbyRas on February 12, 2015 at 11:30am — 3 Comments


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Press Release: Black Label Trading Company Announces Fabrica de Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua

February 12, 2015 — Black Label Trading Company is proud to announce the  formation of a new cigar factory; Fabrica de Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.  The mission of Oveja Negra is a complete focus on small batch premium cigars.



Black Label Trading Co. is taking the next step in small batch,…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 12, 2015 at 7:53am — No Comments


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News: Punch Cigars Announces Signature

General Cigar contacted us with details on a soon-to-be-released Honduran-made collection called Punch Signature. Punch Signature will ship on March 2 and will be a full-time addition to the line.

Full blend details have not yet been released.  

Master Blender Agustin Garcia hinted…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 11, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments


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Press Release: Caldwell/Bellatto/Sears Announces Impromptu

February 7 2015 (Miami,FL/Niles, OH) 51 weeks ago Robert Caldwell announced the release of an uber-boutique collection of cigars under the name Impromptu. This was before Caldwell was Caldwell but still was Caldwell. The project was renamed Caldwell/Bellatto/Sears because Impromptu proved itself to be a much more complicated name than the latter. That is neither Here nor There. What is Here is another release from C/B/S. What was There was a really cool project that was…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 9, 2015 at 6:30pm — 6 Comments


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Pairing Review: The Smoking Monk of Esteli by Drew Estate American IPA

Right before Christmas, Jonathan Drew took to social media to announce a boutique project in partnership with Cigars International called "The Smoking Monk of Esteli by Drew Estate".  A selection of 5 unique blends, all in a Toro vitola, the handmade cigars were blended to be paired with specific styles of craft beer.  The five blends included in the series…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 9, 2015 at 7:00am — 5 Comments


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Review: La Aurora Preferido Corona Cameroon

I recently received a sampler of the new La Aurora Preferido Corona line. I honestly knew nothing about these, which is actually good for a review. I also love the corona vitola, so that's double good. I will be reviewing these one per week, starting today with the Cameroon. This is one of the first, if not THE first, Cameroon I've smoked, so we'll see how I like it.

La Aurora Preferido Corona Cameroon by Miami Cigar & Co.…

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Added by 007MI6 on February 6, 2015 at 10:28am — 5 Comments


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Press Release: Viva Republica Announces Limited-Edition Cigar: Jailbreak

Miami, Florida- Viva Republica, a premium handmade cigar manufacturer is ready to launch a limited edition, one of a kind blend named: Jailbreak. Jailbreak is the latest in unique and innovative lines put forth by Jason Holly, President of Viva Republica.…

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Added by Matt Ross on February 4, 2015 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments


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Review: Avo Lounge Edition Toro

I’ve travelled down to Orlando for the past 2 years, and when I do I always make a point of stopping in Corona Cigar Company. It has given me a great opportunity to browse the shelves and find some cigars that would otherwise be impossible for me to get up in Canada. The Avo Lounge Edition is particularly limited as it is only sold at Avo lounge locations.

The Avo Lounge Edition is available in a double corona vitola (7-1/2” x 50) or the toro (6” x…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on February 3, 2015 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

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