April 2013 Blog Posts (35)

Review: Macanudo Cru Royale Toro

The Macanudo Cru Royale Toro was sent to me as a part of a prize pack from a raffle that Leaf And Flame held to raise money for cancer research.  Cancer is something that has affected almost everyone, and has certainly affected me personally including my father and my best friend.​


Picked up some spice, light barnyard, Spanish cedar and sweet tobacco.  Quite a lot going on here, I had to take a few minutes to make sure I was really…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on April 30, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Review: Leon Jimenes Robusto Deluxe


Leon Jimenes Robusto Deluxe 5.5X50

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Domincan

I will be honest, I had no clue who Leon Jimenes is, so I was interested to see what this little robusto was all about, being that it appeared to be a Connecticut wrapper.  Color me an ignorant noob when I realized this blend was created to honor the founders of La Aurora, whom cigars I adore, and of Dominican descent.  Seems like I have…


Added by Catfishbluezz on April 29, 2013 at 7:49am — 2 Comments

Half Ashed Episode 012: Unbanded 003 & a Giveaway!

Episode 012 of Half Ashed is in the can, and we welcome you back to join us for this week’s show.  We are offering up another opportunity to humble ourselves in the public eye this week, with Unbanded 003, generously provided by Dan Crouch.  Smoking blindly is …


Added by The Cigarmy (Kip) on April 27, 2013 at 2:50pm — 1 Comment

Event: Drew Estate Cigar Safari Day 3, 4

Day 3

I woke up fairly early again, around 6am.  This morning I finally heard the Esteli sirens going off to wake people up.  I lit up a cigar and walked around taking in the Estate and the artwork around the area.

Since most people weren't up I was able to capture a really nice panorama of the mural wall along with the landscape off of the main courtyard area.

Once everyone was up we had a really great breakfast, JD came over and…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on April 27, 2013 at 7:00am — 6 Comments


Keith K. Park has built an impressive portfolio of much-admired cigars – Prometheus, God of Fire, and Sencillo – in less than a decade. The God of Fire line, blended for him by the renowned Fuente family, has won many fans, and for good reason. They have plenty of flavor and deliver a nuanced, balanced smoke. The youngest member of the God of Fire line is Serie B, introduced…


Added by Jason Zahner on April 26, 2013 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Half Ashed LIVE - and unschedule....

Although not an officially scheduled "LIVE" show, we happen to be recording Half Ashed tonight, and it should be broadcasting here on Cigar Federation beginning around 9:30 Eastern/8:30 Central.  If you're hanging around looking for something to do, we'd be glad for you to join us.  T…


Added by Half Ashed on April 26, 2013 at 1:58pm — No Comments

La Palina to release Second Goldie - The Laguito No. 5

Goldie Drell Paley, the namesake of La Palina cigars, was the wife of Samuel Paley, who founded the company in 1896. Bill Paley, Sam’s grandson and current owner, created The La Palina Collection Goldie to celebrate the history, contributions and accomplishments of women in the cigar…


Added by The Cigarmy (Kip) on April 25, 2013 at 12:27pm — 2 Comments

Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro Sampler Giveaway!

Want some free Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduros?  Check out the latest giveaway on RRR!

Get all the details and enter here - Padron 64 Maduro Sampler Giveaway

Added by RobbyRas on April 25, 2013 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Event: Drew Estate Cigar Safari Day 2

This is Day 2 of the Drew Estate Cigar Safari.

Even after being awake for as long as I was, I still ended up being wide awake at 6am.  I'm too programmed from corporate life and waking up at 5am to adjust this quickly.  It must have been the altitude because I felt completely rested and ready to go.

Breakfast at the Hotel Colonial was a traditional Nicaraguan breakfast that included eggs, fresh fruit and beans and rice.  It was very tasty.…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on April 25, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Me Blind Thrice: Smoking the Unknown

Recently, I had the chance to participate in a Mystery Cigar pass via one of the forums I am known to visit on occasion (Cigar Burners). The idea is: a pass begins wherein a member sends three unbanded/unknown cigars to the first participant. The participant then smokes and reviews the cigars, never knowing what they actually are until after the…


Added by The Cigarmy (Kip) on April 24, 2013 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro Review and Giveaway Announcement

The Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro is the kind of cigar you see posted on "Top 10" lists. It's the kind of cigar you see on a lot of "All-Time Favorite Cigar" lists. It's the kind of cigar you smoke when you're celebrating something. It epitomizes the luxury that cigar smoking is synonymous with. So when the folks over at …


Added by RobbyRas on April 24, 2013 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

CigarChat with Rodrigo Cigars 4/25 at 4PM PDT - Post your questions here

As you may already know, CigarChat is designed to give cigar smokers access to some of the biggest names in the industry.  We want you to be able to ask any questions you may have.  We will take questions live during the show, but sometimes things get missed.

Leading up to every show, we will give you the opportunity to post your questions in advance.  Our goal is to…


Added by RobbyRas on April 24, 2013 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

Press Release: Macanudo Sponsors Big Break Mexico

Macanudo®, America’s best-selling premium cigar brand, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Golf Channel’s hit series Big Break. The reality competition’s 19th season, called Big Break Mexico, premieres on Monday, May 13 at 9 PM ET.

Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar, parent company of Macanudo said, “Whether on the course or at the 19th hole, bonding with friends through golf often includes the enjoyment of a fine cigar. Aligning Macanudo to Big Break,…


Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on April 24, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Review: La Aurora 100 Anos Maduro Robusto

La Aurora Cien Anos Maduro Robusto 5x50

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican

              You know, at times reviewing cigars can seem more business then pleasure, as the note taking, determining taste profiles, and objectivity can take away from the personal enjoyment of the moment.  We have monikers employed to describe our experience and build our opinions from, which sometimes may make little sense to…


Added by Catfishbluezz on April 23, 2013 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

News: Nomad Cigar Company To Release Nicaraguan Cigar At IPCPR

Fred Rewey, founder and president of Nomad Cigar Company, formally announced the introduction of a Nicaraguan blended cigar to the Nomad family. The Nomad Estelí LE Lot 1386 will be released in July at IPCPR with future blends later in the year.

Until now, Nomad’s entire production has been limited to Dominican Republic. The move of expanding the line to include Nicaraguan tobacco seemed a natural one.

In keeping in line with Nomad’s philosophy, the release will have a few…


Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on April 23, 2013 at 9:30am — 3 Comments

Event: Drew Estate Cigar Safari Day 1

Day 1 of the Cigar Safari started for C4ddy and myself on Saturday April 13, rather than Sunday April 14.  We wanted to arrive in Managua as early as possible so as not to miss any of the activities.

Due to the way flights were arranged, the only choices we had were to fly into Managua the evening before (8pm) or fly into Houston and lay over until the morning flight.  Litui decided he was going to do the same thing, but flew into Houston earlier.

Hearing that we had a 9 hour…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on April 23, 2013 at 7:00am — 6 Comments

Coffee and Conny Reviews: Chapter Three

For those of you that have not followed this column, the first two installments are at www.robbyrasreviews.com under Coffee and Conny Reviews: Chapter One and Two. Basically, I love coffee, and I love cigars, so I figured I should explore the pair and perfect the two together.  Since I normally review with ice water for no palate interaction, I keep these reviews quick and to the point.  In my attempts to determine which pairs work best together,…


Added by Catfishbluezz on April 22, 2013 at 9:58pm — 3 Comments


H. Upmann, owned by Altadis, has been around for more than 150 years, and in that time they have been generally known for cigars on the milder side. In an attempt at a more modern, fuller-bodied cigar, Altadis, using vintage 2008 tobacco, has released the H. Upmann Legacy.

Cigar Stats: The Legacy features an Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper (a first-ever for…


Added by Jason Zahner on April 19, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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