April 2014 Blog Posts (63)

A Post-Flyers-Loss Liga Privada UF-13, a Toraño and a Pre-Flyers-Win Kings Cigar

Cigars are funny things, they can be a celebration, or they can pick you up when you’re down. Sunday I needed a pick-up cigar after the Flyers lost to the Rangers in a playoff game they needed to win.  I went for one of the best cigars I have in my humidors, a Drew Estate Liga Privada Serie Unico UF-13 Dark. I’ve had the good fortune to have smoked a bunch of these and, I have to say, I like them. The size (5½” x 52) works very well, its perfectly balanced and satisfying. It’s…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on April 30, 2014 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Press Release: Black Label Trading Company and UnderGround Cigar Shop are teaming up for a MORPHINE Pre-Release Party.

April 29, 2014 — (Fort Worth, TX) Black Label Trading Company and UnderGround Cigar Shop are teaming up for a MORPHINE Pre-Release Party.

UnderGround Cigar Shop & Lounge carry the six blends currently offered by Black Label Trading Co. and are excited to host the Pre-Release Party for BLTC’s newest line, MORPHINE. Black Label…


Added by Matt Ross on April 30, 2014 at 11:36am — No Comments

Press Release: 1502 Cigars Announces New Release of Lancero Emerald Cigar

Miami, Florida, April 21, 2014 – Nicaraguan manufacturer and seller of 1502 Cigars, Global Premium Cigars, is pleased to announce their new vitola for the well-reviewed 1502 Emerald: Lancero.

The Lancero vitola is sure to strengthen the already highly-rated 1502 cigar…


Added by Matt Ross on April 30, 2014 at 8:33am — No Comments

Press Release: General Cigar Presents 1907 by Dunhill


Four New Super Premium Sizes to Make Worldwide Debut

General Cigar announces the world premiere of 1907 by Dunhill®, a medium-bodied, four-cigar collection that will be available at fine cigar shops nationwide, and at premium tobacconists worldwide, beginning in May.

1907 by Dunhill marks the first full-time new Dunhill brand since its Signed Range was introduced in 2001, and…


Added by Matt Ross on April 30, 2014 at 7:55am — 1 Comment

Cigar Safari 2014: Part Three - Recap Show

Here is the broadcast from last night, in case you missed it. Seth and I want to thank Sam, Mario, Henry, and Pedro from Drew Estate for joining us last night. If you want to understand what Cigar Safari is all about, then watch this video.

Without any further adieu....

Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on April 30, 2014 at 7:49am — 2 Comments

Press Release: Cigar Rights of America Statement on Issuance of Deeming Regulation By the U.S. Food & Drug Administration

WASHINGTON DCOn Thursday, April 24, 2014 the future of the premium cigar industry, and the ability of customers to choose to enjoy premium cigar products, may have changed forever. Since April of 2009, Cigar Rights of America (CRA) has issued a…

Added by Matt Ross on April 28, 2014 at 3:43pm — No Comments

TBT: Drew Estate Cigar Safari Day 1

Editor's Note: I've been meaning to port my old blogs over to Cigar Federation for awhile now, but have just been too lazy to do it.  With lots of discussion about Cigar Safari recently, and with Logan and Seth having a Cigar Safari Recap tomorrow night, I figured this would be a good day to kick this off.  I'll post the first entry today and follow up with subsequent entries on…


Added by Matt Ross on April 28, 2014 at 11:01am — 1 Comment

Press Release: LA SIRENA Acquires Old School Cigars

NEW YORK, NY - Aprill 28th, 2014 - The newly independent La Sirena Cigars announced today the acquisition of New York based cigar brand, Old School Cigars. The acquisition was a strategic move for La Sirena to increase their portfolio and gain immediate market share. Old School Cigars is best known for its 3 Lines: Stixx, Jaxx and Jaxx LT.…


Added by Matt Ross on April 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments


E.P. Carrillo has updated the big-ring gauge Inch line that he introduced a couple of years ago, incorporating a Corojo wrapper and binder. For those who are fond of the Corojo leaf – and that includes me – this is enticing news. And something worth investigating, even if large ring gauge cigars seem a little excessive.

CIGAR STATS: The Inch Short Run…


Added by Jason Zahner on April 28, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Review: Padron 40th Torpedo Natural

             Reading into Padron’s historical ratings really requires an Excel spreadsheet.  When you consider what this company has done, their history is unmatched.  I cannot think of a company with a small portfolio, which has review after review of high ratings from the cheapest to most expensive cigar.  Across the board from bloggers, magazines, reviewers, critics, you will always find Padron.  When I think of the best maduro on earth, I think of PAdron.  When I got into cigars after…


Added by Catfishbluezz on April 28, 2014 at 4:30am — 7 Comments

La Jugada, Gonzo, Vanadium, News From the FDA and La Sirena

I revisited some cigars this week as well as trying a new one and there were some big news stories. I was plagued with migraines at the end of the week, so I took Friday off to recover. I think raw onions are another trigger along with red dye 40 (and maybe the yellow dyes too, not sure about that one). Anyway, I did manage to smoke a few cigars, let me ramble on about them before we get to the important stuff!



Added by Craig Vanderslice on April 27, 2014 at 9:44am — No Comments

Review: Wilson Adams Sumatra No. 7

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Pennsylvania Broadleaf



Added by Tyler on April 26, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Press Release: Iconic Leaf Cigar is announcing the release of The E.L.F. PACK (Eight Legged Freak)

This release will be available in two offerings:

The E.L.F. PACK SIDEWINDER series assortment.

The E.L.F. PACK KANU' series assortment.

The E.L.F. PACK SIDEWINDER series assortment will enclude each of the three Sidewinder vitolas which consists of a 5x57, 6x57 and 7x57 in this one of a kind shape that combines the roundness of a cigar with the box press. These three vitolas will be available in the E.L.F. Pack series assortment and will come in all three of the…


Added by Matt Ross on April 24, 2014 at 11:37am — 3 Comments

How to Spot a Fake Cuban

  We had suggestions to make permanent articles to some of our show topics over at What Embargo studios, so this is the first!  Episode One recap: How to Spot a Fake Cuban.  Click here for the article…


Added by Catfishbluezz on April 24, 2014 at 9:05am — 9 Comments

Review: Elogio LSV Corona Extra

During my time at IPCPR 2013 I discovered a lot of brands I was not familiar with. Elogio was one of those brands. The husband and wife team was their with their daughter, which really showed the dynamics of this company, and they were all very pleasant to talk to. Very enthusiastic to speak about their brand and love of the industry. So, today I am going to review the Elogio LSV Corona Extra. A size that is a personal favorite. …


Added by 007MI6 on April 24, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

1502 Black Gold, 601 La Bomba, Merlion and a Kentucky Fire Cured Cigar

Last time I said I was going to smoke some readily available cigars as opposed to the limited and discontinued stuff I was smoking last week. I think I managed to accomplish that, and smoke some pretty tasty cigars in the process! Sunday afternoon I lit up my last 1502 Black Gold Toro, a cigar I really like and will have to put some more in my humidor. I recently received all three 1502 blends in lancero format, so look for those recaps in the not too distant future! Anyway, I love the…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on April 23, 2014 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Review: Winston Churchill Chartwell

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Binder: Dominican Republic

Filler: Dominican Republic, Peruvian, Nicaraguan



Added by Tyler on April 23, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Press Release: Griffin’s is launching the Gran Robusto, an innovative format to the line

Basel, April 2014. With the creation of this innovative Gran Robusto, the renowned and popular cigar brand Griffin’s responds to the desire of modern aficionados to discover and enjoy a multi-faceted and well-rounded cigar experience. The new Griffin’s Gran Robusto is perfectly balanced and proves to be an ideal companion to follow a light meal.

The Dominican filler tobaccos (harvested in the Cibao Valley) and a Peruvian binder with a beautiful…


Added by Matt Ross on April 23, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Review: Ramon Allones Petit Unicos RE Canada (Aug.2009)

Ramon Allones Petit Unicos RE Canada (Aug.2009)

Wrapper: Colorado

Origin: Cuba

Size: 5X50 Belicosos

I picked this cigar up 2 years ago on a trip to Canada at a friends cigar shop.

This cigar had amazing construction and perfect shape.

1st  1/3rd:

This cigar had a perfect draw and burn from start to finish. It started with a nice leather and wood note that eventually turned earthy. Through the retrohale it had a nice cinnamon…


Added by Charlie on April 23, 2014 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Cigar Safari 2014: Part Two - I Can't Put into Words

I know most of the media guys on the recent Cigar Safari trip have been banging out articles about the trip, but for some reason, it has been difficult for me to write about it. I guess you can call it writer’s block, being terrible with the written word, being scared of writing something that isn’t good, or a host of other things.…


Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on April 23, 2014 at 6:00am — 17 Comments

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