April 2016 Blog Posts (32)


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Press Release: Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar Announces Opening and Charity Program

(Miami, Florida) April 29, 2016- Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar, is about to open in one of Miami’s most dynamic neighborhoods, where commerce and nightlife combine seamlessly. The 4,700 square foot location at the new Millicento tower, 1106 S Miami Ave Suite 202, is soon going to show the public what “sophisticated relaxation” really means. The term coined by owner-operators…

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Added by Matt Ross on April 29, 2016 at 1:58pm — 1 Comment

Review: Cornelius Toro by Cornelius & Anthony

If there are stories that I love, it's the stories that revolve around the resurrection of a tobacco/cigar company. There is nothing better than hearing or reading about the history of a tobacco company from the 19th or early 20th century and about its resurrection. I love being able to see photos of the farms, factories, owners, employees and packaging from when the company was still in business, and I love it when they tie it into the modern business. I am a sucker for all of that, so when…

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Added by Seth's Humidor on April 29, 2016 at 11:38am — 2 Comments


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Press Release: Espinosa Cigars & Metro Cigars to Release Cream City MKE

The Cream City MKE is a store exclusive for Metro Cigars in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Cream City MKE will be packaged in 10ct. paper bundles and the sole vitola is a 6 x 50 Toro. The blend consist of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos. The cigar is bound with a dark Nicaraguan binder and wrapped in a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper. The cigar is medium plus with good strength, a short finish and incredible complexity. Handmade at Erik Espinosa's La…

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Added by Matt Ross on April 28, 2016 at 12:18pm — No Comments


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Press Release: Jason Holly of Viva Republica to unveil "Ivy"

April 27, 2016 - Jason Holly will unveil the release of “Ivy” at an exclusive event at Casa de…
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Added by Matt Ross on April 28, 2016 at 10:44am — 2 Comments


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Review: Boswell Berry Cobbler

Ben Lee sent over a few samples of some of his tobaccos to me a few months back. One such tobacco was this Boswell Berry Cobbler. A very strong smelling aromatic, which can just about fill a room up just by opening the container. I almost want to eat the stuff, but I figure that wouldn't work out so well. So, I've been smoking it instead with decent results.…

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Added by 007MI6 on April 28, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Press Release: Gurkha Cigars Names Eddy Guerra as New Director of Marketing

(Miami, Florida) April 26, 2016 – Gurkha Cigars, known for producing fine cigars for the sophisticated palate, hires Eddy Guerra as new Director of Marketing. Gurkha Cigars’ hiring of Eddy Guerra was a strategic move to strengthen their positon in the luxury market.

A native of…

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Added by Matt Ross on April 26, 2016 at 12:10pm — No Comments


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Press Release: Byron Announces New Size to Debut at IPCPR 2016

(United States) United Cigar, exclusive U.S. Distributor of Nelson Alfonso’s Selected Tobacco Brands announced today that a new Byron size will be available at the 2016 IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas on July 25, 2016. The new size is part of the Byron Serie Siglo XXI (21st Century). Other Series include Siglo XIX and XX. The Byron Elegantes will measure 55 x 6.125”and will be sold in humidified cabinets of 25. Only 200 boxes will be available for sale in the U.S. for 2016. The 5,000 cigars…

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Added by Matt Ross on April 26, 2016 at 10:07am — No Comments


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Review: Davidoff Nicaragua Short Corona

I haven’t done a lot of reviews on short cigars, and I intend to do a few this year to bring some spotlight onto this overlooked gems. Often times, either as a result of time constraints or weather, you want a cigar that is going to present a full range of flavors without a 1-1/2 to 2 hour smoking time.

Announced in mid-2013 the Davidoff Nicaragua Short Corona (3-3/4x46 RG) is a great choice for a short cigar. This cigar has previously been reviewed in the…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on April 26, 2016 at 6:00am — 4 Comments


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Fratello Begins Shipping Tray in May

Springfield, VA (April 18, 2016) – After a several delays, selected Fratello Cigars retailers should expect the receipt of the Fratello Branded Tray beginning this May.   With a slight change on its design, the Fratello Tray will not come with the secret compartment as suggested in a prior company’s release.  …

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Added by Matt Ross on April 25, 2016 at 12:34pm — 1 Comment


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Group Review: Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive

The release of the Herrera Esteli TAA Exclusive was announced by Drew Estate Cigars in early March and it hit the shelves earlier this month.  You can read all the details in the press release we posted last month.  We've got a four-man group review, so let's dive right in!…

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Added by RobbyRas on April 25, 2016 at 10:41am — 11 Comments


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Review: BLK WKS Studio NBK

Founded by the creator of Black Label Trading Co. James Brown and a partner at Fabrica Oveja Negra, BLK WKS Studio was started in November of 2015. The Fabrica Oveja Negra factory was opened so that they could experiment with with tobaccos and blends, making it a "playground" for blending. BLK WRKS Studio is another outlet to produce unique, quality, boutique blends. This is a way for them to bring blends to life, that have been just sitting "on the shelf". The NBK is one of the first…

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Added by 007MI6 on April 22, 2016 at 7:00am — 4 Comments


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Review: Rocky Patel Tabaquero Salomon by Hamlet Paredes

When I found out Hamlet Paredes and his family were leaving Cuba and going to the USA I was overjoyed. I had the great fortune of meeting, and getting to know him in my travels to Cuba. When I heard he had found a place with Rocky Patel, I was excited and impatient to taste what combinations of tobacco he would come up with.

Big Tuna previously reviewed the Rocky Patel…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on April 22, 2016 at 7:00am — 3 Comments


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Press Release: Jonathan Drew Announces New Company “John Drew Brands," along with 3 inaugural brand launches - John Drew Collection Rye, Brixton Mash Destroyer, and Dove Tale Rum

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 — Wynwood, Florida  - Jonathan Drew has announced his plans today to enter the spirits industry with his new venture, “John Drew Brands.” The movement will focus on spirits, craft beverages, and food. 

Best known for "Market Disruption" before the word was an art form, JD pioneered new…

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Added by Matt Ross on April 20, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments


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Review: Lane Limited 125th Anniversary

To celebrate their 125th Anniversary, Lane Limited released this aptly named blend. It also happened to be their first VaPer blend ever. A combination of red and bright flue-cured tobaccos and a balanced amount of fermented Louisiana Perique for some zest.…

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Added by 007MI6 on April 20, 2016 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Review: Espinosa Laranja Reserva DeSocio

At the beginning of the 2016 year, it was announced that Alliance Cigars, a wholesale cigar distributor, would teaming up with Espinosa Premiums Cigars to create a new vitola for the Laranja Reserva line. The vitola would be made exclusively for Alliance Cigars, and it would be the sixth addition in the DeSocio lineup. The DeSocio lineup began in 2013 and has been composed of limited and regular production vitolas that are unique in size to the national offerings of their respective lines.…

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Added by Seth's Humidor on April 18, 2016 at 11:39am — 1 Comment


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Review: La Galera Habano

La Galera is Jochy Blanco's first release under IndianHead cigars.  Jochy and Tabacalera Palma recently acquired IndianHead from former owner Bill Bock. Below is the full press release with all the details.

Tabacalera Palma manufacturer of Aging Room Cigars, Señorial, Black Abyss, among others, is proud to announce its continued expansion into the US market with the acquisition of IndianHead…

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Added by RobbyRas on April 18, 2016 at 6:00am — 6 Comments


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Review: Cubanacan Mederos Habano (Revisited)

I've had the idea to start revisiting cigars that I have reviewed, when I come across some more. The other day I just happened to pick up this Mederos Habano, and thought now was as good a time as any to get out there and see how it goes. These will be a little shorter and to the point. Check out the original review …

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Added by 007MI6 on April 15, 2016 at 10:09am — No Comments


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Press Release: Gran Habano Announces Pre-Release of La Coleccion de Elegancia

Miami, Florida, April 13, 2016 – Gran Habano announces the pre-release of La Colección de Elegancia, or The Elegance Collection, a collection of Gran Habano’s best-selling Corojo #5 blend in smaller ring gauge sizes.  



Gran Habano introduces its Colección de Elegancia for the discerning smoker, seeking a…

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Added by Matt Ross on April 13, 2016 at 7:07am — No Comments


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Review: Gawith, Hogarth & Co. Best Brown #2

A medium strength Virginia & Burley mix Gawith, Hogarth & Co. Best Brown #2 is an interesting tobacco, utilizing a floral essence topping. I have yet to come across a tobacco that has a floral topping. It isn't an overpowering note, but you can definitely taste it on the cold draw and jar note. I am anxious to see how these flavors end up when lit.…

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Added by 007MI6 on April 13, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Review: Vegas Robaina XV Aniversario Exlusivo Canada 2012 (Canadian Regional Edition)

Released in 2012, the Vegas Robaina XV Aniversario was selected as the Canadian Regional Edition release. As with other REs it was released in a 10 count boxes as a single vitola, the Sublime.

This cigar came to me by way of the Rocky Mountain Smokeout, and has had a substantial time to rest in my humidor.

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on April 12, 2016 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

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