May 2013 Blog Posts (48)

COVERING YOUR ASH: ROCK-A-FELLER MADURO

Rock-A-Feller Cigars came on the scene a couple of years ago with its Connecticut and Habano blends, earning praise for producing quality sticks at reasonable prices ($6 range). The brand’s latest entry is its Maduro blend. Produced at the Tabacalera L&V in the Dominican Republic under the direction of…

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Added by Jason Zahner on May 31, 2013 at 8:29pm — No Comments


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[Contest] Inception - The Contest to Define a Contest!

One of the things that we're actively trying to do here at Cigar Federation is to draw new users to the site and increase discourse on the forums.  We've been working on lots of different ideas for how to do this - and you'll see some of those in the coming days, weeks and months.

Then, on Saturday, my cousin came over the house to watch the UFC Heavyweight Championship fight between Cain Velasquez &…

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Added by Matt Ross on May 30, 2013 at 7:59am — 6 Comments

Review: La Aurora Corojo Gran Corona

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican

              La Aurora is a brand that has been around for over a century, and is currently run by the Miami Cigar Company known for Casa…

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Added by Catfishbluezz on May 30, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments


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Review: San Lotano Maduro Toro

I picked up these San Lotano Maduro by A.J. Fernandez from CigarBid as 2 x 10 packs.

Nose:

The nose on these distinctly reminded me of the curing barns in Nicaragua.  The smell of rich sweet tobacco curing with hay undertones.

Construction:

This cigar from A.J. Fernandez is a box pressed Toro measuring 6x52.  It is tripled capped and flawless in construction.  There is a single flat…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on May 28, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

Review: Padron Panetela Maduro

Wrapper: San Andreas Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

                Padron is the brand that got me hooked on cigars.  About a year or so after I quit smoking cigarettes, a friend on a business trip handed me a Padron 64, as I was rather bored with a bunch of maniacs drinking heavily and smoking cigarettes around a hotel pool bar.  I remember being hesitant at first, as I did not want to return to cigarettes, but he assured me…

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Added by Catfishbluezz on May 27, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Half Ashed Episode 016: 2011 EP Carrillo Short Run

Hello again, folks, and welcome back to Episode 016 of Half Ashed.  We appreciate you stopping by.  In this episode, we take a look at the 2011 EP Carrillo Short Run.  We’re smoking the Bombone (4 7/8 X 50), with its Ecuadoran Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan/Dominican filler blend.  This is Kip’s favorite of the Short…

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Added by The Cigarmy (Kip) on May 26, 2013 at 5:48pm — 1 Comment

Serious questions for reviewers, consumers & smokers, and owners of cigar companies.

  I am curious to start a discussion regarding reviews and construction issues.  For example, if I am smoking a cigar for review purposes, if it blows up, normally I do not finish the review.  If I have to relight it five times and it tars up, the flavor is ruined so reviewing it makes no sense as the notes turn to bitter tar.  So I would like to hear from all sides, what would you do in this situation?  

  For the reviewers, do you finish the review and let consumers know,…

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Added by Catfishbluezz on May 25, 2013 at 12:16pm — 16 Comments

Memorial Day Cigar Giveaway!

On this Memorial Day weekend it is important to think about everything we have and be thankful for those that gave their lives to protect it.  Our freedoms, our passions, our hobbies, and even our cigar lifestyle is protected and upheld by those fighting for us every day and those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedoms.  So please take a moment from your cigars and BBQs this weekend and think about those in harms way and those that have given all.

In celebration of…

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Added by The Cigar Lector (Tony) on May 25, 2013 at 1:05am — 1 Comment

COVERING YOUR ASH: HEADLEY GRANGE ESTUPENDOS

Headley Grange is the sophomore release from Crowned Heads, a digitally progressive company out of Nashville, and maker of my all-time favorite under-$10 smoke, the Four Kicks Sublime. The inspiration for this cigar comes from a drum beat in the song “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin, who recorded at…

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Added by Jason Zahner on May 24, 2013 at 8:23pm — No Comments


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Review: Liga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark

The Liga Privada UF-13 Dark from Drew Estate is a special cigar. It’s special in the sense that it is a great cigar and it’s a Liga. Let’s face it, any cigar that is blessed with the Liga Privada name is bound to be special. Whenever a cigar is added to the Liga line, thousands of cigar nerds (myself included) rush out to find them.…

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Added by RobbyRas on May 24, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments


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Review: Ortega Wild Bunch Honest Abe

Eddie Ortega owner of Ortega Cigars is going to be on CigarChat today. Eddie has been on CigarChat several times and we plan on talking about his newest cigars, Wild Bunch. If you want to hear more about the six of the twelve blends which have been released check out this…

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Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on May 23, 2013 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

News: The Nat Sherman 1930

As previously reported exclusively by Cigar Aficionado, Nat Sherman has announced a new release.  The Nat Sherman 1930 is to be offered in five sizes: Corona (5.5" x 42), Corona…

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Added by The Cigar Lector (Tony) on May 23, 2013 at 2:02pm — 6 Comments


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Review: Ventura Cigar Custom /r/Cigars Release

This cigar was a custom blend in 2012 for the Reddit /r/cigars group by Ventura Cigar Company.

Nose:

Some spice and sweet tobacco with hay and barnyard.​

Construction:

This custom cigar is a Salomon sized 6 3/4" x 54 with a pig-tail cap.  No flaws and no veins present.

Flavor:…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on May 23, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments


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Eddie Ortega joins CigarChat today at 4PM PDT - Post your questions for Eddie here

Happy CigarChat Day boys and girls!

Eddie Ortega joins us LIVE today at 4PM PDT / 7PM EST to talk about the Wild Bunch, blending tobacco, why Logan reminds us of Meg from Family Guy, and all things cigar related!

Weasel…

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Added by RobbyRas on May 23, 2013 at 9:30am — 8 Comments


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Anyone want to guess what cigar this is?

Currently smoking this cigar and about an inch in the wrapper popped and you can see the aftermath.

Anyone want to guess which cigar this is?…

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Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on May 22, 2013 at 2:18pm — 8 Comments


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Pre-Release Review: CyB Lancero

A lot of people, myself included, have been looking forward to the release of the CyB Lancero from Joya de Nicaragua cigars. The wait is almost over! The CyB Lancero is set to ship and hit retailer’s shelves later this month. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few samples while down in…

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Added by RobbyRas on May 22, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Review: La Aurora 107 Maduro

I recently was given the chance to try the upcoming La Aurora 107 Maduro….so, of course I jumped at it with both feet. I’ve taken great enjoyment from La Aurora cigars in recent years, in particular with the 107, so I had great expectations from its maduro sister blend. The 107 was originally released in 2010, to celebrate La Aurora’s 107 year history, and rumblings…

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Added by The Cigarmy (Kip) on May 21, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments


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Pre-Release Review: Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Box Press

This cigar came to me by way of a contest over at Cigarbrief.​

Nose:

A heavy woody smell with some underlying spicy notes

Construction:

This cigar is Toro shaped 6.5x52 and box pressed.​  As this is a pre-release the band is plain white with the Vintage 2003 lettering.The wrapper is brown and there are no imperfections.…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on May 21, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments


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What does "boutique" mean in the cigar industry?

To be honest I always love to ask everyone we have on CigarChat this question. As you can imigine I have gotten a different answer every time. I saw a very interesting answer from Jonathan Drew in  recently.

Read the entire piece here, but to sum it up for you JD said, "boutique is in the heart."…

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Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on May 21, 2013 at 10:30am — 17 Comments


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On The Course Review: San Cristobal Papagayo XXL & Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

I didn't mention it in my last (& also first) blog post, but I pair my cigars with a large variety of drinks. Not always planned, I usually decide on a drink and then grab a random cigar. So, props to Logan for masterminding the idea that my reviews focus on my experiences with these pairings. This will be my…

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Added by 007MI6 on May 21, 2013 at 8:07am — 2 Comments

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