May 2014 Blog Posts (64)

Review: Total Flame Nicaragua


             If you have not noticed, Total Flame seems to be making good impressions in the review world.  I posted a review of the FTW (click here) and raved about it to everyone in forums across the internet, while bugging Rob and Logan to pick them up.  It seems since then, they keep getting positive feedback on Cigar Federation and throughout the blogging world.  I…


Added by Catfishbluezz on May 12, 2014 at 4:00am — 5 Comments

Cigar Rights and Some Alec Bradley Cigars

I usually present the cigars I’ve smoked over the last few days, but I had a weird experience this week, and I’m going to hold off on talking about those cigars until I give them some more humidor time and revisit them. All I’ll say is I smoked two cigars that had a really odd finish, and while they were from the same company,  they were made in completely different factories. Unless they had a common component that had a flavor that just didn’t play well with my chemistry,  I’m going…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on May 11, 2014 at 9:29am — 1 Comment

Review: Wilson Adams Habano No. 2

Origin: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano…


Added by Tyler on May 10, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Review: Hechicera by Sotolongo Cigars

Hechicera is the first release from Sotolongo Cigars and is made in conjunction with CLE Cigars.  If you're part of the online cigar community, which I assume you are since you're reading this, then you know who Grace Sotolongo is.  She has followed a path that most of us want to follow.  Most of us would love to go from Cigar Smoker to Cigar Rep to Cigar Brand Owner. And that is exactly what Grace has been able to do.

Sotolongo Cigars is…


Added by RobbyRas on May 8, 2014 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Habanos Review: Romeo Y Julieta Wide Churchill

             Everybody I know has been raving about the Wide Churchill since I can remember getting into Habanos. My good pal Todd asks me every time we speak if I have tried one yet, and threats of bombing always follows.  Therefore, Mr. Tuna finally smashed up my block with one when he heard about my lack of experience with said blend, and I jumped at the chance to sit down and review it.  Personally, I am a big Romeo fan, and they seem to get a bad wrap in the forums.  I love the…


Added by Catfishbluezz on May 8, 2014 at 9:26am — 6 Comments

TBT: Drew Estate Cigar Safari Day 2

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.  This is a blog I posted on another forum in late May 2012 after my Cigar Safari trip - I have not made any updates to this.

Good morning from Esteli! Quick notes - I might rush through this as I have 20 minutes to get all this down before I have to go. At the end of the trip, I'll have…


Added by Matt Ross on May 8, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Bodega Premium Blends Reunión Aperitivo and Digestivo Cigars

Bodega Premium Blends is one of the newer additions to the House of Emilio group of boutique manufacturers.  From what I can gather, the brand was started by four cigar loving entrepreneurs from the Great White North. They currently have two cigars in their Reunión line, the Aperitivo and Digestivo, which are available in three sizes. I received one of each in the 5” x 54 “Double Robusto” size recently in a goodie bag from Gary Griffith.

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Added by Craig Vanderslice on May 7, 2014 at 7:19pm — No Comments

A Day at NJ Cigar Festival

This past weekend was the 3rd Annual NJ Cigar Festival held at the prestigious Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ.  I always get excited for this event for several reasons - it signifies that Spring has officially arrived in New Jersey, its a quality cigar event that is about 15 minutes from my home, and it is typically an extremely nice, laid back cigar event that…


Added by Matt Ross on May 7, 2014 at 9:00am — 5 Comments

Pre-Release Review: Moya Ruiz La Jugada Nunchuck

The La Jugada Nunchuck is the first limited edition cigar for Moya Ruiz. The Nunchuck is set to release before the IPCPR Tradeshow and was made to honor Cigar Dojo and its martial arts theme. This will make the second cigar this year which was made in conjunction with Cigar Dojo.


If you would like to see a picture of the Nunchuck in all its glory, click here.




Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on May 7, 2014 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Review: Room 101 Daruma Mutante

This Room 101 Durama Mutante came to me by way of a great Cigar Aficionado Traveling Stogie, from his  aptly named ‘Win a pair of room 101 Darumas’ contest. This was my first time smoking a Room 101 cigar, and I was pretty excited to try it out.  The fact that it was a lancero vitola, in a time where it seems larger ring gauges are all the rage, made me that much more eager…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on May 7, 2014 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robustos

Is anyone else wondering why Big Tuna is the first to review a Habano from the Hoyo de Monterrey brand? I sure as hell am! Yes, I am a little drunk, but I think that is the only way to actually introduce any of my reviews. Today I am talking about the Hoyo de Monterrey brand and it is a brand that has not gotten a lot of love from me over the years. Trying to…


Added by Seth's Humidor on May 6, 2014 at 10:32pm — 2 Comments

Habanos Review: Montecristo Edmundo

  This is one of my favorite smokes HANDS down!  Check out what Tuna has to say and whether or not he and I will be yelling at each other on the next show over it...  Click Here for the Review…


Added by Catfishbluezz on May 6, 2014 at 9:16am — 1 Comment

Habanos Review: H Upmann Majestic 5.5x40

             Upmann Addicts Anonymous checking in for duty. When a brother has a chance to score boxes with 5-6 years on them, you jump. I was introduced to the Majestic when given that opportunity, and was not let down. Quickly after experiencing what an aged Majestic had to offer, I turned to new production, and was pleasantly greeted with fine cigars for economic value. So I figured sooner or later, I must review my hidden gem in the Upmann line. The size is a Cremas 5.5x40, which…


Added by Catfishbluezz on May 6, 2014 at 9:12am — 3 Comments


Back in 2010 tobacco giant Altadis, maker of popular brands Romeo y Julieta, Montecristo, and H. Upmann, released the lesser-known VegaFina Sumum Edición Especial 2010 to the masses overseas. Due to immense popularity over there they decided to spread the joy back home with a small batch release to select retailers throughout the United States.



Added by Jason Zahner on May 5, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Review: Bodega Aperitivo Corona Gorda

             Chances are, if you hang out on twitter or in the cigar social media world, you probably heard about Bodega as one of their fearless leaders, Cigar_G, has a unique presence you could say.  His combination of humor and fervor for cigars is rather original to say the least.  I had the pleasure of hanging with the Bodega crew at IPCPR, well before their cigars were released or finished, and got to see the partnership with the House of Emilio blossom on the show floor.  Rob…


Added by Catfishbluezz on May 5, 2014 at 4:00am — 7 Comments

Camacho Blackout

Factory of Production:
 Agro Industrias Laepe,…


Added by Marc on May 4, 2014 at 2:22pm — 3 Comments

A Rodrigo Lancero, a Leccia Luchador and a Surrogates Skull Breaker

Lots going on this week, between weather and migraines, I’ve been a bit off my game.  I still managed to smoke some great cigars though. It wasn’t easy, but it has to be done!  Before I get into the cigars, I’d like to point you to another great article regarding FDA regulation, and implore you to make your feelings known on the page so we can save our hobby, our passion from being disrupted unnecessarily. Patrick Semmens wrote an excellent article last week:…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on May 4, 2014 at 9:22am — No Comments

The Moment I Put My Lips on the FHK Cigar I Knew It Was Luv

I suspected that when I met Mr. FHK that we might have a brief affair. His brother Tantrum left me satisfied ... but I was left thinking long and hard how I really wanted more.

So when the Chairman of the board suggested I spend the day with FHK from Ezra Zion ... I jumped at the chance to make his acquaintance. And why not? This sleek and finely crafted cigar…


Added by Robusto Cigar Babe on May 4, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Review: 262 Ideology Robusto

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado

Binder: Nicaragua…


Added by Tyler on May 3, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

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