June 2014 Blog Posts (61)

Review - The Collective

Let me start by saying I'm no reviewer, but I'll give it a shot. 

When I started this stick, I quickly found that the strength is perfect to my liking. It's a Med to Med+ stick. Not to strong, but not so mild it's forgettable. It started off with a nice ceder, just plain good cigar flavor to it. I would have been happy with this stick if it had stayed…


Added by Jay on June 11, 2014 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Jaxx LT, Stixx and Jaxx from La Sirena Cigars

A few weeks ago La Sirena Cigars announced the acquisition of Old School Cigar Co. and the addition of their three lines to their own. I received samples and eagerly smoked a Jaxx and a Stixx after a week in the humidor. I didn’t comment on them here, because something was a little off, there was an odd aftertaste that was quite off-putting. I had a hard time believing that two cigars made in different factories could share that one odd aftertaste. I mentioned this to Max at Team La…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on June 11, 2014 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Press Release: JOYA RED Vitola Name Update

Due to a conflict with the name "Cardinal", Joya de Nicaragua have changed the vitola name to "CAÑONAZO".…


Added by Matt Ross on June 11, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Review: Habanos Bolivar Royal Corona

             Last week, old Tuna called the Bolivar Royal Corona the best Cuban Robusto and had a raving review of the cigar. Personally, I have never been a fan of the vitola in the Bolivar marca as the Belicosos Finos has always been my preference. However, the Royal Corona is one of those Habanos that has a cult following. My memory of the last time I smoked it was I found it a little harsh or my palate, so I was interested to revisit for review as I have only had a few. A good…


Added by Catfishbluezz on June 11, 2014 at 10:14am — 2 Comments

Group Review: Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Grand Chasseur TAA 2013

The Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Grand Chasseur TAA 2013 marked the third straight year that Tatuaje produced a TAA exclusive cigar.  The 2011 and 2012 versions were similar blends in different vitolas while the 2013 edition is a completely different blend.  The 2013 TAA release ties in to the Tatuaje 10th Anniversary releases that also came out in 2013.


Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Grand Chasseur TAA 2013



Added by RobbyRas on June 11, 2014 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Press Release: AJ Fernandez Cigars Proudly Announces Robbie Streitz as new National Sales Manager

(Miami, Florida) June 10, 2014A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing some of the finest cigars in the industry is proud to announce Robbie Streitz as their new Nation Sales Manager. Robbie will manage the sales force from A.J. Fernandez headquarters located in Sunrise, Florida.
Robbie Streitz, a lifetime cigar enthusiast and Southern California native received his start in the tobacco industry when he started his own radio show;…

Added by Matt Ross on June 10, 2014 at 11:51am — No Comments

Group Review: Caldwell Cigar Company “The King is Dead” Broken Sword

Robert Caldwell, formerly partnered with Christian Eiroa and Wynwood Cigar Company, formed Caldwell Cigar Company in February of 2014.   Rolled out of the Dominican republic, the official debut party was out of San Diego in April of 2014.

“The Caldwell Collection” line-up consists of 25…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on June 10, 2014 at 6:00am — 13 Comments

Review: Felix Assouline Ego Trip

Wrapper: Habano Criollo 98

Binder: Indonesian



Added by Tyler on June 9, 2014 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Review: La Jugada Prieto Robusto 5x52

             It’s day four of IPCPR (yeah I know that was almost a year ago, but I only review one cigar a week, deal with it), weariness has crept in, my body is weak, and my mind not as sharp after a long night of hanging with G and the Bodega crew.  Only Rob stuck with me the night before, and needless to say, I needed a pick me up the next day.  Logan was pulling me left and right as we attempted to get to the booth to begin the day.  Enter La Jugada, with a Prieto and Cuban espresso…


Added by Catfishbluezz on June 9, 2014 at 4:00am — 6 Comments

Kristoff CRA, 601 Bunker Buster and La Jugada Cigars

I’ve been largely absent from writing and social media since my wife’s father passed away this week.  My wife has been busy making arrangements and tomorrow he’ll be laid to rest in New Jersey. I’m sure everyone understands why I missed my Wednesday post for the first time in several years.  I smoked many cigars with Mario over the years, I remember him telling me early on that cigars cooled you off on a hot day, and he had a story about coming through customs at the Canadian border with a…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on June 8, 2014 at 1:32pm — 1 Comment


Trying to keep the family and business ties straight in the cigar industry can be challenging at times. This week’s subject is a case in point. The label on the stick says JAXX is a product of Old School Cigars, but that’s yesterday’s news. Old School was acquired by La Sirena a few months back, and it was a family transaction. La Sirena is run by Arielle Ditkowich, the…


Added by Jason Zahner on June 6, 2014 at 8:27pm — No Comments

BREAKING NEWS - L'Atelier announces LAT SS Lancero on CigarChat

L'Atelier Imports announced the production of the LAT Selection Speciale Lancero for release at IPCPR 2014.  Casper Johnson broke the news during an episode of CigarChat that aired on Thursday, June 5th right here on CigarFederation.com.

According to Casper, 2014 is "the year of Lanceros" and with the release of the LAT Lancero and the Tatuaje Lancero Sampler it was the right time for the LAT SS Lancero.

The LAT SS Lancero will be released at IPCPR…


Added by RobbyRas on June 6, 2014 at 10:51am — 3 Comments

Cigar Review: Bolívar Royal Coronas (TEB NOV-08)

You keep that Cohiba because today I am talking about what I believe to be the greatest robusto coming out of Cuba. It has always done well in terms of ratings by critics and there is reason for that. There is a greatHabanos smoker that I know who swears by these robustos and he believes them…


Added by Seth's Humidor on June 5, 2014 at 3:05pm — 2 Comments

Review: Lou Rodriguez Edición Premier

This Lou Rodriguez Edición Premier has a mottled, dark brown wrapper in a relatively soft, box-press. It has quite a rough exterior from the bunching inside, but the wrapper itself has minimal veins and smooth seams. Although, I can feel various soft mad hard spots throughout. The wrapper smells like a sweet mix of leather & tobacco. The cold draw is effortless, with notes of leather and earth.…


Added by 007MI6 on June 5, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Press Release: Rediscover Joya with JOYA Red

Estelí – You probably know Joya de Nicaragua as the traditional maker of powerful cigars. Think again!

Meet JOYA RED, a new and exciting side of JDN. Some might even call it unexpected. Developed for the modern smoker by the youngest executive team in the industry, together with the most senior Master Blenders of Nicaragua. Juan Ignacio Martínez (31), President of JDN since 2013, led a team of contemporary executives and experienced Master Blenders such as…


Added by Matt Ross on June 4, 2014 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Press Release: CAO Releases Sinister Sam

CAO has just released a new twist on CAO America called Sinister Sam.
From now until the limited quantity is depleted, CAO Sinister Sam (6.5” x 52, SRP per cigar is $8.50) is a small batch cigar available exclusively at cigar shops nationwide until the limited release of 2,000 boxes is sold…

Added by Matt Ross on June 4, 2014 at 8:34am — No Comments

Press Release: The New Look Miami Cigar & Co. to Celebrate 25 Years in the Business During the 2014 IPCPR

(Miami, Florida) June 3, 2014Miami Cigar & Company targets the 2014 IPCPR as the official launch pad for their new “look” as they celebrate 25 years in business. These key changes in branding aside from being of celebratory significance also better position the company to increase…


Added by Matt Ross on June 3, 2014 at 9:52am — No Comments

Press Release: La Palina Collection Goldie Laguito Especial Now Available at Retailers Nationwide

Goldie Drell Paley, the namesake of our brand, was the wife of Sam Paley, who founded La Palina in 1896. To celebrate the history, contributions and accomplishments of women in the cigar industry, La Palina released the La Palina Collection Goldie series in 2012.

The 2014 Goldie Laguito Especial will be a 7x40 cigar, presented in 2500 numbered boxes of 10.…


Added by Matt Ross on June 3, 2014 at 9:12am — 1 Comment

Press Release: REINADO® Grand Empire Reserve Continues to Expand with the Introduction of an Aged Ecuadorian Connecticut Wrapped Petit Lancero

REINADO® Grand Empire Reserve Continues to Expand with the Introduction of an Aged Ecuadorian Connecticut Wrapped Petit Lancero

New Ecuador Edition Petit Lancero provides a distinctive, complex flavor profile.

Oradell, NJ, June 2, 2014 — (PR.com) — REINADO® Cigars eagerly announces the upcoming availability of its latest cigar in the Grand Empire Reserve line, a Petit Lancero. Like all Grand Empire Reserves, the new Petit…


Added by Matt Ross on June 3, 2014 at 8:53am — No Comments

Review: Samsara Robusto

             I was chatting with my buddy Akhil (Regius Cigars) on the phone recently, planning some debauchery and general nonsense about his recent visit to my hometown, and a cigar came up he thought I should try. The Samsara is apparently a house blend that is picking up steam in Southern California, so he made a point to grab a couple, and send them my way. I had never head of the company before, and the only information available is that it seems to come from the…


Added by Catfishbluezz on June 2, 2014 at 4:30am — 7 Comments

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