July 2014 Blog Posts (72)

IPCPR 2014: Crowned Heads

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The Crowned Heads booth is the first place I wanted to go when we hit the IPCPR show floor. So, guess where we went first when we hit the show floor? I'll assume you all guessed right.…


Added by RobbyRas on July 31, 2014 at 10:06am — 4 Comments

Review: Epicurean Carnavale Lancero

The Epicurean Carnavale in the lancero format is simply great to look at. Just released at IPCPR14, there is not a whole lot of information out there about this cigar, but the 7x38, box pressed cigar has some great looks. The dark brown wrapper is velvety smooth, with minimal veins and well pressed seams. Topped off with a colorful, shiny gold band, portraying a mask, similar to those worn at masquerade parties. The prelight is giving off the scent of cocoa and cereal, with a little…


Added by 007MI6 on July 31, 2014 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Royal Gold Nirvana, Villiger Caberete and Nat Sherman Timeless Cigars

Sunday was an absolutely beautiful day so, after doing a little yard work, I alternated between smoking cigars in my chair in the yard and smoking cigars in the pool.  We’ll be moving soon, so whether we’ll have a pool in the future is quite uncertain, so I’m trying to take advantage of the pool as much as possible.  I started the day with an old La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especialé Cubano from a box that came back with me from the DR in 2011.  These have aged nicely.  When that…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on July 30, 2014 at 8:34pm — No Comments

IPCPR 2014: Crux Cigars

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Crux Cigars has been taking the social media community by storm all year. So, if you have not heard the name and can't name at least one of their blends, I would be surprised. They are constantly sharing photos of cigars in the factory, new blends and new…


Added by 007MI6 on July 30, 2014 at 11:41am — 5 Comments

Group Review: Crowned Heads Jericho Hill

Jericho Hill is the first full production release from Crowned Heads to be produced by My Father Cigars.  My Father also produced a limited run of the Las Calaveras for Crowned Heads earlier this year.  All of the previous cigars released by Crowned Heads were produced in the DR by Ernesto Perez Carillo including the…


Added by RobbyRas on July 30, 2014 at 9:30am — 7 Comments

IPCPR 2014: Viaje Cigars

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Viaje Cigars had a "no nonsense" kind of set up at IPCPR this year.  While several booths employed beautiful young ladies to lure in customers, Andre Farkas…


Added by RobbyRas on July 29, 2014 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Group Review: Ortega Serie D Black

It was great having the opportunity to meet Eddie Ortega in person at the IPCPR 2014 in Las Vegas.  Eddie said the goal of the cigar was to come out with something more medium bodied as opposed to the more full bodied Serie D Maduro line.  He also moved away from the box press due to some feedback. 

This was one of those cigars that was immediately high on the list for group…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on July 29, 2014 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

IPCPR 2014: UberGuide

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             You may be asking, why is Catfish writing about a cigar app when there are tons of cigar apps out there that are completely useless and we want to know about cigars! Personally, I use a scanner app on my phone as a consumer all the time.  I use it for…


Added by Catfishbluezz on July 29, 2014 at 4:00am — 8 Comments

Press Release: 2014 General Cigar New Product Info At A Glance

Macanudo Estate Reserve

An exceptional cigar that features private reserve Jamaican tobacco cultivated and aged exclusively for this limited release.  Just 1,800 boxes per size have been made.

Debuts in September.

Wrapper: Connecticut

Binder: Mexican

Filler: Jamaican


Macanudo Estate Reserve…


Added by Matt Ross on July 28, 2014 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Press Release: La Barba Announces "Purple" for September

Ohio, June 9 2014 (Youngstown, Oh) - La Barba Cigars, helmed by Tony Bellatto and Craig Rossi, hard at work on their new release and are finally ready to set it loose upon the industry. They're following their initial Honduran sourced cigar, the La Barba "Red Label", with an all new, badass, Dominican monster they've dubbed "Purple", and it lands in September.…


Added by Matt Ross on July 28, 2014 at 3:15pm — 1 Comment

Review: Warped Cigars La Colmena

Warped Cigars was one of the booths I was eager to visit when we arrived at IPCPR 2014 last week.  I had seen and heard a lot about Warped Cigars on Instagram and Twitter and I really want to check them out.  La Colmena (The Beehive) was released at the show along with Flor de Valle (Flower of the Valley). Their first release is called El Oso (The Bear) and features a blue bear face on the band.  We will have a group review of that on in the coming weeks.  Today we're talking about the new…


Added by RobbyRas on July 28, 2014 at 10:00am — 19 Comments

IPCPR 2014: Atabey, Bandolero, and Byron

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             Another year down at IPCPR, and another year of good times and memories.  This year the IPCPR team was all business honestly, and we had very little time to relax.  As each day ended, I was looking forward to taking a nap, instead of going out.  We learned a ton…


Added by Catfishbluezz on July 28, 2014 at 4:30am — 12 Comments

IPCPR 2014: Drew Estate

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Drew Estate had a lot going on at their booth during IPCPR 2014. Let me break it down for you. Before I do, this is a picture of JD and I after the interview we had with him. Not my best picture. JD was on point, as usual.…


Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on July 27, 2014 at 9:00pm — 9 Comments

Gran Habano Baracuda, La Hermandad and Buena Vista Reserva and a Book

I guess I’m just in the habit of smoking new cigars this time of year because of going to the IPCPR for the last few years, although I did revisit an old favorite too.  I also read a book over the course of the week that I wanted to share. The book is called “From Seeds to Cigars” and is written by William Miller.  Mr. Miller is a photographer and graphic designer who had the good fortune to visit several factories and farms in Honduras and Nicaragua while working for Famous Smoke…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on July 27, 2014 at 10:46am — 1 Comment

Crowned Heads Angels Anvil

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Vitola: Churchill

Size: 7 1/4 x 49

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Havana

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

MSRP: $10.5…


Added by Marc on July 26, 2014 at 2:02pm — 2 Comments

Review: RoMaCraft Aquitaine Anthropology

I was first introduced to the RoMaCraft Aquitaine at its national release during the 2012 Chattanooga Tweetup.  I came home with a handful of them then,…


Added by The Cigarmy (Kip) on July 24, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Some New Cigars: Gurkha, Nomad and Spectral from Flor de Gonzalez

In the IPCPR show spirit, I smoked some more newbies this week!  I’ve been seeing a few cigars from the show that I’m looking forward to getting my hands on, but from what I’ve seen on other media outlets, it’s a lot of the same. I’m amused when I see comment on the IPCPR show and their policies by either new sites (they are supposed to see if you’ve had your site up for more than a month or two) or bloggers who have never been there, or have no knowledge apart from what they’ve read…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on July 23, 2014 at 7:51pm — No Comments

Illusione Holy Lance Review

Illusione Holy Lance (Natural)

Size - Lancero 7½ x 40

MSRP: 8.50-9.00 range

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Corojo ' 99, Criollo '98



Added by Michael Nix on July 23, 2014 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Review: La Palina El Diario KB "Kill Bill"

The El Diario line is rolled in Honduras at the Raices Cubanas factory.   The KB "Kill Bill" weighs in at an adorable 4 ¼ x 40; however, do not let the size fool you as it is quite the little flavor bomb. …


Added by Tyler on July 22, 2014 at 10:27am — 2 Comments

Mini-Review: Belle Encre vs. Belle Encre Reserva

Good day, folks.  I’ve been smoking a fair number of both the Tatuaje Belle Encre and its Reserva brother lately, and thought I’d jot down some comparisons between the two.  The Belle Encre was a line expansion to Pete Johnson’s original Brown Label line (Seleccion de Cazador) this past year, in commemoration of Tatuaje’s 10th…


Added by The Cigarmy (Kip) on July 22, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

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