July 2015 Blog Posts (65)

Press Release: Crux Cigars Announces Crux Limitada PB5

Last week, Crux Cigars announced their newest releases- Crux Guild and Crux du Connoisseur, and to kickoff this week they have announced their third and final new release for 2015, the Crux Limitada PB5. This cigar marks the eight line for the company, and like past releases the cigar is made at Plasencia…


Added by Seth's Humidor on July 13, 2015 at 1:35pm — 1 Comment

Press Release: Drew Estate Unveils “Undercrown Shade”

Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today that they would be launching a new line extension to their Undercrown line – “Undercrown Shade”, a Connecticut Shade- wrapped cigar brand that will join the original San Andres-wrapped line. The new “Undercrown Shade” brand will be displayed in Drew Estate’s booth (Booth #15407) at the 2015 IPCPR Tradeshow in New Orleans, Louisiana.…


Added by Matt Ross on July 13, 2015 at 1:19pm — 3 Comments

An Evening with Jonathan Drew & Willy Herrera: NJ Cigar Festival 2015

Yesterday was the annual NJ Cigar Festival organized by Barrister Cigars at the Metropolitan Cigar Society in Fairfield, NJ.  In past years, the NJ Cigar Festival has been a multi-vendor event.  Originally, it was held at Riverfront Stadium in Newark, NJ before several years at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, NJ with the event typically taking place in early…


Added by Matt Ross on July 13, 2015 at 12:44pm — 4 Comments

Press Release: Master Blends Cigar Company with Tabacalera El Artista to Showcase Manolo Estate at IPCPR

July 13, 2015 (Hoboken, NJ) – The Master Blends Cigar Company with Tabacalera El Artista will showcase their highly anticipated boutique brand, Manolo Estate Hand Rolled Cigars, at the 83rd Annual IPCPR Convention & International Trade Show in New Orleans, Louisiana from July 17 -21 in booth #15229.

The International Premium Cigar & Pipe…


Added by Matt Ross on July 13, 2015 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Press Release: A.J. Fernandez to Introduce the "Enclave" at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans

(Miami, Florida) July 13, 2015— A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing consistently highly rated and sought after cigars, is proud to unveil “Enclave” at the 2015 IPCPR in New Orleans. Following in the footsteps of the very popular New World cigar, the Enclave blend was a special collaboration between A.J. and his father Ismael Fernandez.



Added by Matt Ross on July 13, 2015 at 10:28am — 2 Comments

Press Release: Agio Announces Balmoral Añejo XO For Release At 2015 IPCPR Show

In 2014 Balmoral introduced their flagship cigar Añejo 18, which was an impressive success globally. The cigar was rated with 93 points by Cigar Journal, collected 5 cigar rings in the French magazine L’Amateur de Cigare (Cigarscope) and claimed a 12th position in the Cigar Journal top 25 of best cigars from the Dominican Republic. It has been a wonderful year for Balmoral. The rare 18-year old Arapiraca wrapper is very limited and to continue the success of Añejo, which in fact is based on…


Added by Matt Ross on July 10, 2015 at 12:38pm — 5 Comments

Press Release: Drew Estate Appoints Grant Batson To Head Up Pipe Division

Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today that they have hired renowned American pipe maker Grant Batson to head up their pipe division, which includes their Drew Estate Classics pipe tobacco line, along with their Drew Estate Pipe Collection by Tsuge. Drew Estate is also the exclusive North American distributor for Tsuge Pipes out of Japan.

Grant Batson has been a pipe…


Added by Matt Ross on July 10, 2015 at 11:12am — 2 Comments

Review: A.J. Fernandez New World

This is another hefty cigar, large diameter and lots of weight. The wrapper is very smooth with only one main vein, and a nice box-press form. Besides the size, the highly decorated band and color contrasting foot band make for a very eye-catching cigar. The pre-light aromas are great. Lots of vibrant, spicy tobacco tingle and a clean cedar background.

New World by AJ Fernandez

Size: 6x60



Added by 007MI6 on July 10, 2015 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Press Release: Foundation Cigar Co. Announced First Line, El Güegüense

We all knew that Nicholas Melillo had been working on a cigar long before he announced Foundation Cigar Co. in June, but today the company officially announced its first line that will be showcased at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show. Named after the first literary work of post-Columbian Nicaragua, the cigar is titled El…


Added by Seth's Humidor on July 9, 2015 at 10:46pm — 5 Comments

Press Release: Crux Cigars Announces Second Release, Crux du Connoisseur

After the announcement of the Crux Guild earlier this week, Crux Cigars has announced their second new release release of 2015. This will be one of three new releases this year, and will be the seventh line for the company. The cigar is called Crux du Connoisseur, and the company has said it is a cigar that is "exceedingly rich,…


Added by Seth's Humidor on July 9, 2015 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Review: Davidoff Winston Churchill Robusto

At the beginning of the year, Davidoff announced that they would be relaunching the Winston Churchill brand. Besides giving the packaging a whole new and improved look, they would be creating a whole new cigar as well. The new release was to be more in line with the direction that the company has been going- less emphasis on Dominican tobacco…


Added by Seth's Humidor on July 8, 2015 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

Press Release: KILO Makes Return at IPCPR

What began in 2013 as a test blend marketed at cigar shops in New Mexico, Texas and Maryland, KILO was a labor of love for Barry Stein and was originally made at La Aurora in the Dominican Republic. Originally the Director of Social Media for Miami Cigar & Company he parted ways with them in the spring of 2014 when he relocated to New Hampshire to work for David Garofalo. As a parting gift for his service to the company they allowed him to keep the trademark KILO.

Today, KILO is…


Added by Matt Ross on July 8, 2015 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

Press Release: Las Cumbres Tabaco Announces Señorial Maduro Natural & Señorial Lancero

With the 2015 IPCPR less than two weeks away, Las Cumbres Tabaco has announced a second new line and a line extension as well. Just a month ago they announced the new line Freyja, the first line by Emma Viktorsson, but today we are looking at the new releases from Jose Blanco. Jose reentered the industry last year with the Señorial and Señorial 65th, but today we are find out about the Señorial Lancero and Señorial Maduro Natural.

The Señorial Lancero…


Added by Seth's Humidor on July 8, 2015 at 11:53am — No Comments

Press Release: Crux Cigars Releasing Crux Guild at 2015 IPCPR

Last year Crux Cigars hit the market in force and we were greeted with a multitude of offerings. They had offerings that reached out to a variety of smokers, and on a personal level I enjoyed their entire portfolio- Passport, Bull & Bear, Classic, Skeeterz, and Ninfamaniac The company ended up on my Top 25 of 2014 with one of their releases-…


Added by Seth's Humidor on July 8, 2015 at 11:51am — 2 Comments

Press Release: Black Label Trading Company Announces Deliverance Nocturne

July 8, 2015 — Black Label Trading Company is pleased to announce the upcoming release of DELIVERANCE NOCTURNE: Hand crafted at Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua; Deliverance Nocturne features a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper and is available in two custom Salomon vitolas.

Deliverance Nocturne will be an addition to the Deliverance line, made throughout the…


Added by Matt Ross on July 8, 2015 at 11:49am — No Comments

Can you believe it has already been a year?

Good morning FedHeads,

365 days ago I announced I purchased Cigar Federation. I can't believe a year has already went by. When I look back at the last year it was a crazy how much happened on Cigar Federation.

  • Went to IPCPR and interviewed over 90 companies
  • Raised over $8k for Project Manana
  • Had JD on CigarChat a week before they announced…

Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on July 8, 2015 at 9:30am — 16 Comments

Review: Cornell & Diehl Nutty Irishman

Nutty Irishman is an aromatic pipe tobacco from Cornell & Diehl. Ribbon cut and topped with liqueur. Yep. I’m done writing, time to smoke!

Nutty Irishman

Company: Cornell & Diehl

How Packaged: 2oz…


Added by 007MI6 on July 8, 2015 at 8:19am — No Comments

A fond farewell


          Gentlemen, it is time that I move on from my time writing as a cigar reviewer and participating as a moderator on Cigar Federation, What Embargo, and Habanos Critic. Due to professional obligations, it is in my best interests to step away from the cigar industry as a reviewer, commentator, and general fan of all things wrapped in Connecticut leaf. I discussed this with Logan and Seth briefly a few weeks ago, and wanted to take the time to let you all…


Added by Catfishbluezz on July 7, 2015 at 10:46am — 18 Comments

Press Release: ACME Cigar Company to debut at IPCPR 2015

Old Brand, New Style

DALLAS,TX  –  Acme Cigar Company announces the launch of the company and its three new lines – Acme Premier Ecuador, Acme Premier San Andres and Acme Route 66.  The company and its new lines will be at the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers show in New Orleans July 17- 21. (Booths 12225, 12226)…


Added by RobbyRas on July 7, 2015 at 10:20am — No Comments

Review: Viaje Zombie Antidote (2014)

I received the Viaje Antidote by way of a bomb from Jordan, a good local BoTL. The Viaje Antidote was released to Viaje retailers and was packaged in a plastic jar meant to look like a prescription bottle. They were sold as 24 count jars.


Vitola: Lonsdale

Size: 6-1/4” x 44 Ring…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on July 7, 2015 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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