August 2015 Blog Posts (24)

Review: Padrón Dámaso No. 8

The Padrón Dámaso is the first full production cigar line to be introduced by Padrón in a long time. And when I say "a long time," we're talking about 14 years. Add all that up, plus the fact that the Dámaso utilizes an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, you have the most talked about new release of ICPPR 2015.

The Dámaso is hitting stores now and is available in the following sizes:

  • No. 8 - 5 1/2 x 46 Corona Extra - MSRP $12.50
  • No.12 - 5 x 50 Robusto - MSRP…

Added by RobbyRas on August 31, 2015 at 8:00am — 15 Comments

Review: Lirio Rojo (Warped Cigars)

While Warped had some exciting releases showcased at the 2015 IPCPR trade show, it's what wasn't showcased that has gotten my attention. Cigars like Corto, Don Reynaldo Regalos and Futuro were released with all retailers and consumers to know, but with those releases was a cigar called Lirio Rojo that has managed to fly under the radar. Which is what the company intended. The cigar was made and distributed to only a…


Added by Seth's Humidor on August 29, 2015 at 12:47pm — 4 Comments

Pre-Release Group Review: Crux Guild

The Crux Guild's wrapper is a dark, oily brown, with some good sized veins and you can see rolling lumps from the tobacco underneath. As though it was produced using a soft press, but the construction seems great. The aroma is a leather and spicy earth/tobacco mix. Quite fragrant and very pleasing. The cold draw is quite spicy and it really hits me in the back of the throat. Also, it was extremely hot outside so I smoked at my B&M and my pictures just didn't come out.

The Crux…


Added by 007MI6 on August 28, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Review: Camacho American Barrel-Aged Gordo

When you're a company like Camacho and you plan a new release, it is only natural to begin that planning with what you have and what you know. You think of making the cigar in Honduras, a blend of Honduran tobacco and the use of Honduran Original Corojo in that blend. That's a process most companies would think of, though certain elements being changed, and that is what companies do 99% of the time. This year though, Camacho did not do that and they truly "thought outside the box."…


Added by Seth's Humidor on August 27, 2015 at 7:10am — 10 Comments

Review: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Dark Bird's Eye

A straight Virginia blend, Gawith, Hogarth & Co. Dark Bird's Eye, is full strength blend. Consisting of whole leafs, instead of strips, the stem is said to give it a 'birds-eye' effect when cut. Apparently a favorite of sailors, because it burn and stores easily. Let's see how it fares for me.

Dark Bird's Eye

Company: Gawith, Hogarth & Co.

How Packaged: Bulk…


Added by 007MI6 on August 26, 2015 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Group Review: Drew Estate Nica Rustica Short Robusto

The original 6”x52 RG Toro Nica Rustica, the El Brujito, was released at the 2013 IPCPR. While I may have not officially rated it as a box buy, I can assure you that I have gone through several 25 count bundles already.

At the 2015 IPCPR, Drew Estate announced the release of 2 additional vitolas. The 4-1/2”x50 Short Robusto and the 7-1/2”x54 Belly. Jonathan Drew’s press release statement about the new sizes:

Nica Rustica is a tribute to Estelí’s…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on August 25, 2015 at 9:00am — 7 Comments

Group Review: Don Reynaldo Regalos (Warped Cigars)

13 months ago, Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars announced that they would be releasing a limited edition cigar out of the well known Miami factory, El Titan de Bronze. The cigar would be limited to only 100 boxes of ten, and would be called Don Reynaldo Coronas De Luxe. The cigar was named in honor of Kyle Gellis' father, and it was a cigar being made as a tribute to the years in which his father educated Kyle on the world of cigars. With the popularity and successes of Warped Cigars, the cigar…


Added by Seth's Humidor on August 24, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Review: Cabal Linda

Chris Arolfo of Cabal Cigars has released a Limited Production cigar named after his late mother, Linda. She passed in 2013 after losing the battle with a rare brain disorder known as frontotemporal dementia, or FTD. This cigar commemorates her memory and will be a yearly release. It's also really neat that the name on the band is Linda Arolfo's actual signature. Only 500 boxes of 14 cigars will be…


Added by 007MI6 on August 21, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Review: The Chinese Finger Trap (MoyaRuiz Cigars)

Earlier this year, MoyaRuiz Cigars announced their first limited edition. The cigar would be called The Chinese Finger Trap, and while the news of a new cigar was appealing, it became even sexier when the packaging was revealed. The company announced limited pieces of information on the cigar, and when it came to the blend they did not disclose a single piece of information. In fact, they said the blend was an "ancient Chinese secret." What is interesting about the blend…


Added by Seth's Humidor on August 20, 2015 at 6:00am — 15 Comments

Review: Gawith, Hoggarth & Co. Coniston Cut Plug

Consisting of 75% dark fired leaf and then equal parts of Burley and Virginia, Coniston Cut Plug should be a strong tobacco. It definitely smells  very strong and is extremely smokey. So, I'l light it up and see how it goes.

Coniston Cut Plug

Company: Gawith, Hogarth & Co.

How Packaged: Bulk

Style: Virgina/Burley

Tobacco Used: Virginia &…


Added by 007MI6 on August 19, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

Group Review: Warped Flor Del Valle Sky Flower

Certainly one of the booths I was looking forward to at the IPCPR 2015 in New Orleans was Warped. Kyle Gellis hit the market with a bang in 2014 with multiple cigars scoring quite high from many sites.

The Flor Del Valle Sky Flower is a follow up to the 2014 release that incorporates Casa Fernandez’s AGANORSA medio tiempo tobacco in the filler.

The Sky Flower is released as a limited run, single vitola in 10 count boxes. 



Added by Cigar Surgeon on August 18, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Pre-Release Group Review: Crux du Connoisseur

The Crux du Connoisseur was one of two new regular production cigars from Crux to debut at IPCPR 2015 in New Orleans.  The Crux boys also announced their first Limited Edition cigar called Limitada PB5 and the addition of Crux Sports.

The release dates of the new Crux cigars are staggered throughout the fall.

  • Crux du Connoisseur - September 2015
    • #1 - 5 5/8 x 35
    • #2 - 6 1/2 x 38
    • #3 - 7 1/2 x 38
  • Crux Guild - October…

Added by RobbyRas on August 17, 2015 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Group Review: Crowned Heads La Imperiosa

The newest release from Crowned Heads at IPCPR 2015 was La Imperiosa, which is actually the same blend as the Las Calaveras '14. Some of the big differences between the two is that La Imperiosa is a regular production cigar, where the LC'14 was a limited edition, and La Imperiosa is being offered in all new sizes. Because LC'14 sold out so fast, most people didn't even get a chance to try one, Crowned Heads decided to remedy that by releasing the cigar again. Check…


Added by 007MI6 on August 14, 2015 at 7:00am — 10 Comments

Review: Flor de Selva Connecticut Toro

In 1995, a company by the name of Maya Selva Cigars entered into the cigar industry and entered in the European market rather than the United States. They started out in France, and they started out with a Connecticut release from Honduras titled Flor de Selva. Well, it has been 20 years since the cigar was first released and after many…


Added by Seth's Humidor on August 13, 2015 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Review: McClelland No. 2015 Virginia Perique Flake

McClelland's No. 2015 Virginia Perique Flake is a blend of rich orange and red Virginians with a dose of St. James Perique, to keep it interesting.

No. 2015 Virginia Perique Flake

Company: McClelland

How Packaged: Bulk

Style: Virgina/Perique

Tobacco Used: Perique & Virginia

Casing/Topping: None…


Added by 007MI6 on August 12, 2015 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Pre-Release Review: Cuatro Cinco Reserva Especial

I reviewed the original Cuatro Cinco by Joya de Nicaragua back in January of 2014, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. When I heard they were revisiting the release I was pretty excited to get my hands on samples to review.


They will be released as ten count boxes in vitolas of Petit Corona (4-1/2x46), Doble Robusto (5x56), Torpedo…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on August 11, 2015 at 9:00am — 12 Comments

A Day at the Drew Estate Connecticut BarnSmoker

"The circus is the place for me with bears and clowns and noise

I love the shiny music that descends from overhead"-Phish "Roggae"

Beginning in High School up until the point I had my first son, I would spend my time following the band Phish around at every opportunity I had.  Sometimes I would just be able to make one show in a run, and sometimes I'd hit up 10 straight along the NorthEast and Mid-Atlantic.  Having a June…


Added by Matt Ross on August 10, 2015 at 2:00pm — 7 Comments

Group Review: La Mission du L'Atelier

La Mission is the latest (and strongest) release form L'Atelier Imports.  La Mission is a soft box press and is currently available in three sizes with four more on the way.  I had a chance to sit down and chat with Casper at IPCPR and he gave us the low down on La Mission and the new Racine.…


Added by RobbyRas on August 10, 2015 at 5:30am — 25 Comments

Review: Black Label Trading Co. Deliverance Nocturne Salomon "Snub Nose"

Black Label Trading Co. has become a big name in the cigar industry since their entrance in 2013; and for me their special releases have been their apex's. In the fall of 2014 the company released Deliverance, a two vitola limited edition series, and it was a release that received positive feedback and high ratings. In July of this year the company announced that they would be expanding the series, and besides adding two new vitolas, the company was…


Added by 007MI6 on August 7, 2015 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Review: Mac Baren HH Acadian Perique

Mac Baren's HH series of tobacco seems to have quite a few variations. And it appears that the Acadian Perique tends to win as the most widely enjoyed.  I can tell you right now that the jar note is exceptionally good and I want to see how this perique plays out.

HH Acadian Perique

Company: Mac Baren

How Packaged: 1.75oz tin



Added by 007MI6 on August 6, 2015 at 8:14am — No Comments

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