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Panacea Green Lancaster Broadleaf -

Here is a link to a good review of the Panacea Green from CigarInspector and a great background article on Pennsylvania tobacco from Cigar Aficianado. Enjoy!

The Panacea Green Broadleaf…


Added by Ron Barker on December 31, 2011 at 8:13am — 1 Comment

Covering Your Ash: Swag Limitado 99

If you are familiar with the Swag brand, you know that the folks at Oliveros Cigars have crafted a distinctive, stylish line that also delivers plenty of taste. The Limitado 99, introduced during the summer, is a worthy family member. It is a limited release – about 2,000 boxes – produced from a long-forgotten bale of 1999 Dominican ligero tobacco that was recently discovered…


Added by Jason Zahner on December 30, 2011 at 10:36pm — 1 Comment


 Hey hey hey friends of the leaf.

 This is my last post for 2011 ( yeah yeah you can all sigh a sigh of thanks ) Thats ok cuz I'll be back...... in 2012. For my last review of the year I've chosen a cigar that I discovered at the beginning of 2011. LA LIBERTAD. a cigar that I have enjoyed all year and still marvel at how much I still enjoy lighting one up. The cigar comes from the folks at Villiger Stokkebye, and is rolled in the Dominican Republic. The cigars are adorned with a…


Added by Clyde Griesbach on December 30, 2011 at 1:05pm — 3 Comments

Care about your cigars? Here is an inexpensive digital Hygrometer

 Care about your cigars? This was a $20 purchase at Lowe's that has a remote transmitter (they use it "Outside") that I have in my Closidor but will also go inside your humidors. The inside of the Closidor is 64 degrees and is at 70% humidity compared to  71 degrees and 30% humidity in the office. High and low temperatures today were 74 and 64 degrees respectively. All you need. …


Added by Ron Barker on December 29, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

My Uzi Weighs a Ton Bait Fish - Cigar Review

Cigar Snapshot Podcast Episode 19

Click HERE to link to episode page and listen!

My Uzi Weighs a Ton Bait Fish


Size: 4 x…


Added by Bill Berris on December 29, 2011 at 1:30am — No Comments

CigarVolante is in the Spotlight at International Wine Country

CigarVolante LLC is the MidAtlantic Distributor for The Flatbed Cigar Company, makers of Panacea Cigars, a new cigar company with an old school approach to cigar making, “At Panacea we make cigars the old fashioned way. We use great tobacco, properly aged, masterfully blended and rolled by consummate professionals.”

Ron Barker of CigarVolante approaches cigar smoking as an aesthetic like fine dining or drinking a fine wine. “Smoking the right cigar with the right beverage can enhance…


Added by Ron Barker on December 28, 2011 at 3:28pm — 2 Comments

Panacea Pairings - The Wines of Potomac Point Winery

The Potomac Point Winery is a beautiful, Mediterranean style building that has private arbors, sweeping views, and a Tuscan style courtyard where E! and I joined Wine Club Manager and Festival Event Coordinator Michelle Patterson and Tad, Catering Chef and fellow cigar smoker, for an afternoon of wine tasting and cigar pairing last fall.…


Added by Ron Barker on December 28, 2011 at 11:04am — No Comments

Looking for a Winter Herf Site in Charlottesville, VA

Winter is a tough time for cigar smokers in our Nanny State society. Unlike cigarette smokers that can dash out into the cold for a 5 minute nicotine fix we truly love our indulgence and look for a cozy place, preferably next to a fire, where we can sip and smoke. Those are few and far between. I was fortunate to join the Southside Cigar Club, another Meetup group, for one of their Herfs in Hampton. They are fortunate to have several venues where they can smoke in relative comfort and I…


Added by Ron Barker on December 28, 2011 at 10:43am — No Comments

Toraño Family Cigar Co. Hosts 2nd Annual Holiday Toy Drive

(Miami, FL) December 27, 2011— Toraño Family Cigar Co. partnered up with media sponsors Cigar Snob Magazine, Social Florida Magazine, and South Florida Luxury Magazine along with local radio station 880 AM The Biz for the second annual…


Added by Good Fellas Cigars on December 28, 2011 at 12:42am — No Comments

Covering Your Ash: Reinado

Reinado, Spanish for “reign,” is a relatively new cigar line from owner, and New Jersey native, Antonio Lam.

From their website: “Reinado is a premium blend of Nicaraguan tobacco aged up to five years and uniquely fermented to deliver the highest quality smoking experience.”

Cigar Stats: The Reinado is a Nicaraguan Puro made at the Cubanero Cigar Factory. The wrapper is a Nicaraguan Habano Rosado with the Binder and Filler also from Nicaragua. The blend is offered in five…


Added by Jason Zahner on December 23, 2011 at 11:22pm — No Comments

EVERYDAY-CIGARS : La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Maduro 452

 Seasons greetings lovers of the leaf. Today I'm going to give you my thoughts on a cigar that I look forward to smoking every time I grab one. The Double Ligero Maduro 452 from the people at La Flor Dominicana. Let me start by saying LFD has and is having quite a year, and I feel this cigar is another feather in their cap. The cigar is small 4x52 but packs flavor like a much bigger smoke. The wrapper is Ecudorian sun grown Maduro and the binder is Dominican as is the filler. All this makes…


Added by Clyde Griesbach on December 23, 2011 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Panacea Pairings - Holly Grove Winery, The Reds

In the last post we introduced the Panacea Pairings for the White Wines of Holly Grove including the first pairings for the newly introdued Panacea Azul, our new Cameroon, which showed its versatility and complexity in its abilty to pair with a complex white wine and a slightly dry and flavorful rosé. This week we introduce the Holly Grove Red Wines and another level of complexity as we add the impact of ring gauge on the pairing process.


A cigar is made up of three basic…


Added by Ron Barker on December 21, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Does your spouse approve of cigars?

If any of you asked your wives to buy you a cigar would she know what to get?

My wife has no clue. However one week ago for my birthday she bought me a box of montichristo's.

There were 8 tubes in the box, kilimagaro, talisman ect. I'm a hardcore maduro fan.... but she tried and thats all that counts.

Added by Lance Willard on December 20, 2011 at 2:49pm — 4 Comments

favorite cigars

whats your favorite cigar?

Added by Lance Willard on December 17, 2011 at 1:27pm — 1 Comment

Covering Your Ash: E.P. Carrillo Dark Rituals

The EPC Cigar Company – the collaboration of famed cigar-maker Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and son, Ernie, and daughter, Lissette McPhillips – has been producing limited-edition sticks for the past three years, and they have quickly become must-try smokes for many cigar enthusiasts. This year’s Edicion Limitada is called “Dark Rituals,” and we must try it.



Added by Jason Zahner on December 16, 2011 at 10:02pm — No Comments

Everyday - Cigars Zino Z Class Series

Hey there lovers of the leaf, Today I'm going to give you my thoughts on the new Z Class series from Zino. First let me say that this is the first new release from the Zino people in a few years. This series was introduced to the public this year 2011. The series comes in four sizes and each cigar size gives it's own unique strength, flavor and aroma. That being said the sizes sound more like cars than cigars but hey thats cool. The sizes are  the " 546 P" 51/4 x 46, the " 550 R "4 7/8 x 50,…


Added by Clyde Griesbach on December 16, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

12 Spectacular Days of Cigar Giveaways Countdown! A Monte Pascoal, a My Uzi and a Cain

It’s been a busy week, I’ve been gearing up for the 12 Spectacular Days of Cigar Giveaways and the weather was mild and rainy for the fist part of the week, and cold at the end.  This didn’t stop me from getting in a few interesting cigars though!


Mid way through the week I took a walk with a …


Added by Craig Vanderslice on December 11, 2011 at 7:56am — No Comments

Cigar Snapshot Podcast - Four Kicks Robusto

Cigar Snapshot Podcast Episode 18

Four Kicks Robusto

Click HERE to link to episode and LISTEN!

Size: 5 x 50

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano


Added by Bill Berris on December 11, 2011 at 1:36am — No Comments

Covering Your Ash: Gurkha Royal Challenge

While the world of retail commerce drifts increasingly to the online realm, there is still something to be said for getting a good look at a product in the here and now before plunking down your money. The folks at Gurkha evidently agree, for they recently launched three lines – Royal Challenge, Seduction, and Cellar Reserve – that are sold exclusively at…


Added by Jason Zahner on December 9, 2011 at 8:35pm — 3 Comments

Covering Your Ash: Crowned Heads Four Kicks

Our latest review is the first creation from a company called Crowned Heads which was founded by former longtime employees of CAO who left when it merged with General Cigar. The name “Four Kicks” is from the title of a Kings of Leon song.

With a 2011 production of 30,000, the Four Kicks is available at only 66 retailers nationwide. Fortunately, Buttheads…


Added by Jason Zahner on December 9, 2011 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

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