Featured Blog Posts – October 2014 Archive (23)

Review: Falto Lonsdale

The Falto Lonsdale is far from a new cigar, but it is definitely new to me. Until just recently, I was not aware of this brand, but I ran into them at IPCPR and was able to learn more. Check them out here, at La Garita Cigar. The Falto Lonsdale, is a nice looking cigar. Great construction, smooth, clean wrapper and a nice in hand feel. The pre-light aroma was…


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

Review: Tatuaje Jekyll - Monster Series

The Jekyll is seventh release in the Tatuaje Monster Series.  It is tied in with the No. 8 release which will be The Hyde in 2015.  The Tatuaje Monster series started back in 2008.  Here is a quick rundown of the releases:

  • 2008 - Tatuaje The Frank in honor of Frankenstein
  • 2009 - Tatuaje The Drack in honor of Dracula
  • 2010 - Tatuaje The Face in honor of Leather Face
  • 2011 - Tatuaje The Wolfman in honor of the Wolf Man
  • 2012 - Tatuaje The Mummy in…

Added by RobbyRas on October 30, 2014 at 11:00am — 22 Comments

Press Release: Emilio Cigars releases Mia Dora

Wilmington, DE  October 29, 2014
Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars announced today yet another addition to the ever-growing portfolio of cigars available through the House of Emilio.
Mia Dora is produced by AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua and features an Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder.…

Added by Matt Ross on October 29, 2014 at 4:12pm — 2 Comments

Press Release: Cigar Dojo App Announces Loyalty & Rewards Program for Cigar Shops

Lakewood, Colorado (October 29, 2014) – Cigar Dojo, the social cigar app, is rolling out the all-new Loyalty & Rewards Program for brick & mortar cigar shops. With the Dojo’s huge install base and active community of cigar lovers, the new feature will take the Cigar Dojo app to a whole new level.…


Added by Matt Ross on October 29, 2014 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

Press Release: Sindicato Ships Its Newest Cigar, The Sindicato Maduro

Boca Raton, Florida – October 28th, 2014

Sindicato Cigars has shipped its newest cigar, the Sindicato Maduro, which debuted at the 2014 IPCPR. The Sindicato Maduro will be arriving at hundreds of retailers across the United States within the week.

The new…


Added by Matt Ross on October 28, 2014 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

Press Release: The Cuban Tradition Cigar Group Announces Return of Counsellor Cigars

Miami, Fl: The Cuban Tradtion Cigar Group is pleased to announce the return of Counsellor Cigars as part of the Cuban Tradition Cigar Group portfolio.

Counsellor Cigars has been a long established U.S. Cigar maker whose roots go back to 1894. T.L. Johnson Companies, LLC has registered the Counsellor Cigar brand trademark in the U.S. and the…


Added by Matt Ross on October 28, 2014 at 7:26am — No Comments

Review: La Palina Mr Sam

Last April the Reddit group /r/cigars had an entire month long ‘cold war’ where people were split into teams for the U.S.A. and Russia. Points were awarded for bombing the other side with cigars. The Mr. Sam I received was as a result of one of those exchanges.

I’m a huge fan of the La Palina Goldie No. 5, so I was eager to try out the Mr. Sam to see how it compared.

Rolled in the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami, it was produced in a Robusto (4-3/4” x 54 RG), Corona (5.5” x…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on October 28, 2014 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Review: Total Flame Premium

The Total Flame Premium debuted at IPCPR 2014, along with a few other new lines. The Premium is made at the La Aurora factory, using La Aurora's Preferidio shape and tubo, under license. I got my sample at IPCPR though, and sadly they did not have the tubos. I smoked one of these at the En Fuego party, during the show, and I remembered that even after a day of smoking, this cigar was quite good. With an ash that held on for miles, so let's see how this one burns. The prelight gives off a…


Added by 007MI6 on October 24, 2014 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Review: D’Crossier Imperium Class Vintage Canonazo

             This was supposed to be a group review, but Rob got sick and the other guys got busy. So I stuck to a one paragraph format and kept my notes short in nature.  If you are not familiar with D'Crossier, I did an interview with Santana the owner at IPCPR earlier this year.  You can see that video HERE.  John also did a review of the L'Forte and absolutely loved it …


Added by Catfishbluezz on October 23, 2014 at 6:00am — 8 Comments

[News] Steve Saka Comments on Swisher International's Acquisition of Drew Estate

Steve Saka, former President and CEO of Drew Estate, posted the following on Facebook:

I have been getting slammed today with phone calls, texts, emails regarding Swisher's acquisition of DE. I have decided for good or bad I am going to share my thoughts.

Like every other jag off…


Added by Matt Ross on October 21, 2014 at 6:53am — 3 Comments

Review: Arturo Fuente Opus X Perfecxion X

I purchased two Arturo Fuente Opus X Perfecxion Xs as a part of the Arturo Fuente 2012 Extremely Rare Holiday Collection.  The Holiday Collection comes with 5 pairs of cigars from the Fuente line.   I had never lit up an Opus X before, and after having a particularly lousy Monday this seemed like the cigar that could turn things around.

Grown and rolled in the Dominican Republic , Opus X series comes in a wide variety of vitolas ranging from Petit Corona all the way up to A…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on October 21, 2014 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Press Release: Swisher International Announces Purchase Agreement to Acquire Drew Estate

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2014) — Swisher International Inc. and Drew Estate Tobacco Company disclosed today that they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement whereby Swisher International will acquire Drew Estate in its entirety. Drew Estate will continue to operate under its current management team as a subsidiary of Swisher.

“We began under the…


Added by Matt Ross on October 20, 2014 at 1:57pm — 21 Comments

Review: Viva Republica Propaganda

The Propaganda is the latest release from Viva Repulica Cigars.  It debuted at IPCPR 2014 in three different sizes.  The sizes have some pretty interesting names.

  • Robusto - Disinformation: 4 x 54
  • Toro - Five and a Half Truth: 5 1/2 x 54
  • Gordo - The Big Lie: 6 x 58

Viva Repulica is an interesting cigar line by Guillermo Leon and Jason Holly and is distributed by Miami Cigar Co.  The Propaganda was the first…


Added by RobbyRas on October 16, 2014 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Group Review: Kuuts Placeres Reserva

The Placeres Reserva is made by Kuuts, and primarily sold in Europe where it has done very well. From what I can tell it has a limited US distribution and many of you cigar lovers out there might not have heard of it. We didn’t until Gabriel Alvarez contacted us about doing some reviews and he appeared on Stogie Geeks.

The Placeres Reserva is available in 5 vitolas. Colosos (6”x54 RG),…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on October 15, 2014 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Group Review: Verdict by Barrister Cigars

In the final installment of our look at the 3 different store exclusives offered by Barrister Cigars in Union, NJ, we take a look at the Verdict by Barrister Cigars today.  Our journey began about a month ago, when we provided an exclusive first look at the…


Added by Matt Ross on October 14, 2014 at 7:52am — 3 Comments

Review: 1502 Emerald Lancero

The 1502 Emerald Lancero is a very elegant looking cigar. The green and gold band sits nicely on the silky smooth, light brown wrapper. The soft box press, perfect construction and cigar lock all make the appearance of a great cigar. I’m sorry, it’s not a cigar. It’s a 1502!

Emerald  by 1502 Cigars

Size: 7 x 38…


Added by 007MI6 on October 10, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Press Release: Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars Makes Another Bold Move As They Hire Jack Toraño

(Miami, Florida) October 9, 2014— Roberto Pelayo Duran is proud to announce that Jack Toraño of the Toraño cigar family will now oversee sales in Florida and the Caribbean for Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars. This announcement comes only days after the announcement of the hiring of Miguel Shoedel and Frank Cuden.

Added by Matt Ross on October 9, 2014 at 11:31am — No Comments

Review: Dissident Bloc

The Dissident Bloc was released in 2013 and was the second release from Dissident Cigars.  The look of the Dissident Bloc brings me back to the mid 80's, which happens to be center of my childhood.  It harkens back to 8-bit graphics and Italian guys looking for princesses. The Bloc is one of those cigars that I had seen around and heard a lot about, but had never smoked.…


Added by RobbyRas on October 9, 2014 at 11:30am — 16 Comments

Press Release: La Aurora to Donate 11 Cents for Every Picture Received via Social Media in Support of the Fight Against Diabetes

(Miami, FL)- October 8, 2014--One picture, eleven cents: #LA111th. La Aurora turns 111 years old today and wants to celebrate with all the smokers in the world, inviting them to toast with Guillermo and Michelle León in celebration of such a special date. That being a reason to celebrate is also a reason to “give back.”  The company has announced a target to collect funds for one of the social programs supported by La Aurora. For every picture received by the…

Added by Matt Ross on October 8, 2014 at 11:15am — No Comments

Group Review: Justice by Barrister Cigars

Just about a month ago, we provided an exclusive first look at the Herrera Esteli Tienda Exclusiva for Barrister Cigars. With Barrister Cigars, located in Union, NJ, now gaining notoriety on a national scale, we wanted to delve a bit deeper into their offerings.  Beyond the Tienda Exclusiva, …


Added by Matt Ross on October 7, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

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