November 2013 Blog Posts (55)

Review: La Aurora Barrel Aged Robusto

This La Aurora Barrel Aged Robusto has been sitting in my humidor since November of 2012.    Sadly this is another stick that I failed to track the originating source of.



The nose on this smells of rich fermented tobacco with a hint of Spanish cedar.   I ended up spending several minutes taking in the aromas here before I finally toasted and lit up.




I reviewed the La Aurora Barrel Aged in a…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on November 29, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Review: Alec Bradley Connecticut Robusto

I received this Alec Bradley Connecticut Robusto in the Alec Bradley, Willy Wonka styled 3-cigar box, at the AB Party in Las Vegas this year. I thought it was a genius little bit of marketing, and since it was a handout at a cigar event, and not a retail item, I saw no issues with it. I was able to get a second box that I have kept intact.

Find more photos like this on Cigar…


Added by 007MI6 on November 28, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Tatuaje 2014 Preview

We will be posting the videos from Episode 75 with Pete Johnson.  This was one of the most enjoyable shows for all three segments - especially our Mount Rushmore segment.

But we did get a lot of breaking news from 2014 from Tatuaje.  Some of the info is still needed to be finalized, but Pete shared quite a bit.  We have a write-up and a video for now.  This video will be added to Cigar Federation as well.…


Added by Cigar Coop on November 27, 2013 at 9:17pm — No Comments

CAO Flathead, Alec Bradley Nica Puro, Recluse and Drew Estate Nica Rustica Cigars

It’s Thanksgiving Eve, and I’m sure most of my US readers are getting ready for a nice turkey dinner tomorrow. Don’t forget to pick out some great cigars to smoke after dining with family. A big Happy Thanksgiving from!


I’ve been smoking some new, but familiar to me cigars this week. It’s gotten wintry cold around here and I wanted to smoke some cigars that I knew wouldn’t get lost in the frigid outside conditions. Sunday I picked out a …


Added by Craig Vanderslice on November 27, 2013 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Press Release: Espinosa Premium Cigars Presents The La Bomba Mikey Story

Hialeah Gardens, Florida (November 27, 2013) - Espinosa Premium Cigars has released a short film entitled "The La Bomba Mikey Story" today on their website and YouTube Channel. Earlier in the year the company began an advertising campaign to promote the strength of their extremely full-bodied 601 La Bomba line. The first ad introduced a skinny guy…


Added by Matt Ross on November 27, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Braun °CoolTec Shaver: Part I - Jury Still Out

So, we're going to step out of our comfort zone a bit here, but I think its okay.  Typically on Cigar Federation, we talk about cigars - makes sense.  Today, however, we're expanding our horizons a bit into men's health while I talk about the Braun °CoolTec Shaver. Now, there is totally a reason for this divergence - a couple of weeks ago, I received the Braun…


Added by Matt Ross on November 26, 2013 at 12:44pm — No Comments

News: House of Emilio Cigars and Cigar Federation

Gary Griffith of Delaware Cigars and House of Emilio, announces an official…

Added by Matt Ross on November 26, 2013 at 8:07am — No Comments

Review: Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon Robusto

The Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon Robusto was won courtesy of and their Foxtoberfest contest.    Thanks to all the guys at Cigarbrief for this opportunity to smoke and review this cigar.




The Cameroon wrappers always lend themselves to interesting nosing.  Dried cedar, spices and pepper all mix for…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on November 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Press Release: A Bespoke Cedar Spill

Louisville — A Bespoke Cedar Spill — Today Commonwealth Cedar Spills announces its participation in a truly one of a kind cigar gift box from Bespoke Post of New York City.

“Thousands and thousands of custom spills later we were ready,” said Thomas Person, President at Commonwealth Cedar Spills “This opportunity fit perfectly with our view of the cigar experience – classic, traditional and unique.” Rishi Prabhu, Co-founder of Bespoke Post, contacted us…


Added by Matt Ross on November 25, 2013 at 10:25am — No Comments

REVIEW: Mini Cigars Part III Papas Fritas and More...

Back again for another installation of mini cigar reviews.  This time around, I really had some gems that stood out to me.  Two of these will be in my rotation for quite some time now.  



Drew Estates Papas Fritas 4.5X44: I must admit, I shied from ever trying this cigar due to the short filler versus price.  That was a huge…


Added by Catfishbluezz on November 25, 2013 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

Reinado Grand Empire Reserve, Nomad S-307 and Custom Tobacco’s Briarmont Cigar

After beginning the week with three less than satisfying cigars, I decided Thursday called for a high probability, sure thing smoke. I’d had my eye on a Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Petite Lancero that Reinado emperor Antonio Lam had given me at the IPCPR show. This size is limited, only about 10, 000 of these were made and my example lacked the GER secondary band. I have had exceptional experiences with the Reinado brand, and count…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on November 24, 2013 at 11:08am — No Comments

News: Ortega to Release South Eastern Series of Retail Exclusives

Ortega Premium Cigars will be releasing a series of four retail exclusive cigars called "The South Eastern" series.  These will have a feel of a "Wild Bunch" series.  The first is the Big Red Machine going to Tobacco World in Marietta, Georgia.  We have the details here:

News: The Big Red Machine by Ortega Premium Cigars Headed to Tobacco World in Marietta, Georgia (Cigar Preview)

Added by Cigar Coop on November 24, 2013 at 12:30am — 2 Comments


Billed by Altadis USA as “the most robust Montecristo yet,” the MONTE’s selling point is actually the application of dual binders. From the Montecristo website: “The MONTE’s signature feature is the inclusion of two binders: a spicy Dominican Olor combined with a strong and aromatic Nicaraguan Corojo which adds strength, firmness and…


Added by Jason Zahner on November 22, 2013 at 11:15pm — 2 Comments

Review: Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro Gordo

I picked up the Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro Gordo from Atlantic Cigar along with some other singles I had been meaning to review.   This had been resting in my humidor since August of 2013.



The nose on this Brick House is really engaging.  Barnyard, cedar, coffee and vanilla combine to leave you eager to light up.




This Brick House Mighty…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on November 22, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Press Release: Bodega Premium Blends Announces Release Date of First Cigar

Estelí Nicaragua  - November 21, 2013 – Bodega Premium Blends ( @Cigar_G @BodegaCigars) is excited to announce the official release date of their first line: Reunión. Reunión features two different yet complimentary blends: Aperitivo and Digestivo. It’s designed to give the cigar enthusiast two experiences in one box.


Reunión Aperitivo is a proprietary blend from Nicaragua. With Habana wrapper from Jalapa region, this Nica Claro distinguishes itself from the Digestivo not…


Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on November 21, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Review: Room 101 LTD Conjura Edition Papi Chulo

A few months back I did some weasel trading with Logan, and one of the cigars I came away with was this little Room 101 LTD Conjura Edition Papi Chulo. It’s a nice looking, small gauge, short smoke. The Room 101 LTD Conjura Edition has a nice, dark brown Honduran Habano wrapper. There is a pair of bands on this Room 101, that remind me of classic chrome truck emblems with black accents. It may be small, but it packs a lot of visual punch.…


Added by 007MI6 on November 21, 2013 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Balls of Steel, Smoke Inn Toy Drive and Felipe Gregorio Defiant Cigars

I have to mix things up a little bit from time to time, so before I get into the cigars I’ve enjoyed on my evening walks, I’d like to share a couple of opportunities to be charitable.  The first item I’d like to share is  Balls of Steel is an ice alternative for those of you who enjoy chilled spirits. Fifteen percent of the proceeds go toward testicular cancer research. I don’t drink, but I do…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on November 20, 2013 at 7:11pm — No Comments

CigarChat Prizes from La Gloria Cubana

These will go out this week... 

Added by RobbyRas on November 20, 2013 at 1:04pm — 1 Comment

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 11/20/13

Another week, another installment of My Week in Review.  The weather is getting a bit cooler here in NJ, and with the holidays approaching, it seems like my schedule is a bit crowded as well so I only got to experience 4 cigars this week - Psyko Seven from Ventura, Nat Sherman 1930, Nomad Esteli Lot 1386 and a Cuban San Cristobal de La Habana.  I was really trying to knock off some cigars that have been on my "To Smoke" list this week, and I'm glad I did.…


Added by Matt Ross on November 20, 2013 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Breaking News: Cigar Aficionado Top 25 to be Named in December, not January

Cigar Aficionado will break with tradition and unveil their Top 25 before the end of the year.  Typically Cigar Aficionado releases their list the first year in January.

No matter whether one agrees or disagrees, this is a list that always generates good discussion. 

The Schedule is:

12/16: Cigars 10 through 6

12/17: Cigars 5 through 2

12/18: Cigar of the Year

Added by Cigar Coop on November 19, 2013 at 3:45pm — 1 Comment

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