Thursday we had a great Thanksgiving breakfast with our kids and grandkids, then had a low key, but delicious, Turkey feast with other family members. After the dust settled, I picked out a cigar for my evening walk. I couldn’t get past the top tray in the humidor where a La Flor Dominicana Cameroon Cabinet Chisel. I bought this cigar a few months back at a LFD event and it, along with a Double Ligero Chisel and a few others. The Chisel is 6″ x 54 and the wrapper is a Cameroon Ligero,…Continue
Added by Craig Vanderslice on November 30, 2014 at 7:39am — No Comments
The Ezra Zion FHK, released in January of this year, is part of the company’s Honor Series. The initials stand for “Fathers of Hoover and Kelly,” after the owners, Kyle Hoover and Chris Kelly. This is our fourth review of an Ezra Zion cigar. The first one, Jamais Vu (then called Inception) was our #1 cigar of 2012 and the second one, Tantrum, was our #1 cigar of 2013.…Continue
The weather’s been all over the place this week, from 70 on Monday to a few inches of heavy, wet snow today. Between the weather, trying to get stuff done in the house so we can move in this weekend, and Thanksgiving tomorrow, it’s been a busy week. I still managed to get a few cigars in, they are helping me retain any sanity I have left. I started off Sunday afternoon with a nice cigar from Gran Habano, the Gran Reserva No. 5 2010 Gran Robusto. This is a 6″ x 54 toro presented with…Continue
Added by Craig Vanderslice on November 26, 2014 at 8:51pm — No Comments
The La Flor Dominicana 1994 is the newest cigar from LFD, which released at IPCPR 2014. This regular production cigar pays honor to Lito Gomez’s 20 years in the cigar business.
The LFD 1994 comes in four different vitolas which range in price from $7.5 to $8.3.
This will be a short review with Thanksgiving just a few days away.
La Flor Dominicana 1994 Conga
While I was down in Cuba in November 2014 for the Partagas festival, I had the opportunity to attend a Canadian regional edition tasting.
My good friend Louis from Canada Humidor was going to be out of Havana and asked if I would attend on his behalf. My other good friend Keith from…Continue
Continue(Miami, Florida) November 25, 2014— A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing consistently highly rated cigars will introduce a limited batch of New World Connecticut cigars for a one-night only sit down dinner event taking place at the world famous “Cigar Inn” located in New York City. Event will take place on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Cigar Inn located at 1016 2nd Ave. NY, NY 10022.…
Released in 2013, the Double Edmundo is one of the two newest vitolas added to the Monecristo brand. It was released with the Petit No. 2 and both were brilliant release if you ask me. The Double Edmundo is a release that takes the brand to a new level and has now given the brand a large offering that is similar to the Magnum 50 in the H. Upmann brand and is a release…Continue
So I posted a pic a few weeks ago of the cigar I was smoking for a Blind Man's Puff Review. It was a really fantastic cigar and I was stunned when I found out what it was... Well, the review is up and it looks like I game the damn thing a 97 in their scoring system! The way they do it is they have reviews basically fill out a survey about the cigar and based on your answers the score is generated... now if I reviewed and scored this for CigFed, it would have been more like a Box Split or…Continue
Friday night’s smoke was an interesting one. Back in August I picked up an interesting cigar, the Crux Ninfamaniac Dark. This is a cool 7″ x 33 cigar is based on an old Cuban size, the Ninfa. The difference is that the Cuban Ninfa size is a parejo, and this Ninfamaniac is tapered on both ends. It’s a really nice looking cigar and it’s priced pretty reasonably, about $6. I should have picked up the lighter wrapped version as well, the difference being that the dark version has a…Continue
Added by Craig Vanderslice on November 23, 2014 at 7:52am — No Comments
Estelí, Nicaragua – Drew Estate announced today the release of the Undercrown ShadyXV, a line extension to their coveted Undercrown line, produced in partnership with Shady Records. The NY and Detroit-based Shady Records celebrates their fifteenth anniversary in 2014 and will be working with Drew Estate on the release of the Undercrown ShadyXV. ShadyXV, a compilation celebrating the label's anniversary and featuring greatest hits alongside new music from Shady Records…
David Mallow of Barrister Cigars in Union, NJ just posted the following on Facebook:
So here it is. The final shipment of Tienda Exclusiva has arrived. To honor the occasion Jonathan Drew and Willy Herrera will be joining us Friday December 5 starting at 3 pm. There will be box specials and other surprises. We will be…
This Sindicato Hex starts off by looking good. A very well constructed perfecto, with clean seams and some small veins. The "fuse" style pigtail at the cap is a nice looking touch as well. The pre-light aromas are very rich! Lots of leather, cocoa & earth. Which, is backed up by a sweet, chocolately leather flavor on the cold draw.
Hex by Sindicato Cigars
Size: 6.25 x 52
Basel, November 2014. Davidoff delights aficionados across the globe with an exclusive Limited Edition range of accessories to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Sheep. This new range is the perfect complement to the recently introduced Limited Edition Year of the Sheep Cigars.
An elegant porcelain ashtray designed by Chinese designer Chen Jiang, prestige lighters and unique custom-made scissors will give beautiful cigar experiences which befit this time…
The My Father CT Connecticut was released at IPCRP 2013. The folks over at My Father have been busy over the last few years introducing several successful core lines including Flor de las Antillas and La Antiguedad. You can check out my La Antiguedad review from earlier in 2014.
Over the years My Father releases have been hit or miss for me. I love the original My Father as well as…Continue
It’s gotten cold here in PA, but fortunately no snow like in some areas of the country. I’m sure in February temps in the 30s will feel balmy, but in November it’s too cold, too soon. Looks like I’ll be dipping into the supply of smaller cigars for a while! In other news, I came across an ashtray via a Twitter follow called “AshStay” This is a covered ashtray that actually looks pretty nifty. The one problem I have with the video they have on their site is that the woman in the…Continue
Added by Craig Vanderslice on November 19, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Our own Cigar Surgeon, John, is in Habana, Cuba this week attending the 27th Meeting of Partagas' Friends - Encuentro Amigos de Partagas. John just sent the following pictures about Partagas' big new release - Serie Club 10:
Miami, FL – Drew Estate announced today that the Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla would be launched as a limited holiday release to retailers participating in Drew Estate’s Drew Diplomat Retailer Program.
Retailers who participate in the Drew Diplomat program are given priority allocations on new cigar releases, limited editions, and commemorative cigars and products. Diplomat retailers are also granted access to Drew Estate’s boutique brands, including Liga Privada and…
Today, I am proud to announce the newest Cigar Federation community cigar, Buckingham by Crowned Heads
I approached Crowned Heads after I purchased Cigar Federation in July to create a cigar which would commemorate the “changing of the guard”, hence the name Buckingham, a play off the Changing of the Guard at…Continue
If there is a brand that I either love or hate depending on the specific cigar, it is Quesada. I find that they are a company that never produces a cigar that has me say "it was good," but rather I love this or I hate this. Because of that, I never give a lot of attention or find myself really holding on to the brand in the…Continue
This brand was recently introduced to my B&M and I figured I'd give them a go and see what they deliver.
So what I learned about Exactus Cigars is that they are produced in the Dominican Republic at a small factory called Tabacalera El Artista. The company currently offers 4…Continue