Featured Blog Posts – December 2013 Archive (36)


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Review: Tatuaje Wolfie (2012 Little Monsters)

I purchased the Tatuaje Wolfie as a part of the 2012 Little Monsters ‘Orange box’ release.  I hadn’t actually smoked any of them until October of 2013.  

 

 

Nose:

I picked up tons of pepper, wet cedar and earth.  There is a lot going on for the nose here.

Construction:

The Tatuaje Wolfie comes in a torpedo measuring  5 1/2” by 48 ring gauge.  The cigar is box pressed with a shaggy foot, which is an obvious nod to the character…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 31, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Press Release: Ezra Zion FHK Release Date Annouced

Ezra Zion Cigar Company, makers of #1 Cigar of the Year 2013 Tantrum and the #1 Cigar of the year 2012 Jamais Vu, announces it’s newest cigar release FHK.

 

FHK has just arrived in the United States and is officially available at 12:00am, January 1, 2014.

 

“We know it’s symbolic and somewhat tongue-in-cheek but we wanted to ring in the New Year by launching this project that’s been in the works for…

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Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on December 30, 2013 at 10:01pm — 16 Comments

REVIEW: Villiger Colorado Corona 5.5X44

             I have had the pleasure of reviewing Villiger cigars twice now, so I was excited to get my hands on a few samples from the company at IPCPR, including the Colorado.  Being a fan of smaller cigars, the gentleman who handed me the Colorado nailed it when he gave me a corona vitola at 5.5x44.  I was a fan of the profile of the Talanga, which you can read here, so I was rather interested to see if the darker wrapper would appeal to my palate.  Given I normally stay away from…

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Added by Catfishbluezz on December 30, 2013 at 10:15am — 5 Comments


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Review: Top 13 Reviewed Cigars of 2013

As 2013 comes to a close everyone is posting the top cigars for the year.  I didn’t review enough exclusively released cigars for the year to create such a list, so instead I will rank the best cigars I have reviewed.  There are a significant number of cigars that appear on other lists that don't appear on mine, simply because of the difficult of obtaining them in time to make this list.  No doubt they will make it for 2014. 

One of the cigars that made this list, and you’ll know it…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 27, 2013 at 7:00am — 8 Comments


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My Top 10 Cigars of 2013

With the end of the year quickly approaching, I figured I would go ahead and post my Top 10 list for your viewing pleasure.

Here are a few clarifying statements about my list….

  1. Only cigars released during 2013 were eligible
  2. Cigars didn’t need to be “reviewed” to be eligible
  3. I didn’t include anything Ezra Zion because of my relationship with them. If I had, both the Tantrum and Eminence Corona would have made the list.

Without any further…

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Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on December 25, 2013 at 6:30am — 5 Comments


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My Top Cigars of 2013

When I created the Cigar Federation Consolidated List of Top Cigars of 2013, I didn't include my own list.  First, I wanted to have no bias whatsoever in the creation of the list.  More importantly, I don't consider myself a reviewer so why should anyone care about my favorite cigars of the year?!  Well, apparently some of you do because I got a few requests for my list and since it varies greatly from the…

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Added by Matt Ross on December 24, 2013 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

REVIEW: Catfish's Top 13 Reviews of 2013

             At last, that time of year where we all make our subjective lists that piss everyone off because their favorite smoke was not in the top three. Some of you will not find your favorite smokes or brands, and wonder what was he thinking?!?!  How is (insert LE boutique release here) not on his list?!?!? But we are all different, and I love me some mild-medium bodied cigars my friends, so take this list as a recommendation of mild-medium cigars. That’s what is beautiful about this…

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Added by Catfishbluezz on December 23, 2013 at 4:30am — 9 Comments


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Cigar Federation Consolidated Top Cigars of 2013: #1 Crowned Heads Headley Grange Drumstick

As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.

I gave the guys absolutely no direction - I just asked for their lists. Some of the lists included only cigars released in 2013…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 20, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment


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Review: Ezra Zion Tantrum

The Ezra Zion Tantrum box pressed Prensado Pequeño came to me by way of a care package that Kyle and Chris from Ezra Zion had sent to me when I was travelling to the US for the 2013 Chicago Tweetup.  I also had the fortune of smoking it during the Cigar Federation virtual herf on October 28th…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 20, 2013 at 7:00am — 3 Comments


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Cigar Federation Consolidated Top Cigars of 2013: #2 AKA Nth Degree

As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.

I gave the guys absolutely no direction - I just asked for their lists. Some of the lists included only cigars released in 2013…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 19, 2013 at 9:56am — 3 Comments


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Review: Outlaw Cigar Co. WTF

Earlier this year, Logan & I attended the CATS Festival in San Antonio, TX. At one of the many booths set up there, I was given a few cigars from Outlaw Cigar Co. Including a couple Black Powders and this WTF. So, this particular cigar has been resting for 207 days. ;)

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The WTF has a very nice appearance. Smooth dark…

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Added by 007MI6 on December 19, 2013 at 7:00am — 5 Comments


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Cigar Federation Consolidated Top Cigars of 2013: #3 Ezra Zion Tantrum

As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.

I gave the guys absolutely no direction - I just asked for their lists. Some of the lists included only cigars released in 2013…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 18, 2013 at 12:12pm — 1 Comment


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Press Release: Welcome to Ginza – Davidoff surprises with a redesigned Flagship Store in Tokyo

Basel/Tokyo, December 2013. The Davidoff Flagship Store in Ginza, Tokyo was redesigned and evolved in October this year. At the heart of Ginza, traditional culture meets contemporary art, fashion trends and technology. This upscale luxury shopping district tempts you with the best western shops and exclusivity.



Davidoff Flagship Stores are characterized by spacious and open rooms, equipped with a cigar lounge and a walk-in humidor. To create this, the…

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Added by Matt Ross on December 18, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments


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Press Release: Cohiba Debuts Comador Cigar In Partnership with Jay-Z

Richmond, VA — General Cigar Company announces the launch of Comador, a super premium cigar developed in partnership with Shawn “JAY Z” Carter. …

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Added by Matt Ross on December 17, 2013 at 12:00pm — 8 Comments


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Cigar Federation Consolidated Top Cigars of 2013: #4 Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro

As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.

I gave the guys absolutely no direction - I just asked for their lists. Some of the lists included only cigars released in 2013…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 17, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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Cigar Federation Consolidated Top Cigars of 2013: #5 The Crowned Heads JD Howard Reserve

As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.

I gave the guys absolutely no direction - I just asked for their lists. Some of the lists included only cigars released in 2013…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 16, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments


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Press Release: To celebrate the Chinese Year Of The Horse, Davidoff introduces a range of exciting Limited Edition Cigar Accessories

Basel, December 2013. Davidoff celebrates the Chinese New Year of the Horse with a special collection of Accessories for 2014, which perfectly complements its Limited Edition Year of the Horse Gran Toro cigar release.



A symbol of energy, the horse is extremely animated and active. Extroverted and with a deft sense of humor, people born in the Year of the Horse love to take center stage and delight audiences at every occasion. Masters of ceremonies, you…

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Added by Matt Ross on December 16, 2013 at 9:35am — No Comments

REVIEW: Total Flame World Tour

             What’s not to like about fire, cigars, and chicks man…  That is what caught my attention of the Total Flame booth at IPCPR this year.  Truthfully, Jared and I were walking by the Total Flame booth and a charming young lady with a wonderful southern accent called us over.  Now I am a sucker for a southern accent, so we stopped by and talked to the gal for a bit and she gave us some samples.  I do not know much about the company, but it seems the branding is directed at the biker…

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Added by Catfishbluezz on December 16, 2013 at 4:00am — 2 Comments


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Cigar Federation Consolidated Top Cigars of 2013: #6 Nomad Esteli Lot 1386

As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.

I gave the guys absolutely no direction - I just asked for their lists. Some of the lists included only cigars released in 2013…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 13, 2013 at 10:42am — 8 Comments


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Tatuaje Baby Face (2012 Little Monsters)

I purchased the Tatuaje Baby Face as a part of the 2012 Little Monsters ‘Orange box’ release.  I hadn’t actually smoked any of them until October of 2013.  

 

 

Nose:

I was able to detect sweet hay, barnyard and some lingering spices on a deep inhale.

Construction:

The Tatuaje Baby Face comes in a petit robusto measuring 4 3/8” by 50 ring gauge.  The foot is a loose / unfinished foot with a ‘band’ that is made up of an uneven…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 13, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

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