Featured Blog Posts – December 2014 Archive (22)


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Top Reviewed Non-Cuban Cigars for 2014

Last year I found myself struggling to list the best cigars over the past year.  With many opportunities to smoke some great products, cigars appearing earlier in the year ended up fading in my memory by the time December rolled around.   This year I wanted to do something different and have a running ranked list based purely on my subjective enjoyment of each cigar.

 

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 31, 2014 at 6:00am — 15 Comments


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My Top Cigars of 2014

When I created the Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014 list, I didn't include my own list.  I wanted to have no bias whatsoever in the creation of the list so I took everyone's list, compiled that into what you've seen, and left mine out.  However, now that we've shared our group list, and since I have the platform here to present my list, and most importantly because my list varies greatly from…

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Added by Matt Ross on December 29, 2014 at 4:00pm — 18 Comments

Review: Crux Classic Marble Head Toro

             If you have not noticed, Crux is really making the rounds this year and coming out of the gate as a strong new boutique company.  I have been reviewing for almost four years now, and every year as I get more engrained in the process, I find it to be rather watered down.  New companies pop up every month, and for me, it takes a lot to get me excited about a brand or new release, because so many of these boutiques taste the same or end up underwhelming.  Jared made a point to…

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Added by Catfishbluezz on December 22, 2014 at 12:30am — 12 Comments


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Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #1 Crowned Heads Jericho Hill

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, 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 group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 19, 2014 at 11:30am — 14 Comments


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Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #2 Ortega Serie D Black

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, 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 group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 18, 2014 at 10:49am — 4 Comments


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Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #3 Crux Passport

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, 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 group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 17, 2014 at 10:00am — 8 Comments


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Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #4 Herrera Esteli Norteno

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, 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 group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 16, 2014 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments


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Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #5 D'Crossier L'Forte

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, 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 group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 15, 2014 at 10:56am — 5 Comments


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Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #6 Nomad Connecticut Fuerte

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, 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 group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 12, 2014 at 9:00am — 9 Comments


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Review: Crux Ninfamaniac Dark

I reviewed the Crux Ninfamaniac Natural a few months back, and it got a 96, my highest rating to date. So, the natural progression would be to get a review done of the Dark version. Again, I just love the look and feel of this little cigar! The closed foot, perfecto shape and lancero size are win-win. The only difference on the dark version is Sungrown Habano Jalapa wrapper, which brings the strength level up into the "full" range.…

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Added by 007MI6 on December 12, 2014 at 7:00am — 9 Comments


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Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #7 Arandoza Red

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, 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 group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — 8 Comments


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Review: Camacho Ecuador

It's been awhile now since Camacho rebranded themselves as the "Bold Standard" and the Camacho Ecuador is the one I wanted to smoke the most.  So, naturally, it is the first one I will review. The Ecuador is a new addition to the Camacho line.  It was released earlier this year and, unlike the Triple Maduro, Corojo, etc., it was not a revamp of a previous line.…

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Added by RobbyRas on December 11, 2014 at 11:30am — 11 Comments


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Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #8 1502 Emerald Lancero

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, 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 group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 10, 2014 at 11:00am — 6 Comments


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Review: Mason Dixon Project "Southern" by Crowned Heads

Last week I reviewed the Mason Dixon Northern by Crowned Heads. This week I am going to tackle the Mason Dixon Southern. Tomorrow we have Jay aka “Black/White List” doing a head to head review of the Northern and Southern.

 

For those nerds out there this is the first cigar produced by Crowned Heads which uses a Connecticut wrapper. #funfact

 

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Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on December 10, 2014 at 6:00am — 4 Comments


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Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #9 Nomad C-276

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, 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 group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 9, 2014 at 11:00am — 8 Comments


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Cigar Federation Top New Releases of 2014: #10 Warped Flor Del Valle

As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community.  In keeping with tradition, 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 group list would look like.

Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year.  Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:

  1. Top Brands of 2014 (more on that…
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Added by Matt Ross on December 8, 2014 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments


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Holiday Cigar Fundraiser at The Metropolitan Society Cigar Club

At the Drew Estate/Herrera Esteli event at Barrister Cigars tonight, I heard about this Charity Fundraiser Event scheduled for next week.  My understanding is Drew Estate is one of the sponsors, and this should be a great event out to help some great kids who could use an extra pick-me-up this holiday season.  If you're in the area, its worth checking out.  Let me know if there are any questions.…

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Added by Matt Ross on December 5, 2014 at 8:34pm — 1 Comment


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Press Release: Espinosa Premium Cigars to Release the Backroom Series

Hialeah Gardens, Florida (December 5, 2014) - Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Premium Cigars proudly announces the release of The Backroom Series, an Espinosa Lounge Exclusive.  The Backroom Series will feature cigars exclusive and limited only to Espinosa Lounges.  



Its first release, "The Alibi", is a secretly blended, 6 x 48, Small Churchill, wrapped in a dark Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper.  The Alibi is made at Erik Espinosa’s own La Zona Cigar factory in Esteli,…

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Added by Matt Ross on December 5, 2014 at 8:02pm — No Comments


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Review: Viaje Stuffed Turkey Dark Meat 2014

Viaje Cigars had three key releases during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday season.  Viaje Stuffed Turkey Dark Meat, Stuffed Turkey White Meat and Farmer Bill Hatchet.  I grabbed a few samplers so I could review all three and for a completely arbitrary reason I started with the Dark Meat.

The Stuffed Turkey cigars are the first first Viaje White Label Projects to become a full fledged release.  It is my understanding that these cigars will be re-released every November, similar to the…

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Added by RobbyRas on December 4, 2014 at 10:30am — 4 Comments


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Review: Mason Dixon Project "Northern" by Crowned Heads

The Mason Dixon Project by Crowned Heads is a limited edition which released in October of 2014. These limited edition features who cigars, Northern and Southern, and is a play off the Mason Dixon line.

 

If you want to read more specifics about the Mason Dixon Project, you can so here.

 

With everything going on with me work, baby, business travel, ect.…

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Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on December 3, 2014 at 6:00am — 17 Comments

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