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Event: Partagas Festival 2013 Cuba Part 3

Partagas Festival Welcome Dinner

There’s something pretty special about waking up, watching the sun come up and having an espresso and a cigar in Cuba.   After enough caffeine to get me started for the day we headed downstairs for our buffet breakfast.  Some omelets, more espresso, various pastries and our morning ritual was complete.

Everyone was feeling better after a full nights rest and a hot shower, now it was just a matter of figuring out our plans for the day.  With…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 28, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Alec Bradley Tempus Medius 6

Hello from, reviews come out every Monday and Thursday and will have video reviews starting in the spring. For a little information about myself, I am a Canadian cigar reviewer based in Ontario and started reviewing during the summer of 2013 but have smoked since 2010. Below is one of my reviews about the Alec Bradley Tempus. Enjoy and visit…


Added by Aras Repecka on January 27, 2014 at 7:10pm — No Comments

REVIEW: Sublimes Cigars Double Robusto

             Sunuvabeatch…I got a case of the beetles!  A freeze was in order, so I made sure and grabbed a few cigars to review while the rest of my stash recovers from a bit of a temperature change.  The Sublimes was a cigar that always caught my attention.  For some reason, their advertising always caught my eye, so when I saw their booth at IPCPR within close proximity of ours, I made a point to stop by and say hello.  I could not get much information about the blend from the rep, but…


Added by Catfishbluezz on January 27, 2014 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

The Ethical Challenges of Cigar Smokers in America, Are We Bad Citizens?

It’s been so cold here this week that I haven’t been able to bring myself to go out for a cigar.  It was certainly too cold to go for my usual walk (although I managed to have one in the snow yesterday), and once I got home from work, going out to a cigar shop for a smoke didn’t feel like a good idea either.  This cold and snow and stuff is getting to me!  C’mon Spring! Maybe because Winter got off to an early start we can expect it to get warmer sooner?  We’ll have to wait until…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on January 26, 2014 at 9:37am — 3 Comments

Review: Montecristo Especial No. 2

This Montecristo Especial No. 2 had been sitting in my humidor for a whopping 494 days before I picked it out to review.  Sadly I’m unsure of the origins of it, it probably came from a box pass that I did back in 2012.   The person who set me up with the cigar reached out to jog my memory.  The generous LostAbbott set me up the Montecristo Especial No. 2 as a part of a…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 24, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

Ezra Zion Tantrum Is A Power Pack of Flavors

After searching for this cigar for months, a twitter BOTL took pity on me & sent the Tantrum as a gift - arriving just in time for New Year's Eve !

While I was very surprised by the size of the Tantrum ( a slightly thicker petit corona; 4.4 with 44 ring gauge ) -- this little baby was a power pack. Made with aged Nicaraguan tobacco & a Cuban Seed Corojo wrapper, the Tantrum is nicely constructed, burns beautifully, holds an amazing ash & never needs… Continue

Added by Robusto Cigar Babe on January 23, 2014 at 5:53pm — 4 Comments

Press Release: Miami Cigar Commemorates 25th Anniversary With Limited Edition Humidor

MIAMI, FL – Twenty-five years ago Nestor and Mariana Miranda began distributing cigars out of the trunk of their car, visiting accounts that Nestor had built relationships with through his many years in the liquor business. Never in their wildest dreams would they have…


Added by Matt Ross on January 23, 2014 at 4:48pm — No Comments

The Gurkha Ghost Haunts My Thoughts

Being active on Twitter & Instagram, I not only get a chance to share my cigar likes, loves & challenges, I also love to hear what everyone else is smoking. A fellow reviewer, whom I affectionately call "Houston," described the Gurkha Ghost as if it was pure gold.

Even though we have similar tastes, I actually didn't believe him. I had a preconceived notion that Gurkha was a harsh cigar based on a stick I tried, but couldn't remember it's name, a few years ago. So, I went… Continue

Added by Robusto Cigar Babe on January 23, 2014 at 10:58am — 19 Comments

A Crossfire, A Nica Rustica and A Legend…wait for it…Ario Cigar

This time of year gets a bit frustrating for me because of the weird weather. I get times when the weather isn’t very good and I really don’t want to waste a really good cigar, or smoke something new that I want to pay attention to.  I usually end up smoking something I’m familiar with, and that’s not a whole lot of fun for you guys!  So far, this has been one of those times.


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Added by Craig Vanderslice on January 22, 2014 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Review: Surrogates Animal Cracker

With a name like Animal Cracker, how could I not love this cigar? I love cigars and I love to eat. Perfect combination! :)


Below is a little about the Animal Cracker via Seth’s Humidor.


Animal Cracker marks the fifth cigar in the Surrogates brand, and the largest cigar in the Surrogates and L'Atelier portfolio. It is a 6" by 60 ring gauge cigar and has…


Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on January 22, 2014 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

DC Tweetup Cigars

We have learned of five cigars that will be made available at the 2013 DC Tweet Up.  Details are in my story below.

The five cigars are:

1-Miami Cigar's KILO 

2-The return of RoMA Craft Tobac's Formorian

3-A new limited edition frontmark to Edgar Hoill's EH line

4-A robusto size of the Asylum 13 Ogre

5-Dante Cigars new Vita Nova

Cigar News: KILO,…


Added by Cigar Coop on January 21, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 1/21/14

I should really call this "My Past 2 Weeks in Review" as I haven't posted since 1/7.  With the winter weather in full bloom here in NJ (and a foot of snow expected today), smoking has taken a backseat.  I'll post this as it makes sense to highlight cigars I think need some highlighting.  It will be sporadic, but it is what it is.  The real reviewers on Cigar Federation will keep you in the loop to give you your review fix.  With that out of the way, let's go through what I've enjoyed over…


Added by Matt Ross on January 21, 2014 at 7:55am — No Comments

Event: Partagas Festival 2013 Cuba Part 2


Enjoying a delicious Cuban cigar in the Nacional smoking room.   Enjoying a Mojito out in the sun.


Enjoying my first Cohiba Maduro in the best possible place.


Old Friend, New Friends.

As I mentioned previously, I received a text from the people who were meeting me in Havana to advise they would be delayed.  As their flight was now landing early in the morning, I…


Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 21, 2014 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

House of Burgess Cigars Ltd. Maduro Toro

I am going to break several of my rules right now, by offering a short review of a cigar which has sat in my Refrig'ador for only a bit over a week or two. And.... That I have only smoked one of them, so far.

That being said, this cigar, by the House of Burgess Cigars Ltd. is an excellent smoke, with little to no age on it. I smoked the Maduro, which is on the Mild to Medium side. It has a Brazilian…


Added by Mark Williams on January 20, 2014 at 3:58pm — 3 Comments

Press Release: Felix Assouline Cigars to Make Official Cigar Collection for "2SaintS"

Felix Assouline Cigars (FAC)makers of premium cigar brands EGO, Havana Sunrise Reserve, Ringo and Something Special, is proud to announce it has been selected by Frédéric Saint Romain, President of French jewelry maker Tournaire, (French established brand for the last 40 years, with its main boutique located 7 place Vendôme, Paris, France) to make the official cigar collection for the “2SaintS” men’s accessory brand (“2 Saints” (Paris – New…


Added by Matt Ross on January 20, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments

REVIEW: Arandoza Blue Robusto

             While running around like a madman on the last day of IPCPR 2013, I had the pleasure of enjoying some espresso and cigars with the guys from La Jugada.  During our conversation, they recommended I stop by and talk to Robert Arango the owner of Arandoza cigars.  Honestly, my conversation with Robert was brief in passing for a sample, so I did not have much time to chat with him about the brand.  Robert has two blends, the Blue and White, with the Blue being the medium blend and…


Added by Catfishbluezz on January 20, 2014 at 4:30am — 16 Comments

An Azan White, A Toraño Exodus 50th Cigar and I Got Hex’d!

It’s been a busy time in the cigar industry, it seems.  Press releases are flying everywhere, and, although I’m not the guy who has the ability, or the inclination, to post them upon arrival, they did inspire some of my cigar selections this week!  There are several sites I can count on posting a press release shortly after I receive the e-mailed version, and I think that’s great!  I just feel like it would be redundant for me to post it a few days later and I try to keep my content…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on January 19, 2014 at 11:01am — No Comments

CigarCraig’s Celebrity Cigar Chat with Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown

Back in the 1980’s I worked in a record store.  For you youngins, “records” were the media that stored our music.  We also had “tapes” and eventually “CDs”. Now we have MP3s and no record stores to speak of!  Anyway, this is where I first encountered the band Savoy Brown.  Kim Simmonds founded the band in England in the mid-60s, when Blues was all the rage. My guess is that they were influenced by many of the same…


Added by Craig Vanderslice on January 17, 2014 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Review: Upmann Legacy

Size: 54x5

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican


At a recent Upmann event here on Long Island, I chatted with the rep about the Legacy.…


Added by Robert Ottone on January 17, 2014 at 12:35pm — No Comments

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