This J.D. Howard Reserve HR 46 by Crowned Heads came to me by way of the /r/cigars Secret Santa last December. Thanks again to whoever sent me an extremely generous package of cigars. I was eager to try the J.D. Howard Reserve as the Drumstick currently sits at #1 position on my top non-cuban cigars of 2014. I was also a…Continue
I picked up a box of Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2013s when I was down in Orlando in December of 2013. I was attending a cigar event at Corona Cigar Company and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to bring some back with me to Canada.
If you’ve been following my reviews for even a short while you’d know that I’m a huge fan of Oliva cigars. I also have a growing collection of the Serie V Maduro Especial releases. Last year…Continue
This Room 101 Durama Mutante came to me by way of a great Cigar Aficionado Traveling Stogie, from his aptly named ‘Win a pair of room 101 Darumas’ contest. This was my first time smoking a Room 101 cigar, and I was pretty excited to try it out. The fact that it was a lancero vitola, in a time where it seems larger ring gauges are all the rage, made me that much more eager…Continue
This cigar came to me by way of a ‘USA Freedom’ Bomb from the /r/cigars Redditor /u/UnofficialGhost. For the month of April /r/cigars was split into a USA and Russian faction who battled by means of cigar bombs for point domination.
It was a fun little game, and I got a great selection of cigars to review as a result. There will be many reviews coming out of that package soon.
Payback for this bomb was…Continue
I picked up a pair of 1502 Black Gold Toro's along with some 1502 Emerald Toro's as a part of a ‘build your own House of Emilio sampler’ on the Cigar Federation store.
Now I know what some of you might be thinking. Here we go, ol’ Surge has sold out and is pitching Emilio products in his reviews! I always want to make sure that people…Continue
I've talked about it in the past, but there's something about going from a high elevation place to a low elevation, high heat and high humidity place. People have asked me in the past how I'm able to smoke so many cigars while on the Cigar Safari. Honestly if I were to smoke 4 cigars in half a day at home I would likely spend most of the evening and the next day sick.
I think it's a combination of being able to…Continue
These came to me by way of a 10 count box I purchased. For those that track box codes, the box code on this was AUB JUL 12. I had the fortune of trying these for the first time when I was in Cuba, in November of 2013. A generous BoTL gave me one and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wasted no time in grabbing a box not soon after I flew home.
Granted this is all a fairly big spoiler leading in, I hope you still enjoy the review.
This cigar was part of a 5 cigar sampler pack that I ordered from an online Cuban cigar supplier. They run a contest each year where you buy a sampler of cigars, smoke them blind, and then have to make a guess as to what they are. If you get all 5 correct you get a significant gift certificate through them.
Unfortunately I don’t have as much experience smoking Cuban cigars as most of the other members, but it sounded like a fun contest so I signed up.…Continue
This cigar came to me by way of an anonymous bomb off Reddit. I couldn’t let such aggression go unchecked so /u/UnofficialGhost will be receiving some ordnance in return.
A mixture of…Continue
This Cohiba Esplendidos from 2010 came by way of a good friend who set me up with a Cuban taster pack of sorts. He asked to remain anonymous.
That Cuban sweetness couple with undertones of cedar. Careful examination and I pick up some hay but very…Continue
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When I first went on the Cigar Safari trip back in 2013, it wasn’t long into the trip that I realized this could end up being a yearly vacation for me. By the time we boarded the bus on the last day, I was certain of it. So when Johnny Brooke posted the RedditCATs reunion Safari tickets in the summer of 2013, I purchased them on the first day without hesitation.
In 2013, when we did the Safari for…Continue
Quite unexpectedly I came home from work and found a giant care package sitting on my doorstep from Chris Kelly of Ezra Zion Cigar Co. Inside was a pile of The Collective along with some great stickers. I’ve since handed out quite a few of them on my recent trip to Nicaragua, but not before I had a chance to sit down and review it.
Easily one of the most recognized cigars and brands in the world. I obtained this Cohiba Robusto 2009, box code UNK from a fellow Canadian aficionado who I traded with to expand my collection of Cuban cigars. He asked that he remain anonymous.
Lots of hay, barnyard, dry grass with some non-specific spices.
I was fortunate enough to have a sampler pack of the newly launched Bodega cigars from the fantastic Cigar_G. Besides being a super classy Canadian from Ottawa, he’s an all around great BoTL. I went through the cigars he sent and decided the Reunión Aperitivo Double Robusto was going to be the way to go.
There was a time, which doesn’t seem that long ago, where you could smoke anywhere. You could smoke on planes, you could smoke in bars, you could smoke on patios. I wasn’t a big fan at the time, because you would go home from a pub or bar absolutely reeking of cigarette smoke with your eyes red and inflamed.
Originally I the smoking ban was implemented to make establishments non-smoking by default, and then all businesses would have to request a smoking permit. This…Continue
This Headley Grange Drumstick came to me by way of a side trade with a member of /r/cigars by the handle of carstenosu. It was really great of him to set up this trade as the Headley Grange Drumstick was proving extremely difficult for me to get my hands on.
We had a pretty early start as we were hopping on a bus to head to Pinar del Rio. Assuming no surprises on the highway we had approximately a 4 hour drive ahead of us. We all settled in as comfortably as possible and lit up some cigars to relax.
The long drive gave me an excellent opportunity to talk to Punch Joe. I asked him hundreds of questions about Cuba, the history, tobacco farming and many other things. In turn he asked…Continue
This Bolivar EL 2009 Petit Belicoso came to me by way of a bomb from butternutsquashpie at Canada Cigar Forum. Thank you so much for the opportunity to review a limited and fantastic release from Bolivar. It had been resting in my humidor since November 15, 2013 before I had a chance to review it.
Unfortunately due to the events we did on the 4th day, I wasn’t afforded the opportunity to snap many pictures. Our itinerary for the day was to have breakfast, then immediately head over to the La Corona factory. I’m not sure if the story was true, but we were lead to believe that the vehicle we were riding in was originally one of 12 fleet vehicles specifically for El Jefe. It probably isn’t true, but the tale sounded interesting enough…Continue
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Back in December I flew down to Orlando, partially for an impromptu Drew Estate event at Corona Cigar Company, but also to visit Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World. While I was at Corona Cigar Company I saw a prominent display for the Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco. I had read a lot about the release of this stick and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pick up two for review.