All Blog Posts Tagged 'Covering Your Ash' (67)

COVERING YOUR ASH: SINDICATO CORONA GORDA

Let me start by saying … this is easily the best cigar I have smoked so far this year! I’m sorry for jumping the gun here but I just couldn’t wait to get through the whole review before I blurted that out. Now that I’ve purged myself, here’s the 411: The Sindicato is the flagship release from Sindicato Cigars, a…

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Added by Jason Zahner on June 13, 2014 at 9:08pm — 2 Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: JAXX BY LA SIRENA

Trying to keep the family and business ties straight in the cigar industry can be challenging at times. This week’s subject is a case in point. The label on the stick says JAXX is a product of Old School Cigars, but that’s yesterday’s news. Old School was acquired by La Sirena a few months back, and it was a…

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Added by Jason Zahner on June 6, 2014 at 8:27pm — No Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: HERRERA ESTELI 2014 LIMITED EDITION LANCERO

Drew Estate, one of the world’s largest makers of hand-made cigars and creators of such popular brands as Acid, Liga Privada, and Undercrown, recently named Willy Herrera as its Master Blender. This promotion comes on the heels of Willy’s first blend with Drew Estate, the Herrera Esteli scoring a 94 in Cigar…

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Added by Jason Zahner on May 30, 2014 at 10:04pm — 2 Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: VEGAFINA SUMUM EDICION ESPECIAL 2010

Back in 2010 tobacco giant Altadis, maker of popular brands Romeo y Julieta, Montecristo, and H. Upmann, released the lesser-known VegaFina Sumum Edición Especial 2010 to the masses overseas. Due to immense popularity over there they decided to spread the joy back home with a small batch release to select…

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Added by Jason Zahner on May 5, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: GURKHA ROGUE ARMAGEDDON

One thing you can count on from the Gurkha operation is that there is always some new thing that will draw your interest. One of their latest offerings is the Rogue line, a box-pressed line that is heavy on style and attitude in its presentation. But as we all know, appearances can sometimes be deceiving. And…

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Added by Jason Zahner on March 21, 2014 at 10:13pm — No Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: RODRIGO BOUTIQUE BLEND

In May of last year we reviewed the Rodrigo La Fortaleza, one of three brands offered by Rodrigo Cigars. The other two brands in their lineup are the Habano Clasico and the Boutique Blend, described on their website as follows: "Unlike other large ring gauge cigars that are often one dimensional power houses,…

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Added by Jason Zahner on March 14, 2014 at 7:37pm — 2 Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: LOU RODRIGUEZ HABANO-ROSADO

Sometimes you just have to venture off the beaten path. You might run into a dead end, or you just might stumble across a treasure. Lou Rodriguez Cigars is an operation that strikes a rather low profile in the industry, but it has gained a reputation as a boutique brand that produces quality sticks in limited…

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Added by Jason Zahner on February 28, 2014 at 9:56pm — No Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: TOP 10 CIGARS OF 2013

The following lists take into account any cigar that we smoked throughout the year, not just cigars that we reviewed or were released in 2013.

Brian Coyne

1. Perla del Mar TG

2. Emilio 1502 Emerald

3. La Aurora 107…

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Added by Jason Zahner on December 27, 2013 at 10:44pm — 2 Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: CULT PROFILE

The folks at Cult Cigars have produced several quality lines in their relatively short existence, such as the Classic, Fuerte and limited-production Ometepe. Their latest effort is the Profile. Perhaps it should be called the Low-Profile, since there hasn’t been a whole lot of prefab buzz surrounding the line.…

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Added by Jason Zahner on December 27, 2013 at 10:13pm — 3 Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: JUAN LOPEZ SELLECCION NO. 2

In an effort to infuse some boldness into their expansive portfolio, Altadis USA has re-imagined the Juan Lopez line and brought it back off of the DL (Discontinued List) in an attempt at capturing the renowned boldness and richness of Nicaraguan tobacco.

Cigar Stats: The Juan Lopez is a…

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Added by Jason Zahner on December 6, 2013 at 7:05pm — 2 Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: MONTE BY MONTECRISTO

Billed by Altadis USA as “the most robust Montecristo yet,” the MONTE’s selling point is actually the application of dual binders. From the Montecristo website: “The MONTE’s signature feature is the inclusion of two binders: a spicy Dominican Olor combined with a strong and aromatic Nicaraguan Corojo…

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Added by Jason Zahner on November 22, 2013 at 11:15pm — 2 Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: ROBERTO DURAN AZAN WHITE

When news broke that there is a Roberto Duran Cigars outfit and that it had just introduced a brand of sticks at the industry’s annual trade show this summer, I was impressed that the boxing great had found a new challenge in his life. This column resides in a sports section, after all. But I was soon informed no,…

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Added by Jason Zahner on November 15, 2013 at 9:22pm — No Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: E.P. CARRILLO E-STUNNER

I don’t know about you, but I usually raid my humidor for some relaxation, to ponder some of life’s mysteries, or to complement a round of golf. I never equate a cigar with the properties or purpose of an energy drink. But that’s just me, and this is a free country. So when Ernesto Perez-Carrillo and his EPC…

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Added by Jason Zahner on October 11, 2013 at 8:12pm — 4 Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: CAO FLATHEAD

If you want to take an old-school approach to cigars, or just about any other product, few things conjure up that vibe as well as American muscle cars. Those of us who are of a certain age – and you know who you are – can recall the heady mix of oil and gas and revving engines that annoyed the heck out of the guy…

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Added by Jason Zahner on October 4, 2013 at 9:44pm — 2 Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: CLE CUARENTA ROBUSTO

Yes, yes, we’re a bit late to the dance on CLE sticks, which made their debut in 2012, but we intend to make up for lost time. Christian Eiroa, namesake and creator of the brand, has long been one of the heavyweights in the industry, along with his father, Julio, directing the fortunes of Camacho cigars. He…

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Added by Jason Zahner on August 30, 2013 at 10:47pm — 2 Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: ESPINOSA HABANO ROBUSTO

Like everyone else in the world, I’ve got a smartphone. The majority of my iPhone apps are dedicated to “educational” games for my 4-year-old. But there are a few on there just for me and one of my favorites is the Cigar Dojo. Earlier this year the crew at the Dojo rated their top cigars of 2012, and coming…

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Added by Jason Zahner on August 9, 2013 at 10:24pm — No Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: EMILIO AF2

Emilio Cigars honcho Gary Griffith teamed up with renowned blender A.J. Fernandez a while back to produce a couple of cigar lines – Emilio AF1 and AF2. While the AF1, reviewed here previously, sports a San Andres Mexican maduro wrapper, the AF2, today’s subject, features an Ecuadoran Habano Oscuro wrapper.…

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Added by Jason Zahner on July 26, 2013 at 7:31pm — 2 Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: MY FATHER NO. 3

The My Father line was introduced back in 2008 by Jaime Garcia as a tribute to his father, master blender Don Pepin Garcia. In 2009 I purchased a My Father sampler pack and the cigar up for review today, the No. 3 Cremas, is the last stick standing from that treasured group.

Cigar Stats: The…

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Added by Jason Zahner on July 18, 2013 at 12:57pm — No Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: CASA MIRANDA CHAPTER TWO

The original Casa Miranda offering debuted about two years ago to good reviews, so of course there was going to be a sequel, and it’s about to hit the market after it is introduced at the annual International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers trade show that begins this weekend in Las Vegas. Called, naturally, “Casa…

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Added by Jason Zahner on July 14, 2013 at 10:53am — No Comments

COVERING YOUR ASH: GURKHA GHOST ASURA

In an effort to fill what they thought was a void in their lineup — a great maduro — K. Hansotia and company worked very closely with Abe Flores at the PDR (Pinar Del Rio) Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic for one of their latest releases, the Gurkha Ghost.

Cigar Stats: Released…

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Added by Jason Zahner on June 20, 2013 at 7:17pm — 2 Comments

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