The new Romeo y Julieta Pirámides Añejados and Montecristo Churchill lines from Habanos SA seems to be a very polarizing release according to initial feedback. When these were announced back in December, the whole Habanos world seemed to have an opinion on whether or not the line was legitimately aged, worth the predicted retail prices, and just what exactly Habanos was thinking with a release like this. Tuna and I discussed the topic on one of our shows, and to me I felt it showed…Continue
At the 2014 IPCPR in Las Vegas Rob and I interviewed Andre Farkas of Viaje, and he revealed that the name for the Cache was based on the storage area for the tobacco which looked like a weapons cache. In the bottom of every box they built a hidden cache of 5 box pressed Cache cigars, which you can see in the interview video below.
My good friend Derek from Texas was generous enough to bomb me with a significant number of Viaje cigars I had not tried…Continue
The Tatuaje 10th Anniversary Belle Encre Reserva is a limited edition cigar that was released in March of 2014. As I'm sure you know, 2014 was the 10th Anniversary of the Tatuaje brand and many Tatuaje releases featured the 10th Anniversary band. The Belle Encre Reserva also features a secondary "Reserva" band noting it's Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and limited edition status. This particular cigar is limited to 1994 22-count boxes.…Continue
This week, I start exploring the new Nestor Miranda Collection from Miami Cigar Co. There are three blends: the Habano (Green), Maduro (Red) and Connecticut (Blue). Today I am going to be reviewing the Habano, and not to be too big of a spoiler alert, but maybe it is. I have had a lot of just so-so cigars lately. Like, I'd smoke another one, but I wouldn't really go after them, but this cigar was pleasantly different.
Nestor Miranda Collection Habano (Green) by Miami…Continue
I am actually reusing an introduction that I have in place for Seth's Humidor for this review, because I believe it properly introduces Silent Shout and Lost&Found. I tried to create a whole new introduction, but it never did justice…
A few weeks ago, Logan passed along a package to me from Barry Stein containing a Garofalo Robusto. Having never heard of the cigar, I conducted a bit of research and found it marketed as such:
He's not a cigar maker with a history of a Cuban family that has been growing and cultivating tobacco for generations. He does not wear a fancy hat, or ride a horse or wear a Guevara shirt like all the cliche ads in the cigar magazines. He is David Garofalo, an Italian American…
Warped Cigars and Kyle Gellis made a big splash at the 2014 IPCPR. Their booth was organized in such a way that it was hard to believe it wasn’t their 4th or 5th IPCPR. Their cigars soon starting showing up on a significant number of top 10 cigar lists including my own. When the Don Reynaldo was announced in late 2014 I made it my goal to get my hands on some.
The Warped Don Reynaldo is an extremely limited 100 number release of 10 count boxes and will be…Continue
Warped Cigars made a big impression on the cigar world in 2014. The La Colmena No. 44 was my #3 New Release Cigar of 2014 while the Flor de Valle was up there for me as well. With all that being said I was quite eager to get my hands on the La Colmena Unico…Continue
Recently I was turned on to a newer brand, looking to make a splash in 2015 with two releases out of Nicaragua known as Ohana. Ohana is the brand, Ryan Rodriguez is the owner, and the cigars are being made at Plasencia with some seriously aged tobaccos. Rodriguez has two blends he is releasing March 21st at UG Fest, the first annual cigar festival put on by Underground Cigar Shop and Lounge in Fort Worth, Texas. The Friends and Family blend was the first cigar I…Continue
This week I am going to review the darkest of the La Aurora Preferido Corona line, the Broadleaf. The wrapper on this cigar is very dark and looks great. Let me apologize up front for the quality of these photos and the lack there-of. I just didn't do a good job of keeping up with them, this time. My bad. But you can still tell how it smoked. ;)
La Aurora Preferido Corona Broadleaf by Miami Cigar & Co.
Size: 5.5 x 42…Continue
You saw Seth's take, now you get mine! All in anticipation for our upcoming show on Tuesday!
Bigger is better, and so goes the evolution of Cuban cigars into the world of large ring gauges, with the introduction of the Cohiba Robustos Supremos Edicion Limitada 2014. For the purpose of being…Continue
The Senorial 65th Anniversary is the first limited edition cigar from Las Cumbres Tabaco. The cigar itself commemorated Jose Blanco's 65th birthday and is limited to 20,000 cigars. The cigar is a beautiful 5 3/4 x 55 perfecto called Perfecto Elégance and is available in boxes of 10. I believe the CigFed store is currently sold out, but when in stock…Continue
The Drew Estate Smoking Monk of Esteli project dates back more than 3 years. Announced in late December 2014, the entire range covers five different types of beer to pair with. They are available in a single toro vitola at 6-1/2 by 54 ring gauge.
The Smoking Monk of Esteli line is exclusive to Cigars International and can be purchased from CI or from Cigar.com. In the coming weeks we will post reviews of each blend and also feature each Smoking Monk on…Continue
Back in January, Young of Tabu Cigars was a guest on CigarChat and detailed his three core offerings. Young explained how he observes the KISS method with Tabu Cigars along with the rule of 3s. Tabu Cigars offers 3 blends - Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each blend is available in 3 different sizes - Robusto, Toro and Torpedo. Today, we will visit the strongest offering of the three - the Tabu Gold.
Today I am continuing my review of the La Aurora Preferido Corona line. Next up is going to be the Connecticut version, a perfect morning cigar. Over the last few years I have really began to enjoy the Connecticut blends, and many have found a place in my humidor. So, let's see how this blends stacks up.
La Aurora Preferido Corona Connecticut by Miami Cigar & Co.
Size: 5.5 x 42
In late 2014, Drew Estate announced the release of the Smoking Monk of Esteli series. Each Smoking Monk cigar was blended to pair with a specific type of beer. Naturally we got excited over at Sharing Our Pairings. Drew Estate blending cigars to be paired with beer is like a dream come true!
The Smoking Monk of Esteli line is exclusive to Cigars International and can be purchased from CI or from Cigar.com. In the coming weeks we will post reviews of each blend and also feature each…Continue
A cigar that keeps haunting my friendly neighborhood LCDH surfing, is the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe La Casa del Habano (LCDH) Exclusivo release from 2012. Noted by the secondary band bearing the LCDH logo, Habanos SA has released very few cigars in this vein, and as of 2011 limited production. Employing aged tobacco, the releases are not quite on the level of the Edicion Limitadas in terms of price, but are exclusive, and have some collectability in that regard…Continue
Habanos S.A. is always a couple years behind the American market in term of the sizes being used on their Habanos. I think it ranges from three to five years, and it is almost as if they want to see how successful a new vitola is before they put it on the market. I typically think Habanos is covered in the 40 ring gauge market, and that is why there has been an…Continue
Drew Estate is a cigar manufacturer that most people have heard of. With a significant social media presence, they’ve consistently placed on the top cigars and top manufacturer’s for several consecutive years.
The Unico Serie of cigars which includes the UF-13, Dirty Rat, Feral Flying Pig, and L40 are a premium line. The L40 was first announced in the 2011 IPCPR, and the name comes from a…Continue