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.…Continue
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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In the late 1990's, Habanos S.A. announced four new brands to the market. It was the end of the Cigar Boom and Habanos S.A. was hot. A lot of companies out of the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua earned a bad reputation for turning around cigars too fast, and while the same…Continue
There are not many companies that have been in the industry for 50 years. That is a long time for any company, not just in this industry to be honest with you, and the fact that the company has been family run for that long is just as impressive. I had the opportunity to spend some time…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
In my opinion, the Prominentes vitola is the most difficult vitola to be made. Being as large as it is, it is easy for it to lose all of the positive features and it can become bland rather quickly. It takes a master blender to be able to keep the flavors present and complex from beginning to end, and it takes a master…Continue
In 1903, the first factory in the Dominican Republic was opened and since it was first opened it has been run and operated by one family. It is now run by fourth generation Guillermo Leon, and he is an individual that truly understands tobacco, blending and rolling. I think he is responsible…Continue
Anyone who knows anything about tobacco knows the Godfather of Cuban tobacco is Alejandro Robaina. Make no mistake, his impact on the world of cigars is prevalent all over the industry outside of the fabled island to this day. Now his grandson Hirochi is taking the family name one-step further, stepping outside of Cuba and releasing a cigar from Nicaragua. Hirochi worked alongside his grandfather for 14 years, and took over the day-to-day duties of the farm when he passed away in 2010. …Continue
The La Flor Dominicana 1994 is the newest cigar from LFD, which released at IPCPR 2014. This regular production cigar pays honor to Lito Gomez’s 20 years in the cigar business.
The LFD 1994 comes in four different vitolas which range in price from $7.5 to $8.3.
This will be a short review with Thanksgiving just a few days away.
La Flor Dominicana 1994 Conga
Released in 2013, the Double Edmundo is one of the two newest vitolas added to the Monecristo brand. It was released with the Petit No. 2 and both were brilliant release if you ask me. The Double Edmundo is a release that takes the brand to a new level and has now given the brand a large…Continue
This Sindicato Hex starts off by looking good. A very well constructed perfecto, with clean seams and some small veins. The "fuse" style pigtail at the cap is a nice looking touch as well. The pre-light aromas are very rich! Lots of leather, cocoa & earth. Which, is backed up by a sweet, chocolately leather flavor on the cold draw.
Hex by Sindicato Cigars
Size: 6.25 x 52
If there is a brand that I either love or hate depending on the specific cigar, it is Quesada. I find that they are a company that never produces a cigar that has me say "it was good," but rather I love this or I hate this. Because of that, I never give a lot of attention…Continue
I look forward to the Tatuaje TAA release every year and the 2014 edition was no different. This all started for me when the TAA 2012 blew me away. This prompted me to seek out the 2011 which was also fantastic. The 2013 was good, but not on the same level as 2012. So I was eager to see if the Tatuaje TAA 2014 lived up to its predecessors.
As you probably know, TAA stands for the Tobacconist Association of America. Ever year they have some exclusive releases from different…Continue
Flor de Selva is a brand that has received a lot of attention from the European market. The cigar has been on the market there since 1994, but recently it began to come to the United States and find its way into retail shops in America. I never smoked the brand till I…Continue
Byron Serie Siglo XIX Reserva 4 Años, is not a cigar I will see many of. Byron cigars are not an everyday smoke. Not easy to find and not priced for most peoples daily budget. There is a lot of interesting data about this brand, but no reason for me to reiterate it, check it out here. The aroma from the wrapper and foot is a slightly sweet hay and natural…Continue
Mexican San Andres is not my favorite wrapper. Heck, Connecticut Broadleaf isn't either, and I have found that when it comes to manufacturers who do well with those wrappers there are not many. I know maduros are big and guys love making blends with Mexican and Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco, but for…Continue
The Falto Lonsdale is far from a new cigar, but it is definitely new to me. Until just recently, I was not aware of this brand, but I ran into them at IPCPR and was able to learn more. Check them out here, at La Garita Cigar. The Falto Lonsdale, is a nice looking cigar. Great construction, smooth, clean wrapper and a nice in hand feel. The pre-light aroma was…Continue
The Jekyll is seventh release in the Tatuaje Monster Series. It is tied in with the No. 8 release which will be The Hyde in 2015. The Tatuaje Monster series started back in 2008. Here is a quick rundown of the releases:
Pete Johnson's Havana VI is a blend that I have always struggled with. It has been described as being a softer version of the "Brown Label," and that the cigar is composed with less ligero in the blend. It was released in 2006, three years after the "Brown…Continue