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Surgeon’s Top 25 of 2016: Best Factories

Before we get into the top cigars of 2016, it’s time to get some recognition to factories that stood out.

As I look back, there’s no question there are four standouts for me.

 

La Zona (Espinosa Cigars):

The little factory that could. La Zona might seem small, if you’ve ever had the pleasure of taking a tour. If you were to guess at their size looking at their…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 2, 2017 at 6:00am — 7 Comments


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Review: Villiger 1888

Villiger 1888

Size: 4.875 x 50

Vitola: Robusto…

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Added by 007MI6 on December 23, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Surgeon’s Top 25 of 2016, Introduction

This year has gone by faster than any I can remember in the past. The FDA legislation dropped like a storm cloud on the industry, but I remain hopeful that things will turn around in 2017.

 

My 2016 list will only consist of non-Cubans. While I smoke Cuban cigars, I didn’t smoke enough new releases this year to justify a separate list. I apologize to all the CC smokers out there.

 

The biggest struggle I find with compiling this list, is not with the cigars that…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 19, 2016 at 7:00am — 3 Comments


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Review: La Sirena LT

La Sirena LT

Size: 6x52

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Dominican Republic, Honduras & Nicaragua…

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Added by 007MI6 on December 16, 2016 at 7:00am — 4 Comments


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Review: The Voyage By Baracoa Cigar Company

Baracoa Cigar Company released their debut cigar, The Voyage, at the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas. Founded by Danny Vazquez, the cigar was inspired by the adventures of Christopher Columbus.

Rolled in La Aurora, it features a Dominican Corojo wrapper from 2011, and is rolled…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 16, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments


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Review: Rocky Patel Catch 22 Connecticut

The Catch Twenty-Two represents a line extension to the 2014 release of the original Catch Twenty-Two.

The Catch Twenty-Two Connecticut has been released in 4 sizes which mirror the original release. They’re sold in 22 count boxes, with the Rothschild coming in 50 count boxes. The Rothschild (4-1/2x50), Toro (6x52), Sixty (6x60), and the Double Corona (7-1/2x52).

 

Check out our interview with Rocky Patel at the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas:…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 8, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Press Release: BLTC Shipping Deliverance Nocture to Retailers

December 6, 2016 — Black Label Trading Company (BLTC) is pleased to announce they are shipping DELIVERANCE NOCTURNE to select retailers this week.

The Nocturne was hand crafted at BLTC’s own factory; Fabrica Oveja Negra in Esteli, Nicaragua.

“We are…

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Added by Cigar Federation on December 6, 2016 at 12:42pm — 1 Comment


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Review: Dapper Cubo Connecticut

Cubo Cigars (by Dapper Cigar Co.) is based on a simple idea. Recreate classic Cuban profiled cigars out of Nicaragua. Although, trying to create medium-bodied cigars from a country known for it's bold and powerful tobaccos can be tough. The Connecticut uses a "Cloud-Grown", Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper from Oliva Tobacco and Nicaraguan binder and filler from the Jalapa and Condega regions. They are produced under…

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Added by 007MI6 on December 2, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Review: Southern Draw Code Duello Kudzu

One of the people I missed at the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas this year was Robert Holt of Southern Draw cigars. With the looming FDA legislation, Robert decided to focus his attention and energies on new releases before August 8th.

The Code Duello is the result of that focus, and it’s a very interesting concept. Packaged as a two pack, the cigar is intended to be shared in a cigar duel of sorts. The purpose is to settle disputes in a civilized manner.

Available in…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 1, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Review: Torano Exodus

One of the big stories of the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas: Jack is back. Jack Torano is back with the Torano Family Cigar Co., and with his return the entire Torano portfolio received a packaging overhaul.

Sold in 20 count boxes, the Exodus is available in 4 vitolas; The Torpedo (5-3/4x52), Robusto (5x54), Toro Grande (5-1/2x58), and the Gigante (6x60).

 

Check out our interview with Jack Torano at the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas:…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on November 8, 2016 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Press Release: Quesada Cigars announces new Holiday Keg

Just in time for the gift giving season, The Quesada Family is releasing the Holiday Keg: a limited edition barrel filled with ten 6x50 Toros blended to share with friends and family over the holidays. A Corojo Dominican wrapper cloaks a dominican binder with fillers from both Dominican Republic and Nicaragua to…

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Added by Cigar Federation on November 3, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment


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Review: Rocky Patel Fifty-Five Corona

This year at the IPCPR there were a significant number of new releases from manufacturers. Rocky Patel certainly didn’t buck that trend, with a significant list of new products, limited edition products, and line extensions.

One of the special new releases was the Rocky Patel Fifty-Five. Created to commemorate Rocky’s 55th birthday, it utilizes tobaccos that are aged 6 – 7 years. Rocky Patel himself created the blend, and Hamlet Paredes came up with the unique sizes. Each…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on October 25, 2016 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Review: Casa Fernández AGANORSA Connecticut

2016 has been a big year for Casa Fernández and at IPCPR the company had several new releases of their own. The company is well known for their work with individuals in the industry, but when it comes to their own brand they don't get the attention they deserve. From line extensions to brand new lines, it was the biggest years I can remember for Casa Fernández. Even with the announcement of these new cigar lines and vitolas, the company quietly announced that they were now using a second…

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Added by Seth's Humidor on October 18, 2016 at 7:20am — 1 Comment


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Review: The Upsetters by Foundation Cigar Company

After a trip to Kingston, Jamaica for Bob Marley’s 70th birthday, Nick Melillo started searching Jamaica for cigar tobacco. Nick created The Upsetters using a traditional Caribbean technique of herbal infusion, with both Jamaican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos.

The red, gold and green packaging on The Upsetters is an homage to reggae culture. The art on the inside of the box is inspired by…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on October 18, 2016 at 6:00am — 3 Comments


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Review: 2016 Quesada Oktoberfest Das Brauhaus

The folks over at Quesada Cigars have done a great job of making their brand synonymous with this time of year.  When I think about Oktoberfest I think of malty beers and Quesada cigars.  Tatuaje owns Halloween and Quesada owns Oktoberfest.

2015 was the year that Quesada introduced two limited edition Nicaraguan versions of their Oktoberfest blend.  The Das Brauhaus is one of those Nicaraguan blends and it was one of my favorites last year.  This year's blend is said to be the same…

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Added by RobbyRas on October 17, 2016 at 12:00pm — 6 Comments


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Review: La Gloria Cubana Serie R Esteli Maduro

La Gloria Cubana announced earlier this year they would be adding a Maduro extension on to the Serie R Esteli and Serie R Black lines. The Serie R Esteli Maduro released as a physical store brand, while the Serie R Black Maduro was online ordering only.

The Serie R Esteli Maduro is available in three vitolas, and 18 count boxes. The No. 54 (6x54), No. 60 (6x60), and the No. 64 (6-1/4x54).

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on October 11, 2016 at 9:42am — No Comments

Review: Aguila

Recently,iHavanas released a new brand that is their brand. It is called Aguila and it is made in Nicaragua. Little information is given out about the blend right now, but iHvanas asked for my thoughts and I told them I would be more than glad to share them. I did not know any information about the blend before I smoked it, so I was going in blind but I was quickly surprised by how much I enjoyed the cigar. Information about the cigar is…

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Added by Seth's Humidor on October 6, 2016 at 7:01am — 6 Comments


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Review: Nomad SA-17 Coronita

Fred describes the profile of the SA-17 as being medium full, like a C-276, but with the added richness of San Andres tobacco.

The C-276 ranks as one of my favorite sticks Fred has done to date. Hearing that the profile brings that sort of body to the table had me very excited for the cigars to hit the market.

Sold in 21 count boxes, they’re available in 4 vitolas. A Corinita (5-1/2x46), Robusto (5x50), Toro (6x50) and a Shorty (4x46).

 

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on October 4, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Review: RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon Firecracker

One of the fun projects in the cigar industry is a recurring annual release from Two Guys Smoke Shop. Originally launched in 2007, David Garofalo had Jose Don “Pepin” Garcia produce a short cigar with a pig tail cap approximating a fuse. That release has become a tradition, changing factories through various incarnations.

The 2016 release comes from RoMa Craft Tobac and Skip Martin as the CroMagnon blend, produced in a 3-1/2x50…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on September 27, 2016 at 8:18am — 4 Comments


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Review: Charter Oak Broadleaf

There was a lot of excitement in 2015 when Nick Melillo announced he was starting  Foundation Cigar Company. His first release, the El Gueguense, was a great cigar but disappointed some who were expecting a Broadleaf wrapper from the “Chief of the Broadleaf”. The Tabernacle and Charter Oak 2016 cigars prominently feature Broadleaf wrappers.

Nick described the Charter Oak as his homage to Connecticut, and Nick’s grandfather. The box features the Charter Oak tree, discovered in the 12th…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on September 13, 2016 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

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