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.
Last year I found myself struggling to list the best cigars over the past year. With many opportunities to smoke some great products, cigars appearing earlier in the year ended up fading in my memory by the time December rolled around. This year I wanted to do something different and have a running ranked list based purely on my subjective enjoyment of each cigar.
There’s something pretty special about waking up, watching the sun come up and having an espresso and a cigar in Cuba. After enough caffeine to get me started for the day we headed downstairs for our buffet breakfast. Some omelets, more espresso, various pastries and our morning ritual was complete.
Everyone was feeling better after a full nights rest and a hot shower, now it was just a matter of figuring out our plans for the day. With…Continue
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This Montecristo Especial No. 2 had been sitting in my humidor for a whopping 494 days before I picked it out to review. Sadly I’m unsure of the origins of it, it probably came from a box pass that I did back in 2012. The person who set me up with the cigar reached out to jog my memory. The generous LostAbbott set me up the Montecristo Especial No. 2 as a part of a…Continue
Enjoying a delicious Cuban cigar in the Nacional smoking room. Enjoying a Mojito out in the sun.
Enjoying my first Cohiba Maduro in the best possible place.
As I mentioned previously, I received a text from the people who were meeting me in Havana to advise they would be delayed. As their flight was now landing early in the morning, I…Continue
I’m a big Oliva fan, and ironically I get little to no grief about it compared to other brands. I currently have at least one box of every Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial, along with some European releases. When the Oliva Serie V Melanio came out in 2012, I was a bit disappointed.
After the maduro version of this cigar was announced I was excited to get my hands on it. I ended up doing a side trade with a member of Reddit…Continue
Ever since I returned from the Partagas festival, I’ve wanted to write an article on my experiences. Writing reviews is easy in comparison to an event or trip because smoking a cigar is such a small amount of time whereas my trip to Cuba was an adventure that seemed unbounded by time, and when I try and think of specific portions I want to write in detail about, I find myself lost in the memory.
One thing I wanted to mention early was that while I am an experienced cigar smoker, this…Continue
This Drew Estate Nica Rustica El Brujito came to me from Johnny Brooke at Drew Estate. He was kind enough to send me a cigar to sample and review. Not long after reviewing the Nica Rustica I purchased a bundle Corona Cigar Co. in Orlando, Florida on a recent trip.
This cigar kicks off the first in my ‘best of…Continue
I purchased the Tatuaje Frank Jr. as a part of the 2012 Little Monsters ‘Orange box’ release. I hadn’t actually smoked any of them until October of 2013.
I’m able to pick up pepper, cedar and faint coffee.
The Tatuaje Frank Jr. comes in a corona gorda vitola measuring 5 5/8” and 44 ring gauge. The cigar is box pressed and the wrapper is quite dark and features a triple cap. The band is a…Continue
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This El Rey Del Mundo Infantes 2013 Edicion Regional Cuba which was the 2013 regional release for the year came to me by way of the Partagas Festival in Cuba.
I went down in November of 2013 with a group of Canadian friends to see Cuba for the first time and experience the festival. I also picked up several boxes of the Infantes, but this particular stick I reviewed was part of the bundle given to attendees for the events. I did smoke two of the El Rey Del Munfo Infantes while I…Continue