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Press Release: Pure Aroma Cigars And Espinosa Cigars End Distribution Agreement

March 6th, 2017: 

Effective immediately, Pure Aroma Cigars Inc. (D'Crossier brand) and Espinosa Premium Cigars have announced that they have ended their distribution agreement.

“Unfortunately at this moment, we are having difficulties meeting distribution demands.  This is a sad day for me, Erik and I started as acquaintances and quickly became like family.  However, I have faith that…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on March 6, 2017 at 11:44am — No Comments

Review: Dunhill Aged Maduro Short Robusto

Dunhill is a brand that has been showing up on my radar more often in the past year. With their solid offering in the Heritage, and the very limited Seleccion Suprema from 2015.

At the 2016 IPCPR in Las Vegas, they unveiled a new Maduro offering, the first of its kind for…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on February 28, 2017 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

Press Release: Drew Estate announces David Lazarus as Senior Vice President of Sales

Press Release: Drew Estate announces David Lazarus as Senior Vice President of Sales

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 31, 2017 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Surgeon’s Top 25 of 2016, #10 - #6

Top cigars #25 - #21

Top cigars #20 - #16

Top cigars #15 - #11

 

In order to qualify for my list this year a cigar must meet the following…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 10, 2017 at 6:00am — 10 Comments

Surgeon’s Top 25 of 2016, #15 - #11

Top cigars #25 - #21

Top cigars #20 - #16

 

In order to qualify for my list this year a cigar must meet the following criteria:

  • It either had to have been formally reviewed, or smoked more than 3 times
  • Has to have been released in 2016. If it was…
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Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 9, 2017 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

Surgeon’s Top 25 of 2016, #20 - #16

Top cigars #25 - #21

 

In order to qualify for my list this year a cigar must meet the following criteria:

  • It either had to have been formally reviewed, or smoked more than 3 times
  • Has to have been released in 2016. If it was a pre-release it will move to 2017
  • Line extensions to a previously released cigar will…
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Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 6, 2017 at 6:00am — 6 Comments

Press Release: Black Works Studio announces upcoming release of SINDUSTRY

January 5, 2017— Black Works Studio (BLK WKS) is pleased to announce the upcoming release of SINDUSTRY: Hand crafted in Esteli, Nicaragaua at Fabrica Oveja Negra.

 

SINDUSTRY will be…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 5, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments

Surgeon’s Top 25 of 2016, #25 - #21

As I wrote in my introduction article, I’ll be posting my countdown in blocks of 5 cigars. I do realize this doesn’t provide instant gratification of seeing who is #1, but it does allow me to sleep between writing articles.

 

In order to qualify for my list this year a cigar must meet the following criteria:

  • It either had to have been formally reviewed, or smoked more than 3 times
  • Has to have been released in 2016. If it was a pre-release it will move to…
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Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 5, 2017 at 6:00am — No Comments

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.

 

Looking back on the year; when the FDA legislation and pending date of…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on January 4, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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: 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).

 

Check out our…

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

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