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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

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

Review: Powstanie Habano Perfecto

Produced out of the Nica Sueno factory, the Powstanie Habano and Broadleaf wrapper options came about as sampler packs that were mailed out to customers. The customers voted for their favorite, and the Habano won by a slim margin. Since both were popular they decided to release both. Originally just released in the Cigar Hustler store, it was made available to other retailers in November 2015.

The symbol for Powstanie pays homage to the Kotwica, which was the emblem for…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on September 6, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Review: Warped Villa Sombra Mecedora

We sat down with Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars on the last day of the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas to talk about their new releases. The Warped Villa Sombra is produced at the Casa Fernandez owned TABSA factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

The Villa Sombra is being released as 25 count boxes in two vitolas, a Mojitos (5-1/2”x44) and Mecedora (5-1/2”x50). It should be hitting the market sometime in September.

 

Check out our interview with Kyle Gellis at IPCPR 2016 in Las…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on August 30, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Review: Nomad Martial Law

At the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas, Fred Rewey described the Martial Law as a double ligero cigar that came about in the process of blending the Lot 8613. The Martial Law contains tobaccos from Condega, Esteli, Ometepe, and Jalapa in the filler.

The Martial Law comes out of the Fabrica Oveja Negra in Nicaragua, and is released in the single Toro (6x50) vitola, packaged in 12 count boxes.

 

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on August 23, 2016 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Review: Herrera Esteli Miami

At the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas we caught up with Willy Herrera and he talked about the latest incarnation of the Herrera Esteli line.

The Herrera Esteli Miami marks the first time a Drew Estate cigar has been blended and rolled at the El Titan de Bronze factory in Miami. The blend has been adjusted, using tobaccos available at El Titan de Bronze.

The cigars are available in 10 count boxes, one vitola (Corona Larga), and production is limited to 4,000…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on August 16, 2016 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Pre-Release Review: All Out Kings

During the Drew Estate Cigar Safari in February, Jonathan Drew, Willy Herrera and Robert Caldwell announced the upcoming collaboration project of All Out Kings. Fast forward to the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas and we have a cigar to review and some details on the release.

Released as boxes of 20, they will be available in 4 vitolas. Gimme Your…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on August 10, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Review: Joya Black Toro

Last year Joya de Nicaragua released the Joya Red. This year they followed it up with the Joya Black. This is the first cigar using the Mexican San Andres Negra wrapper in their portfolio.

They will be released in 20 count boxes and 4 vitolas: Nocturno (6-1/4x46), Robusto (5-1/4x50), Toro (6x52), and a Double Robusto (5x56).

 

Check out our IPCPR 2016 interview with Juan Martinez:…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on August 9, 2016 at 7:00am — 9 Comments

Review: QuickDraw Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars was kind enough to send us some samples of his QuickDraw Connecticut, Habano and Pennsylvania Broadleaf line. We recently had Robert on Sharing Our Pairings to do some beer pairings with the QuickDraw Connecticut.

I’ve been looking forward to the review of the Pennsylvania Broadleaf, as Broadleaf tends to be solidly in my wheelhouse for flavors.

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

Review: Ramon Allones 898 Edicion Regionales 2014 Alemania (Germany)

In 2014 Habanos S.A. released the Ramon Allones 898 as the Regional Edicion cigar for Germany. The 898 is so named because of the way it is packaged in the 25 count box. 3 rows of cigars going 8 then 9 and then 8 on the bottom. Production was limited to only 2,000 numbered boxes.

I was very excited to receive this as a cigar bomb from a very good friend. The box code for this cigar was RAE JUL 15.

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on July 12, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Review: Gurkha Ninja XO

Another cigar in the Godzilla sampler pack, the Gurkja Ninja XO is described as a medium-full bodied cigar.

The Gurkha Ninja is sold in 20 count boxes and the vitolas options are Knife (Robusto, 5x55), Torpedo (6x52), XO (Gordo, 6x60), Perfecto #2 (6x60), or a Churchill (7x50).…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on July 5, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Review: Hammer + Sickle Tradicion Serie Churchill

The Hammer + Sickle Tradicion Serie was created back in 2009, and is blended with a 5 year aged Connecticut shade wrapper. It was awarded No. 11 cigar in the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 list in 2015.

Sold in 20 count handmade etched glass cases, they are available in Robusto (5x50), Toro (6x50), or Churchill (7x48) vitolas.

 

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on June 28, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Review: Gurkha Assassin XO Gordo

Not too long ago I was gifted some cigars from the Gurkha Godzilla Pack. I’ve mentioned many times in the past that I’m a big fan of manufacturer’s making samplers so that a consumer can try a variety of their offerings. 

The Gurkha Assassin is blended to be a full…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on June 21, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

Review: Southern Draw QuickDraw Connecticut

Southern Draw Cigars is based on the vision of the traditional “Southern” Gentlemen. A brand founded by U.S. Veterans, they already have 3 lines on the market with the Kudzu, Firethorn, and QuickDraw in a Habano or Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper. The QuickDraw Connecticut extends the QuickDraw line, available as the Petit Corona (4-1/2x44) or a Short Panatela (5-1/2x40).

What I appreciate on their…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on June 14, 2016 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Review: Diamond Crown Julius Caeser by JC Newman

First introduced in 2010, this cigar celebrated the 115th anniversary of J.C. Newman. The C middle initial stands for “Caesar”, and was misspelled on his immigration paperwork as Caeser. Rolled out of the Tabacalera A. Fujente y Cia factory in the Dominican Republic, the Pyramid landed at #25 on the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 list of 2011.

The Julius Caeser is available as a Robusto (4-3/4x52), Toro (6x52), Pyramid (6-1/2x52) and a Churchill (7-1/4x52).

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on June 7, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

News: Drew Estate Launches New Drew Diplomat App

Press Release From Drew Estate:

Drew Estate Launches New Drew Diplomat App

 

Miami, FL – Today, Drew Estate announced the launch of their long awaited Drew Diplomat app, which is now available in the App Store for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod Touch® and on Google Play™ for Android™. With the Drew Diplomat app, Drew Estate…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on June 3, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Review: Ginger by Cigar Federation

The Ginger comes on the heels of several other small batch projects from Cigar Federation. The GreenGo, the TKSP (Tiger Kitty Soft Paws),…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on May 31, 2016 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Review: La Flor Dominicana Cameroon Cabinet Chisel #4

I’ve smoked a number of cigars from La Flor Dominicana but never any of the Cameroon Cabinet series. I am a big fan of Cameroon wrappers, so when I was presented a sample for review, it moved to the top of my list.

Originally released as a No. 1 (6-1/2x44), No. 3 (4-3/4x40), No. 4 (6-1/4x54), No 5 (6x50), a Torpedo (6x54), and a Lancero (6x38); these started out as small release in 2007 for cigar events.

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on May 24, 2016 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Review: Casa Turrent by A Turrent

If you haven’t heard of the Casa Turrent before, or Alejandro Turrent, you’ve almost assuredly heard of San Andres Maduro wrapper. Nueva Matacapan de Tabacos is the largest cigar marker and grower of tobacco in Mexico. Also well known for their Te-Amo cigar brand, they announced the Casa Turrent line in early 2015 (although they’ve been available in Canada and Europe since 2013). After discontinuing multiple lines, the Casa Turrent is the only line to carry their…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on May 17, 2016 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Review: La Escepcion Don Jose Exclusivo Italia 2015

When I reviewed the La Escepcion Selectos Finos back in 2013, I commented that it was as near a perfect Cuban as I’ve ever had. The friend that had originally bombed me the La Escepcion Selectos Finos decided to follow up with a generous bomb of the La Escepcion Don Jose.

The La Escpecion was a brand that launched with a misspelling.…

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Added by Cigar Surgeon on May 10, 2016 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

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