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Amateur Review: Black Label Trading Company Last Rites 5x54

Back in early August, I did a blog on the full portfolio of Black Label Trading Company.  With the company set to debut on CigarChat with Rob and Logan later this week, I thought it was a good time to highlight those "reviews" to get every primed for Thursday night's show.  We'll begin with one that I enjoyed a lot - the Black Label Trading…

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Added by Matt Ross on September 24, 2013 at 9:29am — No Comments

Press Release: Emilio Draig Cayuquero to Begin Shipping

September 23, 2013 (Newark, Del.) — Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars announced today that the second release in the Draig series, Cayuquero, will begin shipping to retailers within the next few weeks.
Each year Griffith creates a new blend in the series, and production is limited to however many cigars can be made from the selected tobaccos.
This years release will be available in four sizes: Corona, Robusto, Toro, and a small run of Torpedo.…
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Added by Matt Ross on September 23, 2013 at 6:50pm — 1 Comment

Press Release: House of Emilio Announces Master Retailer Program

September 23, 2013 (Newark, Del.) – Gary Griffith announced today that House of Emilio, which includes the Emilio, 1502, Ezra Zion, Nomad, Epicurean, Rodrigo, Guayacan, and Bodega Premium cigar brands has created a “Master Retailer” program.
Participating retailers receive training for their staff on all House of Emilio brands and blends so as to best serve the consumer. Qualifying retailers carry facings from every brand in the line, assuring consumers the best…
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Added by Matt Ross on September 23, 2013 at 2:38pm — 1 Comment

Amateur Review: Black Label Trading Company Lawless 5x54

Back in early August, I did a blog on the full portfolio of Black Label Trading Company.  With the company set to debut on CigarChat with Rob and Logan later this week, I thought it was a good time to highlight those "reviews" to get every primed for Thursday night's show.  We'll begin with one that I enjoyed a lot - the Black Label Trading…

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Added by Matt Ross on September 23, 2013 at 11:14am — No Comments

Press Release: IPCPR CEO BILL SPANN RESIGNS

IPCPR CEO BILL SPANN RESIGNS

Spann led the association to the two most successful trade shows in the association’s 82-year history, and reversed a decade-long decline in membership

September 19, 2013

Columbus, GA-Citing a two-plus year separation from his family and the opportunity for employment in his new home town of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, IPCPR Chief Executive Officer Bill Spann today informed his Board…

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Added by Matt Ross on September 21, 2013 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Press Release: Crémo Cigars releases it’s third blend, the Capa Caliente

Miami, Fl - Ultra Boutique Manufacturer Crémo Cigars releases it’s third blend, the Capa Caliente! The Capa Caliente features a luscious Ecuadorian Dark Habano Wrapper over a Nicaraguan Binder and sumptuous blend of perfectly aged Dominican and Nicaraguan Filler. The Capa Caliente takes the traditional Crémo Classic blend, originally blended by famed Master Blender Willy Herrera (now of Drew Estate),  to another level by offering a full bodied and full…

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Added by Matt Ross on September 20, 2013 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Alec Bradley Warehouse Hit by Burglars

Yesterday, Alec Bradley took to Facebook to announce that burglars had stolen nearly $600,000 (retail value - $300,000 wholesale) in product from their warehouse:…

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Added by Matt Ross on September 17, 2013 at 2:18pm — 2 Comments

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 09/17/13

I apologize that my blogs have been becoming increasingly infrequent, but with some strict deadlines at work and a 5-month old at home, I just haven't had the time to sit down and smoke as much as I'd like - much less share my musings on what I've smoked.  In fact, I think there was a stretch of almost 10 days from late August through the first week of September where I just flat out didn't smoke a cigar.  Alas (who says that?), I have been able to partake in a few smokes over the past week…

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Added by Matt Ross on September 17, 2013 at 11:12am — 2 Comments

News: Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Premium Collection Ships to Retailers

William Cooper of Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks is reporting that Reinado has begun shipping its new Premium Collection to Retailers:

Reinado Cigars has confirmed to Cigar Coop that they have begun to ship the Reinado Grand Empire Reserve Premium Collection to retailers.  This line adds three additional sizes to the…

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Added by Matt Ross on September 11, 2013 at 8:20am — 1 Comment

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 8/27/13

Long time no talk, Cigar Federation!  Between my blog about Black Label Trading Company, a family vacation, and working on planning and promoting Cigar Federation's Raffle for Project Manana, I've been a bit busy lately, and, thus, haven't posted as many reviews as I would have liked.  Today, I'm going to…

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Added by Matt Ross on August 27, 2013 at 10:07am — 7 Comments

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 08/13/13

A little over a month ago, I wrote the following in my blog from 7/9:

Black Label Trading Company Benediction and Black Label Trading Company…

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Added by Matt Ross on August 13, 2013 at 12:51pm — 7 Comments

News: Courtesy of Jeff Borysiewicz Regarding Avo Uvezian's recent car accident

Just saw this news come through the timeline:



Our dear friend Avo got in a pretty bad car accident last night. With the grace of God, it looks like he will be OK. However, Avo's recovery could take some time. I know it would mean a lot to him if we surprised him with a huge delivery of "Get well soon" cards and cheer him on his way to back to health. Please pass this info on and mail cards to Avo Uvezian, 7792 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, Fl 32819. We will hand deliver…

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Added by Matt Ross on August 9, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 08/06/13

I still wouldn't dare refer to myself as a reviewer, but I've been sharing my thoughts on cigars I've smoked via this blog for a couple of months now, and I can't remember a week I've had with such great construction and ashes ever.  Each cigar I smoked provided a great experience that was only magnified by the stellar construction and long ashes that were produced.  I'll detail my thoughts on each, but please click on the links and see what was a week - albeit a slower week - with some nice…

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Added by Matt Ross on August 6, 2013 at 12:06pm — 3 Comments

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 07/30/13

Another slow week in the cigar enjoyment world for me as I only indulged in 4 different cigars this week, but it was 4 quality cigars.  One cigar that I did smoke, but didn't list was a Cortez Connecticut Corona from the Cortez Cigar Company based out of Shrewsbury, NJ.  Its been a busy month for weddings, and Saturday we went to our friends' wedding where Cortez was rolling fresh cigars so I picked up one of their Conny Coronas and…

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Added by Matt Ross on July 30, 2013 at 3:06pm — 3 Comments

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 07/23/13

I've been going through a really good stretch over the past few months - despite being a new, first time father, I've had enough free time to enjoy at least 5 cigars a week, and typically many more.  Unfortunately, a streak of good luck, good weather and free time came to an end this week as I was only able to get out 3 times this week.  (Side note - this isn't completely true.  I know for a fact that I smoked a Herrera Esteli Lonsdale Club and a Camacho Triple Maduro Robusto at the very…

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Added by Matt Ross on July 23, 2013 at 2:20pm — 4 Comments

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 07/16/13

Back with another Week in Review.  The rest of the CigarFed crew is out in Vegas for the show, but I'm here holding down the fort this year so I've tried to pull out a mix of cigars that are new to me coupled with some that are really some favorites of mine.  Let's get into it.

Litto Gomez Small Batch No. 4 - My good buddy Kyle gifted me…

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Added by Matt Ross on July 16, 2013 at 3:27pm — No Comments

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 07/9/13

I apologize for not giving a "Week in Review" last week.  I was in Springfield, MO a couple of weeks ago for work and it really impacted my smoking time.  I was actually supposed to go to one of my favorite shops - Just For Him - for the anniversary of their Torcido Cigar line, but, unfortunately, work just consumed me and I didn't even get the chance to do that. …

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Added by Matt Ross on July 9, 2013 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 06/25/13

Been a busy week for me in terms of cigar smoking and life, and the week ahead doesn't get much easier.  I'm writing this blog entry from 36,000 feet in the air as I journey to Springfield, Missouri for a bit of work, and potentially Just For Him Shop's 1 year celebration of Twisted Cigars.  I imagine my smoke intake this week will be minimal as I'm really stuck in…

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Added by Matt Ross on June 25, 2013 at 9:47pm — 3 Comments

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 06/18/13

Was a great week for me in terms of smoking!  The past few weeks, I've only gotten in about 5 smokes a week, but this week the weather, my schedule, and Father's Day all produced a fantastic week of smoking and I got to enjoy 8 great smokes!  Lots to discuss, so let's dive right in:

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Added by Matt Ross on June 18, 2013 at 1:10pm — 4 Comments

My Week (In Smoking) In Review - 06/11/13

Another week and several more cigars smoked!  This week actually was my birthday week, and while the weather and a busy schedule kept me from really going crazy, I did pull out a few special sticks to enjoy.  Here is a quick take on each - let me know your thoughts:

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Added by Matt Ross on June 11, 2013 at 10:11am — 2 Comments

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