Michael Giannini

Cigar News: Roll Your Own with Michael Giannini at the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival

If you ever wanted to try your hand at rolling a cigar, 2019 is the year to do it. Michael Giannini, from Ventura Cigars has been traveling the country and the world to promote the brand and offer workshops on how to roll a cigar. Most specifically, how to apply a wrapper leaf to the Read more about Cigar News: Roll Your Own with Michael Giannini at the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival[…]

Cigar News: CigarCon Delayed till 2021

The Premium Cigar Association announced today that plans for holding a consumer event tied to the annual trade show will be postponed till at least 2021. PCA President, John Anderson stated in today’s press release: “Our goal in announcing CigarCon at our 2019 trade show was to elicit feedback and have the conversations surrounding a Read more about Cigar News: CigarCon Delayed till 2021[…]

Crowned Heads/Drew Estate La Coalición Siglo

Cigar News: Crowned Heads/Drew Estate La Coalición Band Change

It may seem simple, but if you are a cigar geek like me, you look for that rare moment in cigar collections that result in you wanting to save a few in your stash. Sometimes it is just a great cigar and you want to put some in a “do not touch” box to age Read more about Cigar News: Crowned Heads/Drew Estate La Coalición Band Change[…]

Cigar 101: Picking Cigars for the Best Smoking Experience – Mike Holmes

Boston Jimmie forwarded a message to me about a cigar smoker who was smoking a lancero and started to feel sick while smoking the cigar. It was suggested that one of us write about how to pick cigars to smoke, that are within someone’s league, to help them have the best smoking experience. Once again Read more about Cigar 101: Picking Cigars for the Best Smoking Experience – Mike Holmes[…]

Cigar Review: Crowned Heads/Drew Estate La Coalición Siglo – Rated 94

Ah! Collaboration – when two or more people (or organizations) put their creative minds, craft, and experience together to create something special, beyond what just one could have accomplished working alone. In the case of today’s cigar review, it is was the collaborative efforts of Jon Huber from Crowned Heads and Willy Herrera from Drew Read more about Cigar Review: Crowned Heads/Drew Estate La Coalición Siglo – Rated 94[…]

Cigar Review: Viva La Vida Toro – Rated 95

You might have read my pre-release review of this amazing blend from Artesano Del Tobacco known as Viva La Vida. While the company and blend is new to most cigar enthusiasts, the faces behind this cigar are veterans in the industry. To start with, the Viva La Vida is manufactured at AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Read more about Cigar Review: Viva La Vida Toro – Rated 95[…]

Black smoke Miami 2018 Night 3

Cigar Lifestyle: Black Smoke Miami 2019 – 3rd Anniversary

It’s that time again, when Brothers and Sisters of the leaf converge on Miami, Florida to celebrate the cigar lifestyle and friendship. This is the third year for the event and if it is anything like the previous years, it will only be bigger and better. Event organizer, Kennedy Achille, AKA Tobacco Kennedy has planned Read more about Cigar Lifestyle: Black Smoke Miami 2019 – 3rd Anniversary[…]

IPCPR/PCA News: A.C.E. Prime Cigars

There was a lot of buzz leading up to, and during, the Premium Cigar Association trade show this year about a new cigar company called A.C.E. Prime, a cigar distribution company. The name stands for ‘A Cuban Experience’. The company is a vertically integrated operation that was formed by: NBA Champion – Tiago Splitter Sommelier – Luciano Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: A.C.E. Prime Cigars[…]

Cigar Review: Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Toro Especial – Rated 92

Released to retailers in December of 2018, the Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro started showing up in social media posts since then. The Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro was announced at the 2018 IPCPR and reflected the new face-lift for the Herrera Esteli that also includes the “Habano’, “Norteno”, and most recently this year, the Read more about Cigar Review: Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro Toro Especial – Rated 92[…]

Cigar Review: Powstanie Wojtek (War Bear) – Rated 92

With just over a month since the 2019 Premium Cigar Association trade show, friends have been tugging at me to try the latest creation by the folks at Powstanie cigars. I have to say, I missed seeing them at the show this year and that is my fault as I just ran out of time Read more about Cigar Review: Powstanie Wojtek (War Bear) – Rated 92[…]

Villiger La Flor de Ynclan

Cigar News: Villiger Cigars Presents La Flor De Ynclan Toro

Villiger Cigars announces that the highly rated Villiger La Flor de Ynclan will be presented in a new Toro 6 x 52 size. The Villiger La Flor De Ynclan robusto in 2017 garnered a 93 rating, ranked as the number 10 cigar in the world by Cigar Aficionado Magazine and voted the 2017 number 6 Read more about Cigar News: Villiger Cigars Presents La Flor De Ynclan Toro[…]

casa cuevas

Cigar News: “Cuevas Reserva” By Casa Cuevas Cigars Now Shipping

Casa Cuevas Cigars, makers of handmade premium cigars announce the Cuevas Reserva Natural and Cuevas Reserva Maduro is now shipping to retailers. The Cuevas Reserva was introduced to the public at the 2019 IPCPR/PCA Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV. President of Casa Cuevas Cigars, Luis Cuevas Jr. stated: “The Cuevas Reserva for my father Read more about Cigar News: “Cuevas Reserva” By Casa Cuevas Cigars Now Shipping[…]

Cigar Review: Dissident Bloc Robusto – Rated 92

The 2019 Premium Cigar Association trade show had some new products to talk about. In the case of Dissident Cigars an old brand made new by Benjamin Holt. The original Dissident brand was launched in 2013 by Neil Edwards and Jason Webster, who also own The Humidor Cigars and Lounge in Wichita, Kan. The line Read more about Cigar Review: Dissident Bloc Robusto – Rated 92[…]

IPCPR/PCA News: Rock-A-Feller Cigars

After a few days working the floor of the 2019 Premium Cigar Association trade show, I finally caught up with Kevin Schweitzer and the Vintage Rock-A-Feller Cigar Group (VCRG). Kevin and his company have been moving the needle ever since he acquired the brand a few years ago. As a previous gold and silver trader, Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: Rock-A-Feller Cigars[…]