Cigar News: Ventura Cigars Becomes Standalone Business Unit

Ventura Cigars, the brand famous for the Archetype, PSyKo SEVEN, Project805 and Case Study cigars, has announced that it will operate as a standalone business unit and full subsidiary of Kretek International effective this month. In the Kretek International press release, Patrick Hurd, Vice President of Sales for Kretek International, Inc. stated: “We’re excited to[…]

Cigar Review: Drew Estate Liga Privada Pork Beli – Rated 92

Back in September of 2018, Drew Estate announced the shipment of a shop exclusive cigar known as the Liga Privada Unico Pork Beli. The cigar was made exclusively for Hyde Park Cigars, a string of Chicago area shops. In the announcement, Jonathon Drew, President and Founder of Drew Estate noted: “Hyde Park Cigars has been[…]

Espinosa Cigars

Cigar News: Jack Toraño Joins Espinosa Premium Cigars as Director of Sales

After recently departing General Cigar Co., Jack Toraño has been picked up by Espinosa Premium Cigars as the new Director of Sales. Toraño has been with General Cigar Co. since mid 2016, when he was brought on as the Toraño brand ambassador, for the line of the same name they acquired back in 2014. We[…]

Cigar Review: Providencia Trinitas – Rated 95

Happy New Year! Today I offer the first review of 2019 here at Stogie Press. Back in late 2017, I reviewed the pre-release of the Providencia Cigars Trinitas and found it to be a very promising blend for this small, Texas based, boutique cigar company. Since that review, the company has been working to keep[…]

David P. Ehrlich PLM Series

2018 Boutique Cigar of the Year

It has been an amazing year of cigars even with the FDA regulations bearing down on the industry, many of the boutique cigar companies have seemed to weathered the storm so far and released new blends or extended their current lines. This year we also started our new rating system in July, and though not[…]

2018 Boutique Cigar of the Year Final Candidates

We have just a day and and a half before the stroke of midnight to ring in the new year. As part of the bell tolling, comes the announcement of the annual Stogie Press Top 25 Boutique Cigars of the year. Today we offer the final list of candidates that have made the cut for[…]

DBL MAFU

Cigar Review: DBL Cigars MAFU Cameroon – Rated 98

I recently received a holiday package of cigars from my friend and great BOTL, Francisco Almonte, the owner of Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) Cigars. That package had some of his latest introductions in it and as you may have read I reviewed the DBL 35th Anniversary this past week. One of the other blends in[…]

Cigar News: StogieTV Releases the Padrón Story Documentary Film

Kennedy Achille, AKA Tobacco Kennedy, the owner of StogieTV and promoter of the Black Smoke Miami cigar event announced the release of his long awaited documentary film on the Padrón family. The film, directed, produced, and written by Achille, is professionally done and highlights the Padrón family while giving the viewer a unique inside look of the[…]

Tailored Smoke Cigar Lounge

Cigar Lounge: Best Cigar Lounge of 2018

It has been a fun year traveling through the country visiting lounges everywhere I went. When I think back on all the fine establishments that I visited I have to think about which was the best. We give awards to the top cigars of the year, so why not lounges too. This year my travels[…]

Cigar Review: Protocol Themis Lancero – Rated 93

This year at the IPCPR, Juan Cancel and Bill Ives doubled down in Vegas with their acclaimed Protocol Themis blend by extended the line with a Lancero vitola. Although lanceros are one of those sizes that can be hit or miss with consumers, the Protocol Themis lancero is the company’s third lancero offering. It follows[…]

2018 Boutique Cigar of the Year Candidates 17-22

The list is almost complete as we count down the remaining days before 2018 comes to close. Today we release the next 6 candidates for the Stogie Press top 25 Boutique Cigars of 2018. This takes us to 22 candidates. The last group will include 8 more for a total of 30 cigars and then[…]

Cigar Review: DBL Cigars 35th Anniversary – Rated 94

At this years IPCPR, Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) Cigars announced the introduction of a DBL 35th Anniversary cigar. This cigar is a tribute to Francisco Almonte who has spent 35 years in the tobacco industry. Imagine having worked with two of the most famous cigar makers, Mr. Carlos Fuente (A. Fuente Cigars) and Mr. Litto[…]

2018 Boutique Cigar of the Year Candidates 11-16

Eights days to go before we ring in 2019 and another year of cigars reviews, lounge visits, lifestyle, and news. Before we do that we first have to announce what we feel were the best boutique cigars smoked here at Stogie Press.  Today I present the next 6 candidates for the Stogie Press Top 25[…]