Cigar Review: C.L.E. Wynwood Hills Mayhem – Rated 96

Christian Eiroa and CLE Cigars have been teasing us for a while with the possibility of bringing back the Wynwood line that he created with Robert Caldwell back in 2012. The line went defunct back in 2013 when Caldwell left the brand but Eiroa maintained the brand rights. Now as we speed the film up[…]

Cigar Review: DBL Cigars – Derame III – Rated 95

At the 2018 IPCPR, Francisco Almonte, owner of Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) Cigars, showcased the third release of his limited edition Derrame Series cigar. Known as the Derrame III, it was displayed in a beautiful 49 count humidor that housed 40 box-pressed vitolas and 9 round vitolas. The humidor is as stunning as the cigars[…]

Cigar Review: Recluse Amadeus Los Cabos Toro – Rated 88

Iconic Leaf Cigars – known to most of you as Recluse Cigars has been crafting and selling cigars since the 2012 IPCPR Show in Orlando, FL. At their inaugural appearance in Orlando, the company did something unique and showcased their opening act, the Recluse OTG to the public. That may not have been so special[…]

Cigar Review: Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2012 Gran Robusto – Rated 93

At last years IPCPR, George Rica and his Gran Habano Cigar Company expanded their portfolio with the introduction of the Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2012. This was a natural addition to the Gran Reserva #5 line which previously used leaf from 2011. The new 2012 line refers to the year that the cigar was[…]

Cigar Review: Artesano Del Tobacco – Viva La Vida Pre-Release – Rated 94

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Artesano Del Tobacco, a small boutique cigar brand based out of NYC. You may not have heard this name before, but they have a 25 year cigar history in the greatest city on earth. They started in the cigar business 25 years ago in New York as[…]

Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Décadas El General – Rated 93

Joya de Nicaragua was the first cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. It was founded 50 years ago and besides the production of their own line, it has been the “go-to” factory for numerous cigar brands to get quality cigars manufactured and to access select leaf. After 50 years of success, the company put on a[…]

Rock A Feller Cigars Vintage Nicaragua Maduro Lancero

The 2018 Lancero Battle Results

Lanceros! Those long thin cigars made famous by Fidel Castro with the Cohiba Lancero have been an “on again – off again” vitola. Those that truly understand cigars know that the Lancero is the one that offers the truest flavor of the wrapper. In an article back in 2008, Cigar Aficionado asked Michael Herklots, general[…]

RoMa Craft CRAFT 2018

Cigar Review: RoMa Craft – CRAFT 2018 – Rated 93

Back in 2013, Skip Martin and his RoMa Craft Tobac company debuted a special limited edition cigar line known as the CRAFT. The idea behind the CRAFT was to use nothing but a chaveta, the tool used to cut the leaf. There were no molds involved and of course it was rolled completely by hand.[…]

Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero – Rated 97

The Traveling Man, a name that holds deep meaning to brother Masons worldwide. The Traveling Man, a name that fits so many cigar brand owners that are road warriors, zig-zagging across the country, and at times the world, to ply their craft. The Traveling Man, a highly successful cigar blend from Hiram & Solomon Cigars.[…]

Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals

Cigar Review: Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals – Rated 90

Back in October of 2018 I introduced you all to the latest creation from Ventura Cigars the  Archetype Fantasy Mini Series. We reviewed the first of the three new blends, the Curses. Since then, there has been a lot of sightings by Ventura General Manager, Michael Giannini, from Europe to the New Orleans Barn Smoker[…]

Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Kralot Mag 50 – Rated 92

First it was the Red Knight, followed by the Zlatno Sonce and Crna Nok. Now the latest from Riste Riatevski and his young Jas Sum Kral Cigars company, is the Kralot. I have to hand it to Riste, he has some of the most unique names for his cigars. So what is a Kralot anyway? I[…]

Cigar Review: Fratello Navetta Discovery – Rated 92

Three, Two, One — We have liftoff. That was the sound of Omar de Frias and his Fratello Cigars team back at the 2017 IPCPR where they showcased the 4th introduction for Omar’s young company. Over those four years he has became a cigar household name to many a cigar enthusiast. As many of you[…]

Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Ultra – Rated 90

The year 2018 was a banner year for Joya de Nicaragua, the oldest cigar manufacturer in Nicaragua. The company, celebrated 50 years in business and as part of that celebration they expanded their portfolio of cigars with some new blends and sizes. One of those was the new “JOYA Silver” which is the fourth blend[…]

Oscar Valladares Ciseron Edition

Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares Ciseron Edition – Rated 94

Oscar Valladares, the man that may be best known for the Leaf by Oscar cigar, a brand that is owned by and was made popular by Island Jim Robinson, has branched out over the past few years and brought to market some new and interesting blends of his own. At the 2018 IPCPR, Oscar was[…]