Cornelius and Anthony Mistress Robusto

Cigar Review: Cornelius and Anthony The Mistress Robusto – Rated 95

Cornelius and Anthony, a brand that boutique cigar lovers have come to know and enjoy, has been making ripples in the fabric of the cigar world since their inception. With a long history in the tobacco business, anchored by the 150 plus years of farming by the Bailey family, the company has been releasing quality[…]

Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Curses

Cigar Review: Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Curses – Rated 91

Crystals, Curses, and Cloaks, it sounds like the plot of a Harry Potter book and so it should, because these are the names of the cigars in the newly released Archetype Fantasy Mini Series from Ventura Cigars. If you recall, the company released a number of Archetype cigars in 2017 and explained to us all, “we[…]

A.J. Fernandez Ramon Allones

Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Ramon Allones – Rated 94

A.J. Fernandez was the cigar man of the year in 2017, with numerous collaborations across the cigar industry including both big box and boutique lines. One of those collaborations was with General Cigars to re-introduce the Ramon Allones brand, the US trademark of which is owned by General Cigars. The company moved the line under the Foundry[…]

Micallef Cigars Grande Bold Mata Fina 556MF

Cigar Review: Micallef Cigars Grande Bold Mata Fina 556MF – Rated 85

Today we take a look at the second in the Grande Bold series from the Micallef Cigars that was introduced at this years IPCPR. The Grande Bold series consists of 5 different blends and today we will be examining the Grande Bold Mata Fina. We recently reviewed the Grand Bold Nicaragua which scored a 93. The[…]

Southern Draw Cigars Cedrus - The Hogan

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Cigars Cedrus – The Hogan – Rated 97

When it comes to making a special cigar, there are many who have accomplished it but when it comes to making the cigar special, that is a little different. This year, Southern Draw Cigars accomplished “special” in many ways, when they introduced a cigar known as Cedrus – The Hogan at this years International Premium[…]

Esteban Carreras Mr. Brownstone Natural Toro Gordo

Cigar Review: Esteban Carreras Mr. Brownstone Natural Toro Grande – Rated 89

With all the craziness at this years IPCPR, I mean with the fire and rescheduling, not to mention all the zig-zagging I was doing across the floor, I totally missed the Esteban Carreras Cigars booth. From what I have read, the company rolled out an additional 4 3/4  x 46 vitola, known as the Böölit, for[…]

Crown Heads Court Reserve XVIII

Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII Robusto – Rated 96

Ah yes, Crowned Heads, a cigar company known for cigar names like Four Kicks, Headley Grange, Jericho Hill and more. Names that give tribute to musicians and bands. This makes sense, as Crowned Heads is based out Nashville, TN and why not give tribute to music. But this year, at the IPCPR, Crowned Heads Cigars[…]

Felix Assouline EGO Ocean Blue Rogue Wave Cuadrado

Cigar Review: Felix Assouline EGO Ocean Blue – Rogue Wave Cuadrado – Rated 91

At this years IPCPR I visited the Felix Assouline cigar company and got to meet Felix and talk about his cigars. You can see the chat we had here. The company rolled out a number of new SKUs to the market at the show and one of those was a line extension to their popular EGO[…]

DAV Cigars - Prima Natural Churchill

Cigar Review: DAV Cigars Prima Natural Churchill – Rated 91

Today we offer the third review in the series of reviews of DAV cigars. This time I examine the DAV Cigars -Prima Natural, a mild to medium introduction from this small boutique company. DAV cigars was a first time exhibitor at this years IPCPR in Las Vegas. and it was a pleasure  to talk with Val[…]

Plasencia Reserva Original Robusto

Cigar Review: Plasencia Reserva Original Robusto – Rated 91

Presented at the 2017 IPCPR, the Plasencia Reserva Original is a cigar blend that Plasencia Cigars describe as an “organic cigar“. This means the cigar is made from tobacco certified by the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA). What does this mean to you the consumer? According to the OCIA websiite: No chemicals or non-natural fertilizers have[…]

Micallef Grande Bold Nicaragua

Cigar Review: Micallef Grande Bold Nicaragua 554N – Rated 93

At the 2017 IPCPR, a new name hit the market, with a full portfolio of cigar blends and sizes – Micallef Cigars. The new company had an impressively crowded booth for any brand owner let alone a new brand. They had a great story and a successful businessman as an owner. Throughout the week, word[…]

DAV Cigars Aristocrat Robusto

Cigar Review: DAV Cigars Aristocrat Robusto – Rated 94

Today we take a look at another blend from DAV Cigars, the company founded by Valot (Val) Atakhanian and Armen Caprielian. Today’s choice is known as the Aristocrat, whish was one of the blends exhibited at  this years IPCPR. and it is available in a single 5 x 58 robusto gordo vitola. The company describes the[…]

La Barba Ricochet

Cigar Review: La Barba Ricochet (previously known as Primitivo) – Rated 98

UPDATE: Since reviewing this cigar  I learned that La Barba had to change the name of the cigar. It is now known as the La Barba Ricochet. The only change was to the packaging and band. I have reached out to Tony Bellatto and he provided new pictures of the branding and I have adjusted[…]

Cigar Review: DAV Cigars Habano Clasico Short Robusto – Rated 88

A new face at this years IPCPR was a small boutique cigar company known as DAV Cigars. When speaking to co-owners Valot (Val) Atakhanian and Armen Caprielian, they explained that they have been in business for about 3 years  but have concentrated on markets in Russia and Eastern Europe. I asked about their presence in the[…]