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 Read more about Cigar Review: Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2012 Gran Robusto – Rated 93[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Artesano Del Tobacco – Viva La Vida Pre-Release – Rated 94[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Décadas El General – Rated 93[…]

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 Read more about The 2018 Lancero Battle Results[…]

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. Read more about Cigar Review: RoMa Craft – CRAFT 2018 – Rated 93[…]

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. Read more about Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero – Rated 97[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals – Rated 90[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Kralot Mag 50 – Rated 92[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Fratello Navetta Discovery – Rated 92[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Ultra – Rated 90[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares Ciseron Edition – Rated 94[…]

Cigar Review: Hoyo La Amistad Black Rothschild – Rated 87

The name A.J. Fernandez has been popping a lot in the cigar world. Not just because he has his own fields, factory, brand – but he has also been collaborating with many in the industry to produce blends. This past year was a lot like the year before and the year before that. One of Read more about Cigar Review: Hoyo La Amistad Black Rothschild – Rated 87[…]

Cigar Review: Rodriguez Cigars Reserva Privada Robusto – Rated 96

You know, every now and then I find myself smoking a Connecticut wrapped cigar and saying to myself, “Damn, this is a one fine cigar!” Today was one of those days. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty good blondes on the market, but then there are a few that really stand out. Read more about Cigar Review: Rodriguez Cigars Reserva Privada Robusto – Rated 96[…]

Cigar Review: Foundation Cigars Wise Man Maduro Lancero – Rated 97

This time last year, we were wrapping up our selection for the best Boutique Cigar of 2017, and when all was said and done it was the Foundation Cigars Wise Man Maduro Torpedo that took the top slot. There were numerous other accolades given to Foundation Cigars owner Nick Melillo for his Wise Man Maduro Read more about Cigar Review: Foundation Cigars Wise Man Maduro Lancero – Rated 97[…]