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 Primitivo

Cigar Review: La Barba Primitivo Corona – Rated 98

Tony Bellatto from La Barba Cigars has been rather quiet over the past couple of years. He was not represented at the 2017 IPCPR and the last new cigar was the La Barba “One and Only” introduced at the 2016 IPCPR in the Caldwell Cigars booth. That has all changed as Bellatto has come back on the scene[…]

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[…]

Soneros Habano Claro Toro

Cigar Review: Soneros Habano Claro Toro Rated 87

Cubanacan, La Corona, Hirochi Robaina, the González family, White Hat Tobacco. La Palina, Spenser Drake – names that are all part of a tangled web of legal  proceedings, collaborations, and eventual ownership of and distribution of a cigar called the Soneros.  It all started back in 2015 when the González family stated they were stopping the production of cigars[…]

Balmoral Añejo XO Oscuro Rothschild Masivo

Cigar Review: Balmoral Añejo XO Oscuro Rothschild Masivo – Rated 91

At the 2017 IPCPR we learned Royal Agio Cigars was ending their US distribution agreement with Drew Estate and would be directly managing the US sales, distribution, and marketing from the company’s Bradenton, FL location. This year the company introduced two extensions to their prestigious Balmoral brand, with the addition of a Connecticut and an[…]

Villiger La Flor De Ynclan Lancero Especial

Cigar Review: Villiger La Flor De Ynclan Lancero Especial – Rated 97

Today we take a look at the latest line extension to the Villiger Cigars La Flor De Ynclan, The lancero vitola was introduced at this years IPCPR and I will say it is a powerhouse cigar. Today’s review features a new Stogie Press panelist, Mike Bruce. I met Mike and his beautiful wife Kim while[…]

The T. Connecticut

Cigar Review: The T Connecticut by Robert Caldwell – Matt Booth – A.J. Fernandez (Rated 88)

At this years IPCPR, Robert Caldwell and Matt Booth announced a line extension to “The T” cigar they released last year in collaboration with A.J. Fernandez. The latest rendition replaces the original Nicaraguan grown habano wrapper with an Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf. Like the original,  The T Connecticut cigars are produced at Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.[…]

Southern Draw Cigars Jacobs Ladder Lancero

Southern Draw Cigars Jacobs Ladder Lancero – Rated 96

The Jacobs Ladder cigar was launched last year by Southern Draw Cigars as part of a bevy of launches for the small Texas company. The cigar climbed our ladder of top 25 cigars to clock in at #7 for the year and my Stogie Press associate, Steve Ajhar, aptly described it as “smooth strength“, a[…]

Stogie Press Rating System Part 3 – The Numbers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2018 Palm Shores, FL – We are just 5 days until the opening of the 86th annual International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) Association Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV. This will be the 5th IPCPR Trade Show that Stogie Press has attended and over those years, much has[…]

La Palina LP02

Cigar Review: La Palina LP02 Robusto

Back in October 2017, we reviewed the La Palina LP01 cigar, one of two in the Number series from La Palina Cigars. The other is the La Palina LP02 which is the subject of today’s review. Both the LP01 and LP02 were launched at last years IPCPR. The art for the marketing and packaging of[…]

Jeremy Jack JJ14 Lancero

Jeremy Jack JJ14 Lancero Cigar Review – Rated 94

It is getting near that time of the year when cigar brand owners get asked “what’s new for the show”. The International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) Association Trade Show is just 23 days away and these men and women are hard at work getting ready to show their craft to the market. One[…]

The Tabernacle Lancero

Foundation Cigar Co. The Tabernacle Lancero Cigar Review

Back in August of 2016, I had the pleasure of reviewing the The Tabernacle Toro cigar which was one of the fantastic blends Nick Melillo introduced at the 2016 IPCPR.  So when my good friend and Stogie Press associate, Alton Otto, gifted me some Lanceros of The Tabernacle. I have to say I was grateful for[…]

Diamond Crown Maximus

Diamond Crown Maximus Cigar Review

Introduced in 2003, the Diamond Crown Maximus is described as a super premium cigar brand handmade by Tabacalera A. Fuente in the Dominican Republic for the J.C. Newman Cigar Company. The cigar is the bolder, more full-bodied cousin to the original Diamond Crown cigar. In making this cigar, the company uses wrapper leaves from Oliva Tobacco’s El Bajo farm that are[…]