Powstanie Habano Perfecto

Powstanie Habano Perfecto Cigar Review

If you are a fan of  the fine craft coming out of Skip Martin and his RoMa Craft Tobac  Nica Sueno Factory factory in Nicaragua, then you may have heard of Powstanie Cigars. If you have not, you may want to familiarize yourself with this brand that is made in collaboration with Skip and RoMa Craft.[…]

H. Upmann by A.J. Fernandez

H. Upmann by A.J. Fernandez – Old School meets New School

Last year A.J. Fernandez was all over the cigar map with collaborations with the largest to the smallest of brands, not to mention his own product releases. Today I would like to offer a review of one of those big box collaborations – H. Upmann. Now when you think about the H. Upmann cigar company you[…]

Salto de La Estanzuela Waterfall

Esteli Nicaragua – A Unique and Interestingly Charming City

At the end of January of this year, I took a little trip to the Nicaraguan cigar mecca, Esteli with my wife Dianne and also Brother of the Leaf, Melvin Bossman Robinson. Yep we were hanging out with Bossman for four days in a country where only my wife Dianne knew the language. We managed[…]

Cubanacan Heritage Gran Reserva 2016 Connecticut

Cubanacan Heritage Gran Reserva 2016 Connecticut Cigar Review

Last week I talked about the Cubanacan Heritage Gran Reserva 2016 Maduro which  was a delight to smoke with enticing nuances of flavor and aromas. Today I would like to introduce you to the lighter shade the Cubanacan Heritage Gran Reserva 2016 line – the Connecticut version. The Cubanacan Heritage Gran Reserva 2016 Connecticut sports[…]

JRE Tobacco Company Aladino Cigar

JRE Tobacco Company Aladino Cigar Review – It’s Familia

JRE Tobacco for those that may not be familiar with the name is company formed by Julio R. and Justo M. Eiroa. Ok,  I may have your attention here as the Eiroa should have caught your eye. Julio and Justo are the father and brother respectively, of Christian Eiroa, yes the man who helped make Camacho[…]

Big Papi Smoke with a Legend

El Artista Announces First 2018 “SMOKE WITH A LEGEND” Event

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – Tabacalera El Artista and David Ortiz announce the first date of 2018 in their “Smoke with a Legend” event series. Smoke with a Legend features David Ortiz and his namesake cigar brand, Big Papi by David Ortiz. This year’s season opener is set to occur at the Cigars International Bethlehem Super-Store on[…]

El Artista Big Slugger

El Artista Introduces the Big Slugger and Big Papi Humidor

Now that football season is over it is time to turn my attention to baseball and my beloved Red Sox. Last year was a pivotal year for the team without the bat of Big Papi in the lineup. I can only think about how many more games they may have won if that bat was[…]

La Sirena Porthole Oscuro

La Sirena Porthole Oscuro Cigar Review – Worthy Value

Last year at the annual La Zona Palooza event in Miami, I received one of Arielle Ditkowich’s La Sirena Porthole cigars. This particular cigar line was released back in 2015 and was based on a challenge to Ms. Ditkowich to create a cigar for the value minded consumer. The result of that fan challenge was the creation[…]

Perdomo Double Aged 12 Year Connecticut

Perdomo Double Aged 12 Year Connecticut Cigar Review

So what is double aged tobacco you may ask? Perdomo Cigars has an answer for you. Back at the 2014 IPCPR Nick Perdomo and Team Perdomo releases what they called the Perdomo Double Aged 12 Year Connecticut Cigar. Now when it comes to whiskey, especially single malts, I know what a double aging is but with[…]

Tobacco Seedling

Esteli Nicaragua – A Visit to the Yayabo Cigars Factory and Plantations

I have known Diany Perez and Alex Basulto, the wife and husband owners of Yayabo Cigars ever since the 2015 IPCPR. It was at this show, I met such a terrific family from Esteli, Nicaragua. Now almost 3 years later I stood up at their corporate anniversary party and not only called them friends but[…]

La Faraona Dala

La Faraona Dala Cigar Review

A number of years ago, my wife and I took a trip over to Ybor City, Florida to write an article on this iconic American cigar town. The main street of the city, La Septima, is dotted with a multitude of cigar shops and small factories,  one of which is La Faraona Cigars. The shop/factory[…]

Carlito and Felix

Fuente Coming Back To Esteli Nicaragua – Love of the People

Many Arturo Fuente cigar smokers may not know the full history of the Fuente family and their quest to produce some of the most sought after cigars in the world. The history takes the family from  Cuba to Ybor City, FL to Nicaragua to Honduras to the Dominican Republic. Wait, did I say Nicaragua? Yes;[…]

Cubanacan Gran Reserve 2016 Maduro

Cubanacan Heritage Gran Reserva 2016 Maduro Cigar Review

I recently received some samples of Cubanacan cigars from a friend the other week and in that package was the Cubanacan Gran Reserva 2016 Maduro . According to the company’s website: “The name Cubanacan was chosen for it’s vibrant history and the story behind it’s meaning. Cubanacan means “where fertile land is abundant” and is derived[…]