Dissident Bloc

Cigar News: Benjamin Holt Puts all His Energy Into Dissident Cigars

In a Facebook post today, Benjamin Holt, owner of Dissident Cigar Co. announced he has informed Oveja Negra Brands that he can no longer represent the brand as the lower Midwest representative. Oveja Negra Brands is owned by James Brown, best known for Black Works Studio and Black Label Cigar Co. In the announcement, Holt Read more about Cigar News: Benjamin Holt Puts all His Energy Into Dissident Cigars[…]

Cigar Review: Foundation Cigars – Highclere Castle Victorian Toro – Rated 93

This year at the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show, Nick Melillo and his Foundation Cigar Co. doubled down and released a follow-up to the award winning 2017 Highclere Castle. This time it is a Ecuadorian Habano Maduro cigar known as the Highclere Castle Victorian. In the press release prior to the show, the company Read more about Cigar Review: Foundation Cigars – Highclere Castle Victorian Toro – Rated 93[…]

Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Connecticut (Golem Buc) – Rated 92

Early in 2019, Riste (Buc) Riatevski started teasing the cigar world with a new cigar he was working on. We learned over time that it would be called the “Tyrannical Buc” – a name that symbolizes tyranny and harsh. I am still not sure what message Riste is making with this, but one may assume, Read more about Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Tyrannical Buc Connecticut (Golem Buc) – Rated 92[…]

Cigar Lifestyle: Sip & Smoke – 28 North Gastropub/Chaffiot Cigars

The cigar scene in Melbourne, Florida has taken a new step on the lifestyle ladder with the introduction of a monthly Sip & Smoke event being held at 28 North Gastropub in the Avenues, Viera Florida. Sip & Smoke is currently a collaboration between Justin Chaffiot, owner of The Chaffiot Collection and 28 North Gastropub Read more about Cigar Lifestyle: Sip & Smoke – 28 North Gastropub/Chaffiot Cigars[…]

Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Black Diamond Radiant – Rated 89

The Diamond Crown brand is synonymous with excellence and was the first cigar of its kind when Stanford Newman launched it for J.C. Newman’s 100th anniversary. Stanford had a dream of launching the company’s first luxury cigar and did not care how much it cost to make or even if it sold. He just wanted Read more about Cigar Review: Diamond Crown Black Diamond Radiant – Rated 89[…]

Cigar Review: Tarazona 305 Robusto – Rated 97

It may seem like an old blend and you would be right, except the Tarazona 305 has been tweaked a bit because Eddie Tarazona was not able to source the original leaf used in that blend back in 2014. You may have seen the interview I did with Eddie at this years Premium Cigar Association Read more about Cigar Review: Tarazona 305 Robusto – Rated 97[…]

Undercrown Dojo Dogma

Cigar News: Undercrown Dojo Dogma Limited Release Now Shipping to Drew Diplomat Retailers

Drew Estate announces today that the 2019 limited release of the Undercrown Dojo Dogma is now shipping to Drew Diplomat retailers nationwide. The Undercrown Dojo Dogma and accompanying shelf merchandizer were showcased at the 2019 IPCPR trade show held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2014, the Dojo Dogma was the commemorative cigar for the one-year Read more about Cigar News: Undercrown Dojo Dogma Limited Release Now Shipping to Drew Diplomat Retailers[…]

CHC Reserve XVIII Full Court Press LE 2019

Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces “CHC Reserve XVIII Full Court Press LE 2019”

Back in 2018, Crowned Heads released a brand inspired by and dedicated to its loyalists (the Crowned Heads ‘Court’) known as the CHC Reserve XVIII. That cigar, was received well by the industry and received high marks from the media. Stogie Press rated it a 96 and stated: “This cigar is certainly one of the Read more about Cigar News: Crowned Heads Announces “CHC Reserve XVIII Full Court Press LE 2019”[…]

Cigar 101: Wtf Are These Cigar Acronyms And Terms? – By Mike Holmes

For this months cigar 101 topic I really had to think hard on what I wanted to write about. I know I put a feeler out for ideas, unfortunately I decided not to use them! Sorry folks. Instead I got an excellent idea for a very informative article. It seems like weekly, I see this Read more about Cigar 101: Wtf Are These Cigar Acronyms And Terms? – By Mike Holmes[…]

Cigar Review: Alec & Bradley Blind Faith – Rated 88

In 2018, Alec Bradley Cigars showcased a new line from Alan Rubin’s sons Alec and Bradley. Yes that is how the name of Alan’s company got it’s name. At the time Alec was 26 and Bradley was 22 and both worked for the company primarily in marketing and sales support. The new line showcased was Read more about Cigar Review: Alec & Bradley Blind Faith – Rated 88[…]

Jessi Flores

Cigar Lifestyle: A Deep Conversation with Jessi “VICTMS” Flores – Cigar Culture Artist

Jessi (VICTMS) Flores – A name as synonymous with Drew Estate Cigars as Jonathan Drew himself. For those that may not be fully tuned in, Jessi was the Director of Subculture Studios, the art side of Drew Estate. After being discovered by Jonathon 20 years ago, Jessi has been producing amazing art for the company with Read more about Cigar Lifestyle: A Deep Conversation with Jessi “VICTMS” Flores – Cigar Culture Artist[…]

Cigar Review: Left Hand Cigars Lefthander – Rated 94

Back in 2018, Familia Rodriguez Tobacos LLC which is the parent company of Ohana Cigars created a new brand known as the Left Hand Cigar Company. Recently I received some samples of their blends to review on Stogie Press and the one I was most interested in reviewing was the Box Pressed Broadleaf Maduro known Read more about Cigar Review: Left Hand Cigars Lefthander – Rated 94[…]

Cigar News: Drew Estate Announces Liga Privada Unico Pancetta as Liga Privada Lounge Exclusive

Drew Estate announces today the release of the limited edition Liga Privada Unico Pancetta as a Liga Privada Lounge exclusive for Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop in Havertown, PA and Barrister Cigars in Union, NJ.  This once a year release will be available at these two retail locations, beginning on October 19th, when each of these Read more about Cigar News: Drew Estate Announces Liga Privada Unico Pancetta as Liga Privada Lounge Exclusive[…]

Cigar News: Alec Bradley to Add ‘Chunk’ Size to Magic Toast

Alec Bradley Cigar Co. today announced that they are expanding the popular and critically acclaimed Magic Toast line of cigars. Alec Bradley will be adding a  4 ½” X 60 ring gauge cigar named the “Chunk” to the line as a permanent extension. Alec Bradley Magic Toast was first announced as the ‘Mystery Cigar’ prior Read more about Cigar News: Alec Bradley to Add ‘Chunk’ Size to Magic Toast[…]