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[…]

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[…]

Cigar Review: Montecristo Nicaragua Series No. 2 – Rated 94

When we think of legendary cigars, the name Montecristo is one of the few that comes to mind. It is has its roots deep in the Cuban cigar world and has been an iconic brand for decades. The brand was founded in 1937 in Cuba, but after the Cuban revolution, Montecristo founder, Alonso Menendez and[…]


 “The wheel is come full circle.” So said William Shakespeare long ago, but the notion is never more true than today. With Michael Giannini as General Manager at Ventura Cigars, parent company, Kretek International, Inc. has just acquired the Foundry Tobacco Company. This marks a return of a brand to its master, as under his[…]

The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT. No. 142

Cigar Review: Foundation Cigars The Tabernacle Havana Seed CT No. 142 – Rated 97

It has been three months since we presented Nick Melillo the award for the Stogie Press #1 Boutique Cigar of the 2017. The award for the excellent craftsmanship, and superb blend, of the Wise Man Maduro. Those that have enjoyed that cigar probably don’t disagree with our assessment. Now, here we are, 3 months later,[…]

The T Cigar

The T Cigar Review – They Couldn’t Handle The Truth?

Continuing with a series of reviews of cigars that were crafted with the collaboration of A.J. Fernandez, today we offer a review of a magnificent creation “The T”. This cigar is the result of three renowned names in the modern cigar business; A.J. Fernandez, Matt Booth, and Robert Caldwell. The cigar was originally called “The[…]

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[…]

2017 Espinosa Murcielago

2017 Espinosa Murcielago Cigar Review – The Bat Flies High!

I have been saying all year how much A.J. Fernandez has been influential to the cigar industry this year with the many collaborations he has forged with big box brands and small boutique cigar companies alike. Today I would like to talk about another one of these fine collaborations, the 2017 Espinosa Murcielago. The cigar[…]

La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro

La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro – Rough Cut Cigar Review

Newly released at this years IPCPR, the La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro is one of the latest in new blends from William Paley and represents his first work with Nicaraguan leaf. In addition to venturing into Nicaragua, Mr. Paley has also partnered with A.J. Fernandez and his Tabacalera Fernandez factory for this creation. The  La Palina Nicaragua Oscuro[…]

A.J. Fernandez Enclave

A.J. Fernandez Enclave Figuardo – Rough Cut Cigar Review

Today we offer the Stogie Press Rough Cut cigar review notes on the A.J. Fernandez Enclave. The company announced the release of the Enclave at  the 2015 IPCPR. I purchased this cigar at Don Yeyo Cigars in Dearborn, MI. The A.J. Fernandez  website states this about the Enclave. “The spirit of the Enclave cigar lays within the[…]

QuickDraw Connecticut

Southern Draw Cigars QuickDraw Connecticut – Rough Cut Cigar Review

Today we offer the Stogie Press Rough Cut cigar review notes on the Southern Draw Cigars – QuickDraw Connecticut. This cigar, announced back in April of this year,  is the new, bitter-sweet sister of the QuickDraw Habano and Pennsylvania Broadleaf blends. Robert Holt, founder of Southern Draw Cigars sent me  samples of his latest creation last month[…]

Kings Cigars Kings

Editorial – A humble Thank You from Stogie Press

  Has it been a year already since the inaugural edition of Stogie Press was released?  Looking at my calendar as I finish penning the articles for July and preparing for IPCPR 2015 I realize it is.  Well I have to say first and foremost, Thank You, to all our readers whether you have subscribed to[…]

Press Release – A.J. Fernandez Cigars and Cigar Inn to Preview the New World Connecticut

(Miami, Florida) November 25, 2014 A.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing consistently highly rated cigars will introduce a limited batch of New World Connecticut cigars for a one-night only sit down dinner event taking place at the world famous “Cigar Inn” located in New York City. Event will take place on Monday, December 1, 2014[…]

Emilio Cigars releases Mia Dora

For Immediate Release. Wilmington, DE  October 29, 2014   Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars announced today yet another addition to the ever-growing portfolio of cigars available through the House of Emilio. Mia Dora is produced by AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua and features an Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder. The Robusto and Toro[…]