Cigar News: AJ FERNANDEZ TO DISTRIBUTE VIVA LA VIDA CIGARS

AJ Fernandez will not only manufacture Viva La Vida cigars, but also distribute the brand as well.  The Viva La Vida was recently rated 95 on Stogie Press. Former New York City cigar retailers Billy and Gus Fakih released the brand in March and have now agreed to use AJ Fernandez’ sales force across the country. Read more about Cigar News: AJ FERNANDEZ TO DISTRIBUTE VIVA LA VIDA CIGARS[…]

Cigar Review: Viva La Vida Toro – Rated 95

You might have read my pre-release review of this amazing blend from Artesano Del Tobacco known as Viva La Vida. While the company and blend is new to most cigar enthusiasts, the faces behind this cigar are veterans in the industry. To start with, the Viva La Vida is manufactured at AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Read more about Cigar Review: Viva La Vida Toro – Rated 95[…]

Cigar News: Altidas U.S.A. Announces H. Upmann 175th Anniversary

Altadis U.S.A. is celebrating a special milestone as the H. Upmann cigar brand turns 175 years old. The limited-edition H. Upmann 175th Anniversary will commemorate one of the oldest and most renowned cigars brands. This limited edition will only be expressed in the iconic Churchill size, in 10 count boxes that will number to 14,750. Fifty special-edition Read more about Cigar News: Altidas U.S.A. Announces H. Upmann 175th Anniversary[…]

Cigar News: Crux Cigars Begins Shipping Epicure Maduro

Crux Cigars announced today they have begun shipping the long awaited Epicure Maduro to its retail partners across the country. The Crux Epicure Maduro was displayed at the 2018 IPCPR but was not ready to ship at that time. The blend builds upon the success of the Crux Epicure, but features a premium Mexican San Read more about Cigar News: Crux Cigars Begins Shipping Epicure Maduro[…]

Cigar Review: Southern Draw 300 Manos Habano Piramides – Rated 92

You have heard me report on these when they were announced at the IPCPR, you have seen me smoke a few, perhaps you were at an event where I donated a bundle to give away. We are talking about the Southern Draw Cigars – 300 Manos (Hands). It is time to talk more deeply about Read more about Cigar Review: Southern Draw 300 Manos Habano Piramides – Rated 92[…]

A.J. Fernandez Ramon Allones

Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Ramon Allones – Rated 94

A.J. Fernandez was the cigar man of the year in 2017, with numerous collaborations across the cigar industry including both big box and boutique lines. One of those collaborations was with General Cigars to re-introduce the Ramon Allones brand, the US trademark of which is owned by General Cigars. The company moved the line under the Foundry Read more about Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Ramon Allones – Rated 94[…]

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. Read more about Cigar Review: The T Connecticut by Robert Caldwell – Matt Booth – A.J. Fernandez (Rated 88)[…]

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez

Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez Cigar Review

Just before the 2017 IPCPR, Altadis announced that they have been working with AJ Fernandez to craft a special release of their famed Montecristo cigar. Altadis noted in a Cigar Aficionado article on the new blend; “.. the new Monte is blended for the “adult consumer demographic with a taste for stronger, bolder smoking experiences.” Altadis Read more about Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez Cigar Review[…]

Romeo San Andrés by Romeo y Julieta

Romeo San Andrés by Romeo y Julieta Cigar Review

Well, here we are in 2018 and the collaborations with AJ Fernandez continue where they left off in 2017. This time the cigar tobacco king has worked again with Altadis USA and included Rafael Nodal in the mix to create the latest Romeo y Julieta cigar – the Romeo San Andrés. You may recall AJ has worked Read more about Romeo San Andrés by Romeo y Julieta Cigar Review[…]

Last Call Maduro by AJ Fernandez

AJ Fernandez Last Call Maduro Cigar Review – I Call This a Winner!

At the end of last year I made a call that an AJ Fernandez product, or collaboration product, would be picked as the CA number 1 cigar of the year. I was wrong, even with all the great products that he had his fingers on, he did not get that honor. Well, it is another Read more about AJ Fernandez Last Call Maduro Cigar Review – I Call This a Winner![…]

Espinosa 601 Maduro

Espinosa 601 Maduro Cigar Review – Forever Classic

The Espinosa 601 line of cigars is as old as the company itself and has quite the storied history over time. Originally produced by Eddie Ortega and Erik Espinosa, with the master craft of Don Pepin Garcia , the 601 line of cigars was the first box press produced by Pepin. Later as the Espinosa/Ortega team Read more about Espinosa 601 Maduro Cigar Review – Forever Classic[…]

2017 Top 25 Boutique Cigars Candidates 10 – 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 22,  2017 We are moving into Christmas weekend and that means it is time for the next 5 candidates for the Stogie Press 2017 Top 25 Boutique Cigars and that also means there are only 10 more candidates to select before the end of the month. So without further fanfare let me Read more about 2017 Top 25 Boutique Cigars Candidates 10 – 15[…]

AJ Fernandez

Why Cigar Aficionado will Choose AJ Fernandez Cigar of the Year – Editorial

Well  folks, it’s that time of the year when the cigar media start to release their top cigars of the year. As you know, StogiePress releases our Top 25 Boutique Cigar list at the stroke of midnight on December 31, but the most coveted Cigar of the Year (COTY) list is from Cigar Aficionado. If Read more about Why Cigar Aficionado will Choose AJ Fernandez Cigar of the Year – Editorial[…]

Hit and Run Cigar

Caldwell Booth Hit and Run Cigar Review – A Fine Collaboration

The phrase Hit and Run can refer to a number of things. If you are a baseball fan like me, it refers to a high risk and high reward strategy where the defending infielders are placed out of position to make a play. The term also refers to a car accident where the “at fault” Read more about Caldwell Booth Hit and Run Cigar Review – A Fine Collaboration[…]