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[…]

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.[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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”[…]

Gispert Intenso

Gispert Intenso Cigar Review – Another Fine AJ Fernandez Collaboration

Here is another review by Stogie Press’ newest associate; Zach Riley. We hope to have more reviews from this young but experienced palate in the months to come. Today’s review is on the new Gispert Intenso a cigar you may not heard much about. The Gispert Intenso is a collaboration between Altadis U.S.A. and A.J. Fernandez. The[…]

AJ Fernandez New World Puro Especial

AJ Fernandez New World Puro Especial Cigar Review

Wow how time flies. To think it was over 3 years ago when I sat down on my rocker and wrote about getting some satisfaction with the New World by AJ Fernandez. That was a fine cigar and made it into the Stogie Press Top 25 at number 10 in 2014.  Now here we are[…]

Macanudo Inspirado White

Macanudo Inspirado White Cigar Review – Not Your Pappy’s Cigar

In case you haven’t noticed the cigar industry has gone through a growth spurt again and that brings along with it merges, acquisitions, and collaborations. To understand the size one has to  look no further than the General Cigar Company that has operations in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua. They also have a joint[…]

Bellas Artes by AJ Fernandez

Bellas Artes by AJ Fernandez Cigar Review – A powerful hybrid!

At the 2016 IPCPR in Las Vegas, there was plenty of chatter going around about the new hybrid cigar from AJ Fernandez. Known as the Bellas Artes (Fine Arts), the cigar is unique in that it uses a special hybrid leaf that A.J. has cultivated just for this cigar. The seed for this wrapper is cross[…]

Diesel Rage Shorty Edition

Diesel Rage Shorty Edition Cigar Review

Here is the short story of my friend and “brother of the leaf”,  Luigi “Shorty” Rossi. Born February 10, 1969 Grew up in Los Angeles, California Lived on his own since he was 15 Spent 10 years, 10 months, and 10 days in prison mostly at Folsom State Prison Played  “Alvin” for an Alvin and[…]