Cigar Review: Platinum Nova Cigars – Platinum Batch Torpedo – Rated 94

New cigar companies were few and far between at the 2019 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show. This we can attribute, for the most part. to the forthcoming FDA regulations that make entering the premium cigar market difficult and expensive. So when I see a new brand like Platinum Nova Cigars, taking the shot, I Read more about Cigar Review: Platinum Nova Cigars – Platinum Batch Torpedo – Rated 94[…]

Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Cigars – Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural – Rated 91

The second blend in the Cubariqueño Cigars Protocol Sir Robert Peel introduction is known as the natural. Introduced at this years PCA trade show, the Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural blend is described as: Wrapper – Ecuadorian Rosado Binder – Nicaraguan Filler – Nicaraguan Like its sibling the maduro, it is expressed in a single 6 x 52 box press format and Read more about Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Cigars – Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural – Rated 91[…]

Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Cigars – Protocol Sir Robert Peel Maduro – Rated 88

The team from Cubariqueño Cigars, (the Protocol Cigar guys) showcased their latest craft, the Protocol Sir Robert Peel at this years PCA trade show. The cigar is offered in a natural & maduro format and are produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Juan Cancel – Co-Owner of Cubariqueño Cigar Co, stated: Read more about Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Cigars – Protocol Sir Robert Peel Maduro – Rated 88[…]

Cigar Review: Los Caidos Toro – Rated 89

At this years PCA Trade Show, I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Zengel, the founder of Los Caidos Cigars. The young company was founded in 2016 with a mission to honor fallen police officers and firefighters. The name Los Caidos translates into “The Fallen“. The Journey The journey into cigars started when Steve opened Read more about Cigar Review: Los Caidos Toro – Rated 89[…]

Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Oscuro – Rated 87

Oscar Valladares has been growing his cigar business ever since he and Island Jim Robinson collaborated on the iconic Leaf by Oscar. Now, after years of growth he has a full portfolio of cigar blends and brands under his wing. This year, at the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show, he showcased two new blends, Read more about Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Oscuro – Rated 87[…]

Cigar Review: Crux Epicure Maduro Toro – Rated 94

During the 2018 IPCPR trade show, Crux Cigars teased out a line extension to the Crux Epicure blend. The extension was a to be known as the Crux Epicure Maduro. The official release did not happen until the trade show the this year. The Crux Epicure Maduro also carries the re-branding the company has gone Read more about Cigar Review: Crux Epicure Maduro Toro – Rated 94[…]

Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch Campeon – Rated 88

Three years ago Casa Fernandez (now Aganorsa Leaf) and Kyle Gellis of Warped Cigars collaborated on a blend known as the Guardian of the Farm. This year at at the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show, Aganorsa Leaf introduced a line extension to that brand, except this time it was a solo project by Max Read more about Cigar Review: Aganorsa Leaf Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch Campeon – Rated 88[…]

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM – Rated 99

You have read about, heard about, maybe even enjoyed one, but today I am here to present the Stogie Press review of the Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM. This is not your run of the mill cigar, it is an anniversary cigar to celebrate 5 years in the cigar business. That’s right, Robert Holt has been Read more about Cigar Review: Southern Draw Kudzu LUSTRUM – Rated 99[…]

Cigar Review: J.C. Newman Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro – Rated 89

I recently received some samples of the Brick House Maduro from J.C. Newman for the purpose of reviewing on Stogie Press. It has been quite some time since I smoked a Brick House, and even then it was not the maduro, so I can say this was going to be a new experience for me. Read more about Cigar Review: J.C. Newman Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro – Rated 89[…]

Cigar Review: Providencia Cigars Infringement – Rated 91

The Infringement is a cigar offering from the little boutique cigar company in Keller, Texas – Providencia Cigars. The name was chosen due to an previous naming that was too close to another brand and would have resulted in a copy-write infringement. So the Providencia Cigars team decided to keep it simple, yet bold, and Read more about Cigar Review: Providencia Cigars Infringement – Rated 91[…]

Cigar Review: A.J. Fernandez Días De Gloria Toro BP – Rated 92

The name A.J. Fernandez is one that needs no introduction in the cigar industry. Abdel Fernandez has made his mark on both his own brand and that of many small and large brands across the industry. So when A.J. Fernandez comes out with a new line under his own name the industry stands and takes Read more about Cigar Review: A.J. Fernandez Días De Gloria Toro BP – Rated 92[…]

Cigar Review: ACE Prime M.X.S. Dominique Wilkins – Rated 93

ACE Prime, a newly formed cigar distribution company launched at this years Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show, introduced a number of new blends to the market. One of those was the M.X.S Dominique Wilkins named for the best “Dunker” in the NBA – the nine times All Star, Dominique Wilkins. The company notes the M.X.S Read more about Cigar Review: ACE Prime M.X.S. Dominique Wilkins – Rated 93[…]

Cigar Review: Balmoral Nicaragua Anejo XO Rothschild Mastivo – Rated 92

At this years Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show, Royal Agio Cigars showcased the latest rendition of their famed Balmoral Añejo XO brand. Known as the Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua it joins its brethren the Añejo XO (original), Añejo XO Connecticut and Añejo XO Oscuro. The company started shipping the Balmoral Añejo XO Nicaragua in Read more about Cigar Review: Balmoral Nicaragua Anejo XO Rothschild Mastivo – Rated 92[…]

Cigar Review: Casa Cuevas Habano La Mandarria (The Sledgehammer) – Rated 94

Back in February of 2019, the Casa Cuevas warehouse in Miami was broken into at night and robbed of all the cigars stored there. The thieves broke through the outside cinder block wall with sledgehammers and made away with a huge haul. Many in the industry were shocked and some even feared the Casa Cuevas Read more about Cigar Review: Casa Cuevas Habano La Mandarria (The Sledgehammer) – Rated 94[…]