Cigar Review: Flor de Gonzalez 90 Miles 1980 Edition Churchill – Rated 90

Most of you have heard of Flor de Gonzalez cigars a boutique cigar company based out of Miami, Florida. The Gonzalez family has roots back to Cuba and is now run by third generation owner Yadi Gonzalez. The company has been doing it’s best to navigate the unpleasant waters of the FDA rules and regulations,[…]

Cigar Review: C.L.E. Wynwood Hills Mayhem – Rated 96

Christian Eiroa and CLE Cigars have been teasing us for a while with the possibility of bringing back the Wynwood line that he created with Robert Caldwell back in 2012. The line went defunct back in 2013 when Caldwell left the brand but Eiroa maintained the brand rights. Now as we speed the film up[…]

Cigar Review: DBL Cigars – Derame III – Rated 95

At the 2018 IPCPR, Francisco Almonte, owner of Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) Cigars, showcased the third release of his limited edition Derrame Series cigar. Known as the Derrame III, it was displayed in a beautiful 49 count humidor that housed 40 box-pressed vitolas and 9 round vitolas. The humidor is as stunning as the cigars[…]

Cigar Review: Recluse Amadeus Los Cabos Toro – Rated 88

Iconic Leaf Cigars – known to most of you as Recluse Cigars has been crafting and selling cigars since the 2012 IPCPR Show in Orlando, FL. At their inaugural appearance in Orlando, the company did something unique and showcased their opening act, the Recluse OTG to the public. That may not have been so special[…]

Cigar Review: Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2012 Gran Robusto – Rated 93

At last years IPCPR, George Rica and his Gran Habano Cigar Company expanded their portfolio with the introduction of the Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2012. This was a natural addition to the Gran Reserva #5 line which previously used leaf from 2011. The new 2012 line refers to the year that the cigar was[…]

Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Décadas El General – Rated 93

Joya de Nicaragua was the first cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. It was founded 50 years ago and besides the production of their own line, it has been the “go-to” factory for numerous cigar brands to get quality cigars manufactured and to access select leaf. After 50 years of success, the company put on a[…]

Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero – Rated 97

The Traveling Man, a name that holds deep meaning to brother Masons worldwide. The Traveling Man, a name that fits so many cigar brand owners that are road warriors, zig-zagging across the country, and at times the world, to ply their craft. The Traveling Man, a highly successful cigar blend from Hiram & Solomon Cigars.[…]

Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals

Cigar Review: Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals – Rated 90

Back in October of 2018 I introduced you all to the latest creation from Ventura Cigars the  Archetype Fantasy Mini Series. We reviewed the first of the three new blends, the Curses. Since then, there has been a lot of sightings by Ventura General Manager, Michael Giannini, from Europe to the New Orleans Barn Smoker[…]

Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Kralot Mag 50 – Rated 92

First it was the Red Knight, followed by the Zlatno Sonce and Crna Nok. Now the latest from Riste Riatevski and his young Jas Sum Kral Cigars company, is the Kralot. I have to hand it to Riste, he has some of the most unique names for his cigars. So what is a Kralot anyway? I[…]

Cigar Review: Fratello Navetta Discovery – Rated 92

Three, Two, One — We have liftoff. That was the sound of Omar de Frias and his Fratello Cigars team back at the 2017 IPCPR where they showcased the 4th introduction for Omar’s young company. Over those four years he has became a cigar household name to many a cigar enthusiast. As many of you[…]

Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Ultra – Rated 90

The year 2018 was a banner year for Joya de Nicaragua, the oldest cigar manufacturer in Nicaragua. The company, celebrated 50 years in business and as part of that celebration they expanded their portfolio of cigars with some new blends and sizes. One of those was the new “JOYA Silver” which is the fourth blend[…]

Oscar Valladares Ciseron Edition

Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares Ciseron Edition – Rated 94

Oscar Valladares, the man that may be best known for the Leaf by Oscar cigar, a brand that is owned by and was made popular by Island Jim Robinson, has branched out over the past few years and brought to market some new and interesting blends of his own. At the 2018 IPCPR, Oscar was[…]

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: Rodriguez Cigars Reserva Privada Robusto – Rated 96

You know, every now and then I find myself smoking a Connecticut wrapped cigar and saying to myself, “Damn, this is a one fine cigar!” Today was one of those days. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty good blondes on the market, but then there are a few that really stand out.[…]