MBombay Classic Torpedo

MBombay Classic Torpedo Cigar Review – Elegant and Pleasurable

Happy New Year everyone, and with the start of every year comes introductions of new cigar blends and line extensions. This year started early as I recently got some samples of the latest Mel Shah creation – the MBombay Classic Torpedo. As you may have read in the press release, a couple of weeks ago, this[…]

Esteban Carreras Chupa Cabra Hellcat

Esteban Carreras Chupa Cabra Hellcat Cigar Review

Back in 2016, Esteban Carreras introduced an extension to their wildly successful Chupa Cabra line that has been in existence since 2012. The new introduction was named the Chupa Cabra Hellcat which sported a new blend and comes in box pressed vitolas that were not available in the previous Chupa Cabra lineup. In case you are not[…]

CAO Fuma em Corda

CAO Fuma em Corda Cigar Review

CAO Cigars is at it again, searching for some of the most unique tobaccos to craft their latest incarnation of the Amazon Basin series of cigars. The latest rendition brings us 3 different blends, collectively called the CAO Amazon Basin Trilogy. They were rolled out in three phases in 2017 and represent the what the company[…]

Plasencia Alma Fuerte

Plasencia Alma Fuerte Cigar Review – Strong Soul

Five generations of tobacco farming – over 150  years of cultivating the finest tobacco on the market – and 3 factories that produce cigars for some of the most notable brands in the cigar industry only means that when you finally decide to put your name on a cigar it will be outstanding. Of course I[…]

La Palina Classic Connecticut

La Palina Classic Connecticut Cigar Review

Turn the clock back – way back – all  the way to the 1800s. That is when the La Palina Classic was introduced by Sam Paley. Well it may not have been called the Classic but that is how long ago the first La Palina cigar was created. Sam Paley the grandfather of Bill Paley[…]

Ventura Cigars Case Study CS04

Ventura Cigars Case Study CS04 Limited Edition Cigar Review

If you are familiar with Hammer and Sickle Cigars, Davidoff, or even Henke Kelner then you know the Occidental Cigar Factory in the Dominican Republic. The cigar factory is Henke Kelner’s factory, the father of the Premium Cigar Industry. So it only makes sense that when the Ventura Cigar Company was looking for factories to[…]

2012 by Oscar Rebirth Connecticut

2012 by Oscar Rebirth Connecticut Cigar Review – Get Your Day Started

Back in July of 2017 we reviewed one of the three Oscar Valladares “2012 Rebirth Edition Blends” that were introduced at the 2017 IPCPR. That review was of the 2012 Maduro, and not only was it a fine cigar it also received  an Honorable Mention in this year’s top 25 Boutique Cigar  list on Stogie Press.[…]

Winston Churchill The Late Hour

Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour Cigar Review

If you go to the Davidoff website you will read about their 2017 introduction – Winston Churchill The Late Hour: “Sir Winston Churchill was not a man to follow convention. When most people were thinking of their beds, Sir Winston found inspiration and creativity in the long dark hours of the night. The dark was where he found his[…]

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[…]

DBL Amarillo

DBL Amarillo Cigar Review – Fine as cream gravy

It has been a little while since I spoke about Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) cigars, so today I would like to introduce you to the latest creation the company introduced at the 2017 IPCPR. Known as the Amarillo, it is the first release by the company that uses a true US Connecticut wrapper. The DBL websites describes[…]

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale Cigar Review – Scrumptious

Nacatamale seems to be a quirky name for a cigar, but then again we are talking about Steve Saka and he knows cigars, so the name probably has something to do with flavors. If you look up the name Nacatamale you will learn from the website WhatsForEats not only the recipe for this Latin American[…]

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie Cigar Review – Truly Elegant

Back  in 2010, the oldest cigar manufacturer in Nicaragua – Joya de Nicaragua – introduced the Cabinetta Serie Cigar. For some it was quite a unique cigar in that there were two different wrappers on it, the bottom 2/3 had an Ecuadorian Shade and the top 1/3 had a Nicaraguan Criollo leaf. Unlike the “barber pole” style this[…]

Casa Cuevas Connecticut

Casa Cuevas Connecticut Cigar Review – A Flavorful Conny

Back in August, I introduced you to Luis Cuevas, a 4th generation cigar man and owner of Tabacalera Las Lavas, S.R.L. in the Dominican Republic. At that time we reviewed  Luis’ own brand, Casa Cuevas Cigars – specifically the Maduro blend.  Today we are going blonde and will be reviewing the Casa Cuevas Connecticut which[…]

Seven Seven Maduro

Seven Seven Maduro Cigar Review – Do you Feel Lucky ?

Seven Seven cigars is probably a brand that is new to you and rightfully so since they have been only in existence since 2016, ut as we know in the cigar business, it is not how long you have been around but who you work with in the industry that can make a difference. In[…]