Cigar Review: Protocol Themis Lancero – Rated 93

This year at the IPCPR, Juan Cancel and Bill Ives doubled down in Vegas with their acclaimed Protocol Themis blend by extended the line with a Lancero vitola. Although lanceros are one of those sizes that can be hit or miss with consumers, the Protocol Themis lancero is the company’s third lancero offering. It follows[…]

2018 Boutique Cigar of the Year Candidates 17-22

The list is almost complete as we count down the remaining days before 2018 comes to close. Today we release the next 6 candidates for the Stogie Press top 25 Boutique Cigars of 2018. This takes us to 22 candidates. The last group will include 8 more for a total of 30 cigars and then[…]

Cigar Review: DBL Cigars 35th Anniversary – Rated 94

At this years IPCPR, Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) Cigars announced the introduction of a DBL 35th Anniversary cigar. This cigar is a tribute to Francisco Almonte who has spent 35 years in the tobacco industry. Imagine having worked with two of the most famous cigar makers, Mr. Carlos Fuente (A. Fuente Cigars) and Mr. Litto[…]

2018 Boutique Cigar of the Year Candidates 11-16

Eights days to go before we ring in 2019 and another year of cigars reviews, lounge visits, lifestyle, and news. Before we do that we first have to announce what we feel were the best boutique cigars smoked here at Stogie Press.  Today I present the next 6 candidates for the Stogie Press Top 25[…]

Cigar Review: Gran Habano Blue in Green Churchill – Rated 94

Back in June, Gran Habano Cigars announced they would be showcasing their latest creation – Blue in Green – at this years IPCPR. Throughout the week of the show, I visited the Gran Habano booth numerous times hoping to get a moment with George Rico to catch up on all things GH. Unfortunately our paths[…]

Cigar Review: Protocol Official Misconduct – Rated 90

Let me say here and now that I have been guilty of misconduct  every now and then especially back in my younger days. As I matured, that crazy part of me toned down. As for many, I would think we were not all angels growing up, maybe some of you out there are and I[…]

Cigar Review: Caldwell Long Live The King Mad MF Corona – Rated 93

Before I get into the review of the 2018 maduro rendition of the Caldwell Cigars Long live The King, please allow me a moment to say that Robert Caldwell may very well be a Mad MF. On the last day of the IPCPR this year, there was a little battle between Caldwell Cigars and Mombacho[…]

Cigar Review: Isabela Cigars Shape Shifter – Rated 94

The Isabela Cigar Company has grown in a few short years since going national, to be known for their creative talent in blending and rolling cigars. They have actually been around since 1997 when Isabela Cigars owner Johnny Piette met Cuban Master Vicente Ortiz in Little Havana, FL. The two bonded instantly and over the[…]

Cigar Review: Room 101 Farce Lonsdale – Rated 91

Room 101 and Matt Booth were in full force at this years IPCPR. There were a number collaborations coming from Matt and Robert Caldwell but this year Matt released his first new blend since coming back into the cigar scene. Known as the Farce, the new blend is described as: Wrapper: Ecuadorian Binder: Indonesian Filler:[…]

David P. Ehrlich PLM Series

Cigar Review: David P. Ehrlich PLM Series – Rated 99

I recently did a spotlight on Mike Bellody, owner of MLB Cigar Ventures, introducing him to the Stogie Press audience. As you have read, I  have known Mike since 2015 and have smoked and reviewed every cigar he has put on the market since then. Today I would like to present a review of his[…]

Cigar Review: Sin Compromiso Selección No. 5 – Rated 95

A lot of buzz was spreading across the IPCPR 2018 floor this past July and even leading up to it, as Steve Saka from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust  released his latest creation, Sin Compromiso – “without compromise“. As was noted in the press release leading up to the show: Creating a cigar brand to manifest[…]

Cigar Review: Crux Epicure Maduro – Rated 91

Back in June of this year, we covered the announcement of the Epicure Maduro by Crux Cigars. The original name was Galant but the company had to change the name to just Epicure Maduro due to naming issues. Five years in business and this company has not skipped a beat, as they continue to put[…]

El Artista Cimarron Maduro

Cigar review: El Artista Cimarron Maduro Robusto – Rated 92

Adding to their already successful portfolio of cigars, El Artista S.R.L. released a new line known as the Cimarron. This new cigar was announced at the 2018 IPCPR in Las Vegas, NV and comes in two blends, a Mexican San Andres Maduro and an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade. The filler aand binder are the same only the wrpper is[…]

Undercrown Dojo Dogma

Cigar Review: Drew Estate Undercrown Dojo Dogma – Rated 91

As soon as I posted a picture of me checking out the Drew Estate Undercrown Dogma cigar, I received messages asking if I am going to review it. Since you all want to hear what Boston Jimmie has to say, I moved this right to the top of my scheduled reviews for you all to read.[…]