Salto de La Estanzuela Waterfall

Esteli Nicaragua – A Unique and Interestingly Charming City

At the end of January of this year, I took a little trip to the Nicaraguan cigar mecca, Esteli with my wife Dianne and also Brother of the Leaf, Melvin Bossman Robinson. Yep we were hanging out with Bossman for four days in a country where only my wife Dianne knew the language. We managed[…]

Tobacco Seedling

Esteli Nicaragua – A Visit to the Yayabo Cigars Factory and Plantations

I have known Diany Perez and Alex Basulto, the wife and husband owners of Yayabo Cigars ever since the 2015 IPCPR. It was at this show, I met such a terrific family from Esteli, Nicaragua. Now almost 3 years later I stood up at their corporate anniversary party and not only called them friends but[…]

Carlito and Felix

Fuente Coming Back To Esteli Nicaragua – Love of the People

Many Arturo Fuente cigar smokers may not know the full history of the Fuente family and their quest to produce some of the most sought after cigars in the world. The history takes the family from  Cuba to Ybor City, FL to Nicaragua to Honduras to the Dominican Republic. Wait, did I say Nicaragua? Yes;[…]

Jas Sum Kral Cigars Parts With NOA (New Order of the Ages)

Not even one day into the new year and things are already moving and shifting in the cigar industry. Stogie Press has learned today that the young and successful company – Jas Sum Kral Cigars is leaving Noel Rojas’ New order of the Ages (NOA) factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The NOA factory opened two years[…]

Tabaclera Neuvo Nica

Veritas Cigars to open Tabacalera Neuvo Nica in Esteli Nicaragua

December 21, 2017 Veritas Cigars announced today they have parted ways with Black Works Studio, the boutique cigar factory owned by James Brown from Black Label Trading Co. Veritas has been using the services of Black Works Studios since early 2017. Veritas Cigars is in the process of opening their own factory – Tabaclera Neuvo Nica[…]

Cornelius & Anthony Venganza

Cornelius and Anthony Venganza – Rough Cut Cigar Review

Cornelius & Anthony Cigars has been busy in 2016, launching a number of new blends at this years IPCPR in Las Vegas. The line-up included the Cornelius, the Daddy Mac, a revamped Meridian (expected to be released in October), and the Venganza, which is the topic of today’s review. As mentioned in previews reviews, the company is steeped in tobacco history[…]

San'Doro Claro

Villiger San’Doro Claro – Rough Cut Cigar Review

Today we offer the Stogie Press Rough Cut cigar review notes on the Villiger Cigars  San’Doro Claro cigar. I received samples of the San’Doro Claro from Villiger Cigars last month and would like to thank them very much for the samples. The  San’Doro Claro is described as a mellow, easy-going cigar with woody notes and a bit of spice. The San’Doro Claro[…]

Futuro Selección 109 Cigar Review

What do you get when you combine the craft of two fabulous cigar manufacturers in a collaborative effort? You get a new future or, in this case the Futuro cigar, from Warped and Casa Fernandez. It was reported earlier in the year that Kyle Gellis from Warped cigars was collaborating with Max Fernandez from Casa[…]

Crowned Heads Jericho Hill – Cigar Review

It was 1968 when Johnny Cash sang Cocaine Blues at Folsom State Prison. Now, 46 years later, the Crowned Heads cigar company, based in Nashville,  released their tribute to Johnny Cash, the Jericho Hill. Crowned Heads are known for using musical references for their cigars. The Headley Grange is a reference to the old English[…]

Nomad S-307 Cigar Review

As I sit here on the lawn bench at my sister-in-laws house, I relax after a long relaxing weekend on Long Island. I decided to end my trip with one of Fred Rewey’s Nomad cigars the S-307. This is a beautifully constructed box pressed Sumatra wrapped torpedo. The wrapper is a velvety chestnut-brown with a[…]

Espinosa Habano La Zona Toro – Cigar Review

Espinosa Habano La Zona Toro A long week of work and I decided to relax this evening with a Espinosa Habano La Zona cigar. These cigars were the first to be manufactured in Erik Espinosa’s new “La Zona” factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The tribute to which is adorned with a label at the foot of the stick. Now of course we[…]

Warped Cigars – Flor Del Valle

Warped Cigars  – Flor Del Valle  Kyle Gellis   This years IPCPR has been great and there were new releases of blends from the manufactures at the show. But today, I am quite pleased to report that Warped Cigars introduced, by invitation only, their new Flor Del Valle (Flower of the Valley) cigar. This stick[…]