A.J. Fernandez Ramon Allones

Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Ramon Allones – Rated 94

A.J. Fernandez was the cigar man of the year in 2017, with numerous collaborations across the cigar industry including both big box and boutique lines. One of those collaborations was with General Cigars to re-introduce the Ramon Allones brand, the US trademark of which is owned by General Cigars. The company moved the line under the Foundry[…]

Macanudu Inspirado White

Stogie Press Presents #1 Connecticut Cigar of 2017 to General Cigar Company at the 2018 IPCPR

Back in January of this year, we published our top 25 Connecticut cigars for 2017. The top cigar on that list was the Macanudo Inspirado White. After 7 months and a long trip out to Las Vegas, NV; it was time to present to the General Cigar Company the award for this achievement. As I[…]

CAO Cigar Event with Ricky Rodriguez

This past Thursday I had the pleasure of attending a CAO Cigars event at my local lounge – Executive Cigars Shop and Lounge in Melbourne, FL. The event was part of the shop’s monthly cigar meeting but featured CAO Master Blender, Ricky Rodriguez. Normally when I visit shops for events I tend to talk about[…]

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[…]

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[…]

CAO Amazon Basin Trilogy Event

CAO Amazon Basin Trilogy Event at Executive Cigar Lounge

My many family and friends know that when it comes to birthdays, Boston Jimmie celebrates the for the whole month of his birth – November. So this year, the last day of November, the last day I celebrate, Tony Nardone owner of Executive Cigar Shop and Lounge, hosted a CAO Amazon Basin Trilogy event. Tony[…]

AJ Fernandez

Why Cigar Aficionado will Choose AJ Fernandez Cigar of the Year – Editorial

Well  folks, it’s that time of the year when the cigar media start to release their top cigars of the year. As you know, StogiePress releases our Top 25 Boutique Cigar list at the stroke of midnight on December 31, but the most coveted Cigar of the Year (COTY) list is from Cigar Aficionado. If[…]

Macanudo Inspirado White

Macanudo Inspirado White Cigar Review – Not Your Pappy’s Cigar

In case you haven’t noticed the cigar industry has gone through a growth spurt again and that brings along with it merges, acquisitions, and collaborations. To understand the size one has to  look no further than the General Cigar Company that has operations in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Nicaragua. They also have a joint[…]

CAO V660 Carb Flathead

CAO Flathead V660 Carb Cigar Review – A New Age of Cigars

A couple of years ago,  CAO Cigars hit the market with a new and bold cigar known as the CAO Flathead. It was a kind of tribute to the muscle cars of years past. They are offered in 5 different vitolas, each named for a component of an internal combustion engine along with numbers that[…]

Sam Leccia Parts Ways With General Cigar Co.

Sam Leccia, El Presidente of Leccia Tobacco and purveyor of such famed brands as the Leccia Luchador, Leccia Black, and Leccia White,  has announced today that after a year with General Tobacco that he is leaving the company. It was just a year ago that Sam agreed to sell to General Cigar Co. In his own words[…]

Cigar Review – Luchador El Gringo Frog Splash by Sam Leccia

2014 was a rocking year for Sam Leccia.  He just came off a killer 2013 and introduced the Luchador in 2014 which was met with rave reviews. No sooner could he do a ten count he was acquired by the General Cigar Co. We all wished him great success and were looking forward to what the resources[…]

Sam Leccia announces release of the Luchador El Gringo

It has been a busy year for Sam Leccia. After some fabulous cigar introductions at last years IPCPR , Sam’s company was acquired by General Cigar shortly after in September 2014. We were all wondering what new delights this new marriage would bring to the market and now we are about to find out.  Sam[…]

The Number 1 Cigar that Never Existed – The Leccia Debut – Cigar Review

Sam Leccia from Leccia Tobacco is most recently known for his creation of the Leccia Black,Leccia White, and Luchidor cigars that came out last year. But Sam was also once the face behind the Oliva Nub and by most sources the co-creator of the Cain blend from the Oliva Cigar Co. Both the Nub and[…]