Cigar Review: Southern Draw 300 Manos Habano Piramides – Rated 92

You have heard me report on these when they were announced at the IPCPR, you have seen me smoke a few, perhaps you were at an event where I donated a bundle to give away. We are talking about the Southern Draw Cigars – 300 Manos (Hands). It is time to talk more deeply about Read more about Cigar Review: Southern Draw 300 Manos Habano Piramides – Rated 92[…]

Cigar Review: Felix Assouline CSB Fuerte N’aie Pas Peur – Rated 95

The 2018 IPCPR was a big show for Felix Assouline Cigars as they introduced a number of new lines to their expanding portfolio. The CSB line was one that had three additional blends added to it and today I would like to talk about the Felix Assouline CSB Fuerte. The CSB Fuerte is a Nicaraguan Read more about Cigar Review: Felix Assouline CSB Fuerte N’aie Pas Peur – Rated 95[…]

Cigar News: Crux Cigars Shipping the Limitada Redline

Over 3 years ago, at the 2015 IPCPR, Crux Cigars showcased a new line known as the Crux Limitada. The intent of that line was to be able to release yearly versions of the cigar highlighting aged leaf that the company had procured years prior. At last years IPCPR, the Crux team put out a Read more about Cigar News: Crux Cigars Shipping the Limitada Redline[…]

Cigar Review: MBombay MQBA Vintage Reserve Nikka – Rated 97

Last year at the IPCPR, Mel Shah, the owner of Bombay Tabak was showcasing his latest line of cigars known as the MQBA Vintage Reserve. The name MQBA by the way is pronounced “em-kyoo-bho” in case you were wondering. I sampled the Nikka vitola, at the show and was impressed even though they just arrived. Read more about Cigar Review: MBombay MQBA Vintage Reserve Nikka – Rated 97[…]

Cigar Review: La Palina Blue Label TAA 2018 – Rated 92

Last year was a busy year for Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) exclusive cigars. There were 21 cigars including including 14 limited editions and 7 on going releases. The list represented 20 premium cigar makers. One of those brands was La Palina cigars who followed their 2017 Bronze Label with the introduction of the Blue Read more about Cigar Review: La Palina Blue Label TAA 2018 – Rated 92[…]

Cigar Review: Kristoff Vengeance Toro – Rated 92

Way back in the days of old, long before the FDA was sinking their teeth into the cigar industry’s jugular, there was a small boutique cigar brand known as Exclusive Cigars started by an 18-year veteran of the financial industry. That man was Glen Case, who you all know as the owner of Kristoff Cigars. Read more about Cigar Review: Kristoff Vengeance Toro – Rated 92[…]

Cigar Review: Room 101 Farce Habano Robusto – Rated 94

The year 2018 was a pivot year for Matt Booth and his Room 101 Cigars brand. As some of you know, Matt took a small hiatus from the cigar industry but returned in 2018 with “his” first new blend known as the Farce. Back in December I reviewed the pre-release edition of this new blend Read more about Cigar Review: Room 101 Farce Habano Robusto – Rated 94[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: DBL Cigars – Derame III – Rated 95[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Recluse Amadeus Los Cabos Toro – Rated 88[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Gran Habano Gran Reserva #5 2012 Gran Robusto – Rated 93[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Décadas El General – Rated 93[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Ventura Cigars Archetype Mini Series Crystals – Rated 90[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral Kralot Mag 50 – Rated 92[…]

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 Read more about Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua JOYA Silver Ultra – Rated 90[…]