Cigar Review: La Sirena Aniversario Especial – Rated 85

The year 2019 was special for La Sirena Cigars founder, Arielle Ditkowich. It was the year to celebrate 10 years in the cigar business, a business she and her father Danny started back in 2009. To celebrate the event, the company reached out to Nueva Matacapan de Tabacos S.A. de C.V. in San Andrés, Mexico Read more about Cigar Review: La Sirena Aniversario Especial – Rated 85[…]

Cigar Review: Gurkha Nicaragua Series Magnum – Rated 90

For the first time ever, Kaizad Hansotia, owner of Gurkha Cigars has released a Nicaraguan puro in the form of the Gurkha Nicaragua Series. This cigar also marks another first for Gurkha, as the company reached out to the team at Aganorsa Leaf to produce the cigar. The leaf used is 100% Nicaraguan and 100% Read more about Cigar Review: Gurkha Nicaragua Series Magnum – Rated 90[…]

Cigar Review: Pichardo Reserva Familiar San Andres Toro – Rated 88

The Pichardo Reserva Familiar was a new line of cigars introduced at the 2019 PCA trade show, in Las Vegas, NV. They are produced at the Tabacalera Pichardo in Nicaragua, a factory that has been silently manufacturing premium cigars for major U.S. and International brands under Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s). The factory was founded by Don Read more about Cigar Review: Pichardo Reserva Familiar San Andres Toro – Rated 88[…]

Cigar Review: La Barba Ricochet Cru Mexi-Sol Petite Corona – Rated 95

The big reveal at the La Barba booth at the 2019 PCA trade show was Tony Bellatto’s latest extension to the highly rated La Barba Ricochet released last year. The new Ricochet is named “Cru Mexi-Sol” meaning it is a Mexican Sungrown wrapper. In the company’s press release, Tony Bellotto, owner of La Barba Cigars Read more about Cigar Review: La Barba Ricochet Cru Mexi-Sol Petite Corona – Rated 95[…]

Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca 552 and 648 – Rated 94 and 92

There has been some real buzz in the cigar world around the Mi Querida Triqui Traca that Steve Saka and his Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust company showcased at this year PCA trade show. The Mi Querida Triqui Traca had a limited roll-out to shops due to tobacco constraints and the first shipments hit the shelves Read more about Cigar Review: Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca 552 and 648 – Rated 94 and 92[…]

Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Baka Bantu – Rated 89

Skip Martin and his team at RoMa Craft Tobac introduced a new cigar at this years PCA trade show. The Baka is the first time RoMa craft has used Cameroon wrapper on one of their cigars, so it was fitting to name this after the Baka people, a small indigenous tribe that lives in the Read more about Cigar Review: RoMa Craft Baka Bantu – Rated 89[…]

Cigar Review: DBL Cigars Tamo Lindo El Amarillo Fancy Belicoso – Rated 96

One of many things I can say about Francisco Almonte, owner of Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) Cigars, is he knows how to make some awesome looking cigars. The man was trained by some of the best in the industry before he branched out on his own a number of years ago. Besides his core line Read more about Cigar Review: DBL Cigars Tamo Lindo El Amarillo Fancy Belicoso – Rated 96[…]

Cigar Review: Platinum Nova Cigars – Platinum Batch Torpedo – Rated 94

New cigar companies were few and far between at the 2019 Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show. This we can attribute, for the most part. to the forthcoming FDA regulations that make entering the premium cigar market difficult and expensive. So when I see a new brand like Platinum Nova Cigars, taking the shot, I Read more about Cigar Review: Platinum Nova Cigars – Platinum Batch Torpedo – Rated 94[…]

Crux Cigars Bull & Bear

Cigar News: Crux Cigars Bull & Bear Shipping This Week

Crux Cigars has announced they will begin shipping the Bull & Bear this week to their retail partners across the country. Released in 2014, the Bull & Bear was one of the 5 original blends manufactured by Crux Cigars. Since being released, it has been a staple in the Crux Cigars assortment and consistently rates Read more about Cigar News: Crux Cigars Bull & Bear Shipping This Week[…]

Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Cigars – Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural – Rated 91

The second blend in the Cubariqueño Cigars Protocol Sir Robert Peel introduction is known as the natural. Introduced at this years PCA trade show, the Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural blend is described as: Wrapper – Ecuadorian Rosado Binder – Nicaraguan Filler – Nicaraguan Like its sibling the maduro, it is expressed in a single 6 x 52 box press format and Read more about Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Cigars – Protocol Sir Robert Peel Natural – Rated 91[…]

Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Cigars – Protocol Sir Robert Peel Maduro – Rated 88

The team from Cubariqueño Cigars, (the Protocol Cigar guys) showcased their latest craft, the Protocol Sir Robert Peel at this years PCA trade show. The cigar is offered in a natural & maduro format and are produced at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Juan Cancel – Co-Owner of Cubariqueño Cigar Co, stated: Read more about Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Cigars – Protocol Sir Robert Peel Maduro – Rated 88[…]

Cigar Review: Los Caidos Toro – Rated 89

At this years PCA Trade Show, I had the pleasure of meeting Steve Zengel, the founder of Los Caidos Cigars. The young company was founded in 2016 with a mission to honor fallen police officers and firefighters. The name Los Caidos translates into “The Fallen“. The Journey The journey into cigars started when Steve opened Read more about Cigar Review: Los Caidos Toro – Rated 89[…]

Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Oscuro – Rated 87

Oscar Valladares has been growing his cigar business ever since he and Island Jim Robinson collaborated on the iconic Leaf by Oscar. Now, after years of growth he has a full portfolio of cigar blends and brands under his wing. This year, at the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show, he showcased two new blends, Read more about Cigar Review: Oscar Valladares Wild Hunter Oscuro – Rated 87[…]

Cigar Review: Crux Epicure Maduro Toro – Rated 94

During the 2018 IPCPR trade show, Crux Cigars teased out a line extension to the Crux Epicure blend. The extension was a to be known as the Crux Epicure Maduro. The official release did not happen until the trade show the this year. The Crux Epicure Maduro also carries the re-branding the company has gone Read more about Cigar Review: Crux Epicure Maduro Toro – Rated 94[…]