Cigar Review: The King Is Dead Nicaragua Super Toro – Rated 95

What do you do in the cigar industry when you have an amazing cigar that helped to launch your company? Well, If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! Of course, in the case of Robert Caldwell and A.J. Fernandez, you take what worked and make it new and even better, which is exactly what the Read more about Cigar Review: The King Is Dead Nicaragua Super Toro – Rated 95[…]

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: Tarazona 305 Robusto – Rated 97

It may seem like an old blend and you would be right, except the Tarazona 305 has been tweaked a bit because Eddie Tarazona was not able to source the original leaf used in that blend back in 2014. You may have seen the interview I did with Eddie at this years Premium Cigar Association Read more about Cigar Review: Tarazona 305 Robusto – Rated 97[…]

IPCPR/PCA News: La Barba Cigars – Welcome to the Party

My first stop at the IPCPR/PCA this year was with Tony Bellato and La Barba Cigars. I was pleased Tony was able to take the time to sit with me for a few minutes before his booth got too crazy. Welcome to the Party. In our discussion, Tony explained to me – La Barba Cigars Read more about IPCPR/PCA News: La Barba Cigars – Welcome to the Party[…]

La Barba Ricochet

Cigar Review: La Barba Ricochet (previously known as Primitivo) – Rated 98

UPDATE: Since reviewing this cigar  I learned that La Barba had to change the name of the cigar. It is now known as the La Barba Ricochet. The only change was to the packaging and band. I have reached out to Tony Bellatto and he provided new pictures of the branding and I have adjusted Read more about Cigar Review: La Barba Ricochet (previously known as Primitivo) – Rated 98[…]

La Barba Red

La Barba Cigars Red Cigar Review

Today we go back and visit the fine craft of Tony Belatto and Craig Rossi from La Barba Cigars as I review the La Barba Red cigar. This cigar, along with the La Barba Purple, which I reviewed last July, was one of the two primary blends the team created when they founded their small boutique Read more about La Barba Cigars Red Cigar Review[…]

Tarazona Guerrilla 305 El Comandante – Cigar Review

It is near the end of the holiday vacation here at Stogie Press, as I sit in the Stogie Press Smoking Lounge on a warm January afternoon listening to some smooth Muscle Shoals blues on Pandora. If you haven’t checked out this Pandora station you are missing out on some fine stogie burning music. Today Read more about Tarazona Guerrilla 305 El Comandante – Cigar Review[…]