Sizzlin’ Sunday

  Welcome back to another week of Sizzlin’ Sunday.  A delightful offering of some of the web’s sexiest ladies of the leaf. This week enjoy Amanda and her friends puffing on their stogies, savoring very drop of flavor. Lydsay Melinda Tammy and Lachelle Rachel  

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Nicaragua’s Tobacco is Quickly Becoming the ‘Holy Grail’ for Cigar Makers

It seems that Cuba has been the Mecca for cigar makers since the beginning of time. The “holy” isle was once the model for perfection, but the lack of consistency and proper growing techniques have sent some of the top growers,  master blenders, and premium rollers  to Nicaragua where the jet-black earth and ideal climate rival Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo region , which many consider the world’s best tobacco region. Generations of growers and manufacturers have feasted on Cuba’s bounty for far too long now. It’s time for Nicaragua’s benefactors to…

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Sindicato by Sindicato Cigars – Corona Gorda

A deep, complex smoke loaded with delicious flavors. The Sindicato by Sindicato Cigars is the company’s newest release and is considered to be the company’s flagship offering. It is the fourth release in the company’s brief two-year tenure. Sindicato is a unique company in that it is comprised of many ‘investors’ (retailers across the country) led by a Board of Directors, CEO and President. The Sindicato is a Nicaraguan puro blended by the infamous Arsenio Ramos at the Casa Fernandez factory in Estelí, Nicaragua with tobaccos from the Fernandez farms.…

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Lagunitas Brewing Company – Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale

The story behind the Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale is interesting to say the least, and one for the ages. The brewery, located in Petaluma in Sonoma County California, was holding regular tastings every Thursday night. This one particular event was advertised in a local newspaper as “420” – a number (time) synonymous with marijuana. A group of students showed up to the event and decided to smoke pot. That prompted the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board to launch an eight week “undercover investigation” of the brewery. During the investigation…

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Bodega Reunion Digestivo – Double Robusto ( 5 x 54)

A complex cigar with unique flavors and the savory characteristics of an ‘after dinner’ treat. Bodega Premium Blends is a new brand in the industry distributed by Gary Griffith and the House of Emilio team.  The company is run by Gino Domanico (@Cigar_G) but founded by four friends from Canada in 2013. According to the company’s website: “The line was inspired by the culinary arts. Spanish for digestif, Digestivo usually refers to ‘a cocktail or other alcoholic beverage that is specifically served after a meal’. Spirits such as port, brandy,…

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Dominican Big Leaguer – Big Papi (6 x 54)

If you are not familiar with the Dominican Big Leaguer (DBL) brand of premium handmade Dominican cigars, then you don’t know what you are missing. They are complex, flavorful, full-bodied smokes that will rock your palate, for sure. Up until recently I didn’t know much about the company or the cigars until I was invited to attend a DBL event at Mane Street Cigars in Woodbridge, NJ on Friday, May 16. The story behind the brand and the founder is quite fascinating. DBL was founded by Master Blender Francisco Almonte…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Jeane Cavichioli from NYC

Jeane Cavichioli, is a single 39-year-old bombshell of Brazilian and Italian decent, a very intoxicating mix. She is a well-traveled dame who currently resides in New York City, but has enjoyed layovers in such countries as Japan, Spain, Ireland, England, Italy, and France. She works in Trade Marketing, an exciting career that is responsible for her trans-continental lifestyle where she learned about different cultures and traditions. In addition to smoking plenty of cigars, some of her other hobbies include horseback riding, swimming, traveling, and reading. Cavichioli, who has been smoking…

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Enrique Sanchez & 1502 Cigars – A classy combo that is “Proudly Nicaraguan”

Enrique Sanchez Icaza, founder and CEO of Global Premium Cigars, has turned a long-time passion for smoking cigars into one of the most prestigious cigar brands in the industry. Armed with nothing more than a smile and a shoe shine, Sanchez launched the 1502 brand of cigars in 2012 with a single vision in mind. “When starting my company my vision was to make a cigar that people will enjoy and relax. I follow my heart, not with a business plan or market research. I make what I like hoping…

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1502 Black Gold Lancero

A strong, full-bodied cigar that is rich in character and bold in flavor – Proudly Nicaraguan. From the Global Premium Cigars website “If you like strong cigars, you’ll definitely love this one. This particular cigar is made to satisfy the discerning smoker who enjoys bold and strong flavors. It has a double binder and long filler from Nicaragua. With its natural Maduro sun-grown tobacco wrapper, nurtured with all the natural elements where it gets its favor, especially its strength and character.” Enrique Sanchez I., founder and CEO of Global Premium…

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Ezra Zion – Honor Series FHK – Inspired (5 ½ x 50)

A complex flavor bomb that lives up to Ezra Zion standards of quality and excellence. The Honor Series FHK was released at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, 2014 as the year’s first cigar release. From House of Emilio website: “The name FHK stands for ‘Fathers of Hoover and Kelly’. Being history buffs we’ve researched our family heritage and were amazed at what we found: war heroes, ministers, statesman, and hardworking entrepreneurs. Chris had the idea to do a tribute to our forefathers who’ve made us who we…

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1502 Ruby Lancero

The 1502 Ruby is one of three cigar offerings by Global Premium Cigars (GPC), which was founded by Enrique Sanchez Icaza. The company is based in Nicaragua and focuses primarily on Nicaraguan blends. The 1502 is the company’s premium line and gets its name from the year that Christopher Columbus discovered Nicaragua. The Lancero is the newest vitola offered in each of the company’s three core lines, the Black, Emerald and Ruby. From the GPC website: “It is the blend created for the discerning smoker’s delight, one that recognizes a…

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An In-Depth Look at Fred Rewey and Nomad Cigars – ‘Doing things Differently’

Fred Rewey, founder of Nomad Cigar Company, is a rising star who has brought his own ‘twist, passion and influence’ to an age-old industry that demands quality, class and satisfaction. His humble yet extremely quirky personality elevates the cigar smoking experience to a whole new level by personalizing the brand with character and charisma. He defies the lore of traditional wisdom with a fiery passion for delivering great cigars that scream ‘WOW. “I love doing things a little differently than everyone else,” said Rewey. Rewey, who was born in Wisconsin…

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Nomad S-307 – Torpedo

An extremely smooth and flavorful smoke that appeals to novice and experienced smokers alike. The Nomad S-307 was the company’s second core line and also the second Nicaraguan blend behind the limited release LE Lot 1386 that was a near sellout upon its inception at the 2013 IPCPR. I was introduced to the Nomad S-307 by her good friend Gary Griffith of House of Emelio several months back. I finally decided to take her out for a couple of late afternoon cocktails on this beautiful afternoon here in NJ. When…

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Sindicato Introduces its New Flagship Cigar, The Sindicato

Sindicato Cigars released the company’s much anticipated and new flagship Cigar, the self-titled Sindicato today May 1 and will begin shipping inventory this week to retailers nationwide. In a company press release Jim Colucci, president and CEO of Sindicato, says, “We’re extremely excited about this beautiful cigar. We’re using special tobaccos from Eduardo Fernandez’ farms and Arsenio Ramos has crafted a fantastic blend. We truly believe that we are bringing the best together to create something great.” The Sindicato is the fourth blend to be released by Sindicato Cigars. It…

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