Cigar Review: Havana Soul – Toro by AJ Fernandez

A full-strength cigar with an opening blast of pepper that morphs into an earthy smoke with notes of espresso and chocolate. The NEW Havana Soul by AJ Fernandez is sold exclusively at Cigar King in Arizona. You can pick them up online by clicking here. The brand has been around since 2003 when it was made by Don Pepin Garcia in Miami, FL. In 2007 Rocky Patel began making them; however, Rocky had to stop production because he only had enough tobacco to make 200 boxes. This current Havana Soul…

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Cigar Review: La Gloria Cubana Serie RF – Toro

A bold, spicy powerhouse that uses “La Gloria Cubana’s finest tobaccos” The La Gloria Cubana RF is a cigar blended exclusively for Famous Smoke Shop and is available for purchase on their website. My friend Cory Grover at Famous Smoke Shop hooked me up with La Gloria Cubana RF. It turns out that he is a damn good matchmaker. He knew that I would find La Gloria ‘intriguing’ and ‘fun’. It turns out that he was correct. La Gloria and I had a great time together playing in the snow…

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Cigar Review: Evil Genius – Time Machine – Londsdale

A nice, solid smoke using a rare combination of tobaccos to bring you a unique experience that is very satisfying. The Time Machine is the third release by Evil Genius Cigars and its first under the company’s new branding. Evil Genius is a boutique brand that is experiencing healthy growth as it expands beyond its Pennsylvania roots. For more detailed information on Evil Genius Cigar Company, click here. I first met the Time Machine this past July at the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers trade show (IPCPR) in New…

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Cigar Review: Cubariqueño Cigar Co. – Protocol – Toro

Protocol is the inaugural release by my dear friends and social media icons, Juan Cancel and Bill Ives. Together, they formed the Cubariqueño Cigar Company, which is a play on their Cuban and Puerto Rican heritage. The initial production of 5,000 cigars sold out at the 2015 International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers tradeshow (IPCPR) in New Orleans. They are now plowing through their second batch of 10,000 sticks. To be honest, my initial pre-judgement of this cigar was, “Wow, I am going to fry my palate.” Why? Because the…

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Cigar Review: Las Cumbres Tabaco – Freyja – Valhalla (Robusto)

– A cigar worthy of her name! It is a brilliant showcase of Dominican tobaccos that offers incredible flavor, beautiful construction and a very satisfying smoking experience. Freyja is the second brand launched under the Las Cumbres Tabaco umbrella, a company owned by Jose Blanco and his wife Emma Viktorsson. Freyja, named after a Viking goddess of beauty and fertility, was a ‘secret project’ blended by Emma, without the help of Jose Blanco. I met Freyja prior to her launch at the IPCPR trade show in New Orleans this past…

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Cigar Review: Ezra Zion – All My Ex’s – Toro

– A carefully crafted cigar that is well balanced and flavorful with great construction and a smooth draw – an extorted treasure from the womb of earth. I have smoked and reviewed most of the Ezra Zion releases prior to reviewing the All My Ex’s and I must say, this baby rocks. It certainly rivals the best of the best in the Ezra Zion family. According to the company, “We are constantly trying to challenge ourselves in our blending. The next cigar has to be better than the last,” said…

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Inferno 3rd Degree – Toro – by Oliva

A tasty Nicaraguan puro that is medium in body and strength while not breaking the bank. From the website of Famous Smoke Shop: “Inferno 3rd Degree Cigars are here to stoke the ember of our collective passion of cigars by lighting our taste buds on fire with an assault of complex flavors, and a blast of 4 alarm strength. This Oliva original cigar is an all Nicaraguan stogie featuring only premium triple-fermented tobaccos, all encased in an eye-opening Habano seed wrapper. The end result is a taste unfound in any…

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Las Cumbres Tabaco – Señorial Natural Maduro – Lonsdale

A complex cigar that is smooth, balanced and very satisfying The story behind the Señorial is that of true passion. This is Jose’s third release under his brand Las Cumbres Tabaco. Like all of his work, The Señorial uses top-quality premium tobaccos from his cousin, Jochi Blanco’s farm Tabacalera Palma in Tamboril, Santiago on the Dominican Republic. Señorial’s father, Jose Blanco introduced me to his darling at the 2015 IPCPR (International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers trade show) just days before it was released to the general public. I am…

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Famous Smoke Shop Releases Perdomo Craft Series Stout With Yards George Washington Tavern Porter Review Video

EASTON, PA–(Marketwired – October 21, 2015) – Famous has just released the final installment in a series of three cigar and beer pairing review videos featuring the highly anticipated Perdomo Craft Series Stout and Yards George Washington Tavern Porter. Famous Smoke in association with their digital cigar and men’s lifestyle magazine Cigar Advisor brings a fresh, irreverent, and down-to-earth perspective on all things cigars to thousands of smokers. In addition to educational cigar content and behind-the-scenes cigar industry articles from some of the business’s top names, Cigar Advisor delivers an…

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Famous Smoke Shop Releases Perdomo Craft Series Amber With Yards Brawler Review Video

EASTON, PA–(Marketwired – October 14, 2015) – Famous has just released the second in a series of three cigar and beer pairing review videos featuring the highly anticipated Perdomo Craft Series Amber and Yards Brawler Puglist Style Ale in association with their digital cigar and men’s lifestyle magazine Cigar Advisor. Cigar Advisor brings a fresh, irreverent, and down-to-earth perspective on all things cigars to thousands of smokers. In addition to educational cigar content and behind-the-scenes cigar industry articles from some of the business’s top names, Cigar Advisor delivers an array…

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Drew Estate Liga Undercrown Shade Gran Toro Cigars Review

Cigar Advisor Review Panel Cites New Undercrown Cigars as a “Game Changer” EASTON, PA–(Marketwired – October 16, 2015) – “With Willy Herrera placing an Ecuadorian Connecticut shade leaf around Undercrown innards, the man has instantly created a game changer,” says Tommy Zman referring to the latest Cigar Advisor panel review video on Drew Estate’s new Liga Undercrown Shade cigars. Cigar Advisor, the premium cigar news & information website of Famous Smoke Shop — a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars…

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Cigar Review – Corona Project Limitada Vol. 1 by Rodrigo Cigars

It was a hot and humid afternoon here in central NJ where the thick air was sucking the life out of me, so I hibernated in my air conditioned cigar cave with a premium cigar and a cold brew. My cigar of choice was the Corona Project Limitada Vol. 1 by Rodrigo Cigars. Rodrigo Cigars is a boutique brand that is making quite a name for itself, and the passion behind these cigars could not be more evident with its flawless construction, striking appearance and savory flavor profile. The Corona…

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Cigar Review: MoyaRuiz Cigars – The Rake (Robusto)

A full-flavored, complex blend with Nicaraguan fillers comprised of four ligeros – a very appealing cigar for those who enjoy a little strength and a lot of flavor. I was introduced to The Rake when her father, Danny Moya, sent her over to me for a little pre-release engagement last week. When she arrived at my doorstep, I was immediately taken back by her beauty – what a sexy little, rustic Latina. I hope she didn’t mind me staring so hard. After a couple of days rest in my Daniel…

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Cigar Review: La Hoja Reserva Limitada

A full-flavored, medium-strength cigar with a complex profile that will appeal to smokers who enjoy more flavor than strength The La Hoja Reserva Limitada 1962 is the company’s third release since its rebranding late last year. This one is touted as being a ‘regular release but limited in yearly production.” I was introduced to the La Hoja Reserva Limitada 1962 when her father, Willie Flores, introduced us at his cigar shop, The Cigar Room in Fort Lee, NJ a few months back. After months of rest in my Daniel Marshall…

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Cigar Review: Diesel Rage – Toro

It was a perfect evening in early June with the colorful blooms of spring blanketing my garden here in New Jersey, so I decided to plant myself in the middle of the foliage with a premium cigar and a fine cup of coffee. I moseyed out to the garden with the newly released Rage by Diesel in one hand and a freshly brewed espresso in the other. This Diesel Rage was a gift from CigarsCity.com and I owe them a million thanks for introducing me to this Nicaraguan dame that…

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Famous Smoke Shop Begins Selling Inferno 3rd Degree – A Famous Exclusive Cigar

Famous Smoke Shop is a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars. The company specializes in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Famous has just released a new cigar line in collaboration with Oliva Cigar Co. The new release is Inferno 3rd Degree cigars, and they are exclusively available at Famous Smoke Shop. The first shipment has just arrived at the company’s warehouse and is currently available for sale on their website. The company has expressed that the new brand will be available in limited…

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Famous Smoke Shop Begins Selling Room 101 El Mas Chingon – Exclusive Blend for Famous

Famous Smoke Shop is a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars. The company specializes in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Famous has just released a new cigar line in collaboration with Room 101 cigars. The new release is Room 101 El Mas Chingon cigars, and they are exclusively available at Famous Smoke Shop. The first shipment has just arrived at the company’s warehouse and is currently available for sale on their website. The company has expressed that the new brand will be available…

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Espinosa Especial – Pre-Release Review – Toro

Review by Juan Cancel I visited Esteli, Nicaragua in late February of this year. While there, I visited my dear friend Erik Espinosa. While I was with a large group of 11 other friends, including the BOTLNYCHAPTER, I was able to spend some one-on-one time with Erik. I would love to get into this business, so I try to learn from those who have made it. While I was at the La Zona Cigar Factory, Erik gave me a cigar to smoke. He said, “I want you to try something.”…

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A Pairing Worth Sharing – Ortega Serie D #20 and Ron Zacapa Centenario XO Solera Gran Reserva Especial Rum

Review by Juan Cancel I am about to light up a 1 ½ – year-old Ortega Serie D #20 Maduro cigar by Eddie Ortega. I have praised this cigar’s glory over 100 times before, but for those of you who missed my short write-ups on social media, I have submitted a lengthy, more formal write-up for Ultimatecigarparty.com. Let me begin by telling you that this cigar is fantastic – absolutely mind blowing. The Ortega Serie ‘D’ Maduro #20 cigar is an elegant 6×60 slightly box-pressed stick that is covered in an…

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Cigar Review: Macanudo Cafe Tudor

It was a frigid evening in January as the gray of winter finally settled over New Jersey. I had just dug myself out from underneath a snow storm that clobbered most of the Northeast with up to three feet of snow. Luckily, New Jersey was sparred the worst of it. However, I still had an urge to nestle next to my fireplace with a premium cigar and a fine cup of coffee, so I drifted out to my cigar cave with the night’s choice of smoke, Macanudo Cafe Tudor. Macanudo…

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Epic Habano Cigar Review

It was a frigid evening in January as the gray of winter was settling over New Jersey, so I decided to nestle next to my fireplace with a premium cigar and a fine cup of coffee. I moseyed out to my cigar cave, which is tucked away in my backyard, with an Epic Habano Corona Extra in one hand and a Starbucks coffee in the other. This Epic Habano was a gift from her father, Dean Parsons, and I owe him a million thanks for introducing me to this Dominican…

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1502 Nicaragua –Robusto

– A must try cigar that is well balanced and flavorful with flawless construction and an impeccable draw , an elegant showcase of Nicaraguan tobacco at its finest. I have smoked and reviewed the Emerald, Ruby and Black Gold prior to the Nicaragua and I was highly impressed with their flavor profiles and construction. And now that I have had the chance to review the newest release by 1502, the Nicaragua, I must say that it assimilates very well into the family. It is carefully crafted using tobaccos from all four major…

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Epic Corojo Reserva – Double Corona

This Epic was a gift from the North East sales representative, Victor Lucatorto and I owe him a million thanks for introducing me to this Dominican dame that is a bit stronger than her sisters, Maduro Reserva and Habano, but is just as flavorful, if not more. Epic is a fairly new boutique brand that is quickly making quite a name for itself, and the passion behind these cigars could not be more evident with its flawless construction, striking appearance and savory flavor profile. This Latina is produced at the…

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Nomad C-276 – Robusto

A full-flavored, complex blend with five different filler tobaccos, including two ligeros, an appealing cigar for those who enjoy a little strength and a lot of flavor. The Nomad C-276 was the company’s fourth core line and the third Nicaraguan blend behind the limited release LE Lot 1386 that was a near sellout upon its inception at the 2013 IPCPR and the highly acclaimed S-307. “After the process was complete I was only left with one thought. ‘I have no idea how I will ever follow up this cigar,’” said…

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