OLIVA LAUNCHES THREE NEW INFERNO CIGARS WITH FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP

Marking Five Years of Collaboration; Oliva Cranks Up the Heat with Inferno Expansion EASTON, PA – Famous Smoke Shop, the largest American-owned distributor of discounted premium cigars online, has announced the extension of their Inferno line with three new cigars. Made in collaboration with Nicaragua’s Tabacalera Oliva, these new premium cigars will be made in Oliva’s factory and are available exclusively at Famous Smoke Shop, in store and online. The new additions include Melt, Scorch, and Singe, representing the fourth, fifth, and sixth additions to the Inferno cast. Oliva and…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Itka Vistisen from Esteli

Meet Itka Vistisen, a sizzlin’ 26-year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Estelí, Nicaragua. Itka is one of the most prominent Sizzlin’ Sunday Cigar Girls that Ultimatecigarparty.com has featured. She is the vice president of Royal Danish Cigars and owner of Altamirano Cigars. Itka is a smokin’ beauty who hails from Nicaragua’s “Capital of Tobacco.” She has smoked cigars her entire adult life, starting at 18 years old. Today, she smokes between four and six cigars per week. “I like cigars because my father is a fan and that is how I started…

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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: 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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Newest Cigar Co. – Adelphia Cigar Co. – Announces Release of Debut Cigar

July 13, 2015 (Berkeley Heights, NJ) – Bill Agathis, owner of Berkeley Humidor and Adelphia Lounge starts his own cigar company, Adelphia Cigar Company, and announces the release of its debut cigar eponymously named, Adelphia. Adelphia will be made at Erik Espinosa’s La Zona Factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. The cigars will be presented in classic boxes of 20, 20ct. bundles, five packs or singles. They are available in one vitola, box-pressed Toro (6 × 52). Berkeley Humidor and Adelphia Lounge owner, Bill Agathis, worked tirelessly with Erik Espinosa to produce…

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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: 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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ESPINOSA CIGARS TO RELAUNCH MURCIELAGO

Hialeah Gardens, Florida (May 22, 2015) – Six years after its initial release, Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Premium Cigars has announced that the “Murcielago” will fly again and should be landing in humidors nationwide after it is re-debut at the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in July. The Murcielago (which is Bat in Spanish) was first released at the 2009 IPCPR by EO Brands.  It had a short production run due to the split with the original makers of the blend.  “Once the partnership with the manufacturer dissolved, we…

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Erik Espinosa and La Zona Factory Producing Today’s Finest Cigars

Erik Espinosa is a Cuban-born cigar maker who has definitely gotten his hands dirty in the industry. He started as an independent broker in 1997 peddling cigars for various companies. Today, he is a thriving brand owner with his own factory, La Zona, in Estelí, Nicaragua that produces some of the finest premium cigars on the market. Erik Espinosa inherited his passion for the leaf from his father while living in Miami many years ago.  Because he started at such a young age, Espinosa was able to “live and learn”…

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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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Eddie Ortega – Building a Brand that People Enjoy

The sole purpose behind the creation of Ortega Premium Cigars was to “create and build a brand that people will enjoy.” It is a cigar company headed by founder Eddie Ortega and built on an uncompromising commitment to the quality and integrity of all its premium cigars. The passion, the craftsmanship and the meticulous attention to detail by Ortega ranks his cigars among some of the elite. Ortega has been in the cigar industry since 1996 while married to the daughter of the late Rolando Reyes, Sr. During the mid-1990s,…

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Hermosa Cigars: Taking Cigars Directly to the Smoker

Many of today’s cigar blenders, manufacturers and distributers have deep roots embedded in the cigar industry – generations dating as far back as the 18th century.  The family of Scott de la Pena, founder of Hermosa Cigars, is no different. However, he took a detoured path to the industry, becoming a contemporary cigar maker with ‘old school’ ties to the “Mother Country”. Scott de la Pena is unique to the cigar industry in that he had spent most of his life immersed in the film industry before leaping into cigar…

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Reinado Cigars Continues to Thrive in the Midst of Declining Boutique Market

Today’s smokers may have noticed a steady decline of boutique cigar brands on the shelves of their favorite cigar shops. That valuable shelf space that was once reserved for boutique brands is evaporating in many shops, being replaced with more widely-known mainstream brands. Despite the digression, one brand continues to flourish – Reinado Cigars. “The boutique market right now is in a little bit of a decline,” said Antonio Lam, owner and blender of Reinado Cigars. “It is shrinking from what I have seen compared to previous years. I think…

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History Behind MoyaRuiz Cigars Explains Why Smokers Love ’em

MoyaRuiz Cigars is a brand born of a child’s love for his grandfather and an appreciation for the rich culture and tradition of his country. The boutique cigar company boasts unique blends and creative branding to showcase its founders’ prideful Cuban heritage and to pay homage to the ‘Mother Land’. Danny Moya, co-owner of MoyaRuiz Cigars, was 13 years old when he started smoking cigars and he has not looked back since. The inquisitive youngster grew up in the plumes of his grandfather and great-grandfather’s cigar smoke, two gentlemen who…

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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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Rocky Patel Continues To Revolutionize the Industry – Reveals New Discovery

There is not a person in the cigar industry who works harder than Rocky Patel. His burning passion superseded the harsh stereotypes that were stacked against him when he ventured into the cigar industry during the back end of the ‘boom’ in the mid-1990s. It was a tumultuous time with cigar companies dropping by the hundreds. By the time it was over 400-500 cigar companies folded, but not Rocky Patel. He climbed from the rubble of the collapsed cigar boom and has since risen from the ashes as one of…

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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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Daniel Marshall Red Label – Churchill

A well-aged flavor bomb with an earthy core that is an excellent cigar for the most discerning smoker. Daniel Marshall is world renowned for making high-end humidors that grace the homes of movie stars like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Al Pacino and Brad Pitt. His reputation for quality is so high that his humidors have been featured in movies and have been given away as gifts from U.S. presidents. Now, after teaming up with Industry legend Manuel Quesada, Marshall has created his own line of cigars, DM Red Label –…

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Epicurean – AG Azul – Justus

A great, wholesome cigar worth smoking over and over again! From Epicurean’s website: “Epicurean Cigars was created under the careful eye of Steven Ysidron with its focus on handcrafted small batch salon cigars.  Steven started making cigars in the late 1980’s with his father and the Fuente family in the Dominican Republic.  His passion for the long forgotten art of making hand-rolled cigars stems from four generations of his Cuban cigar making heritage that has been reborn in the Epicurean brand.” I was introduced the AG Azul about seven months…

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Bodega Premium Blends is Cigar Industry’s Greatest Sensation

Bodega Premium Blends (BPB) is a story of four childhood friends who have coupled their passion for cigars with their entrepreneurial nature to produce a cigar brand that cherishes familial gatherings and fellowship. The company produces finely crafted cigars that offer unique flavors and profiles that stem from a quadruplet of family men who understand the value of time and the relevance of the cigar experience. The BPB Four (Gino Domanico, Ron Plante, Stephane Barjolin, and Rob Mariani) began smoking cigars about 15 years ago when they would gather at…

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Epicurean Gonzo Santeria – Heina 6 x 52

One of the most flavorful, well-balanced cigars that I have had in quite some time. The Gonzo Santeria is the fourth release by Steven Ysidron’s Epicurean Cigars. Epicurean is infamous for its small batch, Nicaraguan blends using top-quality, aged tobaccos.  In 1999 Ysidron and his family started producing cigars out of Nicaragua, but his roots originated in Dominican Republic where he and his father made cigars with the Fuente family since the late 1980s. I have had my eye on this Nicaraguan flame ever since Gary Griffith of House of…

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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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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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