Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Emily from NYC

Meet Sonia Emily Daliz, a sizzlin’ 32-year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) from Bronx, New York. This smokin’ hot beauty, more commonly known as “Emily”, has been smoking cigars for more than ten years. “I had my first cigar with my father who loves cigars,” explained Emily. “I spent my summers as a child in Puerto Rico with my grandparents, and my grandfather always had a cigar in his mouth. I guess it runs in the family.” Despite her long-standing love affair with cigars, Emily does not like to play favorites. She loves…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Xionayda from New York City

Meet Xionayda Catala, a sizzlin’ 33-year-old sister-of-the-leaf from New York City. Xionayda is a Dominican-born Latina who has been smoking cigars for the past five years. Today she works at Pap Juan Cigar Room in New York City. “I have developed a passion for cigars,” said Xionayda. “I started smoking five years ago when I worked at a different cigar lounge than where I work now.” Xionayda has developed quite a palate in her five years of smoking.  She doesn’t have one particular cigar that she calls a favorite; however,…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Jen from Chicago

Meet Jen Gayagoy, a sizzlin’ 27- year-old sister-of-the-leaf (#sotl) from Chicago, Illinois. Originally from the Philippines, this smokin’ beauty has been smoking cigars for the past six years and has been working in the cigar industry for the past five years. When it comes to smoking, Jen has an expensive palate. “A couple of my favorite blends and cigars are Padron, Davidoff and Curivari,” revealed Jen. “I am more of medium to full bodied cigar person.” Like most cigar smokers, Jen enjoys a fine smoke and refreshing beverage to ward…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Rosa from New York City

Meet Rosa Polanco, a Sizzlin’ 35-year-old dame who was born on the Dominican Republic but lives in New York City. This sexy sister-of-the-leaf (#SOTL) started smoking cigars three years ago and hasn’t look back since “I started smoking cigars three years ago and I love it,” said Rosa This mom of two is quite impressive. Not only is she beautiful, but business savvy as well. She opened her first business, an ice cream shoppe, when she was 19 years old and has since added two grocery stores to her resume.…

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Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon (100 Proof)

Four Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon is one of the most sought-after unique bourbons on the market today. Its consistency and surreal flavor profile has earned it Whisky Magazine’s 2008 ‘Best Bourbon Whiskey No Age’ award, as well as, other noteworthy accolades from around the globe. According to the company’s website: Four Roses Single Barrel is, “A premium Single Barrel Bourbon with a taste that begs to be savored again and again. Its taste is complex, full bodied and surprisingly smooth with a delicate long finish that is unbelievably mellow.…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Heather from Chicago

Meet Heather Sadie, a 22-year-old sister of the leaf from Chicago, Illinois. This smoking beauty has been smoking cigars for almost five years, starting when she was 18 years old “I started smoking when I was 18. My father actually got me started when he gave me my first cigar at a family party. It was like a rite of passage,” said Heather. “From that point I was hooked. I remember it like yesterday.” Fast forwarding a few years, Heather now smokes three to four times per week since her…

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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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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring a Country Gal from North Carolina

Every guy loves a wild country gal, especially one with an uncontrollable sex drive and a quenchless thirst for cigars. Country Bombshell, as she is referred to on social media, is a 31-year-old curvy model who loves to show off her body. She has an insatiable oral fixation and a ravenous desire to flirt. “I have a horrible oral fixation that cigars just seem to help, especially if my husband is not around,” she said. Country Bombshell is a country girl through and through, from her bright red Chevy truck…

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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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The Portrait of a CIGARtist

When two worlds collided a CIGARtist was born. New York-based painter Eric Whitfield has fused his adoration for art with his passion for cigars to capture the essence of the leaf on canvas. “I have been creating art as long as I can remember,” said Whitfield. “I started painting seriously about 15 years ago, around the same time I started smoking cigars. I guess it was inevitable that the two passions collide.” Whitfield began his journey by doodling as a budding youngster and has since evolved into a masterful painter…

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Emilio Series H Maduro – Toro

An outstanding all around smoke that is a perfect model for a traditional cigar I expect when looking for some relaxing quiet time. The Series H was Gary Griffith’s debut cigar after creating his own company, Emilio Cigars after years in the construction industry. He blended this inaugural release during his first trip to Central America prior to meeting his dear friend A.J. Fernandez, who was instrumental in a few of Griffith’s more recent blends. I was introduced to Emilio Series H about six months ago when her father, Gary…

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Emilio Cigars Draig Cayuquero – Robusto

A well-constructed cigar with an incredible flavor profile blended for the discerning cigar smoker. The Draig Cayuquero is the second release in Emilio’s Draig line. The Draig, which means dragon in Welsh, is a limited production, small-batch line of cigars by Emilio Cigars using a different factory and a different blend each year. The Draig uses unique tobaccos that are rarely found in most of today’s cigars. It is yet another line that successfully demonstrates Gary Griffith’s mastery. From Gary Griffith’s Facebook page: “There is a small town in the…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Catherine “Cat” Alix from Colombia

Meet Catherine “Cat” Alix, a 30-year-old Colombian heartthrob who has taken the cigar world by storm with her bedroom eyes, succulent curves and love affair with cigars. This lady of the leaf is not just a pretty face pinned to the wall of some testosterone-filled cigar shop.  But, she is the devilish dame nestled in the corner of the lounge, sunken in an over-sized leather chair with her lips locked around a medium to full-bodied cigar smoking with the boys. “Cigar smoking is therapeutic, soothing and very sexy,” said Alix.…

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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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Alex Goldman Reveals why Royal Gold Cigars is Quickly Becoming a Name-Stay in the Industry

Alex Goldman, president of Royal Gold Cigars, grew up as a fourth generation descendant to the tobacco business. He began visiting his family’s tobacco shop in New York City when he was just two years old, and he fraternized with industry legends where he gained invaluable knowledge as a budding youngster. His family owned a large distribution company as well as Mom’s Cigars online and retail stores for many years. After selling the family business in 2010, Goldman spent his days consulting with various companies including Rocky Patel until Swisher,…

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Guayacan – Robusto

A very pleasantly tasting smoke that remained consistent and flavorful. Like most of you, I had never heard of this cigar until Gary Griffith of House of Emilio introduced me to this gem. Guayacan is made by Noel Rojas who hails from Pinar Del Rio, Cuba where he worked on tobacco farms since his early teen years. Then this young man dabbled in cigar blending himself until the Cuban government shut him down. He then turned to wood working before that, too, was shuttered by the oppressive government. He named…

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Ezra Zion Jamais Vu – Exquisito Box Press (6.25 x 52)

Like most of you, Ezra Zion was a company I did not know much about, and in turn, never tried one of their cigars until now.  This Jamais Vu was a gift from House of Emilio founder Gary Griffith and I owe him a million thanks for introducing me to this Nicaraguan Puro that deserves every one of the awards that has been bestowed upon it. The story behind the name, ‘Ezra Zion’ is one for the ages. The company has three founders of which two lost children at a…

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Emilio Cigars AF2 – Toro (6 x 50)

Very impressive cigar. The AF2, sequel to Emilio Cigars AF1, is produced and blended by AJ Fernandez. One look at this daring dame and I immediately noticed how well-rolled she was. Within seconds of our initial meeting I already had my hands all over her firm body – felt well packed with very little give when performing the old squeeze test. The AF2 is of solid construction – a trademark of all Emilio Cigars. The Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper had a nice rich oily presence of dark chocolate bejeweled by…

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‘Cigar Muse’ Brings Sex Appeal to the Cigar World

Caroline Vitale, nicknamed the “Cigar Muse”, has taken the cigar world by storm with her bedroom eyes, succulent curves and love affair with cigars. This 25-year-old lady of the leaf is not just a pretty face pinned to the wall of some testosterone-filled cigar shop.  But, she is the devilish dame nestled in the corner of the lounge, sunken in an over-sized chair with her lips locked around a Padron 1964 Anniversary, smoking with the boys. By day, Caroline works for a brick-and-mortar tobacco shop called Cigar Cigars outside of…

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Top Secret Tobaccos Re-emerge in Drew Estate Cigars

Drew Estate may be on to something with their latest release – Kentucky Fire Cured, an extension of the popular MUWAT (My Uzi Weighs a Ton). This line features ‘fire cured’ tobacco – a very difficult tobacco to blend – that has been around for over 200 years but is not often used in cigar blending. It is the cigar industry’s Top Secret tobacco. Today, it is typically found in pipe and chewing tobacco. The MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured uses these fire-cured leaves in the wrapper as well as limited…

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Oliva V Melanio – Robusto (5 x 52)

The Melanio was created to pay tribute to the company’s patriarch, Melanio Oliva, who has been growing tobacco for Oliva since 1886. Here is a bit of background on Melanio taken from the Oliva site:  “  Melanio Oliva first grew tobacco in Pinar  Del Rio, Cuba in 1886. His growing operations were suspended while he fought in Cuba’s War of Independence. After returning from war Melanio resumed his operations. In the early 1920’s Melanio’s son Hipolito Oliva took over the growing operations. Hipolito cultivated the Oliva family fields for several…

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Emilio Cigars AF1 – Toro

Emilio Cigars is a boutique brand that has been around for a few years now but has been making a huge splash in the market as of late. The brand is really being talked up on web and social media because they are that good. For a little history on Gary Griffith and his cigar empire, read my interview with him. You will be excited to learn how a passionate cigar smoker turned a hobby into an empire. The AF1 is manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua and named in honor of…

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