DBL Cigars by Francisco Almonte

Why Dominican Big Leaguer? One cannot speak about the Dominican Republic without mentioning the nation’s two greatest passions – baseball and cigars. Dominican Big Leaguer Cigars (DBL) is the brainchild of Francisco Almonte.  Francisco started working with tobacco at the age of 7, deveining leaves for his father, and by the time he was 12 years old, he was rolling cigars. Tobacco quickly became his passion and creating fine premium cigars became his mission. Francisco had the unique opportunity to work under the tutelage of two of the world’s most…

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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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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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