Jenneff Cigars: The Untold Story of a Cigar Maker and his Dream

Jenneff Cigars, a boutique cigar company based out of Pennsylvania, has been producing incredible cigars since its inception. Many smokers outside of the Northeast may not recognize the brand yet, but that is about to change. Jenneff Cigars, named after co-owners Jenn and Jeff (Jenneff) White, began like most other cigar companies. There was an underlining passion burning deep inside long-time cigar smokers who wanted to turn a dream into a reality. “I have been smoking premium cigars for 17 years,” said Jeff White. “There were so many cigars on…

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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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Sosa Cigars: A Legendary Family Celebrating 50 Years as Cigar Manufacturers – A rare interview with Arby Sosa

Arby Sosa is a fourth generation disciple of the tobacco industry following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Don Juan Sosa. The Sosa cigar tradition began in the Taguasco region of Cuba at the turn of the 20th Century. By the 1920s, Sosa’s farm, Santa Julia, had become one of the largest tobacco producers in Cuba. Today, the storied family celebrates over 70 years in the tobacco industry with 50 years manufacturing cigars. Since the original seed was sown, the Sosa family pioneered the art of making top-quality premium…

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Epic Adelphia Box-Pressed Cigar Launch Party to be at Berkeley Humidor

Epic Cigar Company, owned by Dean Parsons and Adelphia Cigar Lounge at Berkeley Humidor have joined forces to bring you the Epic Adelphia Box-Pressed cigar. “We are very excited to work with Dean on this project. The box press Epic Maduro smokes amazing and I consider Dean one of the rising stars in the cigar industry,” said Bill Agathis, owner of Berkeley Humidor. The launch party will be held Saturday, August 22 at 3pm at Berkeley Humidor in Berkeley Heights, NJ. The event is shaping up to be a BLOCKBUSTER…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Inside the Mind of Emma Viktorsson

HER MISSION WAS TOP-SECRET – HER PLAN WAS FLAWLESS “Why I Created Freyja” “I wanted to make sure that my cigar would fit into our company, Las Cumbres Tabaco. Freyja (Nordic goddess) and Senorial (Lordly) fit each other perfectly with our company name, ‘The Summits of Tobacco’ – translated from Spanish to English,” expressed Viktorsson. Despite growing up around tobacco as the daughter of an international executive for Swedish Match, Emma Viktorsson never dreamed of blending her own cigar. In fact, Jose Blanco was a twinkle in her eye long…

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History Behind Freyja – Emma Viktorsson’s First Blend

Freyja – sweet and emotional, strong and powerful, spicy and mysterious – a goddess in every sense of the word. The history behind Emma Viktorsson’s first ever blend, Freyja, is a captivating tale of emotion, strength and love. “I am Swedish born and for my cigar I felt drawn to show my real actual roots – Sweden and Scandinavia,” explained Viktorsson. “I have always been intrigued by the Vikings. I studied and learned as much as I could with the help of Danilo Popovski, a dear family friend.” In Norse…

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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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In-Depth Look at the Hot New Cigar Brand, Jordan Alexander III

Jordan Alexander III is a new boutique cigar brand that was launched in 2013 by three life-long friends. JA3, as they are often referred to on social media, uses premium, hand-selected tobaccos to create uniquely blended cigars meticulously crafted to perfection. The story of Jordan Alexander III Premium Cigar Company begins with family and friendship. The three business partners, Alex Miller, Collin Murphy and Bob Murphy hold a deep adoration for the fellowship and culture surrounding cigars. They spent years learning about the methodology and blending process before venturing to…

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La Flor Dominicana Cameroon Cabinet – Chisel

One of the industry’s most sought after sticks that is a far cry from your ordinary Cameroon wrapped cigar From LFD Website: “Our Cameroon Cabinets are very limited because we only use dark and oily aged Ligero Cameroon wrappers. We blended these cigars with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler and binder.” The LFD Cameroon Cabinet Chisel is one of the industry’s most sought after cigars because it was once an extremely rare stick. Back in December of 2011 when it was released there were only 500,000 sticks available. Today, because of…

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Royal Gold Cigars, Kismet – Luck (6×50)

A boring cigar that lacked complexity and excitement that I wouldn’t go out of my way to find From Royal Gold Cigars website: “Produced by the Augusto Reyes Family at Corporacion Cigar Export in Santiago, DR – Kismet is a true labor of love.  It is a Dominican PURO (all Dominican tobacco) using six different tobaccos grown by the Reyes family at various locations in the Dominican Republic. The blend takes full advantage of the varied climates and rich soils of this beautiful country. Kismet is an Urdu word meaning…

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Jose Blanco – The ‘Godfather’ of Cigars – Reveals his Storied Past While Continuing to Dominate Industry

Jose Blanco is a fourth generation disciple of the tobacco industry following in the footsteps that his great grandfather planted back in the nineteenth century. Since the original seed was sown, the Blanco family pioneered the success of Dominican cigars with their production of high-grade, premium tobacco. With the inception of his new company, Las Cumbres Tabaco, Blanco sets out to produce full-flavored, complex cigars that will help rejuvenate the lust for Dominican tobacco that seems to have dissipated in the wake of Nicaragua’s recent boom. Blanco fell in love…

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Las Cumbres Tabaco – Señorial – Paco Rubusto

“It’s an amazing cigar. It is the strongest, fullest body that I have blended. If it is not my best blend ever, it is in my very top two.” –          Jose Blanco   The story behind the Señorial is that of true passion. The final product took more than 30 test blends and seven months of relentless determination for Jose Blanco to deliver his highly anticipated release, Señorial. It is rolled using well-aged, (4 years) top-quality premium fillers from his cousin, Jochi Blanco’s farm Tabacalera Palma in Tamboril, Santiago on…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Fabiola Lora from Dominican Republic

Meet Fabiola Lora, a gorgeous 26-year-old, hearth throb from the Dominican Republic who loves cigars. Fabiola owns and operates her own company on the Dominican Republic called, Fabiola Custom Cigar Services. Her company provides top-notch services to those looking to start their own premium cigar brand using Dominican tobaccos. She sets up clients with cigar makers and manufacturers who work harmoniously to produce cigars using high grade tobacco at rock bottom prices. Fabiola Custom Cigar Services also provides clients with cigar bands, boxes and anything else needed to get the…

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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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A Peek Inside the Enchanted World of George Rodriguez and Rodrigo Cigars

George “Rodrigo” Rodriguez, founder of Rodrigo Cigars, found himself alone on foreign soil with time running out and no one to turn to until destiny intervened. By sheer coincidence, Rodriguez stumbled upon an elderly native smoking a churchill outside of a popular cigar factory on the Dominican Republic. This ‘astute viejo’ sensed Rodriguez’ frustration and directed him down a desolate path that would eventually lead to the birth of Rodrigo Cigars. Rodrigo Cigars was established in 2010 by this passionate cigar enthusiast who wanted to learn more about the industry…

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