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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PrimerMundo Cigar Co. to release Larceny Lancero

With only 400 boxes available just as the original release, the Larency Lancero(7×38) will begin shipping in October. Made with Erik Espinosa at La Zona in Estel,i Nicaragua, each 20 count box will include 10 of each of the original Larceny blends. BLENDS:      Ecuador Oscuro Wrapper with Nicaraguan Binder & Filler and San Andres Maduro Wrapper with Nicaraguan Binder & Filler MSRP: $9.25 per cigar

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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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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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Sindicato Introduces its New Flagship Cigar, The Sindicato

Sindicato Cigars released the company’s much anticipated and new flagship Cigar, the self-titled Sindicato today May 1 and will begin shipping inventory this week to retailers nationwide. In a company press release Jim Colucci, president and CEO of Sindicato, says, “We’re extremely excited about this beautiful cigar. We’re using special tobaccos from Eduardo Fernandez’ farms and Arsenio Ramos has crafted a fantastic blend. We truly believe that we are bringing the best together to create something great.” The Sindicato is the fourth blend to be released by Sindicato Cigars. It…

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