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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Epic Maduro Reserva – Double Corona

This Epic was a gift from the North East sales representative, Victor Lucatorto and I owe him a million thanks for introducing me to this Dominican dame that deserves every one of the accolades that has been bestowed upon it. The company is a fairly new boutique brand that is quickly making quite a name for itself, and the passion behind these cigars could not be more evident with its flawless construction, striking appearance and savory flavor profile. This Latina is produced at the Charles Fairmorn factory on the Dominican…

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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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Cigar Wrappers and How They Affect Taste & Flavor

Cigar smokers tend to choose their cigars like they choose their women – appearance. It is probably not shocking to hear that most men are attracted to beautiful women. We love how they look, smell, taste, etc.  And, no matter how many times we have been told, ‘not to judge a book by its cover’, we continue to melt when in the presence of a striking woman with succulent coronas and a plump robusto. Her impeccable sense of style, alluring scent, and seductive curves draw us in like a magnetic…

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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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Genesis – The Project by Ramon Bueso – Toro

I had to give this cigar a try because it was delivered with such tremendous hype and fanfare that it more than peaked my interest. Additionally, many people have compared it to my Ultimate favorite cigar, Liga Privada No. 9, but much more cost effective. Ramon Bueso, the creator of this lil’ lady known as The Project, has quite a history behind him. His craft began in 1977 where he started working on his grandmother’s tobacco farm in Honduras as a mere pup, rising from farm hand to master blender…

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La flor Dominicana – Double Ligero Maduro DL700

This cigar is a powerhouse and is not for the faint of heart. It has enough nicotine and strength to knock you on your bum. Let me begin by thanking Mother Nature for her gift of Ligero. Ligero is the top priming of the tobacco plant and it is dark, full-bodied and spicy. The fact that it is harvested from the top of the plant leaves the leaf vulnerable to excessive sun exposure, in turn, producing one of the strongest tobacco leaves known to man. Last night I had the…

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