Cigar Review: Ezra Zion – All My Ex’s – Toro

– A carefully crafted cigar that is well balanced and flavorful with great construction and a smooth draw – an extorted treasure from the womb of earth. I have smoked and reviewed most of the Ezra Zion releases prior to reviewing the All My Ex’s and I must say, this baby rocks. It certainly rivals the best of the best in the Ezra Zion family. According to the company, “We are constantly trying to challenge ourselves in our blending. The next cigar has to be better than the last,” said…

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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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Espinosa Especial – Pre-Release Review – Toro

Review by Juan Cancel I visited Esteli, Nicaragua in late February of this year. While there, I visited my dear friend Erik Espinosa. While I was with a large group of 11 other friends, including the BOTLNYCHAPTER, I was able to spend some one-on-one time with Erik. I would love to get into this business, so I try to learn from those who have made it. While I was at the La Zona Cigar Factory, Erik gave me a cigar to smoke. He said, “I want you to try something.”…

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Sizzlin’ Sunday – Featuring Ingrid from Nicaragua

by Ingrid Contreras Exquisite tastes and flavors usually come from far lands… one of many commonalities between myself and a great cigar, I am also from Nicaragua!  Some say I have the perfect mix, my mother is Nicaraguan and my father is German, hence my name, “Ingrid”. My mom and I migrated to New York when I was a toddler. New York City is what I call home and where I chose to pursue my dreams.  I was raised in Brooklyn and always dreamed BIG of one day becoming a model…

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1502 Nicaragua –Robusto

– A must try cigar that is well balanced and flavorful with flawless construction and an impeccable draw , an elegant showcase of Nicaraguan tobacco at its finest. I have smoked and reviewed the Emerald, Ruby and Black Gold prior to the Nicaragua and I was highly impressed with their flavor profiles and construction. And now that I have had the chance to review the newest release by 1502, the Nicaragua, I must say that it assimilates very well into the family. It is carefully crafted using tobaccos from all four major…

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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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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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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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Epicurean Gonzo Santeria – Heina 6 x 52

One of the most flavorful, well-balanced cigars that I have had in quite some time. The Gonzo Santeria is the fourth release by Steven Ysidron’s Epicurean Cigars. Epicurean is infamous for its small batch, Nicaraguan blends using top-quality, aged tobaccos.  In 1999 Ysidron and his family started producing cigars out of Nicaragua, but his roots originated in Dominican Republic where he and his father made cigars with the Fuente family since the late 1980s. I have had my eye on this Nicaraguan flame ever since Gary Griffith of House of…

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Nicaragua’s Tobacco is Quickly Becoming the ‘Holy Grail’ for Cigar Makers

It seems that Cuba has been the Mecca for cigar makers since the beginning of time. The “holy” isle was once the model for perfection, but the lack of consistency and proper growing techniques have sent some of the top growers,  master blenders, and premium rollers  to Nicaragua where the jet-black earth and ideal climate rival Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo region , which many consider the world’s best tobacco region. Generations of growers and manufacturers have feasted on Cuba’s bounty for far too long now. It’s time for Nicaragua’s benefactors to…

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Sindicato by Sindicato Cigars – Corona Gorda

A deep, complex smoke loaded with delicious flavors. The Sindicato by Sindicato Cigars is the company’s newest release and is considered to be the company’s flagship offering. It is the fourth release in the company’s brief two-year tenure. Sindicato is a unique company in that it is comprised of many ‘investors’ (retailers across the country) led by a Board of Directors, CEO and President. The Sindicato is a Nicaraguan puro blended by the infamous Arsenio Ramos at the Casa Fernandez factory in Estelí, Nicaragua with tobaccos from the Fernandez farms….

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Nomad S-307 – Torpedo

An extremely smooth and flavorful smoke that appeals to novice and experienced smokers alike. The Nomad S-307 was the company’s second core line and also the second Nicaraguan blend behind the limited release LE Lot 1386 that was a near sellout upon its inception at the 2013 IPCPR. I was introduced to the Nomad S-307 by her good friend Gary Griffith of House of Emelio several months back. I finally decided to take her out for a couple of late afternoon cocktails on this beautiful afternoon here in NJ. When…

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Up Close and Personal with Kyle Hoover – Co-Founder of Ezra Zion Cigar Company

Kyle Hoover, co-founder of Ezra Zion Cigar Company, has turned a long-time passion for cigars into a top-notch brand that rivals some of the premier names in the business. Founded in 2012, Ezra Zion blends some of the industry’s most flavorful boutique cigars. Each one of their cigars uses specially selected tobaccos from Nicaragua to create a memorable smoking experience. “I know a lot of companies talk about their tobacco being the best thing ever, but we source the top five percent of the AA Grade Nicaraguan stuff,” said Kyle….

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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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Inside the Life of Gary Griffith – Founder of Emilio Cigars and House of Emilio

            Gary Griffith, founder of Emilio Cigars and House of Emilio, is a long-time cigar smoker who has spent a lifetime submerged in all things cigars – smoking, studying and admiring. But, it wasn’t until twelve years ago when Griffith retired from the construction industry and took a part-time job at a local brick-and-mortar cigar shop that roused his desire to start blending his own brand. “After thousands of hours spent in cigar factories just absorbing all the wonderful knowledge I could gain, I decided…

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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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