Archive for February, 2010

Sunday Links

The Sunday Links feature reviews of the Dirty Rat, Diesel Unholy Cocktail and the Drew Estate Egg. But it doesn’t stop there. We also have links to an article on some great affordable wine as well as letting you know what site broke the contents of the CRA Sampler before anyone else….

Also we weight in on our thoughts with the hard time being given to the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team. So come on inside and check it all out!

Cigar Review: Room 101 by Camacho


I reviewed this cigar back in the fall of 2009 but it was a pre-release version and I notice some changes from that cigar to this one. So I decided to review it for a second time…

Cigar: Room 101 by Camacho
Size: 5 x 50 (The 305 / Robusto)
Wrapper: Semilla 101 (Honduras)
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Dominican & Honduras
Strength: Medium

Cigar Review: Tabacos El Triunfador


The other night I was at Cigar Inn in NYC when I saw Pete Johnson of Tatuaje tweet that he was in New Jersey. After trying to find out if he was at a store or an event I pretty much gave up. I headed home and was ready to call it a night. That is until he called me out in a tweet..

Cigar: El Triufador
Size: 5 x 48 (No. 4 Robusto)
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Ncaragua
Strength: Mild/Medium

Cigar Review: Tobacos Baez Serie H


The Tobacos Baez cigars are named for the small town where Jose Pepin Garcia was born. Baez, Cuba is in the center of the country and you would be amazed at how many cigar names come from the small towns of Cuba. Pulling up a map on Google shows a lot of names we all recognize.

The Tobacos Baez Serie H is produced at Pepin Industrial Park in Nicaragua at the El Rey De Los Habanos Cigar Factory.

Cigar: Tobacos Baez Series H
Size: 5.50 x 52 (Belicoso)
Wrapper: Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Ncaragua
Strength: Medium

Contest Results!


Once again thanks to CAO who has a been a great friend to this website. If you haven’t tried them yet pick up the CAO Gold Vintage or La Traviata as these cigars are total winners.

For those of you who are having a hard time staying logged on to the forums, use as the address to connect to the website.

1st Prize: CAO Champions Pack of Cigars, CAO Palio Cutter, La Traviata Baseball Cap
Winner: JAM
2nd Prize: CAO Champions Pack of Cigars, La Traviata Baseball Cap
Winner: ThePerfectBurn
3rd Prize: CAO Palio Cutter, La Traviata Baseball Cap
Winner: CigarsThomas
4th Prize: La Traviata Baseball Cap, CAO Jogging Jacket (Size: 2xl)
Winner: CigarSarge
5th Prize: La Traviata Baseball Cap
Winner: chasj1

Cigar Review: The Griffin’s Classic No. 500


A couple of weeks ago reader JoshK left a comment on my review of the Griffin’s XXIII 2007 review asking how it compared to the regular line. Today I decided to review the Griffin’s Classic No. 500 to answer that question.

Cigar: The Griffin’s
Size: 5.16 x 42 (#500 / Corona)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Strength: Mild

Sunday Links

We take the time today to officially welcome a couple of new sponsors and give props to some other cigar websites who took the time to review the Alec Bradley Prensado, Casa Magna Oscuro, Ambos Mundos Sumatra and the Man O War Special Edition…

Cigar Review: Jose Seijas Signature Collection


Cigar: Jose Seijas Signature Collection
Size: 6.50 x 48 (Perfecto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
Strength: Medium

Often billed by cigar smokers as the best cigar made by Altadis USA I decided to give this cigar a shot.

Cigar Review: Cain Maduro 660


Today’s review is a guest review by our Canadian friend from Twitter @Dalamscius. I reached out last night for a guest review as I am suffering the effects of a stomach virus. So let’s see what Daniel thinks of the Cain Maduro 660, eh?

Cigar: Cain 660 Maduro
Drink: Mill Street Brewery Coffee Porter
Vitola: Toro (6 x 50)
Wrapper: Mexican Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa Nicaraguan Straight Ligero

Press Release: Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie

Esteli, Nicaragua – Joya de Nicaragua, S.A. (JdN), the makers of the respected JOYA DE NICARAGUA® brand of premium handmade cigars, announced today that they will continue to slowly expand their release of their Cabinetta Serie® line to select retailers. Well known for their powerhouse Antaño® line, the Cabinetta Serie is an unexpected departure from their classic full-bodied style of blends. This new blend is a marriage of a creamy, milder filler recipe of tobaccos complemented by the spicy taste sensation of its unique double-wrapped, Habano-Seed leaf head.

Cigar Review: Brick House

Brick House

Cigar: JC Newman Brick House
Size: 6.25 x 46 (Corona Larga)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Havana Subido
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

A product of the JC Newman family this cigar is starting to get a buzz about it in the online community. As a result I have noticed them in more and more cigar shops.

Sunday Links & Contest


As we approach our 2nd anniversary we announce the launch of our cigar forums and we say thank you to CAO for sponsoring the chance to win some amazing prizes. All you need to do is join our forums and there will be 5 different prize packs you will become eligible for.

Not to mention our Sunday links featuring reviews of the Exile Rosado, Cuvee Blanc, Zino Embassy and Montecristo No. 2.

Cigar Review: Mi Barrio


Cigar: Mi Barrio
Size: 7.5 x 52 (El Puro)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua (Esteli & Jalapa)
Strength: Medium/Full

The cigar is meant to pay homage to Jose Pepin Garcia (who blended the cigar) and Orestes Espinosa Sr., Erik Espinosa’s father, who has been an avid cigar enthusiast for most of his life.” Did the cigar do them justice?

Cigar Review: Trinidad Habana Reserve


Cigar: Trinidad Habana Reserve
Size: 5 x 54 (Trinidad Tubo)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Cubano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaragua & Honduras
Strength: Medium

Distributed by Altadis USA the Trinidad Habana Reserve is readily available in 9 sizes (Churchill 54 x 7, Belicoso 52 x 6.18, Siglo VI 54 x 6, Toro Tube 54 x 6, Robusto Tube 54 x 5, No. 4 44 x 5, Short Churchill 54 x 4.5, No. 5 44 x 4.25 and the Pequenos 28 x 4.5). Today we review the Robusto Tubos.

Cigar Review: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial

Cigar: Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial
Size: 6 x 56 (Toro Gordo)
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium / Full

The cigars are blended by Jaime Garcia who is the son of Jose Pepin Garcia. As far as I know this is the second cigar blended by him to go into production with the original My Father line being the first and are due out in the summer of 2010

Sunday Links


Who says you can’t go home? This past week cigar smoking has come full circle for me. With my business partner out of town I have been hanging out with various friends that I normally do not get to spend much time with. One of these friends and I decided to visit The Humidor at [...]

Cigar Review: Tatuaje Verocu Tubos

Tatuaje Verocu Tubos

Cigar: Tatuaje Verocu Tubos
Size: 6 1/8 x 52 (Toredo)
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium / Full

Released the same time of the Tatuaje Black Tubos these cigars have often been over looked by some of the cigar smokers I know.

Cigar Review: Griffins XXIII 2007

Griffin's XIII 2007

Cigar: The Griffin’s XXIII 2007
Size: 5.38 x 52 (Tubo)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian sun-grown Connecticut
Binder: Dominican Olor
Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano, San Vicente Ligero & Seco
Strength: Full

The Griffin’s was created in 1984 by Swiss nightclub impresario Bernard H. Grobet, who owned and operated the Griffin’s Club. Word spread throughout Switzerland about the quality of his house cigar and it was introduced in the U.S. in 1989. The filler includes three different Cibao Valley tobaccos combined with a Dominican binder and Connecticut-seed wrapper to give it a mildly spicy, flavorful taste.

Cigar Review: Carlos Torano 50 Years

Carlos Torano 50 Years

Cigar: Carlos Torano 1959 Exodus 50 Years
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Sun-Grown
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Esteli & Pueblo Nuevo, Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

According to the Torano website, The Exodus 1959 – 50 Years is dressed in a captivating Brazilian Arapiraca sun-grown wrapper. This wrapper – highly regarded for its bold, spicy flavor – combines perfectly with the natural sweetness of the Nicaraguan filler tobaccos from the regions of Esteli and Pueblo Nuevo.

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