Archive for March, 2010

Cigar Review: CAO Criollo

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The CAO Criollo cigar is the result of years of had work for Nicaraguan tobacco growers to yield a richer, sweeter tobacco. In the beginning the tobacco was met with blue mold until one year the growers got it right. Since then the CAO Criollo was a mainstay of my rotation for many years. Recently I picked up a 5 pack to see if my love for the CAO Criollo was still present and this is the review that answers that question.

Cigar: CAO Criollo
Size: 4 7/8 x 50 (Pato)
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Twitter: @caocigars

Cigar Review: De La Concha House Cigar

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Someone once asked me how I get so much information on a particular cigar. Well the answer to that is I tend to read a lot on-line about various products and I try to retain as much information as I can. The other important thing is to talk to shop owners and sales reps in the business. The are a vast knowledge of information.

Today’s cigar I just found out about earlier this week when it was mentioned by the Manager of De La Concha, Ron Melendi over on twitter.

Cigar: De La Concha House Cigar
Size: 6 x 50 (Toro)
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Strength: Mild, Bordering on Medium

Sunday Links

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This week I am really unsure what to write about as I had a long day yesterday that has left my brain feeling like mush. It started off witht he NYC Cigar Tweet Up over at Nat Sherman which turned out to be an enjoyable afternoon of connecting with old friends. The middle of the day had a bunch of us going out for dinner at Virgil’s in NYC and was concluded over at Cigar Inn. I left my house at 10am and did not arrive home until 2am.

We ask you to join our Facebook fan page and have the sunday links featuring Perdome, illusione, La Flor Dominicana and Joya De Nicaragua

Cigar Review: AVO Lounge Edition

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The AVO Lounge Edition cigar is blended for shops around the globe that feature and official AVO Lounge. According to the AVO website these place are an opportunity to smoke an AVO cigar in a sociable atmosphere among like-minded individuals, and enjoying a fine wine at the same time: that is the successful AVO Lounge concept. The world’s first AVO Lounge was founded in Lenzburg (Canton of Aargau) by Otto Fischer in 2001. For his smoking clientele, he incorporated an elegant AVO Lounge into his “Art Cigar & Co.” tobacco boutique. In addition to the entire range of AVO premium cigars, it offers superior wines and whiskies as well as an opportunity to relax and unwind in a quiet and sophisticated setting.

Press Release: NYC #Cigar Tweetup

Thanks to the power of social media and the large cigar-loving community out there in cyberspace, I am proud to announce to all of you the first of what will hopefully be many events: the 1st Cigar Tweet-Up in New York City!!! What better way is there to celebrate the coming of Spring and the final weekend of pre-season baseball than surrounded by fellow cigar enthusiasts??

When: March 27th, 2010
Where: Nat Sherman 12 East 42nd Street New York, New York
Time: 10 AM til 7PM

Cigar Review: La Aurora Series Anniversario 107

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Back on March 12th, 2010 I posted the press release on the La Aurora 107 and I have to admit it piqued my interest. While not a huge fan of the Preferidos I have enjoyed cigars that carry he La Aurora name. So needless to say I was happy when Miami Cigar Company sent along a few samples for review.

The cigar, named La Aurora 107 in honour of the company’s 107 years in business, will be released in a series of steps, commencing 1 April.

Cigar: La Auroa 107
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium

Cigar Review: Tatuaje L’esprit de La Verite

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Recently I got to hang out with Pete Johnson at a couple of locations in New York and Philadelphia. While at Holt’s I was able to obtain a robusto of the Tatuahe L’espirit de La Vertie 2008. The cigar was part of a bonus in the purchase of a box of the new El Triunfador. Despite Tatuaje prices being a bit on the high end when it comes to prices, this cigar will raise the bar. It is expected to retail between $15.00 and $25.00 depending on the size.

The L’esprit de La Verite which translates to “The Spirit of the Truth” will be released yearly with a different blend of tobaccos from one farm and one crop.

Cigar: Tatuaje L’esprit de La Verite
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Habano Criollo (Nicaragua)
Binder: Habano Criollo (Nicaragua)
Filler: Habano Criollo (Nicaragua)
Strength: Medium

Sunday Links

This week we ask you the readers to take part in a poll regarding our recent format change of reviews without scores. We also fill you in an a local event in NYC coming up on March 27th. Lastly the reviews of the week feature Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta and Tatuaje Especials.

And much more so come on inside and read the Sunday Links

Cigar Review: Berger & Argenti Clasico

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According to Enrique Berger the idea of a fuller bodied Cubanesque style cigar was something he and the Argenti brothers (Al & Michael) discussed for a number of years. The key for them was to create a cigar that would have craftsmanship and great tobacco at an affordable price. They claim that this is that cigar. The cigar is aged with exceptional tobaccos that are both robust and complex.

Cigar: Berger & Argenti Clasico
Size: 5.75 x 50 (Belicoso)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian ‘Desflorado’ Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

Cigar Review: Litto Gomez Diez Chisel

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According to the La Flor Dominicana website, “In 1999, We challenged ourselves to produce a cigar that was made entirely with tobacco grown on our farm. We knew it was a difficult task, because it implied growing our own wrapper. The investment was big and the risk too. But the most difficult part was the waiting. The process of fermentation and aging took more years than we expected. We tested this blend month after month for three years. Just to be disappointed because it was not ready but at the same time happy because we would taste the progress. Finally the waiting is over, today we can celebrate this great achievement. The flavor and complexity of the LG’s are everything that we anticipated. We hope you enjoy these great cigars.”

I’ve smoked quite a few of these cigars over time, but the one I am using as my review was gifted to me by the owner of Fume Cigars in Montclair, NJ.

Cigar: Litto Gomez Diez
Size: 5.5 x 54.5 (Chisel)
Wrapper: Dominican
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Strength: Full

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Dominicano Oscuro

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Last week we took the time to review the Nestor Miranda Dominicano Rosado. This week we follow it up with the Oscuro wrapper…

Cigar: Nestor Miranda Collection Dominicano
Size: 4.5 x 50 (Coffee Break)
Wrapper: Dominican Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

Sunday Links

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I wanted to talk today about darker cigars in general. The opinions I express are my own and I know some of you will share them and some of you will not. It seems to me that the cigars coming out lately that have a maduro appearance are in a war. The war is who can make the strongest cigar. While I expect certain wrappers to be stronger then others I long for the days when a maduro meant the cigar have a certain sweetness. The obsession lately with the use of ligero tobacco has become disappointing to me as a cigar smoker. Some of these cigars are just about the strength and not about the taste and to me that is a sad thing. I realize that there are people especially in the American market who want a cigar that is super strong but I long for the days of the classic maduro.

And of course The Sunday Links!

Saturday Night Special Version 1.0

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I get so many emails each week about various cigar shops having a sale I thought it would be cool to share them here. I decided to do the first ever inaugural Saturday Night Special with some specials that friends are running. While most of these people I know via twitter I have had the good fortune to meet a couple of them. The next one won’t be for at least a month after I get some feed back from the participants.

So read the rest of this posting and see what they have to offer!

Press Release: La Aurora 107

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Santiago, DR…12 March 2010…As with their very successful Preferidos, Cien Años and 1495, La Aurora has taken their time in the next step in their 107 year history as Dominican’s oldest cigar maker.

“We had defined our goal early on,” said Guillermo Leon, La Aurora VP, “and that was to bring the smokers a medium bodied, richly flavoured smoke with a fair amount of spice – at a very attractive price.”

Using Dominican, Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian tobaccos, the blending process went through dozens of iterations before achieving a cigar that brings a balanced flavour that is peppery, sweet and provides toasty notes.

Cigar Review: AVO LE10

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A week ago I was contacted by the brand manager of AVO Cigars with the press release for the new AVO Limited Edition 2010 cigar, also known as the AVO LE10. Mr. Simon then reached out to me a few days later saying he
was sending me a care package of AVO Cigars for my enjoyment. Some of these cigars will make it into review, the first being the AVO LE10 which is based upon two samples.

Cigar: AVO LE10
Size: 5.5 x 55
Wrapper: Ecuador Special Sun Grown
Binder: Mexico Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic
Strength: Med/Full
Twitter: @AVOCigars

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Air Bender

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The La Flor Domincana Air Bender is the latest release from Litto Gomez and it comes in four sizes. I hear the name is a tribute to Litto’s passion for Kung Fu but I have not been able to confirm that. It is also the first full release to use the Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that graced the limited edition Salomon.

The four sizes that this cigar will be released in are the Matatan (5 × 50), Guerrero (6.25 × 54), Maestro (5.5 × 52) and the Valiente (6.25 × 60). The price of this cigar rangers from #7.00 to $8.50 before local takes. La Flor Dominicana calls these cigars “intense, sophisticated and powerful”.

Cigar Event: Pete Johnson (Tatuaje Cigars) @ Holt’s

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Just wanted to take the time to let everyone who reads this site of an event at Holt’s in Philadelphia. On Wednesday March 10th, 2010 Pete Johnson who makes Tatuaje Cigars, La Riqueza, El Triunfador and Cabaiguan will be there from 12 noon to 8pm. I will be in attendance around 2pm with Lindsay Heller from The Holy Trinity so if you are in the area stop by and say hello while meeting one of the nicest guys in the industry today…

Cigar Review: Nestor Miranda Dominicano Rosado

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We would like to thank Miami Cigar Company for sending some samples of these new smokes prior to their release dates so we can share our findings. This is a risky move because despite Miami Cigar Co. being one of our sponsors we will not hide our feelings when it comes to reviews. I personally rather risk losing a sponsor then some readers over an unfair biased review. We promise to remain objective on all cigars no matter how we obtain them. I take great pride in my honesty and straight forward nature and I am not about to change who I am for any reason. A rating cannot and will not ever be bought.

Sunday Links

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Could it be that Spring is just around the corner? With the blizzards that recently rocked the Northeast the first signs of spring are here. The first being trivial with temperatures reaching 50+ degrees today in New York City. The second is the first of many new 2010 releases are right around the corner. These include but are not limited to, Nestor Miranda Domincanos, Nosotros by illusione, Tatuaje El Triunfador, Avo LE ’10 and the Gran Habano Azteca. It’s a good time of year for cigar smokers, so let’s get outside and smoke em if you got em!

Press Release Avo LE10

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Edward Simon esimon@davidoffusa.com DAVIDOFF OF GENEVA INTRODUCES AVO LE10 – LIMITED EDITION CIGAR 2010 Stamford, CT, February 9, 2010 – In celebration of Avo Uvezian’s 84th birthday, the legendary cigar composer presents another masterpiece, the Limited Edition 2010 AVO “LE10”. The LE10 continues the annual success story of Limited Editions with [...]

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