Archive for April, 2010

Event Review: Davidoff Puro d’Oro Release


This past week we ventured into New York City to meet up with some friends old and new at Davidoff on Madison for the launch of the first new cigar line from Davidoff in 10 years. This intimate event was attended by industry powerhouses, retail shop owners, and cigar bloggers such as myself, and the Tampa Cigar Examiner.

Press Release: Nestor Miranda Collection 1989


Miami, FL…29 Apr…Honouring Miami Cigar & Company’s founding in 1989, the Nestor Miranda Collection presents, 1989.

A beautifully blended combination of Nicaraguan tobaccos, the cigar was blended and is being manufactured by My Father Cigar Corp. It was inspired by Nestor Miranda who described to Pepin Garcia the particular flavour and body he was looking for “…that can be sold at a very reasonable price point, in deference to the prevailing economic conditions.” The cigars will sell for $5.00.

Cigar Review: Man O’ War Virtue


I was browsing some cigar sites last week looking to spend some money that I really shouldn’t of been spending. I had told myself I would only window shop but I came across a deal on the new Man O’ War Virtue cigar and I had to grab them.

The Virtue is the mildest of all Man O War cigars. These cigars are produced by AJ Fernandez who it turns out was a protege of Don Alejandro Robaina who recently passed away at the age of 91.

Cigar: Man O War Virtue
Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut 2002
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Mild

Cigar Review: D’Crossier Golden Blend

D'Crossier Golden Blend

I was recently gifted a variety of samples from Pure Aroma Cigars Inc. Included in those samples was the D’Crossier Golden Blend which is aged 7 years. The website which is incredibly done states, A perfectly made cap and richly colored wrapper make this noble cigar one of the finest of our collection. The construction of this robusto is virtually flawless, the draw is ample and its aromas summon aged wood and cocoa beans. With a delicate burn that leads you through a blissful ebb and flow of sensory delight, the palate can appreciate an intricate blend of fresh grass and rich earth aftertastes with a touch of almonds, walnuts and a hint of salty-sweetness. A connoisseur’s smoke that can certainly be appreciated by novices alike.”

Does agree with the above assessment? C’mon inside to find out!

Cigar: D’Crossier Golden Blend
Size: 4 7/8 x 50 (Robusto)
Wrapper: Ecuador
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic & Costa Rica
Strength: Medium

Sunday Links


I swear it feels like the days are going faster and faster as I grow older. The end of April is already upon us I wonder why there first third of 2010 has gone. The future of is stronger then ever and we have a lot of events and trips lined up in the near future.

Also we have the Sunday links which include Cuba Aliados, AJ Fernandez Arsenio 2009, and a cigar tasting wheel… so come on inside!

Cigar Review: Davidoff Puro d’Oro


According to Davidoff they have made a triumphant return to their cigar making roots with the release of the new Puro d’Oro series. In keeping with timeless traditions, the Puro d’Oro is comprised of select all-Dominican tobaccos featuring the exclusive Davidoff Yamasa Wrapper. Available in four traditional formats, all are finished with a pigtail cap and a gold foot ring embossed with the format name. The classic Davidoff 1940′s stye packaging stays true to its origins with each cabinet box containing a 25-cigar wheel wrapped in a white silk ribbon. The first “puro” ever produced by Davidoff the Puro d’Oro series a crowning achievement in a long aand storied legacy of passion and luxury.

Cigar: Davidoff Puro d’Oro
Size: 4 7/8 x 38 (Sublime)
Wrapper: Dominican Yamasa
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Strength: Medium

Cigar Review: Kristoff Sumatra


After having a hard time tracking down the official site for these cigars I found out they were made by Exclusive Cigars and then it all came together. Evidently searching for “Kristoff Cigars Official Site” wasn’t enough. According to the website, “The Kristoff Sumatra is a medium bodied cigar with velvety floral notes, spice, cinnamon and a smooth, sweet finish. This very traditional Cuban flavor will have you feeling like you’ve been transported back to old world Cuba.”

I had my first Kristoff Sumatra at De La Concha when the USA lost to Canada in the Gold Medal game and since then I picked up a few more to write this review.

Cigar: Dirty Rat by Drew Estate
Size: 5 x 44
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Brazilian
Filler: Cuban Seed Dominican, Cuban Seed Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium

Press Release: Rediscover La Aurora with the 107

LA 107 Cigar Ring

MIAMI FL — Miami Cigar & Company, the exclusive distributor for La Aurora brands in the United States, announces the release of the La Aurora Serie 107 Anniversario to mark the company’s 107th year of operation in the Dominican Republic. As part of a year-long campaign to Rediscover La Aurora, 107 retailers across the U-S will be giving away 107 robustos on April 30th. The list of participating retailers can be found at .

Cigar Review: Diesel Unholy Cocktail


I first heard of these cigars when Jerry Cruz reviewed them over at and they piqued my interest since they were made by AJ Fernandez who also makes the Man O War. However I never purchased any until I got one in a cigar pass. The cigar that came in the pass was pretty beat up so I had to go out and buy some more to further appreciate this stick. I have now smoked about 5 of these and decided it was time for a review.

The cigar comes in only one size and in boxes of 30.

Cigar: Diesel Unholy Cocktail
Size: 5 x 56
Wrapper: Stalk Cut Habano (from Connecticut)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Full

Sunday Links


I woke up this morning to the heat being on in my apartment which kind of pissed me off. It’s April, its 48 degrees. It’s time like this that I wish the valve on my radiator worked. But anyway, I noticed that I did not post my baseball predictions this year so I figured I would do just that today… Nothing beats the ball game and a nice cigar.

Besides the predictions we give shout outs to some other sites who take the time to review the Joya De Nicaragua Cabinetta, El Tiante La Layena, Aurora 107 and the Romeo & Julieta No. 3 Tubos.

Cigar Review: Dirty Rat by Drew Estate


I am back, and boy does it feel good to be. About 8 days ago my Verizon DSL decided not to work the way it was supposed to. My internet speed was down to 12kbps which allowed me to do nothing online. I am extremely computer literate and tech support for Verizon which is located in the Philippines was a nightmare. They just don’t get that power cycling the modem was useless. After 5 phone calls I finally managed to get them to realize the problem was in the Central Office and this morning my DSL was back at full strength. Which is good because my building where I live isn’t quite FIOS ready.

Cigar: Dirty Rat by Drew Estate
Size: 5 x 44
Wrapper: Stalk Cut Habano (from Connecticut)
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Honduras & Nicaragua (5 different types!)
Strength: Full
Twitter: @drewestatecigar

Cigar Review: Oliva V


So I came home yesterday to discover my DSL connection was operating at the speed of a 28.8 modem. This was not good because I had no reviews in the bank and I had to get a review up for Monday. I thought I would wait til Monday morning but that turned to be a mistake as it took me back to my days of my 2400 baud modem on my Commodore 64.

Cigar: Oliva V
Size: 5 x 54 (Double Robusto)
Wrapper: Habano Sun Grown
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua (Jalapa Valley Ligero)
Strength: Medium/Full
Twitter: Various Reps

Sunday Links


Spring is here, or at least it was this past week. Although with temperatures in the 90s in NYC I have to wonder if summer cut the line. Regardless it is nice to finally get outdoors and smoke a stogie without freezing my cajones off. I could do without the allergies though.

We would like to take the time to welcome both Camacho and Drew Estate as advertisers to the blog. With the addition of these advertisers it might allow us to attend IPCPR year without it being a burden on our products.

Cigar Review: Paradigm 262


The company’s tag line is part of what draws me to this cigar, “Smoke The Revolution”. Talk about a call to arms for cigar smokers. The Paradigm website has a great manifesto that is worth the read. According to the website the Paradigm 262 is a medium to full bodied cigar that is sure to revolutionize your smoking experience.

The name 262 is reference to the month and year that John F. Kennedy signed the Cuban embargo. Just prior to signing the bill John F. Kennedy got himself an astronomical amount of Cuban cigars for his personal use.

Cigar: Paradigm 262
Size: 6 x 54
Wrapper: Brazil
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Esteli, Nicaragua; Jalapa, Nicaragua & Columbia
Strength: Medium/Full

Press Release: Legandario Connecticut


APRIL 5, 2010, MIAMI, FL – Camacho Cigars, makers of the widely popular LegendArio brand, proudly announces it’s launch of the NEW LegendArio Connecticut cigars. This new blend features an Ecuadorian grown Connecticut wrapper, and fillers from both Honduras and the Dominican Republic. The LegendArio Connecticut’s flavor profile is quite pleasant and provides for a rich, creamy, and savory smoking experience with medium strength. As with the original LegendArio release, the NEW Connecticut delivers top quality tobacco and construction at a very reasonable price point.

Cigar Review: illusione 88


I recently received a care package from Bonita Smoke Shop down in Florida and one of the cigars I got was the illusione 88. I was surprised to see that I have yet to review this cigar here on the site when I have easily smoked over 100 of them.

Cigar: illusione 88
Size: 5 x 52
Wrapper: Rosado Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

Cigar Review: Panacea Red


Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Doug from Dream Valley Cigar Company who gifted me a few Panacea Cigars. Panacea is defined as 1) a remedy for all disease or ills; cure-all or 2) an answer or solution for all problems or difficulties. Is this cigar a solution to relax and relieve those stressful problems? Is is a cure-all for that need to have a cigar?

Cigar: Panacea Red
Size: 6 x 52 (Torpedo)
Wrapper: Brazillian Maduro
Binder: Dominican Habano
Filler: Seco Cubano, Ligero Piloto Cubano, Ligero Olor Dominicano, and Ligero Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

Cigar Review: Zino Platinum Master Edition 2010


This past week Jerry Cruz from hit NYC. Prior to hitting Cigar Inn for a night of fun with other local cigar enthusiasts we stopped over at Davidoff on Madison to say hello to General Manager Michael Herklots and to take advantage of Spiff Wednesday where if you spend $25.00 or more you get a free shoe shine and manicure. We got there a little early so we hit the humidor and I picked up yet another Zino Platinum 2010 which I used for today’s review. It is the 5th cigar I have smoked in this series.

Cigar: Zino Platinum Master Edition 2010
Size: 5.5 x 50 (Robusto Grande)
Wrapper: Sun Grown Criollo from Ecuador
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: San Vicente Ligero from the Dominican Republic, Peruvian Seco, Jalapa Especial Ligero from Nicaragua and Honduran Jamastran Seco
Strength: Medium

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