Archive for August, 2010

Cigar Review: Carlos Torano Master

Master by Carlos Torano

I think going into the trade show and for people in general the most looked forward new release from Torano now that they went solo was the Single Region. So needless to say the Master was an afterthought for me, and it might get lost in the shuffle as people will be reaching for the Jalapa Valley stick. But it is my opinion that might be a mistake.

The Master is a joint effort between Carlos Torano and master roller Felipe Sosa and comes in four sizes Robusto (5 x 50), Torpedo (6.25 x 52), Churchill (7 x 50) and Toro (6 x 54). The cigar is described by Toraño as “having a bold, rich flavor … it’s for the man with a seasoned palate, a cigar that fully satisfies after an opulent meal or an evening pairing with spirits. True aficionados will discern and appreciate the balanced flavor and body.”

Sunday Links & NYC Tobacco News


It seems to me that New York is trying to become the anti-smoking leader in the USA. I received yesterday and email from the New York Tobacconist Association about a meeting the New York State Senate Health Committee holding a public hearing on September 23 at 10 AM taking place 250 Broadway, 19th Fl., New York City. The Committee will meet to learn how the state’s regulation of smoking and tobacco products works to improve the health of all New Yorkers and any actions needed for continued benefits.

On the table are the following items:

Saturday News


The summer is coming to a close with September around the corner and for the most part things are quiet on the cigar front. In the coming we week we should have an interview with Jesus Fuego up on the site who will be taking the time to talk to us about his affiliation with Xikar, Schooling in Cuba, and other lines in the J. Fuego collection. If you have a question you would like us to ask feel free to leave a comment and we will do just that.

The news is a little light this week but here goes.

* I ran into Jerry Dear this week first at Cigar Inn and then again last night at Tobacco Plaza on Long Island in the town of Great Neck where we got to talk about a variety of things. First off the have a new cutter coming out in November that

Cigar Review: Camacho Liberty 2010


It’s that time of the year that Camacho releases the yearly Liberty edition and having seen these in one of my local shops, Fume located in Montclair, New Jersey I had to pick up a few of them for review. I’ll be honest in saying the Liberty series has been hit or miss for me but I will always run out and pick them up to smoke. In the past I reviewed the 2007 , 2008, 2009 and to be honest with you I wish I had the others laying around to say I have reviewed the whole series to date.

Press Release: Drew Estate Releases Dirty Rat


Miami, FL – Drew Estate officially announced its intent to release into the market the much-heralded “Dirty Rat” during the IPCPR 2010 tradeshow as the first cigar within its new Liga Privada Ünico Serie. Ünico, which translates to “unique”, will be a new line of special cigars that fit in neither the existing No. 9 nor T52 lines.

According to Steve Saka, Drew Estate’s President, “At this point, we have made 200 or more Liga Privada blends.

Cigar Review: Avo Heritage

Avo Heritage

People have asked me over and over what I thought was the best new cigar at IPCPR. I reviewed 2 of the top 3 since I got back, but the one that stood out on the floor of the show was the Avo Heritage. Now there are a lot of factors as to why it stood out. Edward Simon the brand manager for Avo was kind enough to take the time to talk to me about the new cigar. I had been walking around for hours and I decided to sit down and enjoy a cigar in its entirety at the lounge they had set up. I smoked, had a drink (water) and listened to some nice Jazz from the musicians they had at the booth. When you factor in all of this the Avo Heritage was the best in show.

Cigar Review: PDR 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura


While in New Orleans the place to be as the day came to a close was Don Leoncio located on Canal Street. The place which is owned by the guys behind Pinar Del Rio is a cigar lounge with a good air condition system which was needed to beat the oppressive heat & humidity the city had to offer. As I made my way to the cigar store in the evening and night time hours I got to mingle with some good guys who own shops and many people I have becoming friendly with online.

While there I got to speak with Abe Flores and he offered me up some smoke to try and one of which was the PDR 1878. Before I left I purchased a few more of these to show my support and for the simple fact that I enjoyed them.

Sunday Links


Yesterday I wanted to write about the brotherhood but with various site issues I had to put the post on hold. But the amount of people looking to help me out with the issues of the site just proves our close the brotherhood and sisterhood of the leaf is. This was evident in New Orleans with the Twitter Bother of the Leaf Cocktail Hour put together by Chief Hava & Stogie Review. With manufactures donating cigars (for a complete list go here) to be given out at the event it is obvious some members of the press are accepted at IPCPR.

With 120 people including people from twitter, cigar manufacturers and the good people of Dos Jeffe the cigar bar that held the event we laughed, we drank, we smoked and we listened to good music. It is sad that our politcians have lost sight of the this basic freedom that so many fine americans have enjoyed and continue to enjoy in some municipalities.

Malware Warning

On Saturday August 21st some of you might of come across a malware warning about this very website. We assure you that never had any malware hosted on the site and your computers are safe if you visited here. It appears that we were linked to a website that ranked cigar sites that had been hijacked and was hosting malware.

The code for this website has been removed from and we apologize for any inconvenience this may of caused. We will be combining Saturday’s News with the Sunday Links for this week now that the problem has been fixed.


News: Gran Habano Seeks Your Help

Floods Devastate Honduras Miami, Fl., August 19, 2010 – Severe thunderstorms have devastated Honduras causing major flooding and landslides. The Gran Habano factory has sustained damage by the floods but we anticipate that we can recover without any loss to production or distribution. However, the families in the surrounding area and our own families were [...]

Cigar Review: La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor


I managed to get my hands one of these a few days before IPCPR and when I smoked it I was ready to right a review on it. However, I promised I would wait until after the show as Ashton did a good job keeping these under wraps. Since IPCPR I have smoked quite a few of them and my opinion has never changed.

The Mi Amor has been in the making for a couple of years and Holts in Philadelphia will have an event at the Walnut Street location on August 25th from 12pm at 8pm. If you drop by make sure you say hello to Anthony, Robyn, Bob, Lee & Michael for me. This crew makes up one of the best staffs in the cigar business

Cigar Review: Guillermo Leon Signature

Guillermo Leon Signature

I had a different cigar scheduled for review today but the other night Guillermo called me up when in NYC to hang with him at Cigar Inn. So I figured I should review his newest cigar which I have had the pleasure of smoking on numerous occasions before. When I went to the Aurora cigar [...]

Events: Pro Cigar 2011


I don’t hide the fact that I fell in love with the Dominican Republic thanks to my good friends at Miami Cigar and La Aurora Cigars. The beautiful country side, the warm individuals, good food and fantastic cigars were everything a cigar smoker needed for a vacation.

Well the chance to experience that for everyone is here. Pro Cigar 2011 isn’t until February of next year but registration is here and if you ever wanted to experience a true cigar vacation is here.

So head on over to the Official Pro Cigar Website and join in on the festivities. As of now I plan on being there and I hope to see you in the Dominican Republic!

Cigar Review: La Charada by La Caridad Del Cobre


In the beginning I was the type of person who asked for cigars when I ran into a rep. But after a few months of running the blog I realized that doing this site did not entitle me to free smokes. So, I adopted the policy of not asking for cigars even though certain people told me not to be shy. I felt like even though I was providing a service to the cigar community it isn’t right. This past week at IPCPR I broke that policy one time and that is why I chose the cigar as the first post IPCPR review. Having a hard time finding these smokes and hearing Lindsay Heller talk about them I had to ask Frank for one to review. He gave me one, his sales rep gave me one and I got another one that same night. 3 cigars. Review material.

Sunday Links


Some people have asked me why I think IPCPR was so empy this year. To be honest I am not sure if it was empty or not since this was my first IPCPR. However, if I had to venture a guess the answer would be in thre parts.

1. The new releases were made public a while ago, and there was really nothing major coming out this year. CAO’s La Traviata Maduro has been around the net for a while now. Camacho only had a revamped Room 101…

Saturday News: IPCPR Version 2.


Despite a lot of the new releases coming out a little early like the Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary and the CAO La Traviata Maduro there were a few surprises to the IPCPR that I didn’t know about. Now this doesn’t mean that they were a surprise to all but they did manage to catch me off guard.

EP Carrillo – I went out with a few of my fellow bloggers for lunch. Upon walking in I noticed Ernesto and his family sitting and having lunch. After a quick hello so has not to disturb their lunch I sat down in the back of the restaurant and enjoyed some Aligator. During the course of our meal Ernesto had the waiter come over and buy us a round of drinks which was totally classy.

Friday News: IPCPR Version


There are so many updates that I decided to come back a day early. Here are some memories and information about new cigars. The list is long and will continue tomorrow as well.

I guess everyone wants to know how IPCPR and to be honest I found it a little overwhelming even with crowds much lighter then normal. I pretty much took a lot of time to be a spectator and I wandered the floor looking at new products and only taking the time to introduce myself if the person was not busy. After all this is a show for retailers first, press second.

Back From IPCPR

We will resume our regularly scheduled programming on Saturday.

IPCPR Update: Opening Day

Guest post by Tom Johansmeyer of Cigar Reader. Here’s the latest from Barry, who’s out in New Orleans, working the floor at IPCPR. The IPCPR show officially kicked off yesterday, and the conversations Barry Stein, of A Cigar Smoker, had with cigar companies indicate that the crowds were a little lighter than usual. Also, the [...]

Reports from the Floor: IPCPR Recap So Far

Guest post by Tom Johansmeyer of Cigar Reader. This week, I’m helping Barry with news from the floor of IPCPR. He’s been kind enough to send me notes, tweets and e-mails with the latest that’s happening in New Orleans, and I’ve been publishing over on Cigar Reader. Every day, I’ll come over here and put [...]

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