Archive for September, 2011

Commentary: Charity & Cigar Smokers

I am not reviewing a cigar today due to the fact that I have been fighting bronchitis and a really bad allergy induced asthma attack. Add to the fact that I am now on the road down to Washington DC for Little Puff I couldn’t do it last-minute as has become the custom lately. It [...]

Veritas MMXI – Cigar Review

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At the Delaware Cigar Festival I was surprised to see representation from Veritas Cigar Company. In fact, after talking to them I was even more shocked to learn Michael Dove was no longer a part of the company since the press release touted his family history in tobacco. In talking to the company owners I was able to find out the story of Veritas cigars.

Originally founded as a website called Cars, Bars & Cigars they quickly realized the amount of work necessary to run a site. In 3 months time they didn’t get the advertising dollars they expected and shut down the site. I won’t get into how 3 months is long enough to pay your dues, but after the site shut down they began to figure there next move. That move was the creation of Veritas Cigar Company. They turned to Blue Mountain Cigars to make their product which they pitch as having tobacco aged for at least 4 years. The portfolio is currently 3 different cigars, the MMXI (Maduro), DEA (Connecticut), and the Tri (triple wrapped). The cigars are bade by Blue Mountain Cigars and pitch that the tobacco is aged for four years.

Room 101 LTD Namakubi – Cigar Review

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Room 101 cigars originally debuted to mix reviews. However, Matt Booth worked hard and developed a cult following. The cigars grew in popularity and seemingly they got better. Last month was with the Room 101 Connecticut and we eagerly awaited the release of the Namakubi.

According to Room 101 Cigars the story of the Namakubi is based on Samurai culture and is believed to live on in spirit within certain groups. In ancient times when two Samurai clans would gather for competition there was a great deal at stake. Normally, the losing party would die as a result of wounds sustained in battle or be executed upon defeat. The Namakubi, or freshly severed head of the losing party would be prepared on a wooden tray then tagged in a regimented manner and presented to the leader of the winning clan as a gift.

Cigar Commentary: Resting Versus Aging cigars


Sometimes, when I go out, I’m at an event where there is a cigar roller who is rolling fresh cigars. I’m always fascinated by it because I get to experience first-hand, what it takes to create a hand-rolled cigar.

I just hesitate a bit before I light up a freshly rolled cigar. Here are my thoughts about smoking a freshly rolled cigar. On the one hand, cigar rollers can simply be mesmerizing. It’s pretty cool to be able to see the bunch, and to inspect the wrapper. It’s almost like participating in the culture of the factory rollers’ culture. Smoking a stick right off the bench is a great way to experience what the rollers can often experience when they’re working.

La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Maduro – Cigar Review

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Last week Nat Sherman hosted the launch of the Air Bender Maduro which as of now is only available as part of Casa de Tobacco. The Casa de Tobacco will also serve as a Humidor and is made from rattan and leaves from the plantain. It basically looks like a scale model of the curing barns that are in the tobacco regions of the Dominican Republic. Production is limited, and the MSRP is $350.00.

At the event I got to talk with Litto and while there are no plans currently to release the cigar as a stand alone, he wouldn’t be surprised to see it as a regular release down the road. Since Litto makes all the tobacco decisions I think it is safe to say the cigar will become a regular release.

Event Recap: Delaware Cigar Festival

As the fall weather began to take hold in the Northeast the stage was set for the 5th Delaware Cigar Festival, organized by Gary Griffith. Gary who is associated with Cigar-ette City and the creator of Emilio and Grimalkin cigars put on a clinic on how a cigar festival should be run.

The event was held at Delaware Park under cloudy skies with the likes of Arielle Ditkowich, brand manager for La Sirena Cigars, Eddie Ortega from EO Brands, Clint Aaron of 262 Cigars and numerous reps from Rocky Patel, JC Newman, Drew Estate, Altadis, Oliva, Kristoff, Perdomo, La Flor Dominicana, Cigar Rights of America, Miami Cigar, General Cigar and The Cigar Agency.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon – Cigar Review

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I didn’t really keep up to date this year with what was new and being introduced at the trade show this year by a few manufacturers. I chose to wait for them to appear in my local cigar shops and be surprised. Not knowing is better most of the time, and as a person who lacks patience it is better to just seem them as they appear. One of the cigars was the Vintage 2003 Cameroon by Rocky Patel which appeared at Cigar Inn this past week. According the The Cigar Feed, the stick is made at the General Factory in Honduras.

The Cameroon is offered as a Robusto (5.5 x 50 – $7.55); Toro (6.5 x 52 – ); Torpedo (6.25 x 52- ); Churchill (7 x 48 – $8.55) and a Sixty (6 x 60- $8.55)

Nat Sherman Hosts Litto Gomez to Launch Casa de Tobacco


Last night, Nat Sherman hosted an event for Litto Gomez and the new release for La Flor Dominicana, Casa de Tobacco. There were two parts to the event. Edward was lucky enough to ask Litto some questions at the first part, the sit-down press-release.

Casa de Tobacco, as reported earlier, is a miniature version of a tobacco curing barn. A tobacco curing barn is where moisture leaves the tobacco leaves in a temperature/humidity-controlled environment. This process is important because this is where the leaves start to decompose and start a series of chemical reactions that give tobaccos their flavor.

Humo Jaguar – Cigar Review

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This past winter, the Honduran Cigar Festival known has Humo Jaguar took place and one of the events was a blind tasting. The tasting was open to those who grow tobacco Honduras. Each participant submitted a new and original blend and after 200 judges smoked the entries, the winner was from Nestor Plasencia. Fast forward a few months and Miami Cigar & Company introduced the cigar at the IPCPR trade show in Las Vegas.

The cigar a Honduran Puro is available in 3 sizes, Robusto (5 x 52); Corona Gorda (6 x 52) and Gigante (6 x 60). The cigars have begun to ship and should be making an appearance in local humidors real soon if they have not already.

Children Suffer Because Of Overreaching Tobacco Policy


Some government agencies just don’t have their priorities straight and it makes life tough for everyone. Clare and Paul Baker in theU.K., applied to be foster parents but were rejected after the Paul said he smoked two cigars in the previous 18 months.

Apparently, the Essex County Council had an archaic and overreaching policy that required short-term foster parents of children under five must be tobacco-free for 12 months. Paul, believing that he should be honest to the agency, mentioned that he had a cigar at his brother’s wedding and another at an office party. He also said that he never smoked at home.

Partagas 160 – Cigar Review

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In 1995 General Cigar offered an extremely limited edition cigar to commemorate the 150 years Partagas cigars have been in production- the Partagas 150. Ten years later, using the same rare, 1977 vintage Cameroon wrapper, they launched the Partagas 160 Signature Series. Blended with Dominican Piloto Cubano and Mexican San Andres filler tobaccos, these cigars have been sorted three times to intensify the flavors of the tobaccos. The result is a cigar connoisseur’s delight; a medium bodied, well-balanced, extremely rich and creamy smoke. Because of the limited availability of the tobacco, these cigars will never be issued again.

I was at Primo Cigar Shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico this past week and was stunned to see a box that was about half full available for sale. I grabbed a couple leaving a few for those who would also appreciate such a classic, rare cigar. Although we reviewed this cigar back in 2008, we decided to see how this smoke and our palate has changed.

Torano Loyal – Cigar Review

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According to Charlie Torano, “Our new brand Loyal is dedicated to my father’s long standing commitment to provide exceptional quality cigars without breaking the bank. To him cigars were never a far reaching luxury, but one of life’s simple pleasures”. These pleasures could go away if we do not get involved in stopping the FDA.

The cigars will come in 21 count boxes in a 5 x 56 Robusto, 6 1/8 x 52 Torpedo, 7 x 47 Churchill and a 6 x 60 referred to as the BFC. MSRP on all sizes is between $4.95 and $5.50. The sticks feature an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

CAO OSA Sol – Cigar Review

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I recently had the time to sit down with Rick Rodriguez who spearheads product development for CAO, at Club Macanudo. It was here that I got the feeling that CAO was in good hands even without the cigar being released at that time. According to Rick Rodriguez he worked with a group of in-house cigar experts to put together the first new release for CAO under new ownership. He knew that all eyes would be on them when the new cigar came out.

He began the process with Olancho San Agustin wrapper tobacco from the proprietary 2008 crop. Ideal climatic conditions that year led to the expression of essential oils on the leaf. When processed, the natural oils contribute to the cigar’s uniquely robust, earthy flavor and full-bodied aroma.To achieve its uniquely balanced, medium-bodied taste, Rick and his team have punctuated the flavorful OSA wrapper with a hearty…

Illusione ~1~ – Cigar Review

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When La Sirena Series A came out, I went into a bit of a kick on the vitola. I picked up some cigars here and there and placed them in my humidor, why I do not know. You really need to have the time to invest in smoking a cigar that is over 9″ long. Well one of those days has arrived with the start of college football season. So with Penn State on the tube I pulled out today’s smoke (which was smoked on Saturday, but posted today, Monday).

According to the illusione website…

Weekend Smokes Vol. 5


Little pressed for time today, so the update will be brief. i got the proof of the article I wrote for in Switzerland this week and I am impressed with how it came out. Major thanks go out to Jon Huber, Pete Johnson and IPCPR all who took the time to give me quotes for the article. Once again a special thanks to Stogie Review for their help with the photographs as they were in Vegas.

Leaving to Santa Fe this week to visit some friends but I’m trying to get some reviews written in time before I leave..

Smoked a little light this week in preparation for the the 40 cigars I plan to smoke in New Mexico.

Rodrigo Boutique Blend – Cigar Review

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Almost 2 weeks ago I was sitting in Cigar Inn one night with a couple of friends when I got approached by a gentleman who knew me, but I was a loss for who he was. Turns out it was George Rodriguez. We got to talking and we shot some video but I had an issue with my phone and it got wiped out. We discussed his company but the major of the information can be found on their website, Rodrigo Cigars.

One of the sets of cigars he gave me was the Boutique Blend which is available in 4 sizes. The “G4″ – 6.25 x 50; “G5″ – 5.5 x 56 and the “G6″ – 6 x 60. According to the website,

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