Archive for December, 2011

Press Release: Posts Record-Setting Sales in 2011

Albany, NY (PRWEB) December 28, 2011 is pleased to announce a 10% increase in orders from 2010 to 2011, making their 17th year in business their most successful to date. This increase in sales of cigars, pipes, pipe tobacco and accessories has necessitated a number of changes within the company including significant increases to [...]

Press Release: Toraño Hosts 2nd Annual Toy Drive For the Holidays

(Miami, FL) December 27, 2011— Toraño Family Cigar Co. partnered up with media sponsors Cigar Snob Magazine, Social Florida Magazine, and South Florida Luxury Magazine along with local radio station 880 AM The Biz for the second annual Toraño Family Holiday Toy Drive this past Wednesday, December 7. This toy drive benefits Neat Stuff for [...]

Press Release: 262 Cigars Launches Manifesto

262 Cigars Press Release – 12/23/2011 The Rise of the Manifesto Begins 262 Cigars officially launched their Manifesto campaign to promote the upcoming release of their first limited run cigar of the same name, Manifesto. While details about the actual makeup of the cigar are yet to be released, the Virginia based brand plans to [...]

Top 15 cigars of 2011


It’s that time of year again to weigh in with my opinion of the top cigars of the previous year. There are a few surprises, but many of them made some other lists as well. It’s been a fun 3 years at and I really look forward to sharing my year end list. But as always, I invite you to smoke as many releases as possible and formulate your own opinion. After all, we know what they say about opinions..

Limited Edition CroMagnon Release: Press Release

Limited Edition 2011 CroMagnon Cubes will be available at Hava Cigar Online on December 19th. When our good friend Skip Martin and his business partner Michael began rolling CroMagnon cigars in November of 2010, the plan was to sell the majority of the 50,000 cigar production in cubes. In April, they posted a sneak peak [...]

Litto Gomez Small Batch #4 – Cigar Review


No story for this review, just that it came out just before I was ready to publish my top 15 cigars of 2011. So I picked up one for review, and wound up smoking another.

Cigar: Litto Gomez Small Batch #4
Size: 7 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican Pelo de Oro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium-Full
Cigars Smoked For Review: 2

Rocky Patel 50th – Cigar Review


When I walked into my local hangout in NYC and saw the new Rocky Patel I had a look of WTF? on my face. With the local taxes these sticks were $30 a piece. Let’s face it when you think Rocky Patel you do not in terms of that price. Upon studying the packaging I had to wonder if he was taking lessons from Gurkha. Some fancy sequins and bright colors I chose to pass on these expensive sticks.

When I was putting together my list of top cigars of the year I felt guilty that I chose to pass on these and didn’t smoke one for consideration. So for the second time in a week I am doing a review based on one cigar.

The Rocky Patel 50th is a limited edition cigar that celebrates the 50th birthday of this cigar icon. Available in 3 sizes; Robusto, Toro and Torpedo wtih each size limited to 2000 boxes.

The Digger by La Flor Dominicana – Cigar Review

The Digger is available in two different wrappers, the first is a Connecticut Broadleaf which kicked my ass. The second is the one I chose to use for review, the Ecuadorian Habano. According to the B & B Cigar Club, The digger was inspired by an elderly customer in the DC area who wished the [...]

Aging Room Small Batch M356 by Oliveros Cigar Review


Some people argue that a good cigar blog can drive sales on a cigar. In fact, one manufacturer mentioned on twitter that there are a few sites that can destroy the sales of a cigar with bad reviews. Being a blogger, I don’t know if we have the power to destroy a cigar, but I do know sitting in a cigar shop many people have come up to me and said they are trying a cigar because I reviewed it.

Personally, sometimes I like to listen to the retailer and let them recommend something to me. That is the case with today’s cigar as in the past I have not been a big fan of Oliveros. But knowing the retailer had similar interests in cigars and their profiles as my own I decided to take a gamble with the Small Bactch M356. The story has that these smokes were originally made for the Swag line, but due to tobacco limitations there was not enough for a regular release.

Press Release: Quesada Q d’etat

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The Q d’etat line represents a symbolic revolt against the unfair taxation practices and mistreatment of the premium cigar industry. The brand is intended to create awareness of the dangers increased government regulation and taxation will produce, specifically the FDA’s desire to regulate premium cigars. There will be three sizes, released at different dates, of 1,000 ten-count boxes. Each box will contain a form to register for membership in Cigar Rights of America. The first of the three sizes is a figurado called the “Molotov” and will be released in January.

La Libertad – Cigar Review

La Libertad comes from Vilager Stokkebye. Never heard of them? Well until recently, neither have I. According to the website, Villiger Stokkebye International combines many generations of two families and more than 240 years of experience in the tobacconist’s art into one company. The Villiger family of Switzerland and the Stokkbeye family of Denmark have [...]

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