Archive for January, 2012



  Effective immediately, Eddie Ortega has stepped down as president of EOBrands Cigars. His former duties will be taken over by his partner Erik Espinosa. Espinosa will officially take over operations on February 1. EOBrands cigars are produced in Nicaragua and include the 601, Cubao and Murcielago brands. Ortega has formed a new cigar company [...]

My Father Federal Cigar 91st Anniversary Release 1/31/12

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Today, Federal Cigars of New Hampshire, as part of their 91st anniversary, releases My Father Le Bijou 1922 Federal Cigar 91st Cervantes. This is just one of the cigars they have planned for their 91st anniversary. It has a modified Le Bijou blend, and there will only be 200 boxes available to mail order customers. [...]

Peter Glad Joins the A Cigar Smoker Team


My name is Peter Glad and I’m the new content manager for A Cigar Smoker’s Journal. I’ve had a refined sense of taste since I was a child, likely the only 10 year old you’d ever find putting nutmeg into coffee. You won’t find me drinking the quarter beers or the cheapest vodkas, when I [...]

FDA Begins Issuing Fines up to $5,000

By Thomas A. Briant Tobacco E-News | January 24, 2012 The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products has begun issuing “civil money penalty complaints,” which are used to begin the agency’s legal action against a retailer for alleged violations of federal tobacco regulations and can result in the assessment of a fine. The FDA’s website lists [...]

Win an iPad 2 from A Cigar Smoker’s Journal!

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Beginning February 1, 2012, enter daily for a chance to win an iPad 2 from! To enter, simply comment on any post on our site. Be sure to include your email so we can contact you if you win! Contest will end February 29, 2012 at midnight eastern time. Drawing to be held on [...]

Rodrigo La Fortaleza Dominican Puro – Cigar Review


George Rodriguez from Rodrigo Cigars sent us a package last week with a production sample of the new La Fortaleza to be released this spring. Box production is the only thing I can see that is keeping this stick from release. This cigar has all the makings of one of the star cigar releases of [...]

Torano Exodus 1959 50 year BFC – Cigar Review

Torano Exodus 1959 50 year BFC

The Torano Exodus 1959 series was introduced in 2001. Exodus 1959 Gold put the Torano brands on the map and landed them in the top 5 cigars for 2006 in Cigar Aficionado. With the introduction of the 1959 50 year, the Brazilian Arapiraca Sungrown  wrapper completed the 1959 series. Now, nearly 3 years after the [...]

La Aurora Puro Vintage 2004 – Cigar Review


Happy Friday everyone! I have the review prepared for the Rodrigo La Fortaleza but I chose to post this review on the La Aurora Puro Vintage 2004 first. I am posting this review so you have a chance to grab one. Packed in only 1,000 boxes of 8, your window to grab one could be [...]

Prerelease: Rodrigo La Fortaleza 2012


Charlie at posted in his last news update in December about a new release from George Rodriguez at Rodrigo cigar that he would be releasing a new line called La Fortaleza for Spring 2012. Well, I did some digging and then called George to talk about some of the things we had heard. Now, [...]

Leon Jimenes Prestige Robusto Tubo – Cigar Review

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As Barry Stein would have begun, I will say that I have picked this cigar for many reasons. First of all, Barry Stein is now getting settled in at Miami Cigar & Company and I would like to pay tribute by reviewing one of the cigars that he will be selling. We showed the preview [...]

Happy 2012! Changing of the Guard at

Welcome to the new year and I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. Most importantly, thank you for visiting! has changed hands due to Barry Stein being hired at Miami Cigar & Company, representing the La Aurora brands of cigars and Tatiana and Nestor Miranda cigar lines. I would like [...]

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