“Smoked Up” No.90

Looks like the hot weather in 2014 is a thing of the past. The temps have been dropping into the low 40s at night and peaking at around 70s during the day. I love this type of weather, but don’t like the cool nights. I started work on my “smoke shack” with my heater, tv, laptop area etc…. I do this once a year to combat the cold due to I have to smoke outside. One day I’ll have a smoking room!


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 Ezra Zion Tantrum PA

Ezra Zion Tantrum PA: I really enjoyed the first release of the Tantrum, but the size had me wanting more than it could offer. Then, the PA Limited Edition was released in a larger (longer) size and I was thrilled to see a sample of if on my doorstep. This cigar was one of the best cigars I have had all year. I won’t go into too many flavor details as I am going to do a full on review of it next week. But this is one cigar I suggest to search out over many other LE cigars this year.  
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Drew Estate Announces “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” Premium Handmade Cigars

Miami, FL Drew Estate announced today their exclusive manufacturing agreement with Pappy & Company, as well as the new “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” premium handmade cigar. This new cigar will be produced at Drew Estate’s Estelí, Nicaragua factory and is being made in partnership with Pappy & Company. Pappy & Company is the family-owned merchandise division of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, producers of legendary whiskies including Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.


The “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” cigar will be a long-filler, premium cigar made totally by hand in very small batches at Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua.
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“Smoked Up” No.89

The last week or so has been one of the best I have had this year. I spent the better part of the last week in the Mississippi River Delta Swamp. I was with about 14 close friends on our yearly “man trip”. We camp, hunt, fish etc… all in the delta swamp woods. There was a good bit of beer and liquor *cough cough moonshine cough* consumed as well as a number of cigars. It was tough to catch a good pic of most the cigars due to the campfire reeking havoc on the flash on my camera phone. All an all it was a great trip even though we didn’t get much luck in the hunting and fishing area. It was just good to get away from civilization for a while and relax.


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Isla Del Sol Churchill

Isla Del Sol Churchill: Yeh, every now and then I will smoke an infused cigar; but not too often. We were sipping on some peach ‘shine and this sugar/flavored tip cigar actually paired well with it. Not too strong of a cigar as the ‘shine over powered it in flavor. Overall not a horrible cigar, but for the point in time, it was pretty interesting
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Emilio Cigars Releases Mia Dora

Mia DoraGary Griffith of Emilio Cigars announced today yet another addition to the ever-growing portfolio of cigars available through the House of Emilio.


Mia Dora is produced by AJ Fernandez in Esteli, Nicaragua and features an Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder.


The Robusto and Toro are available in 21 count boxes, and the Coronita comes in a 40 count box.  The boxes are embossed in gold, while the cigar bands feature a theme dedicated to the town of Ascoli Piceno in Italy, birthplace of the ancestors of the love of Griffith’s life, Dora.


Interested retailers should contact their House of Emilio sales representative for additional information.


Lakewood, Colorado (October 29, 2014) – Cigar Dojo, the social cigar app, is rolling out the all-new Loyalty & Rewards Program for brick & mortar cigar shops. With the Dojo’s huge install base and active community of cigar lovers, the new feature will take the Cigar Dojo app to a whole new level.

The Cigar Dojo Loyalty & Rewards Program is the 1st-ever viral cigar rewards program for brick and mortar cigar shops. With this new feature, users will be encouraged to purchase at their local cigar shop, incentivised by prizes that are completely customized by each and every shop in the program. As the customer earns points, they will create a viral “buzz” on social media for participating cigar shops. And best of all, the program runs itself. Cigar shop owners no longer need to create hand written notes to track rewards or purchase expensive point of sale equipment.

This is a huge win for both the customer and the retailer! Customers will enjoy the ease of use and social aspect of this new feature, while shops benefit not only from the simplicity, but also gain exposure with the first-of-its-kind viral component of the Cigar Dojo Loyalty and Rewards Program.   
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Cohiba Nicaraguan N54

If you have been around cigars for a month or a decade, there is a very slim chance that you have never heard of a Cohiba cigar. Whether it be the infamous Cuban or the Dominican “Red Dot” Cohiba, the name is known by many. The Cohiba name is so famous, when I mention to people I like to smoke cigars, I would say 75% of them say “Have you ever smoked a Cohiba?” So the Cohiba name is world renown by the population; cigar smoker or not.

Recently a few cigar lines that are Dominican cigars are now venturing out into the Nicaraguan area of tobacco and implementing it into their blends; either in a mix or puro blend. General Cigars recently announced the Nicaraguan Cohiba, a puro blend that will be number seven in the Cohiba line of cigars.




Size: 5 1/2×54

Vitola: N54

Wrapper: Sun Grown Colorado Oscuro

Binder: Jalapa

Filler: Esteli, Jalapa



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“Smoked Up” No.88

The weather here has finally gotten decent enough to be outside for longer than an hour or so. That being said, I am outside more with my daughter playing in her sandbox, pushing in her swing or riding her bike. I don’t smoke around her, so although the weather was great, I didn’t get too many cigars in this week. I do have a review that will be up on Friday, so be on the look out for it then.


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Crux Classic Belicoso

Crux Classic Belicoso: I went back to Crescent City Cigars hoping to grab a few robustos of this blend, but they were sold out. I grabbed the larger belicoso in hope to enjoy it one cool evening. It was pretty much just like the robusto as far as flavors go. But a few of the flavors seemed to be a little more muted than compared to the robusto. Either way, they are very good smokes.  
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“Smoked Up” No.87

Last week was the busiest weeks that I have had in my “new” job title over the last year and a half at Lowe’s. I hated to do it, but I got started setting the Christmas items three or so weeks ago and got a good head start over the other stores in the area. My crew and others really puhed through an got it done fairly quick. In fact, we were about a week or more ahead of many of the other stores. Well, the store in Metairie, LA (just outside of New Orleans) is one of the top 20 volume stores for Christmas items in the company. There were some issues there and they needed help getting set up bad. The district supervisor asked for me & one of crew to go over and help them last week. At first I was leery, but with all expenses paid plus unlimited overtime, I jumped at the chance. It was long 11-12hour days. We worked hard, ate good, just didn’t sleep as good. I wanted to hit up a few B&Ms in the area, but most were closed or closing by the time I got done eating and such after work. I did swing by Crescent City Cigars on the way home and grabbed a few new sticks to try. I was trying to get a review in at the hotel, but with a bull-jiving no smoking policy and sketchy wi-fi it was not going to happen. After it was all said and done, I got about 15 hours OT, so this next check will be quite fat!

On an even better note, my friend has made it home from the hospital then physical rehab home! Its been a long three months for her, but she is “back to normal”. She will never be 100% due to her coma and near death experience. I joked around with her saying it was good to have her back, the every Saturday drives and gas cost was started to hurt. There are friends that we all have that we would walk through hot coals to the end of the earth for, and she is one of them. Again, I would like to personally thank everyone who kept her and her family in your thoughts and prayers over the last few months.

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Davidoff Special T

Davidoff Special T: In the spring I would start my Sunday with a Davidoff cigar and a cup of coffee out on my shaded back patio. That occasion was demolished by the Summer heat and humidity. The once cool spring mornings turned into hot and humid mornings. The days are getting cooler and with me having some errands to run on Sunday morning, I decided to end my Saturday with a Special T and some Cafe Bustelo. There were notes of a sweet and creamy woody note that had a light amount of white pepper as well. Over all a nice smoke that was almost too light for the coffee pairing, but I made due with what I had and enjoyed it a good bit.  
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(Miami, Florida) October 9, 2014— Roberto Pelayo Duran is proud to announce that Jack Toraño of the Toraño cigar family will now oversee sales in Florida and the Caribbean for Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars. This announcement comes only days after the announcement of the hiring of Miguel Shoedel and Frank Cuden.


Jack Toraño spent 3 years with Toraño Family Cigar Company as Director of Marketing until its acquisition by General Cigars.


Roberto Pelayo Duran said: “Jack Toraño was an integral part of Toraño Family Cigar Company and we are ecstatic to have him on board at Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigar Company. Jack is very well known as he has travelled extensively and his popularity, charisma and four generations of tobacco heritage will go very far in helping us expand our brand.”


Jack Toraño said: “I wanted to take the time to find the company that matches my vision. I am excited to be working with Roberto Pelayo Duran who is as passionate about cigars as I am. Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars is truly a boutique cigar company which owns its tobacco fields and creates their own cigars. The fact that we will be involved in everything from tobacco field all the way to the valued customer is what brought me here. Roberto Duran is creating a stellar team and I am happy to call Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars my new home.


Roberto P. Duran began his life’s work in his homeland of Havana, Cuba where tobacco grabbed a hold of him, and never let go. Supervising the production of cigar manufacturing in Cuba was only the beginning as he later went on to assemble and manage distribution of all Cuban cigar brands for Asia at The Pacific Cigar Company Ltd. The creation of Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars has given Roberto the platform to introduce a brand of cigars that offer the same quality, construction, and detail which he exceeded from those he supervised while in Cuba. Roberto P. Duran’s brands include Azan Cigars, Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigar, Neya, and Baracoa.

For more information about Roberto P. Duran Premium Cigars, please visit www.Robertodurancigars.com. For media inquiries and interviews, please contact Creativas Group at info@creativasgroup.com or 305.968.2384.



Miami, FL)- October 8, 2014–One picture, eleven cents: #LA111th. La Aurora turns 111 years old today and wants to celebrate with all the smokers in the world, inviting them to toast with Guillermo and Michelle León in celebration of such a special date. That being a reason to celebrate is also a reason to “give back.”  The company has announced a target to collect funds for one of the social programs supported by La Aurora. For every picture received by the brand’s social media, 11 cents will be donated to the Patronato de Lucha contra la Diabetes de Santiago de los Caballeros, a local institution that fights against diabetes disease. La Aurora will also use all the pictures received to adorn their tabaquería, in the factory, in an effort to make everyone feel part of La Aurora Family. The campaign “Become part of the family” invites everyone to have their own picture hung in La Aurora’s facilities and we want to fill it all!

La Aurora is a family and we want to invite all our friends from all around the world to join our family on this very special day in which we accomplish 111 years of history,” said Guillermo León, president of La Aurora. “We want to share the joy of this celebration with all our employees, our International distributors, the tobacco shops and with all smokers and friends, with a double challenge. We aim to fill the factory walls with the pictures of so many friends and make a generous contribution to the research of such a cruel disease as diabetes.”

The hash tags that will be used to collect the pictures, on Twitter, Face book (https://www.facebook.com/LaAuroraCigars) and Instagram are #LA111th.

La Aurora’s commitment is to keep everyone informed about their progress and the evolution of the factory walls. Become part of the family…   
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