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Archive for April, 2009

Beginners’ Guide to Cigars: Part II – Cigar Anatomy

In the first part of the Nice Tight Ash Beginners’ Guide to Cigars we took a look at the various sizes and shapes cigars are made in. Today we’re examining what makes up a cigar.


Fuente Opus X xXx Belicoso “Power Ranger”

Today I’m smoking the Fuente Opus X xXx Belicoso “Power Ranger” and sipping some Highland Park 12 year Single Malt Scotch.  The Opus X line of cigars is consistently rated highly by many mainstream Cigar media publications and enjoyed by a wide variety of cigar enthusiasts.  Now that I have smoked my samples you can […]


Partagas Serie D No. 4

The Partagas Serie D No. 4 (PSD4) is probably the most famous and most loved robusto on the market today. First introduced in the 1930s as an export cigar for the British market, it was discontinued around 1965. Luckily for us, it was reintroduced in 1975 (my birthday year!) and has grown in popularity ever since. Known as a full power spice bomb, it’s always been one of the highest rated robustos whenever it is scored by Cigar Aficionado or anyone else. This cigar is from April 2004 so it has some good age on it. Let’s see how it tastes.


Punch Corona Corta

Punch cigars, in my experience, are one of the cigars that most cigar smokers have smoked at some point.  They can generally be found in any tobacconists inventory and fall in a reasonable price-point.  Today I’m reviewing  the Punch Corona Corta that, because of it’s size, has become a cigar I generally keep around for […]


Tatuaje Jibaro No. 2

I got this cigar from a fellow BOTL on Cigar Weekly that was in Beverly Hill, CA and was at Pete Johnson’s shop. He picked up a few fivers for some of us on Cigar Weekly and I was lucky enough to be one of them. At first, I didn’t know much about the cigar […]


Bahia Blu B500 Robusto

The Bahia Blu got a lot of talk on Twitter with the BOTLs, so I decided to try a bundle. A couple of clicks and I had one ordered from CigarsInternational.com. The Bahia Blu is a medium bodied cigar that is a Nicaraguan puro made by Tony Borhani. The wrapper is a 3 year aged […]


Springtime Smoking

Well spring is officially here, and I could not be happier.  I’ve packed away the space heaters in my garage; I’ve boxed up my coat and knit cap; and I’ll only be wearing flip-flops for the next 6-7 months.  But what does this mean for cigar enthusiasts?  Naturally springtime seems like a great thing for […]


Sunday Fiver – April 5, 2009

A fiver of cigar stories from around the web. Reviews Lee from Cigar Inspector put up a great review of the (1) Tatuaje El Cohete.  Can you ever go wrong with a Tatuaje? Barry from A Cigar’s Smoker’s Journal reviewed the (2) AVO Companero 2009 Limited Edition.  This stick comes with a hefty price tag, but sounds well worth it.  Walt […]


Cuvee No. 151

The Cuvee line of cigars is a premium line that comes from Cusano. The 151 sports a Brazilian Maduro wrapper and a Dominican Sun Grown Wrapper leaf in the filler


Cupido Criollo Revolucion

Cupido cigars first hit the market and gained popularity during the cigar boom of the 1990’s.  However, in 2002 production was stopped.  In December 2007 they were reintroduced to the market, with much anticipation from experienced cigar smokers.  Still produced by Don Kiki, and now distributed by Cuban Crafters, the Cupido line of cigars is […]