Archive for April, 2009

CAO Habano

The Escaparate in CAO‘s Nashville, Tennessee headquarters is a wonderland of unreleased treats, limited release gems, and special edition treasures. One of sticks to come through the looking glass of this tobacco wonderland is the CAO Habano, exclusive to Havana Connections locations in the Richmond, Virginia area and Emerson’s of Norfolk, VA. Chris and I followed the white rabbit to the shop I work at, the Tobacco Barn, to light them up and record our impressions.


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.


Sunday Fiver – April 26, 2009

A fiver of cigar stories from around the Web for April 26, 2009.


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 [...]


Sunday Fiver – April 19, 2009

A fiver of cigar stories from around the Web for April 19, 2009.


Dea Cigars

We’re smoking the Dea Rosado and Dea Double Maduro from MD Cigars in Yuma, AZ. The Dea is a long filler bundled house brand cigar for less than $5 per stick.


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 [...]


Tatuaje Cohete

Today I’m taking a look at a Tatuaje cigar exclusive to Tower Pipe and Cigar in Sacramento, CA. The Cohete is a 4″ x 50 petite robusto offshoot of the Tatuaje Miami line (a.k.a. Brown Label, a.k.a La Seleccion de Cazador).