Archive for July, 2009

Panacea Black Label Maduro

Today I’m reviewing the Panacea Black Label Maduro toro from Pennsylvania-based Flatbed Cigar Company. It’s a mild-medium bodied Dominican-made cigar sporting a Brazilian maduro wrapper and a price tag of under $6.


El Triunfador

I’m back with another lancero. This time it is the El Triunfador from Pete Johnson. Looking for information on the El Triunfador is impossible since it doesn’t even show up on the Havana Cellars/Tatuaje web site but I am more interested in the experience of this cigar anyway. Information or not, I cut into this [...]


Fuente Opus X Robusto

First off…Happy Birthday Ben! Have a great day and some great smokes. Today I have my first Opus X. Unlike other reviews where I would have multiple sticks prior to a review, this time you are witnessing my first experience with the infamous Opus X so take this video for what it is…one cigar, one [...]


G. A. R. Robusto Grande

This week, I’m reviewing the GAR robusto grande made by George A. Rico. George is well known for blending the Gran Habanos cigars as well as the famed 3 Siglos. These cigars are made in Danli, Honduras with Ecuadorian corojo wrapper, Ecuadorian Connecticut binder and blend of Nicaraguan filler. This cigar was very generously gifted [...]


Redesigning Nice Tight Ash

We here at Nice Tight Ash are about to undertake an overhaul of the look and feel of the site. We’ve been up for close to 7 months now, and already the site has expanded in ways we couldn’t imagine. We never thought we’d add 2 more contributors by now, and video reviews were just a pie in the sky thought back in January. So to handle all of this content, we want to redesign the site. Don’t worry, the logo isn’t going anywhere.


Sunday Fiver – July 26, 2009

A fiver of cigar stories from around the web for July 26, 2009.


El Original Natural

The El Original line was created in 1999 by the Island Smoke Shop in Key Largo, FL. The cigar incorporates a five county blend of tobacco, which is capped of with an Ecuadorian wrapper. The El Original is described as a full-bodied cigar, so I’ll fire it up and let you know my take on [...]


Oliva Serie V Lancero

According to the Oliva Cigar Website, the Oliva Serie V is a complex blend of Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos. Blended with specially fermented Jalapa Valley ligero, and finished with a high priming Habano Sun Grown Wrapper. This cigar is blended to deliver full body taste while maintaining an unparalleled smoothness. The Lancero vitola is 7” x 38 and carries a price point of around $5.50-$6.50 as a single.


Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Maduro

I’m sure most, if not all of you, are familiar with Jerry from Stogie Review. He lost his son JJ, his “little robusto,” a couple of years ago to SIDS, and in his memory Jerry promotes “Smoke a JJ for JJ Day,” in its second year. So today I’m reviewing the Series JJ Maduro Sublime by Don Pepin Garcia, a beautiful Nicaraguan puro that also comes in a natural version.


Kinky Friedman Kinkycristo

This week, I’m reviewing something a little different. I was gifted a cigar from a friend in Texas made by the unique Kinky Friedman. If you don’t know who Kinky Friedman is, he is a country songwriter, candidate for governor of Texas and a mystery novelist. To those of you that don’t know who Kinky [...]