Archive for October, 2009

Tatuaje Monster “The Drac”

It’s almost Halloween, and that means the second release of the Tatuaje Monster Series. Following last year’s release, The Frank, this year Pete Johnson has released The Drac. It’s a 6 3/4″ x 52 ring gauge torpedo with a Habano Maduro wrapper in a black, piano-finished coffin shaped box.


My Father Cedros Deluxe Cervantes

This week I’m reviewing the My Father Cedros Deluxe Cervantes. These cigars were graciously given to me by @BigABoyd to review. Thanks Aaron! These cigars are a subset of the regular My Father line in two size that aren’t in the regular line: Eminentes – 5 5/8 x 46 (corona gorda) Cervantes – 6 1/2 [...]


Poll: What Makes a Good Cigar Shop?

Everbody has a favorite brick and mortar cigar store. The big question is what makes it your favorite shop? Pick our your 3 top traits for a cigar shop, and vote in our poll.


Blind Exchange: Review No. 1

Charlie and I really had a good time doing the Blind Reviews, but since we don’t live as close anymore those review aren’t as feasible as they once were. So now we’ve decided to exchange some un-banded cigars to review. This is the first review of the series, so sit back and enjoy while I [...]


Illusione ~mj12~

Way back in March I reviewed the thinnest cigar from Illusione, the lancero-sized ~hl~. Today I’m reviewing the newest and fattest cigar in the line, the mj12. It weighs in at 6 inches long and a 54 ring gauge. Besides its size, it’s silver foil wrapping sets it apart from the rest of the Illusione line.

I picked out a Stone Brewing Company Levitation Ale to go with it, and talk about Illusione creator Dion Giolito, what mj12 stands for, my favorite Illusione cigars, apprehension over turning 30 in a few weeks, and trying like hell to get you to enter our Fall Contest.


New Feature Series Coming Soon to Nice Tight Ash

Alright ladies and gentlemen, let me first apologize for not having a review for you this week although I’m sure that there are some that are rejoicing in the streets. But I digress. I have been in the process of selling my house and at the time that many of you are reading this I [...]


Punch Uppercut

As everyone knows that watches our video reviews or read my reviews, I’m a Punch whore. For me, the Punch line is on of the best sticks for your money and I thoroughly enjoy them, especially the Gran Puro line. So when I went to IPCPR and saw a new Punch cigar, I was ecstatic. [...]


First Impressions: Declaration Iniquity

When Ben sent me the bag of sticks from IPCPR I was naturally excited to start trying new cigars. Some cigars looked more interesting than others, and the Declaration was certainly one of the more interesting looking ones. The artwork on the band really caught my eye, and the cigar looked tasty as well. After [...]


JFR Maduro

The JFR, or Just For Retailers, is a brick-and-mortar only cigar made by Tabacalera Tropical. The maduro version has a Habano maduro wrapper. It is supposed, but not confirmed, that the JFR was originally blended by Don Pepin Garcia when he worked for Tropical. It comes in boxes of 50, and is around $4-5 per stick.

I paired it with a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. Fair warning: I recorded this one right after the Redskins stunk up FedEx field against the Chiefs, so my language is a little coarser than usual.


Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic 1952

Today I’m reviewing the Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic 1952, and I’m lucky enough to do so with my grandfather, father and two uncles. This video was recorded becuase of the suggestion of my wife; and for what it’s worth, I think she had one hell of an idea. This may not be the most [...]