Archive for March, 2010

Illusione Epernay Le Elegance

In 2008 Illusione released the limited edition ECCJ to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the European Cigar Cult Journal. This cigar was pretty popular, but like all limited edition cigars they are nearly impossible to find these days. So in 2009 Dion Giolito released the Epernay, which is based upon the ECCJ blend. The Epernay, […]


Sunday Fiver….with a twist

Usually on Sunday, we list five reviews on other blogs we found quite interesting. While I visited a lot of blogs this week and watched/read a lot of reviews, I thought I would do something a little different this Sunday. A new cigar shop opened on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this week called The Cigar […]


Guest Review: CAO Brazilia Box Press

Brian and I met Matt, of Review Cigars, on Saturday while attending the Tatuaje event at the Humidour in Cockeysville, MD. Below you’ll find a sample of how Matt review’s cigars, and I think you’ll agree that he has a interesting persepctive. CAO Brazilia Box Press- I read somewhere, can’t remember where, that when CAO […]


Graycliff 1666 Pirate

Today a have for you a stick that seems to show up in every sampler pack ordered from the big online sellers. I accumulated a bunch of these sticks when I was in that on-line buying phase and although I rarely buy on-line anymore, I built up a nice stash of smokes when I did. […]


Gran Habano Azteca Prototype

Today’s review is a little different. This cigar is a prototype cigar for a possible line Gran Habano cigars. Its a medium bodied maduro that they call the Azteca and comes in a 6 x 54 toro size. They asked me to be on a tasting panel to give them feedback on the cigar so […]


Tatuaje Black Tubo

Two weeks ago I smoked the Tatuaje Verocu Tubo with you. This time I’m lighting up the companion release, the Tatuaje Black Tubo. The Black is known as Pete Johnson’s personal smoke, and came out in two other sizes previously, a corona gorda (my favorite) and a robusto. It’s a Nicaraguan puro, and features an unfinished foot. It’s a little pricier than the Verocu tubo at a MSRP of $14, and comes in the same 10 count boxes.


El Triunfador: Petit Corona vs. Lancero

Over the weekend Brian and I attended a couple Tatuaje events in the DC Baltimore area. During those events we got a chance to talk to Pete Johnson about his cigars, hear a few stories, and smoke a ton of his cigars. One fo these cigars, was the newly blended El Triunfador. Prior to the […]


Nestor Miranda Collection Dominicano is Launched

Nestor Miranda and Miami Cigar teamed up with Don Pepin Garcia and My Father Cigar Company about 9 months ago, and their latest collaboration is now available, the Nestor Miranda Collection Dominicano. This cigar was definitely a collaborative effort with La Aurora S. A. providing the tobacco, and Don Pepin doing the blending and manufacturing. It uses Nicaraguan filler and binder, and a Dominican Corojo wrapper. It’ll be in the $7–8 price range.


Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie

Today Brian and I are firing up the Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie. This cigar has actually been in a limited amount of stores for almost a year, but now seems to be creating some buzz. We were able to procure some samples from Drew Estate, the distributor for Joya de Nicaragua, so after smoking […]


Don Pepin Garcia Blue Invicto

We’ve done a lot of Don Pepin’s stuff over the past year but for some reason we never did the blue label. For those veterans of the site, you know that Pepin’s Black label still ranks as my all time favorite smoke. So lets see how this Blue Label compares. Don’t forget to get involved […]