Archive for January, 2010

Gurkha Empire I

Love them or hate them, there is no denying that Gurkha has a huge variety to choose from. Their extensive lines of cigars cover mild to full-bodied cigars, cheap to expensive, and traditional to flavored/infused. So chances are, if you’re a cigar nut, Gurkha might have a cigar that suits your taste. The new Empire […]

Cigar Review – Ashton VSG Belicoso No. 1

The Ashton VSG was released in 1999 to much fanfare and was hard to find for years after their release due to their high demand. This was the first real cigar I ever smoked and it start a life long love affair with it and cigars. With such a great week, I felt like I […]

New Ash: Viaje Exclusivo

Pete Johnson has the Tatuaje Black. Steve Saka has the Liga Privada No. 9. And now Andre Farkas has the Viaje Exclusivo. What do they have in common? They started out as their personal smokes, and when other people got the opportunity to try them, they clamored for them to be released to us, the little people. The new Exclusivo from Viaje is a limited release Nicaraguan puro with an oily Criollo wrapper and a short pigtail at the top. It’s limited to 100 jars of 35 cigars each, but for such a limited cigar it has a fairly reasonable MSRP of $9.50.

Pinar del Rio Oscuro

Pinar del Rio is still a relatively new brand, but looking at these sticks and the packaging it’s hard to tell. There is a traditional feel to these cigars that really interested me from the time they were released. These cigars are produced by Tabacos Don Leoncio, S.A., a partnership between Abe Flores and the […]

Blind Exchange: Review No. 5

Today I’m wrapping up the final installment of the Blind Exchange. It’s been a great exercise/experiment, and I look forward to doing more in the future. Most of all I need to actually put together an un-banded fiver for Charlie to smoke through. So the #5 cigar is a toro with medium shade brown wrapper. […]

Roberto Cigars Blend Selection: Samples 7-9

Ok folks, here’s the final episode of our cigar blend testing series in conjunction with Roberto Cigars. Here we have cigars 7-9. Look for the reveal of my favorite as well as how these blends differ from Bob’s original offerings in an upcoming post. If you haven’t already, check out #’s 1-3 here and #’s […]

Guest Review – Viaje 50/50 by Dustin

This is a guest review by one of our winners of the holiday review contest we recently held. Dustin submitted this review and we all thought it was well written and he included good pictures to go with it. Without further adieu, here is the review of the Viaje 50/50 by Dustin! I originally found […]

E.P. Carrillo Edición Inaugural 2009

Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is most associated with his original cigar creation, the La Gloria Cubana. After rave reviews in the first issues of Cigar Aficionado, the brand help lead the industry into it’s first big boom in the mid-1990s. In 1999, Swedish Match/General Cigar purchased the company from Ernesto, and he stayed there for 10 more years, until the spring of 2009. Wanting to return to his roots as a family-run boutique cigar manufacturer, he started a new company, EPC Cigar Co., along with his two children, Ernesto III and Lissette. Limited to 150,000 cigars, the Edición Inaugural 2009 is the first release from this new venture, with their first full release due in April 2010. Billed as medium bodied, the mix of Nicaraguan and Dominican filler are bound by two 5 year old Piloto Cubano binders, one from Nicaragua and one from the Dominican Republic, and is encased in an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that has been aged for 3 years.

La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte

Since the Rocky Patel Winter 2009 was released, I’ve had a mini love affair with the Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. So last week when I saw the Pennsylvania Broadleaf sampler at I had to pick it up. In the sampler was the La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte from AJ Fernandez. I’m a huge fan […]

Nub Cameroon

Sometimes a craving for a certain cigar hits, and the only thing you can do is smoke that cigar. So when I felt like smoking a Nub Cameroon I was surprised to realize we hadn’t yet reviewed a Nub on the site. The Nub line, released in 2008, is the brain-child of Sam Leccia who […]