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A few evenings ago Ben, Shawn and I got together via Skype to review the CroMagnon. CroMagnon is the brainchild of Skip Martin, owner of Hava Cigar Shop. Skip teamed up with Michael Rosales of Adrian’s Cigars to create a cigar he felt would be appreciated by hardcore cigar enthusiasts. What they created is a […]

A Message from Glynn Loope, CRA Executive Director

While I was at Cigar Expo 2011 I got a chance to talk with Glynn Loope and Alan Price of Cigar Rights of America (CRA). Mr. Loope was kind enough to take a few minutes and spread the work of CRA. Unfortunately the audio didn’t turn out that well, but if you listen carefully you […]

Fausto FT153

Alright guys, I told you I’d be back so here I am. And today I think I’ve got a real beauty to smoke. Today I’m smoking the Fausto, which is a new cigar release from Pete Johnson. Name: Fausto Company: Tatuaje Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Comes in: Box of 25 Price: […]

Where’s Chris?

Maybe you’ve asked yourself that question over the the last couple of weeks. Well, the truth of the matter is everyday life has gotten in the way of me being able to sit down and record or write a review. The good news, or maybe it’s bad news, is I should be getting back in […]

Para Ti and VIEUX-OS 2007 Old Vine Zinfandel

Today I’m bringing you a cigar and wine paring that I’ve had in the queue for a while. For personal reasons I wanted the ideal weather conditions to be able to truly relax an enjoy the experience. Well, this past Saturday proved to be just the day I was looking for. The Cigar The Para […]

My Father Cigars “El Hijo”

To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of Smoke Inn Abe “MING” Dababneh decided to create the Microblend Series. The goal of this project is to mimic what is already going on in the craft beer industry; which is to focus on quality rather than quantity. I reviewed the first installment of this project, the Tatuaje Anarchy, […]

Emilio Cigars AF2

A couple weeks ago Ben reviewed the Emilio Cigars Grimalkin. Today I’m firing up the AF2 which is another offering from Emilio cigars. The two samples I smoked for this review were provided to me by Gary Griffith, owner of Deleware Cigars and Emilio Cigars Brand Developer. Name: AF2 Company: Emilio Cigars Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano […]

Rocky Patel Thunder by Nimish

A couple of weeks ago I received a package from Patrick Vivalo at Rocky Patel Premium Cigars. Enclosed was two samples of a one of the new product lines. Since this week is the annual IPCPR trade show I thought it would be appropriate to review a cigar that will be debuted during the annual […]

Velvet Cigars “The Bowery”

Late Saturday night Ben and I got together via Skype to review a cigar that was sent to us from Matthias Clock of Velvet Cigars. The cigar is The Bowery and it features a Ecuadorian grown Habano wrapper and a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. Instead of trying to summarize both of our […]

Blue Mountain Cigars “El Threesome”

I recently received a package from Blue Mountain Cigars with a selection of their various offerings. The three different wrappers on this particular cigar caught my eye immediately. Then I realized that it was named El Threesome and I enjoyed a good juvenile laugh. The opportunity to try an El Threesome doesn’t come around every […]