“Smoked Up” No.76

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July. I had to work and working on holidays makes me realize how much working in retail can be a pain. I earlied out of work, went home, had a few beers and saw the town’s fireworks  show with my daughter. She had a blast as this year, she is not afraid of them as much as last year.

With the IPCPR show right around the corner, there is onslaught of news this week. New cigars, added sizes, new wrappers on old blends, new accessories; the list goes on and on and on! I was hoping to make the show this year, but my finances aren’t allowing me to among other personal & professional reasons. The trade show is expected to be in New Orleans next year. I am planning to go then, but it all depends on outcome of the same professional reasons from this year.

This week I started a series of reviews, I did a small write up on the series: CAO Cigars & Flying Dog Brewery Pairing Pack Upcoming Reviews

Tuesday I put out the first review in the series: CAO OSA Sol & Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA Pairing


Cigar Views


Leccia White

Leccia White Robusto: Until the Luchador came out a few months back, the White label was my favorite Leccia cigar. This is still an awesome smoke and shouldn’t be put to the wayside with the introduction of the Luchador. The White has a nice smooth cool smoke with nice flavors of a black pepper, some creaminess and a nice woodiness. Had a superb draw, burn and no other construction issues. The vast differences between the White and the Luchador is a great showing of what Sam Leccia can produce and look forward to many more cigars from him. Sam has not made any mention of a new cigar for IPCPR. I speculate he will have something up his sleeve for the show. Or he may just focus on the three blends he has now. But we will see in a few weeks.


Rock-A-Feller Maduro

Rock-A-Feller Maduro: I enjoyed the habano version of this cigar. When I first tried it, I didn’t have too high of hopes for it as I had never heard of it and figured someone was trying to cash in on a name. It turned out to be a pretty tasty smoke. The maduro was along the same lines as the natural, yet not as tasty to me. This was a Churhill size and with about two inches or so left, it fizzled and fouled out on me. I’ll stick to the natural lines.


 HDM Sabrosos

Hoyo de Monterrey Sabrosos: I went back to the B&M to grab another Punch London Club maduro, but right above it was a box of this cigar for the same price. I figured, try something new. The blend was not new to me by any means, just the size. It wasn’t a bad smoke, but to me the Punch was a better smoke for the same price.


Reinado GER

Reinado Grand Empire Reserve: I paired a Reinado GER with a Terrapin Wake-N-Bake Coffee stout beer. It turned out to be a great pairing. The beer drew more notes of chocolate in the cigar and they both had am ample amount of “umph” to them to support each other. This was my favorite cigar of the lineup of the past week and wish I had more of the beer to do the pairing again. I can get the cigar some-what locally B&M, but I will have to wait till the winter for the beer. Its a seasonal brew ad this was the last of my stash.


Cigar Views

CAO OSA Sol & Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA Pairing

CAO Cigars & Flying Dog Brewery Pairing Pack Upcoming Reviews


Tatuaje Teases Surrogates “Satin Glove”

Nomad Cigar Co. Adds a “Belicoso” To The Connecticu​t Fuerte Collection


La Palina will debut the La Palina Black Label at 2014 IPCPR

“Smoked Up” No.75

RoMa Craft Tobac to Launch Intemperance Cigar Blend Coffee – Cigar-Coop

AKA Introducing New Packaging, Nth Degree Lancero – halfwheel

Nomad C-276 to Debut at 2014 IPCPR Trade Show – Cigar-Coop

2014 Camacho Liberty Series Arriving at Retail – halfwheel

Crowned Heads Headley Grange Snaredrum to be Limited Edition Exclusive to
Federal Cigar
 – Cigar-Coop

Four New Finishes Coming to XIKAR’s Xi3 – halfwheel

Joel Sherman 75th Celebration by Nat Sherman (Cigar Preview) – Cigar-Coop

Ted’s Expanding Made By Hand Connecticut Line – halfwheel

Ted’s Made By Hand Maduro Coming at IPCPR 2014 – halfwheel

The Griffin’s Anniversary Edition 2014 Club House II (Cigar Preview) – Cigar-Coop

XIKAR Goes Big With X875 Cutter – halfwheel

XIKAR Adding Flames to New Allume – halfwheel

XIKAR Puts XV-Cutter on Keychain – halfwheel

XIKAR Essence Ashtray Coming to IPCPR 2014 – halfwheel

XIKAR Releasing Cirro for High Altitude Lighting – halfwheel

Ezra Zion Cigars Sells Cigar Federation to Logan Lawler – Cigar-Coop

Córdoba & Morales Clave Cubana Etiqueta Blanca (Cigar Preview) – Cigar-Coop

Tortuga 215 Reserva Cedro No. 10 (Exclusive) – Cigar-Coop

Florida Governor’s Office Calls for Exemption for Premium Cigar Industry Against Potential FDA Regulations – Cigar-Coop

Viaje Says No Summerfest, Late Harvest, C-4 or TNT This Year – halfwheel

E.P. Carrillo 5th Anniversary Cigar Coming This Fall – Cigar-Coop

Ezra Zion Extends Tantrum With Passive Aggressive – halfwheel

RoMa Craft Tobac to Distribute Tierra Volcan Cigars in U.S. Market – Cigar-Coop

Just For Him Lands Quesada España Anniversary Edition (Update) – halfwheel

Gurkha Cellar Reserve Edicion Especial – Cigar-Coop

AVO Greatest Hits Sampler Coming to IPCPR 2014 – halfwheel

Warped Cigars Jaridor (Accessory Preview) – Cigar-Coop

Pete Johnson Confirms Tatuaje Jekyll Will be 2014 Monster – halfwheel

Illusione *G* Gigantes Ships to Retailers – Cigar-Coop

Quesada Big Bang Sampler Coming to IPCPR 2014 – halfwheel

Gurkha Royal Challenge Maduro – Cigar-Coop

Limited Edition Villiger 1888 Especiales to Debut at IPCPR – halfwheel

La Bohéme by Boutique Blends Cigars (Cigar Preview) – Cigar-Coop


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