“Smoked Up” No.43

I am really enjoying the cooler weather we have gotten here lately. I just wish it would make up its mind and stick around! One day its in the 70s, the next its in the upper 80s. Its amazing how I stay from getting sick. The better weather and my new laptop allowed me to […]

REINADO® Recognized in Multiple Lists of Best 2012 Cigars

REINADO® Recognized in Multiple Lists of Best 2012 Cigars   REINADO Grand Empire Reserve receives critical acclaim and acknowledged as one of the best cigars in 2012 by three cigar industry experts. Oradell, NJ, January 08, 2013 –(PR.com)– Leveraging REINADO’s unique blend and signature fermentation process, REINADO’s recently introduced Grand Empire Reserve, a “soft box […]

Trends of 2012 I have seen.

The Year of the the Dragon is now in our past. As I was waiting on 2013 to ring in, I was thinking about the trends that happened during 2012. The trends I mention didn’t necessarily start in 2012, but happened during the year.   Box Pressed Type Cigars: Box pressed cigars have been around […]

Shawn’s 2012 Cigars of the Year

Every year I, like others, like to make a list of my favorite cigars of the year. Well, the year is winding down fairly fast, so its time for me to do my list for 2012. I have smoked a good number of cigars this year. Many of them are the new releases and some […]

Shawn’s 2012 Cigar of the Year Contest

It is that time of the year where everyone is working on and letting know what their 2012 Cigars of the year list is. I have got my list on the drawing board, but have already came up with my 2012 Cigar of the year. I have to do a few final decisions on which […]


Nashville, TN—CAO Cigars announces that it will serve as an official partner at the blockbuster CMA Music Festival on June 7-10, 2012 in Nashville. CAO will have a big presence at the event, with two separate locations including a luxury cigar lounge boasting VIP views of the Riverfront daytime stage. Featuring a personal appearance and […]

Reinado Grand Empire Reserva Box Pressed robusto

As many of  you know, Reinado was one of my surprised of the year last year on my Top Cigars for 2011.  This cigar popped on the scene with very little fan fare but developed a passionate following.  Using a secret proprietary fermentation process on all the tobaccos in the cigar, the cigar has a unique, very […]

Miami Cigar & Company to Release Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012

Miami, Florida – May 16, 2012 – Following in the footsteps of the Cigar Aficionado 91-rated Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve, Miami Cigar & Company is set to release the 2012 edition at IPCPR in August. The 6 1/8 x 52 box-pressed maduro cigar will be limited to 1500 boxes of 10 cigars. Rolled in Esteli, Nicaragua, this year’s […]

La Flor Dominicana rebrands Premium Line as LFD Light, April 2012

Coral Gables, FL April 2012 – La Flor Dominicana rebrands its original line “Premium Line” as LFD Light. La Flor Dominicana, who has a reputation for some of the strongest cigars on the market, will be giving its Connecticut shade wrapped mild cigars a facelift. The changes will include a couple new sizes as well as […]

Rocky Patel announces the re-release of the Decade Edicion Limitada 2012