“Smoked Up” No.52

2013 is a thing of the past. I hope 2014 will be as eventful, yet relaxed. My New Years Eve was fairly uneventful. I hung out with the neighbors and their family, shot fireworks and drank a copious amount of bourbon. Wanted to get in a cigar, but the weather was pretty wet and damp, […]


Press Release: La Aurora returns the Cien Anos

I’m so glad to hear about La Aurora bringing back this cigar.  I believe its one of the best cigars I’ve ever had and I’m personally excited to see it back where I can replenish my depleted stock. – Ben MIAMI, FL – Established in 1903, La Aurora is the oldest cigar factory in the […]


America’s Top Sommelier Tabs La Aurora Preferidos #2 as Favorite Cigar

  Miami, Florida – June 6th, 2012 – In a recent article in the Sommelier Journal, America’s top wine expert, Alexander LaPratt tabbed the La Aurora Preferidos #2 as his favorite cigar. The article which appears in the May 31st, 2012 issues and spans pages 87-90 breaks down the art of Cigar Service, which many […]


Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon

At last year’s IPCPR, Rocky Patel introduced his latest extension of the Vintage line.  The Vintage 2003 uses a select Cameroon wrapper over binder and filler that have been aged for over 8 years.  As a Cameroon fan, I was eager to try it.  The cigar had a great burn and was a very smooth […]


CAO La Traviata Maduro Luminoso

For today’s review I smoked the La Traviata Maduro Luminoso from CAO. The Luminoso was originally released as a new vitola in the La Traviata line. Now it’s being released in the Maduro line. The Luminoso is a petit robusto measuring 4.5” x 50 and features a Connecticut Maduro wrapper. I’ve been a fan of […]


CroMagnon

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. Fuente Hemingway Short Story

I really hoped to get a video review up today, but ongoing home improvement projects have delayed publishing a video for atleast one more week. But even the most daunting home improvement projects can’t keep me from enjoying a cigar or two, so I was able to put together a written review for your reading […]


Oliva Serie G Natural

Back again for a “Humidor Staple” review with another Oliva product for you. This time it is the Oliva Serie G Natural Toro. This stick comes in at 6″ x 50 and is a great looking specimen. Like the O, the G has Habano seed binder and filler but sports a Cameroon wrapper. The value […]


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 […]


Perdomo Reserve Cameroon

Introduced in 2003, the Perdomo Reserve Cameroon was recognized in multiple cigar publications as being an excellent cameroon wrapped cigar. The particular vitola I smoked for this review was the “R”, which is a 5 x 54 robusto. I have some history with this cigar which I will explain in the video, but if you’re […]