“Smoked Up” No.84

Summer is finally winding to an end. The days are not as hot and the nights are a tad bit cooler. I can’t wait till the nights when I can sleep with the windows open and enjoy the cooler evenings. Although the summer is ending, the humidity isn’t. With that being said, even though the nights […]


Press Release: La Flor Dominicana to introduce new items at IPCPR trade show in Orlando this year

Coral Gables, FL July 26, 2012 – La Flor Dominicana will introduce the following items at this year’s IPCPR trade show in Orlando next week, August 2 – August 6.  Limitado V – This release will be our fifth installment in the Limitado series, which has a release about every two years. The powerful blend […]


Cain F 654T

Today I’m firing up a cigar that was introduced to the market at the 2009 IPCPR show with quite a bit of buzz behind it. My initial experiences with the Cain lineup wasn’t what I expected. The press behind this cigar described a bold/powerful cigar and I just didn’t get that. Then, I tried the […]


Avo Limited Edition 2010

Well, I’m back! This week I have the Avo LE 10 for you. I was lucky enough to attend one of Avo’s few events and I picked up a box of these and have been enjoying them ever since. According to the Avo website…”Avo Uvezian’s new birthday creation is a cigar that no aficionado would […]


Joya De Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

This week I review the newest cigar from Joya De Nicaragua, the Antano Dark Corojo.  This cigar was released at the 2009 IPCPR show and it made to be even more full bodied and powerful than their famed Antano 1970 line.  Its made with 75% Ligero that is actually a special ligero that they make […]


Cigar Review – La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero 660

Litto Gomez first started releasing mild La Flor Dominicana (LFD) when he first started the company, but as time went on, the customer’s taste changed to more full bodied cigars. The Double Ligero is one answer to the call for more full bodied cigars. This cigar is released in both a natural or maduro Ecuadorian […]


New Ash: Oliva Cain Habano

The Oliva Cain was introduced last month during IPCPR in New Orleans in both a habano and maduro wrappers. This new blend is another brain child from Sam Leccia of the Nub fame. I met Sam along with Ian Hummel and Josh Rushlo, Oliva sales representatives, at IPCPR in New Orleans and they gave me […]


Marco V Platinum Grand Reserve

Today we have a much larger ring gage cigar than you are accustomed to seeing me review. The Marco V Platinum Grand Reserve is a 5″ x 60 ring that comes from the Dominican Republic. Marco V claims that they are the only company in the world that deals exclusively in 60 ring gage cigars […]


Man O’ War Ruination Belicoso

    This review comes courtesy of our good friend Brian.  We met Brian via Twitter, and found out he only lives about an hour away.  We’ve had the opportunity to hang our a few times and enjoy some great cigars.  So we were happy when he decided to give reviewing cigars a try, so […]


Padilla Obsidian

The Padilla Edicion Especial 2006, also known as the Obsidian, was originally a limited release from Padilla. However, the line experienced success and was therefor extended as an exclusive offering at Cigars International. These cigars only come in one vitola, a hefty belicoso, that is sold as a strong full-bodied cigar. As always, I have smoked my way through a handful of samples, and now report my side of the story.