Oliva Connecticut Reserve Toro

A while back I reviewed the Camacho Connecticut and discussed the other Connecticut that was entering the fray around the same time. Both of these sticks were marketing a fuller bodied smoking experience than your usual Connecticut wrapped cigar. Although I enjoy mostly full bodied sticks, I do enjoy a mid bodied cigar when the […]


Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto #5

The Diamond Crown Maximus was one of the first super premium cigars that came on the market near the end of the cigar boom. Made by Tabacalera A. Fuente for JC Newman in the Dominican Republic, it was a bolder version of the Diamond Crown line that was to appeal the rapidly growing full bodied […]


Chris’ Version of a Top 10

This time of year so many of the cigar blogs publish their Top 10 lists for the year. And although I see how these lists are beneficial, I personally don’t feel like I can create a single list. Honestly, there are just too many factors to consider. So, I decided to create two lists of […]


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 […]


Sunday Fiver – August 23, 2009

A fiver of cigar stories from around the web. The latest buzz in the cigar world is the (1) ISOCigars.com.  Chris talked a bit about this new cigar service in his Oliva Master Blends III review.  ChiefHava has a nice write up about it and his encounter with the founder of ISO Cigars on his blog […]


Oliva Master Blends III

The Master Blends III is the third in a line of limited edition cigars from the Oliva Family. This Nicaraguan puro has a beautiful caramel colored Broadleaf Sun Grown wrapper and is adorned with one of the most interesting bands I have ever seen. This video runs a little longer than I typically like, however, […]


Oliva Serie V Lancero

According to the Oliva Cigar Website, the Oliva Serie V is a complex blend of Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos. Blended with specially fermented Jalapa Valley ligero, and finished with a high priming Habano Sun Grown Wrapper. This cigar is blended to deliver full body taste while maintaining an unparalleled smoothness. The Lancero vitola is 7” x 38 and carries a price point of around $5.50-$6.50 as a single.


Cheap Ash: Don Barreto Toro Flaco

In this article, the first in our Cheap Ash series, I’ll sample the Don Barreto Toro Flaco, a cigar that can be found for approx $2.00 a stick.