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Celebrating With Cigars: Bringing Home a Baby Girl

Last week I decided to take advantage of a beautiful morning here in Southeast Pennsylvania. I sat down on my deck, lit up a Long Live the King by Caldwell Cigar Company, and listened to the birds chirp as I sipped my coffee.

I wrote a quick review on the cigar and mentioned that my wife and I were expecting a baby. Since that posting my wife has given birth to a beautiful baby girl. You’re probably wondering …

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Cigar Review: Henry Clay Stalk Cut

Altadis USA Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf – Vintage 2012) Binder: Dominican Republic (Vintage 2010) Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6” x 46 Strength: medium Price: $8.00 Overall Rating: 9.2 Last year, Altadis USA scored rave reviews with the release of the Henry Clay Tattoo. They’ve followed that up with the Henry […](image)

Gurkha Vintage Selection Shaggy Toro

When I was writing up last week’s Week In Smoke, I was a little surprised to discover we have never reviewed the Gurkha Vintage Selection Shaggy. I know it’s a cigar that I’ve talked about with people a number of times over the years, and people have had generally positive things to say about it. On more than one occasion I’ve been told it was one of the best, or the best Gurkha available. (That and the old G3, …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 100

Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about what I should smoke for the hundredth edition of Brian’s The Week In Smoke. The problem is the more you think about it, the harder it gets. It’s like that with anything though, you overthink it, and a simple task becomes an ominous burden. Knowing the task was heading that direction, I decided to stop thinking and start winging. I winged it and hoped that divine inspiration would shine up …

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Cigar Boxes and Identity Crises

An occasional cigar smoking friend recently asked me how many cigars come in a standard cigar box. My answer was there isn’t a standard. 20-count boxes are common, but I’ve seen enough boxes between holding between 21 to 25 sticks to make me wonder if 20-counts are really the most common. And then there’s been the growth in 10-count boxes in recent years. We really should call those “half boxes”, but the increased accuracy probably doesn’t help sell “boxes”. (I …

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Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey Robusto

For your weekend viewing pleasure, I bring you a review of the new Hoyo by Hoyo de Monterrey. General Cigar wants to be clear here, this is not your father’s Hoyo de Monterrey. The cigar has a bold new look that follows the example of last year’s Hoyo de Monterrey Edición de Cumpleaños 150. And to emphasize that this is a new direction for the brand, you won’t find a mention of it on hoyodemonterreycigar.com. It has its own …

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Press Release: Smoke Inn Cigars Announces The Microblend Collection First Edition

Wednesday, June 22, 2016—Boynton Beach, FL—Smoke Inn Cigars is pleased to announce a collection of exclusive, premium cigars, six years in the making. Introducing The Microblend Collection First Edition—featuring our finest presentation to date—including each of the first ten cigars in the legendary Microblend SeriesTM. The Microblend Collection First Edition showcases a custom-built collector’s box, […](image)

Long Live the King by Caldwell Cigar Company

Back in August, the crew from Sir Stogies piled into a van and began an epic journey across Southeast Pennsylvania visiting cigar shops. There were lots of laughs, plenty of drinks, and an abundance of cigars. I may be embellishing it a tad but it was a wonderful time.

One of the shops we visited was JM Cigars in Exton. It is a shop that touts an impressive humidor with a solid selection. As I completed lap after …

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Out for a Walk with an Oliva Serie G Maduro

Several years ago our friend Craig of CigarCraig.com rolled out a feature on his blog in which he called “Take a Cigar for a Walk“. The premise was to incorporate a cigar into Craig’s fitness routine. I know, that sounds counterproductive but stick with me…

Craig started a walking routine and used the cigar as a tool for increasing time and distance. Once around the neighborhood and still plenty of cigar left – better do another lap. Two …

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Cigar Reviews: Martinez Cigars Flatiron

Martinez Cigars Country: USA (New York) Wrapper: Ecuador Binder: Nicaragua (Broadleaf) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 54 Strength: medium Price: $10.50 Overall Rating: 8.1 New York doesn’t really come to mind when you think of places that make cigars, but Martinez Cigars is trying to change that. Founded in 1974 by Don Antonio Martinez, the […](image)

Stogie Review on Beer Guys Radio

Brian and Sean at the mic. It was a long week, so I did some napping between segments.

This week I did something new, I went on a local radio show to talk about cigar and craft beer pairings. That’s right, traditional over-the-air waves radio. I was a guest on an hour long show called Beer Guys Radio which broadcasts every Saturday on AM 920 in Atlanta (and everywhere else via iHeartRADIO).

The hosts of the show, Aaron Williams

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Cigar Review: Freyja Valhalla

Las Cumbres Tabaco Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Dominican (Criollo ’98) Binder: Mexican (San Andres) Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2” x 50 Strength: medium-full Price: $7.85 Overall Rating: 9.1 Emma Viktorsson, the well known wife of Jose Blanco, has blended a cigar of her own that made its official debut at the 2015 IPCPR […](image)

Tatuaje TAA 2016

Tatuaje TAA 2016

Lately, I’ve been smoking a lot of the limited releases from cigar companies for the Tobacconists’ Association of America or TAA.  Only select shops can carry these cigars as they have to be a member of TAA.  These limited releases are usually very good cigars, though hard to find.  You can find a list of the shops that are TAA members here.  These shops have an option to buy these special release cigars and, now that …

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Cigar Review: EP Carrillo Short Run 2016

EP Carrillo Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $12.00 Overall Rating: 8.4 The 2016 edition of the EP Carrillo Short Run has a great new updated look. The cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Nicaragua binder and a mix of […](image)

Ben’s Week in Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 14

Ben’s Week in Smoke – Bayou Edition No. 14

I know it’s been awhile since I last posted at Stogie Review, but I have a good excuse.  I recently moved from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Houston, TX.  While the move didn’t keep me from smoking cigars, it definitely curtailed how many I smoked since I was packing and moving our stuff to Houston.  I didn’t have a lot of time to video and edit any new reviews.  Here, at …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 101

It’s once time again for another issue of Brian’s The Week In Smoke. In case this is your first Week in Smoke, be advised that it covers many (though not necessarily all) of the cigars I’ve smoked in the past week (or the past month, or however long it has been since the last issue), along with a couple of quick thoughts that came to me at the time. These are not full cigar reviews, but quick blurbs based …

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Cigar Review: AJ Fernandez Last Call

AJ Fernandez Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Rosado) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 4 1/2” x 48 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $5.00 Overall Rating: 9.0 The newest release from AJ Fernandez may be familiar to those who visited AJ’s White House Estate in Nicaragua during football season. The Last Call was often smoked […](image)

Hererra Esteli TAA Exclusive

Last week I was hanging out at Sir Stogies when one of the regulars walked in. We exchange pleasantries and he made his way from the private lounge into the retail space to talk to the shop owner.

I’m not one to eavesdrop but when I heard “Have you tried the new Hererra Esteli TAA Exclusive?” it piqued my interest. The shop regular was massively impressed by the cigar that he had smoked while away on vacation. So impressed, in …

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Cigar Review: Espinosa Habano (2015)

Espinosa Premium Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: full Price: $6.98 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.0 At last year’s IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans, Erik Espinosa’s company was one of the definite stars, with several new releases coming from his Estelí […](image)

Holt’s Contest – Win a 5-pack of San Cristobal

Hello, no I am not dead (I don’t think I am anyway because I am not in a packed humidor with every cigar known to man for me to smoke for free – that is what happens when you die, right?). I know that makes some of you happy and others sad. Still sorting through some medical stuff but in the meantime I got an email from Holt’s asking about doing a nice 5-pack giveaway for Father’s Day so of …

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Even Wild Animals Like a Good Cigar

The weather here in Southeast Pennsylvania has been a roller-coaster ride, of sorts. One day the sun is shining and the weather is perfect for sitting outside and enjoying a cigar. The next day could be filled with soaking rain. Sometimes we get sheer craziness – last week we had sun, then rain, then sleet, then hail, followed by more sun, all in the same day.

When Sunday rolled around and the forecast called for cloudy but dry skies, I …

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