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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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El Compartir Belicoso

A couple of weeks ago one of the guys from Sir Stogies sent me a text message. He was letting me know that Edolara from Cigar Noise was in town and planned on stopping by the shop for an impromptu smoke, if I wanted to join them. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get away and missed out on a very good time.

I stopped by the shop a couple of days later and got caught up on what I had …

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A Tale of Two Cigar Reps

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to to tell you a little story about two cigar reps. Actually, it isn’t much in the way of a story – I just need a lead-in to a question and I’m very interested in your input on the matter. Anyway, back to the point…

I’d like you to take a moment and imagine yourself standing in your local cigar shop. Yourself and a couple of the shop regulars are standing around the cash register …

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Cigar Review: Manolo Estate Habano Serie 32

Master Blends Cigar Company Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Broadleaf) Binder: Dominican Republic (Corojo) Filler: Nicaragua & USA (Pennsylvania) Size: 5” x 50 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $6.48 Overall Rating: 8.8 At the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show in New Orleans, Master Blends Cigar Company, owned by Luis Gutierrez and Juan Carlos Rojas, announced […](image)

The Griffin’s Nicaragua Robusto

My local shop introduced me to The Griffin’s Nicaragua a while back. The didn’t bring a lot of them in, at least as far as I can tell, but they told me it was good and I should try it. I bought one and my initial experience was positive. As I smoked it, I thought it’d be a fun cigar to review. When was the last time you smoked a The Griffin’s cigar? I know it’s been years for me. …

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Davidoff Special Short Perfecto

The Davidoff Special Short Perfecto is a cigar that seems to get lost in the Davidoff line up. Its a short smoke with great flavor so its perfect when you don’t have a lot of time and goes great with your morning coffee or tea. I have to admit….I didn’t smoke them until I went on the Davidoff factory tour in the Dominican Republic. Each morning we had breakfast with some amazing Dominican coffee and were presented with the Short …

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That Cigar Shop is Dead to Me

As a customer, I have a tendency to be rather picky. In today’s fast paced internet world, buying products online is fast, easy, and typically cheaper than a physical location. With that said, if you want to earn my business and keep me coming to your store you need to provide a service and atmosphere that makes the trip and inflated price worthwhile.

As far as cigar shops go, I rely heavily on the experience of others. The guys I …

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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)

Parfum Berger Anti Tobacco Car Diffuser

One of the problems we as cigar smokers constantly face, if we smoke in our vehicles, is the issue of the smell of stale cigar smoke stuck in our vehicles. Well, the people at Lampe Berger, which Parfum Berger is a part of, in Paris, France, have given us a solution. Their new car diffusers come in 4 different scents, but the one we are concerned about is the Anti Tobacco version. This diffuser is a sweet, citrus, woody scent …

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Henry Clay Tattoo

This week I have selection for you that’s probably a little surprising: the Henry Clay Tattoo. Surprising in that it’s a limited edition that hit the markets last year, around six months ago at this point. I have a couple of reasons for reviewing it now. The first and foremost is convenience. I was working on a viewer review request that just wasn’t going to come together in time, and I knew it. But there was this Henry Clay Tattoo …

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What are you drinking with a cigar these days?

Last Friday I spent a few hours at my local archery club, doing prep-work for the upcoming 3D Season. It was an absolutely beautiful day to be outside and after about four hours working in the woods, I made my way home. I walked in the front door, grabbed an AJ Fernandez New World from my travel humidor, and picked up my bottle of Macallan 12 Year before heading out to the back porch to join my wife.

The Scotch …

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Holey Cello: Is that a Bug or a Feature?

A couple of weeks ago I was hanging out at Sir Stogies when the topic of cigar reps came up. I had asked the owner, Tim, if anyone had been in recently and he mentioned that the rep for Espinosa Cigars was scheduled to be stopping by in a couple of days. I’ve always enjoyed meeting up with reps and thought it would be a good opportunity to get caught up on the brand.

A few days later, myself and …

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262 Allegiance Box Pressed Toro

The 262 Allegiance was release in 2014 as another extension to the 262 portfolio.  The Allegiance was blended to have a broader appeal to cigars smokers by having a mild-medium body.  The name of the line came from the struggle we as cigar smokers deal with daily.  This is from the 262 website:

The Allegiance name, while stirring many connotations for many people, is 262’s official “line in the sand” campaign. While all of their previous brands have been

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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)

Press Release: Southern Draw Cigars Release QuickDraw Connecticut

The NEW QuickDraw Connecticut blend will complement the successful QuickDraw Ecuadorian Dark Habano and QuickDraw Pennsylvania Broadleaf blends, and was blended to provide a unique balance of body, strength and flavor not found in traditional cigars with Connecticut wrappers.   Blend Profile: Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Ometepe (Nicaraguan) Filler: Esteli, Condega (Nicaraguan) Vitolas: Petit Corona: […](image)

AVO 90th Classic Covers

I’m a couple weeks late, but I’d like to start off this review by saying Happy Birthday, Avo! 90 is an incredible accomplishment- someone needs to ask Avo what the secret is to immortality, because I think he has it, both literally and figuratively.

This week I take a look at volume three in the Classic Covers line, the AVO 90th Classic Covers, a blend that is a “cover” of the AVO XO core line. We all know what a …

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Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Presidente

After church this past Easter Sunday, my wife and I decided to get a coffee and take our son to the park in Webster, TX. It was perfect weather to be outside with a high temp of around 72 degrees and sunny. I didn’t bring a lot of cigars with me to Texas because when I’m there with my family, I don’t get a lot of time to smoke and relax. Luckily, I brought with me what I think is …

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Cigar Review: 601 Steel “Rod”

Espinosa Cigars / Famous Smoke Shop Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5” x 54 Strength: full Price: $6.95 Overall Rating: 8.8 Espinosa Cigars has released an exclusive extension of their 601 brand at Famous Smoke Shop. The 601 Steel is a full bodied cigar that manages to be tough […](image)

A Question On BYOB Cigar Lounges

Imagine yourself sitting around a table at your local cigar shop. There you are, puffing away on your favorite cigar, talking with the guys, when suddenly the door opens. In walks one of the regulars with a smile on his face. A cheerful greeting is exchanged and this individual places a bottle of liquor in the middle of the table and asks who would like some before grabbing a few glasses.

To go along with the story, lets go ahead …

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Brian’s The Week In Smoke, Issue 99

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Last Friday I was looking at the calendar thinking “how is it Friday already, and didn’t I just ask myself that same question yesterday?” So I’ve been uncharacteristically quiet for a while, but I haven’t been so busy I didn’t have time to enjoy some fine cigars. And as they burned, I thought about what to review next. I have a few ideas, but I don’t yet have one that’s ready to go …

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