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Product Review: Cigar Oasis Excel with Smart Humidor

I have a little something different for you this week- a long overdue review of the Cigar Oasis Excel. If you are not familiar with the product, it’s an electronic humidification device that releases moisture into the air when the humidity dips below a specific percentage that you specify. Pretty straightforward, right?

The device Cigar Oasis sent me to evaluate is the Excel unit, which is designed to handle up to 300-count humidors (or 4 cubic feet). It’s larger than …

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La Barba Purple Corona

I’ve heard quite a bit over the years on social media about La Barba Cigars, especially the Purple.  I haven’t been able to get my hands on any as none of my local shops carry their lines.  Luckily, I was on a cigar media trip in Europe with Logan from Cigar Federation where he raved about the new Purple line.  Graciously, he sent me a sampler when we returned from our trip in the corona size, which is my …

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Cigar Review: Leaf by Oscar Maduro

Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. Country: Honduras Wrapper: Nicaragua (Jalapa) Binder: Honduras Filler: Honduras Size: 6” x 50 Strength: full Price: $9.50 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.0 The Leaf by Oscar has an interesting concept of replacing the cellophane most cigars are wrapped in with a tobacco leaf. Beyond the tobacco […](image)

Fuente Fuente OpusX Rosado Oscuro Oro (First Impressions)

As the minutes ticked by I found myself stuck. My notes weren’t ready for a Week In Smoke, and I didn’t feel motivated enough to do one of the reviews I planned for this week. But I really wanted to try one of my Fuente Fuente OpusX Rosado Oscuro Oros, a late Christmas present to myself. Ordinarily I’d let these cigars sit for a while, but recent experience has indicated that the OpusX is often ready to go, right off …

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Espinosa Laranja Reserva Corona Gorda

The Laranja Reserva is fairly new cigar from Espinosa Cigars by Erik Espinosa out of his La Zona cigar factory based in Esteli, Nicaragua.  The Laranja Reserva uses a special wrapper from the Bahia region of Brazil that has an orange-brown hue which is where the name Laranja comes from as laranja is “orange” in Portuguese.  I’ve been a big fan of most of the cigar from Espinosa cigars, but I was late to the show on the Laranja Reserva …

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The Box-Worthies: Brian’s Top 10 Cigars of 2015

This is the part where I whine about how hard it is to pick ten cigars I smoked in 2015, rank them and declare them the box-worthiest of all cigars to be box-worthy in that year. The truth is, this year’s list seemed easier to compile. I quickly put together a pool or 25 or so cigars to choose from in a tidy little text document. And then I lost the tidy little text document. A little later while I …

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Cigar Review: Camacho Shellback LE 2015

Camacho Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua (Corojo) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 50 Strength: full Price: $12.00 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 8.9 In 2015, Camacho released the Shellback, the first of what it has termed its “Brotherhood Series”, which will likely be a whole series of Limited Edition […](image)

Ben’s Top 10 Cigars of the Year

Every year I try to get my top 10 cigars of the year out before Christmas and every year I never seem to make it. Better late than never I guess. This year, I was thinking how easy it would be to come up with 10 cigars because I was thinking there wasn’t much that came out this year that really blew me away.  I figured I would have a short list and struggle to get to 10 cigars I …

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