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Cigar Review: Indian Motocycle Habano Toro

Indian Motorcycle Cigars  Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium-full Price: $7.50 Overall Rating: 8.8 Phil Zanghi of Debonaire Cigars has released a new Indian Motorcycle brand. Paying homage to the classic Americana style of the motorcycle brand, Indian Motorcycle Cigars is […](image)

IPCPR 2016: Foundation

Nick Melillo was back this year with a colorful new booth, new Foundation cigar lines and of course, new insights into the world of tobacco. We got started with The Upsetters. Nick has been a long time fan of reggae music and Jamaican tobacco, and he also has a history of working with Nicaraguan tobacco. Those factors came together to create The Upsetters, which features both Jamaican and Nicaraguan tobacco (as well as a “Caribbean infusion”). He describes the profile …

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Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Shriner

Hiram & Solomon Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Dominican Republic & Brazil Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium Price: $11.00 Overall Rating: 9.0 Hiram & Solomon Cigars is a Masonic themed boutique brand that has released some very good cigars. With cigars themed for the Blue Lodge degrees including the Entered […](image)

Cigar Review: Aladino from CLE Cigars

CLE Cigars Country: Honduras Wrapper: Honduras (Corojo) Binder: Honduras Filler: Honduras Size: 6” x 50 Strength: mild-medium Price: $10.00 Overall Rating: 9.2 This year Christian Eiroa’s CLE Cigars has released several cigars from his father Julio Eiroa, but the one that really stands out is the Aladino. While Christian may get most of the good […](image)

IPCPR 2016: John Drew Brands

After hoofing it around Drew Estate’s planet-sized booth with Pedro, we climbed to the top of the bridge at the heart of the booth to talk to Jonathan Drew about his new venture, John Drew Brands.

JD tells us that the next step for him doesn’t involve leaving Drew Estate behind, it’s a matter of combining two separate aspects of his life. Drew Estate being one of them and John Drew Brands the other.

5 years ago he and Jeff …

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IPCPR 2016: White Hat (HR)

As the show was winding down on the last day we dropped by the White Hat booth for a quick chat with Spencer Drake about what’s new with HR. Of course the first thing that is new since the last trade show is White Hat handling distribution of HR, which means that the original line is back on the market. The original line has two new sizes, a Corona (MSRP $11.95) and an A which comes in a coffin of …

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Cigar Review: Gurkha Shaggy Vintage (2016)

Gurkha Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Dominican Republic (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 7” x 48 Strength: full Price: $9.00 Overall Rating: 8.7 Originally released in 2001, the Gurkha Shaggy Vintage was loved by many a Gurkha fan. Now the Gurkha Shaggy Vintage has returned to store shelves. Returning to the original blend for the […](image)

Cigar Review: Gurkha Heritage Maduro

Gurkha Cigar Group Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexico (San Andres) Binder: Brazil (Arapiraca) Filler: Brazil & Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 54 Strength: full Price: $8.99 Overall Rating: 9.1 Last year’s Gurkha Heritage was quite well received upon its release, and at this year’s IPCPR in Las Vegas Gurkha featured the follow up cigar at its […](image)

Toast of the Week (10/23/16)

It’s been another busy few weeks here with events to attend and reviews to write. We’ve had recent reviews of the Finca Santa Fe by Cordoba & Morales, the full line of QuickDraw Short Panatelas by Southern Draw, 1502 Blue Sapphire, Espinosa Alpha Dawg, Southern Draw Kudzu Axil Lancero, Indian Motorcycle Habano and the Stogies’ […](image)

Cigar Review: Espinosa Alpha Dawg

Espinosa Cigars  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano Rosado) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5” x 50 Strength: medium-full Price: $8.95 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.0 Erik Espinosa has been making some great cigars for a while now, with his Larañja Reserva being the No. 2 on our Top Ten Cigars of […](image)

Cigar Review: Toraño Exodus (2016)

General Cigar Co. Country: Honduras Wrapper: Honduras (San Agustin) Binder: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Filler: Dominican Republic, Mexico & Honduras Size: 5” x 54 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $6.99 Overall Rating: 8.7 In 2014, General Cigar Co. acquired the Toraño Family brands in a well publicized deal, with Jack Toraño remaining on as the brand’s […](image)

Cigar Review: Foundry Time Flies

Foundry Cigar Company / General Cigar Company Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo and Criollo) Size: 5” x 50 Strength: full Price: $7.00 Overall Rating: 7.9 For the latest blend from Foundry Cigar Co, a subsidiary of General Cigar Company, Michael Giannini teamed up with AJ Fernandez on the Foundry […](image)

Cigar Review: Herrera Esteli Maduro H-Town Lancero (Stogies Exclusive)

Drew Estate / Stogies World Class Cigars  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Connecticut Broadleaf) Binder: Brazil (Mata Fina) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 7” x 40 Strength: full Price: $10.00 Overall Rating: 9.1 The well-recieved Stogies H-Town Lancero Series continues to expand, this time with a rare cigar in a rare vitola. For this year’s TAA, Drew Estates released the […](image)

Cigar Review: 1502 Blue Sapphire

Global Premium Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $13.00 Overall Rating: 8.6 1502 Cigars from Global Premium Cigars is a company that declares itself “proudly Nicaraguan”, even its name is taken from the date that Christopher Columbus “discovered” what would become Nicaragua on […](image)

Cigar Review: Ohana Pulse (Habano)

Ohana Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6″ X 50 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $9.50 Overall Rating: 8.7 “Ohana means family,” according to Lilo from the Disney movie Lilo & Stitch, and as Brothers and Sister of The Leaf, we cigar enthusiasts are one big family. That is the […](image)

IPCPR 2016: Drew Estate

Jonathan Drew can be a hard guy to track down at IPCPR, and a tour of the all the new products in the Drew Estate booth would be difficult to accomplish without numerous interruptions from customers and fans. Everyone’s looking for a few minutes of Jonathan’s time. So we took the pragmatic approach this year, we had Pedro Gomez take us on the tour, freeing up our time with Drew to focus on other developments.

Ben and I have known …

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IPCPR 2016: 26 Minutes With Pete Johnson

No IPCPR is complete without another episode in the growing Minutes With Pete Johnson series. This year we met up with a slender Pete behind the bar in his 2016 Best In Show booth. It seemed more like he was tending bar in his shiny new booth than selling cigars. (He was behind the bar talking and pouring his wine for visitors every time we saw him.) Not that his cigars need any help selling.

We get started with Pete …

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