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Procigar 2018: Day 4

I was a lot less hungover than I should have been, but Thursday morning came far too quick for my body, which as you might recall ending the night with a lot of red wine. Still, when I got on the bus to head to Tamboril, I felt pretty good ...

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 22:57:40 +0000
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Portraits: Yuri Guillen

Yuri Guillen is in charge of one of the largest cigar factories in the world: General Cigar Dominicana, the Santiago-based behemoth that is responsible for making Macanudo, as well as American-bound Cohibas, Partagas and others. He’s held that job since 2008, rising from production supervisor to production manager of the ...

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:00:25 +0000
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Camacho Candela Returns to Retail

The Camacho Candela is back and arriving at retailers. The cigar uses a criollo leaf that was flash-cured over a charcoal fire. The blend was built on the company’s original Corojo blend, with Honduran corojo used in both the binder and filler. It’s offered in a 5 x 50 robusto ...

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:41:19 +0000
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JetLine Schedules Mongoose, Hurricane 2 for May

Two new triple flame lighters are coming from JetLine in May. The Hurricane 2 is an updated version of the company’s Hurricane lighter. Like the original Hurricane, it has a triangular pattern flame, a flip up lid and a built-in punch cutter. It’s all-metal and will be priced at $39.99. The ...

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:00:55 +0000
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Procigar 2018: Day 3

While I got to bed at a reasonable hour Tuesday night, I was still only able to set my alarm for less than six hours of sleep. After putting off getting out of my bed as long as I could, I got dressed and headed downstairs to the area where ...

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:20:48 +0000
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Villiger Cigars Adding La Flor de Ynclan Lancero

Villiger’s La Flor de Ynclan line is getting a lancero. It will be a bit shorter and a bit thicker than what many would consider the traditional size for the vitola, as it will measure 6 3/4 inches long with a 43 ring gauge, a size more commonly referred to ...

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:20:52 +0000
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Nick & Jim P.B.E.

While it does not happen very often, every once in a while a cigar release ends up with a different name than the one it had when it was announced. Thus was the case with the Nick & Jim P.B.E., a a collaborative effort between Nick Syris of LH Premium Cigars and ...

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:49:58 +0000
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Thompson Cigar Lands Romeo Y Julieta RyJ Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez

Thompson Cigar has landed a new exclusive line of Romeo y Julieta from Altadis U.S.A., the Romeo y Julieta RyJ Nicaragua by AJ Fernandez. It’s a medium to full bodied Nicaraguan puro that features a habano 2000 wrapper. It is offered in four sizes, each in 20-count boxes: Romeo y ...

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:08:15 +0000
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Procigar 2018: Day 2

Day two of Procigar started at Casa de Campo and ended in Santiago. It’s the longest day of the week and one that is a series of highs and lows—or perhaps—highs, then lows, then highs. It started with checking out of Casa de Campo, which goes pretty smoothly considering the ...

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:15:22 +0000
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Viaje Super Shot 12 Gauge (2018)

While Viaje is a company that has somewhat eschewed the idea of “regular production” cigars, it certainly has embraced the idea of “regular appearances.” The company has a number of lines that make annual returns in limited productions, with varying amounts of information disclosed about each release. One such cigar ...

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:36:53 +0000
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La Imperiosa by Crowned Heads

| STRENGTH: MEDIUM+ | BODY: MEDIUM+ | TASTING NOTES: NUTTY, WOODY, HINTS OF FIG & PLUM | For those of you who were avid cigar smokers in the early 1900’s, the La Imperiosa brand may seem familiar. La Imperiosa, which translates to “The Imperative,” was a Cuban cigar brand popular in the early 1900’s but discontinued likely in 1962 when Cubatabaco took control of the Cuban Cigar Industry and got rid of thousands of Cuban Cigar brands which were registered between 1810 when the registration of Cuban Cigar brands began...
Tue, 03 Oct 2017 17:33:10 +0000
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Cigar Review: Quesada Q D’etat Molotov

Behind The Stick: The December 8th press release reads: December 8, 2011 — The Q d’etat line represents a symbolic revolt against the unfair taxation practices and mistreatment of the premium cigar industry. The brand is intended to create awareness of the dangers increased government regulation and taxation will produce, specifically the FDA’s desire to regulate premium cigars. There will be three sizes, released at different dates, of 1,000 ten-count boxes. Each box will contain a form to register for membership in Cigar Rights of America. The first of the...
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:15:04 +0000
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Cigar Review: Protocol Probable Cause Lancero

| STRENGTH: FULL | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: SPICY, WOODY, HINTS OF ESPRESSO | In 2015 two police officers, Juan Cancel and Bill Ives, revealed the industry’s newest cigar brand: Cubariqueno! Launched nationally at the 2015 IPCPR trade show in New Orleans, Cubariqueno was created by two police officers, Juan Cancel & Bill Ives. The La Zona cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua is the chosen location where all Cubariqueno blends are created under the watchful eye of Erik Espinosa. Cubariqueno’s freshman release is the protocol. Originally a single blend...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:22:54 +0000
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Cigar Review: Todos Las Dias

“Todos Las Dias is my personal Spanglish translation meaning ‘All the Days,’” said Steve Saka, Dunbarton’s owner, in a press release. “The workers at Joya de Nicaraguan often cringe at my casual butchering of their mother tongue, but in my opinion cigars are far more than a grammar lesson to abide, they are the physical manifestation of a feeling and of an experience. It is a supple, sungrown Cuban Seed capa which encapsulates its intricate tripa recipe of rich Jalapa and Esteliano tobaccos. From the first puff, there is no...
Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:27:45 +0000
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Cigar Review: Headley Grange by Crowned Heads

Following the huge success of Crowned Heads first addition to the cigar world - Four Kicks - which like many of their cigars, has a clear reference to music - this one in specific a song by the band Kings of Leon, the company has continued with branding, design and focus all their own. Being a group with close ties to the music industry and living in Nashville, incorporating the music industry into their cigars fit right in line with who they are.
Sat, 26 Aug 2017 21:52:02 +0000
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Undercrown Sun Grown

| STRENGTH: MEDIUM+ | BODY: FULL | TASTING NOTES: EARTHY, TOASTED OAK, HINTS OF SPICE AND MALT | The Undercrown is one of Drew Estate’s best selling core line cigars – birthed from the famed Liga Privada, which many of you may know was a private blend made for Steve Saka during his time at Drew Estate. The Undercrown was released in October of 2010 as a sort of “alternative” to the Liga Privada which was quite hard to find at the time. The story of the Undercrown is really...
Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:09:56 +0000
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