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Leaf by Oscar, Masterful Honduran Blends

“In an industry filled with thousands if not millions of different cigars, how can we stand out?” This must have been the question on Jim Robinson’s mind as he was conceptualizing Leaf by Oscar. Full disclosure, I have no idea what he was thinking but I can guess.If you have no idea what I’m talking about or even what in the heavens Leaf by Os…

Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Maduro Tasting Notes

I sat for quite a while thinking about the best way to begin this piece. Undoubtedly, Perdomo is one of the greatest cigar conglomerates yet there is an undeniable enigmatic quality to this company. Maybe it’s just me but the mind boggling number of cigars released every year in unpronounceable names not to mention all the new cigar companies…

AJ Fernandez Enclave Natural & Broadleaf Review

AJ Fernandez Enclave is a great cigar to have. Even just seeing it in your humidor should bring a smile to your face. Why? Because it’s an anytime cigar, great value, and an excellent smoking experience. Debuted in 2015, AJ Fernandez Enclave is the second father/son partnership between AJ Fernandez and his father Ismael. It came hot on the hee…

​AJ Fernandez Last Call, From Private Stash to Full Production

Cigars love company. To me, nothing comes close to an afternoon of cigars, friends, football, and poker. And while the specific topics of discussion meander between serious current affairs and just utter nonsense, quite often we land on cigars and stay there. More than once we’ve lingered on this question, “If you could smoke only one brand of…

Laranja Reserva Escuro by Espinosa, a Decadent Cigar

I should just begin by saying if you don’t know the name spelled above in bold, start being excited now. You’re in the presence of treasure and I’m the bearer of a shovel! Why am I so full of beans? Let me answer with another question. Is it conceited to expect stronger cigars to have more complexity? I mean it is no secret that stronger cigar…

5 Vegas Gold Cigars, Affordable Luxury Smokes

There are many ways I wanted to introduce the 5 Vegas Gold cigars but admittedly most of them flopped seeing that it is such a long-toothed (if I can say that about a cigar) brand. 5 Vegas Gold Cigars have been around for decades. And I think it is a good thing that in 2021 we’re still talking about them. Now, if you have never had the pleasur…

Undercrown 10, Not Just Another Anniversary Cigar

There are beautiful moments in life that should just be consecrated for posterity. I am a sucker for winding, stirring stories-if you already can’t tell from my schmaltzy intro. The Undercrown story is a good example; so bear with me as I chew the rag. It’s a good story, I promise.How it all startedThis is a Drew Estate story that begins with…

Top 5 Cigars of 2021

It’s that time of the year again! We get to unveil our top 5 best cigar picks for the year 2021. The truth is, a lot goes into these choices especially because so many new amazing cigars were released this year alone. To narrow down to 5 choices is very subjective. At the same time, it leans on an experienced palate seasoned over decades. …

Ferio Tego Timeless Panamericana, The Nat Sherman Blend Revived

I love end of year releases especially if there’s still sometime before the official December madness. This way I get to decide if the new cigar is worth giving as a gift. Being a friend to a cigar reviewer has its perks!Now, this year’s brimming with new releases including transcendent blends from Aging Room, AVO Syncro and so on. We hav…

​Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper Review

The Alec & Bradley BrandThe Alec & Bradley brand is a highly acclaimed brand from two names you may be familiar with, the very brothers who the Alec Bradley brand is named for that is owned and operated by Alan Rubin. Their entrance into the family business was long awaited and so far, they have not disappointed. Together, the brot…

Aging Room Quatro Nicaragua Review

The Aging Room Brand is run by partners AJ Fernandez and Rafael Nodal, both of whom have had long and successful careers in the cigar industry. AJ Fernandez has made some of the world's best cigars in his factories for decades. Nodal, on the other hand, took a small, failing cigar company in Miami and turned it into one of the leading premium cigar…

Avo Syncro Caribe, a Symphony of Caribbean Flavors

The Davidoff of Geneva-Owned Brand AVOThe Davidoff-owned brand AVO is one of the most prestigious tobacco brands currently in existence. It was established more than a century ago, in 1911, and its long and successful history is one of the major contributing factors to the brand's prominence. Davidoff of Geneva owns several tobacco brands, i…