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Naked Perritos Connecticut

Friday, April 17, 2015 3:35:17 PM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Naked Perritos Connecticut
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Connecticut
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Corona
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  5.5
Ring Gauge:  40
Price:  $23.95 for a bundle of 25

MJ Frias Naked line of cigars is pretty basic.  But in this case basic doesn’t mean bad.  To be honest, MJ Frias cigars is probably one of my favorite manufacturers.  Their cigars aren’t a household name but I’ve never had a bad one.  In fact the Perfect Smoke is probably one of my favorite cigars.  In the case of the Naked line, basic means big savings for you.

The Perritos is a nice light brown color with lots of veins and some wrinkles with a visible seam.  There isn’t much give in this cigar; it’s packed with plenty of good Dominican...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Perdomo Slow Aged Lot 826

Monday, April 13, 2015 11:32:06 PM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Perdomo Slow Aged Lot 826
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Maduro
Origin:  Nicaragua
Shape:  Glorioso
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Length:  6
Ring Gauge:  52
Price:  $21.95 available in the Perdomo Taster Sampler

The Perdomo family’s roots run deep in pre embargo Cuba.  The family has been making cigars for a long time so they know what they’re doing.  The Lot 826 is filled with a complex blend of 4 different Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos.  It’s put together quite well and is the kind of cigar any company would be proud of.

The Lot 826 has a nice dark Maduro wrapper with some nice veins and no visible seam.  The cigar is packed tight with plenty of long filler tobacco with no soft spots when you give it a squeeze.  The band isn’t overly fancy but it is a little busy.  It’s got a black shield and the wrap around is grey...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Cigars Head to Foot, Everything You Need To Know

Friday, April 10, 2015 1:57:53 AM America/New_York

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Info Guides General By The Cigar Don

Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Maduro

Thursday, April 2, 2015 1:34:44 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Maduro
Strength:  Full
Wrapper:  Maduro
Origin:  Honduras
Shape:  Toro
Filler:  Costa Rican, Nicaraguan, Honduran
Length:  6
Ring Gauge:  52
Price:  $71.95 for a box of 25

The Indian Tabac Super Fuerte has been going strong for over twenty years.  Developed with an intriguing blend of tobaccos with to create a rich full bodied cigar that any that any true cigar smoker would enjoy.  Super Fuerte translates into super strong, so the name of this cigar literally says it all.

The Super Fuerte has a nice oily wrapper that is so dark it’s almost black.  The wrapper has some nice veins and no visible seam.  The cigar holds up well to the squeeze test with only a slight bit of give to it.  The band on the Super Fuerte is super fancy.  It boasts a shield with two Native American’s in...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Going Green

Thursday, March 26, 2015 1:02:15 AM America/New_York

The Candela: The interesting oddity of the cigar world.  Most novice cigar smokers haven’t heard of them and even some seasoned enthusiasts shun them for the simple fear of what is new and different.  But some sixty years ago they were all the rage in America.  The green cigar was so popular in this country that the cigars became known as American Market Selection; however, today they’re rather few-and-far-between, but not without their followers.  Since St. Patrick’s day will soon be upon us, a day of all things green, perhaps it’s time to examine this once juggernaut of the cigar industry, in the hopes of changing a few minds or at least giving the courage to you to try something new.  Or if you’re like me, a card-carrying candela enthusiast, it’s time to fire up an old favorite. 

Like most traditions in the cigar world this one has its roots in Cuba and like most other bold ideas, the candela is thought to have been an accident.  It all started way back in the forties, in and around the growing region in Cuba known as Partido, where local farmers were dealing with extra humid conditions while trying to sure their tobacco.  Someone got the idea to use forced air heat to dry out the inside of the...

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Posted in General Cigar News By The Broadleaf Blogger

Bances Toro Review

Friday, March 20, 2015 6:15:20 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Bances
Strength:  Mild - Medium
Wrapper:  Natural
Origin:  Nicaragua
Shape:  Toro
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Length:  6
Ring Gauge:  50
Price:  $2.25

Sometimes a cigar doesn’t look like much.  Not to be rude but sometimes a stogie just has nothing that stands out to distinguish itself or make it stand out from the crowd.  That’s the way Bances cigars are, nothing special about them.  There’s no flashy band, even the artwork on their boxes is plain and unassuming.  Their slogan is pretty plain as well, “An imported cigar at a domestic price”, there’s nothing spectacular about that.  But sometimes the smoke itself is all the flash you need.

The natural Ecuadorian leaf wrapper is a nice medium brown color with long veins and a visible seam.  The Bances has a little give, but it’s pretty obvious that it’s packed with lots of nice long filler Nicaraguan tobacco.  I may have lied a little earlier when I said nothing on the band sticks...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Stogie Boys Cigar Icon: Arthur J Rooney

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 6:07:00 AM America/New_York

Better known as simply ‘The Chief’, Pittsburgh’s favorite son was born in Coulterville Pennsylvania into a family of Irish immigrants in 1901.  Arthur J Rooney was a natural born athlete, played football, baseball and even qualified for the 1920 Olympics as a welter-weight boxer.  Rooney was also one of the best players in the world of horse racing, a talent that as legend has it, would eventually lead him to the owner’s chair for an NFL franchise.  From modest beginning to a super bowl ring on every finger, Rooney was seldom seen without a cigar, even after being immortalized in bronze outside Heinz Field on Pittsburgh north shore, the chief proudly clutches a stogie in his hand with a smile on his face. 

It was clear early on that Art sr. was going to be a sports man.  Talented in several sports, he played minor league baseball for a few different teams...

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Posted in General Cigar Icons By The Broadleaf Blogger

You Got to Fight for Your Rights

Friday, March 13, 2015 5:25:06 PM America/New_York

Gerald S. Upsham, [Student activist David Shapiro sitting behind University President Kirk’s desk smoking an appropriated cigar during six-day campus uprising and protest at Columbia University, New York], May 1968
(c) Gerald S. Upsham, Fans in a Flashbulb

There seems to be no shortage of proponenets against the rights of cigar enthusiasts.  Taxes, smoking bans and job killing legislation seem to be looming for the cigar smoker or the tobacconist at every turn.  Although all of those things fail in comparison to what may yet come; the FDA has taken aim at the cigar industry and is very anxious to pull the trigger.  Nevertheless, it’s far from over, it’s now up to the cigar smokers of America to stand up for their rights and protect the cigars we all love. 

In 2010 the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act gave the FDA jurisdiction under the Title 21, chapter 9, subchapter IX and section 387a.  The legislation...

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Posted in Cigar News Fifty States of Freedom By The Broadleaf Blogger

Acid Cold Infusion Tea

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4:57:55 PM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Acid Cold Infusion Tea
Strength:  Medium - Full
Wrapper:  Habano
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  7
Ring Gauge:  56
Price:  $6.95

Drew Estate released its Acid line of cigars back in 1999.  Ever since then, they’ve earned themselves a place in cigar shops across the world.  I’ve been seeing them for quite some time and I’ve stated before that I was unsure about the brand.  I’m not sure why I avoided the Acid brand, but I just never was into them.  To be honest, I never had even tried them.  That all changed when I was asked to review the Blondie by Acid.  I had to eat my words.  I’ve found the Blondie to be quite the enjoyable cigar, infused with a nice pleasant and smooth flavor that was unlike any other flavored cigar I’d ever tried.  It seemed much more than the grape flavored White Owls that are out there and I realized that there was a premium cigar that was flavored...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews By Aaron Stine

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