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Stogie Boys Cigar Icon: Elvis Aaron Presley

Monday, August 24, 2015 12:24:07 PM America/New_York

“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.”

The pantheon of Rock n’ Roll is composed of gods, legends and icons but there is only one they call The King.  On the eighth day of 1935 Elvis Aaron Presley was born in a two room house in a town in northeast Mississippi called Tupelo, but not before his identical twin brother, Jesse Garon Presley, was stillborn about a half an hour earlier.  His origin may be modest but he would rise to the highest levels of fame and mythic esteem. 

Elvis’ first experience with music was in church and even as a young boy he was plainly talented and this became even more evident as he began learning the guitar at ten years old.  As a youth he was looked down upon by his classmates as country and simple.  Presley would spend his childhood...

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Posted in General Cigar Icons By The Broadleaf Blogger

Duque Toro

Friday, August 21, 2015 12:12:48 PM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Duque
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Sumatra
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Toro
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  6
Ring Gauge:  50
Price:  $25.95 for a bundle of 25

Anyone who enjoys cigars knows that they can become quite expensive.  With most big name premium cigars retailing for well over $10 a stick, it can be hard for someone of limited means to enjoy a cigar every day.  Even those who have a lot of disposable income often search for a premium cigar that is affordable and a pleasant smoke.  It seems like everyone nowadays is trying to come up with the perfect blend of pleasure and affordable price…..enter Duque.  Duque, in a number of languages means duke.  With...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Fifty States of Freedom: Oregon - From Bad to Worse

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 10:43:27 AM America/New_York

The west coast state of Oregon, the thirty-third addition to the union, has long seen the cigar as well as other tobacco products as undesirable. Whether in the forms of anti-smoking legislation or stifling taxation the Beaver State always seems to be coming up with new ways to make cigar enthusiasts feel unwelcomed. The situation continues to exacerbate for stogie lovers in Oregon, as the anti-tobacco culture carries on and continues to be a thorn in sides of tobacco craving Oregonians. Enforcement Oregon’s...

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

Around The Industry - Drew Estate, Swisher & Foundation Cigar Co.

Thursday, August 13, 2015 10:35:18 AM America/New_York

It’s a fluid landscape, the cigar industry, new companies are born and vie for recognition and custom.  It’s also full of storied titans of the business with deep roots and fabled families.  In late 2014 Siwsher International Inc acquired Drew Estate for an undisclosed amount.  Drew Estate, home to brands such as My Uzi Weighs a Ton, Liga Privada and ACID, are now part of the Swisher family of brands nearly two decades after being founded. 

Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel released their first cigar; La Vieja Habana in a small kiosk in New York City’s World Trade Center in 1998.  Success did not come easy, in fact the first few years of Drew Estate we very lean.  After a trip to Nicaragua, where the factory is located, the fledgling company was ready to release what would become their flagship brand with the help of an up-and-comin...

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Posted in Cigars General Cigar News By The Broadleaf Blogger

Fonseca Arana

Thursday, August 6, 2015 6:27:31 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Fonseca Arana
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Habano
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Corona
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  5.5
Ring Gauge:  44
Price:  $2.50

Fonseca is one of the oldest cigar brands out there.  With roots in Cuba going way back they’ve had lots of practice perfecting their blends of fine cigars.  The Arana, meaning spider in Spanish, is just one in a long line of tradition and excellence.

The Arana has a nice dark brown Habano wrapper with some nice long veins and a visible seam.  It features a standard red and gold Fonseca band. The cigar itself is solid, there is no give or soft spots in it.  The cap held up great to a punch cutter.  The cold draw wa...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews By Aaron Stine

La Diferencia Cubana

Monday, August 3, 2015 6:20:05 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  La Diferencia Cubana
Strength:  Mild
Wrapper:  Natural
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Robusto
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  5
Ring Gauge:  50
Price:  $2.25

I’ve often said that looks can be deceiving.  Many times I’ve been fooled by the look of a cigar.  I wasn’t impressed with the look of the La Diferencia Cubana.  I wasn’t familiar with this cigar brand at all.  It turns out the La Diferencia was originally a private label cigar produced by Hendrik Kelner, master blender for Davidoff and Avo.  As the name suggests, La Diferencia Cubana (Spanish for Different Cuban) is a cigar that is different, and threw what I see when I look at a cigar out the window.

The La Diferencia has a pale brown wrapper that...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews By Aaron Stine

Stogie Boys Cigar Icon: George Herman Ruth, Jr.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 1:59:00 AM America/New_York

“You just can't beat the person who never gives up.”

The Sultan of Swat, The Great Bambino or simply Babe, Baseball’s favorite son is the stuff of legends.  He was one of the biggest stars of his time, on and off the field.  He was known for his mind-blowing home runs, fabled parting and a massive appetite for life...including cigars.  From lowly beginnings, Pigtown Maryland, just south of downtown Baltimore Baseballs most celebrated hero was born February sixth 1895. 

Growing up, young Ruth was always in trouble and had a knack for mischief.  He began drinking at a young age and is said to have learned to roll cigars before he was ten...

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Posted in General Cigar Icons By The Broadleaf Blogger

Fifty States of Freedom: Ohio - A Safe Bet on a Lost Cause

Thursday, July 23, 2015 3:21:08 AM America/New_York

When it comes to the Buckeye State, it’s generally a political battlefield that comes to mind.  Every four years the state is home to some of the fiercest and decisive campaigning when it comes time for Americans to vote on a new commander in chief.  Unless you are a cigar smoking resident you might not realize that over the past several years the seventeenth state was and remains a battle ground for cigar enthusiast’s rights. 

In 2006 the state legislation titled simply ‘smoking ban’ was ratified, banning smoking from all enclosed public spaces except for tobacco retail shops and designated outdoor areas with a $100 dollar fine for individuals and a hefty $2000 dollar fine for businesses for not enforcing...

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Posted in General Fifty States of Freedom By The Broadleaf Blogger

Rocky Patel R4

Thursday, July 16, 2015 3:00:05 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Rocky Patel R4
Strength:  Medium - Full
Wrapper:  Corojo
Origin:  Honduras/Nicaragua
Shape:  Double Corona
Filler:  Nicaraguan/Honduran
Length:  7.5
Ring Gauge:  52
Price:  $3.85

Rocky Patel is known for his quality and innovative blends.  Some of the best cigars on the market today come straight from Rocky Patel.  Anytime I get a chance to smoke one of his fine cigars I consider it a pleasure. 

The Rocky Patel R4 is a nice rich brown color with some nice long veins and a nice oily sheen to it and no visible seam.  It’s a pretty solid cigar, packed with plenty of Honduran...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Don Aurelio Torpedo

Monday, July 13, 2015 2:31:29 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Don Aurelio
Strength:  Medium - Full
Wrapper:  Connecticut
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Torpedo
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  6.5
Ring Gauge:  52
Price:  $1.50

Cigar smokers are always looking for an everyday cigar.  The everyday cigar should not only be affordable but it also needs to be enjoyable to smoke.  Everyone has their own opinions on what constitutes affordable, but in my opinion anything more than two dollars does not fit into the everyday smoke range.  The problem is, it’s nearly impossible to find a decent cigar in that price range, that is until the Don Aurelio.

The Don Aurelio has a nice pale brown Connecticut wrapper with some nice veins and a visible seam.  There’s no give when you squeeze the cigar, it’s packed with...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

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