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Fifty States of Freedom: Florida - The Front Line

Friday, May 15, 2015 2:29:01 AM America/New_York

The sunshine state was only the twenty-seventh state to join the union but it is home to America’s oldest city, St. Augustine which was originally founded by the Spanish 450 years ago.  Since then Florida as always been and a hot spot for the Spanish-speaking cultures, twenty percent of its population speaks Spanish, Florida is also home to the largest Puerto Rican and Cuban population in the country, likely due to its proximity to Cuba, the Caribbean  and Mexico, so it’s no wonder cigars are very popular in the southern peninsula.  Along with Pennsylvania, it is one for the two states without a cigar tax and is therefore home to countless cigar-industry jobs, for the time being. 

At the beginning of March the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco began operations to root out counterfeit cigars after being contacted by The General Cigar Co.  Since the operations began the ABT has confiscated over $100,000 in counterfeited cigars, rings and boxes and...

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

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Seconds

Monday, May 11, 2015 2:03:01 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Seconds
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Sumatra
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Toro
Filler:  Dominican, Nicaraguan Ligero
Length:  6.5
Ring Gauge:  52
Price:  $54.95 for a bundle of 15

Rocky Patel Vintage is a line of cigars that I really enjoy.  The Vintage 1992 is one of the better cigars that have come out in recent years and its one cigar that’s made well.  The good folks at Rocky Patel take lots of pride in their products so it’s no wonder that they are meticulous and picky with the cigars that get released with the Vintage 1992 band.  Their perfection is our gain, since they release the sticks that don’t make the cut as seconds.  The best part is the blend and flavor is the same as the ones that make the cut but for a lot less money. 

The Vintage 1992 Second is sometimes rejected because of the shade of the wrapper.  The sticks I was able to sample were a similar shade to the original, maybe only slightly lighter but had a lot more gnarly veins, and the one had a slight blemish in the wrapper.  Otherwise they looked....

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews By Aaron Stine

C&C Roll Back Connecticut

Monday, April 27, 2015 2:04:20 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  C & C Roll Back Connecticut
Strength:  Mild
Wrapper:  Connecticut
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Toro
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  6
Ring Gauge:  52
Price:  $2.50

When the Chuisano brothers went back to their roots and created C & C Cigars they created cigars that were for the everyday cigar smoker.  The Roll Back line is simple and affordable, with no extra oils or wines or other flavors to the wrapper.  The result is a simple yet flavorful cigar that is a pleasure to smoke and is easy on the wallet.

The wrapper is a nice pale brown with a few nice veins and a barely visible seam.  The cigar has little give when you squeeze, thanks to being packed full of lots of good natural Dominican tobacco.  The band is green with gold trim.  The circular shield has Roll Back inside written...

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Posted in Cigar Reviews By Aaron Stine

C&C Connecticut Churchill

Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:55:13 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  C & C Connecticut
Strength:  Mild
Wrapper:  Connecticut
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Churchill
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  7
Ring Gauge:  50
Price:  $4.75

C & C might be a name you’re not familiar with, but even though the company hasn’t been around all that long, the founders, the Chuisano brothers were the men behind the Cusano brand until it was sold to Davidoff.  After a stint with Davidoff, the Chuisano brothers grew tired and decided to get back to their roots so they founded C & C.  Their cigar line offers no nonsense, only good cigars at affordable prices.  The C & C comes in three different varieties, this time we checked out the Connecticut.

The cigar is a nice pale brown color with a few veins and no visible seam.  The cigar has some give to it.  The band is a nice maroon color with C & C Connecticut under...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews By Aaron Stine

The Box that Rocks

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:51:56 AM America/New_York

Everyone knows that the box cigars are packaged in tend to be beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, eye catching and memorable. After all, they are the first impression and often times the best means to get you to try a cigar.  If they weren’t striking, iconic or at least attractive then they wouldn’t be doing their job.  When it comes to cigars most smokers tend to find what they like and stick with it or keep buying things that are within the parameters of their own tastes.  Cigar smokers especially are known for being set in their ways and often like to keep to the brand they know.  You may be guilty of this yourself.  There’s nothing wrong with knowing what you like and going back to your favorite stick again and again.  But I challenge you to think of the last cigar you decided to try just because.  Maybe you were in the mood for something new, feeling a little adventurous or maybe you got a good recommendation from a friend.  But if I was a betting man, which I’m not but if I were, I’m betting that the last time you went out on a limb and tried a new cigar it was because of one or two reasons: you either read good a review that matched your taste or, a cigar box caught your eye and peaked your interest. 

It’s pretty common practice for cigar enthusiasts...

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Posted in General By The Broadleaf Blogger

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

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