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Victor Sinclair Vintage Select Box Press

Monday, December 29, 2014 2:15:32 PM America/New_York

Dark and Delicious, this Victor Sinclair will surely win you over! 

The Victor Sinclair Vintage comes wrapped in a soft and oily Brazilian Maduro Longleaf. This wrapper lends the chocolaty earth notes and helps round out the mix of Cuban-seed Dominican long-leaf tobaccos. This cigar lights easy and its sweet smoke is evident immediately. The flavor itself is surprisingly smooth, rich, and has hints of dark chocolate  As the cigar heats up, a little more of the earthy notes come out making this cigar an experience to be had. The cigar's intensity is square in the middle, as it is a great balance of sweet and earthy notes. A characteristic seen in many maduro wrapped cigars. 

Smoking this cigar on a cold fall or winter night is a dream come true. Paired with a nice dark beer like a porter or stout, and the two flavors blend amazingly well. That savory punch of a stout pairs with the subtle sweetness of this cigar. Sure to warm any night! 

Give this cigar a try, you won’t be disappointed. 

 

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews By TheSmokingBuckeye

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990

Monday, December 22, 2014 9:06:04 PM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Rocky Patel Vintage 1990
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Maduro
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Churchill
Filler:  Dominican Republic/Honduras
Length:  7
Ring Gauge:  48
Price:  $39.95 for a five pack

Rocky Patel’s one of the biggest names in the cigar industry and he’s known for putting out some of the best cigars in the industry.  It’s always a pleasure to get to smoke one of his cigars and I’ve wanted to try one of his Vintage line of cigars for awhile so I was excited to have the opportunity to review one.

The Vintage 1990 has a nice dark chocolate covered maduro wrapper with a slightly visible seam with plenty of veins.  It’s a box pressed cigar that’s packed with plenty of tobacco.  There wasn’t much give during the squeeze test and it was easy to see it was well put together and constructed..

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews By Aaron Stine

Fifty States of Freedom: Texas

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:57:28 PM America/New_York

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Could Be Worse

The largest state in the continental US is home to almost twenty-six and a half million people, its total population is second only to California and second only to Alaska in landmass (according to a 2013 censes).  Texas is one of only thirteen states with no sweeping state-wide smoking band.  Instead, the lone star state boasts a whopping forty-one pieces in local level legislation.  Not for lack of trying however, such bans were attempted unsuccessfully in 2007 and then again in 2009. 

The potential forty-second of such said bans hails from northwestern Texas, the city of Lubbock and is possibly the most jarring...

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Posted in Cigars General Cigar News By The Broadleaf Blogger

Winter is Coming

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 1:53:11 PM America/New_York

By now, depending on where you live, most of the leaves are on the ground, Christmas shopping plans have been made and who knows, maybe you even seen snow.  Winter won’t actually be official until December 21st, but for most of us the beginning of daylight savings time means the season has arrived.  Preparing for cold weather is pretty simple, keep the warm in and keep the cold out to stay comfortable, but what about your cigars?  If you’re not careful, the changing of the season could wreak havoc on your collection...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Info Guides General Cigar News By The Broadleaf Blogger

Nick's Sticks Toro Conneticut

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 10:44:39 PM America/New_York

Nick's Sticks

Basic Cigar Info: 

Name:  Nick’s Sticks
Strength:  Mild - Medium
Wrapper:  Connecticut
Origin:  Nicaraguan
Shape:  Toro
Filler:  Nicaragua
Length:  5.5
Ring Gauge:  54
Price:  $72.95 for a box of 20

Nick’s Sticks is Perdomo’s try at an affordable premium smoke that not only is a pleasing smoke, but something you won’t be ashamed to smoke in front of your friends.  Using a combination of Nicaraguan grown Cuban seed tobacco and Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf wrapper for the utmost flavor that will fit in any budget.

The nice Ecuadorian wrapper is pale brown with an...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Stogie Boys Cigar Icon: John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:15:42 AM America/New_York

Also known as Jack Kennedy or simply JFK, the beloved 35th president (January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963) was well known as charismatic, cool and a classic cigar smoker.  JFK’s legend for leadership and archetypal American style won him the hearts and votes of the American people in 1960 over his good friend, the infamous 37th president Richard Milhous Nixon (January 20, 1969 – August 9, 1974).  It was a pivotal point in American history, a culmination of the right time and the right man for the job. 

JFK, as most know was born in Massachusetts on May 29, 1917.  He went on to server in the US Navy during World War II after he was debarred from joining the army due to a medical issue, of which he had more than a few. He is remembered for his heroics during the war and presence at the attack...

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Posted in General By The Broadleaf Blogger

Fifty States of Freedom: Missouri - Old News

Thursday, November 20, 2014 7:05:54 AM America/New_York

As far as ‘cigar friendly’ states go, ‘The Show Me State’ is right there with the best of them.  Missouri’s smoking laws are pretty lose compared to the rest of the union, as one of the thirteen states without a state wide smoking ban; what the state does have, is called the Missouri Indoor Clean Air Act.  This is a pretty common sense kind of law, covering all of the basics, utilizing the blanket terms of ‘public places’ and ‘public meetings’.  The law states, in a nut shell, that no smoking can occur in these designated places as you may have already guessed however, it goes on to specify that smoking is actually okay in public so long as it’s within a designated smoking area which, may take up no more than thirty percent of the available indoor space.  Sweeping state-wide bans have been proposed in the state in past, in fact such legislation has been proposed annually since 2008 and every year the law has been unable to gain the political traction needed to pass.  Missouri’s cigar tax is only ten percent; this is on the lower end of the spectrum as far as state taxes in this category. 

The laws do vary from between the localities within the state as far as where and when it is appropriate to smoke.  The potentially newest local edict is also the most...

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Posted in General Cigar News By The Broadleaf Blogger

Pinar Del Rio Fumas Petite Corona

Monday, November 17, 2014 6:47:00 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Pinar Del Rio Fumas
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Habano
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Petite Corona
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  5
Ring Gauge:  40
Price:  $1.35

How many times in life have you heard the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover”?  From someone literally describing a book to your parents telling you not to judge someone by their looks, it’s a pretty common saying that has become one of the great cliché’s of the English language.  Since I’ve started writing cigar reviews, it’s a saying that has come to mind time and time again with me.  So much so that I should know better, but alas I’m human and human nature is to judge.  That’s pretty much what happened with the Pinar Del Rio.  A very plain looking cigar that doesn’t stand out in a humidor or on the shelf, it’s not ugly or horrible looking, it’s just plain.  It’s the kind of cigar I look at and expect it to be flavorless and boring, but that’s why your mom always told you not to judge a book by its cover.

The Pinar Del Rio Fumas has a nice habano wrapper that is textbook brown.  In fact, when I think of brown, this is the color I see.  The wrapper has lots of nice veins...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews By Aaron Stine

ACID Blondie Review

Thursday, November 13, 2014 1:29:39 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Acid Blondie
Strength:  Mild
Wrapper:  Natural
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Length:  4
Ring Gauge:  38
Price:  $5.25 ( @ Stogieboys )

I’ve been seeing Acid cigars ever since they came on the scene.  Whether tucked in the pages of the latest cigar catalog or out near the register at the local smoke shop, it’s hard not to notice them.  Still, I’m not a huge fan of flavored cigars and something about the name always made me look the other way.  So when it came time to review one, I was kind of intrigued. 

The Blondie was a short cigar, about four inches with a 38 ring gauge.  Because of its size they put a nice little twist on the end that’s perfect to just bite off.  It had a nice...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews By Aaron Stine

Around The Industry: The Family ToraƱo

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 6:21:00 AM America/New_York

The cigar industry is a world of constant flux.  New brands, companies and shops emerge each year and with them, a pantheon of personalities and characters.  It’s a world of movers, shakers and survivors, and it’s always evolving.  A great many companies are built on families and traditions, while others are simply built on a dream. 

The Toraño Family Cigar brands are now the newest label to add its name to the extensive and illustrious list of companies owned and distributed by the...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Info Guides General Cigar News By The Broadleaf Blogger

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