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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

Fifty States of Freedom: Colorado - A Rocky Road, a Slippery Slope

Monday, March 2, 2015 1:52:28 PM America/New_York

Colorado is nicknamed the ‘Centennial State’ because when it officially joined the union as the 38th state, it did so exactly four weeks to the day after the hundredth anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Independence.  Since trading the designation of ‘territory’ for statehood Colorado has been known its progressiveness, forward-thinking and cultural personality.  Recently it was the first state to legalize recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of twenty-one.  With all of Colorado’s bold efforts in personal liberties and advanced social policy, it’s not exactly what you might think of as a cigar-friendly state, but now it seems to be trending...

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

Romeo y Julieta 1875

Thursday, February 26, 2015 1:45:32 PM America/New_York

Romeo Y Julieta 1875

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Romeo y Julieta 1875
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Indonesian
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Churchill
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  7
Ring Gauge:  50
Price:  $129.95 for a box of 25

Romeo y Julieta is an old and respected Cuban cigar maker that easily transitioned into the Dominican market after the political winds shifted in the island nation.  The 1875 is the classic brand that harkens back to a simpler time.  Everyone knows of the Romeo y Julieta brand so I don’t plan on boring you with a long winded description of why this is a great cigar.

The Romeo y Julieta 1875 Churchill has a nice brown wrapper with a few nice veins and a barely visible seam.  There is absolutely no give in the 1875 when you squeeze...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Stogie Boys Cigar Icon: Dizzy Gillespie

Monday, February 23, 2015 1:19:00 PM America/New_York

John Birks Gillespie was born in the autumn of 1917 in South Carolina in a town called Cheraw on the west side of the Great Pee Dee River, October 21st.  Young John Gillespie was born the youngest of nine children and from a very young age his musical prowess was evident.  His father, James Gillespie, was a musician and local bandleader so there was no shortage of musical instruments for young John to learn on...

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Posted in General Cigar Icons By The Broadleaf Blogger

New Categories

Thursday, February 19, 2015 1:34:53 PM America/New_York

The Cigar Don has been publishing a new and wide range of articles of late, we've changed our focus from memes and funny gags to a more serious look at Cigars, including two special new categories:

Cigar Icons
Fifty States of Freedom

In these categories we'll be taking a look at historical....

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Posted in General Cigar Icons Fifty States of Freedom By The Cigar Don

Don Smith Sumatra

Monday, February 16, 2015 1:27:47 PM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Don Smith Sumatra
Strength:  Mild
Wrapper:  Sumatra
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Churchill
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  7
Ring Gauge:  50
Price:  $1.50

The name Don Smith doesn’t conjure up any romantic images at all.  In fact, it’s just about the plainest name I’ve ever heard of.  I imagine the “Don” part of the name is a throwback to the wealthy Spanish land owners that ruled their countries all those years ago.  But for all I know Don is the name of some guy that lives across the street from the factory where these sticks are made.  It’s a plain name for a plain cigar.  No flashy name or artwork that stands out to set it apart.  No, just a plain name for a cigar that, well let’s face it, is plain.  That’s not to say it’s a bad thing at all.

The Don Smith has a gnarly looking pale brown...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

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