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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

Fonseca Classic Toro Grande

Monday, February 2, 2015 12:27:09 PM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Fonseca Grande
Strength:  Mild - Medium
Wrapper:  Natural
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Toro Grande
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  6
Ring Gauge:  56
Price:  $7.95

The Fonseca Classic is not a flashy cigar.  It’s plain and unassuming from the normal looking color of the wrapper to the plain band.  Still, there is something about the cigar that, even when it’s unassuming, makes you take a second look.  I always like the idea of a product that doesn’t go in for a lot of flash, but gets by on its merit alone.  The Fonseca definitely has a lot of merit and doesn’t need the flash.  I think it’s the kind of cigar that may have been smoked by our grandfathers.

The Fonseca Classic has a nice pale...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Review

Monday, January 26, 2015 3:49:37 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Ashton Heritage Puro Sol
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Cameroon
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Churchill
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  6.7
Ring Gauge:  48
Price:  $9.25

The Fuentes family has made a big name for themselves in the cigar industry.  The Heritage Puro Sol is the latest in their Ashton line of cigars and they have gone to great lengths to make this cigar complex and special.  In fact, it’s only been made in an extremely limited run.  It’s a rare gem of a cigar that I couldn’t wait to get a chance to enjoy.

The Cameroon wrapper is a nice medium shade of brown with some nice long veins and no visible seam.  This cigar is really tightly packed with cigar, there’s...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews Cigar Info Guides General By Aaron Stine

Cuba: We Stand Now

Monday, January 19, 2015 3:55:17 AM America/New_York

December 17, 2014 the White House under the President Barack Obama regime took historic steps forward on a new stance toward near-by-neighbor The Republic of Cuba.  Though separated by less than one hundred miles of water the two nations have been separated by isolation from the embargo signed into effect by President John F Kennedy since 1961.  Since then the Cuban people have been governed by the Communist party lead by the Castros.  Now, over fifty years later the two countries have begun to take the first steps in opening relations for the first time.  It’s an exciting time for the two people nations it’s an exciting and historic time and for the cigar enthusiasts there is no more product more rousing and with greater mystique than the Cuban cigar. 

So is the embargo over?  Has after more than half a century...

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

Ashton Aged Maduro No. 10 Review

Thursday, January 15, 2015 3:59:49 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Ashton Aged Maduro No. 10
Strength:  Mild - Medium
Wrapper:  Connecticut
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Robusto
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  6
Ring Gauge:  50
Price:  $8.75

The Aged Maduro line of cigars by Ashton use only very select Connecticut broad leaf for the wrapper to make this cigar special.  The wrapper is then allowed to age and ferment naturally leading to a sweet flavor that is pleasing and natural.  This is the second in the Aged Maduro line I got to try and after my first experience I was excited to smoke this cigar.  I still picture Thurston Howell from Gilligan’s Island with a suitcase full of these that just happened to not be lost at sea, but I think this is a great line of cigars.

The first thing you’ll take note...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Review

Monday, January 12, 2015 3:44:53 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Rocky Patel Vintage 1992
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Sumatra
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Churchill
Filler:  Dominican, Nicaraguan Ligero
Length:  7
Ring Gauge:  48
Price:  $8.95

Rocky Patel, a giant in the cigar industry, offered up the Vintage line of cigars starting with the 1990.  The Vintage line offers a nice complex and smooth cigar with a huge flavor.  The 1992 offers the same blend of fillers as the 1990 but offers a very dark 10 year old Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and binder.  This variation makes for a very nice cigar full of flavor.

The first thing you notice is the very dark, almost black, chocolate shaded wrapper boasting some very nice veins and no visible seam.  The 1992 features a double band like the 1990.  The top band is black with the Rocky Patel “RP” logo in gold and a line of gold trim along the bottom edge.  The lower band is black with Vintage 1992 in the center in gold and gold trim along the upper and lower edges of the band...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews Cigar Info Guides General By Aaron Stine

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