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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

Stogie Boys Cigar Icon: Mark Twain

Monday, January 5, 2015 3:22:55 AM America/New_York

Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on a Monday, November 30th 1835 in Florida, not the state but a town in Missouri with the tail of Halley’s Comet still in site, Mark Twain began is journey though American and literary history.  He was a traveler, riverboat pilot (yes, pilot) and has been called ‘the father of American literature and was a well know tobacco enthusiast, the cigar being his favorite though he was also know to smoke a pipe.  He loved his tobacco so much he was famous for saying: “if I cannot smoke in Heaven, then I shall not go.”  He was also famous for his prediction referencing Halley’s Comet claiming: “I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’” –Mark Twain 1902

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Posted in Uncategorized General Cigar News By The Broadleaf Blogger

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

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