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Don Diego

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 2:35:33 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Don Diego
Strength:  Mild
Wrapper:  Connecticut
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Grande (Toro)
Filler:  Dominican
Length:  6
Ring Gauge:  52

Don Diego is recognized as one of the most dependable and respected cigars in the world.  After the Cuban embargo they originally set up shop in the Canary Islands where the made a name for themselves until they made their home in the Dominican Republic where they are still making cigars.

The Grande is Don Diego’s version of a Toro cigar.  The light brown wrapper offers several nice veins and a barely visible seam.  I didn’t really notice any blemishes in the wrapper.  It seems to be packed really full of nice Dominican tobacco and I only really noticed on soft spot by the cap.  It features two bands.  The first is a thin band just below the main traditional band.  This lower band is cream colored with gold and green and black trim (in that order) and “Don Diego” in gold and in the back the two horse crest in green.  The main band is a similar color with a large circular green and black shield that features a two horse coat of arms crest in gold...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Camacho Connecticut

Monday, October 10, 2016 2:32:23 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Camacho Connecticut
Strength:  Mild - Medium
Wrapper:  Connecticut
Origin:  Honduras
Shape:  Corona
Filler:  Dominican, Honduran
Length:  5.5
Ring Gauge:  44

Camacho Cigars was started in 1961 when founder Simon Camacho was exiled from Cuba to Miami.  Recently purchased by Davidoff, Camacho Cigars went through a rebranding campaign where a lot of the old blends went under the axe.  The Connecticut blend survived all this and I think cigar smokers should be glad.  A nice mild to medium cigar that every smoker should become familiar with.

The Camacho Connecticut features a nice light brown wrapper with veins in all the right places and no visible seam.  There isn’t a lot of give in the cigar as it’s packed full of lots of good Dominican and Honduran tobacco.  When Camacho rebranded they changed the band, going with a universal...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

CAO America Potomac

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 2:28:42 AM America/New_York

Name:  CAO America Potomac
Strength:  Medium - Full
Wrapper:  Connecticut Shade and Maduro
Shape:  Robusto
Filler:  Nicaraguan Ligero, Dominican, Italian, and USA
Length:  5
Ring Gauge:  56

The Potomac River starts at the Fairfax Stone in West Virginia, a stone placed in 1746 to denote the boundaries of a land grant to Lord Fairfax and winds its way through West Virginia and forms the border with Maryland down into Virginia and the District of Columbia and back to Maryland where it finally empties into the Chesapeake Bay.  It was an important river in American history.  George Washington lived along the Potomac on his Mount Vernon estate and he first suggested that the new capital of the United States be built there, leading to the creation of the District of Columbia.  With the importance of the Potomac River in the formation of America it’s not surprising that CAO chose to name their cigar that honors America, the America Potomac.  The America Potomac is a stunningly visual cigar and I couldn’t wait to get the chance to try out this cigar.

The America Potomac...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Baccarat Maduro

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 2:24:23 AM America/New_York

Name:  Baccarat Maduro
Strength:  Mild
Wrapper:  Maduro
Origin:  Honduras
Shape:  Belicoso
Filler:  Honduran
Length:  6
Ring Gauge:  54

Baccarat is a card game played in casinos around the world.  While I’m only vaguely familiar with the game, I know it seems to be popular since the 19th century.  The Baccarat cigar which is part of the Davidoff family hasn’t been entertaining folks quite as long as the game, but it has been enjoyed by a lot of cigar smokers who enjoy a nice mild cigar at a price that isn’t gambling.

The Baccarat Maduro...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

CAO Columbia

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:45:32 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  CAO Columbia
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Honduran Jamastran
Origin:  Columbia
Shape:  Vallenato
Filler:  Columbia, Brazilian
Length:  5
Ring Gauge:  56

The CAO Columbia was one of the stops on CAO’s world cigar tour.  Made with a Cuban seed tobacco first grown in a remote Columbia in valley in the 1820s now called Ica Mazinga, CAO says that the Columbia is, “an adventure into the unexpected.  It’s the first cigar to prominently feature Columbian tobacco.  CAO complimented the Ica Mazinga with Brazilian tobacco and Cameroon binder all put together in a nice Honduran wrapper.  The wrapper is a nice clay color with just a hint of redness to it and the prominent band makes this an attractive cigar that really stands out.  And to make this cigar more exciting, the name Vallenato...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

CAO Pilon

Thursday, September 15, 2016 8:44:03 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  CAO Pilon
Strength:  Medium - Full
Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Habano
Origin:  Nicaragua
Shape:  Churchill
Filler:  Nicaragua
Length:  7
Ring Gauge:  48

A few years ago CAO set out to create cigars for their classic line.  SO they developed a blend that harkens back to the days of old world Cuba and developed the Pilon.  In the late 1800s the Cubans developed a fermentation technique that involved hemming tobacco leaves together and stacking them layer by layer in a circular pattern.  This was done by skilled tradesmen called piloneros whose patience and skill made an 18 month process pay off by maximizing the flavors of the leaf.  Back then it was of little concern that the process was time consuming and costly.  The only thing that mattered in those days was the flavor.  Eventually they began to move away from this method of fermenting and came up with less costly method that cut back on the flavor...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Torano the Brick

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 8:42:06 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Torano the Brick
Strength:  Medium
Wrapper:  Ecuadorian
Origin:  Nicaragua
Shape:  Robusto
Filler:  Honduran and Nicaraguan
Length:  5.5
Ring Gauge:  56
Price:  $3.95

The Brick by Torano was originally conceived as an inexpensive cigar for brick and mortar cigar stores where it wouldn’t be lost in the shuffle with online retailers.  After some tweaks and the addition of some Nicaraguan tobacco Torano reissued the Brick.

The Brick is a cigar that stands...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

American Classic Blend

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 8:39:56 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  American Classic Blend
Strength:  Mild
Wrapper:  Connecticut Shade
Origin:  Nicaragua
Shape:  Churchill
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Length:  7
Ring Gauge:  48

Alec Bradley released the American Blend a few years ago.  When I first saw the name of the cigar I thought maybe it would be a blend of all American tobaccos.  Instead I was pleased to find the American Blend was Alec Bradley’s attempt to create a cigar the recreated the great cigars of the early 20th Century.  Now this was an amazing time in American history.  A time when cigar smoking invoked visions of power barons making fortunes in boardrooms and politicians and heads of state in offices working out treaties and well let’s be honest, maybe some shady deals.  It was a time when America stepped out onto the world stage and...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Avo Syncro Nicaragua

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:37:55 AM America/New_York

Basic Cigar Info:

Name:  Avo Syncro Nicaragua
Strength:  Medium - Full
Wrapper:  Connecticut Ecuador
Origin:  Dominican Republic
Shape:  Toro
Filler:  Ecuadorian, Dominican, Peruvian, Nicaraguan
Length:  6
Ring Gauge:  54

Avo is a cigar brand I wasn’t too familiar with when I opened the mail and found one of their Synchro cigars looking up at me.  So naturally I did some research into the brand which brought me to the fascinating story of Avo Uvezian.  Avo is a jazz musician who was born in 1926 in Beirut which was at the time a French colony.  Avo was born into a family of musicians and he naturally followed in their footsteps.  He became part of a jazz trio and through that was able to travel to the United States where studied at Juilliard School of Music while playing in several bands.  He was drafted during the Korean War in to the Army but was taken out of the infantry and put into a band that played at officers clubs.  In 1983 Avo had a daughter named Karyn and he took her...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Reviews General By Aaron Stine

Emerald Cigar Lighter

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 8:35:47 AM America/New_York

Basic Info:

Name:  Emerald Cigar Lighter
Price:  $8.95

There are a lot of types of cigar lighters on the market today.  Some of them are quite expensive and others are able to be had for a relatively low price.  We all like to have that nice lighter that we got as a gift or saved up and bought to show off to our cigar smoking friends.  They are nice to have and use but if you like to enjoy a cigar in more everyday settings it’s nice to have one that we may not have spent a lot of money on.  Let’s face it, no one wants to drop a fifty dollar lighter out of their pocket while hiking or drop it off the side...

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Posted in Cigars Cigar Accessory Reviews General By Aaron Stine

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