Monday, December 7, 2015

Camacho American Barrel Aged Robusto

Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Filler / Binder: United States
Length: 5”
Ring: 50
Cost: $10.00

Background:  The interesting part of this cigar is that it really is an “all American” smoke. From the tobaccos on the inside to the wrapper, everything is grown in the USA. The corojo filler in this one is aged for 6 years, then is further aged in bourbon barrels (again an American product) for 5 months. See a theme here? Time and care went into this product.

Appearance (0-20):  One of the most striking things about this smoke is the initial appearance. It’s bold and it’s in your face. But let’s be honest – that’s pretty much the American persona. The orange, black, and silver on the bands work well to put out a really stylish look and showcase the cigar. It is an attention grabber for sure. You will note a few things on this one. The bottom label shows it as the American barrel aged, with some barrel designs around it to reinforce that. You will also see some taglines like the following – “uncompromised intensity”, “layered complexity”, “six years aged original corojo”, “hand built in the Dominican Republic”, and “bourbon barrel finish 5 months”. Beyond the packaging alone stands a good looking stick. There are no impurities, no major veins of note, and the wrap looks tight. There isn’t much better you could possibly do in terms of looks.
Score: 20

Construction (0-20): The PA Broadleaf on the outside of this smoke has a nice light oily feel to it, with some slight rough spots. It’s packed well as it is firm in one’s hand. Prelit draw was on point with just right amount of resistance, though after lighting it was a little looser than I would have preferred. The burn was fairly straight throughout with a decent ash compiling at each time, about one inch per drop.
Score: 17

Strength (0-20): A medium to full strength rating on this hits it almost directly.  
Score: 19

Flavor (0-20): The flavor profile is interesting to say the least. As expected there is a nice peppery blast off of the initial smoke. It’s backed up by both earthy and nutty flavors, as well as some of the bourbon flavors that are imparted by being aged in the barrels. Light sweetness and some other spices are present, but none are prominent. The pepper itself fades as the smoke continues, but it doesn’t totally get phased out... it more or less steps back a little so other flavors can shine.

The second portion sees some incorporation of a bit of vanilla and wood, but almost a charred sort. The char is reminiscent of the smoky nature of some of the better bourbons. This same flavor profile continues to be relevant through the rest of the stick, though it all varies in the strength of those flavors.
Score: 17

Value (0-20):  $10.00? That puts this into a different tax bracket, so to speak. BUT, it is worth the money on this one, unlike some other offerings we have smoked in the past in the same price point… Though it’s still not a daily smoke with that cost.
                                                                      Score: 18                                                      

Additional Notes: Provided by the folks at Famous Smoke. Paired with water.

Overall (0-100):  Camacho swung for the fences with the American Barrel Aged Robusto. They took what could have been a gimmick (an all American cigar) and instead put out a really interesting product. From beginning to end, the cigar really is all about ‘Murica.

So did they hit a home run with this one? I’m going to say no, but it was close to an inside the parker as you are going to get. The appearance screams America with its bold looks. The construction is above average but the strength is nearly right on the button of where it should be. The flavor profile of spice, sweetness, earthiness, wood, etc is pleasing though not overly complex as it more or less varies in the amount of some standard flavors.

So last comes to price. Would I pay $10 for this? Yes. I absolutely would. This is definitely going to go onto the list of cigars that I will pick up when I am looking for something better. However, I will admit that the $10 price is one that would keep me from picking it up on a more frequent basis.

TL:DR – Great cigar at the correct pricing, though not an every day smoke.

Score: 91

Monday, November 23, 2015

Oliva Serie G Toro

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 6”
Ring: 50
Cost: $5.69

Appearance (0-20):  Typical of the Oliva branding, the band is a cream colored set with gold and maroon, stating the series of the cigar below it. It’s set against a deeper brown Cameroon wrapper with minimal veins. Everything looks pretty solid overall with no negative points to emphasize. There is nothing outstanding on the appearance per say, but also nothing to complain about.
                                                Score: 18

Construction (0-20): The initial feel is that of a solid cigar. No gaps in the tobacco within the stick that can be felt to the touch. The initial cut left a small amount of debris, though not too excessive. The prelit draw is slightly tight, but it opened up quite easily post lighting and ended up being just a hair looser than what I would prefer. The burn began completely even but over time began to run slightly to one side.
Score: 15

Strength (0-20): Billed as medium strength, but truthfully it sits a lot more toward the lower end of that spectrum.
Score: 17

Flavor (0-20): The first puffs from the Oliva Serie Ggive off a wonderful creamy flavor with some peppery spice. These flavors mixed give a nice balance that is complimented within the first third by both dark chocolate and woodsy undertones. Eventually the chocolate becomes much more predominant, along with the pepper, whereas the cream fades back a bit. The final third has a much more prominent coffee flavor with a hint of cream and some leathery flavors.
Score: 18

Value (0-20):  For under $6.00 per smoke, it’s a solid choice. Comparatively speaking, it is in line with a number of other good selections in the $4 to $6 price point.
                                               Score: 17                                                      

Additional Notes: Provided by the folks at Famous Smoke. Paired with water.

Overall (0-100):  Oliva tends to stay pretty consistent with its offerings and this one falls in line with that theory. It’s got a pretty standard look, which again works with keeping to the branding that they are trying to convey. Typically, I have found that the construction on most Oliva cigars is pretty solid, though this one doesn’t quite fit that. Examples include the Serie V, Master Blends III, Serie O, and of course the Serie G Maduro. Further, the proposed strength doesn’t quite meet where it should. Where it lacks in some areas, it does excel in others. It’s a pretty solid choice for a sub-$6 cigar especially given the flavors – which are a nice complex mix of cream, pepper, dark chocolate, wood, coffee, and leather. I would hope to snag a few of these in a package deal, as they are a nice flavor profile. 

Score: 85

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Famous Smoke Shop introduces FOUR KICKS "BLACK BELT BUCKLE" cigars

EASTON, PA – How many cigars have you smoked that were inspired by the lyrics of a song? If you've smoked some of the selections from Crowned Heads Cigars, chances are you already have. Now, Famous Smoke Shop, the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices, is introducing a new exclusive edition from Crowned Heads: "Black Belt Buckle" cigars – the first-ever line extension to the bestselling Four Kicks cigars edition.

"Black Belt Buckle" cigars have the same Nicaraguan long filler & binder tobaccos found in the original Four Kicks blend (rated an "Outstanding" '91' by Cigar Aficionado), finished in a rich-tasting Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. The result is a medium-bodied smoke that exhibits the balance, complexity, and "Cubanesque" flavor profile of the original Four Kicks Habano wrapper recipe, augmented by the sweeter nuances found in prime Connecticut Broadleaf.

"Having the opportunity to play upon the original binder-filler with a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper has always been in the back of my mind, and soon, it will be a tangible product that will be enjoyed by cigar enthusiasts around the globe," said Crowned Heads Cigars president, Jon Huber.

Four Kicks "Black Belt Buckle" was made in a very limited production of only 10,000 cigars. The release will consist of 1,000 boxes, each with 10 cigars presented in the classic shape - Corona Gorda (5 5/8" x 46)

The cigars will have an across-the-board MSRP of $7.96/cigar, and are expected to arrive in-store on December 3, with preorder sales starting Thursday, November 19.
Oh, about those song lyrics that provided the inspiration for the name. . .
Huff men don’t take no nonsense / 
He’s here to rectify /
He’s got his black belt buckle / 
And the red man's fire in his eyes.
- "Four Kicks" (Kings of Leon)

“The Four Kicks brand will always hold a very special place in my heart, as it was the first release under the Crowned Heads umbrella," added Mr. Huber. "We're also very excited to be able to team up with Famous Smoke Shop and bring Four Kicks 'Black Belt Buckle' to the marketplace."

More information may be found by clicking here.


Famous Smoke Shop introduces new exclusive Alec Bradley cigars

EASTON, PA – "We have one goal: to give you, the cigar smoker, an unforgettable experience," says Alec Bradley Cigars president, Alan Rubin.  The company behind such critically-acclaimed cigars as Tempus, Prensado, and Black Market, Alec Bradley Cigars has just released the 1600 Brazilian "First Crop" selection as well as the Alec Bradley 1633 line of cigars which will be sold exclusively by Famous Smoke Shop, the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices.

The new edition's numerical moniker represents the year 1600, when tobacco was first grown in Brazil, and each Alec Bradley 1600 Brazilian cigar boasts a dark brown Brazilian Habano wrapper from a rare "first crop" harvest that lends an outstanding piquancy to the flavor and aroma. The core blend consists of Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos from Estelí and Jalapa, Honduran Jamastrán, plus a Costa Rican binder. The result is a well-balanced, full-bodied smoke that reveals layers of earthiness, sweet wood, and a subtle spiciness.

The 1633 in the name pays tribute to year when the first tobacco plant is believed to have been grown in Connecticut, which is the state in which this cigar’s wrapper originates. Under the leadership of Nestor Plasencia, these cigars are rolled and carefully inspected to ensure each cigar enjoyed is consistent and of the highest quality from one to the next, before being boxed up and shipped to Famous Smoke Shop’s massive warehouse in Easton, Pennsylvania where their company is located.

Alec Bradley 1600 Brazilian "First Crop" cigars are presented in boxes of 20 in the following popular sizes: Churchill (7" x 50), Gordo (6" x 60), Toro (6" x 52), Robusto (5" x 50).Suggested retail prices range from $118.20 to $148.20 per box, but Famous prices will reflect a measurable discount, and each size will also be available in both 5-packs and as single cigars.

"We're especially pleased to partner with Alec Bradley for this new selection by including it in our ever-expanding portfolio of high-quality house brands," said Famous marketing director, John Lamberti. "Cigar smokers drawn to dark, full-flavored cigars will find the Alec Bradley 1600 Brazilian selection extremely enjoyable as a solid afternoon or after-dinner smoke."

Alec Bradley 1600 Brazilian "First Crop" Blend Information:

Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
Binder: Costa Rica
Filler: Nicaraguan Estelí, Nicaraguan Jalapa, Honduran Jamastrán

The blend on the Alec Bradley 1633 is complex and very involved. As stated previously, this cigar features a smooth Connecticut wrapper, providing subtle nuances of savory flavors and aroma. The core intensifies the flavor with a Costa Rican binder and longfillers from Panama, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Although it looks light and mild, this offering is a rich and creamy medium bodied cigar that is sure to strike a chord with anyone who likes mild bodied cigars yet wants to try something more daring, or the true medium bodied fan who enjoys palate pleasing full-on flavor.

Famous Smoke Shop and Cigar Advisor Copywriter and Cigar Reviewer Jonathan Detore was able to try the 1633 before it hit the shelves, in order to provide a more in depth review of what those who buy a box of their own should expect. He says of the cigar “The Alec Bradley 1633 has a great balance of smooth and rough, if that makes any sense. It’s got a smooth, cool draw, but hits you with some slight spice and strength. This is a perfect example of when to not judge a book by its cover. It looks mild because of the Connecticut wrapper, which is stereotypical for mild cigars. However, by bringing in heavy tobaccos from Nicaragua along with the sweet Honduran longfiller, you are left with a medium bodied well-rounded smoke.”

Alec Bradley 1633 Cigars are available in four sizes – a 7 x 50 Churchill, a 6 x 60 Gordo, and a 6 x 52 Toro, and a 5 x 50 Robusto. With Famous’ full box discount pricing, customers can enjoy this new offering in boxes of 20, with individual retail prices ranging from $5.91 to $7.41 per cigar. People interested in learning more about Alec Bradley 1633 cigars or Famous Smoke Shop should visit or call 800-564-2486.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


EASTON, PA – "I do not consider a sale complete until the customer is satisfied," says Famous Smoke Shop CEO Arthur Zaretsky, who took over the modest New York City cigar store that his parents' established in 1939. Now located in Easton, PA, today Famous Smoke Shop is the leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, specializing in offering the web’s widest selection of cigars at the lowest prices. Several thousand miles away, in Nicaragua, Jorge Padrón has been carrying on his family's primary mission: making cigars of "exceptional quality," while striving to give cigar smokers "the confidence that each cigar is perfect," as his father has done since 1964. In celebrating over seven decades of quality and integrity, these two second-generation cigar men have collaborated on the release of an exclusive, limited edition Padrón cigar – the Famous 75th Padrón Anniversary cigar.

Famous 75th Padrón 1926 Series cigars are made in one size, a 5" x 54 box-pressed robusto rolled in two wrapper choices – Nicaraguan Habano natural or Nicaraguan Habano maduro. Presented in boxes of 10 cigars, these puros are exquisitely handcrafted with 5-year-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos offering a smooth, creamy, well-balanced smoke brimming with Padrón's signature earthy-spicy, full-bodied flavor profile. Only 3,000 boxes have been made, and like all Padrón Cigars, they will have individual, serial-numbered cigar bands.

Arthur and Jorge, both born of humble beginnings, both focused on providing the best to their customers; throughout their combined 115 year history they have built companies that today are honored fixtures of the cigar world, respectively. Jorge's father, Orlando, owned and managed cigar factories in Nicaragua and Honduras. Like the progeny of many tobacco growing, cigar making families, Jorge worked closely with his father since childhood, traveling with him daily to the office, learning every aspect of the cigar business.

Likewise, Arthur Zaretsky learned the retail side of the business from his parents, David and Rose, who owned the original Famous Smoke Shop on West Broadway in Manhattan. Virtually living behind the sales counter, Arthur worked 80 hours a week to support the family business. After his father passed-away, Arthur continued to work with Rose, whom the customers affectionately called "Rosie." While Rosie took care of the customers, Arthur began building the little cigar store into a thriving direct mail business from their new location on West 39th Street.

Living and breathing a passion for cigars, Arthur and Jorge have come to recognize and appreciate what their families have created. Backed with confidence and a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, both men took what their families had built and grew them into prosperous internationally-renowned businesses.

"Both Jorge and I owe a lot to our parents and the values they taught us," said Mr. Zaretsky. "So, in celebrating our 75 year legacy as Famous Smoke Shop, and in the spirit of family, we celebrate you – our customer – with this special cigar from Padrón."

About Famous Smoke Shop 

Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

Famous Smoke Shop
90 Mort Drive
Easton, PA 18040

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

#Famous Toro

Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Honduras
Filler / Binder: Nicaragua
Length: 6”
Ring: 50
Cost: $4.14

Background:  Famous has released this offering, the #Famous as a collaboration with Nestor Plasencia. This marks Famous Smoke Shop’s move into the infused cigar market. They sell the cigars both in house at their brick and mortar location as well as online. It is listed as a mild smoke with an infused edge to it.

Appearance (0-20):  A very light natural Connecticut wrapper flanks the outside of this cigar. There are a couple of minor physical blemishes that can be seen on it, but nothing of extreme note (tobacco spot, etc). The wrapper is a really neat looking design to it, with the actual “#” being set directly in the center of the Famous “F”. Its centered in a circle that swirls outward. The red and black designs along with silver and white are well done.
Score: 18

Construction (0-20): Sadly, where this one looked really good I had some reservations about it. The wrapper was softer (not an issue), but I could feel a few minor dips when pressure was applied that caused me a bit of worry. It felt as if there may be some gaps in the tobacco that would lead to this having some burn issues. Upon cutting, there was a bit of debris, and while it wasn’t excessive it was more than a normal cuts’ amount. The draw was slightly loose, and the burn never suite got to that ideal straight line. It wasn’t terribly out of whack, but enough that it was noticeable.
Score: 13

Strength (0-20): Mild. There really is nothing more to say than that, its exactly as it is billed – a completely mild cigar.
Score: 20

Flavor (0-20): As I have noted in the past, I actually enjoy flavored or infused cigars. It has just the slightest bit of bitterness like a light coffee. It’s creamy and has a nice vanilla flavor to it. There are some slight derivations of caramel and other small spices, but it’s generally singularly noted. As it smokes down further, the intensity drops slowly.
Score: 15

Value (0-20):  $4.14 for a single stick isn’t a bad price for the size, but in the same there are a number of other flavored cigars that I would personally opt to spend a little extra on. The value is also slightly decreased due to the construction.
                                                                      Score: 15                                                      

Additional Notes: Provided by the folks at Famous Smoke. Paired with water.

Overall (0-100):  I wanted to note, before giving the total overall write-up, that I smoked 3 of these to get this review and had similar results with each. So this really is a conglomeration of all of three of them.

This is Famous Smoke Shop’s first foray into production of flavored / infused cigars, so it’s not too much of a surprise that it has some smaller missteps. The construction could absolutely use some work since it feels like it could have been produced / wrapped a bit better. The packing was loose at points, which affected the draw and burn, and the cut wasn’t clean. The complexity also wasn’t quite there, but then again it doesn’t always need to be complex.

Flavorwise, it’s a pleasing taste of something akin to a coffee with some vanilla caramel coffeemate poured into it. But that being said, it is less sweet than some of the other alternatives on the market. On the positive side of things – the branding is outstanding and the strength is dead on for where it was being marketed. Is this the sign of things to come?

Famous put on its water wingies and got into the shallow side of the pool with this offering. And that itself is a big thing since it’s a new market for them. And this isn’t too shabby for a first try. I personally think this is a decent smoke for the price, but not one that knocked my socks off. I actually do look forward to see if they do something more with flavored lines in the future, and perhaps improve on this first step. Will they make it to the deep end of the pool? Time will tell. But for now, this one is worth a whirl as a flavored alternative.

Score: 81

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Drew Estate Announces ACID Chi-Town, Arango Cigar Co Subculture Exclusive

Miami, FL – Drew Estate has announced that they will be releasing a new Subculture cigar through Arango Cigar Co in Northbrook, IL. The new cigar will be called ACID Chi-Town, and will be available exclusively through Arango.

The new ACID Chi-Town will be presented in a glass tube in a 5 x 50 vitola. The blend features a Cameroon wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers. The cigars will be packaged in 18-ct boxes emblazoned with ACID branding. The ACID Chi-Town will begin shipping to Arango in November of 2015.

Drew Estate President Michael Cellucci stated that, “Arango Cigar Co has been a long-time ally of Drew Estate. We’ve built a great relationship over the years and can always rely on them to do right by us. We’re excited to work with them on ACID Chi-Town as we continue to bring new and fresh ideas to the popular ACID cigar brand.”

Look for the new ACID Chi-Town to hit Arango’s shelves in the coming weeks. Make sure to follow all of Drew Estate’s news by following them on social media at @drewestatecigar.

About Drew Estate

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”TM, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Nirvana, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Drew Estate Announces ACID Supercell

Miami, FL – Drew Estate will be releasing a new Subculture cigar for Fogue & Bates in Tulsa, OK, called ACID Supercell. The new cigar will be released at an in-store event at Fogue & Bates on November 19th, 2015.  Supercell will be available exclusively at the Fogue & Bates retail shop.

The new ACID Supercell is presented in a 4 ¾ x 43 vitola, and the blend is based on the ACID Toast blend.  ACID Toast has become a popular choice among ACID smokers who are looking for a fuller-bodied ACID cigar. The blend features a maduro wrapper from the San Andres Valley and has rich tobacco notes underlying the sweet taste of the ACID infusion.

When asked about the new ACID Supercell, Jonathan Drew said that, “James George at Fogue & Bates understands the ethos of Drew Estate. He has become a virtual extension of our vision, and drives it straight to consumers in the Midwest market.  The new ACID Supercell has been meticulously created to honor James for everything he has added to our journey. The Supercell is stupid fresh.  If you find yourself in Tulsa, definitely stop by Fogue & Bates. It’s an awesome shop run by an awesome team that we call family. "

James George, owner of Fogue & Bates, commented that, “The Supercell project started four years ago, with the idea that the Toast is my favorite ACID blend. The one problem was that the larger size was sometimes too large for the occasion. Sometimes you just don’t have an hour to commit to a cigar.  From there, Supercell was born. After four years and several blend iterations, the Supercell blend is what we’ve landed on, and I’m extremely excited about it. My relationship with Drew Estate over the years has been a fantastic partnership, and I truly believe that Drew Estate is the most innovative company in the industry. I’m happy to be partnered up with them for Supercell.”

To learn more about Fogue & Bates, call or visit their retail store at:

6929 East 71st Street
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 488-0818

To follow all of Drew Estate’s news, follow them on social media at @drewestatecigar.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Southern Cigar Co - A premium monthly cigar service

Once in a while at the Cigar Broskies we have the chance to try something new during its onset. This sometimes includes new releases (like Ramon Bueso’s offerings of Genesis The Project or Genesis Habano), getting invited to interesting events, or like for this one – being able to try out a new Co’s first offering. Today we will take a look at a subscription based cigar service coming from Southern Cigar Co.

Southern Cigar Co. was started by two friends who saw a gap in the market – delivering premium quality smokes and a top flight experience to their customers. They seem to be genuinely passionate about spreading their love of cigars out there, with a focus on a superb customer experience. From a quick look at the site, you can see they have put the time and effort in to get things running. Everything there looks and feels the way it should, and it operates quickly.

So far, so good.

Pricing is a little higher than some of the other cigar of the month style clubs that I have been a part of, with a singular month being up at $39. However, most clubs don’t allow you to less than a full year. The difference here is you have the option to commit to one month, three months, six months, or a full year. The more months you commit to, the cheaper it becomes of course. This particular one drops down to $32 a month when you commit to their maximum of a one year subscription. These prices include shipping to the US, which is a bonus for anyone who lives there… and is only $5.99 / month for Canada or $13.99 / month for any other international orders.

So now with the background out of the way, and the pricing, lets take a look at the monthly subscription box itself…

The packaging: The first month’s package was sent in is a solid cardboard box with the Southern Cigar Co logo on it. It’s stamped with a design throughout on the top, as well as one side. It’s a design that is both simple and effective, while actually being deceptively detailed. Opening the box reveals a number of goodies, setting on a bed of filler to keep everything safe.

The non-cigar items: For the first month only the box comes equipped with some extra goodies. There are a couple of stickers, a triple torch lighter, and a plastic dual cutter (for both normal and v-cuts). Neither the cutter nor the lighter are the highest quality, but for the most part serious cigar smokers will have a number of these already. Personally, I tend to bring these along to places where it may get lost or confiscated – think trips, tailgating, etc. If this is your first cutter and torch lighter, it’s actually a really thoughtful set regardless of the quality. The cutter gives a nice option with the ability to use either type and it’s always good to have a triple flame butane torch to fight against the winds. The final touch is the “menu card” which is a postcard sized write-up on the cigars of the month. It includes information on the strength, wrapper, size, country of origin, and some tasting notes. The card is on a glossy backdrop and is really well made.

The cigars: Before getting into the specifics on each cigar that is in the box, I wanted to make mention about how they arrived. All of the smokes were well kept from a humidity perspective. They were packaged two to a bag with a small tube of Humicare beads to ensure that they stayed fresh. The cigars were in superb condition with no damage at all from the handling, packaging, and shipping.

EP Carillo La Historia – If you follow Cigar Aficionado at all, this one ranked up there as the #2 cigar of 2014. Speaking honestly – I don’t always agree with their assessments or valuations, but this one is spot on. Absolutely a fantastic smoke.
      Curivari Seleccion Privada – This is one I haven’t had the opportunity to smoke in the past, so I’m interested to see how it pans out. That being said this little boutique blend has been on my radar for a little while to give it a try.

      Blanco Liga Exclusiva De Familia Maduro – Another that I have not had the opportunity to try, this one is a rich looking smoke just waiting to be lit up. I haven’t had much luck with Blanco’s stuff in the past and I am hoping this one changes that streak.

      Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro – Again, if you are a follower of Cigar Aficionado, you would know that the original Serie V Melanio was listed as their #1 cigar of the year. Again, I am inclined to agree. However, its only because the Melanio Maduro was not released in time to be judged for the 2014 crop of smokes. This may be better than the original. Quality smoke.

So after taking a look at each element, I can easily say that Southern Cigar Co has a lot of good things going for them. The packaging is bold without being too flashy. Their products are handled with the care they deserve and the other items that came along with it are thoughtful. The prices are in line with what you would expect from a premium cigar club, and there are discounts when purchasing multiple months. And the selection of cigars, most importantly, is one that I can really get behind.

If you are someone who wants to try new sticks each month and have it sent directly to your door – this is the kind of service for you. I actually look forward to seeing what Southern Cigar Co puts out each month, and how it evolves over time. Will there be some fun free gifts, like shirts or coffee mugs or something that show up? Maybe some hard to find cigars from time to time? Only time will tell of course, but this has the makings of something really good.

Check out Southern Cigar Co at their website, Instagram, twitter, or facebook. Special thanks to them for giving us the opportunity to try out their first mailing.

Davidoff Cigars Unveils Davidoff Tampa Exclusive

Pinellas Park, October 23, 2015. To celebrate the grand opening of Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 Tampa, Davidoff Cigars has unveiled the new Exclusive Edition Tampa. A collaboration between Davidoff Cigars and Jeff Borysiewicz, the cigar will be exclusively available at the new boutique location opening later this year.

The Davidoff Exclusive cigars that make up this edition are as unique and distinctive as the city of Tampa itself, honoring the rich history of Cigar City. A 6” x 52RG Belicoso format featuring a creamy, mild blend to match the palates of those who will have the opportunity to enjoy them, only  limited quantities will be available at the Tampa location.

“At Davidoff, our mission is to fill the aficionados’ time beautifully, delighting and surprising aficionados, by crafting exceptional cigars and creating unrivaled retail experiences. With these bespoke Exclusive Editions, we are taking service and experience to a higher and more personal level, ” says Charles Awad, Senior Vice President Marketing & Innovation at Oettinger Davidoff AG.

“Like all Davidoff cigars, the Tampa Exclusive is exceptionally crafted. However, the flavor profile of this particular cigar is somewhat different,” Davidoff Tampa owner Jeff Borysiewicz says. “We wanted a mild, creamy cigar that is a little softer on the palate...something approachable for folks just entering in the world of cigars or for those who are looking for mild, pleasing smoke.”

Davidoff Exclusive Tampa Edition 10’s
Wrapper: Connecticut Ecuador Rojiza
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Format: Belicoso
Diameter: RG 52
Length: 6”
SRP: $20 per Cigar, $190 per Box

Launch and availability
The Davidoff Exclusive Edition Tampa will debut during the Ybor City Cigar Festival, Saturday, November 7th in Tampa and Cigar Dave’s Alpha Pleasurefest at the Rock at Seminole Hard Rock 2 Hotel & Casino on Saturday, November 21st. The cigar will officially launch in limited quantities at
Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 – Tampa, starting in December 2015.