Cigar of the Week: Ashton Virgin Sun-Grown

Ever since it came out in 1999, the Ashton Virgin-Sun-Grown (VSG) blend has been a huge success for the PA-based company. Cigar smokers generally agree that this is the tastiest line from Ashton, and this has been confirmed this year in Cigar Aficionado's top 25 list, where it earned the #9 spot.

Ashton VSG Illusion

  • I was highly impressed with the Ashton VSG Illusion (it's a lonsdale). Full-bodied, it mixes both spiciness and sweetness in a very rich palette of flavors.
  • Rob from says that one has to have the VSG in his or her regular rotation and compares it to an Opus X in quality.
  • Ben at admits that the VSG started his life-long love affair with cigars.

Where to get it?

Ashton VSG is positioned as a premium cigar, so one stick will cost you approximately $10, depending on the vitola. Feel free to compare the prices here.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #84 (Jan 30 2010)

Welcome to our weekly reviews selection. Here's some cigar reading for you:

5 Vegas Miami

Reviewed by David at  My Cigar Ashes

A new cigar blog has recently been launched, it is created by DBCigar, a BOTL from CigarOutcast. Check out his latest review of the 5 Vegas Miami - good stuff!
Read the full review here...

La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial #4

Reviewed by Dave at  The Cigar Sage

This blend has been reviewed twice at and it always earned good grades. However, Dave seems slightly disappointed with this cigar.
Read the full review here...
Check out our take on the La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial...

Cigar of the Week: Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970

Joya de Nicaragua is a rather discreet brand but it is well-known by aficionados for its quality and consistent cigars. One of their most famous blends is Antano 1970, a full-bodied Nicaraguan puro that can easily knock you off your feet. Its most fervent fans claim that this is a great cheaper alternative to the Opus X...

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Robusto

Where to get it?

As already mentioned, Antanos are not expensive sticks, costing from $4 to $8 per single depending on the vitola. You can compare prices and pick up a sampler or a box here.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #83 (Jan 16 2010)

Welcome to our weekly reviews selection. Here's some cigar reading for you:

Patel Bros. Corona

Reviewed by Adam at  Fire Up That Cigar

Despite the recent outbreak in reports of dyed Rocky Patel sticks, the marca is still one of the leading American brands. The Rocky Patel Bros. was born from collaboration with Nish Patel and is a real powerhouse.
Read the full review here...

Tabacos Baez Serie SF

Reviewed by Tim at  Stogie Life

At $2.99 per single, this appears like a great cheapie!
Read the full review here...

Camacho selected for Golden Globe Awards

Camacho goes on increasing its presence at various events. This year, it will be offering the Camacho 10th Anniversary cigars to winners of this prestigious award.

Los Angeles, Calif., January 16, 2010 – Camacho Cigars has been chosen as the official cigar for the HBO Luxury Lounge®, in honor of The 67th Golden Globe Awards. The HBO Luxury Lounge®, produced by Mediaplacement Entertainment Incorporated, in conjunction with HBO, will be held at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills from Friday, January 15th through Sunday, January 17th.

Cigar of the Week: Cubao

Cubao is hand-crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua, at the Don Pepin Garcia's factory, for United Tobacco, creators of the 601 series. Released in 2008, the brand immediately gained popularity among cigar aficionados. In 2009, the maduro version was released and also had a fairly warm welcome.

Cubao No. 3

  • Jason, in his review of the Cubao No. 3 Lancero, says that its reputation is fully deserved.
  • Cigar Jack, in his early June 2008 review of a pre-release stick, predicts success to this cigar - and he was fairly right.
  • As for the Cubao Maduro, Adam at Fire Up That Cigar says that despite it being a good cigar, there are many alternatives if you're looking for a good maduro.

Where to get it?

The prices vary depending on the vitola. The cigars come in boxes of 20, the approximate prices are $140 for a box of No. 2 (torpedos) and $115 for a box of robustos (No. 4).

Cigar Reviews of the Week #82 (Dec 26 2009)

Saturday everyone, I hope you had a nice Christmas holiday! The end of the year is near and the reviews are getting better and better. Check out today's selection.

San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol by Ashton

Reviewed by Cigarfan at  Keepers of the Flame

Released in 2009, this is a slightly disappointing cigar coming from Don Pepin Garcia.
Read the full review here...

EP Carillo Edicion Inaugural 2009

Reviewed by Brian Hewitt at  The Stogie Review

Brian is simply blown away by this great cigar.
Read the full review here... released

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Cigar of the Week: Cuban Crafters Medina 1959

To change things up a little, we decided to use some alternatives to our "Reviews of the Week" posts. One of them will be called "Cigar of the Week" and in these posts we will share links to several reviews of the same cigar.

Cuban Crafters, a boutique company producing many blends, is well-known for its good budget cigars. With their Medina 1959 release, they wanted to enter the world of premium cigars - and, most of the critiques agree on that, this was quite a success. With a Sumatra wrapper and Nicaraguan filler, they are perfectly enjoyable.

Medina 1959 Miami Robusto

  • Nicky reviewed the Cuban Crafters Medina 1959 Robusto for and claimed it was one of the best cigars he ever smoked.
  • Johnny at The Weekly Cigar is very happy to have a full box of the torpedos (I bet it's empty now).
  • The Stogie Guys extensively tested most of the vitolas and gave the robusto 4 and 1/2 stars.

Where to get it?

Cuban Crafters Medina 1959 are sold directly from Cuban Crafters' website, ranging from $189 to $229 per box depending on the vitola. Click here to check out the whole selection.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #81 (Dec 12 2009)

It's Saturday, which means we are sharing links to some of the best cigar reviews of the week. Enjoy our selection!

Cain Maduro 550

Reviewed by Adam at  Fire Up That Cigar

Adam doesn't regret buying a whole box of these delicious smokes.
Read the full review here...
Read our take on the Cain Habano...


Reviewed by Matt at  Toasted Foot

Matt from Toasted Foot (former Smoking & Talking) got attracted by the bat on the beautiful band of this kind and purchased the Murcielago, introduced at this year's IPCPR.
Read the full review here...