AVO 80th Anniversary

AVO 80th Anniversary

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Belicoso
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $15 each
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Owned by Davidoff Geneva but masterminded by Avo Uvezian, the brand AVO was founded in 1988. After many years of success Avo Uvezian began releasing limited edition cigars to mark and celebrate his own birthday. Today I will be reviewing the AVO 80th Anniversary which was released in 2006 (7+ years of age on it). The release is only available in one size (Belicoso), just as with all the limited editions, so without further ado...

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Ave Maria Knights Templar Blind Review

Ave Maria Knights Templar

Recently I participated in a blind cigar review round organized by Blind Man's Puff, a blog doing only blind reviews. 9 reviewers received the same unbanded cigar and had to evaluate it. It was a really fun thing to do and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

You can read this blind group review of Ave Maria Knights Templar here.

Illusione 888 “Necessary & Sufficient”

Illusione 888

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : ChurchillIllusione
Size : 6 3/4 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$9 each
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The Illusione 888 “Necessary & Sufficient” is a Nicaraguan puro Churchill created by Dion Giolito. The name of the cigar is a testament to Giolito’s Christian faith. The number 888 is a numerological representation of the name of Christ. “‘Necessary and Sufficient’ both describes the balance and profile of the cigar,” explains Giolito on his website. “It also represents to not go wanting. He is all I need, He is necessary and sufficient.” The Illusione brand may not be the most globally famous cigar brand, but it still has quite a following, and for good reason. Illusione cigars have a reputation for quality, and the 888 is no exception.

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Oliva Connecticut Reserve Toro

Oliva Connecticut Reserve #1

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$5 each
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To meet the needs of their milder cigar fans, in 2008 the Oliva Cigar Company blended and debuted the Oliva Connecticut Reserve line. The line is available in the following sizes: Robusto 5 x 50; Toro 6 X 50; Churchill / Double Corona 7 X 50; Torpedo 6.5 X 52; Lonsdale 6.25 X 44; Double Toro 6 x 60; Petit Corona 4 x 38.

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Nat Sherman Timeless Collection No. 2

Nat Sherman Timeless Collection No. 2

Origin : Dominican Republic
Nat Sherman cigarsFormat : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/4 x 52
Wrapper : Honduran
Filler : Dominican & Nicaraguan
Binder : Dominican
Price : ~$8.00
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The Nat Sherman brand has been around for a long time, ever since the Nat Sherman store first opened up in 1930 in New York City. The store has changed location over the intervening years, but it is still a big name in NYC. Nat Sherman has always been better known for their cigarettes than for their cigars, however, and they have been through some difficult times. But the brand made a come back with several releases like the Nat Sherman Timeless Collection blend. I decided to try the elegant torpedo (No. 2) for myself to see how it measured up to its strong reputation.

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Cigar Release: Room 101 Master Collection Two

Room 101 Master Collection Two

Not sure that the guys at Room 101 were smoking cigars when they came up with this teaser :)

This second installment of The Room101 Master Collection Series comes to you live and direct from the Ministry of Cheddar.

Paper Chase Incorporated is proud to offer you a product which is the direct result of five years of ball busting work, sacrifice and investment of the monetary, spiritual and psychological nature encapsulated in this piece of handcrafted art that you are about to ingest by fire.

While you enjoy this product in a calm moment, know that you are indulging in the most physical representation of the American Dream. A young team of creative and industrious minds have taken a stand to make something of themselves.

We live our lives the way most people dare not, to then live the rest of our lives the way most people cannot. Something to ponder while you burn through this fine premium cigar. Of course – if you think you have the stones, you could always join us for the ride.

Cigar Stats

Room 101 Master Collection Two

Wrapper: Criollo
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras

CVS Discontinuing All Tobacco Sales

CVS Discontinuing All Tobacco Sales

CVS has just announced that they will no longer be selling tobacco products in their stores. The news hit on Wednesday, when the company released a statement saying they would no longer be selling cigarettes, cigars, or other tobacco products. This is quite a startling decision in light of the fact that the pharmaceutical giant pulls in around $2 billion a year from tobacco related sales.

The majority of that money comes from cigarette sales, as opposed to cigar sales. CVS is really not a prime destination for cigar purchases for the simple reason that they do not have humidors on their premises. Some premium cigars which do not require humidors for storage could be sold in CVS stores however, as could machine-made brands. CVS sold a variety of cigar brands, including Dutch Masters, Macanudo, and Backwoods.

While CVS’s decision may inconvenience some cigar smokers, it will cause a much greater inconvenience for cigarette smokers. Premium cigar aficionados generally are better served shopping at local tobacconists with proper humidors to begin with. We can hope that this decision will actually be good for small businesses, since more casual cigar buyers who may no longer shop at CVS may turn to smaller companies for their needs. This may even lead them to discover the joys of premium hand-rolled cigars, which would be good not only for local stores, but for the premium cigar industry overall.

Davidoff No. 1 (Cuban)

Davidoff No. 1 (Cuban)

DavidoffOrigin : Cuba
Format : Laguito No. 1 (Long Panatela, also known as Lancero); 38 x 192 (7-½")
Box date : December 1985 (NIUL)
Price : To the extent they can be found, a Davidoff No. 1 will run around $100 per cigar. Note: Be cautious, there are numerous counterfeit Davidoff No. 1s claimed to be on the market. I’ve heard to be weary of the Davidoff band being “too white” to have had 30+ years of age.


The Davidoff No.1 was part of the original line of Davidoff cigars introduced in 1969. Beginning in the mid 1980s, quality control became a concern to Davidoff. In 1987, Zino Davidoff condemned Cuban craftsmanship on French television. The rift between Zino and Cubatabaco escalated to the point where, in 1989, Zino publicly burned 130,000 of the Cuban-made Davidoff cigars that he had deemed of low quality and unfit to sell. Officially, the Cuban Davidoff line was discontinued in 1991.

Hecho en Cuba

This box was acquired new by my father, an infrequent cigar smoker, in the late 1980s. He died about ten years later and, in remembrance, I have taken to smoking one of these (or one of a small handful of other cigars that were his) on the anniversary of his passing. I think it has been three years since I last smoked one of these. This year I was out of town on that date, so I am smoking this a bit late. Obviously, this cigar has great significance for me, but I have no problem disassociating an objective review from a subjective occasion.

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