“Paris to Cuba” giveaway results

Here are the three lucky winners (according to the Randomizer) who will receive Mario Grigorov's new album, "Paris to Cuba":
tobacmon
Rah55
sboyajian

The winners will be notified by e-mail, if you do not receive the e-mail please send a message through the contact form.

I would like to thank Caitlin from "Two Sheps That Pass" for making this possible.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #62 (Jun 13 2009)

Here is our weekly selection of cigar reviews:

Montecristo Sublime Edition Limitada 2008

Reviewed by Patrick S. at  Stogie Guys

This limited edition from Montecristo earns a perfect rating from The Stogie Guys and makes me feel good about still having one in my humidor.
Read the full review here...

La Flor Dominicana Premium Line

Reviewed by Chris at  Nice Tight Ash

A cigar from the Dominican Republic with a rich array of flavors and nice looks.
Read the full review here....

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Broadleaf Sun-Grown (Ecuador)
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano
Binder : Nicaraguan Ligero
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
More info about purchasing Oliva Master Blend cigars...

The cigars for this review were kindly provided by CigarsDirect.com, your source for premium cigars.

Oliva Master Blends III (also known as Liga Maestra - "master blend" in Spanish) is the third release in Oliva's limited Master Blend series. It uses an Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder which are all supposed to be grown in limited quantities, thus the supply is limited although no exact numbers can be found.

Read the full review of Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo...

Don Pepin Garcia Event at Empire Cigars

Don Pepin Garcia and Hal

Last Friday we had the privilege of having one of the most popular figures in the cigar industry at Empire Cigars – Don Pepin Garcia!

Pepin showed up promptly at 3pm and the festivities began with Empanadas and Mojitos. Our pal Hal Rubin, the owner, also splurged on a few bottles of Zaya, a 12-year old rum from Trinidad which was absolutely fantastic.

There were great promotions that night, discount on boxes of DPG cigars and a free 5-pack with every box purchase. Box purchases earned a ticket for the raffle which included a few pipe and baseball cigars and a few ashtrays as well.

Read the full review of Don Pepin Garcia Event at Empire Cigars...

Version for iPhone / iPod touch

Just letting you know that a few days ago we set up a mobile version of CigarInspector.com specially designed for iPhone / iPod touch. I would like to thank @mattmaronna and @xjv for helping me test it.

If you encounter any bugs, please report them via the contact form. Enjoy!

Illusione MK Teaching Machine

Illusione MK Teaching Machine

Origin : NicaraguaIllusione
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 5 1/8 x 42
Ring : 42
Wrapper : Nicaragua Café Colorado
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
More info about purchasing Illusione MK cigars...

I recently bought a box (AUG07) of these cigars solely upon the recommendation of several Brothers of the Leaf, and certainly do not regret the purchase. Originally the MK was only available at trade shows where Dion Giolito used them to show off his cigar blending and rolling genius. More recently they have become available in limited regular production. This is the first Nicaraguan Puro I have ever had the pleasure to taste. In my 15 years of cigar smoking I have almost exclusively smoked Cuban cigars until now. All I can say is that I got taught! I am reviewing the 5th cigar I have smoked in the box, but they have been all consistently the same.

Read the full review of Illusione MK Teaching Machine...

Olde World Reserve Maduro Toro by Rocky Patel

Olde World Reserve Maduro Toro by Rocky Patel

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5" x 52
Wrapper : Costa Rican Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
More info about purchasing Rocky Patel Olde World cigars...

The Olde World Reserve Maduro is a very dark cigar. Unnaturally so in my opinion. I won’t speculate on how it is that the wrapper leaf is this dark because I just don’t know, but it is oddly dark to me. It’s a bumpy wrapper almost pitch black in color. The foot is wrapped in a dark brown paper adorned with the Rocky Patel “RP” logo and the head is decorated with an off white band trimmed in gold. They sport a pretty severe box press, and you can get them in a box of 20 or a cedar chest of 50 cigars. They are also available with a handsome, milk chocolate Corojo wrapper which I reviewed last week and they come in three basic sizes. Unfortunately (to me anyway) they are released in sizes that have become cliche in the US:

  • Robusto 5.5″ x 54 ring
  • Toro 6.5″ x 52 ring
  • Torpedo 5.0″ x 54 ring

Read the full review of Olde World Reserve Maduro Toro by Rocky Patel...

“Smoke, Lies and the Nanny State” by Joe Jackson

A few days ago, my friend Daize sent me a link to Joe Jackson's (the musician) essay about smoking called "Smoke, Lies and the Nanny State". I just read it and thought I should share it with you.

The article tackles the issues of statistics used by antismoking zealots to back their arguments (it is very hard to actually prove that the lung cancer is directly linked to the smoking, let alone other 'smoking-related diseases'), it explains the hysteria of wide-spreading smoking bans and tells us who are the people behind the movement. Overall, a very well-written and informative article.

You can download the essay from here.

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