Alec Bradley introduces “Vice Press” cigars

Alec Bradley Vice Press

This is a new blend from Alec Bradley. "Vice Press" will be presented in three formats featuring extra-large ring gauges: 5 x 64 robusto, 6.5 x 62 toro and 7 x 60 torpedo.

From the press release:

The blend consists of a diverse combination of Nicaraguan, Honduran and Mexican long-fillers with a double binder consisting of Costa Rican and Colombia tobaccos pressed inside a dark, oily Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper leaf. The smoke is medium-bodied with a creamy texture and dense, robust undertones enhanced by a natural sweetness for which Jalapa Valley wrapper is known.

Originally introduced in 2007 as an addition to the Alec Bradley MAXX series, Vice (whose double entendre name was inspired by its box-pressed shape), was presented in an awe-inspiring chest of 50 cigars with sliding Spanish cedar trays.

Alec Bradley Cigars will officially debut the new Vice Press cigars in New Orleans at the annual International
Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) trade show in August.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #64 (Jul 18 2009)

As usual, here are some cigar reviews worth reading:

Rocky Patel Summer Collection 2009

Reviewed by Jerry at  The Stogie Review

The Great Torpedo says that this is the best Rocky's seasonal collection he's had.
Read the full review here...

Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles

Reviewed by Tom at  Keepers of the Flame

The petit corona gets an impressive 90- rating from cigarfan.
Read the full review here....

Robusto Sampler at

Tinderbox has a nice deal on a 10-pack robusto sampler which includes cigars like Rocky Patel Vintage, Don Pepin Cuban Classic or CAO Gold. 34% off and free shipping.
Check it out here!

Partagas Serie D No. 5 Limited Edition 2008

Partagas Serie D No. 5 Limited Edition 2008

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.84 mm (4.3 x 50)
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Price : ~$15 each
More info about purchasing Partagas cigars...

I was happy to put my hands on this cigar because the Partagas Serie D No. 5 LE 2008 sold out very fast in my local cigar shops and I almost forgot about it. Following the trend, it is a short robusto that is supposed to pack a full array of flavors in a small vitola. A mini-PD4, in other words. With all the leaves aged for at least two years, this cigar should be smokeable immediately.

Read the full review of Partagas Serie D No. 5 Limited Edition 2008...

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Toro

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Toro

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5″ x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Brazilian, Dominican, and Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $6 each
More info about purchasing Rocky Patel Sun Grown...

Rocky Patel’s Sun Grown has been around for a while now. It is unique in my opinion because it seems to be universally respected among cigar smokers as a good, tasty, quality cigar. Yet it doesn’t have any of the hype or pomp and circumstance around it that other widely respected cigars have, like the VSG or even the Oliva Serie V just as an example. It seems to fly just below the radar, but ask someone about it and you will almost always here “That’s a great smoke, one of my favorite Rockys!” Don’t ask about it, and you’ll probably never hear it mentioned. That just strikes me as odd an unique.

Read the full review of Rocky Patel Sun Grown Toro...

Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Fundadores

Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Fundadores

Don Pepin Garcia cigarsOrigin : United States
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 1/2 x 38
Ring : 38
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $9 each
More info about purchasing Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label cigars...

Everybody knows Don Pepin Garcia. Everybody has smoked at least one cigar rolled by the man, be it a EO 601, a Tatuaje or a Cabaiguan. It's no surprise that he produces cigars under his own brand - Don Pepin Garcia Blue was introduced in 2005 and had its band redesigned since then. This lancero is a Nicaraguan puro produced in the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Miami. It retails for approximately $9 per piece.

Read the full review of Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Fundadores...

“White Beer” – light and refreshing


The summer considerably changed my drinking habits. Both of my pairing favorites, red wine and single malt have become less pleasant in this 30°+ C weather. This is why I've been enjoying a lot of witbier lately and thought I should share the info with you.

Witbier or bière blanche ("white beer") in French is a very pale, cloudy ale. With a high level or wheat, it is usually spiced, either with coriander, spices, herbs or orange peel. With the alcohol by volume at about 5%, this is a very refreshing drink, perfect for the summer.

From my experience, it doesn't alternate a cigar's flavor much, so I can recommend pairing white beer with all kinds of cigars, from mild to full-bodied. A slice of lemon will make the beer even better. My favorite one is from Belgium (Hoegaarden), but I also appreciate the Edelweiss from Heineken. In the United States, from what I've found online, the most popular are Allagash White and Blue Moon Belgian White. Enjoy your summer as much as I do!

Do you like witbier? What are your favorite brands?

June Contest Results

It's time to announce the results of our latest contest. I am very happy with how it went, we have had a lot of great feedback about the website and we will definitely introduce some features based on your suggestions.

We've got around 280 participants, which means that six $15 gift certificates at will be distributed. As usual, we fed the list of contestants to the randomizer and here are the 6 lucky winners:

We will be getting in touch with the winners very soon with their gift certificate codes.

Thank you for your continued support. We would also like to express gratitude to our partner and sponsor who make these contests possible. Thanks!

Cigar Reviews of the Week #63 (Jul 11 2009)

As usual, here are some cigar reviews worth reading:

Dominican Cohiba Robusto

Reviewed by Fernand at  The Cohiba Club

This review concerns the Dominican Cohiba Robusto, also known as "red dot Cohiba".
Read the full review here...

Camacho Liberty 2005

Reviewed by Jamie at  Zen & the Art of the Cigar

As a tradition, Jamie enjoys a Camacho Liberty every 4th of July. This year, he sparked a '05 edition.
Read the full review here....

Contest at Smoking Stogie

I am reluctant to tell you about this because the prizes are simply insane... holds a comments contest this month with some very nice Tats to be won. Here are the details.

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