Let’s play poker?

Pocket aces

Being a poker enthusiast, I recently thought that it would be nice to organize regular poker games within the cigar community. I twitted about it and it seems like there are quite a lot of interested people. Before I start organizing the tournaments, however, I need to be able to estimate how many players there are and what would be the best playing conditions.

If you are interested in playing, please leave a comment below and tell me:

  1. What would be the best tournament format for you? Freeroll with small cash prize ($10-$20), $2 buy-in, $5 buy-in, $10 buy-in?
  2. What are the most adequate days of the week?
  3. Time. It's quite hard to select a time that will be perfect for everybody. I was thinking about 17.00 EST so that people from Europe could participate as well. Let me know your comments about it.

Thanks for your help and hopefully we'll be able to play some texas hold'em soon! Don't forget to subscribe to the RSS so you don't miss further announcements.

PS Watch out for a new contest tomorrow! Easy to enter and some nice cigars to be won.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #45 (Jan 24 2009)

Our weekly round-up of interesting cigar discoveries:

Illusione 88 Robust

Reviewed by Danny at  Stogie Info

The cigar blogosphere is growing everyday. Let me introduce Danny, who blogs at StogieInfo.info. Enjoy this review of the Illusione 88.
Read the full review here...

Blind Reviews by Matt and Jamie

Matt at Matt's Cigar Journal and Jamie at Zen and the Art of the Cigar started a blind reviews series. They exchanged 3 unbanded cigars that they will try to review and guess the blend. Great idea, I highly recommend you check those out.
Matt's blind series post
Jamie's blind series post

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Corojo Robusto

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Corojo Robusto

This guest review comes courtesy of Charlie. You might want to check out Nice Tight Ash for more great reviews like this one!

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 140 x 21 mm (5 1/2 x 54)
Ring : 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $9.80/$495 for a Box of 50
More info about purchasing Rocky Patel Olde World cigars...

The Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve was the company's first foray into the world of super-premium cigars. Available in a rich maduro or a spicy corojo, Patel aimed to blend the smooth flavor of his Vintage series with the power of the Edge line. Originally labeled "Master Blend 7XX," the Olde World was first introduced at the RTDA show (now IPCPR) in 2005, but wasn't released until the next year after being reintroduced at the 2006 RTDA show. Originally they were only available in boxes of 25, but now are available in boxes of 50. Today we're looking at the Corojo blend.

Read the full review of Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Corojo Robusto...

Sorting features added to the shops directory

Following feedback that we got from out friend robofan, we added some sorting options to the Shops Directory. From now on, you can sort the shops alphabetically or limit the displayed shops to Cuban cigars retailers, non-Cuban cigars retailers or cigar accessories retailers.

We hope you enjoy the new features.

Partagas Shorts

Partagas Shorts

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Petit Corona (Minutos)
Size : 110 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 7.46 g
Hand-Made
Box code : OCT 2007
Price : ~$6-8 each
More info about purchasing Partagas cigars...

Partagas Shorts is an interesting small vitola, another good fit for cold winter months. Although the factory name is minuto, don't expect to finish it in less than half an hour - if you take it slowly as I'd recommend you will need around 40 minutes to fully enjoy one. Behind an unobtrusive appearance hides a surprisingly rich flavor profile.

Read the full review of Partagas Shorts...

Over 100 cigar shop reviews!

I just noticed that there were now over 100 cigar shop reviews in our shops directory. I hope that it is a useful tool for your online purchases. We are currently working on some additional features such as sorting options to make it even easier to use.

Thank you for your continued support.

Bloggers who like cigars

Today, I would like to share a few links with you. These are great blogs run by people who enjoy a good cigar but blog about something else, like wine.

Wine by Benito

http://wine-by-benito.blogspot.com/

Benito writes about affordable wine and deliciously-looking food. You can also find a cigar review from time to time.
Visit the site...

Jacob Grier's Blog

http://www.jacobgrier.com/blog/

Jacob Grier posts about coffee and alcoholic beverages. You should follow his regular updates on smoking bans.
Visit the site...

A Good Time with Wine

http://agoodtimewithwine.com/

A Good Time with Wine is a relatively new wine blog. Matt, who's a hyper-active Twitter user, is a cigar smoker but doesn't post much about cigars (yet! you promised!).
Visit the site...

If you know other bloggers who enjoy sparking up a stogie, share the links in the comments area below.

La Aurora 1495 Series 1994 Cameroon

La Aurora 1495 Series 1994 Cameroon

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Aurora Cigars
Format : Corona
Size : 127 x 17 mm (5 x 44)
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Prime Cameroon (1994 Harvest)
Filler : Aged Dominican Binder
Binder : Aged Dominican Long Filler
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
More info about purchasing La Aurora 1495 '94 Cameroon...

Founded in 1903 by Don Eduardo Leon Jimenez La Aurora is the oldest cigar manufacturer in the Dominican Republic. Their much respected production is centered in the famed Santiago de los Caballeros. This area is endowed with an ideal climate and fertile soils perfectly suited to prime tobacco production.

Currently under the direction of Jose Blanco, their more than 100 years of blending expertise continues to net the highest of accolades. Year after year they consistently produce wonderfully complex cigars of the highest quality. The Series 1994 Cameroon is no exception.

After 14 years of aging in the cedar lined vaults of La Aurora this prime Cameroon wrapper was released for production, having extremely limited production, only 18,000 cigars total, less than 2,000 boxes of 10 were produced. At the time of publication I am currently unable to find any of these available anywhere (they are available from one of our main sponsors, CigarsDirect.com - Inspector - not anymore). I was fortunate enough some time ago to acquire 1 box of 10, currently only 7 are left in my humidor.

Read the full review of La Aurora 1495 Series 1994 Cameroon...

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