L’Aficion du Havane

Today, I would simply like to write a few words about a club of people passionate about their common hobby - cigars.

L'Aficion du Havane

L'Aficion du Havane was created in 1994 in Nimes (Southern France) and counts 38 as of today. They just get together and enjoy good food, good wine and good cigars, mostly Habanos. Have a look at the picture and you will notice that about 1/3 are women cigar smokers - this is really cool. They've already been 3 times to Cuba and it seems like these trips have become a good tradition. Keep it up!
(Many thanks to Guy Buscéma (president of the club) for sending me the information.)

Is there a cigar club in your hometown? Tell us more about it.

Massive cigar forums buy-out

If you have been following the news, you probably heard that a few very popular cigar sites were recently bought by a certain Jon Caputo. The sites that were sold are:

Corresponding announcements are available on the sites, feel free to check them out. Although I'm not against buying and selling websites, there is one thing that bothers me here - the fact that all the content/databases will be moved to another domain (puff.com) which is supposed to become THE cigar resource on the web. Will it mean that the old sites will be left unused or redirected to puff.com? We shall see. So far I like the fact that Jon is really involved in this and answers all the questions that forum members ask.

I sincerely wish the best of luck to Jon and his new network and congratulate owners of websites who probably made a sweet deal :)

What do you think about the recent happenings?

EO 601 Red Label (Habano) Toro

EO 601 Red Label (Habano) Toro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 152 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$6.50 each
More info about purchasing EO 601 Red Label cigars...

This is my third (and last, at least for now) review of EO 601 series cigars. You can check previous reviews of the EO 601 Black and EO 601 Green. What follows is my take on the EO 601 Red Label Habano Toro, another powerful Nicaraguan puro. Less powerful than the Green label though, this is probably why I appreciated it much more.

Read the full review of EO 601 Red Label (Habano) Toro...

Visiting Cognac

Visiting Cognac

Being in Bordeaux, I simply had to visit Cognac as well, since it is one of the drinks that match up really well with a good cigar. Instead of dealing with the most famous houses such as Hennessy or Martel, we decided to have a look at smaller yet very good producers - Hine and Braastad Cognac.

Click here to read the full article...

Cigar Reviews of the Week #37 (Oct 4 2008)

Here come the most interesting reviews of the week:

Bolivar Royal Corona

Reviewed by Patrick at  The Stogie Guys

Simply a wonderful stick. One of my all-time favorites.
Read the full review here...
Read our take at the Bolivar Royal Corona...

El Triunfador

Reviewed by Lisa at  Her Humidor

Lisa presents another good cigar from Pete Johnson.
Read the full review here...

Weekend deal at Famous Smoke

You can get a nice 4-cigar travel humidor if you buy a box of Padron cigars over at Famous-Smoke. Check it out.

La Caya Cameroon, Brasil and Natural

La Caya Natural

Origin : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$2 each
More info about purchasing La Caya cigars...

I’d like to thank the generous folks at La Caya Cigars for giving me a chance to try their products.

La Caya Natural Robusto

Underneath the cedar wrapping is a very nice looking golden cigar. The few visible veins and satiny feel promise a nice mellow smoke.

I punch it and it gives me a great pre-light draw. After toasting the foot and lighting it up, I am rewarded with ample smoke volume and an even burn. Initially I pick up a slight vanilla note with some slight acidity. As I smoke further I am inundated with a mellow oakiness with some leather. The La Caya Natural also has a slightly sweet finish, which is short.

Read the full review of La Caya Cameroon, Brasil and Natural...

“Build your sampler” contest winner

Congrats to wflor421! He won the following cigars courtesy of Duque Cigars :

  • Flor De Oliva Toro
  • 5 Vegas Gold Toro
  • El Duque Cognac Tobos
  • Indian Tabac 10th Anniversary
  • Rocky Patel Decade
  • Gurkha Chancellor Churchill
  • Montecristo Media Noche No.2 Torpedo
  • Graycliff Chateau Pirate

Launching a Cigar Websites Directory


A short note to let you know about the new cigar websites directory that can be found at CigarDir.com. We created it in order to list all the cigar-related websites out there that are worth visiting (for example, we won't be accepting any "cheap cigarettes" links). If you know or own one, feel free to submit it - it's absolutely free and no reciprocal link is required (although it will be appreciated).

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