Over 100 cigar shop reviews!

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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...

SCHIP Cigar Tax Increase Unveiled

The inevitable happened - SCHIP was officially introduced in House Ways & Means Committee. Cigars smokers should expect an increase of maximum $0.40 per stick. Fortunately, it's way below $3 which was originally proposed.

For more information please visit The Stogie Guys who are (as always) first to reveal legislation-related cigar news.

H. Upmann No. 2

H. Upmann No. 2

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
More info about purchasing H. Upmann cigars...

H. Upmann No. 2 is a Cuban torpedo that I somehow missed at the time when I was purchasing boxes of various piramides such as Montecristo No. 2 or Partagas Serie P No. 2. Today we will see how it performs against those.

Read the full review of H. Upmann No. 2...

Your preference sucks!

Today I saw a man buying a country music CD at the mall. “Country music?!?!”, I asked him, with a look of disgust.

Later, a lady at the grocery store was buying cherry Pop-Tarts. I explained to her that the strawberry-flavored Pop Tarts are far superior in every way, and that she definitely needed to make the switch.

Finally, I went to a friend’s house for dinner, but later refused to eat once I found out that he served a brand of ham other than the brand I prefer.

What kind of person acts this way? Unfortunately... Cigar smokers do.

Lately I’ve been noticing more and more acts of snobbery being committed by members of the cigar smoking community online and in my local shops. The comments I’m hearing range from polite to downright insulting, but the underlying message is the same: “your preference sucks.”

For those of us in the United States, 2009 will likely be the toughest, most oppressing year ever, in terms of our ability to enjoy a cigar. The poor economy will make it tough to justify the purchase, and even make it harder for local shops to remain in business. The restrictions on where we can smoke will reduce our opportunity. Upcoming tax increases could put cigars out of our financial reach.

Let’s not make it even tougher on our fellow brothers and sisters of the leaf by insulting their preference. Just like coffee or tea, Coke or Pepsi, people have taste preferences that can never be boiled down to a right or wrong choice. Even the cheapest cigars have a distinct flavor that somebody loves. Even the most expensive and highly rated cigars taste horrible to some people.

The bottom line is that the only person who should tell you what you like is... YOU.

So whether it’s a Montecristo or Macanudo, Acid or Aurora, Fonseca or Fuente, enjoy your cigar, respect your brothers and sisters of the leaf, and have a safe and happy 2009!

Cigar Reviews of the Week #44 (Jan 10 2009)

Here is our first edition in 2009:

Rocky Patel Decade Robusto

Reviewed by Chris at  Nice Tight Ash

Always a pleasure to see a new quality cigar blog. Nice Tight Ash is run by my friends Chris and Charlie and definitely deserves a visit.
Read the full review here...
Our take on the Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale...

Panacea Connecticut

Reviewed by Walt at  The Stogie Review

Panacea is on the milder side, good smoke for a lazy Sunday morning.
Read the full review here...

Also, please read this article from the Fumee blog about a new bill called Smoke Free Texas.

Lempira Fuerte Series 2006

Lempira Fuerte Series 2006

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 152 x 21 mm (6 x 52)
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Special Habano seed Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano
Binder : Nicaraguan Habano
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each

Recently while strolling through my local tobacconists walk in humidor (a quintessential shrine to quality leaf) seeking inspiration for my next review, I discovered two rather loud looking lemon yellow boxes protecting some beautiful stogies. The bands provided only 2 clues, 1 that these are handmade and 2, they were produced in Esteli, Nicaragua. Based on those findings my curiosity was definitely piqued. Closer examination of the box stamp revealed these were manufactured by Tabacalera Tropical. My muse was found! Being a huge fan of their JFR (Just For Retailers) blend I was excited to expand my experience with this band.

Read the full review of Lempira Fuerte Series 2006...

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