Poll: should we cover other topics?

As there have recently been (and there's more to come) a few wine-related posts on this blog, I would like to have readers' opinion - should we write about other topics, not directly related to cigars, such as wine (this is something I am particularly interested in) and other drinks (rum, cognac, coffee)?

Please use the poll below and feel free to post your comments in the comments section. Thanks!

According to your experience, is there any significant flavor difference between Cuban and non-Cuban cigars?

  • Yes, Cuban cigars definitely taste better on average. (47%, 82 Votes)
  • It really depends on the particular cigar. No significant difference. (43%, 74 Votes)
  • Yes, non-Cuban cigars definitely taste better on average. (10%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 174

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August Contest Winner

Based on the number and the quality of submitted cigar tips, I decided that mountchuck is the winner of our August contest.

He will receive a 5-pack sampler courtesy of Duque Cigars:

  • Oliva Serie G Cameroon Churchill
  • Rocky Patel Nording Robusto
  • Graycliff G2 Torpedo
  • Java Latte Wafe
  • Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Robusto Corojo

Thanks for everyone who participated and to Duque Cigars for sponsoring the contest. There will be more to come, so stay tuned!

Last day to enter the contest

The winner of our August contest will be selected tomorrow. You still have time to enter the contest by submitting a cigar tip here.

Stellar Stogies: Hoyo de Monterrey

Hoyo de Monterrey cigars

Premium cigar brand Hoyo de Monterrey is one of the oldest brands in the world. Of course, a cigar this old has got to have a pretty interesting history. And Hoyo de Monterrey is no exception. These cigars were born in Cuba when a 13-year-old boy came to work on his uncle’s farm. And they were reborn for the American market in Honduras in 1969, when a Cuban seed was smuggled out of post-revolutionary Cuba in a diplomatic pouch.

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Bordeaux Wineyards Day 1: Margaux

Margaux wineyards

Our first target was the Margaux region, which is located in the Medoc area (click here for a map). The soil contains a large amount of gravel which helps to keep the heat - this is needed to successfully grow the Cabernet-Sauvignon grape variety. The wines are considered the most elegant in Bordeaux and this is really one of my favorite appellations.

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Litto Gomez Diez Vintage 2008 Oriental

Litto Gomez Diez Vintage 2008

Origin : Dominican RepublicLitto Gomez Diez cigars
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4 7/8″ x 40
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : $10+ each
More info about purchasing Litto Gomez cigars...

Ok, before I begin the review, let me explain this cigar. At the La Flor Dominicana event at Empire Cigars the other week, I saw a bunch of LG Diez cigars in different boxes. I saw on the box (which has a marbled look to it), it said “2008″ next to the size. I asked the rep what this was all about. He explained to me that beginning in 2008, each LG Diez box will carry a Vintage label on it. I asked if this was just similar to a box date you see on Cuban cigars, and he said no, that Litto is making a new blend for the Diez each year. Now what this means to all of those other LG boxes and cigars still out there, is that when they are gone, they are gone forever.

Read the full review of Litto Gomez Diez Vintage 2008 Oriental...

Bolivar Inmensas

Bolivar Inmensas

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Lonsdale (Dalia)
Size : 170 x 17 mm (6.7 x 43)
Ring : 43
Weight : 11.86 g
Price : $10 each
More info about purchasing Bolivar cigars...

This is one of my favorite Cuban brands and this is one size I have been meaning to smoke for quite some time. I have had tons of petite coronas, royal coronas and coronas and even a handful or two of BBFs (Boli Belicosos Finos) and Tubos, but I have not yet tried this one size.

This cigar has only a few months on it, but to me, Bolivars and Partagas seem to be the two brands that you can really enjoy fresh and aged (that said, there are exceptions as my box of Lusitanias needs years!).

Read the full review of Bolivar Inmensas...

Cigar Reviews of the Week #34 (Aug 16 2008)

A couple of reviews that grabbed our attention this week:

Vengeance Torpedo

Reviewed by Brian Hewitt at  The Stogie Review

Another smoke brought from the IPCPR, and another good stick.
Read the full review here...

Live Red Label

Reviewed by Ricky at  Cigar Command

What's interesting about this stick is that it is a creation of Cigar Live cigar forums.
Read the full review here...

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