Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député

Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Short Panetela (Trabucos)
Size : 110 x 15 mm (4.3 x 38)
Box code : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5-7 each
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Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député is part of the Le Hoyo cigar series, which dates back to the 1940s. We've reviewed some of the cigars from the series previously: Le Hoyo du Roi and Le Hoyo des Dieux. Le Hoyo series was initially designed to offer a richer, more full-bodied smoking experience, but I'm not sure there's still a significant body difference with other cigars within the brand. These Cuban puros are made from tobacco leaves grown in Vuelta Abajo. They are quite reasonably priced; let’s see how one measured up.

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Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No. 2

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No. 2

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Figurado
Size : 6 x 55
Wrapper : African Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $11.00 – $13.00 each
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Created by Don Carlos Fuente, Sr., and rolled at Tabacalera A. Fuente in the Dominican Republic, the Don Carlos No. 2 is claimed to still be one of the finest cigars on the market. Being released to the public in 1997 and said to have vintage aged tobacco (10 years) these cigars are typically difficult to come across. The Don Carlos line consists of seven different sizes each available in boxes of 25:

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The Perfect Cigar Cutter

The best cigar cutter

The late, great, comedian George Carlin once said that life was about acquiring “stuff”. This is especially true for cigar smokers. To us, the need for “stuff” seems endless. Aside from continually buying cigars, we also need humidors, ashtrays, lighters, hygrometers, humidifiers, and above all, cigar cutters. Unless we want to look like Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, it’s best not to bite off the ends of our cigars. Instead, we more civilized folks prefer using cigar cutters; instruments designed to do one thing, and one thing only: to cut off the ends our cigars. Being of singular purpose, these precision instruments generally work well. But not all cigar cutters are created equal. Some are actually punches, and puncture rather than cut the cigar cap. Others look like small pruning shears, and use a scissor action. And then there is the “V” cutter, slicing a groove into the cap. There is no “correct” way to cut a cigar, and it’s simply a matter of personal preference. However, this article will focus on the most popular kind, the guillotine cutter. And like its name implies, its design dates back to Marie Antionette.

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Win a hookah – social media contest

Win a hookah!

Although we don't publish articles about hookah, we do enjoy a smoke from time to time. And when our friends from Hookah.org are willing to give away a hookah to one of our readers, we're always "in". We've given away quite a few of these in the past (the "Do a haiku... win a hookah" contest that we ran back in 2010, for example, was a lot of fun) and today it's time for another giveaway!

The prize is a small hookah kit with everything needed to get started: a hookah, some charcoal and some tobacco. In order to enter, use the widget below (if you are reading this via e-mail, you will need to click through to the blog post). There are several ways to enter, including Facebook likes, Twitter follows, tweets, refer-a-friend and a comment on this post. Good luck!

Hookah Social Giveaway

PS This contest is only open to 18+ United States residents. The winner will be announced in one week.

This week’s cigar deals (Aug 25 2014)

Torano Sampler from Famous

Three cigar deals, carefully hand-picked for you.

  • Free Oliva Sampler at Emerson's Cigars - with every box purchase of Oliva cigars, Emerson's is including a free Oliva 5-pack sampler (which looks pretty good). Check out for yourself here.
  • 11% off at CheapHumidors - Until the end of August, CheapHumidors offers a 11% discount on most of their items. Time to get a bigger humidor? Use coupon CHAUG11 on their site.
  • Torano Cigars 2013 Sampler - $29.95 for a 12-pack - a great value selection, 12 Torano cigars (including Master, Vault and Salutem) available at Famous Smoke.
  • And, as a bonus, here is a link to a giveaway organized by Drew Estate - you have a chance to win the first box of this Tienda Exclusiva release, signed by Willy Herrera (see the press-release here).

Spotted a nice cigar deal? Let us know!

Cigar Release: Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera

Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera

Drew Estate Tobacco Co. announced today the release of the first “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera”, a concept cigar by Willy Herrera. Made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in extremely small batches, the Tienda Exclusiva line is specially crafted for one retailer per release, with only a few releases scheduled per year. The inaugural “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” blend was produced for the owner of Barrister Cigars in Union, New Jersey, David Mallow, following the 2013 New Jersey Cigar Festival.

When asked about the blend, Willy Herrera responded from Estelí, Nicaragua: “This was one of the blends that I was working on through 2012 and 2013. David smoked it at the Festival and kept coming back for more. Eventually, he smoked every cigar I had brought, which I thought would be enough for the entire week! I knew he loved the blend and it felt right assigning it to him for my first Tienda Exclusiva.”

David Mallow, owner of Barrister Cigars, said that, "the ‘Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera’ is a truly beautiful project that I am honored to be involved with. It’s no secret that Willy is one of the most talented tobacco blenders out there, and we can’t wait to have the cigar in our humidor.”

As stated previously, every “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” blend is a limited quantity production cigar made at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. Jonathan Drew noted, “I recommend you don’t sleep on this one. These are one and done. Willy has a lot on his plate right now as Master Blender of La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. As I’ve said before, ‘Boutique is in the Heart’ and Willy has spent so much time creating and experimenting with blends. We have some real gems out of the blends he has worked on. Now, it’s time to get them into production.”

The “Tienda Exclusiva by Willy Herrera” for Barrister Cigars is packed in 10-count boxes and will sell for $12.00 MSRP per cigar, plus applicable state taxes. They will be offered for sale on September 2nd from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at a Barrister Cigars event in Union, New Jersey, with Willy Herrera and Jonathan Drew hosting the event.

Buying cigars in Brussels, Belgium

Le roi du cigare, Bruxelles

Update (Aug 2014): Following my second trip to the Belgian capital I added two more places to the list of cigar shops in Brussels. During my stay I met Robert, a beer fanatic and cigar aficionado, so stay tuned for some beer-related content in the coming weeks and months.

Brussels is another European capital that is definitely worth visiting (in fact, I think all of them are!), especially if you like good food. Indeed, whereas Amsterdam doesn't have much to offer in this field, Belgian cuisine is one that I really enjoy. A lot of dishes contain beer and cream, thus being rather heavy but delicious. They are especially good in winter. Oh, and I almost forgot Belgian ales, which are simply the best in Europe the world.

This being said, I also made sure to find a couple of cigar shops so that you don't have to waste time locating your favorite cigars when you're in town. The first one (pictured above) is called Le Roi du Cigare (Cigar King) and it has the Habanos Specialist label. It's located in the East of the City Center (the center being the Grand Place, probably the most beautiful place in Europe) at 25, Rue Royale (Google Maps >). It features a nice walk-in humidor with a wide choice of Cubans and non-Cubans. I noticed that the non-Cubans are mostly the same in those European shops - some Ashtons, some Davidoffs, as well as Macanudos. You won't find many boutique cigars in these shops. You're not here for non-Cubans anyway, am I right? Le Roi du Cigare lists all of their prices online (the page is in French, click on a brand to see all vitolas, prix unitaire means unit price), this is pretty useful. As far as I know cigar prices are regulated in Belgium, so you'll find the same rates across other shops.

Tete d'Or: a cigar shop in Bruxelles

Chances are you’ll hang around the Grand Place quite a lot. In this case, you simply have to stop by Tête d’Or (golden head) and have a look at their offerings (Google Maps >). The walk-in humidor stocks quite a wide selection of Cuban cigars as well as some surprisingly interesting non-Cuban sticks, including Tatuajes. The owner is friendly and obviously knows his stuff about cigars. In fact he was smoking one when I came in.

Davidoff Cigar Shop in Brussels

Another shop that I missed during my previous visit is the Davidoff B&M, located on the Place du Grand Sablon (Google Maps >). Plenty of expensive cigar accessories and a walk-in humidor (pictured above) that showcases cigars from the Davidoff group (Davidoff, Avo, Griffin’s, Camacho...) and also features a moderately large selection of Cuban cigars. The place is really classy. If you’re in the area, make sure you discover the Marolles district for an authentic Bruxelles experience.

Walter B, Bruxelles

The last shop is called Walter B and, as far as I remember, the man that you can see in the picture above is the owner. The place is smaller, but you will still be able to find the Cuban references you are looking for. Walter B is located West of the Grand Place (82, Quai aux Briques, Google Maps >). Plenty of nice sea food restaurants near this shop.

As usual, if you live in Bruxelles and/or know some other good places to buy/enjoy a cigar, please share them in the comments below.

What Are Tobacco Beetles and How Do You Fight Them?

What are cigar beetles?

It’s a day like any other day—or so you think. You head to your humidor to grab a stogie; you haven’t had one in a couple weeks, and it’s time for a nice long, languorous smoke. You open up your humidor and you stumble backwards in horror.

They’re so tiny you may not see them; in fact, you probably don’t. They’re only about the size of a pinhead. But you do see the damage they’ve created. There are holes in your cigars where the tobacco beetles have burrowed. You might see them crawling on your stogies or the insides of your cigar box. Whether you see them or not, your reaction is revulsion, panic, and outrage. Are your precious cigars ruined?

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