16th Habanos Festival

16th Habanos Festival

On the 24th of February and for the four days that follow, Cuban cigar lovers from around the world have gathered together in one place to celebrate Cuban cigars. Last year’s Habanos Festival drew crowds from eight different countries. Seventy-two exhibitors showed off their products to 2,000 visitors. This year, more than three times as many countries will be represented, and 273 journalists will be covering the event. If you are not lucky enough to be present at the event, keep your eyes peeled for blog posts and video journals online, as many visitors are bound to share their experiences.

What are some of the event highlights this year?
  • At the opening dinner, two new cigars were celebrated, the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan, and the Partagas Serie D No. 6. The Le Hoyo cigar measures 5 7/8 inches with a 54-ring gauge, making it one of the thickest produced in the Hoyo de Monterrey line. The Serie D measures 3.5 inches long with a 50-ring gauge.
  • Guests had a chance to pay a visit to the famous tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajo and Pinar del Rio. Tours were also conducted through famous cigar factories for premium hand-rolled stogies.
  • Seminars, tastings, classes, and contests will be held throughout the week, including the world’s first offline official contest to achieve the longest ash. Conference topics will include “Habanos in the Cinema” as well as “The Germans in the Habano. Origin of the H. Upmann Brand.”
  • Wednesday featured a special tribute dinner to the Trinidad brand. World-renowned chef Ron Blaauw from the Netherlands served up delicious gourmet cuisine, and famous wine and food writer Cuno Van’t Hoff took care of the wine.
  • The Habanos Alliance features some of the most celebrated beers on the planet, including Belgian brands like Duvel and Leffe. The Cuban brand Bucanero is also present.
  • The event will conclude on Friday, February 28th with a final Gala Dinner as a tribute to H. Upmann. There will be an auction that night to benefit the Cuban Public Health System.

The Habanos Festival is one of the most prominent events in the cigar world, and continues to grow in popularity every year. With so many promising activities planned for Cuban cigar lovers, this year is sure to be the most incredible yet.

Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto

Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$14 each
More info about purchasing Davidoff Nicaragua cigars...

Davidoff is one of the most famous cigar brands worldwide, but typically they are known for their Dominican cigars. The Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto is described pretty clearly by its name—it’s a Nicaraguan puro, which is quite an unusual offering for Davidoff. The wrapper is ten-year-old Habano Seed Nicaraguan Rosado, while the binder comes from Jalapa Habano seed. Inside that is a filler blended out of tobacco from Esteli, Condega, and Ometepe.

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AVO 80th Anniversary

AVO 80th Anniversary

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Belicoso
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $15 each
More info about purchasing Avo cigars...

Owned by Davidoff Geneva but masterminded by Avo Uvezian, the brand AVO was founded in 1988. After many years of success Avo Uvezian began releasing limited edition cigars to mark and celebrate his own birthday. Today I will be reviewing the AVO 80th Anniversary which was released in 2006 (7+ years of age on it). The release is only available in one size (Belicoso), just as with all the limited editions, so without further ado...

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Ave Maria Knights Templar Blind Review

Ave Maria Knights Templar

Recently I participated in a blind cigar review round organized by Blind Man's Puff, a blog doing only blind reviews. 9 reviewers received the same unbanded cigar and had to evaluate it. It was a really fun thing to do and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

You can read this blind group review of Ave Maria Knights Templar here.

Illusione 888 “Necessary & Sufficient”

Illusione 888

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : ChurchillIllusione
Size : 6 3/4 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
More info about purchasing Illusione 888 cigars...

The Illusione 888 “Necessary & Sufficient” is a Nicaraguan puro Churchill created by Dion Giolito. The name of the cigar is a testament to Giolito’s Christian faith. The number 888 is a numerological representation of the name of Christ. “‘Necessary and Sufficient’ both describes the balance and profile of the cigar,” explains Giolito on his website. “It also represents to not go wanting. He is all I need, He is necessary and sufficient.” The Illusione brand may not be the most globally famous cigar brand, but it still has quite a following, and for good reason. Illusione cigars have a reputation for quality, and the 888 is no exception.

Read the full review of Illusione 888 “Necessary & Sufficient”...

Oliva Connecticut Reserve Toro

Oliva Connecticut Reserve #1

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
More info about purchasing Oliva Connecticut Reserve cigars...

To meet the needs of their milder cigar fans, in 2008 the Oliva Cigar Company blended and debuted the Oliva Connecticut Reserve line. The line is available in the following sizes: Robusto 5 x 50; Toro 6 X 50; Churchill / Double Corona 7 X 50; Torpedo 6.5 X 52; Lonsdale 6.25 X 44; Double Toro 6 x 60; Petit Corona 4 x 38.

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Nat Sherman Timeless Collection No. 2

Nat Sherman Timeless Collection No. 2

Origin : Dominican Republic
Nat Sherman cigarsFormat : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/4 x 52
Wrapper : Honduran
Filler : Dominican & Nicaraguan
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8.00
More info about purchasing Nat Sherman Timeless Collection...

The Nat Sherman brand has been around for a long time, ever since the Nat Sherman store first opened up in 1930 in New York City. The store has changed location over the intervening years, but it is still a big name in NYC. Nat Sherman has always been better known for their cigarettes than for their cigars, however, and they have been through some difficult times. But the brand made a come back with several releases like the Nat Sherman Timeless Collection blend. I decided to try the elegant torpedo (No. 2) for myself to see how it measured up to its strong reputation.

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Cigar Release: Room 101 Master Collection Two

Room 101 Master Collection Two

Not sure that the guys at Room 101 were smoking cigars when they came up with this teaser :)

This second installment of The Room101 Master Collection Series comes to you live and direct from the Ministry of Cheddar.

Paper Chase Incorporated is proud to offer you a product which is the direct result of five years of ball busting work, sacrifice and investment of the monetary, spiritual and psychological nature encapsulated in this piece of handcrafted art that you are about to ingest by fire.

While you enjoy this product in a calm moment, know that you are indulging in the most physical representation of the American Dream. A young team of creative and industrious minds have taken a stand to make something of themselves.

We live our lives the way most people dare not, to then live the rest of our lives the way most people cannot. Something to ponder while you burn through this fine premium cigar. Of course – if you think you have the stones, you could always join us for the ride.

Cigar Stats

Room 101 Master Collection Two

Wrapper: Criollo
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras

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