Quesada Tributo Alvarito

Quesada Tributo Alvarito

Origin : Dominican RepublicQuesada cigars
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4.5 x 40
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Hybrid
Binder : Honduran
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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The Quesada Tributo Alvarito is the smallest cigar you can purchase in the Quesada Tributo line. It’s a Petit Corona, measuring just 4 ½ x 40, and costing only around $5.00. It was designed as a tribute cigar to Alvaro Quesada Jr., and is only the second blend by the Quesada family to bear their name.

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How to Get Rid of Cigar Breath

How To Get Rid of Cigar Breath

Cigar breath … also called cigar mouth. One of the few drawbacks of smoking stogies, it’s something all of us have experienced at one time or another. It’s bad enough when that taste sticks in your mouth after you smoke, but even worse when you brush and floss and use your mouthwash, wake up the next morning, and it’s still there. And worse, you lean over to kiss your wife and she turns the other way and gags.

Not good.

Why Does Cigar Breath Happen?

First things first. Let’s talk about why cigar mouth happens. I’ve actually heard a number of theories on the topic. It’s my guess that each of them is a contributing factor. For starters, let’s say you smoke a badly made or poorly aged cigar that has a lot of bitter flavors and ammonia. A cigar like that is going to leave some unpleasant flavors lingering on your palate. So what you smoke is a factor.

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Vegueros Tapados

Vegueros Tapados

VeguerosOrigin : Cuba
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 120 x 18 mm (4.7 x 46)
Ring : 46
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Last November, we reported the exciting news that Vegueros decided to release three new vitolas and also change up their brand image a bit. There were four vitolas in the Vegueros line before: Especial No. 1, Especial No. 2, Mareva, and Seoane. With the brand reboot, we have the following new vitolas: Tapados, Entretiempos, and Mañanitas (which I reviewed in January). All of them are made in Western Cuba rather than Havana. After a delay, they are now available in stores around the globe. There has naturally been a lot of hype surrounding this release, so I wondered whether the cigars would live up to it. For this second review of the brand, I decided to try the Tapados.

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Partagas Serie D No. 6

Partagas Serie D No. 6

Origin : CubaPartagas
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 90 x 20 mm (3 1/5 x 50)
Released in : 2014
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-10 each
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If you are looking for classic Partagas flavor, look no further than the Partagas Serie D No. 6, released in 2014. This (very) petit robusto measures just 90 mm with a 50-ring gauge. What’s great about the small size is that you can smoke this stogie fast—from start to finish in about 15-25 minutes, depending on your smoking speed. That is perfect if you are a busy 9-5 worker and want to spoil yourself on your lunch break before getting back to the grind. Usually I really prefer to kick back and relax with a stogie, but now and again, you just don’t have the time. Is this the perfect smoke for those rushed interludes of luxury? Let’s find out.

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Screwpop Cigar Cutter Giveaway Winners

Screwpop Cigar Cutter

One week ago we reviewed another tool from Screwpop - their cigar cutter. Courtesy of Brett from Screwpop Tool, we had three of these cutters to give away to our readers, here are the winners, randomly chosen via randomizer.org:

  • tomp
  • pj (the very first comment!)
  • Clark williams

Congrats guys, please send your shipping address via the contact form to claim your prize.

Murcielago Relaunch

Murcielago Cigars

Hialeah Gardens, Florida (May 22, 2015) - Six years after its initial release, Erik Espinosa of Espinosa Premium Cigars has announced that the "Murcielago" will fly again and should be landing in humidors nationwide after its re-debut at the 2015 IPCPR Convention & Trade Show in July.

The Murcielago (Bat in Spanish) was first released at the 2009 IPCPR by EO Brands. It had a short production run due to the split with the original makers of the blend (Inspector's note: Don Pepin Garcia?). "Once the partnership with the manufacturer dissolved, we kept the name, but they kept the blend" says Espinosa. Shortly thereafter EO Brands (Erik and his partner Eddie Ortega) went their separate ways with Erik keeping the rights to Murcielago in hopes of re-launching the brand.

Says Espinosa, "It was one of my favorite cigars. It took us three years, but myself along with my staff, painfully dissected all the Murcielagos we could find, tasting test blend after test blend until we got it right. We couldn't rush it, there weren't that many surviving Murcielagos out there to begin with but we managed to reverse engineer the cigar. I am very happy with the results and to me they are even better than the originals, because I am making them myself in my own factory at La Zona in Esteli, Nicaragua."

The Murcielago logo and band have been modernized with a sleeker look and a cutting edge box design; the cigar itself remains a medium to full-bodied blend that is semi-box pressed and wrapped in a beautiful Capa Negra Wrapper from Mexico with Nicaraguan filler. The initial release will be in three vitolas, the Noir (5 x 52), the La Lune (6-1/2 x 54) and the Nocturne (5 1/2 x 56). Pricing will be announced prior to the IPCPR.

Screwpop Cigar Cutter Review & Giveaway

Screwpop Cigar Cutter

You may remember our reviews for a few other Screwpop Tool accessories, like the Screwpop Cigar Punch. They’re a great company that makes some handy and innovative cigar supplies, and recently we received their newest product to try, the Screwpop Cigar Cutter.

The Screwpop Cigar Cutter is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a gadget designed to make it fast and easy to cut your cigars. It’s a tiny thing, not much bigger than a straight razor, and not too far off in appearance either. It’s small enough to fit on your keychain, doubles as a bottle opener (because really, why not?), and is flat enough to go inside your wallet. You can take it with you on the go. It’s perfect for the golf course or anywhere else.

Is it the sharpest cigar cutter we’ve ever seen? No, it’s not, and there may be times when you would want something a little more heavy-duty. But it is easy to use. It’s almost effortless to cut tapered cigars. As for the rest, even those with higher ring gauges aren’t too tricky to deal with. You set the cigar upright and hold it steady with one hand while you fit the cigar cutter over the end with the other. Once you have the fit just right, you just pinch the sides together, and the end usually comes right off. It’s easy to make adjustments if you have to. Incidentally, we tested it on bottles too, and it’s a cinch to use for that purpose as well.

What’s the ring at the bottom for? That’s just a handy attachment you can use for your keychain and so on. It makes it easy to carry the cutter with you wherever you go. You never know when you’ll need a cigar cutter handy, and this way, you’ll always have one.

Screwpop Cigar Cutter

All in all, it’s a great little gadget, sleek, simple, sophisticated, and very affordably priced—just $14.95.

Excited to try it? Courtesy of Screwpop Tool, we’re giving away three of these cutters to our valued readers! Entering is easy. Just leave a comment on this post! Tell us about your favorite cigar accessory or any Screwpop Tool products you’ve had the pleasure of trying.

This contest is open internationally. In one week, the winners will be randomly selected. Thank you for entering, and good luck to all our entrants!

The Ash Shades: a Detailed Look

Ash Shades - a detailed look

During the last couple of months, we've posted two excellent articles originally published in an Italian cigar magazine called CigarsLover: "The Bands: the Whole Colour of Tobacco" and "Lighting a Cigar: the Method of Jacques Puisais". Another issue of the magazine was recently released (download it here - there's even an article written by yours truly!) and we're back with another featured article, written by Didier Houvenaghel, that covers the cigar ash and its different aspects.

The white spots that sometimes appear on the ash

Those white spots show that the burn is more complete in those particular areas. That means that, for some reason, the combustion is either improved in those spots or worsened around them.

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