Cigar Review – Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Gordito
Size : 141 X 50
Price : ~$14+ each
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The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial was first introduced in 2004, part of Habanos SA Limited Edition series. It then became a current production cigar from 2008. During the 4 first year of production, the Epicure Especial could be in cabinet of 50. There are still some around on the market and cigars from these cabinets have aged so well.

Draw : ★★★★★½
Burn : ★★★★★☆
Flavour : ★★★½☆☆
Aroma : ★★★☆☆☆
strength : ★★★½☆☆

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Cigar Review – Horacio Colosso 2016

Size : 140 x 60
Wrapper : Equator
Filler : Nicaragual
Binder : Costa Rica
Price : ~$13 EUR / 15 USD

As you may have followed I have discovered Costa Rican cigars not long ago with the great El Septimo brand. Since then I have tried to find more cigars from this region and heard about Horacio. Sadly, only the binder is from Costa Rica, the filer is from Nicaragua. The brand used to produce with Costa Rican fillers before moving to Nicaragua in one of the best tobacco growing part of the country.

Draw : ★★★★½☆
Burn : ★★★★½☆
Flavour : ★★★★☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
strength : ★★★★½☆

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Cigar Review – Balmoral Anejo XO Lanceros FT Edición 2016

Balmoral CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Lanceros (Laguito No.1)
Size : 192 x 38
Wrapper : Brazilian Arapiraca
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Brazil
Binder : Dominican Olor
Price : ~$11 EUR / 12 USD

Dutch company Balmoral dates back to the 1890s, and is distinctive in Europe for having both very popular ranges of short-filler machine-made slightly upscale cigars - like their 'Sumatra' line using Indonesian Java - Sumatra, Brazilian & Havana Remedios tobaccos - but also 5 lines of hand-rolled premium cigars, including this Anejo XO.

Draw : ★★★★★★
Burn : ★★★★★★
Flavour : ★★★★½☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
strength : ★★★★★☆

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Buffalo Music and Cigar Festival – USA Event

Western New York’s first ever cigar and music festival is coming to town on September 23rd. Novices and aficionados alike (and even non-cigar-smoking music lovers) are welcomed to this single-day event brought to us by Orchard Park’s own Buffalo Cigars.

Fellow cigar lovers know Buffalo Cigars is WNY’s very own “Cuban style slice of cigar heaven” featuring over 30,000 cigars in inventory, hundreds of cigar accessories, cigar lockers and a gorgeous lounge to relax in.

As a Buffalo Cigar & Music Festival attendee, you’ll enjoy a day dedicated to celebrating the legacy of cigar smoking, accompanied by an all-day lineup of music, great beer and a ton of food. Cigar Lover & VIP ticket holders will be greeted with a gift bag containing approximately 15 premium cigars, a cutter and other great cigar-related items. Food will be plentiful, with a pig roast on site, hamburgers, hot dogs and more (all included with an admission ticket). In addition, a variety of local food trucks will be available all day during the event. Beer will be provided and served by Hamburg Brewing Company, the festival’s official beer sponsor. Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas and maybe even a few other special guests will be in attendance for meet-and-greets and to sign autographs!

VIP tickets are available for purchase and include access to the Ventura VIP Tent Lounge where guests can enjoy comfortable lounge seating and exclusive meet & greets with special guests. The VIP ticket also includes extra beer tickets and a commemorative Buffalo Cigar Fest t-shirt.

Cigar Showcases will take place from 2:00pm – 6:00pm throughout the festival. Guests can stop by the Cigar Vendor Tent to watch various cigar-related presentations hosted by special guests from major cigar & accessory manufacturers. Cigar vendors include XIKAR, Altadis, General Cigars, Romeo y Julieta, Cohiba, Foundry, CAO, Ventura Cigar Co, Brioso, & MORE! All cigar vendors will have their cigars and accessories available for purchase.

You have 3 options.

Cigar Lover: $99
This ticket gets you a cigar freshly hand-rolled by Buffalo Cigars’ own Alejandro, all you can eat food (pig roast, burgers, dogs+) and 2 beers at the fest, access to all cigar vendors/showcase areas, and a goodie bag filled with at least 15 premium cigars to take home. Additional beer purchased at nominal price (Must be 18+)

VIP Aficionado- $139
The VIP experience comes with additional perks, such as access to the VIP tent lounge, meet-and-greets with special guests, and preferred & reserved parking. Plus, you get 3 extra beers. (Must be 18+)

Concert Only- $29
Everyone’s welcome at this event, even if you aren’t a cigar lover. In fact, there’s a ticket just for you. With a Concert Only ticket, you can enjoy the music all day long, and purchase plenty of food and beer on-site.

Get ready to light up, drink up, eat up, and celebrate at the Buffalo Cigar & Music Festival. For this event, coming close, but no cigar is a major misfortune. Mark your calendar, get tickets while they last, and thank us later.


DATE: Saturday, Sept. 23

TIME: 12-8 p.m.

WHERE: Wings Meeting Place Pavilion, Orchard Park, NY


Cigar Review – Punch Punch (Cuban)

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Coronas Gordas
Size : 143 x 46
Origin : Cuba
Brand Strength : Medium
Price : ~$8-11 each
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Punch was created in 1844 by Don Manuel López of Juan Valle & Co, this makes it one of the oldest brand still in production.It was creating with an eye on the fast growing British market where a humorous magasine of the same name was in vogue at that time. Today most of Punch production is being rolled at la Corona Factory in Havana

Draw : ★★★★½☆
Burn : ★★★☆☆☆
Flavour : ★★★★☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
strength : ★★★☆☆☆

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Cigar Review – Davidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour Robusto

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador - Habano Marron Oscuro
Binder : Mexico - Negro San Andres
Filler : Dominican Republic - San Vicente Mejorado Visus / Piloto Seco / Olor Visus
Nicaragua - Esteli Visus / Condega Visus
Price : ~$17.5 each
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Davidoff is one of the most famous cigar brands worldwide. The brand was first famous for its Cuba cigars until 1991-1992. Then for their Dominican cigars. But in the past few years we have seen them exploring the world with new complex blend such as this Winston Churchill Late Hour.

Draw : ★★★★★★
Burn : ★★★★½☆
Flavour : ★★★★½☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
strength : ★★★½☆☆

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News of the Week – IPCPR Updates and More

Drew Estate Booth at IPCPR

Drew Estate Booth at IPCPR. Image credit: The Cigar Authority

As you probably know, the IPCPR trade show for this year just wrapped up, running from Monday, July 10th through Friday, July 14th. So there has been a lot of news over the past week. Let’s catch up on some of the highlights.

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Cigar Review – Montecristo Linea 1935 – Maltes

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 6" (153) x 53
Brand Strength : Full (line 1935)
Box Year : Pre-release
Price : NA
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During the previous Festival del Habanos held in March in Havana, few brands were celebrated. The major one was Montecristo. Habanos S.A. released during the Gala dinner, at the end of the week, the Linea 1935 from the Montecristo Marca. This linea, with 3 full bodied cigars, is an addition to the medium to full classic line and the medium open line.

Draw : ★★★★½☆
Burn : ★★★★★☆
Flavour : ★★★★☆☆
Aroma : ★★★½☆☆
strength : ★★★★☆☆

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