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Interview with Heiko Poerz

Interview with Heiko Poerz

Interview with Heiko Poerz, the owner and designer of HENK, a luxury design company with a large range of cigar accessories. And even cigars, which made it to the Ministry of Cigars Top 25 of 2019, and Top 25 of 2020.  For those that don’t know HENK, what is HENK? Who...

Interview with Jessi Flores

Interview with Jessi Flores

Interview with Jessi Flores. Flores is a Nicaraguan born, American raised graffiti and tattoo artist. Together with Jonathan Drew from Drew Estate he changed the use of art in the cigar industry. Graffiti, rodents, large murals. Things new to the cigar industry. A...

Interview with Abe Flores

Interview with Abe Flores

Interview with Abe Flores. Last week, Ministry of Cigars had the pleasure to interview Abe Flores. Flores is the co-owner of the Blue Star Cigar Factory in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. And the owner of the PDR, A. Flores 1975, and Flores y Rodriguez brands. As well...

Interview with Jose Blanco

Interview with Jose Blanco

Interview with Jose Blanco. Last month, Ministry of Cigars had the pleasure to interview Jose Blanco. The former director of sales for Grupo Leon Jimenes, former blender and director of sales for La Aurora. Former vice-president of sales for Joya de Nicaragua. The...

An interview with Mike Choi

An interview with Mike Choi

An interview with Mike Choi. In the world of Cuban cigars, Mike Choi is a known name. He's a walking encyclopedia when it comes to Habanos. He was the UK Habanos sommelier in 2013, and runner up at the competition at the 2014 Habanos festival. But Choi isn't all about...

Cigar Rights of Europe interview

Cigar Rights of Europe interview

Cigar Rights of Europe interview. Legislation in Europe is getting more strict. So strict that even distributors like Cubacigar Benelux file lawsuits against governments. And in a protest against nanny state regulations, the Cigar Rights of Europe was founded. More...

An interview with Bobby Newman

An interview with Bobby Newman

An interview with Bobby Newman. Recently, Ministry of Cigars had the opportunity to interview Bobby Newman and Cristal Blackwell Lastra from J.C. Newman. They were visiting Singapore for the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition. And in their busy schedule, they made time...

An interview with Tony Hoevenaars

An interview with Tony Hoevenaars

Tony Hoevenaars is the Managing Director of Cubacigar Benelux. Cubacigar Benelux is the distributor of Cuban cigars in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. And recently, they filed a lawsuit versus the Dutch state about the new legislation. Reason for us to do an...

Interview with Nick Hammond

Interview with Nick Hammond

Interview with Nick Hammond. Years ago, during a cigar event, we met Nick Hammond. Hammond was at the event as a reporter for Cigar Journal and we were part of the organization. And since we are all cigar smokers, it was instant friendship. Earlier this week, we saw...

Interview with Nuzli Hakiim

Interview with Nuzli Hakiim

Last night we met up with the Singaporean designer Nuzli Hakiim (31) at one of the finest cigar friendly places in Singapore, Grand Cafe Cheval. On the outdoor patio, in the rolling hills of Kranji, overlooking horse stables and enjoying some peace that’s hard to find...

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El Coyote Robusto

El Coyote Robusto

El Coyote Robusto. A cigar that appeared in December of 2019. First only in Belgium and Luxemburg, but the cigars are slowly available in more markets such as The Netherlands and Switzerland. The Belux importer and distributor, Central American Trading is the owner of...

San Lotano Requiem Habano Gran Toro

San Lotano Requiem Habano Gran Toro

San Lotano Requiem Habano Gran Toro. Even though A.J. Fernandez was already blending and producing cigars for years, he was only producing for others. And a lot of his blends were hits on the market. So it was time to release a brand for himself. Drawing inspiration...

Cohiba Lancero

Cohiba Lancero

Cohiba Lancero. These Cohibas come in two varieties. One as a diplomatic gift and as a regular production cigar. But the question is, are they exactly the same? To figure that out, Ministry of Cigars grabbed Cohiba Lanceros from a Diplomatic box and from a regular...

Cohiba Lancero Diplomatic Gift

Cohiba Lancero Diplomatic Gift

Cohiba Lancero Diplomatic Gift. Everybody who knows a bit about Cuban cigars knows that Cohiba was the brand of Fidel Castro. And that the lancero was his vitola of choice. For the first 18 years of the brand, it was not available commercially. Cohiba cigars were for...

Flor de Las Antillas Maduro Short Robusto

Flor de Las Antillas Maduro Short Robusto

Flor de Las Antillas Maduro Short Robusto. In 2012, My Father Cigars won the Cigar Aficionado top 25 with the Flor de Las Antillas Toro. Winning that award boosts sales, but because of the quality, the cigar remains popular until today. But as with most successful...

Plasencia Year of the Ox

Plasencia Year of the Ox

Plasencia Year of the Ox. This year Plasencia is one of the many brands that jump on the Chinese Zodiac Calendar bandwagon. And it’s the first time that the Nicaraguan cigar mogul does it. It’s been only a few years since Plasencia made the call to create cigars with...

ADVentura The Royal Return King’s Gold Robusto

ADVentura The Royal Return King’s Gold Robusto

ADVentura The Royal Return King’s Gold Robusto, a cigar from ADV & McKay Cigars. ADV & McKay Cigars are Henderson Ventura and Marcel Knobel. They came up with a beautiful story of an adventurer, ADVentura, and his companion McKay who set sail to the new world...

Perdomo ESV Maduro Imperio

Perdomo ESV Maduro Imperio

Perdomo ESV Maduro Imperio. Where the ESV stands for Estate Seleccion Vintage. Only the top 5 percent tobacco of Perdomo’s Finca Natalie is selected for the ESV series. Up until 2019, the ESV was a limited edition with releases in 2005 and 2016, but now it’s a regular...

Asylum Seven 11/18

Asylum Seven 11/18

Asylum Seven 11/18. In 2012, former Camacho owner Christian Eiroa came back to the cigar industry after finishing his non-competition clause that he had to sign upon selling Camacho to Davidoff. His comeback was a partnership with former Camacho and Davidoff sales rep...

Black Works Studio Killer Bee Green Hornet

Black Works Studio Killer Bee Green Hornet

Black Works Studio Killer Bee Green Hornet. In 2016, James and Angela Brown made the Black Works Studio Killer Bee Green Hornet a regular production cigar. Before it was only available as an event-only cigar. Black Works Studio is the experimental sister of Black...

Rocky Patel Quarter Century Robusto

Rocky Patel Quarter Century Robusto

Rocky Patel Quarter Century Robusto. And as the name suggests, it celebrates the 25th anniversary of Rocky Patel as a cigar manufacturer. In 1995, the 35-year-old entertainment lawyer set his first steps in the industry with Indian Tobac. Nobody would have imagined...

Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro

Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro

Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro. The Cigar Aficionado Cigar of the Year 2019. Many of our viewers praise this cigar on Instagram, Facebook, and other social media accounts. So it’s time for Ministry of Cigars to review this cigar as well. To see if it lives up to...

Sobremesa Brulee Blue

Sobremesa Brulee Blue

Sobremesa Brulee Blue. A Corona Gorda with a Connecticut Shade wrapper from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. According to Steve Saka, this is a cigar for the cigar geeks. And that intrigues the cigar geeks here at Ministry of Cigars. The cigars are limited in...

Pappy van Winkle Tradition Coronita

Pappy van Winkle Tradition Coronita

Pappy van Winkle Tradition Coronita. A cigar by Drew Estate in collaboration with the famous bourbon brand Pappy van Winkle. Where the fermented cigars are exclusive to the Pappy van Winkle shop. But then the two released the Pappy van Winkle Tradition. It’s available...

Flor de Selva Year of the Ox

Flor de Selva Year of the Ox

Flor de Selva Year of the Ox. For the last few years, Flor de Selva is one of the many brands releasing a cigar to celebrate the Chinese zodiac calendar. And just as others, Maya Selva and her team choose to go for a bigger cigar for this year. It is the Year of the...

K by Karen Berger Habano Salomon

K by Karen Berger Habano Salomon

K by Karen Berger Habano Salomon. Karen Berger is born and raised in Esteli, Nicaragua. And Esteli is the epicenter of the largest cigar exporting country in the world. But she wasn’t born in the industry. Her late husband, Don Kiki, was. And together Karen and Don...

HENK Maori La Doña

HENK Maori La Doña

HENK Maori La Doña. For the last two years, HENK cigars made it to the top 25. The Henk Maori Haka was the #4 of 2019 and the HENK Maori Gaudi and Masterpiece made the top 10 of the Top 25 of 2020. There are three more vitolas in the HENK line-up. All limited and...

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Dedacas El Embargo

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Dedacas El Embargo

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Dedacas El Embargo. That is a mouth full. Not just by name, but also by size, a 6x60. This cigar is exclusively for Europe. And the name suits, as Europe was the continent where Joya de Nicaragua sold its cigars when the Reagan presidency...

Condega Serie S Masaya Epicure

Condega Serie S Masaya Epicure

Condega Serie S Masaya Epicure. Condega is a Nicaraguan cigar brand from Aganorsa Leaf. Although the international distribution rights are with the Spanish company Gesinta. And they are expanding the brand at a rapid rate. Just a few weeks ago, a new limited edition...

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