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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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October 3
Steven Ysidron (Epicurean)
October 6
Graig Rossi (La Barba)
October 7
Jason Wood (Miami CIgar & Co)
October 9
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 27
October 10
Pedro Jose Gomez Rodriguez (Drew Estate)
October 13
Heiko Poerz (HENK!)
October 16
Nicholas Perdomo III (Perdomo Cigars)
October 20
Kurt Kendall (7-20-4)
October 23
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 28
October 24
Jose \'Don Pepin\' Garcia (My Father Cigars)
October 26
Tom Lazuka (Asylum Cigars)
October 27
Jose Blanco (E.P. Carrillo)
October 28
Albert Montserrat (Cigar Rings)

Gurkha Marquesa Toro

Gurkha Marquesa Toro

Gurkha Marquesa Toro, a cigar released by Gurkha Cigars in 2018. In three sizes, 5x52 Robusto, 6x54 Toro, and 5x54 Belicoso. All that Gurkha revealed about the production is that the cigars are made in the Dominican Republic. But since Gurkha doesn’t have a factory,...

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill. A new twist on an iconic cigar, well, that was the introduction of the Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill in 2010. A new vitola, shorter and thicker than the original Churchill. With 5⅛x55 its almost 2 inches shorter than the 7x47 Julieta...

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose. The Deadwood Tobacco series is an interesting project. One of the oldest Drew Estate accounts is based in Deadwood, South Dakota. And Deadwood is just a stone-throw away from Sturgis. Sturgis is the home of the largest motorcycle...

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...

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi. Now the Maori Haka part of the name is known. We explained that in our previous Henk Maori Haka review. But where the Gaudi name comes from is a mystery to us. It’s probably named after the famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. And most likely...

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva. In the last decade, Marko Bilic created a monster. From the first Cigar Smoking World Championship event to a series of worldwide qualifiers and a finale in Split, Croatia. And even though, in our humble opinion, cigars aren’t meant to be...

Kristoff Vengeance Toro

Kristoff Vengeance Toro

Kristoff Vengeance Toro. A cigar introduced in 2018, even though the name is much older. The name was discontinued in 2011, but the blend wasn’t. The old Vengeance blend is now the Kristoff GC Signature Series. Ministry of Cigars reviewed that cigar before. But the...

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero. Like all names in the Hiram & Solomon portfolio, this cigar gets his name from the freemason world as well. The 'traveling man' name stems from the ancient masonry. Master masons were often required to move from job to...

Umnum Honduras Robusto

Umnum Honduras Robusto

Umnum Honduras Robusto. A strange name for a cigar that’s gaining traction in Europe. Handmade cigars, from Nicaragua or Honduras depending on the blend. And dirt cheap. This robusto has a price tag of €2,30 in Germany, making it one of the cheapest handmade cigars on...

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto. It’s the third release of the Tobacco Lords series. And the fourth blend, as the original release, is available as a Connecticut Shade and a Maduro version. The Connecticut Shade Cunninghame and the Maduro Speirs are reviewed by...

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe. This is the first Casdagli cigar to be made in the Dominican Republic. It was released in 2012 under the name Bespoke. Bespoke started with custom rolled Cuban cigars. Then moved to Costa Rica and the company started to gain traction....

Barreda O21 Toro

Barreda O21 Toro

Barreda O21 Toro. Until a year ago, this brand wasn’t on our radar. We had never heard from it. But at Intertabac 2019, we met Oscar & Stephanie from Barreda Cigars. Barreda Cigars is a small boutique factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. They provided us with a few...

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...

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia. This cigar is released three times. First in 2006 as an edicion regional for France. A year later, another batch was released, also for the French market. This particular cigar hails from the second release. Those releases came in...

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale. A beautiful 6x48 Gran Corona from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. And if that name doesn’t ring a bell, Steve Saka will probably do. If Steve Saka doesn’t ring a bell, then you seriously need to upgrade your cigar knowledge. Saka was the...

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro. A cigar created to honor and commemorate Julius Caeser Newman. The Eastern European immigrant that started J.C. Newman Cigar Company in 1895. The company is still going strong, with the fourth and fifth-generation now in charge. It’s...

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro. Early 2017, Dutch entrepreneur and cigar aficionado Tom Mulder launched his La Sagrada Familia brand. As a passionate cigar enthusiast, Mulder thought about starting a brand. With help from his long-time friend Sasja van Horssen, he...

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro. When the first rumors about this release surfaced, the name was a mystery. At first, the suggestion was made that it is a cigar for the Buffalo Cigar Festival. But in a conversation with Ram Rodriguez from Tabacalera El Artista, the truth was...

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo. A limited-edition release from VegaFina. Limited to little less than 5000 boxes of ten cigars. As the name suggests, it’s the second Fortaleza release for the 22-year-old brand. The brand was founded by Tabacalera, which was the Spanish...

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente. A line re-introduced in 2016, and as almost always with Perdomo, it came with sisters. Many Perdomo lines come in Connecticut Shade, Sun Grown, and Maduro. At first, the line came on the market in 2005, with vintage...

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October 9
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 27
October 10
Pedro Jose Gomez Rodriguez (Drew Estate)
October 13
Heiko Poerz (HENK!)
October 16
Nicholas Perdomo III (Perdomo Cigars)
October 20
Kurt Kendall (7-20-4)
October 23
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 28
October 24
Jose \'Don Pepin\' Garcia (My Father Cigars)
October 26
Tom Lazuka (Asylum Cigars)
October 27
Jose Blanco (E.P. Carrillo)
October 28
Albert Montserrat (Cigar Rings)

Gurkha Marquesa Toro

Gurkha Marquesa Toro

Gurkha Marquesa Toro, a cigar released by Gurkha Cigars in 2018. In three sizes, 5x52 Robusto, 6x54 Toro, and 5x54 Belicoso. All that Gurkha revealed about the production is that the cigars are made in the Dominican Republic. But since Gurkha doesn’t have a factory,...

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill. A new twist on an iconic cigar, well, that was the introduction of the Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill in 2010. A new vitola, shorter and thicker than the original Churchill. With 5⅛x55 its almost 2 inches shorter than the 7x47 Julieta...

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose. The Deadwood Tobacco series is an interesting project. One of the oldest Drew Estate accounts is based in Deadwood, South Dakota. And Deadwood is just a stone-throw away from Sturgis. Sturgis is the home of the largest motorcycle...

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...

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi. Now the Maori Haka part of the name is known. We explained that in our previous Henk Maori Haka review. But where the Gaudi name comes from is a mystery to us. It’s probably named after the famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. And most likely...

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva. In the last decade, Marko Bilic created a monster. From the first Cigar Smoking World Championship event to a series of worldwide qualifiers and a finale in Split, Croatia. And even though, in our humble opinion, cigars aren’t meant to be...

Kristoff Vengeance Toro

Kristoff Vengeance Toro

Kristoff Vengeance Toro. A cigar introduced in 2018, even though the name is much older. The name was discontinued in 2011, but the blend wasn’t. The old Vengeance blend is now the Kristoff GC Signature Series. Ministry of Cigars reviewed that cigar before. But the...

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero. Like all names in the Hiram & Solomon portfolio, this cigar gets his name from the freemason world as well. The 'traveling man' name stems from the ancient masonry. Master masons were often required to move from job to...

Umnum Honduras Robusto

Umnum Honduras Robusto

Umnum Honduras Robusto. A strange name for a cigar that’s gaining traction in Europe. Handmade cigars, from Nicaragua or Honduras depending on the blend. And dirt cheap. This robusto has a price tag of €2,30 in Germany, making it one of the cheapest handmade cigars on...

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto. It’s the third release of the Tobacco Lords series. And the fourth blend, as the original release, is available as a Connecticut Shade and a Maduro version. The Connecticut Shade Cunninghame and the Maduro Speirs are reviewed by...

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe. This is the first Casdagli cigar to be made in the Dominican Republic. It was released in 2012 under the name Bespoke. Bespoke started with custom rolled Cuban cigars. Then moved to Costa Rica and the company started to gain traction....

Barreda O21 Toro

Barreda O21 Toro

Barreda O21 Toro. Until a year ago, this brand wasn’t on our radar. We had never heard from it. But at Intertabac 2019, we met Oscar & Stephanie from Barreda Cigars. Barreda Cigars is a small boutique factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. They provided us with a few...

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...

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia. This cigar is released three times. First in 2006 as an edicion regional for France. A year later, another batch was released, also for the French market. This particular cigar hails from the second release. Those releases came in...

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale. A beautiful 6x48 Gran Corona from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. And if that name doesn’t ring a bell, Steve Saka will probably do. If Steve Saka doesn’t ring a bell, then you seriously need to upgrade your cigar knowledge. Saka was the...

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro. A cigar created to honor and commemorate Julius Caeser Newman. The Eastern European immigrant that started J.C. Newman Cigar Company in 1895. The company is still going strong, with the fourth and fifth-generation now in charge. It’s...

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro. Early 2017, Dutch entrepreneur and cigar aficionado Tom Mulder launched his La Sagrada Familia brand. As a passionate cigar enthusiast, Mulder thought about starting a brand. With help from his long-time friend Sasja van Horssen, he...

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro. When the first rumors about this release surfaced, the name was a mystery. At first, the suggestion was made that it is a cigar for the Buffalo Cigar Festival. But in a conversation with Ram Rodriguez from Tabacalera El Artista, the truth was...

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo. A limited-edition release from VegaFina. Limited to little less than 5000 boxes of ten cigars. As the name suggests, it’s the second Fortaleza release for the 22-year-old brand. The brand was founded by Tabacalera, which was the Spanish...

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente. A line re-introduced in 2016, and as almost always with Perdomo, it came with sisters. Many Perdomo lines come in Connecticut Shade, Sun Grown, and Maduro. At first, the line came on the market in 2005, with vintage...

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October 3
Steven Ysidron (Epicurean)
October 6
Graig Rossi (La Barba)
October 7
Jason Wood (Miami CIgar & Co)
October 9
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 27
October 10
Pedro Jose Gomez Rodriguez (Drew Estate)
October 13
Heiko Poerz (HENK!)
October 16
Nicholas Perdomo III (Perdomo Cigars)
October 20
Kurt Kendall (7-20-4)
October 23
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 28
October 24
Jose \'Don Pepin\' Garcia (My Father Cigars)
October 26
Tom Lazuka (Asylum Cigars)
October 27
Jose Blanco (E.P. Carrillo)
October 28
Albert Montserrat (Cigar Rings)

Gurkha Marquesa Toro

Gurkha Marquesa Toro

Gurkha Marquesa Toro, a cigar released by Gurkha Cigars in 2018. In three sizes, 5x52 Robusto, 6x54 Toro, and 5x54 Belicoso. All that Gurkha revealed about the production is that the cigars are made in the Dominican Republic. But since Gurkha doesn’t have a factory,...

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill. A new twist on an iconic cigar, well, that was the introduction of the Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill in 2010. A new vitola, shorter and thicker than the original Churchill. With 5⅛x55 its almost 2 inches shorter than the 7x47 Julieta...

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose. The Deadwood Tobacco series is an interesting project. One of the oldest Drew Estate accounts is based in Deadwood, South Dakota. And Deadwood is just a stone-throw away from Sturgis. Sturgis is the home of the largest motorcycle...

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...

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi. Now the Maori Haka part of the name is known. We explained that in our previous Henk Maori Haka review. But where the Gaudi name comes from is a mystery to us. It’s probably named after the famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. And most likely...

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva. In the last decade, Marko Bilic created a monster. From the first Cigar Smoking World Championship event to a series of worldwide qualifiers and a finale in Split, Croatia. And even though, in our humble opinion, cigars aren’t meant to be...

Kristoff Vengeance Toro

Kristoff Vengeance Toro

Kristoff Vengeance Toro. A cigar introduced in 2018, even though the name is much older. The name was discontinued in 2011, but the blend wasn’t. The old Vengeance blend is now the Kristoff GC Signature Series. Ministry of Cigars reviewed that cigar before. But the...

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero. Like all names in the Hiram & Solomon portfolio, this cigar gets his name from the freemason world as well. The 'traveling man' name stems from the ancient masonry. Master masons were often required to move from job to...

Umnum Honduras Robusto

Umnum Honduras Robusto

Umnum Honduras Robusto. A strange name for a cigar that’s gaining traction in Europe. Handmade cigars, from Nicaragua or Honduras depending on the blend. And dirt cheap. This robusto has a price tag of €2,30 in Germany, making it one of the cheapest handmade cigars on...

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto. It’s the third release of the Tobacco Lords series. And the fourth blend, as the original release, is available as a Connecticut Shade and a Maduro version. The Connecticut Shade Cunninghame and the Maduro Speirs are reviewed by...

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe. This is the first Casdagli cigar to be made in the Dominican Republic. It was released in 2012 under the name Bespoke. Bespoke started with custom rolled Cuban cigars. Then moved to Costa Rica and the company started to gain traction....

Barreda O21 Toro

Barreda O21 Toro

Barreda O21 Toro. Until a year ago, this brand wasn’t on our radar. We had never heard from it. But at Intertabac 2019, we met Oscar & Stephanie from Barreda Cigars. Barreda Cigars is a small boutique factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. They provided us with a few...

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...

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia. This cigar is released three times. First in 2006 as an edicion regional for France. A year later, another batch was released, also for the French market. This particular cigar hails from the second release. Those releases came in...

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale. A beautiful 6x48 Gran Corona from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. And if that name doesn’t ring a bell, Steve Saka will probably do. If Steve Saka doesn’t ring a bell, then you seriously need to upgrade your cigar knowledge. Saka was the...

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro. A cigar created to honor and commemorate Julius Caeser Newman. The Eastern European immigrant that started J.C. Newman Cigar Company in 1895. The company is still going strong, with the fourth and fifth-generation now in charge. It’s...

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro. Early 2017, Dutch entrepreneur and cigar aficionado Tom Mulder launched his La Sagrada Familia brand. As a passionate cigar enthusiast, Mulder thought about starting a brand. With help from his long-time friend Sasja van Horssen, he...

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro. When the first rumors about this release surfaced, the name was a mystery. At first, the suggestion was made that it is a cigar for the Buffalo Cigar Festival. But in a conversation with Ram Rodriguez from Tabacalera El Artista, the truth was...

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo. A limited-edition release from VegaFina. Limited to little less than 5000 boxes of ten cigars. As the name suggests, it’s the second Fortaleza release for the 22-year-old brand. The brand was founded by Tabacalera, which was the Spanish...

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente. A line re-introduced in 2016, and as almost always with Perdomo, it came with sisters. Many Perdomo lines come in Connecticut Shade, Sun Grown, and Maduro. At first, the line came on the market in 2005, with vintage...

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October 3
Steven Ysidron (Epicurean)
October 6
Graig Rossi (La Barba)
October 7
Jason Wood (Miami CIgar & Co)
October 9
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 27
October 10
Pedro Jose Gomez Rodriguez (Drew Estate)
October 13
Heiko Poerz (HENK!)
October 16
Nicholas Perdomo III (Perdomo Cigars)
October 20
Kurt Kendall (7-20-4)
October 23
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 28
October 24
Jose \'Don Pepin\' Garcia (My Father Cigars)
October 26
Tom Lazuka (Asylum Cigars)
October 27
Jose Blanco (E.P. Carrillo)
October 28
Albert Montserrat (Cigar Rings)

Gurkha Marquesa Toro

Gurkha Marquesa Toro

Gurkha Marquesa Toro, a cigar released by Gurkha Cigars in 2018. In three sizes, 5x52 Robusto, 6x54 Toro, and 5x54 Belicoso. All that Gurkha revealed about the production is that the cigars are made in the Dominican Republic. But since Gurkha doesn’t have a factory,...

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill. A new twist on an iconic cigar, well, that was the introduction of the Romeo y Julieta Wide Churchill in 2010. A new vitola, shorter and thicker than the original Churchill. With 5⅛x55 its almost 2 inches shorter than the 7x47 Julieta...

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose

Deadwood Tobacco Leather Rose. The Deadwood Tobacco series is an interesting project. One of the oldest Drew Estate accounts is based in Deadwood, South Dakota. And Deadwood is just a stone-throw away from Sturgis. Sturgis is the home of the largest motorcycle...

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...

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi

Henk Maori Haka Gaudi. Now the Maori Haka part of the name is known. We explained that in our previous Henk Maori Haka review. But where the Gaudi name comes from is a mystery to us. It’s probably named after the famed Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. And most likely...

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva

Rocky Patel CSWC Mareva. In the last decade, Marko Bilic created a monster. From the first Cigar Smoking World Championship event to a series of worldwide qualifiers and a finale in Split, Croatia. And even though, in our humble opinion, cigars aren’t meant to be...

Kristoff Vengeance Toro

Kristoff Vengeance Toro

Kristoff Vengeance Toro. A cigar introduced in 2018, even though the name is much older. The name was discontinued in 2011, but the blend wasn’t. The old Vengeance blend is now the Kristoff GC Signature Series. Ministry of Cigars reviewed that cigar before. But the...

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Lancero. Like all names in the Hiram & Solomon portfolio, this cigar gets his name from the freemason world as well. The 'traveling man' name stems from the ancient masonry. Master masons were often required to move from job to...

Umnum Honduras Robusto

Umnum Honduras Robusto

Umnum Honduras Robusto. A strange name for a cigar that’s gaining traction in Europe. Handmade cigars, from Nicaragua or Honduras depending on the blend. And dirt cheap. This robusto has a price tag of €2,30 in Germany, making it one of the cheapest handmade cigars on...

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto

Tobacco Lords Signature Wide Robusto. It’s the third release of the Tobacco Lords series. And the fourth blend, as the original release, is available as a Connecticut Shade and a Maduro version. The Connecticut Shade Cunninghame and the Maduro Speirs are reviewed by...

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe

Casdagli Traditional Grand Cafe. This is the first Casdagli cigar to be made in the Dominican Republic. It was released in 2012 under the name Bespoke. Bespoke started with custom rolled Cuban cigars. Then moved to Costa Rica and the company started to gain traction....

Barreda O21 Toro

Barreda O21 Toro

Barreda O21 Toro. Until a year ago, this brand wasn’t on our radar. We had never heard from it. But at Intertabac 2019, we met Oscar & Stephanie from Barreda Cigars. Barreda Cigars is a small boutique factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. They provided us with a few...

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...

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia

Bolivar Libertador Edición Francia. This cigar is released three times. First in 2006 as an edicion regional for France. A year later, another batch was released, also for the French market. This particular cigar hails from the second release. Those releases came in...

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale. A beautiful 6x48 Gran Corona from Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust. And if that name doesn’t ring a bell, Steve Saka will probably do. If Steve Saka doesn’t ring a bell, then you seriously need to upgrade your cigar knowledge. Saka was the...

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro

Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Toro. A cigar created to honor and commemorate Julius Caeser Newman. The Eastern European immigrant that started J.C. Newman Cigar Company in 1895. The company is still going strong, with the fourth and fifth-generation now in charge. It’s...

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro

La Sagrada Familia Sun Grown Toro. Early 2017, Dutch entrepreneur and cigar aficionado Tom Mulder launched his La Sagrada Familia brand. As a passionate cigar enthusiast, Mulder thought about starting a brand. With help from his long-time friend Sasja van Horssen, he...

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro

Buffalo Ten Maduro Toro. When the first rumors about this release surfaced, the name was a mystery. At first, the suggestion was made that it is a cigar for the Buffalo Cigar Festival. But in a conversation with Ram Rodriguez from Tabacalera El Artista, the truth was...

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo

VegaFina Fortaleza 2 Andullo. A limited-edition release from VegaFina. Limited to little less than 5000 boxes of ten cigars. As the name suggests, it’s the second Fortaleza release for the 22-year-old brand. The brand was founded by Tabacalera, which was the Spanish...

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente

Perdomo Estate Seleccion Vintage Sun Grown Regente. A line re-introduced in 2016, and as almost always with Perdomo, it came with sisters. Many Perdomo lines come in Connecticut Shade, Sun Grown, and Maduro. At first, the line came on the market in 2005, with vintage...

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