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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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Liga Privada Nasty Fritas

Liga Privada Nasty Fritas

Liga Privada Nasty Fritas. The younger sibling of the Papas Fritas. And part of the Liga Privada Year of the Rat sampler for the Chinese zodiac Year of the Rat. Ministry of Cigars started the year of the rat with a series of reviews of Year of the Rat cigars. But this...

El Viejo Continente Maduro Lancero

El Viejo Continente Maduro Lancero

El Viejo Continente Maduro Lancero. El Viejo Continente is the brand of Daniel Guerrero. A life long cigar enthusiast who partnered up with Emiliano Lagos to create cigars to his likings. And that’s how El Viejo Continente was born. There are several lines available,...

Puro Ambar Legacy Robusto

Puro Ambar Legacy Robusto

Puro Ambar Legacy Robusto. Or should it be a Grand Robusto as it’s larger and thicker than the standard 5x50 Robusto Vitola? Anyway, the Puro Ambar brand is part of the portfolio Tabacalera El Artista. Recently the brand got an overhaul. New packaging and a new blend....

Hiram & Solomon Entered Apprentice Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Entered Apprentice Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Entered Apprentice Robusto. The mildest of all the Hiram & Soloman cigars. Their entry-level cigar so to say. And named after the first degree of the masonry to make it fit. The Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason are the three...

Casdagli Basilica C #1 Maduro

Casdagli Basilica C #1 Maduro

Casdagli Basilica C #1 Maduro. The only Maduro blend in the Casdagli Basilica line. Where there three sizes for the Casdagli Basilica C blend, there is only one size for the Casdagli Basilica C Maduro version. The same goes for the Casdagli Basilica A. The line is...

VegaFina Fusion Edition

VegaFina Fusion Edition

VegaFina Fusion Edition. There are many collaborations in the cigar industry. Blenders working together. Factories working together. There are some well-known collaborations. Drew Estate making the coffee-infused Java for Rocky Patel. Or Drew Estate and Robert...

Montecristo Dantes Edicion Limitada 2016

Montecristo Dantes Edicion Limitada 2016

Montecristo Dantes Edicion Limitada 2016. Even though this cigar is part of the 2016 Edicion Limitada program, it is actually a 2017 release. More often than not, special releases by Habanos come to the market with a delay of a year or more. Since the cigar for this...

Davidoff tasting cigar figurado

Davidoff tasting cigar figurado

Davidoff tasting cigar figurado. Pre-release cigars or test blends leak into the hands of cigar enthusiasts from time to time. But the Davidoff tasting cigar figurado isn’t either of them. Yet, it is a cigar that is not for sale. Honestly, Ministry of Cigars doesn’t...

Drew Estate BOTL Lancero

Drew Estate BOTL Lancero

Drew Estate BOTL Lancero. The online community Brothers of the Leaf aka botl.org. Starting in 2010, some manufacturers work with the community and release limited edition cigars. PDR was the first, with Drew Estate following two years later. Since 2013, Drew...

San Jeronimo Habano Natural Robusto

San Jeronimo Habano Natural Robusto

San Jeronimo Habano Natural Robusto. The production takes place at Tabacalera San Jerónimo/Kafie. San Jerónimo is the oldest brand in existence in Honduras. It gets its name from a tobacco-producing region. According to the owner, Oscar Orlando Ferrera, the brand is...

Cubo Sumatra Toro by Dapper Cigars

Cubo Sumatra Toro by Dapper Cigars

Cubo Sumatra Toro by Dapper Cigars. Dapper Cigars. Dapper Cigar Company is an American cigar company. Their home base is Fresno, California. Not a place where you would expect a cigar company to be honest. But that’s just their base, as the cigars are all coming from...

Royal Danish Double Ligero Short Robusto

Royal Danish Double Ligero Short Robusto

Royal Danish Double Ligero Short Robusto. This is a cigar that uses a lot of ligero fillers, making it a very strong cigar. Or at least, that’s what the warning on the label says. Double Ligero, extra strong. Blended in Denmark according to the ring, but made in...

H Upmann Royal Robusto

H Upmann Royal Robusto

H Upmann Royal Robusto. A cigar that was first born in 2011 and exclusively available at the La Casa del Habano franchise stores all around the world. It’s a staple since and has a good reputation within the world of Habano lovers. And it was about time that Ministry...

Diesel Whisky Row Robusto

Diesel Whisky Row Robusto

Diesel Whisky Row Robusto. Who owns Diesel Cigars is a bit of a mystery to most cigar enthusiasts. Despite popular belief, it is not a brand from A.J. Fernandez although Fernandez is the manufacturer responsible for the brand. But the brand isn’t in the hands of A.J....

Gilberto Oliva Reserva Toro

Gilberto Oliva Reserva Toro

Gilberto Oliva Reserva Toro. A tribute to the man who started the Oliva Cigar Company in Nicaragua in 1995. But that doesn’t mean that the family wasn’t in tobacco before. It all started with Melanio Oliva in 1886. Melanio Oliva, the family patriarch, grew tobacco in...

MAB Reserve Natural Lancero

MAB Reserve Natural Lancero

MAB Reserve Natural Lancero. If you never heard of this cigar, that is not your lack of knowledge. This brand is quite big in Slovakia but you can’t find it easily outside Slovakia. The main cigar importer and distributor for Slovakia is the company behind the MAB...

JFR Lunatic Loco Maduro El Loquito

JFR Lunatic Loco Maduro El Loquito

JFR Lunatic Loco Maduro El Loquito. This is the latest addition to the JFR brand. The brand exists since 2005 when Aganorsa Leaf released the line for brick & mortar stores. JFR stands for Just For Retailers. In 2014, a new JFR line emerged, the JFR Lunatic. And...

Casdagli Daughters of the Wind Calico

Casdagli Daughters of the Wind Calico

Casdagli Daughters of the Wind Calico. A line inspired by the Casdagli Family history. In the early 1900s, the family acquired Sheykh Obeyd stables just outside Cairo. The Casdagli family became celebrated breeders of Arabian racehorses. Big races were won. It’s that...

Casa Cuevas Reserva Maduro Toro

Casa Cuevas Reserva Maduro Toro

Casa Cuevas Reserva Maduro Toro. A cigar that as far as we know is only available in the United States, New Zealand, and the Dominican Republic. And it’s a relatively new brand yet not a new family. The Cuevas family is growing tobacco and making cigars for decades....

San Pedro de Macoris Sun Grown Corona

San Pedro de Macoris Sun Grown Corona

San Pedro de Macoris Sun Grown Corona. A long name for a cigar. But a good name is you know the reason for it. The Royal Agio factory is located in the town of San Pedro de Macoris. And to honor the people from the town that works for Royal Agio, the Wintermans family...

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February 2
Indiana Ortez (Agrotobacos)
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