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Joya Silver Robusto

Joya Silver Robusto

Founded in 1969, Joya de Nicaragua is the oldest, still functioning, cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. But just because they are the oldest, doesn’t mean they are stuck in the past. Sure, they have classic lines dating back decades like the mild Clasico and the bold...

Pyranos Robusto

Pyranos Robusto

This cigar is quite a mystery. All that we can tell you that it’s a cigar made in an undisclosed factory in Nicaragua for Schuster Cigars in Bunde, Germany. Online resources taught us that the cigar is a Nicaraguan puro. So the wrapper, binder, and fillers are all...

Quai d’Orsay 54

Quai d’Orsay 54

Quai d’Orsay is the name of a part of a district in France. And that might sound strange as a name for a Cuban cigar. But in fact, this cigar was blended and made for the French cigar aficionados. Habanos made it for the refined taste of the French and gave it a...

Balmoral Añejo XO Gran Toro

Balmoral Añejo XO Gran Toro

Royal Agio first introduced the Balmoral Añejo cigars in 2012 with the Añejo 18. A limited edition with an 18-year-old wrapper. That cigar was a huge success, and Royal Agio managed to secure another batch of vintage tobacco for a release the next year. In 2014, the...

Rocky Patel Tavicusa Robusto

Rocky Patel Tavicusa Robusto

When Rocky Patel entered the cigar industry, back in 1995, he started to work with the Placencia family. And that relationship is still going strong as all the Rocky Patel cigars made in Honduras are actually made in a factory owned by Plasencia. Now the factory has...

Casa de Torres Edicion Especial Robusto

Casa de Torres Edicion Especial Robusto

Casa de Torres is a Nicaraguan made, German-owned cigar brand. Little over twenty years ago, the German cigar producer Schuster, created the brand. It is now available in a few European countries. In 2006, the Casa de Torres line up saw the birth of the Casa de Torres...

Indian Motorcycle Maduro Toro

Indian Motorcycle Maduro Toro

In the mid-1990s the name of Indian showed up in the cigar industry. Philip Zanghi had the rights to the name, as his father owned the motorcycle company. He teamed up with entertainment lawyer Rocky Patel to form Indian Tabac. Many people thought the name was chosen...

La Gran Oferta Lancero

La Gran Oferta Lancero

In the last few years, My Father Cigars has focussed on finding old Cuban brands. Brands that have been long gone. And not just the names, but also the old artwork, and turning those old Cuban brands in successful new Nicaraguan brands. And with a lot of success, as...

El Piño Blanco Maduro Robusto

El Piño Blanco Maduro Robusto

El Piño Blanco is a budget line created for and by Tabakado, a shop in the city of Eindhoven, home to electronics giant Philips and the world-renowned printer of cigar rings Vrijdag premium printing, who are printing the Cuban hologram rings amongst a lot of other...

Tatuaje RC Series No 1

Tatuaje RC Series No 1

At the Intertabac trade show, which is held in Dortmund, Germany every third weekend of September, Pete Johnson (Tatuaje Cigars) released a new series of cigars. The Tatuaje RC series. And while the name may not be new, as Tatuaje has had two RC cigars on the market...

Iron Shirt Robusto

Iron Shirt Robusto

Schuster Cigars is a century old, family-owned, German cigar manufacturer. They make cigars in an old fashioned way in their factory in Bunde. These are the European style, dry cured, shortfiller cigars. Little over 20 years ago, Schuster ventured out into premium...

Debonaire Habano Robusto

Debonaire Habano Robusto

Philip Zanghi has been in tobacco for the longest time, starting in the mid-1990s with his then business partner Rocky Patel and the Indian Tabac Co. After Patel and Zanghi went different ways, Zanghi focussed on other parts of the tobacco business but in 2012 he came...

Product Review: PerfecDraw

Product Review: PerfecDraw

Truth be told, we can't remember the last time we had to throw a cigar out the window because of a bad draw. That's because of the high level of quality control of the manufacturers that make my favorite cigars in countries like Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican...

Rocky Patel ALR Robusto

Rocky Patel ALR Robusto

In 2015 one test blend made at Rocky Patel's Nicaraguan factory turned out with so much potential that Rocky Patel had 100.000 cigars made in three vitolas. Yet, Patel also decided to let them age for three more years to reach their full potential. And that's what...

Sin Compromiso Intrepido

Sin Compromiso Intrepido

Steve Saka is an industry veteran, yet his company Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust is still a very young company. Saka joined the cigar industry as a blogger, probably the first person to blog about cigars, before he joined JR Cigars as a marketing manager. From that, he...

Maria Mancini Edition 2016 Robusto Particular

Maria Mancini Edition 2016 Robusto Particular

For about twenty years, the Schuster family has been making cigars in Honduras at an undisclosed factory under the Maria Mancini brand. Schuster Cigars is a well-known name in Europe, not only of their dry-cured shortfiller cigars, which they produce in Bunde, Germany...

Saga Short Tales Tomo VI

Saga Short Tales Tomo VI

Last September, Ministry of Cigars attended the Meet & Greet 2018, hosted by Tabakado in Eindhoven. One of the cigar manufacturers there was Nirka Reyes Estrella from De Los Reyes. To be honest, we had smoked cigars from that factory before and they never...

Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva Lonsdale Vintage 2001

Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva Lonsdale Vintage 2001

Fuente has been making cigars for over a century, but the chance that you will find any vintage Fuente cigars for bargain prices is slim. But it’s not impossible. Meerapfel & Sohne from Belgium have been the Arturo Fuente distributor for many many years, and next...

La Estancia Edición Especial Toro Gordo

La Estancia Edición Especial Toro Gordo

If you never heard of Meerapfel & Sohne from Belgium, you’re not alone. Yet they are legendary within the cigar industry. For the last century and a half, the Meerapfel’s have been in the center of the tobacco trade and without the family, there would be no more...

Balmoral Dueto Robusto

Balmoral Dueto Robusto

In 2018, Royal Agio announced that they would start with a Signature series. And the idea behind the series is a collaboration with another cigar manufacturer each year. Now that’s not a unique idea, Viaje has been doing that for a few years, others have done it as a...

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