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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...

RoMa Craft Wunder|lust Petit Belicoso

RoMa Craft Wunder|lust Petit Belicoso

This is the first Ministry of Cigars review, and what's better to start with a cigar that's not available on the American market? Ministry of Cigars has a focus on news in the international markets, so picking a cigar that isn't available in the United States seems...

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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CSWC Qualifier, Poland
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CSWC Qualifier, Dusseldorf, Germany
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Emma Viktorsson (Freya Cigars)
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Joshua Meerapfel (Fuente Meerapfel)
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CSWC Qualifier, St Petersburg, Russia
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CSWC Qualifier, St Petersburg, Russia
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Riste Riatevski (Jas Sum Kral)
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Nick Melillo (Foundation)
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CSWC Qualifier, Austria
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CSWC Qualifier, Austria
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CSWC Qualifier, Austria
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Robert Ibarra (Don Ibarra)
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Daniel Guerrero (El Viejo Continente)
, Turrent event, Turmeaus, Liverpool