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Undercrown Sun Grown Flying Pig

Undercrown Sun Grown Flying Pig

Undercrown Sun Grown Flying Pig. After the huge success of the Liga Privada offspring Undercrown, Drew Estate decided to build on that brand. So a few years later, the Undercrown Shade was released. Ministry of Cigars reviewed that cigar a few days ago. So it wasn’t a...

Undercrown Shade Flying Pig

Undercrown Shade Flying Pig

Undercrown Shade Flying Pig. By now, the story of the Flying Pig is probably known. When Drew Estate started making cigars, people said that they would only become successful when pigs would fly. And successful they became. Then Steve Saka, back then CEO of Drew...

Tobacco Lords Natural Cunninghame

Tobacco Lords Natural Cunninghame

Tobacco Lords Natural Cunninghame. Robert Graham 1874 is probably the oldest liquor and tobacco shop in Scotland. And in 2017, they decided to have their own cigars made. They reached out to Joya de Nicaragua and together they created two blends. The Tobacco Lords...

Maria Mancini Edicion Limitada 2018 Corona Colorado

Maria Mancini Edicion Limitada 2018 Corona Colorado

Maria Mancini Edicion Limitada 2018 Corona Colorado. Maria Mancini is over twenty years old. And all those times the cigars have been made in Honduras. The brand is owned by the 100-year-old German August Schuster Zigarren from Bunde. They are one of the oldest cigar...

Debonaire Maduro First Degree

Debonaire Maduro First Degree

Debonaire Maduro First Degree. Debonaire is the brand of Philip Zanghi. Zanghi first made his steps into the cigar industry in the 1990s in a partnership with Rocky Patel. They were both new to the business. With Zanghi’s connection with Indian Motorcycles, they...

Alec Bradley Fine & Rare RS10=(86) 2018 release

Alec Bradley Fine & Rare RS10=(86) 2018 release

Alec Bradley Fine & Rare RS10=(86) 2018 release. For the last couple of years, Alec Bradley is releasing a limited edition. Well, two actually, the Filthy Hooligan and the Fine and Rare. Where the Filthy Hooligan is more of a gimmick for St Patrick’s day, the Fine...

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Decadas Diadema

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Decadas Diadema

Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Decadas Diadema. That’s one of the two vitolas that Joya de Nicaragua released of this blend. And the Cinco Decadas stands for the 50th anniversary of the factory. Opened in 1968 and still standing. It’s the oldest factory in Nicaragua and...

PDR Dark Roast Robusto

PDR Dark Roast Robusto

PDR Dark Roast Robusto. Coffee flavored cigars are popular. Several popular brands have a coffee infused cigar line in their portfolio. Drew Estate even has two with the Tabak Especial and Isla del Sol. Plus they produce the Java for Rocky Patel. The Nub Cafe from...

VegaFina Exclusivo Benelux Toro

VegaFina Exclusivo Benelux Toro

VegaFina Exclusivo Benelux Toro. VegaFina is a brand made at Casa de Garcia on the Dominican Republic. And Casa de Garcia is the largest cigar factory in the country. It’s part of Altadis. And Altadis is part of Imperial Brands. But for how long is the question....

Tobacco Lords Maduro Speirs

Tobacco Lords Maduro Speirs

Tobacco Lords Maduro Speirs. Alexander Speirs was one of the biggest tobacco traders from Glasgow. And Glasgow was once the epicenter of the European tobacco trade. During the mid of the American revolution, approximately half of all tobacco in Western Europe was...

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...

Alec Bradley Magic Toast Robusto

Alec Bradley Magic Toast Robusto

Alec Bradley Magic Toast Robusto. The name Magic Toast comes from when Ralph Montero and Alan Rubin inspected the tobacco fields. Their flight got delayed, they weren’t able to reach the factory in time so they decided to inspect the tobacco fields instead. And when...

Three size Revolution sampler

Three size Revolution sampler

Three size Revolution sampler. When you ask people in what countries cigars are produced, the answer will be Cuba in most of the cases. More informed people will mention the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Then Honduras is the fourth country on the list. And maybe...

Dalay Affentanz HELL belicoso

Dalay Affentanz HELL belicoso

Dalay Affentan HELL belicoso. The German retailer Dalay is owned and operated by real cigar aficionados. And ones that have the guts to take bold decisions. One of those decisions was to create its own cigar brand. The brand carries the same name as the shop, Dalay....

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Gran Toro

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Gran Toro

Hiram & Solomon Traveling Man Gran Toro. Hiram & Solomon is the brand of Fouad Kashouty and Nasir Dakrat. The couple met during freemason gatherings. And they became friends. Both cigar aficionados were surprised that they could not find any freemason cigars....

Ramon Allones Superiores

Ramon Allones Superiores

Ramon Allones Superiores. This cigar is an exclusive release for the La Casa del Habano franchise. That is a franchise owned by Habanos. The shops are only allowed to sell Cuban cigars and are held to a high-quality standard. In exchange, the La Casa del Habano shops...

Davtian Primus Robusto

Davtian Primus Robusto

Davtian Primus Robusto. We met David Davtian briefly at the Intertabac trade show. It was a brand we heard mentioned before but we never saw or smoked any of their cigars. And after starting MinistryofCigars.com, I had to look into the brand a bit. And to my surprise,...

Viking Valhalla Robusto

Viking Valhalla Robusto

Viking Valhalla Robusto. Viking is the brand of the Norwegian cigar distributor Hakon Aanonsen. His company sigar.com has been distributing cigars for over two decades in Norway and previously Aanonsen owned the brands Amero, Chess and Hawk. Those brands were made by...

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro robusto

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro robusto

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro robusto. Years ago, Rocky Patel released the Olde World Reserva. Both in a Maduro and a Corojo blend. Both were Honduran cigars, and both became very popular. So popular that Patel ran out of tobacco. And there wasn’t enough...

Tambo Churchill Indonesian puro

Tambo Churchill Indonesian puro

Tambo Churchill Indonesian puro. Indonesia has a long tobacco history. But most of the tobacco is used for dry-cured shortfillers. Premium cigars are scarce, yet there are a few brands out there. Tambo is one of them, and this was given to me by the Indonesian Tambo...

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