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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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August 12
Jesper Petersen (Splendid Cigars)
August 14
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 23
August 15
Erik D Espinosa (Espinosa Cigars)
, EVENT: CSWC Kuala Lumpur
August 20
Sebastien Decoppet (Cavelier Geneve)
August 24
EVENT: Casa Turrent Dinner, Bratislava
August 26
Ramon Zapata Perez (Condega)
, Steve Saka (Dunbarton)
August 28
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
, The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 24
August 29
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
August 30
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
, Jessi Flores
, Sal Lucchetta (Arista Cigars)
August 31
Darren Cioffi (Principle Cigars)
September 1
Danny Vazquez (RoMa Craft)
September 2
Patricia Quesada (Quesada Cigars)
September 6
Tony Bellatto (La Barba/Lost & Found)
September 10
Kerr Viajante (Stogie Road Cigars)
September 11
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 25

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...

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado. Earlier this year, Ministry of Cigars published a review of the Muestra de Tabac Brazilian Mata Fina & Sumatra. A thick perfecto with two wrappers. Not in a barberpole style, but half and half. The cigar is open...

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto. A budget cigar released in the summer of 2018 by Maya Selva. It’s a brand extension for the already established Villa Zamorano cigars that are available all over Europe. The line was released in 2018 and won a cigar trophy from Cigar...

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario. A cigar released late 2018, which actually makes it the 11th year of Liga Privada as the first boxes were sold in 2007. But the packaging changed to the well known 24 count boxes in 2008. Plus new sizes were added that year. For two...

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes. The eminent is the toro in the line up of the Davidoff Puro d’Oro line. The line was introduced in 2010, with the Eminentes as a line addition in 2011. This particular cigar is a well-aged cigar from the personal collection of the...

Illusione OneOff Corona

Illusione OneOff Corona

Illusione OneOff Corona. A cigar that was released in the early 2000s but is a part of the Illusione book of cigars since 2017. The owner of the La Casa del Habano Milan had been trying to get a custom made cigar line from Cuba. After many attempts and just as many...

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto. One of the seven blends available within the Hiram & Solomon portfolio but the only one without the Freemason logo. The recipe is the same though. Made in Nicaragua, blended by Fouad Kashouty and George Dakrat with the help of...

The Circus Maduro Lancero

The Circus Maduro Lancero

The Circus Maduro Lancero. Late last year, Daniel Guerrero from El Viejo Continente announced the release of a lancero in The Circus line. A Maduro lancero with a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from Ometepe and Jalapa. But...

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona. To be honest, up until less than a year ago, this brand was under our radar. We had seen the name mentioned a few times, but that’s about it. We didn’t see many pictures on social media, no reviews and therefore Sinistro didn’t...

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo. The brand was founded by the Armenian businessman and cigars aficionado David Davtian in 2011. That was 8 years after Davtian became a retailer and distributor for several Non-Cuban brands for Armenia. And five years after he became the...

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2. A true classic. This cigar has been around for more than 60 years, and it is one of the most praised and sold cigars from Cuba. But the Hoyo de Monterrey brand itself has an even longer history. At ate 13, Don José Gener y Batet, migrated...

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua. A blend introduced in 2013, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Joya de Nicaragua. In one size, a toro. But the blend was so popular that Joya de Nicaragua decided to tweak it a little bit. And that tweaked blend was...

VegaFina 1998 VF52

VegaFina 1998 VF52

VegaFina 1998 VF52. Tabacalera, the Spanish tobacco monopoly, founded VegaFina in 1998. Later Tabacalera merged with the French tobacco monopoly SEITA and formed Altadis. And last year, Altadis released the VegaFina 1998 in three sizes to commemorate the fact. The...

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48 by Jas Sum Kral. Last year, Jas Sum Kral released a few new blends. The one that received most of the attention was the Nuggs. And of course, as Jas Sum Kral was the first premium cigar brand that came with a CBD infused cigar. The only...

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto. One of the latest releases of Rocky Patel, released at the IPCPR trade show in July 2019. The number 6 is named after the test blend. Several test blends were made, and the 6th blend was picked. So that became the Rocky Patel Number 6....

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, EVENT: CSWC Kuala Lumpur
August 20
Sebastien Decoppet (Cavelier Geneve)
August 24
EVENT: Casa Turrent Dinner, Bratislava
August 26
Ramon Zapata Perez (Condega)
, Steve Saka (Dunbarton)
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EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
, The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 24
August 29
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August 30
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
, Jessi Flores
, Sal Lucchetta (Arista Cigars)
August 31
Darren Cioffi (Principle Cigars)
September 1
Danny Vazquez (RoMa Craft)
September 2
Patricia Quesada (Quesada Cigars)
September 6
Tony Bellatto (La Barba/Lost & Found)
September 10
Kerr Viajante (Stogie Road Cigars)
September 11
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 25

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...

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado. Earlier this year, Ministry of Cigars published a review of the Muestra de Tabac Brazilian Mata Fina & Sumatra. A thick perfecto with two wrappers. Not in a barberpole style, but half and half. The cigar is open...

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto. A budget cigar released in the summer of 2018 by Maya Selva. It’s a brand extension for the already established Villa Zamorano cigars that are available all over Europe. The line was released in 2018 and won a cigar trophy from Cigar...

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario. A cigar released late 2018, which actually makes it the 11th year of Liga Privada as the first boxes were sold in 2007. But the packaging changed to the well known 24 count boxes in 2008. Plus new sizes were added that year. For two...

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes. The eminent is the toro in the line up of the Davidoff Puro d’Oro line. The line was introduced in 2010, with the Eminentes as a line addition in 2011. This particular cigar is a well-aged cigar from the personal collection of the...

Illusione OneOff Corona

Illusione OneOff Corona

Illusione OneOff Corona. A cigar that was released in the early 2000s but is a part of the Illusione book of cigars since 2017. The owner of the La Casa del Habano Milan had been trying to get a custom made cigar line from Cuba. After many attempts and just as many...

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto. One of the seven blends available within the Hiram & Solomon portfolio but the only one without the Freemason logo. The recipe is the same though. Made in Nicaragua, blended by Fouad Kashouty and George Dakrat with the help of...

The Circus Maduro Lancero

The Circus Maduro Lancero

The Circus Maduro Lancero. Late last year, Daniel Guerrero from El Viejo Continente announced the release of a lancero in The Circus line. A Maduro lancero with a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from Ometepe and Jalapa. But...

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona. To be honest, up until less than a year ago, this brand was under our radar. We had seen the name mentioned a few times, but that’s about it. We didn’t see many pictures on social media, no reviews and therefore Sinistro didn’t...

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo. The brand was founded by the Armenian businessman and cigars aficionado David Davtian in 2011. That was 8 years after Davtian became a retailer and distributor for several Non-Cuban brands for Armenia. And five years after he became the...

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2. A true classic. This cigar has been around for more than 60 years, and it is one of the most praised and sold cigars from Cuba. But the Hoyo de Monterrey brand itself has an even longer history. At ate 13, Don José Gener y Batet, migrated...

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua. A blend introduced in 2013, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Joya de Nicaragua. In one size, a toro. But the blend was so popular that Joya de Nicaragua decided to tweak it a little bit. And that tweaked blend was...

VegaFina 1998 VF52

VegaFina 1998 VF52

VegaFina 1998 VF52. Tabacalera, the Spanish tobacco monopoly, founded VegaFina in 1998. Later Tabacalera merged with the French tobacco monopoly SEITA and formed Altadis. And last year, Altadis released the VegaFina 1998 in three sizes to commemorate the fact. The...

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48 by Jas Sum Kral. Last year, Jas Sum Kral released a few new blends. The one that received most of the attention was the Nuggs. And of course, as Jas Sum Kral was the first premium cigar brand that came with a CBD infused cigar. The only...

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto. One of the latest releases of Rocky Patel, released at the IPCPR trade show in July 2019. The number 6 is named after the test blend. Several test blends were made, and the 6th blend was picked. So that became the Rocky Patel Number 6....

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August 12
Jesper Petersen (Splendid Cigars)
August 14
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 23
August 15
Erik D Espinosa (Espinosa Cigars)
, EVENT: CSWC Kuala Lumpur
August 20
Sebastien Decoppet (Cavelier Geneve)
August 24
EVENT: Casa Turrent Dinner, Bratislava
August 26
Ramon Zapata Perez (Condega)
, Steve Saka (Dunbarton)
August 28
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
, The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 24
August 29
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
August 30
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
, Jessi Flores
, Sal Lucchetta (Arista Cigars)
August 31
Darren Cioffi (Principle Cigars)
September 1
Danny Vazquez (RoMa Craft)
September 2
Patricia Quesada (Quesada Cigars)
September 6
Tony Bellatto (La Barba/Lost & Found)
September 10
Kerr Viajante (Stogie Road Cigars)
September 11
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 25

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...

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado. Earlier this year, Ministry of Cigars published a review of the Muestra de Tabac Brazilian Mata Fina & Sumatra. A thick perfecto with two wrappers. Not in a barberpole style, but half and half. The cigar is open...

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto. A budget cigar released in the summer of 2018 by Maya Selva. It’s a brand extension for the already established Villa Zamorano cigars that are available all over Europe. The line was released in 2018 and won a cigar trophy from Cigar...

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario. A cigar released late 2018, which actually makes it the 11th year of Liga Privada as the first boxes were sold in 2007. But the packaging changed to the well known 24 count boxes in 2008. Plus new sizes were added that year. For two...

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes. The eminent is the toro in the line up of the Davidoff Puro d’Oro line. The line was introduced in 2010, with the Eminentes as a line addition in 2011. This particular cigar is a well-aged cigar from the personal collection of the...

Illusione OneOff Corona

Illusione OneOff Corona

Illusione OneOff Corona. A cigar that was released in the early 2000s but is a part of the Illusione book of cigars since 2017. The owner of the La Casa del Habano Milan had been trying to get a custom made cigar line from Cuba. After many attempts and just as many...

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto. One of the seven blends available within the Hiram & Solomon portfolio but the only one without the Freemason logo. The recipe is the same though. Made in Nicaragua, blended by Fouad Kashouty and George Dakrat with the help of...

The Circus Maduro Lancero

The Circus Maduro Lancero

The Circus Maduro Lancero. Late last year, Daniel Guerrero from El Viejo Continente announced the release of a lancero in The Circus line. A Maduro lancero with a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from Ometepe and Jalapa. But...

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona. To be honest, up until less than a year ago, this brand was under our radar. We had seen the name mentioned a few times, but that’s about it. We didn’t see many pictures on social media, no reviews and therefore Sinistro didn’t...

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo. The brand was founded by the Armenian businessman and cigars aficionado David Davtian in 2011. That was 8 years after Davtian became a retailer and distributor for several Non-Cuban brands for Armenia. And five years after he became the...

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2. A true classic. This cigar has been around for more than 60 years, and it is one of the most praised and sold cigars from Cuba. But the Hoyo de Monterrey brand itself has an even longer history. At ate 13, Don José Gener y Batet, migrated...

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua. A blend introduced in 2013, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Joya de Nicaragua. In one size, a toro. But the blend was so popular that Joya de Nicaragua decided to tweak it a little bit. And that tweaked blend was...

VegaFina 1998 VF52

VegaFina 1998 VF52

VegaFina 1998 VF52. Tabacalera, the Spanish tobacco monopoly, founded VegaFina in 1998. Later Tabacalera merged with the French tobacco monopoly SEITA and formed Altadis. And last year, Altadis released the VegaFina 1998 in three sizes to commemorate the fact. The...

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48 by Jas Sum Kral. Last year, Jas Sum Kral released a few new blends. The one that received most of the attention was the Nuggs. And of course, as Jas Sum Kral was the first premium cigar brand that came with a CBD infused cigar. The only...

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto. One of the latest releases of Rocky Patel, released at the IPCPR trade show in July 2019. The number 6 is named after the test blend. Several test blends were made, and the 6th blend was picked. So that became the Rocky Patel Number 6....

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August 12
Jesper Petersen (Splendid Cigars)
August 14
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 23
August 15
Erik D Espinosa (Espinosa Cigars)
, EVENT: CSWC Kuala Lumpur
August 20
Sebastien Decoppet (Cavelier Geneve)
August 24
EVENT: Casa Turrent Dinner, Bratislava
August 26
Ramon Zapata Perez (Condega)
, Steve Saka (Dunbarton)
August 28
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
, The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 24
August 29
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
August 30
EVENT: La Vida Buena, Tremiti, Italy
, Jessi Flores
, Sal Lucchetta (Arista Cigars)
August 31
Darren Cioffi (Principle Cigars)
September 1
Danny Vazquez (RoMa Craft)
September 2
Patricia Quesada (Quesada Cigars)
September 6
Tony Bellatto (La Barba/Lost & Found)
September 10
Kerr Viajante (Stogie Road Cigars)
September 11
The Philip & Ferdy Cigar Show Episode 25

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...

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado

Muestra de Tabac Pennsylvania Connecticut Figurado. Earlier this year, Ministry of Cigars published a review of the Muestra de Tabac Brazilian Mata Fina & Sumatra. A thick perfecto with two wrappers. Not in a barberpole style, but half and half. The cigar is open...

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto

Villa Zamorano Reserva Robusto. A budget cigar released in the summer of 2018 by Maya Selva. It’s a brand extension for the already established Villa Zamorano cigars that are available all over Europe. The line was released in 2018 and won a cigar trophy from Cigar...

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario

Liga Privada 10 Anniversario. A cigar released late 2018, which actually makes it the 11th year of Liga Privada as the first boxes were sold in 2007. But the packaging changed to the well known 24 count boxes in 2008. Plus new sizes were added that year. For two...

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes

Davidoff Puro d’Oro Eminentes. The eminent is the toro in the line up of the Davidoff Puro d’Oro line. The line was introduced in 2010, with the Eminentes as a line addition in 2011. This particular cigar is a well-aged cigar from the personal collection of the...

Illusione OneOff Corona

Illusione OneOff Corona

Illusione OneOff Corona. A cigar that was released in the early 2000s but is a part of the Illusione book of cigars since 2017. The owner of the La Casa del Habano Milan had been trying to get a custom made cigar line from Cuba. After many attempts and just as many...

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto

Hiram & Solomon Shriner Robusto. One of the seven blends available within the Hiram & Solomon portfolio but the only one without the Freemason logo. The recipe is the same though. Made in Nicaragua, blended by Fouad Kashouty and George Dakrat with the help of...

The Circus Maduro Lancero

The Circus Maduro Lancero

The Circus Maduro Lancero. Late last year, Daniel Guerrero from El Viejo Continente announced the release of a lancero in The Circus line. A Maduro lancero with a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper over Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos from Ometepe and Jalapa. But...

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona

Sinistro the Last Cowboy Maduro Corona. To be honest, up until less than a year ago, this brand was under our radar. We had seen the name mentioned a few times, but that’s about it. We didn’t see many pictures on social media, no reviews and therefore Sinistro didn’t...

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo

Davtian Trinidad Robusto Gordo. The brand was founded by the Armenian businessman and cigars aficionado David Davtian in 2011. That was 8 years after Davtian became a retailer and distributor for several Non-Cuban brands for Armenia. And five years after he became the...

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2. A true classic. This cigar has been around for more than 60 years, and it is one of the most praised and sold cigars from Cuba. But the Hoyo de Monterrey brand itself has an even longer history. At ate 13, Don José Gener y Batet, migrated...

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua

Cuatro Cinco Edicion Asia by Joya de Nicaragua. A blend introduced in 2013, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Joya de Nicaragua. In one size, a toro. But the blend was so popular that Joya de Nicaragua decided to tweak it a little bit. And that tweaked blend was...

VegaFina 1998 VF52

VegaFina 1998 VF52

VegaFina 1998 VF52. Tabacalera, the Spanish tobacco monopoly, founded VegaFina in 1998. Later Tabacalera merged with the French tobacco monopoly SEITA and formed Altadis. And last year, Altadis released the VegaFina 1998 in three sizes to commemorate the fact. The...

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48

Tyrannical Buc Maduro Magnum 48 by Jas Sum Kral. Last year, Jas Sum Kral released a few new blends. The one that received most of the attention was the Nuggs. And of course, as Jas Sum Kral was the first premium cigar brand that came with a CBD infused cigar. The only...

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto

Rocky Patel Number 6 Robusto. One of the latest releases of Rocky Patel, released at the IPCPR trade show in July 2019. The number 6 is named after the test blend. Several test blends were made, and the 6th blend was picked. So that became the Rocky Patel Number 6....

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