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Pulita 60 Aniversario Robusto

Pulita 60 Aniversario Robusto

Pulita 60 Aniversario Robusto. And that says it all, this line was first available in 2016 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Tabacalera El Artista. And the name? That is a tribute to the patriarch of the family, Ramón “Pulita” Rodriguez. He was the one that started...

Fonseca Delicias 2014

Fonseca Delicias 2014

Fonseca Delicias 2014. A review of the same blend and size as our review last Friday. But from a different vintage. And the reason for this is a conversation with a fellow cigar enthusiast about the aging of cigars. Our conversation partner says that the Fonseca...

Fonseca Delicias 2019

Fonseca Delicias 2019

Fonseca Delicias 2019. Not too long ago, Ministry of Cigars was talking to a fellow cigar enthusiast about the aging of cigars. And how some cigars age well, others don’t. That some blends are great for aging, and others aren’t. One thing that came up was that aging...

My Father Ilja VIII A

My Father Ilja VIII A

My Father Ilja VIII A. Ministry of Cigars publishes reviews on Monday and Friday. But this review has to be published on a special day, to commemorate Ilja van Horssen. Ilja van Horssen was a third-generation tobacconist, one of the founders of the largest independent...

El Viejo Continente Classic Maximus

El Viejo Continente Classic Maximus

El Viejo Continente Classic Maximus. A few years ago the Spanish cigar agent Daniel Guerrero decided to take it a step further. A brand of his own. That brand is El Viejo Continente, although he’s also the mastermind behind The Circus cigars. At first in a...

Diamond Crown No 4.

Diamond Crown No 4.

Diamond Crown No 4. By now a classic and a size that doesn’t raise any eyebrows. But when J.C. Newman Cigar Company launched the Diamond Crown line, people called them crazy. A line with cigars that all had a 54 ring gauge, who would smoke such jawbreakers? And it’s...

Big Papi Toro by David Ortiz

Big Papi Toro by David Ortiz

Big Papi Toro by David Ortiz. A name that will probably not ring a bell for cigar enthusiasts outside of countries where baseball is a big sport. But David Ortiz is a baseball hall of fame star with the nickname Big Papi. He’s Dominican and a lover of the leaf....

Cohiba Behike 58

Cohiba Behike 58

Cohiba Behike 58. In late October of 2019 rumors said that Cubatabaco and Habanos were working on a new Behike. A bigger and fatter Behike than the original three. A Behike 58. But a week later a source within a large exclusive Habanos distributor told Ministry of...

Don Kiki Brown Label Figurado

Don Kiki Brown Label Figurado

Don Kiki Brown Label Figurado. For those that are unaware of who Don Kiki is, read our article on Industry Legends: Don Kiki Berger. It is a story about a second-generation Polish Cuban who came to America and built a retail empire in Miami. But also became a cigar...

Undercrown Sun Grown Dogma

Undercrown Sun Grown Dogma

Undercrown Sun Grown Dogma. This is a special release from Drew Estate for the online cigar community Cigar Dojo. And it’s not the first time that Drew Estate releases a cigar for Cigar Dojo. They aren’t the only company that does so. But the difference is that all...

Stallone Castaño San Andres Robusto

Stallone Castaño San Andres Robusto

Stallone Castaño San Andres Robusto. Up until a few months ago, we never heard about this brand. Only when Todd Vance joined Stallone Cigars the brand came on our radar. Vance is an industry veteran who spent time with A.J. Fernandez, Cornelius & Anthony, and...

El Coyote Robusto

El Coyote Robusto

El Coyote Robusto. A cigar that appeared in December of 2019. First only in Belgium and Luxemburg, but the cigars are slowly available in more markets such as The Netherlands and Switzerland. The Belux importer and distributor, Central American Trading is the owner of...

San Lotano Requiem Habano Gran Toro

San Lotano Requiem Habano Gran Toro

San Lotano Requiem Habano Gran Toro. Even though A.J. Fernandez was already blending and producing cigars for years, he was only producing for others. And a lot of his blends were hits on the market. So it was time to release a brand for himself. Drawing inspiration...

Cohiba Lancero

Cohiba Lancero

Cohiba Lancero. These Cohibas come in two varieties. One as a diplomatic gift and as a regular production cigar. But the question is, are they exactly the same? To figure that out, Ministry of Cigars grabbed Cohiba Lanceros from a Diplomatic box and from a regular...

Cohiba Lancero Diplomatic Gift

Cohiba Lancero Diplomatic Gift

Cohiba Lancero Diplomatic Gift. Everybody who knows a bit about Cuban cigars knows that Cohiba was the brand of Fidel Castro. And that the lancero was his vitola of choice. For the first 18 years of the brand, it was not available commercially. Cohiba cigars were for...

Flor de Las Antillas Maduro Short Robusto

Flor de Las Antillas Maduro Short Robusto

Flor de Las Antillas Maduro Short Robusto. In 2012, My Father Cigars won the Cigar Aficionado top 25 with the Flor de Las Antillas Toro. Winning that award boosts sales, but because of the quality, the cigar remains popular until today. But as with most successful...

Plasencia Year of the Ox

Plasencia Year of the Ox

Plasencia Year of the Ox. This year Plasencia is one of the many brands that jump on the Chinese Zodiac Calendar bandwagon. And it’s the first time that the Nicaraguan cigar mogul does it. It’s been only a few years since Plasencia made the call to create cigars with...

ADVentura The Royal Return King’s Gold Robusto

ADVentura The Royal Return King’s Gold Robusto

ADVentura The Royal Return King’s Gold Robusto, a cigar from ADV & McKay Cigars. ADV & McKay Cigars are Henderson Ventura and Marcel Knobel. They came up with a beautiful story of an adventurer, ADVentura, and his companion McKay who set sail to the new world...

Perdomo ESV Maduro Imperio

Perdomo ESV Maduro Imperio

Perdomo ESV Maduro Imperio. Where the ESV stands for Estate Seleccion Vintage. Only the top 5 percent tobacco of Perdomo’s Finca Natalie is selected for the ESV series. Up until 2019, the ESV was a limited edition with releases in 2005 and 2016, but now it’s a regular...

Asylum Seven 11/18

Asylum Seven 11/18

Asylum Seven 11/18. In 2012, former Camacho owner Christian Eiroa came back to the cigar industry after finishing his non-competition clause that he had to sign upon selling Camacho to Davidoff. His comeback was a partnership with former Camacho and Davidoff sales rep...

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