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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...

Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Habano

Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Habano

Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Habano. A few days ago, we smoked and reviewed the Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Maduro. This is a medium filler from Tabacalera Aragon and Jas Sum Kral. It uses small pieces of tobacco in combination with long leaves, creating a medium filler....

Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Maduro

Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Maduro

Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Maduro. Jas Sum Kral owner Riste Riatevski decided to utilize leftover tobaccos from his other blends with this mixed filler called Toothpicks. The name probably refers to the small pieces of tobacco that can get in between your teeth while...

Balmoral Añejo XO Connecticut Rotschild Massivo

Balmoral Añejo XO Connecticut Rotschild Massivo

Balmoral Añejo XO Connecticut Rothschild Massivo. Since Balmoral started with the Añejo series, several releases have been done. It started with the Añejo 18. That got a follow-up release a year later in another size. Then the Añejo XO was launched. An Oscuro version...

Diamond Crown Black Diamond Radiant

Diamond Crown Black Diamond Radiant

Diamond Crown Black Diamond Radiant. J.C. Newman and Arturo Fuente have been working together for decades. And all of Newman’s Dominican cigars are made at the Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cya factory. Including this Diamond Crown Black Diamond Radiant. It is a short...

New World Cameroon Churchill

New World Cameroon Churchill

New World Cameroon Churchill. Cameroon wrappers have a very specific flavor profile. Spicy, savory and herbal. There is even a difference between African Cameroon and Cameroon grown in the Caribbean. A.J. Fernandez did not reveal whether the Cameroon wrapper used for...

Tatuaje Nuevitas Jibaro No.1

Tatuaje Nuevitas Jibaro No.1

One of the first Tatuaje Cigars ever released was the Tatuaje Nuevitas. And those were not made at El Rey de Los Habanos, the factory owned and operated by the Garcia family. It was the only Tatuaje line ever made outside of the family, at Tabacalera Tropical. But in...

My Father La Opulencia Robusto

My Father La Opulencia Robusto

My Father La Opulencia Robusto. La Opulencia follows the path which My Father chose a few years ago. That path is finding old, discontinued Cuban brands, including the original artwork. And then bring those brands back to live as a Nicaraguan cigar. That worked for...

Dunhill Signed Range Corona

Dunhill Signed Range Corona

Dunhill Signed Range Corona. The Dunhill name is an institute in the tobacco industry. And it all comes from the decision of Alfred Dunhill to open a tobacco shop in London in 1907. With a growing demand for cigars, he decided to create his own brand. And in the...

Oliva Baptiste Toro

Oliva Baptiste Toro

A few days ago, we published a review of a Famous Smoke Shop house blend, the Merciless by JdN Toro. We bought that cigar at Borneo Cigars in Malaysia. This Oliva Baptiste is another Famous Smoke Shop house blend, gifted to us by the co-owner of the Character Cigar...

Bolivar Super Coronas Edicion Limitada 2014

Bolivar Super Coronas Edicion Limitada 2014

Bolivar is a classic when it comes to Cuban brands. One of the best-known brands and well praised under the aficionados. It’s not the biggest brand, that’s Cohiba, but amongst true cigar smokers, Bolivar has a reputation that is equal or better. 

In 2014, the brand...

Merciless by JdN Toro

Merciless by JdN Toro


Merciless by JdN is one of the house blends for the American online retailer, Famous Smoke Shop. There are several factories that create exclusive cigars for big players like Famous, Thompson, Cigar.com and Cigars International. And because these companies are huge,...

El Piño Blanco Corojo Robusto

El Piño Blanco Corojo Robusto

El Piño Blanco is a brand owned by Mariska Kelch. Kelch is not new to the cigar industry. She has been operating her own shop, Tabakado, in Eindhoven for a few years now. First under the wings of her parents Johan and Wil, but after Johan passed away way too young,...

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