Rocky Patel ‘Luxury Collection’ Sampler


Holt’s cigars is a great supplier of all your cigar needs.  Recently they sent me this sampler to review and try the cigars.  I have had all of these except the Ocean Club which I enjoyed.

The Vintage 1990 is always a decent smoke, the Decade is one of my favorites.  I am not a huge fan of the Renaissance though.  The box these came in is very nice and the sampler is a steal for $29.99.

Holt’s description:

Rocky Patel ‘Luxury Collection’ Sampler is a 10-cigar assembly of mild, medium and full-bodied cigars brimming with the entire spectrum of flavors.  The finest Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos reside beneath carefully chosen wrappers.  Luscious hints of earth, espresso, nuts and black pepper materialize with savory consistency throughout this elegant assortment.  Exceptionally popular and rare cigars are included.  Entertain your senses and order the ‘Luxury Collection’ today!


General Cigar announces today that the company has modernized the design of its iconic Macanudo log for the U.S. market. Beginning on January 15, 2016, Macanudo Café, Macanudo Maduro, Macanudo Crü Royal and Macanudo 1968 and will feature the brand’s new look.

“The Macanudo logo has evolved to a more contemporary design, and packaging has eupdatevisual consistency throughout the portfolio. The changes will make Macanudo even more appealing on shelves and more relevant to current and new cigar smokers,” said Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar.

While the color schemes remain unchanged, the new logo is stronger, more confident and features the Macanudo word mark more prominently beneath the logo.”

Macanudo Crü Royale will now be presented in a wrap set box to match the packaging of the other cigars in line, while Macanudo 1968 will move from a cabinet-style to shell top box. Additionally, the bands for Macanudo Café will be updated with a shiny metallic gold foil, while Macanudo Crü Royale bands will feature

silver foil.

The redesign marks the first change to the logo and packaging since the company began selling Macanudo

nearly 50 years ago.

“While the look has progressed, the blends have not changed,” noted Willner.

Launched in 1968, Macanudo Café is General Cigar’s top-selling premium cigar brand and is available

worldwide. The brand is best known for its mild flavor and silky Connecticut Shade wrapper.

For more information on Macanudo, visit

About General Cigar Company

General Cigar Co. is a leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted cigars for the premium market in

the US. The company is owned by Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo®,

Cohiba®, La Gloria Cubana®, Partagas®, CAO®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several

other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition,

the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends and has a dedicated R&D

practice that develops new varieties of tobacco and revitalizes vintage seeds. Based in Richmond, VA,

General Cigar sells through wholesalers and retailers in the US. General Cigar also operates Club

Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City.

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Southern Cigar Co. monthly subscription


I have something new for my readers today

The   Southern Cigar Co. has sent me a box of their subscription cigar package, and what  a package it is.  The selection is of 4 excellent cigars:

Camacho – Barrel Aged

Julius Caesar – Robusto

Rocky Patel – Decade

A. Flores – Capa Habano EE

Southern Cigar co. box

Everyone of these cigars are great in their own right. The included Boveda freshness pack ensured the cigars arrived at the peak of freshness.

The best part of the package was that it also came with a cutter and lighter.  The cutter has a dual usage with a V cut and a regular guillotine. The lighter was a triple flame with plenty of power to torch any cigar to bits

I would recommend this subscription to all my readers…




General Cigar is proud to announce the debut of “Margaritaville,” a duo of new brands debuting under the CAO portfolio.


Alan Willner, vice president of marketing for General Cigar said, “Margaritaville is a blockbuster brand, one that aligns perfectly with the cool, laid back vibe of CAO. This strategic addition to our portfolio is a natural fit for CAO and paves the way for more exciting collaborations in the future.”


Margaritaville Cigars

The allure of palm trees, cocktails and lazy days spent relaxing on the beach are just a light away with CAO’s new Margaritaville line.

A cool new addition to the Flavours collection, Margaritaville is a piña colada-flavored cigar available in a Petit Corona and Corona size. Featuring a Cameroon-wrapped blend of Dominican tobacco, an escape to an island paradise is just a light away.

Margaritaville cigars will hit retail in October. The Corona size will be packed in 20-count boxes, while a box of Petit Coronas will contain 25 cigars.

Margaritaville Corona 5.25 x 42 – SPR per cigar $6.99

Margaritaville Petit Corona 4 x 40 – SPR per cigar $5.49


Havana Daydreamin’

CAO is keeping the carefree spirit of summer alive all year long with Havana Daydreamin,’ a new premium smoke that’s also making its debut as part of the brand’s Margaritaville series.

Havana Daydreamin’ offers a smooth and flavorful escape from the everyday, with a blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos topped with a silky, golden-hued Ecuadoran Connecticut wrapper. A mild-to-medium-bodied offering, Havana Daydreamin’ delivers notes of toasted spice and is the ideal complement to any tropical daydream.

Havana Daydreamin’ will debut at retail in October, with three cigars. Each will be packaged in boxes containing 20 cigars.

Havana Daydreamin’ Torpedo 6.25 x 52 – SRP per cigar $7.99

Havana Daydreamin’ Toro 6.5 x 50 – SRP per cigar $7.49

Havana Daydreamin’ Robusto 5 x 50 – SRP per cigar $6.99

Texas Cigar Brothers 12 Gauge Cigar

Size: 4 1/4 x 60

Strength: Mild-Med


My Rating: 3.75 Stars!

texas cigar brothers

Today we have the cigar straight from my Texas neighbors, Texas Cigar Brothers “Texas Special”.  I know i just said Texas a lot, but that is the point of this cigar.  The band contains a barbed wire which depicts the ranches and farms around the Texas landscape.  The smoke features some great flavors as well… Hay and barnyard are present on the pre-light of the foot.  We are off to a great start!

The ring gauge of this cigar is pretty huge weighing in at 60 and the shortness at 4 1/4 in. long.  This size is gaining a lot of popularity lately so I applaud the Texas Cigar brothers for knowing their target audience.  The great burn and draw of this cigar is always a good thing.

If you are into mild to med cigars I would recommend you give this one a try!



LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 7th, 2015 – Room101, the Los Angeles based luxury lifestyle brand owned by

Matt Booth, is proud to announce its third release of the bespoke retailer exclusive series, the new

Room101 Ichiban Ranfla. The third of the Ichiban Series, a perfecto, is headed to both Doc James Cigars

locations in NY and will be available for sale starting on May 18th, 2015.

The cigar is medium-bodied and comprised of tobaccos from two different countries; a Habano wrapper

from Ecuador, a Criollo 98 binder along with Corojo 99 fillers both from Nicaragua. Packaging for the

Ichiban is inspired from previous Room101 releases and features tissue-wrapped cigars bound in

decorative outer sleeves with the distinctive Sakura brand mark and a Japanese wave pattern.

Ichiban, which means “first” or “number one”, will be Room101’s most tightly distributed and exclusive

release to date. Only eight hand-selected retailers across the country are able to carry the line, custom

developed in an exclusive size with each retailer limited to 1,000 boxes of ten cigars.

“It is my great honor to welcome the good folks from Doc James into our select family of Ichiban

retailers. Both of their locations are some of my favorite stores to visit in the country and we are very

proud to have joined forces with them for this bespoke series,” said Matt Booth.

The Room101 Ichiban Ranfla, a 30x50x19x6.5 perfecto, has a suggested MSRP of $10.00 per cigar and

$100.00 per 10-count box.

Matt Booth will host three kickoff events starting with a golf tournament at Trump National on Monday,

May 18th. On May 19th, a launch event will be held at Doc James in Shrub Oak and one at the

Mamaroneck location on May 20th.


JR Cigar releases Black Abyss

Fans of premium-quality San Andrés wrapper leaf are gonna want to check out, Black Abyss, a brand-new handrolled premium cigar crafted by José “Jochy” Blanco, the guy who grows the leaf for a bunch of Boutique Blends cigar brands, including Aging Room and Swag, both of which have collected tons of high ratings in cigar magazines (the Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto took second place in Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 of 2013). Anyway…

Black Abyss is handmade at Tabacalera Palma in the Dominican Republic and, while it is full bodied, it’s cleverly designed for not just smokers of super-strong cigars. It’s got that big, rich, bold flavor often associated with a San Andrés wrapper and it does contain some potent ligero leaf, but along with the blend’s hearty, zesty notes of dark coffee, this cigar begins and ends with a sweetness while a smooth creaminess remains throughout, making it a great choice for medium-bodied cigar fans who want to step it up in strength.

Black Abyss’s construction is top-notch, as evidenced by its extremely even burn and draw, which are made even better by an exceptionally appealing aroma.
Jochy Blanco’s Black Abyss is made in four sizes (each featuring a somewhat sinister name: Banshee, Cerberus, Hydra, and Wraith) packed in boxes of 20 cigars. If all that’s piqued your interest, you’ll be glad to know that Black Abyss cigars are also pretty reasonably priced. Starting in July, you’ll find them exclusively at JR Cigar.

Kurt A. Kendall Creates “Factory 57” Boutique Cigar, Named for Original 7-20-4 Factory Designation

Kurt A. Kendall has introduced a new boutique cigar in time for Fall, 2014. “Factory 57” is a 100% long-filler, all handmade premium cigar that features a complex five-nation blend.  Kendall’s continuing research into the history of his boutique cigar company’s namesake, 7-20-4 Cigars has unearthed information on the venerable brand, whose factory was located in Manchester, New Hampshire, near Kendall’s present headquarters. Opening its doors in 1874, it grew to become the world’s largest supplier of premium cigars, until the Cuban Embargo cut off its supply of Havana leaf. The original 7-20-4 Cigars died in 1964.  The name “Factory 57″ refers to the US federal government’s official designation of 7-20-4 as a licensed and taxed manufacturer of premium cigars. The tax amounted to 20 cents per box of 20 premium cigars.

Factory 57 is a medium-to-full-bodied cigar. Kendall describes the flavor profile as “bold, full, yet very smooth, with distinct creaminess. The filler consists of a high-primed Jalapa (Nicaragua) Habano wrapper leaf, whose upper location on the plant produces a more resinous tobacco. The binder is from the Costa Rican fields of tobacco giant Nestor Plasencia, while the filler blend is Honduran, Nicaraguan, San Andreas (Mexican) and Colombian. Three years of tobacco aging and six months of cigar aging can be credited for the mellow and harmonious smoking experience.

Factory 57’s shapes and manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing are: 6″ x 46 Corona ($6.75), 5″ x 50 Robusto ($7.25), 7″ x 50 Churchill ($8.25) and 6″ x 60 Gordo ($9.00). The cigars are entubado bunched for plug-free, even-burning smokes. The wrapper tobacco is triple-fermented, which prevents bitterness in the latter part of the smoke. About then, the smoker also notices the head does not get soggy and unravel in his mouth, due to the double cap on the head.

When asked what sets this cigar apart, Kendall responds with, “It’s a small-batch limited release. If Factory 57 goes the way its predecessors have, it’ll find its way into our regular catalog of boutique cigars.”The cellophane-tubed cigars are packaged 20 cigars to an attractive Spanish cedar box. They will be appearing on retailers’ shelves in October.

Table 36 Integrity Toro Cigar Review

Country: Nicaragua
Shape: Toro
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Med-Full

MSRP: around $7

My Rating: 4.25 Stars!

Table 36 Review

It has been awhile since I have posted a cigar review, I guess life is getting in the way. This particular cigar I received is intriguing. The website for these guys is at and layout is interesting. The cigar itself is pretty well constructed and looks great.

From the website: “We knew this follow-up would not only have to stand up to Fellowship which was the perfect launching pad for this line, but it would have to stand on its own as well. We wanted Integrity to be complex, illustrate strength, and embody a solid construction all the while treating the palate to nuance and complexity. As such, we looked to the legendary Nestor Plasencia.” I’m glad they did, I’m a big fan of Nestor… he even bought me a beer in Vegas back in 2008.

The Integrity cigar was tasty, had hints of cocoa and leather.  The burn was spot on and it developed plenty of smoke for the palette to get all of the complexities. These are hard to find smokes as a quick google search doesn’t really show any shops to buy them at and I haven’t seen them at my local tobacconist.  If you can get your hands on them though I do recommend buying a few.


Comador CigarRichmond, VA — General Cigar Company announces the launch of Comador, a super premium cigar developed in partnership with Shawn “JAY Z” Carter.

Comador was developed under Cohiba®, the preeminent luxury brand owned by General Cigar, and marks JAY Z’s first collaboration in the handmade cigar category.

Shawn “JAY Z” Carter said, “I worked with Cohiba because I knew they’d take my vision of a luxury cigar and bring it to life in the right way. We took our time working on this, to get the blend to exactly where I wanted it to be. Comador looks and tastes the way I think a cigar should.”

The artisans of Cohiba spent two years collaborating with JAY Z to develop the cigar’s flavor and characteristics.

Dan Carr, president of General Cigar commented, “As a visionary, artist and connoisseur, JAY Z is the epitome of modern luxury and the ideal partner for Cohiba. JAY brought tremendous creativity to the development of Comador, and we responded by leveraging Cohiba’s assets to deliver an amazing cigar using rare, proprietary tobaccos, with contemporary, urbane packaging.”

Comador is a 6” x 52 toro-size cigar made entirely of proprietary tobaccos from the world’s most revered growing regions. Handcrafted in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Comador features a rare Connecticut Havana wrapper prized for its exquisite flavor and deep, lustrous appearance. When blended with hand-selected leaves from the Caribbean and Central America, the flavor delivers nuances of wood and notes of spice for an unforgettable smoking experience.

Comador is launching with three formats. The Comador Humidor is bound in hand-finished leather with a sleek, metallic Shawn Carter Collection crest that opens vertically to reveal 14 meticulously constructed cigars. Seven additional Comador cigars are contained inside the enclosed hand plated travel humidor which is lined in Spanish cedar.  Mahogany-lined doors, custom cedar trays and a humidification unit comprise the exquisite humidor which contains 21 cigars, with the capacity to house 63 cigars. Only 350 humidors have been made to commemorate the launch of Comador. This limited edition statement piece is available for a suggested retail price of $999.  The Comador Travel Humidor is available for purchase as a stand-alone item. Containing seven Comador cigars, it sells for the suggested retail price of $350.  Rounding out the collection is the Comador Robusto Box which contains a wheel of seven Comador cigars housed in a bold, vertical-format box, for a suggested retail price of $210.

Comador is available for purchase at, at Club Macanudo and 40/40 Club in New York, and will be sold at select Barneys locations until January 2, 2014. For more information, please visit

Cigars and Countries of Origin

The other day while sipping a fine single malt scotch and enjoying some nice cohiba cigars I was wondering which country made the best cigar.  It really is a loaded question in the fact that many different companies make brands from multiple countries. The Dominican Republic  can produce cigars that are really mild or really peppery or spicy like the Opus X from Fuente.  Nicaragua mainly produces a spicy, gritty, and raw tobacco flavor.  Honduras is known for the Jamastran strain that Camacho uses in the their full line of cigars, a strong and spicy full bodied tobacco.

This bring me to Cuba.  In my opinion they posses the most unique and full of flavor tobacco on earth.  The smell, texture, and flavor nuances tease the pallet with a multitude of different flavors and bodies of smoke.  Every time I light up a cigar from Cuba I can tell it’s from there, there is a certain smell and flavor characteristic that is not like any other cigar.

While I smoke cigars from all countries and have my favorites brands, Cuba remains the favorite country for me. Partagas, Bolivar, and Ramon Allones are some of my favorite brands of Cuban cigars. I’m hoping some day to visit there and take in the sites and sounds of the culture as well as visit the many cigar factories and see how really good cigars are made.

What is your favorite cigar country?  What are your favorite brands from the country?  Are you wanting to visit that country and enjoy the culture as well?

Kurt A. Kendall Announces Regular Production for Hustler and New Spider Brands


Kurt A. Kendall, founder of 7-20-4 Cigars, has added two regular-production additions to his portfolio of resurrected archaic brands. Both are hand-made, 100% tobacco boutique premium cigars, entirely separate from his existing 7-20-4 premium line.

Both are parejos only and share several characteristics … they are crafted at Tabacos de Oriente (Danli, Honduras), with five years of aging on their tobaccos, plus six months on the finished cigars. Neither contains ligero … relying instead on the other tobaccos in the blends to gain their flavor. Their triple-capped heads prevent unraveling, and they are entubado-bunched, which avoids uneven burn and tight draws.

“Hustler” has now entered full production, following its 2012 debut and an initial trial run to test customer acceptance. Kendall advises, “The dapper rogue on the original 1890’s box label and its two-tone ‘barber pole’ wrapper have proven strong enough incentives to draw smokers to try our Hustler boutique cigar. A stack of back-orders have convinced us to add them to our portfolio.”
Hustler is presented in a high-quality Spanish cedar box ($270 MSRP), with nine cigars in each of the three compartments: 5-1/2″ x 52, 6-1/2″ x 58 and 6″ x 54. A five-pack Hustler presentation is also offered in the company’s highly-acclaimed 4-1/4″ x 40 Dog Walker shape. The company describes this new Hustler Dog Walker as a “petite barber pole.” Kendall is also offering a Hustler ten-pack which retailers can use for single-stick sales or to replenish the boxes, which make handy displays. The dual wrapper combines a robust Brazilian Mata Fina with a moderating Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut Shade leaf. The Jamastran and Jalapa filler is held in a Costa Rican binder. Kendall says the smoke is, “Medium-bodied, with the spiral wrapper providing a visual emphasis to its swirl of complex flavors and aroma.”

“Spider,” Kendall’s latest cigar, originated in the 1930s in Somersworth, New Hampshire, his home state. To test market acceptance, it was first released to a limited number of New England smoke shops in 2-011. Back in the ‘30s, it retailed for just a (silver) dime. … the 6″ x 52 (only) shape now retails for $220 per 20-cigar humidor. The presentation is a strong selling point … a furniture-grade Spanish cedar humidor, it has a glass lid that is etched with the original Spider logo.

Spider’s Jalapa (Nicaragua) wrapper is dark, oily and lightly-toothed. It holds a Jamastran (Honduras), Jalapa and Colombian filler, in a Honduran binder. Kendall describes Spider as being “medium-to-full in body and refined, with richness and complexity from start to finish. The predominant note is cocoa, and the aroma is enticing. Spider satisfies veteran smokers, but also suits mild-cigar lovers’ palates, without overwhelming them. Echoing Sullivan’s original motto, Spider is blended for every palate.”
Smokers can experience both the Hustler and Spider offerings at tobacconists nationwide, beginning in August . Kendall also hints at an upcoming Spider Dog Walker.

Toraño Family Debuts Latest Exodus Boutique Cigar … the Limited-Production “Finite”

Exodus Finite

Toraño Family Cigar Company is releasing just 3,000 boxes of Exodus Finite, their latest boutique cigar. The cigar is a true puro, not seen from Toraño for many years. Hand-made in Nicaragua, Finite contains only Nicaraguan tobaccos from four different growing regions … their diverse flavor profiles enhance the balance and harmony between them.

Finite’s blend combines an all-Nicaraguan filler of Esteli, Condega and Ometepe tobaccos, a Jalapa binder, and Habano-seed Jalapa wrapper. Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Bruce Lewis, explains, “Although the wrapper and binder are both grown in Nicaragua’s Jalapa region, the wrapper is shade-grown viso and comes from a higher priming, whereas the binder is sun-grown seco and is among the first leaves picked. This blending gives the medium-bodied Finite its well-balanced character, one that hints of roasted nuts, complemented by a raisin-like sweetness. The finish is long and features a cedar note.”

Finite comes in three sizes … 4 7/8″ x 52 Robusto, 61/4″ x 52 Toro, and the popular 6″ x 60 BFC. It joins the company’s legendary Exodus “Trilogy,” which began in 2001 with the Toraño Family’s flagship cigar, Exodus 1959. President Charlie Toraño states, “The original Exodus 1959 (Gold band) is one of the industry’s best-known brands and still one of our top sellers. Its name commemorates the legendary Cuban cigar families’ 1959 flight to freedom. The Toraños were one of those families.”
Next came the Exodus Silver Edition (2002) and Exodus 1959 – 50 Years, (2009), filling out the Trilogy. Like virtually all Toraño cigar brands, these three Exodus cigars are firmly lodged at the top of the ratings industry-wide. The original Exodus 1959 placed in the “Top Five Cigars of the Year” (2006) by Cigar Aficionado, with the Exodus Silver and Exodus – 50 Years also earning ratings of 92 and 93, respectively.

Lewis adds, “Finite is a word which perfectly defines the nature of this new release. Based on the limited availability of the tobaccos we have incorporated in the blend, we knew we would only be able to make around 75,000 cigars. We have also created a unique symbol and date stamped every box, distinguishing features which will become synonymous with future limited releases under the Toraño brand.”
Exodus Finite can be seen on tobacco retailers’ shelves in early August. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing for the line is $8.00 to $9.00.

“Casa Miranda Chapter Two”

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Miami, FL June 6th, 2013 – Everybody loves a good sequel, and the Casa Miranda Chapter 2 is
set to debut at IPCPR which is being held this year in Las Vegas, NV.
The follow up to the original which was made in Miami at the famed El Titan de Bronze, will be
made at My Father Cigars S.A in Esteli, Nicaragua.
According to Jason Wood; VP of Miami Cigar & Company, “Just like any great novel, our story
continues to gain momentum with the release of Chapter 2 at this years’ IPCPR. I look forward
to our consumer’s feedback on this medium bodied beauty!”
The tobacco used for this new chapter is a dark Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper with filler from Brazil,
Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
It is available in the following sizes:
• Robusto (4.5 x 50) $6.35 MSRP
• Corona Gorda (6 x 46) $7.00 MSRP
• Toro (5.5 x 54) $ 7.60 MSRP
• Gran Toro (6 x 60) $8.00 MSRP

Davidoff launches the Masters Edition 2013 “Club House” Toro: the perfect cigar for enjoyment over 9 holes of golf.

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Basel, May 2013: Davidoff tobacco masters have created these very special Limited Edition “Club House” Toro Cigars with moments of shared pleasure in mind. The connoisseur’s choice, wherever he or she is relaxing, particularly enjoying the fairways on a golf course.

Creation of the Davidoff Masters Edition 2013 “Club House” Toro

For this cigar, the Davidoff Master Blenders decided to play the long game, taking adventurous, sometimes risky, shots. They mixed rare and specially matured tobaccos, focusing on delivering delightful aromas rather than pure strength.

The majestic Gran Toro format allows the aficionado to enjoy the cigar’s intensive but balanced and nuanced taste over its entire length: the exceptional Yamasá wrapper, Mejorado filler and Ecuadorian binder develop mildly peppery and creamy notes, followed by elegant hints of chocolate, caramel and coffee.

Finally, displaying a playful elegance, both the cigar box, which is finished in high gloss white, and the second band carry a golf ball pattern.

The new Davidoff Masters Edition Club House Toro is the ultimate way to fill your time beautifully on a golf course with your friends.



This exclusive edition is limited to 7’000 boxes worldwide and the Davidoff Masters Edition 2013 “Club House” Toro can certainly be described as a collector’s item. As we all know, the perfect round of golf depends upon the choice or club and cigar.

This Limited Edition will be available from the end of May onwards in Appointed Merchants across the US.


Price:                      $21.90 (each)

Price:                     $219.00 (box of 10)

Format:                  Gran Toro

Length:                   15.9 cm, 6 ¼”

Ring gauge:             2.1 cm, 52 RG

Wrapper:                Yamasá- Marron Claro (matured for 3 years)

Binder:                   Ecuador

Filler:                     Piloto Viso, San Vicente Mejorado Seco, Piloto Mejorado Seco, San Vicente Mejorado Viso, Vicente Mejorado Viso

Aroma:                   Intensive

Strength:                Medium-strong flavour