Cigar Reviews

Cigar Review: Black Label Trading Co.: Last Rites

The Black Label Trading Company was established in early 2013 by a couple who have dedicated their brand to premium cigars of supreme quality in small batch, highly limited quantities and maintained a philosophy of focus on “less is more”. They recently began to garner quite the buzz in the cigar industry while ambitiously launching…

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Cigar Review: The Jornal from Oxford Cigar Company is an Exceptional House Blend

House blends can be a weird area for cigar smokers. House blends are usually priced lower than “name brand” cigars, but are sold by B&Ms as “just as good as.” The problem that I have with most house blends is that they are rarely as good as advertised. There are a few exceptions to the…

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Cigar Review: The Partagas Cortado is a Different Kind of Connecticut

The Evil 3mpire Cigar 5ociety is also apart of another cigar review program with Cigar Worlds “Testing Lab” We figured why not knock out 2 birds with one… review? Whatever the case, the premise of the program is to be able to try new blends that brands will be putting out soon or looking to…

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Cigar Review: Cigar Culture’s Hawk by Blackbird Cigar Co. Crash Lands

The Cigar Culture’s Hawk by Blackbird Cigar Co. is, I believe, the first collaborative cigar put out by Blackbird Cigar Co. Released in November of 2021, the Hawk is a box pressed toro that features a Brazilian cubra wrapper over a Mexican San Andrés binder and Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers. It’s a very limited run…

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Cigar Review: Sweep the Leg from Nomad by Ezra Zion is a Solid Hit

If you’ve read my review of the Freakshow from Nomad by Ezra Zion, then you know that Nomad releases can sometimes speak to my inner geek. In this instance, Sweep the Leg scratches that nostalgia itch that Hollywood has figured out we all have. Beyond that, myself and our former content director (Mike Breig) have…

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Cigar Review: The Warped Chinchalle is a Wonderful First for Warped Cigars

The Chinchalle is a first for Warped Cigars, as it’s the first time they’ve produced a cigar in the Dominican Republic. The Chinchalle also happens to be one of the first cigars produced at Tabacalera La Isla, a factory owned by Hostos Fernandez Quesda. Theses “firsts,” coupled with my love of Dominican grown tobacco, demanded…

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Cigar Review: The Absurd from DROP Rings in the Holidays

Kyle Gellis has become well known in the cigar world, namely through Warped Cigars. In 2018 Kyle created a side project called DROP. DROP is a cigar club for cigar enthusiasts who want access to Hyper Limited and exclusive blends from Kyle Gellis. These projects “serve as a tribute to Kyle’s early days at El…

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Cigar Review: AVO Syncro Caribe Toro Delivers a Taste of the Caribbean

The AVO brand was created by musician and composer Avo Uvezian in the late 1980’s. Uvezian travelled to the Dominican Republic and struck a deal with Hendrik Kelner to blend and eventually distribute the AVO brand. While the brand took off and has done well over the years, it hasn’t been one that I typically…

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Cigar Review: The Bella Doma Ace Makes for a Perfect Hand

Welcome to the first of many Simply Stogies/E3C5 project partnerships! We are honored to be invited to be apart of this awesome endeavor. We love helping small batch boutique cigar brands get their name out to the community. A brand being ran by one of the nicest people on the planet seemed like a great…

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Cigar Review: HVC 10th Anniversary

My name is Giannis Koutsoupias, and I’m the newest contributor here at Simply Stogies. I am an entrepreneur and whiskey drinker. I also have a love of bespoke cigars.  For my first review, I have chosen the HVC 10th Anniversary. Being a big fan of HVC, I was excited to smoke this new cigar, which…

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