Cigar Reviews

Cigar Review: The Attic from West Tampa Tobacco Co.

We, at least all the cool kids, were excited when Rick Rodriguez stepped out on his own with West Tampa Tobacco. Rick worked at General/CAO/STG for over 20 years, helping to blend some well-known and very popular cigars, such as the Flathead and the Amazon Bason, which made quite a splash with its re-release. West…

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Cigar Review: Louis the Last from Caldwell Cigars

Released in 2022 Caldwell’s Crafted and Curated series acts as a creative outlet for Robert Caldwell, offering unique blending and sizing experimentation to discerning connoisseurs.  Some crafted and Curated cigars tweak existing Caldwell blends with different components or process, while others are entirely distinctive blends.  However, all are extremely limited in production and represent Robert’s…

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Cigar Review: Phantom Queen L.E. from Stolen Throne

Stolen Throne has always been one of my favorite manufacturers. Lee, JR, and crew are all “cigar guys.” They’re steeped in the culture. They are active in online communities and have always been gracious with their time. The last time I had Lee Marsh, one of the founders and blender of Stolen Throne Cigars, on…

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Cigar Review: Luciano “The Dreamer” Hermoso No. 4

I was lucky enough to spend some time with Luciano Meirelles, co-founder and CEO of Luciano Cigars, while at the My Old Kentucky Herf. As luck would have it, it was just a couple of months removed from when ACE Prime (now Luciano Cigars) released three new sizes of Luciano The Dreamer. I got to…

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Cigar Review: Rojas Street Taco Toro

Master blender Noel Rojas has worked behind the scenes for much of his career in the cigar industry, from working on Cuban tobacco farms and studying blending and production techniques to collaborating with various boutique companies to produce highly rated cigars. Rojas Cigars, however, is Noel’s solo venture, having released their first cigars in late…

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Cigar Review: Cosecha 149 by Plasencia

The Plasencia Cosecha 149 is a tribute to the family’s 149th crop of tobacco. I enjoy many of Plasencia’s lines, the Alma Fuerte is a cigar that a recommend to everyone. It is one of the first brands that was recommended to me when I began my journey into cigars and since then I have…

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Cigar Review: Cultura by Warped

In 2021 Warped produced the Chinchalla. The Chinchalla was their first cigar produced out of TABACALERA LA iSLA, located in the Dominican Republic. I really did enjoy the Chinchalla, so when I learned that there was an ultra-limited release coming from Warped and out of the same factory, I knew I had to get my…

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Cigar Review: Blackened M81 by Drew Estate

What do you get when a famous rock star, a big name in cigars, and a master distiller get together and collaborate on a new cigar? We will see! I’m a big fan of James Hetfield and Metallica, a big fan of Jonathan Drew and Drew Estate, and a big fan of Rob Dietrich (not…

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Cigar Review: Cavalry Edition As de Oro by Casa 1910

Passion. This word describes the very best the cigar industry has to offer. Passion for the leaf. Passion for family. Passion for country. Casa 1910 is no different. A newcomer to the industry, Casa 1910 is passionate about more than just making cigars, they are passionate about making Mexican cigars. That passion is evident in…

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Cigar Review: Molotov by Dissident Cigars

Dissident Cigars was not a brand that was ever on my radar. It wasn’t a brand that I saw in a lot of shops. From everything that I had heard, Dissident did not have the best relationship with retailers…until December of 2021 when Josh and Cynn Coburn announced that they had purchased Dissident Cigars. I…

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