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Alec Bradley Black Market


This cigar is a medium bodied cigar with Honduran and Panamanian long fillers, a sumatra binder, and a semi sweet Nicaraguan Jalapa maduro wrapper.  This cigar comes in five different sized.  It is easy to light and has a medium draw to it.  This cigar is unlike any Alec Bradley I have ever tried.  The cigar starts off with a natural sweetness and then about half way through you start tasting a pepper flavor that gets stronger to the finish!  I really like this cigar….it is like starting with dessert and then eating your pepper corn steak dinner after.  Each cigar comes uniquely wrapped in a paper half sleeve.  The box looks like a hand made wooden box with the initials of the cigar printed on the top.

I have to say that this is one of the most interesting cigars I have in my journey of the cigar world! Cross breeding Cameroon and corojo seeds makes for and amazing mixture. This cigar comes in six different sizes for your smoking pleasure. It is a medium bodied cigar with a Dominican filler and a Dominican and Honduran binder. This cigar lights nicely and burns evenly all the way throughout the cigar. The smoke is rich and flavorful as it changes in taste about five times from start to finish. The flavors come through subtle as the cigar gets stronger until the end. You will taste pepper, spice, coffee, cinnamon, and a natural sweetness. This smoke is unlike anything that you have ever tried! If you are looking for a great medium bodied cigar or a little stronger. I would definitely try this cigar! If was my first experience with AKA, but I may have to start carrying boxes of these cigars.

The Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Cigar comes in four different sizes.  It is made with a Habano wrapper and a blend of  Nicaraguan fillers.  This is a very well constructed box press cigar that displays the highest quality that Rocky Patel has to offer.  This is considered a full bodied full strength cigar that is packed full of flavor.  This cigar lights easily and burns evenly.  This cigar has flavors of mild pepper and spice as well as a blend of the Nicaraguan tobacco flavor.  I would have to say this is one of my favorite Rocky Patel cigars.  That stands above two of my go to cigars the Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 and the Rocky Patel Vintage 1990.  If you can get your hands on one of these boys pick it up.  It is on my must try list for anyone who is thinking of picking up a Rocky Patel cigar.

Newbies to the cigar world can get overwhelmed by the variety of cigars.  They come in so many shapes, sizes, and blends that one can become very confused.  It is important to find a size that works for you.

The size of a cigar is written length x ring gauge.  The length is measured in inches long.  Ring gauge measures the thickness of a cigar.  A ring gauge of 32 is relatively thin, while a ring gauge of 60 is very thick.  A thicker cigar will burn cooler.  Some cigars are made to be wider at the foot for cooler burning, and thinner at the cap for ease of holding between your lips.

Here are popular cigar sizes and what most manufacturers call them.

Robusto – 5 x 50

Corona – 5 ½ x 42

Lonsdale – 6 x 43

Churchill – 7 x 49

Double Corona – 8 x 50

Presidente – 8 ½ x 52

Smoke Ring Webster, TXSmoke Ring is located in Webster, TX off the Nasa Parkway and Highway 3.  It is in a strip shopping center and a little tricky to find, especially hidden behind the tree in the parking lot.

It was very busy filled with men relaxing in comfortable leather chairs and couches.  The walk in humidor is stuffed with a good variety of cigars, including some local smokes.  The guy who was working was very knowledgeable about various cigars and was able to suggest alternative cigars since they didn’t carry the 3 kinds I was looking for.  Yah, 3 kinds.  They didn’t have them.  End of story.

They have a selection of Drew Estate cigars that they keep in a different humidor outside the walk-in.  Are the flavored cigars being punished by being segregated from the rest of the stogies living in the walk-in?  I don’t know, but at least they carry some of the Acid line.  It is really hard to find them around the Houston area.  We picked out a couple sticks, which we found a little pricey considering the tobacco tax out here is only 1 cent per stick.  One of the few cigar lounges in the Clear Lake area.

Oh ya, and they have a weird way of completing the sale.  You take a mini clip board and write down the prices of the cigars you are buying.  Um, a little upgrade in technology and the customer wouldn’t have to do all the work.  Things are a bit different here in Texas.

Their website is bare, only giving a map, hours, phone number and email contact.  Here it is in case you want to check it out.  Smoke Ring Cigars website – click here.

Perk & Puff / Tobacco 4 U Tobacco 4 U and Perk & Puff Lounge are basically the same business.  They are connected to each other in a strip shopping center in Houston.  One side has a coffee shop that offers pretty good coffee and a “lounge” in the back where you can sit and enjoy a cigar or hookah. The lounge has so much potential.  With only a couple lounge type chairs, there isn’t much room to hang out and smoke.  It could be so much more.

The cigar shop connected to it has a huge wall of cigars with a good selection.  They also sell cigarettes.  They have a small selection of lighters and desktop humidors.

I wouldn’t call this a cigar lounge, as it seems their business is young adults who drink coffee and smoke hookah.  If you are okay with the young crowd, check it out.  If you are a die-hard cigar smoker, come to buy your smokes here, but look elsewhere for a true lounge.

Their website home page boasts them as a Cigar Lounge, but that’s a stretch.  On the upside, you can enjoy your cigar with a good cup of coffee, soda, or other bottled beverage they sell.

Visit their web site here.  Perk & Puff website

2403 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX

281-218-0299

 

Heights Cigar Lounge Houston TXHeights Cigar Lounge is located in Houston, TX.  It is a newbie in the cigar shop world, only open 6 months so far, but it seems to be doing well.  They already have a nice selection of cigars in their big walk in humidor and lots of comfortable leather seating along with flat screen televisions.

The owner (I think) is Jenny, who was there to help us with our selection.  We picked out a couple sticks we have never tried before.  The humidor definitely has room to grow with a blank back wall.  They have personal humidor lockers to rent which humidity are maintained by being part of the walk in humidor.  Nice.    It was worth the little trek across town to check them out!  They don’t have their web site finished, but basic info can be found at the link below.

Heights Cigar Lounge

204 West 19th St, Houston

832-487-9086


The Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente is a great medium bodied cigar.  It has a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper with a Dominican binder and filler.  Like all of the Arturo Fuente cigars it is easy to light and has an even burn.  It has a medium draw to it just like most of the Arturo Fuente cigars.  This cigar is rich and full of flavor.  I like this cigar because it is lighter than the Gran Reserva, but still flavorful.  Most of my friends use this cigar as a go-to cigar, because you can never go wrong with the quality of an Arturo Fuente cigar.  This also comes in a choice of natural or maduro.  If you have not tried a Arturo Fuente cigar yet, I would recommend either trying this one or an Arturo Fuente Short Story.

The Oliva Series G has a Cubano Havana seed binder, a Nicaraguan filler, with a cameroon wrapper.   It has the quality of all the Oliva cigars.  It is has an easy draw, easy to light, and has an even burn.  This cigar is rich with flavor and has a great aroma to the smoke that almost seems herbal.  The high quality has this cigar rated at 92.  I would have to say that this is my third favorite Oliva cigar.  My first choice would be the Series V, then my second choice would be the Connecticut Reserve.  If you are looking for a quality Cameroon cigar to try this would be a great choice.

Tabacos Baez is a cigar made by Don Pepin’s My Father Cigar Company.  This is a great medium bodied cigar that has a Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and long fillers.  The cigar is oily, dark, and packed full of flavor.  It is seems to have a coffee and cocoa flavor to it and has a slight bit of pepper to it.  It has a smooth draw and is easy to light.  The burn is pretty even through out.  If you are looking for a good Habano wrapped cigar at a reasonable price I would definitely recommend putting this one on your list.  If you are more into Maduro’s I would recommend going with the Don Pepin Series JJ maduro.

The Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 is made from a vintage 92 Sumatra wrapper and a 5 year aged Dominican and Nicaraguan blended fillers. This cigar comes in five different sizes.   It is a medium bodied cigars that is easy to light, has a smooth draw, and an even burn.  This cigar is very smooth , rich creamy in flavor.  The Rocky Patel Vintage 1992’s are one of the most consistent quality made.  This is one Sumatra cigar that will never let you down. This is a cigar that you can always use as a go to cigar.   If you are looking to try a great Sumatra cigar this is your stick.

The Diamond Crown #5 robusto is made with a US Connecticut shade wrapper and a Dominican Republic binder and filler.  Diamond Crown is known for its superior construction of a cigar that is consistent with every stick.  This cigar was easy to light and had a smooth draw with an even burn.  This flavorful cigar is considered to be mild to medium body.  This cigar is smooth rich and full of flavor with a very slight natural sweetness to it.  I would have to say that this is one of the best Connecticut cigars you will find at any shop.

The A Turrent Triple Play Maduro is rated number 14 in Cigar Aficionado Top 25 of 2010.  This cigar comes in 5 different sizes.  The wrapper, binder, and filler are all from the highest quality of maduro tobaccos.  The fillers come from Nicaraguan, Honduran, and San Andres Mexican leaves.  This cigar was easy to light, but has a medium draw.  This cigar has a distinctive smooth rich flavor that definitely is one of the best maduros I have had.  It seems to have a slight natural sweetness to it with a very mild spice.  The flavor is almost a light chocolate or coffee mixture.  If you are into maduro cigars or if you just want to try on of the best maduros cigars out there.  This is a a great medium to full bodied cigar and a great choice!  The average price for this cigar is about $8.00 a stick and I have to tell you it is worth every penny!

Most humidors come with a humidifying type of equipment.  It could be round or rectangular that you fill with solution, or it could be battery operated or a plug in electrical unit.  It depends on the maker of the humidor, and the aftermarket items you want to use.

Remove all packaging from the humidifier and fill it with a quality propylene glycol solution or distilled water.  Be sure not to over fill, it should be wet, not soaking or dripping.   Sometimes it helps to place it in a water bath and allow it to fill up.  If it is of good quality, it should feel heavier when filled, and a lot of the water will be soaked up out of the container.

Wipe any excess water off the unit and place it in the humidor.  There may be magnets, velcro or other sticky device to attach the humidor, or it may simply  lay inside the unit.

A hygrometer is the instrument for measuring humidity in your humidor.  It may be analog or digital, although it is a matter of personal preference which one you use.

Most humidors come equipt with a hygrometer.  Before you use it, you should calibrate it for accuracy.  You can perform 2 different tests for accuracy.

The Salt Test:  In a small plastic dish, place 1 teaspoon of salt and add just enough water to make it damp.  Place the dish and the hygrometer in a ziplock bag, being careful not to spill saltwater on the hygrometer.  Seal the bag with some air inside and let it sit for at least 6 hours.    The hygrometer should read 75% humidity.

Some  hygrometers have a screw type adjustment on the back so you can set it to be accurate.  If it does not allow for adjustment, simply make note of the discrepancy when you use it.

The Damp Towel Test:  You can also dampen a towel (wring out the excess water) and wrap your hygrometer inside the towel.  After 30 minutes, it should read 98% or higher humidity.

With proper care and attention, your humidor will last for many, many years.  You can help maintain your humidor by storing and cleaning properly.

Storage:  Make sure your humidor is kept on a flat, level surface to guard against accidentally being knocked over.  Never place your humidor near a heating vent or in direct sunlight, such as by a window.  This could raise the temperature inside the humidor, as well as cause fading to the finish.   Keep your humidor in a dry, cool place.

Try not to place items on top of your humidor to avoid scratching as well.  Avoid storing lighters, cutters, punches, matches, or other objects inside the humidor.

Cleaning:  Always use a soft cloth to polish your humidor, or to remove dust and fingerprints.  You can use a high quality furniture polish to protect the outer finish.

Roam by Drew Estate is another masterpiece by Jonathan Drew and company.  It is part of the Acid Purple line of infused cigars.  The cap is sweet and tasty, and it is a mild to medium smoke.  I find it gets harsh for me toward the end, but I am a girl who likes her infused cigars.

This is a long one (that’s what she said) at 7 x 48, so take your time and enjoy this tasty cigar. I like it in the evenings after dinner to serve as dessert.    It tastes great with a lightly sweet wine, preferrably a house red.

The Partagas Series S Cifuente is made with a West African Cameroon wrapper, a Mexican binder, and a Dominican filler. This cigar is easy to light, but has a medium draw. This is a medium bodied cigar that is packed full of flavor. The blend is the same blend that was made by Ramon Cifuentes with Partagas cigars originally in Cuba. This cigar comes in several different sizes. This is my second favorite Partagas cigar. I am still partial to the Partagas Black Label, but this cigar is just as high of quality but in a medium body. If you are looking for a great medium bodied cigar I would definitely put this on your list to try.

This cigar is made with an Ecuadoran sun grown wrapper with a Dominican Filler and binder.  The cigar is easy to light and keep lit.  It is a medium bodied cigar that has a smooth draw to it.  The Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva comes in about 9 different sizes and comes in 3 different wrappers Ecuadoran sun grown, African Cameroon, and Connecticut shade.  When it comes to Arturo Fuente cigars you know you are always getting the highest quality of tobacco. The flavor is smooth through out and it has a slight sweetness to it. This is definitely a great cigar that you must try.  If you are into sun grown wrapped cigars you may also like the Ashton Vintage Sun Grown.

The EP Carillo Short Run Series is made up of a Ecuadorian wrapper, a Nicaraguan Binder, and a blend of Nicaraguan and Domincan fillers.  This cigar has an easy draw and burns evenly.  This is a rich tasting natural cigar that is flavored with spice throughout.  The rich and creamy complex flavors of this cigar makes it difficult to find a cigar that is somewhat close to it.  This is considered a medium to full bodied cigars.    This cigar comes in three different sizes.  To my knowledge their is only 1500 boxes of each size of these cigars that are made.  So this make the full line up somewhat limited.  If you have not tried a cigar by Ernesto Perez-Carillo yet, I would definitely recommend giving one of these cigars a shot.  The price point is not bad considering the high quality of the cigars.

If you are into Connecticut cigars this is one you may not want to pass up. This cigar is made with a Nicaraguan Connecticut wrapper,binder and filler. This cigar is very mild in strength. This cigar is easy to light and burns evenly. This cigar has a smooth flavor through out. This is more of a creme flavor with a hint of natural sweetness to it. This blend has the same fine quality you would get out of any Oliva cigar. The price point is cheaper than most Oliva cigars that makes it easier on the pocket book. I prefer the Casada cigar over the Series O or Series G. This cigar reminds me more of the Oliva Connecticut Reserve, but without the extra spiciness to it. I would also make it comparable to the Nub Connecticut, but these come in more traditional sizes. So if you are looking for a really smooth natural cigar at a good price point you are going to want to try this one.

The La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor is made with a Mexican Cuban seed filler, Nicaraguan filler, and binder.  This cigar comes in five different sizes.  This cigar has an easy draw and an even burn.  This is a rich flavored cigar that mixes the flavors of coffee and cocoa with a slight spice to it.  The cigar was created by the masters of Don Pepin cigars.   This is a high quality cigar that stands up to the Don Pepin name.   This cigar was rated 93 by Cigar Aficionado and is the number 6 cigar of the Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 of 2010!  If you like Don Pepin cigars I would definitely try this one!  If you have not tried Don Pepin cigars I would recommend starting with the Don Pepin JJ maduro or the My Father #2.  Those are my two favorites from Don Pepin, but I also like the Don Pepin Black and Blue.

This is known for being a medium to full bodied cigar.  The cigar is wrapped with a brazilian sun grown maduro wrapper, a Honduran binder, and a Nicaraguan filler.  Unlike other reviews the first taste of this cigar has a dark rich flavor.  This cigar is almost like having a rich dark chocolate that is unsweetened.  Everyone that I know that like Carlos Torano cigars says that this is one of his best.  This cigar is a little to harsh for me.  I would prefer a CAO La Triviata maduro or a Partagas Black label cigar to this one.  So if you are a fan of Carlos Torano cigars this is for you, if not try one of the other two cigars I recommended.

Another great cigar from Rocky Patel!  This cigar is made with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Honduran binder, and a Nicaraguan filler.  This cigar is easy to light and has an easy draw.  It has a slight natural sweetness to it while maintaining deep rich flavor that ends with a spicy finish.  This cigar has a distinctive aroma of smoke that is as rich as its flavor.  If you are looking for a well made medium to full bodied cigar the 1961 is great!  It pair very well with a glass of McCallan 20 whiskey.  This cigar comes in four sizes a robusto, torpedo, toro, and corona.  This cigar has an average price of about $7.00 a stick which is a great value for a premium Rocky Patel cigar.  If you had to choose only one Rocky Patel cigar this one would be it!!

One of the latest cigars to come out from two of the masters Nestor Miranda and Don Pepin.  This cigar has a Connecticut broad leaf maduro wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder and filler.  This cigar is easy to light, has a good draw, and burns evenly.  This is a full bodied cigar with rich smoke and flavor.  It has a natural sweetness and a spice that stays through out the entire cigar.  The price point of this cigar is averaging about $10.00.  If you have ever smoked a cigar by Nestor Miranda or Don Pepin you know that it is well worth the money.  If you like their other cigars you will definitely like this one!  This is a must try cigar!

This is not your traditional H Upmann cigar.  They have made a cigar that is more of a hybrid cigar to compete with the size and rich flavor of a Nub.  The H Upmann Sun Grown has an Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper, a broad leaf binder, with a Nicaraguan and Honduran filler.  The wrapper makes it naturally sweet.  It seems to get a little spicy towards the end, but stays dark, rich and full of flavor throughout.  If you enjoy your cigars the size of the Nub and want try a new taste for an H Upmann then you must try this cigar at least once.

This cigar has a vintage sun grown wrapper from Ecuador and a Dominican long filler and binder.  It is a mild to medium smoke that comes in 4 different sizes.  This one is easy to light, has a great draw, and has a smooth rich flavor to it.    I would have to say that this is my favorite Ashton cigar and one of my favorite sun grown wrapped cigars.  This cigar is definitely a higher end cigar and the price reflects it.  This makes for a great gift or special occasion cigar.  I would have to say that if you have not tried this cigar you should try at least one!  So when you are ready to light up a victory cigar have one of these in your hand!

 

La Vieja Habana is another great smoke from Jonathan Drew and Drew Estates!  This cigar comes in at least 4 different sizes give you time to smoke no matter what your time frame is.  This cigar has a great connecticut wrapper and has Nicaraguan binder and fillers.  The cigar is easy to light with a good draw.  This is a mild cigar with good flavor and good smoke.  I would say this cigar burns a little faster than most traditional cigars, because of the single leaf wrapper.  With all the size choices that is not a problem.  This cigar has the traditional tobacco taste of most classic cigars like Macanudo or Romeo & Julietta.  I would compare to the Nub Connecticut which I like very much also!  The benefit of this cigar would be the selection of sizes and its price.  The price is about $1.00 to $2.00 less than most traditional cigars.  If you are interested in a more traditional tobacco flavored cigars I would definitely give this one a try!  You can not go wrong.

This cigar is not your typical Macanudo.  This cigar has a Habano wrapper with a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan binder and fillers.  It comes in four different sizes with the smallest being a robusto.  As the traditional Macanudo it is easy to light and has an even burn to it.  It is a medium body cigar with aromatic smoke which is unlike any other Macanudo.  It starts of with a lighter taste and then finishes with added spice to it.  I would say that this is more of a hybrid for Macanudo.  If you are into a wide variety of hybrid cigars or looking to deviate from the classic Macanudo I would recommend trying this one.  The cost on these is average and reasonable.  If you are looking to find a cigar less in cost and a tradition flavor then you may want to try a La Vieja Habana by Drew Estate.

This cigar comes in 3 or 4 different sizes.  It comes in a Maduro and a natural wrapper with Nicaraguan corojo and criollo fillers.  I would say that this is a medium body cigars.  It has a rich flavor that has a slight creamy sweetness with a little added spice.  Don Pepin has one of the highest quality cigars out there for a reasonable price.  The new My Father line by Don Pepin is very good as well, but I think I still tend to favor the Don Pepin line a bit more.  You can not go wrong with this cigar.  This is a must try cigar.

This hand rolled cigar comes in a maduro and a natural wrapper with a nicaraguan filler and binder.  This is their 45th anniversary family reserve.  The cigar is very smooth for a full body cigar and burns well.  I lit this one with a wood stick match and it corrected itself to burn evenly.    It has a great rich flavor to it and the smoke has a nice aroma to it.  I was not a big fan of the Padron cigar until I smoked this one.  Now I am rethinking my decision and giving the Padron 2ooo and 3000 natural and maduro another shot.  Padron truly does make a quality cigar at a reasonable price.  If you are going to try only one Padron I would   recommend it be the Padron Family Reserve.

Click here to try Padron Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro cigars for yourself

Mojito Cigar Lounge located at 4705 E Carefree Hwy in Cave Creek, AZ in a beautiful strip shopping center.  The front of the house is a public lounge where you can sit and enjoy a good stogie and watch the game.  Back of the house is a member’s only club that has monthly dues, and benefits such as personal storage lockers, bigger televisions, big comfy chairs, kitchenette, and poker table.

The walk-in humidor offers a large selection of cigars from La Gloria, Drew Estate, A.Fuente, My Father’s Cigars, CAO, Gurkha, Don Pepin, and many others (check out their website to see a list).  They also carry a nice selection of cigar accessories from cutters to lighters to ashtrays to humidors.

Their websites says they are open 7 days a week, but call to be sure.  I definitely recommend a visit to this lounge, even if you have to go out of your way to check it out.

Mojito Cigar Lounge

Esencia cigar are made with Nicaraguan wrapper, binder, and fillers.  This cigar is easy to light and has a smooth draw.  These cigars come in 4 difference sizes a belicoso, corona grande, petite corona, and robusto.  This chocolate brown  wrapper is nice and oily.  These cigars burn pretty evenly and have a dark grey smoke.  This cigar is rich and full of flavor.  I enjoyed the spiciness that ran all the way through the cigar.  It is one of the spiciest cigars that I have ever had.  The only cigar that packs this much spice is the Oliva connecticut reserve which is on the lighter side of the tobacco.  If you enjoy a spicey rich full bodied cigar this is a great choice!!

The Cain Nub Habano is a habano wrapper that is combined with a blend of dominican binder and nicaraguan fillers.  This cigar is a high quality cigar just like all the others in the Nub line.  It has an even burn with a medium draw.  This cigar come in a 4 x 64 and a 4 x 64 torpedo.  I prefer the torpedo cigars when it comes to the 64 ring guage cigar.  I think I found my new favorite Nub cigar!  The only Nub cigar I liked was the Nub connecticut 354.  This cigars packed full of flavor with a robust smoke.  If you are looking for a rich full flavor cigar that is a short size some try this one.  Although I do not really like the Cain F cigar I definately would not turn down the Cain Nub Habano.

Click here to try Cain Nub Habano cigars for yourself

The Acid Deep Dish is another fine cigar made by drew estates.  This cigar has a natural wrapper with a nicaraguan binder and filler.  The shape of this cigar is what makes it very unique.  It is one of the few cigars that is made in a square shape.  This is a mild cigar that is infused with natural herbs and oils.  I would say it is comparable to the Acid Kuba Kuba, but this one tends to be more of a tobacco flavor with a slightly natural sweetness.  This cigar is easy to light with a smooth draw.  It burned very evenly and I only had to light it once.  If you like really sweet cigars I would say to stick with a Acid Kuba Kuba or Acid Blondie.  If you are looking more for a tobacco flavor with a little sweetness then this is your cigar!

Try your own Deep Dish – click here to order!

Cigar King Series Gold is made with an Ecuadorian sun grown habano wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler. The wrapper is smooth and oily.  It is easy to light and has an easy draw.   This cigar was especially made for Cigar King Scottsdale, AZ.  This cigar was hand made by the El Titan de Bronze Factory out of Miami, Fl.  These cigars are comparable to the Don Pepin cigars.  This is a full bodied cigar with rich flavors of cedar and pepper.   At six dollars a stick you can not go wrong.  If you are looking for cigars in Scottsdale, AZ stop by Cigar King and try one of these.

Located in the beautiful Venetian hotel/casino shopping galleria, Casa Fuente offers a comfortable place to sit, smoke, drink some delicious adult beverages and people watch.  The walk in humidor is all Artuo Fuente, but they have a nice selection. 

You don’t have to purchase a cigar there in order to enjoy your smoke.  Have a seat on the “patio” and enjoy your own as long as you order a drink.  They also provide complimentary peanuts/pretzels to snack on.  The mojito was out of this world!

The employees were knowledgeable and helpful.  This is where we experienced our first Opus X.  It is definitely a place we visit again.  I am sure this place will be busy during the Big Smoke coming up November 12-14, 2010.

See what others say about Casa Fuente on Yelp.com

This cigar has a Habano rosado criollo wrapper with a nicaraguan filler and an ecuadorian binder.  Easy to light with a medium draw.  This cigar had a little spice and a slight wood taste, and a very slight sweetness.  They consider this to be a full bodied cigar, but I would say it is more of a mild to medium.  It did go well with my rum and coke!  All though these are made by the makers of Don Pepin, I still prefer the extra spicy taste of the Don Pepin cigars.  All though if you are looking for a mild to medium bodied cigar you may want to try one of these.

Click here to try My Father No. 3 Natural cigars for yourself

The CAO MX2 is a medium bodied cigar that is dark, rich and full of flavor.  The smoke is well scented.  This cigar is made with a Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper and the filler is a blend from Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Peru. It has a Maduro Arapiraca binder from Brazil. I have to say that the CAO MX2 is probably my second favorite CAO cigar.  My favorite CAO would be the La Triviata then followed by the MX2 and the LX2.  It comes in 3 or 4 different sizes and averages for about $7.00  a stick.  I would probably compare this to the Gurkha Black Dragon.  If you are looking for a good maduro  I would say that you can’t go wrong with this one!

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Tobacco Tin is the ONLY cigar lounge open in El Paso on Sundays.  Luckily we were on our way to a party when we drove by this location as our last resort.  The humidor is HUGE!!  Packed with almost every cigar imaginable.  I would have posted pictures, but the guy at the counter said, “No way” to my photo taking inside. 

The employee also said you were no longer allowed to smoke your cigar inside the store.  He said it was some recent city law?  I don’t know, my husband smoked at Tobacco Road just a month earlier. 

This shop also has a good selection of cutters, lighter, etc.  It did seem a bit unorganized around and behind the counter.  Overall, if you need to buy a cigar on a Sunday, here is your only choice.



I would have LOVED to write a review about this lounge, however it was CLOSED on Sundays.

 

                                                    Las Cruces has welcomed a new cigar lounge to town.  Las Cruces Cigar Company is located on E. Lohman and offers an upscale, yet comfortable place to hang out and enjoy a good cigar. 

The walk in humidor stretches across the length of the far wall displaying hundreds of cigars from the classic Romeo and Julieta to the newer Acid line by Drew Estates which are infused with flavors.  There are several chairs to sit and relax while watching a game on the flat screen television. 

Guillaume, “G” to make it easy on us, opened the cigar shop at the end of August.  The shop is open 7 days a week so you can grab a good stogie any day you feel like it.  G has already held a cigar event at his lounge, and there are more being planned for the near future. 

Swing by this quaint location for a great selection of cigars and a relaxing place to watch the game.  Bring a buddy and enjoy the newest aficionado place in Cruces.

The CAO La Triviata has an Ecuadorian habano wrapper, a cameroon binder, with nicaraguan and dominican fillers. It comes in a wide variety of sizes and is very reasonable in price.   This is the first cigar that actually has the dark oily wrapper!  It is creamy and rich that is packed full of flavor.  It is one of my favorite CAO cigars that ranks above the CAO MX2 and LX2 that I like also!  The only other cigar that meets up to these standards is the Partagas Black Label.  If you are looking for a full bodied and full flavored cigar this is the one to try!!

The Oliva Connecticut Reserve is mild in strength with a Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and Nicaraguan filler.  This is a mild cigar that is creamy packed with spice.  It lights well and has an easy draw that is an attribute of all the Oliva cigars.  It comes in several different sizes and can be enjoyed no matter how much time you have.  This cigar is a great anytime smoke!  It is good with your favorite mixed drink, beer, or even a iced tea.  This is one of the spicier Connecticuts that I have had.  I compare this to the Camacho connecticut and the Nub Connecticut.

Click here to try Oliva Connecticut Reserve cigars for yourself

The Gurkha Assassin has a Brazilian wrapper, Dominican binder with a mixture of Nicaraguan and Peruvian filler.  It is easy to light and has a smooth draw.  It is full in strength and comes in a wide variety of sizes. It has a little bit of spice to it, but has more rich tobacco flavor over all.   Though this is a good smoke I still prefer the Gurkha Black Dragon over this one.  If you are going to go non Gurkha I prefer the Partagas Black Label or the CAO La Triviata.

Cubanos Cigar Lounge is located near the Chandler Fashion Center off the 101 and 202 freeways.  It is in one of the strip shopping centers on the outskirts of the mall. 

They have a walk-in humidor and seating in the front of the store.  Evidently there is a club membership to enjoy the back of the house lounge area which includes big screen tvs.  We were never told anything about membership, we just chose a stick and enjoyed it in the comfy chairs in the front.

Check out their web site at: Cubanos Cigar Lounge

Stogie Cutter is one of the first cigar lounges I went to that served drinks.  Alcohol, that is.  I always enjoy having a drink with my stogie, so it is great that they offer beer and wine selections at their bar.  Since Arizona has a non-smoking policy in all restauants, bars and nightclubs, it is great that there is a loophole regarding cigar lounges. 

The store offers a large walk-in humidor with a good selection of popular brands.  They also carry loose tobacco.  Their website says they have daily drink specials, it’s best to check with them on updates.  They also have bike night on Thursdays, call them to see if this is still correct.

There is high top and bar seating available.  It is a good place to bring a couple friends, choose a stick and have a beer.  Try their big torch lighter, just don’t burn your eyebrows off.  They have a few big screen tvs and used to have a shuffleboard table. 

Sometimes the place is open past their posted business hours.  If there are a couple cars in the parking lot, try the door, you might get lucky.

Check out their web site here: Stogie Cutter

We love to check out cigar lounges, and this was on the list to check out.  It is located in the big ole shopping center across from Toby Keith’s and Bass Pro Shop.  
They have a nice size walk in humidor, an area with cigar accessories such as shelf humidors, lighters, cutters, etc, and another area with a pool table and seating.   They also offer personal humidor rentals.
The guy working came into the humidor to help out.  I like to look around unassisted and get help only when I really need it.  Many cigars shops attempt to curb shoplifting by entering and staying in the humidor with the customer.  Not necessary!  I would be more likely to purchase MORE cigars when someone isn’t standing over me.
Anyway, it is a very nice store, but doesn’t seem like enough room to hang out when it gets crowded.

Big Sticks Fine Cigars

We stopped in here the day before our wedding with my sister and her husband.  We enjoyed a relaxing couple of hours on the leather furniture while the husbands enjoyed a hand rolled cigar.  We watched the torcedor roll and box press some fresh cigars.  

The lounge is all furniture around a big screen tv.  The place has a walk in humidor and several types of cigars.  They even manufacture infused (flavored) cigars that are sweet.  Most cigars run about $6-8 a stick.  Check out their price list on their website.

The only down side is the limited hours of operation.  However, they do sell their cigars on the internet, so you can order 24/7.

Don Yeyo Cigar Factory

I stumbled upon this place after mistaking a place across the street for a cigar lounge.  They directed me to Hatuey Cubinican Cigars.  The lounge offers a walk in humidor with the owner’s personal specialty cigars.  

We were met by the owner, a tall, older man with a quirky personality.  He told us he has his own plantation in the Dominican Republic and everything in the humidor (with the exception of 3-4 boxes of boutique cigars) was his.  We purchased 2 barber poles, which he said were medium bodied, for about $7 each.  I really like the look of barber pole cigars.  

The rest of the lounge was made up of several chairs in the back.  The shop offers cold drinks and snacks like bags of chips/pretzels, etc.  Be sure to check out the photo of his dog with a cigar in his mouth behind the register!  Cute!

Located inside the Talking Stick Resort, this cigar and martini lounge offers a wide range of seating indoors and outdoors.  There are a couple flat screens scattered throughout and a fully stocked bar.
You can bring your own stogie to smoke as long as you purchase a drink (alcoholic or non) at the bar.  They do sell a small variety of good cigars located in the in wall humidor.  
The atmosphere is relaxing, and they offer live music after 6 pm.  The bartender was friendly the day we went.  They are open 2pm to 2 am.

We purchase cigars here from time to time, but we would rather buy and take home rather than share the small lounge with other smokers.  The back room is dedicated for smoking with 2 general seating areas and a big screen.  They do not sell drinks of any type, and I like to have liquid with my stogie.  Plus, if you have more than 3 or 4 people lighting up back there, it gets awful stuffy and smoky.

The walk in humidor has a nice selection and all our purchases have been in good condition.  I think they waste space with the few tables of humidors and ashtrays.  It would be better used as additional seating area.  Put the humidors on a shelf against the wall.

Overall, a nice selection of cigars and friendly service.

Churchill’s website

Magnum’s is located in North Phoenix near East Union Hills Drive and North 7th Street in a strip shopping center.  From the outside, it looks like another liquor store.  But venture inside and there are shelves and shelves of wine, beer and spirits, as well as a HUGE walk-in humidor stocked with so many cigar brands, it’s like being a kid in a candy store. 

The evening we went, there were a couple of people assisting in the humidor.  They seemed to know their inventory and were helpful without being bothersome.  Once we chose our cigars, we ventured over to the lounge area.  You can take them right to the lounge where they will add them to your tab.

The lounge is upscale with granite/stone table tops, both offering high and low seating.  There is a corner with a couple leather couches, as well as bar seating.  The choices for drinks are amazing.  You can get an inexpensive domestic beer, or that one elusive tequila.

The staff was professional and friendly.  We enjoyed our drinks and cigars for a few hours as we watched sports/listened to music.  Don’t be fooled by the cover of this location, inside it is all worth it. 

J.L.

This is a big weekend for cigar smokers all over!!  The 15th annual Big Smoke Las Vegas Weekend will be held at the Venetian Hotel and Resort at 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas from November 12th to the 14th.  Big Smoke Evening will be from 6:30 to 9:30 Friday and Saturday.  Tickets for the evening events cost 240.00 dollars per person.  Great cigars, good food and drink, and plenty of cigar friends along with 25 premium cigar producers.  Seminars will be from 9 am to 3pm on Saturday and 9:30am to 1pm on Sunday.  Come learn all about cigars and smoke them all through out the weekend!!  Tickets for the whole week are 550.00 dollars per person.  Don’t miss the biggest weekend in the CIGARS!!!

This cigar is easy to light and has a good easy draw.  It has a Cameroon wrapper, a Connecticut binder and a mixed filler ( Dominican, Honduras, and Nicaraguan.  This is a medium cigar that is rich with a little bit of spicy flavor.  This cigar burns evenly and has a nice ash.   The aroma of the smoke is good and is a nice cigar for the evening.  I would recommend having this with a nice alcoholic beverage.  This is not my favorite Hoyo De Monterrey.   These cigars come in four different sizes.  These cigars have a lower price point at about 4 to 5 dollars a stick, so it is easy to make it a daily smoke.   All though this is a great smoke I prefer the Hoyo De Monterrey Cafe.

This Belicoso shaped cigar is very unique to the Acid line.  It is a 6×60 packed full of flavor and fragrance.  It has a natural wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler.   This cigar is mild through out!  Drew Estate has out done themselves with the infusing process on this one.  The cigar is easy to light, but tends to go out if you are not watching it closely.  It has a very even burn and a tight ash. They keep the actually blend to this one a big secret.   This smoke will not clear the room!

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This full body cigar has Corojo wrapper, binder and filler. This cigar also comes in a Maduro wrapper.   This is one of the smoothest cigars I have ever had. The smoke omits a great aroma and towards the end gets a little spicy.   Easy to light and a smooth draw has everything you want in a quality cigar.  It comes in five different sizes to choose from depending on the time you have to smoke.  This smoke tends to go out on you if you don’t watch it, but the burn is pretty even.  Stogie Review rated it in the top 10 cigars for 2009.  I would definitely put this in my top 10 cigars for 2010 so far!  This is one of the best crafted cigars money can buy!  The name Camacho exhibits quality and class as all their cigars do.  Not a bad price starting at $9.50 a stick.

This is the all time favorite of coffee cigars!  This cigar comes in a variety of size gran corona, toro, robusto, and churchill.  It has a Sumatra wrapper and a Nicaraguan filler This is a mild cigar with the great flavor of coffee and a slight bit of mocha that is creamy and sweet.  The cigar burns evenly and is very easy to light.  The draw is easy and has a delightful aroma of smoke!  Drew Estates has out done themselves with the best coffee flavored cigar by far.  With the variety of sizes the price point good and affordable to buy them by the box.  This is a great cigar that can either take the place of your morning coffee or a smoke to compliment your morning coffee.

Click here to try Isla Del Sol Sumatra Coffee cigars for yourself

Acid Kuba Kuba is one of the most popular infused flavored cigars by Drew Estates.  This robusto size cigar is mild in flavor and in smoke.  This cigar has a Sumatra wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and filler.  The cigar is easy to light and has a very smooth draw.  This cigar sometimes burns slightly uneven, but has a nice ash.  This is one of the sweetest cigars I have ever had.  I call this my dessert cigar.  The aroma of the smoke is sweet as well and will attract a crowd!  Drew Estates has some of the best flavored cigars by far!  They have perfected the process of infusing the flavor and making a pleasant aroma of smoke.  This is a cigar that even my wife loves, so hopefully yours will too!!

Click here to try Acid Kuba Kuba Sumatra cigars for yourself

This dark and rich flavored cigar consists of a medio Tempo Wrapper, La Vega Especial binder from the Dominican Republic.  This cigar is easy to light with an easy draw.  It tends to burn slightly uneven, but usually it corrects it self with a nice ash.  The smoke is rich in aroma.

It is hard to describe this cigar in words, but is an excellent cigar if you are looking for a full body dark rich flavor.  This one was recommended to me by a friend.  I would recommend this to any cigar smoker as a must try!!  It comes in a variety of different sizes so you can smoke it in any time frame.

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Gurkha “The Pinker” 6 X 60. Wrapper – Dominican (Cuban seed Habano), Binder – Dominican, Filler – Dominican. Medium – full bodied. Special blend made for radio host Geoff Pinkus from the “Living Large” radio show in Chicago.

Initial taste was a dry woody taste which quickly turned into flavors of Leather, wood and some spice.

A little before the halfway point, this cigar begins to build with the leathery flavor picking-up, spicieness increasing and the woodiness in the background.

The last third of this cigar continues to build in flavor with the leather becoming more of a tangy citrus leather taste with the spice balanced nicely along with the woodiness. I also got some slight note of a sweetness that was very enjoyable.

Construction burn and draw were perfect. Beautiful oily brown wrapper on this cigar. The cigar never got hot or bitter and had good complexity for a cigar with such a big ring guage. Long finish of leather and spice.  I recommend trying one!

Click here to try Gurkha “The Pinker” Double Toro cigars for yourself

This flavored cigar has a sumatra wrapper with a Dominican filler and binder.  This smoke is mild infused with the refreshing taste of mint, lime, and rum.  The aroma of the smoke is so good your non-smoking friends won’t even mind you smoking it near them.  Be careful because the ash does tend to burn a little hot and uneven.  This cigar was crafted by Heather Phillips one of the few lady cigar makers.  She has done a fine job making this enjoyable flavored cigar!  So if you are into flavored cigars you can’t go wrong with this one.  The price is right at about     $2.40 a stick!

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