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Mixed Filler: A Blog Sampler for 5.1.08


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Mixed Filler is a quick collection of snippets from the online stogie community. For the slower burning, long-filler versions just click on the links provided. Enjoy!

Keepers of The Flame mourns the disappearance of the affordable Pepin and test drives a substitute Nicaraguan puro, the Famous Nicaraguan Corojo Corona.

Tom at The Smoking Lounge has the line of the week. In wrapping up a less than favorable review of the Te Amo World Selection Series Nicaraguan Blend, he writes, “Do not even approach this cigar without wearing a Haz-Mat suit.” Nice!

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April 30, 2008   No Comments

Mixed Filler: A Blog Sampler for 4.24.08


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Mixed Filler is a quick collection of snippets from the online stogie community. For the slower burning, long-filler versions just click on the links provided. Enjoy!

At Stogie Review, Brian Hewitt has a pre-release sample of the La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Miami Churchill.

Matt’s Cigar Journal has the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Presidente.

At Cigar Inspector, Roadrunner reviews one of my all-time value favorites, the Camacho Havana H2. I’ve been meaning to review it one of these days, but I’ll skip it because Roadrunner nailed it.

Velvet Cigar’s Ironmeden finds the Cohiba Maduro 5 Secretos to be tasty, but a bit young.

Cigarfan at Keepers of The Flame reports that two years of age does wonders for the Padilla en Cedro Robusto.

Lisa at Her Humidor has a near-religious experience with the Bolivar Petit Corona.

April 24, 2008   38 Comments

Mixed Filler: A Blog Sampler for 4.18.08


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Mixed Filler is a quick collection of snippets from the online stogie community. For the slower burning, long-filler versions just click on the links provided. Enjoy!

Cigar Inspector delivers on an excellent idea — an Online Shops Directory/Rating. I’ll refer to it often, benefit from the experiences of B/SOTLs, and save myself some headaches. Great work, Denis.

Matt of Matt’s Cigar Journal could use some help meeting his fundraising goal of $3,000 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride for Kids. Check out the details at his site, or go straight here to make a contribution. Matt’s giving away a few boxes of primo stogies to some lucky donors, and Tom at Keepers of The Flame generously sweetened the pot.

While you’re at KOTF, check out the review of the Arturo Fuente Anejo No. 48.

At Stogie Guys, George runs into an uncharacteristic construction issue with the Oliva Serie O Toro.

Lisa at Her Humidor lays down her $12 for the Cuvee Blanc Salomon.

At Cigar Command, Scott is pleasantly surprised by the Arganese Connecticut Ambassador Robusto.

Cigar Beat’s Stinkie tries the Don Pepin Garcia-made Troya Clasico #54. And after a spate of unauthorized cigar purchases, Mrs. Stinkie is really pissed!

April 18, 2008   43 Comments

Mixed Filler: A Blog Sampler for 4.11.08


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Mixed Filler is a quick collection of snippets from the online stogie community. For the slower burning, long-filler versions just click on the links provided. Enjoy!

Keepers of The Flame gives us a primer on wrapper blemishes — frog eyes, mold, bloom, water spots and most anything else that has made you go, “What the heck is that?”

Lisa at Her Humidor reviews one that I’ve been wondering about, the Te Amo World Selection Series Honduras Blend.

Cigar Inspector smokes an explosive (and not in a good way) Ramon Allones Small Club Corona.

Matt at Matt’s Cigar Journal adds his name to the list of Illusione cg:4 fans. I really have to try one of these.

Elvis at The Velvet Cigar tests the CI Legends Yellow Label by Don Pepin Garcia. Suffice it to say he doesn’t think as much of this smoke as I do. Check out my tasting notes here.

The Stogie Review’s Walt, previously unimpressed with Rocky Patel products, smokes an RP Edge Sumatra. He is still underwhelmed. FWIW, I think he’s absolutely right.

Finally, there was an interesting Associated Press story this week about farm privatization in Cuba. While the program is still small in scope, it struck me as having huge potential implications for the cigar industry. We’ll see…

April 11, 2008   54 Comments

Mixed Filler: A Blog Sampler for 4.03.08


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Mixed Filler is a quick collection of snippets from the online stogie community. For the slower burning, long-filler versions just click on the links provided. Enjoy!

Cigar Inspector checks out the downright delicious looking Cuban Hoyo de Monterrey Seleccion Piramides.

Brian Hewitt at Stogie Review was brave enough to tackle some “infused” fare, the Drew Estate Java Maduro Toro. He knew it was going to suck. But in the name of science and dedication to his craft, he smoked it anyway. And only a few days earlier at Brian’s Random Thoughts, he reviewed a tequila-infused Olor Del Cibao. One tough hombre, this Hewitt. The type who stitches his own wounds. We owe him our gratitude.

Cigarfan at Keepers of The Flame tests the Nestor Miranda Special Selection Robusto Grande. It sounds almost worth trying for the aroma alone — “grilled meat and maple syrup.”

Matt at Matt’s Cigar Journal, the wise man he clearly is, shares my skepticism about enormous ring gauges. He tests the 6.25″ x 60 Padron 7000 Maduro and finds it “awkward” and “muddled.”

On the topic of cartoonish ring gauges, Jesse at CigarJack.net fires up the Nub Habano 460. Size aside, it sounds tasty.

Cigar Beat’s Stinkie digs the Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles. Amen.

April 3, 2008   2 Comments

Mixed Filler: A Blog Sampler for 3.27.08


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Mixed Filler is a quick collection of snippets from the online stogie community. For the slower burning, long-filler versions just click on the links provided. Enjoy!

Camachos are everywhere this week. Cigarfan at Keepers of The Flame had an aged Camacho Havana Monarca last week, and tries the Camacho 1962 Robusto this week.

Meanwhile, Cigar Inspector samples the powerful Camacho Corojo Monarca.

Over at Stogie Review, Brian Hewitt finds the Indian Tabac Split Decision Quad Toro to be the worst invention since the poop flavored lollipop.

SR also has an interesting discussion of coffee-cigar pairings. Props to poster Brian Bircher for calling out Starbucks. Indeed, “dark roast” has become nothing more than a filthy little euphemism for “burnt.”

Stinkie at Cigar Beat likes The Griffins Fuerte Short Corona.

Lisa at Her Humidor tries one I haven’t run across, the Jameson Cigar Co. Robusto. It is made by Luis Sanchez of LTC fame, but the Jameson doesn’t sound like it measures up to Sanchez’s other (IMO, stellar) brands.

The Velvet Cigar’s Ironmeden experiments with facial hair (dude, that early-80s porn look is coming back in a big way!) and Arganese’s Uno Puro.

On the homefront, I caught a nasty head cold which has prevented me from posting a new review. As soon as my palate is trustworthy again, I’ll make it up to my two or three readers who must think I’ve fallen asleep at the switch.

March 27, 2008   76 Comments

Mixed Filler: A Blog Sampler for 3.13.08


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Mixed Filler is a quick collection of snippets from the online stogie community. For the slower burning, long-filler versions just click on the links provided. Enjoy!

With Stinkie from Cigar Beat preparing for a house closing and The Velvet Cigar’s Elvis and Iron sidelined with the plague (get well soon, guys), it’s a quiet week out there. So this roundup is quick ‘n dirty.

Jon, the latest addition to the Stogie Guys team, is smitten with the Monte Media Noche No. 2.

At Stogie Review, Brian Hewitt serves up a split decision on the RP Fusion Double Maduro.

At Cigar Inspector, Carlo is bored by the mild Davidoff Anniversario No. 2, but Fidel raves about the Lonsdale-sized Vegas Robaina Clasicos.

KOTF’s Cigarfan tries Villazon’s latest, the El Rey del Mundo Olvidados Robusto.

Cigar Command’s Scott fires up one of my favorites, the Tatuaje Havana VI Almirantes.

Finally, Lisa at Her Humidor gives a high rating to the Perdomo Reserve Champagne CT.

March 13, 2008   48 Comments

Mixed Filler: A Blog Sampler for 3.6.08


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Mixed Filler is a quick collection of snippets from the online stogie community. For the slower burning, long-filler versions just click on the links provided. Enjoy!

Following up on last week’s split between Pepin Garcia and Padilla Cigars, this open letter from Ernesto Padilla was the most curious tidbit I saw on the boards this week. Suffice it to say there are discrepancies between what Padilla told Cigar Aficionado last week and what he’s saying now.

I have no dog in this fight. But as a former political consultant who’s done his share of “damage control,” Rule #1 is don’t jeopardize your credibility by giving inconsistent accounts of the facts. I’m just sayin’…

On the subject of Padilla, Lisa at Her Humidor likes the Padilla ‘68 Toro.

Cigarfan at Keepers of the Flame has the Oliva Special “S” Torpedo. I need one of these, stat.

Over at Cigar Command, Ricky is less than blown away by the Vegas Cubanas Imperiales by DPG.

Matt’s Cigar Journal has an interesting comparison of pre- and post-release versions of the Camacho Triple Maduro.

Closing out a whirlwind tour of Minnesota’s B&Ms, Elvis at The Velvet Cigar tells us if he got his $12.00 worth out of the Fonseca Cubano Limitado.

Brian Hewitt at The Stogie Review finds the CAO Black VR Totem to be on the mild side, but tasty nonetheless.

Finally, those interested in Cuban culture and politics may enjoy today’s New York Times story on how the Internet is having its democratizing effect whether the government likes it or not.

March 6, 2008   63 Comments

Mixed Filler: A Blog Sampler for 2.28.08


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Mixed Filler is a quick collection of snippets from the online stogie community. For the slower burning, long-filler versions just click on the links provided. Enjoy!

The week’s big headline is the split between Padilla and roller-blender extraordinaire Pepin Garcia. Cigar Aficionado coverage is here, and check out this thread on Cigar Live as well. Ernesto Padilla checks in to discuss plans for a new Miami factory, where production of his 1932 and 1948 lines will apparently continue with no change to the blend.

Elsewhere, Walt at The Stogie Review followed last week’s sneak preview of the Nub 460 Connecticut with an excellent report on the Nub 460 Cameroon. The 4″ x 60, beer can-like proportions strike me as awkward, but Walt writes that he got comfortable with it quickly.

Elvis at The Velvet Cigar tries the RP Vengeance and concludes that Rocky is “losing his Edge.” It’s a good read.

Jesse at Cigar Jack got his hands on a pre-release sample of the much anticipated Camacho 10th Anniversary Robusto. It looks and sounds like a winner, though the MSRP of $10.50 scares me.

Stinkie at Cigar Beat digs the 601 Blue Label Maduro Toro, while Cigar Inspector’s JL Graham was pleasantly surprised by his Ashton Classic 8-9-8.

Finally, Cigarfan at Keepers of the Flame smokes one of my favorites from Don Pepin, the Vegas Cubanas Generosos.

February 28, 2008   49 Comments

Mixed Filler: A Blog Sampler for 2.21.08


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Mixed Filler is a quick collection of snippets from the online stogie community. For the slower burning, long-filler versions just click on the links provided. Enjoy!

Walt at The Stogie Review checks out Hazardville, Connecticut’s own Old Powder Keg Toro Natural. My review of the OPK Maduro Robusto will be up very soon. Don’t all wear out your F5 keys at once, folks.

Cigar Inspector looks at an Edicion Limitada from Cuba, the Trinidad Ingenios E.L. 2007. They are also giving away a pretty sweet looking five-pack in their February-March contest.

Over at Stogie Fresh, Doc finds that a year’s rest works wonders for his Tatuaje Reserva J21.

George at Stogie Guys is gifted a Rocky Patel I.T.C. Robusto, but can’t muster much enthusiasm for it.

The spring issue of Cigar Magazine hit my mailbox a few days ago. They rate 18 tubos, most of which come off as breathtakingly average. FWIW, highest scores went to the Partagas Black Maximo and the Upmann Preciosa No. 1.

Velvet Cigar gives us the rundown on the full Arganese line of cigars out of the Dominican Republic. And on the topic of Arganese, go to Cigar Live and check out Troy’s (boomerd35) fantastic photo essay from his visit to Gene Arganese’s fields, factory and palatial digs.

As long as I’m at it, if you’re not a member of Cigar Live yet, you can become one in short order by clicking here.

February 21, 2008   61 Comments