Friday, December 31, 2010

Top 10 cigars for 2010

Everyone seems to be posting their Top cigars for the year, so I decided to post mine. I can only list cigars and the sizes that I have actually smoked. This year was extremley difficult to choose the Top 10 because of so many good cigars that were released. Here it is:

10. Guillermo Leon Signature Corona Gorda
9. CAO La Traviata Maduro Divino
8. Joya De Nicaragua Dark Corojo Antano El Martillo
7. Canimao Churchill
6. PDR 1878 Cubano Especial Capa Madura Robusto
5. A.J. Fernandez Diesel Unholy Cocktail
4. Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary Churchill
3. Augusto Reyes Sixth Generation Robusto
2. Nestor Miranda Dominicana Rosado Robusto

1. Cigar of the Year - Three-way tie: Quesada Tributo Julio (Robusto), La Aurora 107 Corona and the Davidoff Puro D'Oro Robusto.

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Jersey Cigar Festival - Sunday April 3, 2011 Noon - 6pm

Tickets for the Sunday April 3, 2011 Festival went on sale at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium 450 Broad Street, Newark, NJ.

General Admission tickets are $100 and VIP tickets are $175. For further information about what your ticket includes, please visit their Tickets page.

You can meet the makers of your favorite sticks at the manufacturers’ booths and learn more about their cigars straight from the source. In fact, some of the manufacturers will be holding open seminars throughout the day. (Presenters and times TBD.)

The NJ Cigar Festival is proud to include some of the Heaviest Hitters in the industry. Just go to their website:
to see who is scheduled to attend.

If you want to purchase cigars, you can do that, too – and at prices lower than those in PA! Just want to sit and have a smoke? No problem. Smoking is allowed in all areas of the festival. And “ball park fare” is included in the cost of your ticket.

A timeline of the day’s presentations will be published in the New Year, and they will be posting new info regularly to their site, including any updates on the Cigar All*Stars that will be attending. For more infomation, call: 908-964-3000 or email

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura Robusto Review

PDR 1878 Reserva Dominicana Capa Oscura Robusto - 5 X 52. Wrapper - Habano/Oscura Dominican, Binder - Habano Dominican, Filler - Corojo/Habano/Criollo '98 Dominican. Medium - Full bodied.

Initial Taste - Dry wood and cinnamon.

First Third - Cedar, spice and cinnamon. Nicely balanced.

Second Third - Woodiness continues but now the cinnamon increases followed by the spice.

Last Third - The cigar continues to progress with flavors of cedar, nuts, spice and some slight sweetness emerging. Nicely balanced. Long finish of spice and cinnamon.

Construction, burn and draw was good. No veins on the wrapper.

This cigar had good balance and complexity but it did tend to smoke a bit hot. 2,000 boxes are being pre-released for Christmas , full release at IPCPR 2011. MSRP is $5.55 for this size which is a great value. Recommend fully.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Perdomo Cigar Tasting Event Thursday Dec. 9, 2010 6pm - Close

Sanji's Smoke Shop
419 Broad Street
Bloomfield, NJ

Please join Perdomo Cigars Rep. Sharon for a night of great Perdomo cigars.

Time: 6pm until close

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Changes at Miami Cigar & Co.

Miami, FL, 6 December: In the first of a series of important changes, Rene J. Castaneda, Vice President of Miami Cigar & Company, announced that he is turning over the National Sales Management portfolio to Hector Paz effective 1 January 2011.

Paz joined MC&C in 1999, succeeding Castaneda as Operations Manager. Several years later, Paz went ‘on the road’ in Florida selling the lines of Miami Cigar. Most recently, Hector has served as Regional Sales Director for Florida.

With the passing of the baton to Paz, Castaneda will devote himself to International Sales and product development.

According to Nestor Miranda, “…this is the first of several important announcements we will make in the early part of 2011.”

Miami Cigar & Company has seen enormous growth since the 2008 introduction of the Nestor Miranda Collection Special Selection, which was followed by the NMC Dominicano and now the Art Deco. The company’s Tatiana flavoured cigars have a 43% market share among the flavoured cigar segment.

The success of the recently released La Aurora 107 and the Guillermo León have contributed significantly to the growth of Miami Cigar & Company.

“We expect the growth to continue with increased sales of existing lines as well as the introduction of new, exciting cigars like our recently released, La Sirena, our most full bodied cigar to date, and, I expect Hector Paz to continue to make a significant contribution to our growth, in his new role,” said Castaneda.