Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Epoca

In 2014 Nat Sherman continued with it’s recent reputation for releasing quality cigars with the Epoca. The Epoca is a re-release of the original line from Nat Sherman. The Epoca was initial brought out around 1930 by the New York City cigar company. The original Epoca also featured Cuban tobacco, obviously the “new” Epoca does not. Like most recent Nat Sherman releases, the Epoca is manufactured by the Quesada Family in the Dominican Republic. The original Epoca featured a Clear Havana wrapper, today the modern version is an Ecuadorian Connecticut….

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado

In 2012 Oliva released the Serie V Melanio, named to honor Oliva family patriarch Melanio Oliva.  The Melanio was released under the Serie V line was but was a blend of its own.  Recently the Melanio was named as the number one cigar of 2014 by one of the large cigar publication so I decided to see for myself and report my findings.  First, I want to say that I don’t agree with cigars that came out in another year being listed on a list for top items of one…

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Libation Review 

Libation Review: Shiner 106 Chocolate Stout Birthday Beer

This year marks the 106th birthday of the Spoetzl Brewery and Shiner beer.  Every year Shiner releases a limited production beer to commemorate the occasion.  This year Shiner’s 106 Birthday Beer is the Chocolate Stout.  This beer is an American Stout that is at a 5% ABV.  According to Shiner the beer is brewed with chocolate malt and cocoa, after drinking the beer I believe it.  You can pick up the Shiner 106 in 12oz. bottles or cans for about $8 a 6pk. Nose: On the nose the Shiner Chocolate…

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News 

Cigar News: Huff Makes Exit From Dante

Michael Huff has announced today the he will be leaving Dante Cigars effective immediately.  Dante is a boutique brand based out of the Virginia area that began in 2013 with Huff and co-founder Mohammad Fakro.  Huff posted this just a few hours ago on his Facebook page: To all my Loyal Dante customers, It’s with a heavy heart that I inform you that as of 8:30pm today EST I am no longer partnered with Mohammad Fakhro and M Tobacos INC. Any questions about Dante Cigars, accounts, orders, and special appearances please call…

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Crowned Heads Yellow Rose of Texas

Texas is a state rich in history and heritage.  We are proud of where we came from and what we stand for.  As many know we are a state that used to be our own country, we won our independence in 1836 and legend has it that we have the Yellow Rose of Texas to thank for that.  Our independence was won at the battle of San Jacinto where Texan forces attacked the Mexican army while their leader, Gen. Santa Ana, literally was caught with his pants down.  The story…

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Cigar Lifestyle 

Editorial: UGFest (Underground Cigar Festival) 2015

This has been a big year for a small cigar shop in Fort Worth, The Underground Cigar Shop. The shop just celebrated it’s 1st anniversary in October of 2014, then in November launched it’s first shop exclusive, the Catacomb from Black Label Trading Company, now a cigar festival? The Underground is quickly making a big mark on the cigar industry, the boutique industry in particular. The Underground is owned and run by Don Wiggins, a boutique cigar enthusiast who also runs a Facebook group dedicated to all things boutique cigar…

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