Libation Review 

Libation Review: Prairie Artisan Ales / Brewfist Spaghetti Western

Behind The Booze: While it is true that in the 1500’s Germany had made the decision that the only ingredients that would be in beer would be Barley, Hops and Water – as the craft beer market has changed over the years many brewers have decided to ‘change things up’ and include just about anything you can think of.  Sometimes this decision is made for reaching specific flavor profiles, sometimes it is to stand out in a crowded market and sometimes it is simply an experiment to see if it…

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Hiram and Soloman Entered Apprentice

Cigars and brotherhood have gone together for centuries, probably since the first cigar was ever rolled, it only makes sense for cigars and Masons to go together. The Hiram and Soloman line was born from this brotherhood and a love for sharing cigars. WB Ed Kashouty had a long time dream of creating a cigar for the enjoyment of his brother Masons. He teamed with George Dakrat and Harry Rockafella to create a cigar made in the Dominican Republic that was just that. The principals behind the cigar was one…

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Ohana M13 Lancero

  In 2015 Ohana cigars was launched by RyanRodriguez, the first installments were the Friends and Family and the First Generation.  Both cigars were very popular in the boutique cigar world, which drove Rodriquez to realize that he would need more hits to follow up.  This year Ohana has released a few different cigars, today we will be looking at the M13 Lancero.  The M13 is project from Rodriguez that is in honor of his mother, with M being the 13th letter of the alphabet, M13 represents the word “MoM.”  The M13…

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Espinosa Laranja Reserva Caixa

  This year at IPCPR Espinosa Cigars  launched a line extension to the very popular Laranja Reserva line that was released last year. The Caixa, Portuguese for box, is a box pressed corona gorda that hit shelves in the middle of the year. The Laranja, Portuguese for orange, was named after the Brazilian wrapper which is featured on this cigar line. Portuguese is still spoken widely in Brazil so Espinosa ran with it. The Wrapper coloring is slightly orange hued giving the basis for the name. The Caixa is produced…

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Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Prendelo Sublime

  Prendelo is the latest edition of small batch private label cigars to come to market.  Predelo, which loosely translates to “light it up,” is a collaboration between Fire Chief Reggie Freeman of Fort Worth, TX and Eddie “Smokey Bear” Martell of Quantico, VA.  The Prendelo is a “lost and found” blend that just happened to fall into the hands of Freeman and Martell.  The blend utilizes blend that has been aging for 5 years just waiting for the right people to grab it up and put it on the…

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Cigar Review: 1502 Emerald

1502 is a cigar brand under the umbrella of Nicaraguan based company Global Premium Cigars(GPC).  1502 and GPC is owned by Enrique Sanchez who is proud of his Nicaraguan heritage, hence 1502, the year Columbus discovered Nicaragua.  1502 currently has 4 lines, the Emerald, Ruby, Black Gold, and 1502 Nicaragua.  These cigars get their names from the finest of goods that were traded and considered items of high value, and still are today. Each line is distinctly different and brings a uniquely enjoyable experience.  1502 also has two brick and…

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