Cigar Review 

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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Cigar Review: Illusione Fume D’Amour

Fume D’Amour, “Smoke of Love,” is the latest release from Dion Giolito and Illusione Cigars.  This line was released at the 2014 IPCPR as a new core line to the brand.  The cigar is made at the TABSA factory of Casa Fernandez fame.  This is a change for Illusione which were formerly produced in Honduras.  This cigar has been produced using only viso and seco leafs, a lower priming on the tobacco plant, and no ligero at all.  This cigar is supposed to bring enough balance of strength while still…

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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: 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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