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Cigar Review: Caldwell “Yellow Cake”

Behind The Stick: In our world of cigars, there are a few things that manufacturers can do to really give us that ‘personal’ experience with their product. One of my favorite of these methods are the event exclusive cigars – not necessarily “you have to be here on the 8th at 6pm to get them” but more of something the company gives out on a regular basis over a few month duration. A few different companies have adopted this bonus item to patrons of events and I have to admit,…

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Cigar Review: Crux Passport No.4 “Marblehead”

In April of 2014, Jeff Haugen and Joel Rogers, co-owners of Tobacco Grove, revealed their newly founded cigar company: Crux Cigars. With it, they released their first two cigars: Ninfimaniac & Skeeterz. They debuted their newest line of cigars, which included the passport, at the 2014 IPCPR show in Las Vegas, NV. Here is a little bit about the company, via the Crux Cigar website (www.cruxcigars.com): “At Crux Cigars, we believe cigars build friendships and community uniting people from all walks of life. They allow people to relax from the…

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Cigar Review: The King is Dead Broken Sword by Caldwell Cigar Company

The King is Dead Broken Sword by Caldwell Cigar Company The King is Dead is a rather interesting cigar in regards to the tobaccos used to blend it. Caldwell is known for using unique and rare tobaccos in their cigars and this cigar is no different. Negrito tobacco is not commonly used in premium handmade cigars due to the difficulty in blending it with other tobaccos, as Negrito tobacco has a very distinctive taste, but when blended well, the results can be surprising. Luckily for us, those at Tabaceleria Ventura…

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Cigar Review: Jas Sum Kral from Riste Buc

Behind The Stick: If you are an active member within the Facebook Cigar Community, chances are in your favor that you have spoken to – or heard of – Riste Buc. Without going into who he is too much – being a fellow computer “geek” and lover of the leaf, he and I have had a few conversations here and there about the industry, cigar profiles or even the occasional technical joke. When out of the blue he commented that he had created his own cigar and wanted me to…

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Cigar Review: ONE13 Prelude Natural Lonsdale

ONE13 is a San Antonio, Texas based cigar company founded by two friends who share a passion for cigars, a respect for the industry and the same birthday, (January 13th). ONE13 issued a press release regarding its name, in which they stated: “ONE13 represents a new life, not only the birth date they both happen to share January 13th, but the birth of this new chapter in their lives.” ONE13 currently has two blends, a Natural, which was released late 2013, and a Maduro, which was released early 2014. They…

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Cigar Review: 1907 Dunhill Toro

Behind The Stick: While the name Dunhill may not be instantly associated with premium hand rolled cigars, the name has carried a certain level of sophistication and “affordable luxury” within the tobacco world. I will admit that when I first heard about this cigar I instantly thought of Hunter S. Thompson and his iconic cigarette hanging from his mouth and not of the cigar portion of their business. Perhaps this is a common stigma the Premium Cigar side of the company is facing and perhaps a driving force behind the…

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