Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Añejo Reserva No.48 (15th Anniversary)

This fall marks the fifteenth anniversary of Arturo Fuente’s newest ultra-premium cigar: the Arturo Fuente Añejo Reserva. The Añejo is a cigar born out of sheer ingenuity and tenacity. From Arturo Fuente’s website: “In September 1998, Hurricane Georges tore through the Caribbean Sea, causing widespread destruction throughout the region, including the Chateau de la Fuente farm in the Dominican Republic, where the wrapper leaf for the acclaimed Fuente Fuente OpusX cigar is grown and harvested. Two years later, the storms destruction resulted in a shortage of Fuente Fuente OpusX wrapper…

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Cigar Review: Undercrown Manifesto

Undercrown Manifesto (AKA “Liga Krump”) The Undercrown Manifesto is a very unique cigar with an equally unique origin. In January of 2013, John Krump, a fellow Brother of the Leaf, just like you and I, purchased an antique German cigar mold off of Craigslist. Upon acquiring the mold, he posted a photo of it on a cigar oriented Facebook group to share his excitement about his new find. Among dozens of comments on the photo, Jonathan Drew, of Drew Estate mentioned that he was very interested in the mold and…

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Cigar Review: Hassan Chohan Private Blend (Test Blend)

As the boutique cigar market continues to grow, we have been seeing a rise in private blends. Private blend cigars are nothing new to the industry, but it has become something that is much more easily attainable over the past few years. Today we will be checking out a private blend by Hassan Chohan. Vitola: Robusto Blend: Wrapper: Criollo Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Nicaraguan Factory: Segovia (Plasencia Cigars S.A.) Appearance: The Hassan Chohan Robusto has a great feel in your hand. The oily brown-leather colored wrapper has only minor veins present…

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Libation Review 

Libation Review: 4 Hands Bona Fide

Behind The Booze: Another beer to come out of a place very near and dear to my heart – St. Louis, Missouri. The 4 Hands Brewery is located just south of Busch Stadium ( South 8th St ) yet has perfected the ‘hidden in plain sight’ location. For years I have gotten off at the exit that literally is a straight shot from the highway, driven past it to friends houses or ball games and even had done a U-turn in the parking lot, looking for the damn brewery itself!…

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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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Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada Lancero

The Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada is the sixth vitola and the first Limited Edition released from the Herrera Esteli line by Drew Estate. Herrera Esteli was Willy Herrera’s debut cigar and is a fantastic addition to Drew Estate’s lineup; adding a “Cubanesque” flavor profile to their portfolio. 2,000 boxes of 15 cigars were released, making the total production of the Herrera Esteli Edicion Limitada Lancero 30,000 cigars. Year of Production: 2014 Vitola: Lancero (7×38) Blend: Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Binder: Honduran Filler: Nicaraguan (Esteli and Jalapa) Appearance: The Herrera Esteli Lancero…

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