Everyone loves a celebratory smoke!

Filed Under (Related Events) by Ben on 26-02-2010

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Canadian woman’s hockey team celebrate by smoking a stick on the ice after wining gold.

Via: Yahoo Sports [Full Story]

Today’s Double Pick! / Review – El Tiante Maduro Belicoso & Cain Habano

Filed Under (Cigar Reviews, Todays Pick) by David on 23-02-2010

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So it was a Tuesday and with nothing really going on so Ben and I decided to stop at SoHo Cigars to find something new to smoke while doing the review at the shop. After chatting with Scott he recommended I try the El Tiante Corojo but for some reason I thought I needed something a little stronger after a long day at the office and grabbed the Maduro. So before I even get into the review let me just say you can add me to the 50% who are not fans of the Maduro. I found out a little later that El Tiante is working to update the Maduro blend due to a 50/50 love/hate of the blend. To be fair Scott hooked me up with a Corojo which he said was much better and I will be trying it out in the next week or so (Thanks Scott!).

The entire El Tiante brand was pretty interesting. At SoHo Cigars they are presented a nice glass case in the center of the walk in humidor. They have fairly nice packaging and their boxes are pretty similar to Graycliffs. Every time I’ve been in SoHo Cigars I always seemed to check them out but I was always a little unsure if they were worth a try. The one thing that did stand out to me was that the Natural, Corojo and Madura all have red hues which is kind of odd to me for a cigar.

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First Annual Florida Cigar Summit

Filed Under (Cigar News) by Ben on 23-02-2010

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Received via email

First Annual Florida Cigar Summit With Florida’s Republican Leadership

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.
J.C. Newman Cigar Factory in Tampa’s Ybor City

Cigar Rights of AmericaYou are invited to the first annual Florida Cigar Summit when the cigar industry will meet with Florida’s Republican leadership to discuss the issues facing the Florida cigar industry.

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Today’s Pick – CAO La Traviata Radiante

Filed Under (Todays Pick) by David on 22-02-2010

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Going to skip the review today and I’m just going to smoke the CAO La Traviata Radiante.

Good smoke ended up buying a box of these and pretty happy with the few I have smoked.

More camera phone pics since I am too lazy to pull out the real camera.

Today’s Pick / Review – La Flor Dominicana Airbender Matatan

Filed Under (Cigar Reviews, Todays Pick) by David on 21-02-2010

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So this is one Ben picked up at Edwards Pipe & Tobacco here in Tampa during the La Flor Dominicana event on January 30, 2010. I will say I was a little hesitant to smoke the Airbender since I haven’t had too much luck with the draw and flavors with the La Flor Dominicana brand especially the Salomon. Getting over all that I went ahead and took Ben’s gift and started my review.

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Today’s Pick – Tatuaje Cabaiguan Maduro RX (Robusto Extra)

Filed Under (Cigar Reviews, Todays Pick) by David on 20-02-2010

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One of my favorites and one that I am pretty familiar with. Only problem is this Tatuaje Cabaiguan has some crazy imperfections!

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Today’s Pick / Review – Esteban Carreras 10 Anos Maduro (Toro)

Filed Under (Cigar Reviews, Todays Pick) by David on 19-02-2010

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So Ben and I are at SoHo Cigars with some cigar manufacturers and an ex-Buccaneer. I am choosing to go with an Esteban Carreras 10 Anos Toro Maduro because someone at another shop had mentioned they are similar to the Padron. Before I even start this review let me say this cigar is nothing like a Padron.

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Cigar Castle Meetup!

Filed Under (Todays Pick) by David on 18-02-2010

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Tonight Ben & I will be meeting up with Dave from CigarSage.com at Cigar Castle in Tampa. Also I have been informed that Cigar Castle is having an impromptu tweetup tonight as well. If your in the North Tampa area be sure to stop by. So no review tonight but I am thinking today’s pick will be an Fuente Fuente Opus X – Lost City.

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Today’s Pick / Review – Los Blancos Nine Torpedo

Filed Under (Cigar Reviews, Todays Pick) by David on 16-02-2010

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So my whole Los Blancos introduction came from the Los Blancos Cigars President, Cesar Blanco. The story begins just a few weeks ago when earlier in the night myself and Ben were smoking Anejos down in Ybor City at King Corona. During our time at King Corona we had been chatting about the Alec Bradley Vice Press and wanted to go pick one up. So we finished our cigars and headed strait to a shop where we knew they had them. Arriving at SoHo Cigars we noticed Scott the owner of SoHo Cigars sit back and another guy popped up and started helping us out. We later found the guy who popped up was Cesar Blanco. Apparently according to Scott they were having an impromptu event that hadn’t even been announced. Cesar asked some great questions about our tastes and pointed Ben at the Los Blancos Criollo while I picked up the Los Blancos Nine Robusto. By the way I also picked up the Vice Press.

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Today’s Pick / Review – Alec Bradley (Red Label) Cugine (Cousin)

Filed Under (Cigar Reviews, Todays Pick) by David on 15-02-2010

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Today’s Pick – Alec Bradley (Red Label) Cugine (Cousin)

Picked this one up at Cigar Cave in Palm Harbor for $8.24 on Friday during a mini-herf meet up with the guys from Cigar Sage, Cigar Obsession and the Tampa Cigar Examiner. I hope to have another post soon on meeting thhose guys and if you haven’t checked out their sites you should.

Some more information on the Cugine brand and Cugine events: http://www.josephrgannascoli.com/

It looks like there may be an Event on Feb. 24th, 2010 at Soho Cigars here in Tampa according to Joe’s site. Granted it is a tad confusing.

Also I am seeing a number of different labels (Silver, Gold & Red) and since this is the first one I have been able to find maybe someone can fill me in on the differences.

Now onto the review of the Alec Bradley – (Red Label) Cugine – 5″ x 50  Robusto!

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