Matilde Renacer Robusto

To pay tribute to Dominican Republic Jose Seijas decided to revive a brand with deep Dominican roots – Matilde. A brand founded in 1876 and later revived by the Seijas family in 2014. Jose Seijas’ passion for cigars started in 1974 when he was hired by Tabacalera de Garcia. During his tenure in Tabacalera de

El Septimo Amarillo Short Dream

The preface to the Septimo saga starts in 2005, with as its subject the concept of a range of cigars whose build and aesthetic and taste qualities would be incomparable. On the way to this creation everything was redesigned in a new way to break with a long tradition of obsolete packaging, creating new rings

Master Blends 2 Torpedo

Mid January I met Brian Shapiro for an Oliva conference in Amsterdam. He brought me a couple of rare and aged Master Blends 2 Torpedo. The cigars were since the release in 2005 by Tabacalera Oliva de Nicaragua S.A. in possession of Brian and carefully saved in his humidor for a later occasion. The first

E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic

It’s difficult to talk about the E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic without mentioning the man behind the brand. Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is a cigarmaker who has been through many phases in the cigar industry, a man who reinvented himself several times throughout his long career. I have met Ernesto in September 2018 and showed him around in

Flor de las Antillas

My Father, Flor de las Antillas.  Nicaragua’s venerable Garcia family released the Flor de Las Antillas brand in May 2012 using a variety of Nicaraguan tobaccos, their trademark is using double binders and a wrapper leaf grown in the open sunlight. They named the brand for Cuba, the largest of the Antilles Islands, which are

Total Flame Premium

The Total Flame Premium is made at La Aurora’s E. León Jimenes Tabacalera factory under license. The cigars are presented and sold in tubos that look quite similar to the Dominican company’s flagship line. The size is 5 x 54 with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Dominican binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.

Ashton Virgin Sun Grown

Ashton Virgin Sun Grown.  The Ashton brand, which was created in 1985 by Robert Levin, a Philadelphia tobacconist. After years of experience as an importer and retailer of cigars, Levin decided to break into the manufacturing side. Today Ashton cigars are made by the world-famous Fuente family in the Dominican Republic, and are offered in

Trinidad Vigia Robusto

The Trinidad Vigia is named after the beautiful 16th Century city of La Santisima Trinidad (The Holy Trinity) with the watchtowers erected to observe the sugarcane fields, listed by UNESCO as a historical monument, which is situated on Cuba’s south coast. Trinidad cigars are made at El Laguito factory, the home of Cohiba, to its

Padron Anniversary Series Natural Principe 1964

Padron Anniversary Series Natural Principe 1964 According to Padron: the Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series line was introduced in 1994 to commemorate their company’s 30th anniversary. This line consists of eleven sizes that are all available in sun-grown natural and maduro wrappers. All tobacco used in this limited production series is aged for four years, creating

Cornelius & Anthony Señor Esugars

Cornelius & Anthony Señor Esugars The Señor Esugars by Cornelius & Anthony is the company’s first maduro cigar in their lineup. This is presented as a “passion project” by Steven Baily, the company’s owner, who has spent three years with Héctor Alfonso Sr. from La Zona/Espinosa Premium Cigars creating a perfect blend. The cigar is