Archive for February, 2010

A Double Standard for Women?

I was rooting for the American women's hockey team on Thursday as it faced Canada, but I have to admit I was very impressed with the way the Canadian women celebrated their victory. About an hour after having gold medals placed around their necks, the team spilled back out onto the ice, smoking cigars, drinking cold beers and popping open Champagne.

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Posted by Cigar Aficionado Blog Posts RSS - February 28, 2010 at 10:36

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Feb. 2010 – Cigar Site Of The Month

I ran across this months site of the month about a year ago. Initially Nice Tight Ash offered written reviews that were fairly short, honest, and to the point. They then expanded their content to include video cigar reviews. Like their written reviews, the video reviews are honest and to the point. These guys simply [...]

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Posted by Tom - February 28, 2010 at 00:00

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The Mysteries of Cuban Cigars

I unraveled more of the mystery of the great new Cohiba Behikes that will be launched tonight at the gala dinner in Havana during the 12th Festival Habano. The attendees of the dinner will receive all three cigars. I can't wait to try one of the smaller ones.

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Posted by Cigar Aficionado Blog Posts RSS - February 26, 2010 at 14:27

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The Renaissance of the Blockbuster Cuban Cigar

I finally got my lips around a Behike. And it almost blew my head off. A couple of bad-boy-chocolately BHK 56 cigars (6 1/2 inches by 56 ring gauge) came my way, and I tried one following a heavy lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in La Havana, the awesome chicken shop 1.

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Posted by Cigar Aficionado Blog Posts RSS - February 25, 2010 at 13:24

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Cubao Maduro

I am a big fan of the original Cubao. When I heard that a maduro wrapped version was out, I had to try it. I found these in Tampa and naturally picked a few up for review. The quick story on this cigar is… Don Pepin Garcia blended and makes this cigar for United Tobacco. [...]

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Posted by Tom - February 25, 2010 at 00:00

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The Cuban Cigar Scene

Most of the participants of the 12th Festival Habano went to the Pinar del Río to see tobacco plantations yesterday, but I stayed in Havana to write a blog and check out the cigar scene. Plenty of good boxes in shops. And loads of people were hanging out and smoking.

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Posted by Cigar Aficionado Blog Posts RSS - February 24, 2010 at 10:01

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Good Start in La Habana

Piano jazz legend Chucho Valdés blew me away at the opening night of the 12th Festival Habano at the Gran Teatro de la Habana. The only bad news was that we couldn't smoke anything. There are limits for smokers even in Havana! The big man from Havana is a maestro on the piano and is able to master anything from classic to fusion jazz.

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Posted by Cigar Aficionado Blog Posts RSS - February 23, 2010 at 13:24

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Acid “Blue” Kuba Kuba

In January of 2009, I reviewed this cigar. Back then, I had a pretty bad experience, and the review reflected that. I received a few emails urging me to try an Acid again. So now, in February of 2010, I decided it was time to re-visit the cigar that I gave a bad review to. [...]

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Posted by Tom - February 23, 2010 at 00:00

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Going to The Habanos Festival

I am arriving in La Habana this afternoon in time for the opening event of the 12th Festival Habano. Not only will I get my first glimpse of the new line-extension of Cohiba—the three Cohiba Behike cigars—but also the piano jazz legend Chucho Valdés will be providing the entertainment at the Gran Teatro de la Habana.

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Posted by Cigar Aficionado Blog Posts RSS - February 22, 2010 at 15:48

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Cigar Culture

I sometimes forget about the origin of cigars. I know that might sound odd. But I'm not saying that I don't know where a cigar is made—that has become second nature. What I'm talking about is sometimes taking for granted the long arc of history and the incredible nuances of culture linked to premium hand-rolled cigars.

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Posted by Cigar Aficionado Blog Posts RSS - February 22, 2010 at 11:04

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