Archive for January, 2012

Goodbye Jose and Hello Javier by Frank Seltzer

Late last week word came out that Jose Seijas was leaving as Vice President and General Manager of Tabacalera de Garcia, possibly the largest cigar factory in the world.  His retirement took effect in the last week or so. The La Romana factory is home to Altadis USA’s Dominican blends—Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, [...]

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Posted by F. Seltzer - January 31, 2012 at 06:51

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Illusione mj12

Illusione… This boutique brand has yet to make a blend I don’t like. Sure, some blends are better than others, but I have yet to have one I didn’t like. I haven’t smoked an mj12 in quite some time, so I thought it was time to revisit this cigar. I picked up a couple from [...]

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Posted by Tom - January 31, 2012 at 00:00

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Dona Flor Selecao

I recently found out that Dona Flor is back. After a lengthy lawsuit between who has rights to the brand, a winner was decided upon in court. I don’t have the details at hand. Ed and I will cover that in our next review of the Dona Flor Alonzo Menendez series. The guys I knew [...]

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Posted by Tom - January 28, 2012 at 16:32

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The Cigar Smoking Week in Review by Tommy Zman

So, my fellow CROMAGS… if you happened to read last weeks little bloggie, yours truly, El Zman of NJ correctly picked the New York Giants and the New England Patriots to win their respective games sending both teams to Indianapolis to meet in the Super Bowl… again. I am truly the master of all prognosticating [...]

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Posted by editor - January 27, 2012 at 05:46

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Smoking bans hurt and maybe go too far by Frank Seltzer

I know, the headline states the obvious. But Illinois may loosen its smoking ban and another ban slips up, goes too far and shows real purpose. In a rare display of actual common sense, a democratic state rep from Chicago is pushing legislation that would let casinos and bars apply for smoking licenses that would get [...]

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Posted by F. Seltzer - January 24, 2012 at 07:14

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Undercrown by Drew Estate

Drew Estate… The Acid guys, right? That’s what I thought for years, until I got my hands on the Liga Privada T52. The Undercrown uses the same tobacco as the Liga, but has different primings and vintages. So this is by no means a Liga Privada rip off. It is a completely different cigar. That’s [...]

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Posted by Tom - January 24, 2012 at 05:00

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JR Alternative–Padron Exclusivo

Today’s review is an ultra cheap bundle cigar offered by JR Cigars. They offer alternatives to dozens of cigars. My lifelong friend Jay gave me a couple of these cigars, which are an alternative to the Padron Anniversary Series 1964 Exclusivo. He was basically curious of my opinion. So here it is, my opinion of [...]

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Posted by Tom - January 22, 2012 at 12:32

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Pig-Skinning-Out on Premium Hand Rolled Cigars! by Tommy Zman

Last week we talked about ANY excuse to smoke a cigar, but there’s one HUMUNGOUS excuse I’ll always have, and that’s NFL Playoff football. Cigars and football… damn guys, it’s like mac n’ cheese… Starsky n’ Hutch… mashed taters n’ gravy… beer nuts and… well, um… beer. Now being a lifelong New York Giants fan, [...]

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Posted by editor - January 20, 2012 at 07:03

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Factories reopen, move and more by Frank Seltzer

It is that time of year when the cigar factories begin reopening. You see each year they all close for the Christmas holiday. So no cigars are made between the middle of December and about now. One factory that is new, is the MATASA factory in the Dominican Republic. It’s grand [...]

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Posted by F. Seltzer - January 17, 2012 at 08:23

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Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur Legend

Back for another random cigar review. I spotted this cigar at a local shop, picked some up, and here we are. This cigar is said to have been “Designed to appeal to those tenured smokers demanding a full flavored smoke.” This is simply quoting General Cigar’s website. I paired this cigar with water. Let’s see [...]

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Posted by Tom - January 17, 2012 at 05:30

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