Archive for the ‘cuban cigar’ Category

How to Spot a Fake Cuban Cigar

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
We're here to help you tell the difference between a real Cuban Cigar and a fake one. Here are some tips and tricks to help you spot one from a mile away.

Some of The Best High-End Cuban-Style Cigars

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
We look at some of the best Cuban style cigars available on our website. All the premium cigars listed are critically acclaimed for their quality tobaccos.

Two Affordable Vintage Fumas From Rocky Patel

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
In an industry flooded with big name premium cigar manufacturers, none stand out more than Rocky Patel cigars. Patel has survived his competition.

Romeo y Julieta Cuban Review

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

When it comes to the history of Cuban cigars, the name of Romeo & Juliet carries with it notions of quality, craftsmanship, and tradition.  It is regarded among Habanos cigar smokers worldwide as one of the finest cigars in production.  While the Cuban cigar version has always been in high demand due to its quality and status, its Dominican cigar version is amongst the most purchased cigars in the United States, available at cigar stores across the country.

The brand formerly began in Cuba in 1875 by two men, Inocencio Alvarez and Manin Garcia.  Even in its early years, this Cuban Cigar brand became highly respected and quite popular.  It was entered in tasting contests around the world and was awarded several gold medals for the best Cuban cigar.  They pay homage to the Dominican cigar today, with the medals present on the cigar band.

Since the turn of the century, the Romeo y Julieta brand is still seen as the first choice for a true Cuban cigar aficionado.  They were the favored cigars of the great Winston Churchill.  His endorsement of the cigar did so well for the brand, they eventually named a signature size after him, a size that is still their front mark – the Churchill.  This was a Cuban cigar for the boutique smoker, the luxury smoker, and the elegant smoker.

All seemed to be going well for the brand until, like many cigar manufacturers, political unrest forever changed its history.  Following the Cuban revolution and the nationalization of the cigar industry, the brand was moved to its current location in La Romana, Dominican Republic.  There, at the famed Tabacalera de Garcia factory, the ever-so-popular Dominican Romeo is produced.  It is without a doubt one of the most popular cigars on the American market and can be found in every brick and mortar store.  Cuba still maintains the rights to the Cuban cigar lines and continues to produce them to this day.  It still maintains its very established reputation with the Habanos cigar smokers around the world.

The difference between the Cuban and Dominican cigars that carry the Romeo name is simply location.  They are both high quality premium cigars that are popular amongst their respected demographics.  While the Cuban Cigar stores are not allowed in the US just yet, the Dominican Romeo Y Julieta can be purchased right here at JR Cigars.

Hear from our cigar aficionado and his break down the differences of the two types origins:

Browse a great range of Romeo y Julieta Cigars.

Cuban Cohiba Review

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

When thinking of Cuban cigars, there is one name that pops into the head of all seasoned Habanos cigar smokers. That name is Cohiba Cigars.  For half a century they have been among the highest rated and most revered Cuban cigar brands on the market.  For being the most popular and well-known Cuban cigar in the world, Cohiba has a quite unique past.

Unlike other Cuban cigar brands such as Romeo y Julieta or Partagas, the start of the Cohiba brand was relatively late.  In fact, it is one of the first Cuban cigars created after the Cuban revolution.  A local cigar roller was crafting hand-rolled Cuban cigars in his house and selling them to Fidel Castro’s bodyguard.  One day he gave one of these premium Cuban cigars to Fidel, who instantly fell in love with the blend.  He turned this man’s house into the El Laguito Factory, where Cohiba Cuban Cigars are still made today.  For many years the Cohiba Cuban was made only for Fidel Castro and a few close friends who were also Habanos aficionados.

In 1968, the state sponsored Cubatobaco formerly launched the brand onto the world cigar market.   Cohiba comes from the ancient Taino word for tobacco.  These cigars were to be produced on a limited scale and to be of higher quality than any other Cuban cigar.  In the early 1980s, Cuba really made a push to make Cohiba a full production line, making it more readily available in the world’s Cuban cigar stores.

With Cohiba being completely under Cuban control with no immediate copyright or trademark problems, in 1978, the name was taken by General Cigar and registered for distribution in the United States.  Calling them the Red Dot Cohibas and using exclusively Dominican tobacco,  The Dominican Cohiba brand became immensely popular during the boom of the 1990s and remains a top of the line Dominican cigar even to this day.

The only real difference between the Cuban and Dominican Cohiba cigar is just where the tobacco is rolled.  They are both high quality, premium cigars.  If you live in the US, there are no Cuban Cigars near you, however, you can go to JR Cigars right now to enjoy the Dominican version of the legendary Cohiba Cigar.

Hear from our cigar aficionado and his break down the differences of the two types origins:

Browse a great range of Cohiba Cigars.

EP Carrillo Encore – A Fantastic New Smoke from Ernesto!

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Originally slated for release in 2016, but postponed until 2018, the Encore cigar line of premium cigars from industry legend Ernesto Carrillo has finally arrived, and you can get them now, right here at JR Cigar!  This much anticipated release is the first and only blend in the popular Family Series that is made with 100% aged Nicaraguan tobaccos. The filler tobaccos are from the country’s three primary growing regions—Estelí, Condega, and Jalapa—while the binder is from Estelí, where the dark volcanic soils are known for producing Nicaragua’s most powerful tobaccos. The wrapper is a deep-brown, slightly mottled Jalapa varietal, that adds a spicy sweetness to the flavor profile.

Distinguishing Encore from other brands that use standard fermentation procedures, is its unique Cuban“Tercios” method of curing and aging. In making these ultra-premium cigars, palm tree bark is wrapped around the tobacco to create tight bales. This process allows a natural two-way humidification system that brings out the utmost in flavors and aromas from the leaves. After 1-year bound in these bails, this normally strong blend of all Nicaraguan tobaccos takes on a smoother medium body character.

After toasting and lighting these gems, the cigar aficionado will experience a slow burning smoke that provides copious amounts of sweet smelling smoke and a mouthwatering combo of rich earth and a distinct tobacco sweetness, accented with hints of cocoa powder and spice. The EP Carrillo Encore is suitably named, because this is a smoke you’ll come back to time and time again!

Presented in five popular vitolas, only the finest trained Cuban torcedors in this famous Dominican factory get to roll every Encore cigar, including the great Ernesto Carrillo himself!

The EP Carrillo Encore is suitably named, because this is a luxury smoke you’ll come back to time and time again!

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