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What to Expect at ProCigar 2020

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
ProCigar is one of the biggest cigar festivals, so I figured I would give you a little rundown of the festivities and who you'll get to mee at ProCigar 2020.

H. Upmann 175th Anniversary

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
The H.Upmann 175th Anniversary is crafted by the legendary Nicaraguan blender AJ Fernandez, rolled at his factory in Esteli.

Carve the Turkey, Smoke a Stogie – The Most Enjoyable Holiday of Them All!

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
Thanksgiving is all about sharing. But unlike the endless buffet of side-dishes and casseroles to please every palate, your cigar menu may not be as expansive.

25 Best Cigars and Cigar Flavor Profiles to Smoke: Padron, Oliva, Cohiba, Montecristo, and More

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Whether you are a new cigar smoker or you have a packed humidor and just want a few new flavors, here’s a great list of some of the best cigars to smoke.

Best Cigars with Coffee

Tabak Especial Robusto Dulce: With a caramel-sweet coffee taste and Connecticut wrapper, it has an even burn and draw.

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente: With mellow-medium strength, this popular Rothschild has an even burn, smooth draw, and cedar, leather, and pepper notes.

Oliva Connecticut Reserve Robusto: With Nicaraguan filler, Connecticut wrapper, a great burn, and draw, it’s mild-to-medium strength.

Best Chocolate Flavors

Romeo y Julieta Vintage III Natural: With mellow-strength, a Connecticut wrapper, and a good draw, it has cocoa and floral aromas.

La Gloria Cubana Wavell: With a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, medium-full strength, coffee, chocolate, nutty, and cedar taste, it has a tight draw with a good burn.

Partagas Black Label Clasico: Full-strength, it has a medio tiempo Connecticut wrapper and espresso, chocolate, leather, coffee, nut, and cocoa taste.

L’Atelier Maduro: With medium-strength, notes of spice, chocolate, and coffee, this Nicaraguan has a good burn.

Best Chocolate/Cedar Flavors

CAO Gold Robusto: This medium-strength Nicaraguan is creamy with a woodsy cedar and chocolate aroma, and has a slow burn.

Best Chocolate/Pepper Flavors

Oliva Serie O Robusto: With medium-strength, woodsy taste, dark chocolate, leather, coffee, and pepper notes, it’s a fan-favorite.

Arturo Fuente Hemingway: With mellow-mild strength, Dominican filler and Cameroon wrapper, it has a peppery spice, chocolate, and woodsy taste, and perfect draw. Serve with brandy.

Cohiba Dominican Toro Tube: With medium-strength and Connecticut wrapper, it has a great draw with pepper, cocoa, and brown sugar notes. Pair with Makers Mark bourbon.

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Exclusivo: This full-bodied Nicaraguan maduro has a woodsy, peppery, nutty, espresso, spice, and cocoa taste.

Best Earthy Cedar/Pepper Flavors

Fuente Opus X The Lost City: With medium-strength and notes of cedar, this Dominican has an earthy, peppery, spice and creamy caramel taste.

Punch Rare Corojo El Doble: This sweet and musky smoke has medium-full strength, Dominican/Honduran/Nicaraguan fillers, a good draw, and earthy taste.

Best Earthy/Nutty Flavors

  1. Upmann 1844 Reserve Robusto: It has earthy flavors, a nutty taste, medium-full strength, and a good burn and draw.

Montecristo Red Toro: With medium-full strength, it has earthy, nutty, cocoa, and spice notes, and a good burn.

JR Ultimate Belisco Cabinet: With medium-full strength, the oscuro Honduran has a woodsy, earthy taste.

Best Graham Cracker Flavors

Rocky Patel Fire: With spiced graham cracker, toast, brown sugar, cinnamon, and molasses notes, the full-bodied Nicaraguan has a good draw and burn.

Dunhill Heritage Robusto: With coffee, caramel, graham cracker, cocoa, and cinnamon flavors, Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, and medium-full strength, it has a perfect draw and burn.

Best Pepper/Leather Flavors

Partagas Naturales: With medium-strength, Dominican and Mexican fillers, and Cameroon wrapper, it has a peppery, leather taste.

Padron 1926 Series Natural: With a 94 Cigar Aficionado rating, full body, consistent draw, and great peppery, leather taste, this Nicaraguan’s a crowd-pleaser.

Muwat by Drew Estate: With medium-strength, a good burn and draw, this Nicaraguan has a delicious spiced-molasses, coffee, leather, and pepper taste.

Best Pepper/Nutmeg Flavors

My Father Flor de Las Antillas Belicoso: With hints of pepper and nutmeg, the medium-strength Nicaraguan has an easy draw.

Best Leather/Cedar Flavors

Ashton Symmetry Robusto Habano: This medium-full strength Dominican has a nice burn, and leather, floral, and woodsy notes.

Best Cedar Flavors

Montecristo White Series Toro: With an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler, its medium-strength with a good burn and creamy cedar flavor.

With so many great cigar flavors, you’re going to need a bigger humidor! Try any of these fine cigars that can be purchased right here at JR Cigars. JR Cigars specializes in the finest premium cigars deals and you can buy cigars online for your upcoming events or cigar tasting.

Top Cigar Releases From IPCPR 2018

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

I have been to several IPCPR tradeshows over my time in the cigar industry.  In the past few, it seemed to be entering a dark period.  With FDA Regulations looming, there was a dark cloud cast over the show.  Attendance was dwindling, the mood to become one of worry instead of excitement and new products were their but limited.  This year, however, saw a resounding return to form for the most anticipated event of the year for the cigar industry.  Not only was in lighter in mood, it also showcased some of the most anticipated releases I’ve seen in quite some time.

While many companies brought this thunder this year, first we have to talk about Drew Estate.  While the new Corona Viva sizes and the introduction of new cigarillos have been known for a few weeks, the company finally announced the release of two brand new lines for their Liga Privada brand.  First is the store only Liga Privada 10th Anniversary, celebrating more than a decade of success with their highest rated cigar.  Second, we have the Liga Privada H99, a new cigar that will feature a special grown Connecticut Corojo wrapper.  These cigars were certainly the talk of the town, with several articles and even shout outs from other manufacturers.

General Cigar saw one of the most impressive amounts of releases this year.  They are adding a new cigar to their CAO world edition with the introduction of the CAO Nicaragua.  They are taken a bolder approach with their heritage lines with the new Hoyo La Amistad Black and a redesigned Punch from AJ Fernandez known as the Punch Diablo.  Partagas, Macanudo and La Gloria Cubana are all receiving new releases as well, with amazing updated packaging and new enticing blends.

Altadis USA is also flexing quite a bit at this year’s shows.  We are seeing new editions in tow of their most popular Montecristo lines. We are getting a brand new Montecristo Artisan Series and a stunning new addition to the Montecristo Grupo de Maestro line.  We are also getting the first of a new Grupo de Maestro line, the H.Upmann Grupo de Maestro Connecticut, which we are all very excited about.

For the boutique, small batch aficionado, the 2018 IPCPR show unveiled a plethora of new and exciting cigars.  Nick Melillo and the team at Foundation is bringing a new Tabernacle to shelves, this time with a special Havana seed wrapper grown on Nicks personal farm in Connecticut.  Steve Saka showed up in style, showcasing a new line, the Sin Compromiso, and a slightly tweaked, stronger version of the Todos Las Dias known as Mas Fuerte.

Robert Caldwell brought three new editions of some of his best known cigars.  We are excited to be getting an Eastern Standard Habano, A Long Live the King Maduro and a tweaked version of the Anastasia.

Day 3 at the 2017 IPCPR – H. Upmann AJ Fernandez

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Took a stroll over to the Altadis booth. This is the best hupmann I have ever smoked. Truly amazing and it’s already available!


…more amazing smokes to come from the 2017 IPCPR!

New from Nicaragua- the Fabulous H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez cigars.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

A famous name in the world of Premium cigars, the H.Upmann brand has a long history of top-selling blends that date back to Cuba in 1844. Eventually forming a sister brand in the Dominican Republic where the legacy of excellence continues today, American smokers have come to rely on the Dominican H.Upmann cigar for its smooth and rich medium body flavor, along with a fabulous aroma.

We are excited to say that this storied brand has received a makeover, and its coming out of Nicaragua from one of the world’s hottest cigar makers. H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez cigars bring to the vanguard a selection of the finest aged tobaccos that include a seamless Sumatra wrapper from Ecuador over a vintage Nicaraguan Corojo 99 binder and fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. These superb vitolas are offered in three popular sizes, the Churchill, at 7 inches by 54 ring gauge; Toro, 6 by 54; and the Robusto which weighs in at 5 by 52. The cigars ship in 20-count cedar boxes with powder blue trim, and each stick comes adorned with elegant powder blue and gold bands.

Already a huge hit with our in house “herfers”, H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez cigars deliver a rich tobacco sweetness accented with medium to full flavored notes of  dark roast coffee, hazelnut, cedar, and subtle hints of spice. Not only are these new smokes super-delicious, but in true AJ and H.Upmann fashion, you can count on outstanding construction, a very slow and even burn, and an effortless draw.

From the stunning bands and boxes to the super-premium quality and flavor, H. Upmann by AJ Fernandez offers the discerning aficionado the utmost in beauty and cigar smoking perfection.

H. Upmann Sun Grown

Friday, February 11th, 2011

I have no idea how or where I came across the cigar up for review today. There were some in my humidor, and I smoked them. That’s all I know. The H. Upmann Sun Grown is another offering from Altadis. There is no big story behind this smoke, so let’s get to it…


Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf

Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan

Size: No. 2 – 6 1/8 x 52

Price: Around $6.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper looked nice, and had a couple good sized veins running throughout. It had a rugged look to it, but it didn’t look bad at all. The cigar was evenly and solidly packed. Towards the torpedo head, it was very firm. Despite this, the draw was good, offering slight resistance. The pre-light draw had a cedary taste. The wrapper pretty much smelled like my humidor – cedar. The foot had almost no odor at all, just a mild natural tobacco with a tinge of spice.

The burn required no corrections, and the ash held for around an inch.

1_H Upmann Sun Grown


The first third kicked things off with a nice pepper when exhaling through the nose. Wood was a dominant flavor and earthy notes were way behind it. Other then the nice little peppery punch, it was an easy smoke. As this third came to a close, things started to mellow a little, and I swore I detected some sweet notes.

2_H Upmann Sun Grown

The pepper dropped in strength in the second third, but it certainly didn’t go anywhere. The smoke became thicker and almost creamy. The woody flavors still dominated. That sweetness I spoke of before became a little stronger. There was another flavor in there that I couldn’t put my finger on. Whatever it was, it was faint.

3_H Upmann Sun Grown

The last third kept the same dominant woody flavor. The smoke did eventually become creamy. A sweet aftertaste coated the mouth and lips. That illusive flavor I spoke of… I determined it was leathery and earthy. The pepper kicked down another notch, but it still kept some of it’s zing.

4_H Upmann Sun Grown


This was a good medium bodied cigar. It didn’t bring a lot of different flavors to the table. But what it did have was good. There was definitely no WOW factor, it was just a well rounded flavor profile. I think it met it’s price point. If you are a medium bodied smoker, this is worth checking out.

H. Upmann 2010 Edicion Limitada

Friday, December 10th, 2010

I could only get my hands on one of these cigars for this review. And that was only because it was Rick’s last one. So thanks for the donation! I had a hard time finding out any information on this particular cigar. Gus Mantas chimed in before this review and said he liked the 2009 better. I literally had to measure the length and use a ring gauge guide, and I couldn’t tell you what the price is. But from what I could gather, this appears to be a real Cuban and not a knock-off, which makes it review worthy in my opinion. As always, I paired this cigar with water and offer you my thoughts.


Wrapper/Binder/Filler: Cuba

Size: 6 1/4 X 50

Price: ???


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper had a toothy appearance with no real flaws. The odor coming off of the wrapper and foot was a mild wood. When squeezing the cigar, there was a slight give, but it wasn’t spongy. The pre-light draw was perfect, and had earthy/woody notes.

The burn required several corrections in the first half. One of those corrections was major. The ash held for about an inch.



The first third started off with an interesting smoke feel and flavor that was almost buttery. There was also a woody and earthy component. Smoke volume was plentiful. Simple but not bad at all.


The second third picked up in body a little, but remained in the medium to upper medium bodied range. There was a nice spice when passing smoke though the nose. It was peppery and had a nice punch, but didn’t burn. The woodiness remained and became less earthy. A coffee-ish flavor kicked in, and everything just blended well together. There was also an unidentified flavor that I notice is unique to Cuban tobacco. I can’t really find anything to compare it with, but it is nice.


The last third may have crept into the full bodied range. The pepper seemed to become more smoother, and boarded on being sweet. The woody and coffee flavors melded together along with that natural tobacco flavor I mentioned in the second third. The smoke feel became thick and creamy. A coating was left in the mouth and lips after exhaling. This was easily my favorite third of the cigar.



This was a very good medium to full bodied cigar. I don’t get a lot of chances to smoke Cuban cigars. Like their “Legal” counterparts, I get mixed results. Some are great, some are not. I still enjoy the Partagas Serie P and think it is better than this one. But I’m not saying this was was not good. If you get the chance to try this cigar, I think it is worth it. Very nice…

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