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Monday, August 1st, 2011

Okay, so President John F. Kennedy signed the Cuban Embargo in 1962 forbidding any form of trade with the Hispanic speaking island that resides just 90 miles south of Key West, Florida. And while it may still be illegal to smoke Cuban cigars here in the United States, it doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the lifestyle of a people rich in history and culture!

Picture 4On Friday, August 12th from 6pm – 10pm, JR Cigar in Whippany, NJ is heating things up with a party like never before as Havana Nights makes it’s debut at the world’s most famous cigar store! There will be SO much going on that your head will spin and your hips will shake while you get your salsa on! I kid you not, it’s an event you don’t want to miss! Just check out what’s planned during the festivities…

• Live Music

• Hot Dancing

• Cool Drink Specials

• Authentic Mouthwatering Cuban Food

• Presidente Beer and Zafra Rum Tasting

• A chance to show off your classic Pre-Enbargo automobile!

• Beautiful models to liven up the joint (Yeah, right, like it really needs anymore livening up?)

• And did we mention… CIGARS, CIGARS, and even more CIGARS!!!

Picture 12I can personally attest to the fact that when it’s comes to cigars and good times, NOBODY does it like JR, and I wouldn’t miss this for the world! Yeah, that’s right, the Zman will be there, devouring the food, pounding the premium smokes, and meetin’ and greetin’ cuz I am a gregarious herfing maniac! And I hear that even my good pal, Mr. Steve Nathan will show his face and maybe he might even smile for everyone. Aye Carumba, this is gonna be a blast!


La Aurora Cigars will be our distinguished guests at this swingin’ Latin-style event, trekking all the way from Miami, Florida! They’ll be featuring specials on their cigars that you will NOT want to miss!

The amazing La Aurora 107 and the delicious Principes will be going at:

Buy 3 Cigars, get 1 FREE!  •   Buy 5 Cigars, get 2 FREE!

Plus… there, will be even more cigar specials and who knows what else these people will pull out at the last minute! Listen, guys, I don’t care where you live, Whippany, New Jersey is the place to be on Friday, August, 12, as a smokin’ Havana Night is guaranteed for all!

Plus… who doesn’t wanna hang with Nathan and the Zman? Okay, you don’t have to answer that!



Tommy Z . JR Cigars Blog With the Zman

Have you tried the La Aurora 107? It is a delicious smoke that’ll have you begging for more!


ORIGIN: Dominican Republic

WRAPPER: Ecuador BINDER: Dominican Republic FILLER: Dominican Republic/Nicaragua

STRENGTH: Medium-Full

la_aurora_107La Aurora cigars have been handmade for over 100 years. The 107 line is crafted with a tasty medium-to-full-bodied blend of six-year-aged long-filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, a smooth Corojo binder, and an attractive sun-grown wrapper from Ecuador to create a rich and complex smoke with lots of flavor.

Xikar Crystal Ashtray CONTEST!

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

This post will be stuck at the top of the site until the contest is over.

This raffle is possible thanks to Xikar. You may know of them for their great cutters, lighters, HC Series Cigars, and cigar accessories. Did you know they offer ashtray’s too?

Xikar was kind enough to donate a Crystal Ashtray that one of you will win. These have a MSRP of $89.99. The ashtray is made of lead crystal, and has grooves of varying sizes to prevent your cigar from falling into the deep ash bin. The beautiful oval design features vibrant decoupage of the Havana Collection.


The bottom line is, this ashtray kicks ass.

So you are probably asking… How this become yours? Read on…


I like to keep these contests simple, so here’s how you can enter this raffle.

1 – You must be 18 years or older

2 – Live in the United States of America

3 – Leave a comment, any comment here on this post.

4 – Please leave a valid email address, or else I won’t be able to contact you.

5 – You can enter only once.

All contact information will be kept confidential. I will treat it as I would like mine treated.

And that’s it! By leaving a comment, you will be entered into the contest. I will draw a random winner, and ship this great prize to your door.

Thanks again to the great people at Xikar for bringing in 2011 with a great contest!

Nick’s Sticks-Little Havana Maduro

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

While browsing the humidor at a local shop recently, I ran across the cigar up for review today. I was drawn to the price, and after a few seconds I realized I was looking at Perdomo cigars. I didn’t know this initially since Perdomo is nowhere on the band. A little history… Before the Tabacalera Perdomo cigar company existed, Nick Perdomo called it “Nick’s Cigar Company.” This cigar comes in three different wrappers – Maduro, Connecticut, and Sun Grown. As you’ve gathered by now, I will be trying the Maduro this time. Let’s get to it.


Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder & Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Toro 5 1/2 x 54

Price: Around $3.50


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The dark maduro wrapper had a few medium to large veins, and was pretty rugged looking. The wrapper had a natural sweet tobacco odor, while the foot was more of a sweet earthiness. The pre-light draw was a little tight, and had an earthy taste. Overall the cigar was pretty tightly packed, so I suspect this is why the draw was snug.

The burn required a couple minor touch up’s, and the ash held for just about an inch.




The first third initially had pepper though the sinus that packed a little punch, and an easy earthy flavor wrapped things up. After about an inch in, an elusive sweet note was noticed and I never really pinned down what it was. There were woody flavors that combined with the earthiness, and the pepper pretty much stayed consistent. While good, the overall flavor profile had a rough start. But it started to come together and became more enjoyable at time went on.


Overall the second third seemed more refined and smoother. That punchy pepper once again was a constant. The earthiness became a background note that would vary in strength. A bitter sweet flavor became prominent. It wasn’t full blown bitter chocolate, but was similar. There was a tingle on the lips upon exhaling the smoke. It felt like cinnamon but not full blown cinnamon taste.


The last third pretty much stayed the same as the second third. The peppery spice may have calmed down a little, but it never lost it’s kick. Other then that, paste my comments about the second third here.



This was a decent medium to full bodied cigar. Despite the rough start and simple flavor profile, I enjoyed it. I also think it lives up to it’s price point. Obviously I wouldn’t pay premium cigar prices for this cigar. I can only suggest that you judge for yourself. For around $3.00 you don’t have much to lose.

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