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Some Great Cigar Gift Ideas for Dad for Father’s Day

Monday, June 25th, 2018

At JR, we know that Dad is often someone’s favorite cigar connoisseur, but the task of buying him his favorite brand can be a difficult one, especially if you don’t know exactly what brand he smokes or if he likes to mix things up. So, to make life easier for you, while pleasing him at the same time, we have a vast selection of premium Cigar Samplers for him to discover and enjoy. You can assemble your very own sampler with single cigar selections from hundreds of premium brands to choose from, or order one of our many pre-made assortments carefully chosen for their fabulous construction, top-ratings, and great taste.  To get the ball rolling we have assembled some of our bestselling Cigar Samplers for you to select.

The Happy Father’s Day Collection would make the ideal gift for any smokin’ dad at a price that can’t be beat anywhere on the web! Along with 20 best-selling handmade cigars, you’ll get a black 20-count humidor and a Cigar Savor Double-Bladed Guillotine Cutter, all valued at $174.85, for only $49.95! That’s a massive savings of more than 70% off the regular retail price! Each combo includes 5 of each of the following terrific smokes:

La Finca Ammo Toro • 6.12 x 50

Oliva Serie O Churchill • 7.00 x 50

Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Robusto • 5.00 x 50

Maria Mancini Magic Mountain Maduro • 6.00 x 50

For our Ultimate & La Gloria Collection, we have teamed up two of our most popular cigar brands in one affordable 15-count pack. From la Gloria Cubana, he’ll get 5 of the Serie R Black #58 cigars, a potent Oscuro wrapped Nicaraguan powerhouse loaded with bold, heady flavors of licorice, white pepper, cedar, and espresso. Joining this gem, is our world-famous JR Ultimate # 5 Maduro cigar from Honduras, another dark beauty that’s full flavored and brimming with hearty notes of chocolate, leather, coffee, and spice. If pops enjoys his smokes dark and savory, this Sunday is going to be an extra-special day for him!

To offer him tons of variety, Our Terrific Twenty Collection features a top-rated assortment of full flavored smokes from some of the hottest names in the boutique cigar industry. You get 5 cigars each from Uncharted, Trinidad Santiago, Thunderdome, Boneshaker, and La Gloria Cubana Serie R. Although not for the faint of heart (or palate), If dad likes his cigars, bold, complex, and incredibly delicious, this affordable deal will make him very happy on his big day!

Not sure if dad smokes a mellow, medium or full-bodied cigar? Then why not cover all the bases and buy him the Romeo, Don Pepin and La Gloria Collection. With this assortment he gets the famous Romeo y Julieta 1875 Bully, a premium cigar beloved the world over for its distinct nutty character, lovely aroma, and smooth, easygoing, medium body strength. Bumping up the strength a notch is the medium to full body La Gloria Cubana Wavell, an earthy Cuban-style cigar with hints of coffee, leather, and cream. After his big Father’s Day meal and perhaps a couple of cold ones, the full-bodied Don Pepin Garcia Blue Toro Grande, a 62-ring masterpiece, will really hit the spot with its bold, yet refined flavors of earth, cocoa, sweet spice, cedar, and a zesty pepper finish.

Released just in time for Father’s Day, our Cigar and Humidor Combo 3 is a terrific present for any smokin’ dad, because he gets two special gifts in one— a top-quality humidor, and some awesome cigars!  Inside a stunning, airtight, glass top mahogany wood humidor rests 20 classic premium cigars from Maria Mancini, La Finca, and the world-famous Montecristo brand. All medium to full bodied and loaded with their own unique, hearty Cuban-style flavors, these fine premium cigars and this gorgeous humidor is truly a fantastic combo that he will be delighted to receive!

Still not sure which of these top-notch selections to pick? Then head over to our vast selection of Cigar Samplers on our JR Website, where you will have a staggering 16 pages of great Samplers to choose from! But hurry and order some soon, because the big day is rapidly approaching!

The Fabulous Full-Bodied Romeo 505 Nicaragua Cigars

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

When one thinks of the famous Romeo y Julieta cigar, Cuba and the Dominican Republic often comes to mind. However, now you can add another country into the equation, with the Romeo 505 Nicaragua.  This is not only the first Romeo blend made in Nicaragua, but it also contains 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos. Hardcore Romeo y Julieta fans may dispute this claim with the RyJ by Romeo y Julieta cigar which debuted in 2013. Yes, it also consisted of only Nicaraguan tobaccos, but it was produced in Honduras— so even though they tasted great and looked the part, those beauties don’t count!

The cigars are a joint venture between Altadis U.S.A. and the famous Plasencia cigar family, and, if you have a modicum of knowledge about premium handmade cigars, you know that nobody makes Nicaraguan cigars better than these two industry titans! Toss in the legendary Altadis Grupo de Maestros who blend and roll these gems, and you have a trifecta of talent rarely found in the release of a new brand.

Plasencia and Altadis are certainly not strangers to each other, because this is third time in recent years that they have collaborated on a Nicaraguan tobacco project. First was for the Montecristo Espada in 2014 followed up with the Espada by Montecristo Estoque.  Both of those Monte line extensions were highly rated by industry experts and the regular cigar smoking community alike.

Romeo 505 Nicaragua cigars come dressed to impress with a sleek and oily Habano seed wrapper expertly box-pressed over a Nicaraguan binder and aged fillers from Jalapa, Estelí and Condega— Three of the most fertile growing regions in the country. This richer, bolder Romeo is a splendid full-bodied indulgence brimming with cedar, savory leather, and hints of roasted peanuts and black pepper that represent the best characteristics that Nicaraguan tobaccos have to offer.

Brilliant orange and black boxes with matching full-length bands tells you that 505 isn’t your dads Romeo, but that was the plan, because Plasencia and Altadis U.S.A wanted to create a modern and edgy rendition that would appeal to contemporary smokers while still retaining the brands timeless Cuban heritage for the old-school crowd.

Available in five popular big-ring sizes, your ideal Romeo 505 Nicaragua cigar is just a mouse click away on the JR Website. Order yours today and enjoy a top-quality smoke deemed a fan favorite among the staff here at the World’s Largest Cigar Store.

Coming Soon – The exciting new Romeo San Andrés by Romeo y Julieta Cigars

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Set for release this March, Altadis U.S.A. is almost ready to launch their latest installment to the famous Romeo by Romeo y Julieta line. The exciting new Romeo San Andrés by Romeo y Julieta will introduce a San Andrés wrapper to a blend of aged Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers and a sturdy Nicaraguan binder. The company calls it “medium to full in body, and bountiful in both flavor and aroma.” It’s also a collaboration between Rafael Nodal and AJ Fernandez, two of the hottest names in boutique style premium handmade cigars.

This new Romeo brand is skewed toward the newer generation of cigar enthusiasts that enjoy a bolder smoke, and no two master blenders can accomplish this task better than Nodal and Fernandez.

For Nodal, of Aging Room Cigars fame, this is the second major project he has been involved with since joining Altadis U.S.A. His first milestone was the TTT Trinidad Santiago, a complex, perfectly balanced, medium to full-bodied blend brimming with lush notes of cocoa, various spices, leather, toasted almonds, and a zesty peppery finish.

On the other hand, AJ Fernandez is no stranger to the Altadis marque with line extensions to such brands such as Montecristo, H. Upmann, Gispert, and Romeo y Julieta. With all these brands Fernandez adds his unique blending style steeped in Cuban tradition to create a series of contemporary blends that put a modern spin on these age- old classics.

Altadis USA aside, the dynamic stogy duo of Nodal and Fernandez are no strangers to each other as they joined forces to create the wildly popular and top-rated Aging Room Pelo de Oro cigars back in 2016.

According to Nodal, “San Andrés is arguably one of the best wrappers in the market, for It has unique characteristics and the ability to enhance a blend if fermented correctly. As for AJ, he has worked with this exceptional leaf in the past and concurs with Nodal’s initial impressions.

Romeo San Andrés by Romeo y Julieta will be available in 20-count boxes of four popular sizes including the Robusto (5 x 50), Toro (6 x 54), Pirámides (6 1/8 by 52), and the Short Magnum (5 1/2 by 60).

With Altadis USA, Nodal, and Senor Fernandez at the helm, Romeo San Andrés by Romeo y Julieta promises to be a luxury smoke of exceptional quality and taste that will become a staple in tons of full-flavored cigar aficionado’s humidors. So, keep your eyes peeled for these premium handmade beauties on the JR Cigar Website, because March is right around the corner!

Pro Cigar Underway by Frank Seltzer

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013


Pro Cigar 2013

Well the big cigar party in the Dominican Republic is underway.  It began over the weekend in La Romana where participants came in to begin the week long smoke event and today will tour Tabacalera de Garcia—Altadis USA’s huge factory that makes Romeo y Julieta, Montecristo and others.

The annual festival, now in its 6th year, is a chance for cigar smokers to visit the factories, fields and generally hang out with some of your favorite cigar makers.

Pro Cigar is the Dominican group that represents all the major cigar manufacturers on the island. It works to promote the Dominican Republic as Cigar Country making the finest cigars in the world, as well as working on issues that would affect the business. I say all because just a week ago it was announced that Litto Gomez and Ernesto Perez Carrillo have joined the organization.

This means that the trade group represents Altadis USA with its above named brands and factory, General Cigar (maker of Macanudo, Cohiba and La Gloria Cubana among others), La Aurora (maker of La Aurora, Leon Jimenes and Guillermo Leon), MATASA (maker of the Quesada lines and Fonseca), Tabadom Holdings (maker of Davidoff, Zino and Avo), Tabacalera  A. Fuente y Cia (Fuente, Opus X),Tabaquisa (Juan Clemente), Corporacion Cigar Export ( Augusto Reyes) and now La Flor Dominicana and EPC Cigars.

The fun in Santiago kicks off tonight and then continues to build until the big gala dinner on Friday.  We’ll bring you further reports on this.

Diplomatic Help

No doubt Pro Cigar was a big factor in letters that were sent to the FDA, State Department and White House from the ambassadors of the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua warning about the damage to their respective economies should the FDA begin to regulate cigars.

The letter says

“If history is any precedent, some of the regulations that could be imposed by the agency would prove disastrous to the centuries old cigar industry that provides more than 350,000 jobs among our three nations, and represents millions of dollars in export revenue. No regulatory measure should threaten such jobs, and hence raise the specter of political and economic consequences within our region.”

Whether anyone at the FDA can read is another matter.

FDA Will Rule

It was the present delivered to anti tobacco advocates right before Christmas…the administration’s Unified Agenda and Regulatory Plan…it covered everything from workplace safety to you got it tobacco regulation.  On December 21, the FDA indicated it would issue rules by April subjecting additional tobacco products to its control.  According to Troutman Sanders law firm:

What is clear is that while the FDA has not issued a specific proposal to regulate cigars, pipe tobacco, electronic cigarettes or other tobacco products, it has indicated it intends to take some action. This proposed rule seems to lay the foundation for the FDA to take that action. What is also clear, is that the Obama Administration continues to place tobacco regulation as one of its priorities for the next four years.

And that could be a major problem for cigar makers.  Even Roll Call agrees that something is coming up soon.  But of course moronic democrats like California’s Henry Waxman are pushing the FDA hard on tobacco…including cigars because, you know, it is for the children.

 “I’m pleased to see the FDA has begun to enforce the law. I continue to call on them to take forceful action to protect the public health with the authority given to them,” Waxman said in a statement. “We need to take action to stop tobacco companies from exploiting loopholes and continuing to addict youth.”

Yeah like banning flavoring in tobacco except the most popular one…menthol cuz the President smokes that.  Right.  Hypocrite.

New Bill

IPCPR announced that on Friday the 15th, a new bill was introduced in Congress to protect premium cigars. There were 12 co-sponsors initially this time…

Reps. Bill Posey (R-FL) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) introduced H.R. 792, the ‘‘Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act of 2013.” This legislation is a crucial step forward in protecting the premium cigar retail industry from undue regulation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aiming “[t]o amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to clarify the Food and Drug Administration’s jurisdiction over certain tobacco products, and to protect jobs and small businesses involved in the sale, manufacturing and distribution of traditional and premium cigars”.

We had a lot of co-sponsors last time (221) but need more to get it through.  As Rocky Patel told me last weekend in Hawaii, after spending the week in Washington, because of some language changes, “I think we are going to get a lot of momentum.  We have not lost one congressman as sponsor from the last session and we are going to pick more up.  We are making a real push this year and want to get about 300 sponsors,  At that point we can attach to bill to a vehicle that will move through Congress.”

Let your voice be heard! Contact your legislator here and urge them to support H.R. 792!

Romeo by Romeo y Julieta

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Thanks to Altadis for sending me a sampler of the cigar up for review today. It never get’s old when cigars arrive in the mail. My experience with Romeo y Julieta isn’t anything spectacular. I expected a mild, fairly one dimensional cigar. Let’s see if I was right or not…


Wrapper: Dark Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Dominican Olor

Diller: Dominican Piloto & Olor

Size: Toro 54 x 5

Price: ???


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

The wrapper was oily and shiny, with no flaws visible. It was a little toothy looking, and had small to medium sized veins. The smell off of the wrapper was earthy, woody, and a touch of barnyard. The foot smelled similar, with a slight spicy component. The draw had some resistance, but fell within my tolerances. The pre-light draw had an interesting flavor of wood, earthiness, and perhaps a slight sweet note. The cigar was solidly packed, with minor hard and soft spots.

The ash held for about 1.5 inches, and the burn required one minor correction.

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The first third had a mixture of dry cocoa and black coffee. The aftertaste had the associated sweetness and bitter aftertaste you would expect. There was an easy pepper through the nose and a slight earthiness. Woody notes would come and go.

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The second third switched up a bit. The dominant flavor was coffee. On second thought, it leaned more towards espresso. Up next was woodiness and cocoa. The pepper from the first third became milder, sweeter, and took on a creamy feel.

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The last third was an even mixture of coffee, cocoa, and wood. The only thing that stood out was a sweet tingly spice. It clung to the mouth, lips, and sinus. The smoke feel remained creamy, much like in the second third.

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This was a good medium to maybe full bodied cigar. It had nice complexities and changes that held my attention. Construction, burn, and ash was top notch. I can’t factor in price, and couldn’t find that information online either. I could see paying between $6 to $8.00. I think it’s worth a try!

Romeo Y Julieta Rothschild En Tubo

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

I picked up today’s review at a now defunct local shop. Since I gravitate towards medium and full bodied cigars, I thought this may be a nice change of pace. I have very little information on this Dominican made cigar. As always, I paired with water and got to smoking.


Wrapper: Natural

Binder/Filler: Dominican and Brazilian

Size: 5 x 50

Price: $6 to $7.00


Pre-Smoke & Construction:

I removed the cigar from the cedar lined tubo and found that the wrapper had minimal flaws with small to medium veins. Overall it looked good, and had a sweet odor of cedar. The foot had a similar smell with an added mild spice. The pre-light draw a little stiff, almost to the point of being annoying. When I took a draw it tasted of cedar and an interesting liquor type of flavor.

The burn required a couple corrections, and the ash held for under an inch.



The first third was pretty mild in body. There were simple notes of cedar to start, with nutty undertones. When passing the smoke though the nose, I found very slight notes of spice.


The second third picked up slightly in body, but still remained in the mild range. Other then that there was no noticeable changes. The flavors remained exactly the same as they were in the first third.


Like before, the last third didn’t see any significant change. The nuttiness may have increased slightly, as did the cedar. The spice developed a cooling effect.



This was a good mild cigar. Despite it being incredibly one dimensional, I enjoyed it in the morning as the first cigar of the day. The stiff draw loosened up a little and I didn’t pay too much attention to it. If mild cigars are your thing, I’d say this is worth trying.

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