Category Archives: Cigar News & Notes

El Picador is here!

Just letting everyone know, the El Picador, Don Pepin’s version of the Cheroot is available at Empire Cigars. This cigar is smooth and spicy.  If you are a fan of the My Father line of cigars, this is a must … Continue reading

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2009 Zen Limited Edition Cigar of the Year

Last but not least!  Time to put 2009 to rest with the Zen Limited Edition Cigar of the Year! This is a new category and just like the Zen Cigar of the year; this time I asked for readers to … Continue reading

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2009 Zen Cigar of the Year

Alright!  Time to close out 2009 with the Zen Cigar of the Year! This time I asked for readers to vote for their Cigar of the Year as well.  I received a lot of responses and votes were very close!  … Continue reading

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Zen Limited Edition Cigar of the Year Poll

Now it really heats up! Limited Edition cigars do not have the constraint of tobacco availability and the need for mass production when developing the bend.  it’s just the best cigar a manufacturer can make with the best tobacco on … Continue reading

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Zen Cigar of the Year Poll

Alright, here we go! Please keep in mind all cigar eligible for the Cigar of the Year, must not exceed retail price of $10 (for the most part).  Here is my Top 5 Candidates for Zen Cigar of the Year … Continue reading

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Manufacturer’s Spotlight – Rocky Patel

Rakesh “Rocky” Patel has been in the business for a short time, but has worked hard to produce one of the most popular cigars on the market, The Edge, and a list of other popular lines. He initially made his … Continue reading

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HC (Havana Collection) Series from Xikar

Fear not those who mourn the demise of the Defiance (which may be news to most).  Xikar is squashing the Defiance cigar but at the same time is unveiling a new line: the HC Series. The Havana Collection Series cigar … Continue reading

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AVO Companero Dinner – Empire Cigars

Wow!  What a blast!  I was lucky to be one of a lucky 100 to get tickets to the AVO Companero dinner at Sullivan’s in Raleigh, NC hosted by Empire Cigars and the birthday boy himself, Mr. Avo Uvezian! I … Continue reading

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Manufacturer Spotlight – Davidoff

Synonymous with luxury, the Davidoff brand for years has produced the finest clothes, fragrances and cigars.  Davidoff cigars have been long heralded as the symbol of luxury and decadence. But who is the man behind the name?

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The Beginning of the End? – US/Cuba Relations

From an article on npr.org: “The senior Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says U.S. policy toward Cuba has not worked to bring democracy to the island, and he is recommending an overhaul. In a report due to be … Continue reading

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