Archive for February, 2010

Q: How do you make a cigar wrapper taste better?

A: Grow it in Ecuador!

OK, call it in – it’s over.  I can guarantee one of the hottest cigars of the year will feature a Ecuadorian wrapper.  Why?  Because it seems that EVERY new cigar has a Ecuadorian wrapper on it!

So what’s so magical about this little country and it’s wrapper leaf?

Map of Ecuador (Source Worldtravels.com)



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New Releases 2010!

Kindly look to your right and you’ll see I have changed the New Releases list from 2009 to 2010.  Again, like last year, I will update it as I learn of new releases.  I have also kept the list from 2009, it’s just below the 2010 list.  Some items have rolled over to 2010 due to delays, notably the Nosotros and the Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo.  Limited Editions will also be included.  I hope everyone will find this helpful.  Enjoy!

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Size: 5″ x 50

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Origin: The DR

Age: Fresh

Woo-hoo! The newest creation from Litto Gomez was on my must try list.  The name Air Bender has two meanings according to Litto, the first is due to his affinity for Kung Fu movies and the other is that smoke appears to be bending air as it dissipates.  Kinda poetic, no?  My shop, Empire Cigars, just got the whole line in and I couldn’t be more excited.


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So how did we fare?  Matt and I met last Thursday for the big reveal.

Did Matt pull the wool over my eyes?  Did I dupe Matt into going against his gut?  Find out now!


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Again, sorry for the tardiness on this post…

This is the fifth of six blind reviews, 3 from me and 3 from Matt from Matt’s Cigar Journal.  Click here for the rules to the contest.  Note that all cigars Matt gave me to smoke were from the same manufacturer, so hopefully after smoking all three I can put it together, although I am thoroughly confused at the moment…

Cigar #5 has an odd box press-ish shape to it.  It is similar to an Oliva Master Blend III, with it’s rounded edges, but not as severely box-pressed at the MBIIIs.  So was the just a result of being in Matt’s humidor for a while, or is it the actual shape?  This doesn’t help me in identifying the cigar that’s for sure.


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