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La Dueña No 7 by My Father Cigar Company

The Building Blocks:

La Duena

Wrapper Connecticut Broadleaf.

Both Binder and Filler are Nicaraguan and Connecticut Broadleaf

Daughter of Don Jose “Pepin” Garcia…..no no….sister of Jaime Garcia….no no. How about this- Executive Vice President of My Father Cigar Company, Janny Garcia, has recently had a cigar launched in her honor. Her job title, heritage and status in the cigar industry simple makes the name all the more fitting- “The Boss”.

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General Cigar-Foundry

General Cigar Foundry

Sizes Available: Wells (6”x 50), Lovelace (6 ¼ ” x 54), Talbot (5” x 60) , Cayley (6  ½” x 60 x 56 x 43)

Wrapper: H47 Pleno Sol

Binder: NYD

Filler: NYD

MSRP: $7.95-$9.45

The new Foundry cigar being offered from General Cigar is Generals attempt at a boutique cigar.  It is the first cigar in their new “boutique” line of cigars.  Now, I am in no ways a “big company” cigar fan.  I walk in the humidor and head straight for the boutiques any day.  I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Giannini at this years IPCPR trade show, while wandering through the General Cigar booth.  Michael is the creator of the new Foundry.  Michael was very passionate as he told me about the cigar and what he was trying to do within the company.  The cigar is composed of 5 different tobaccos and an aged wrapper leaf.

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What About Wood-An Intro to Pipe Smoking

What about wood?

Ask any of my close friends and they will tell you I am a cigar smoker.  Ask any of them if I smoke a pipe, and the answer will be “he’s a pipe smoker.”   So what is it about the wood that transitions us over to pipe smoking?

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Room 101 Daruma

Room 101 Daruma

Size: 4 x 42 Papi Chulo Pre Release Sample

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Mexican

Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan

MSRP: NYD

The Room 101 Daruma is the latest creation from jeweler/cigar extrordinaire Matt Booth.  If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Matt, you know two things; the man has style and he is blinged out.  The new Daruma is no different.

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Ah Hell! More NEW Bloggers? Hardly.

Frank Duncan and I started this blog after taking some serious time off from www.cigarblog.net and taking part in the Nashville Cigar Club Podcasts. Over several years interest and the time involved in these projects by several members became too much. Both Frank and I started new ventures in life and while smoking never took a back seat, taking time to write about it did.

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Draig K by Emilio Cigar

The Building Blocks- Wrapper: Colombian Cubanito Maduro
Binder: Unknown
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan

Sizes available in this stick are: Corona, Robusto and Toro. The size for this review is the Robusto. MSRP-$9-$10

Drink of choice – Café Bustelo Espresso

Wow. What the hell does all that mean to the consumer? Well, the Colombian Maduro wrapper that is on the Draig K is dark, even in pictures. The first thing you will notice when you grab the cigar (if you can locate them) is the oily nature of the cigar. The first thing that jumped into my head on the consumer side was that $9 seemed relatively borderline for a Corona. Typically a Corona is about a 40-50 minute smoke, but the DraigK burned for a solid hour and 20 minute. That’s great smoke time by any standard, and amazing for a corona! I have smoked all three sizes of this cigar and honestly, and with much pain I must admit that the Robusto was the one I have gone back to time after time. Simple explanation to this is that is what I’m smoking a lot of these days. There is a reason the Robusto size is the best selling size for many brands after all.

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The Upcoming Year in Cigars

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the IPCPR (International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers) trade show that was held in Orlando, FL.  The show is always a blast, and this year was no different.  We spent three days touring the trade show floor trying new cigars that will be coming to the market later this year.  All I can say is, this will be an excellent and enjoyable year for any cigar smoker.  The new products coming to the market are going to be outstanding, flavorful, and affordable!  Stop in at your local retailer and ask about the new sticks they will be bringing in this year, you will not be dissapointed.

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