Monthly Archive: January 2014


Short Look: Da Byrdman by Ortega Cigars

If you’ve been to the last couple Chattanooga Tweet-Ups, you might know Byrdman. He’s usually at the center of the B&B group when they come in the room and yell out their tag-line/slogan/motto/mating call: “We all we got! Shiiiiiiiiiiiit!”


Cigar Review: Rogue by East India Trading Company / Gurkha

Using a carefully selected blend of tobaccos, Rogue is a bold, box-pressed cigar with crafted unfinished foot. The blend features a Ecuadorian, Habano wrapper, combining a rare Ecuadorian binder with a specially chosen blend of 3-year aged Ligero’s from Nicaragua, Honduras and Dominican Republic. This full-flavored cigar has complex tasting notes of spice, rich tobacco and roasted chestnuts.


Cigar Review: L’Atelier Extension de la Racine

This cigar was released at the the 2013 IPCPR show and was only available to the retailers that placed orders at the show. These cigars are a limited production however I can’t really find out what that means as far as total numbers. The cigar is comprised of Nicaraguan fillers and binder with a Nicaraguan sungrown Criollo wrapper from 1998. The cigars come packed 20 to a box. I smoked two previous cigars to the one I smoked for for review.


Cigar Review: Miami Reserva by Casa Fernandez

100% Nicaraguan Puro utilizing a variety of Authentic Cuban seeds and ‘AA’ Tobacco leaf from Aganorsa. The cigar’s blend is comprised of Medio Tiempo Maduro, Ligero, and Viso from specific Aganorsa Tobacco farms in Jalapa Valley, Condega Valley and Estelí in Nicaragua


Cigar Review: Don Diego Robusto

Just after Christmas, I found myself visiting my local B&M to pick up cigars for friends that were visiting that evening. What was unique about this these friends had never smoked a cigar before. Wanting to be a good host, I picked up a variety of cigars to give them a choice. They both ultimately selected a flavored cigar (Java), leaving us with a few extras to smoke with one of those being the Don Diego Robusto I am reviewing for you now.


Cigar Review: Frank Herrera Biography

I met Frank at the first Chattanooa Tweetup after missing him a couple times on his trips out to the LA area. I was able to try La Caridad del Cobre at that event. At this year’s tweetup I was very excited to see the “new to me” biography as one of the cigars Frank sent us to give away. Dave did a review on it here. I was only able to smoke one cigar for this review.


Cigar Review: Kentucky Fire Cured by Drew Estate

Kentucky Fire Cured tobaccos are nothing new, although they have never been used in premium cigars in such a way that was started in 2013. Besides Drew Estate, 2 other companies opted to use this or similar fire-cured leaf in their blends, although I think Drew Estate did the most to promote the usage of it by using “Kentucky Fire Cured” as part of the brand name.


Tennessee Spirits: Winter Jack

Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack is a seasonal blend of apple cider liqueur, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey and holiday spices. It is based on an original family recipe from Jack’s home in Lynchburg, Tennessee. When it’s cold outside and snow is falling, our heartwarming Tennessee Cider should be enjoyed with friends and family.


Cigar Review: Rocky Patel II XXVI

Despite the frigid temperatures of late (for those who don’t know, Tennessee had a couple of sub zero temps last week), we finally had a couple of days of warmth again. So when it hit 65 degrees outside, I decided to go sit on my back deck and have a smoke.