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2 days, 2 hours ago on Behind the Blend: Davidoff Winston Churchill
@Charlie86 I got the press release, definitely didn't get a kick.
3 days, 20 hours ago on La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Firecracker
@CalixtoLopez To be very clear, we—the four of us that do the reviews/news/IPCPR coverage—aren't writing this stuff. But thanks for the support. I think you'll actually see some really cool stuff this week and further on. The next two posts are really interesting to me as a reader.
5 days, 1 hour ago on Introducing Reklame
@garguy22 They are sold exclusively through Pappy & Co., so no, it shouldn't be sold in brick and mortar sales.
1 week, 2 days ago on Drew Estate Changes Pappy Van Winkle Cigar, Begins Shipping (Update)
@rkid Yes. Was trying to make dinner plans in Chandler.
1 week, 2 days ago on Tatuaje Drinking Age Heads to Anthony’s Cigar Emporium
@TimothyBlack Absolutely. It's worth noting, the press release didn't even indicate they were bourbon barrels.
@Myfirstandlastname Like many of the MUWAT KFC line, the cigar features dual wrappers. You can see it in the picture above. I was confused by this as well, but clarified the story a bit more. Cellucci was apparently referring to the "tapa negra" wrapper, which is barrel-aged; the Mexican San Andrés wrapper is not.
@rollout I asked DE for an official comment to that exact question before the story went up, they have not replied back as of now. As soon as I get something back I will update the story.
1 week, 3 days ago on Drew Estate Changes Pappy Van Winkle Cigar, Begins Shipping (Update)
@Charlie86 @Charlie Minato @quineatal Should never have to use one regardless in my opinion. You are paying for a cigar that will draw and burn, not an art piece.
1 week, 3 days ago on Cohiba Robustos Supremos (EL 2014)
@quineatal I recut and used a tooth pick to try to remove some excess filler on one. I generally try to avoid the long draw pokers. Regardless, it would be mentioned and the points taken off for the state of the draw before the draw tool.
1 week, 4 days ago on Cohiba Robustos Supremos (EL 2014)
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Las Calaveras 2015 Shipping in May
@TimothyBlack Thanks Tim.
3 weeks, 4 days ago on Avery Fortuna is Barrel-Aged Series No. 28
@DavidHolmes1 My bad. I cannot read or write today. The larger size is $18.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Cuba Rica Limitada No. 1 L5
@Jake Fratelli2 Not in the bushes.
1 month ago on Viaje Moving Some Production to PDR Cigars
@Charlie86 There's a lot more than anyone would imagine, and Pete gave us a whole bunch last year: http://halfwheel.com/tatuaje-lancero-sampler-coming-month
Interestingly enough, not many factories seem to even have this mold.
1 month ago on Matilde Renacer Lancero
@kas As the original Musubi, but the wedding version had a different wrapper.
1 month ago on Tatuaje Musubi Lands in Hawaii
I had to remove a comment. Let's try to keep body parts out of any comments. Criticism—even insults and mockery are fine—but no body parts.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Viaje Cooks Up Señor Andre’s Chicharrones & Jalapeño
@DavidHolmes1 Also intentional—or at least, not a mistake. We reviewed a disproportionate amount of Viajes, a disproportionate amount of them we thought needed time.
We are trying to do the whole one Cuban per week thing and cutting back on Viajes.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on AVO 88
@Alf33 You are correct. Updated above.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tatuaje TAA 2011 Makes a Comeback for 2015 Release
@DavidHolmes1 That's kind of an intentional nugget.
@Charlie86 It would change, just like it would with any other cigar. The flavors I get from the cigar are changed by the whiskies. But I don't have any concept of scoring pairings, just cigars.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Dram Cask No. 2
@cigarwes Thanks. It's been changed above.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Crowned Heads To Release Texas Exclusive Yellow Rose
@Redingo Thank you. Looks like someone else changed it before I got to it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Flor de las Antillas Maduro Debuting at Federal Cigar’s 94th Anniversary
@aaronloomis @Charlie Minato It's not an issue of it being published before the edits were done—or it being missing—the review hasn't been touched since it was published. I think it might be a caching issue with that part of the site though. Looking into it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on La Palina Goldie Laguito No. 5
@aaronloomis Hmm. Showing up for me.
@Redingo I guess. More on that here: http://halfwheel.com/could-cuba-meet-demand-of-u-s-market/80258
2 months ago on Festival del Habano XVII: Day 1
@Charlie86 I'll agree with that. This was probably my least favorite of the LFDC ERs I've smoked, haven't had the Canada one yet.
2 months ago on La Flor de Cano Gran Cano (ER UK 2013)
@DavidHolmes1 They didn't go over anything particularly unique. They use Liebermann machines for bunching to get a more consistent roll in terms of tightness throughout the roll, but almost every factory in the DR uses a Libermann.
2 months ago on ProCigar 2015: Day 4
Beginning to show up now.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Crowned Heads To Release Jericho Hill Shots In February
@Stew Gotz Some of our beloved trolls. One of whom we caught creating additional usernames under the same IP to agree with his original comments. As for the comment, I am sure if anyone contacts Antoine Bathie, he will very that Patrick did in fact have a conversation about this, as the story indicates above.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Habanos S.A. Cuts Quai D’Orsay to One Vitola
@cigarshopper Cigars have only been out since December, so not a lot of "age."
2 months, 3 weeks ago on La Flor Dominicana El Carajón
@Charlie86 Short Churchill is an actual (Cuban) size, this is "Small Churchill."
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Espinosa The Alibi
@dancrago I imagine time in the humidor will help.
@Charlie86 With you on the 50 RG+ comments, except for the Culebra of course.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Oliva Serie V Corona Gorda
@Charlie86 There was actually an issue that I just realized. The new version of the score sheet I sent out had the construction portions blacked out in an area, the score has been updated to reflect that, still not where you thought, but not the 83 originally published. My apologies.
3 months, 1 week ago on La Flor Dominicana TCFKA “M” Collector’s 2014
@jbill29 There's no real set time, but these were at the office for over a month before I started smoking them.
We generally try to avoid smoking things ROTT, but there's not some 30-day rule or anything.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Ramón Allones Perfectos (ER Suiza 2014)
@Drew I haven't weighed it, but it's not substantially heavier than a typical humidor. There are some humidor manufacturers that actually use stone bases, this would not appear to be one of them.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Adorini Black Slate Deluxe L
Okay. Not sure what happened between this year and last year (it's the same way we displayed this and the consensus, but clearly something went awry.) Simplified version up.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on 2014 Awards: halfwheel 25
@Srbbones We named a Cuban as our top cigar in 2013, but I think until we change our qualifications it's going to be hard for any non-Reserva Cuban to win.
Each time we review an ER or an EL relatively fresh, we hear the responses that we should wait and it will get better—a statement that I think is true in most cases. The problem is, for this list, the cigars must be new. So Cuba is in a bit of a catch-22. I think the Añejados series makes things interesting and the Reservas would be contenders on paper—if of course HSA put one out in 2014.
We made a bit better effort to get Cubans reviewed—there will be another ER reviewed tomorrow—and it's going to continue. The move to review regular production cigars will make things easier, we are planning on covering the festival, etc. It's a process. I think the biggest issue with Cuba and reviews right now is that they generally concentrate them, particularly the limited ones, that sort of screwed things up.
If there was another Cuban that debuted fresh as well as the La Escepción, I think you'd see it in here. I surely didn't smoke all the ERs from last year, but what I smoked amongst the ERs and ELs wouldn't suggest any was that good fresh.
@Charlie86 Hmm. Definitely want to find a better solution.
@Patrick Lagreid @Charlie86 That is what I was told.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Ilja VIII
@Charlie86 @Full Puff Neither of those are scheduled. Not sure we would really considered the Liga Privada No. 9 Corona/Black Rat a unicorn per se, particularly compared to what Ligas we've reviewed as part of this week.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Davidoff Diademas 100
@maxx Competition always brings out the best. XIKAR may or may not want a bit more of a challenge, but for consumers and retailers—it would be much better.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Ten Questions for 2015
@Truth Only 83 stories about smoking bans.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Another (Holy Grail Week)
Congrats Morgan. Thanks all for entering.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Room101 Uncle Lee
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Montgomery, Ala. Starts Process of Enacting Smoking Ban (Update)
@Full Puff @Patrick Lagreid To be clear, they could be. Davidoff lets each of the retailers pick any of the blends, even if another has selected the same one.
4 months ago on Davidoff BLEND Bar Cigar Inaugural Anniversary
Congrats to our winner @MattyBlayze. Donation was already made.
4 months ago on Viva Republica / C4W V-Day Limited Edition Charitable Release