Entries by David Weiss

#1Of 2016 – La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull

Here is an unusual, perhaps unfamiliar cigar that gleams with distinction but doesn’t have much market history, as it only came out last summer. The wrapper is a striking hue somewhere between red and brown and the beautiful shape is all curves and tapers. Salomones, as they’re known in cigar factories, are far from an […]

San Lotano Maduro: Black Is Black

Years ago, I thought maduro cigars were the greatest thing. Perhaps because they were different from what I was used to. In 2011 I received a box of San Lotano Maduro as a birthday gift and they did not last long. Today if I had a box of them, they would probably last a year […]

No Flash In The Pan For AJ Fernandez’ New World

AJ Fernandez came on like gang busters several years ago with the San Lotano brand. Similar to rock bands who have been around for years then suddenly they are discovered as the new sensation. When his San Lotano Oval hit the streets you could not find it in stock just about everywhere. I was one […]

Fidel Castro Dead At 90

Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary who would rule the island for nearly five decades, has died at 90. Born in 1926 to Spanish immigrants to Cuba, Castro would become politically active as a laws student at the University of Havana in the mid-1940s and quickly became a critic of then-president Ramón Grau. In 1950, Castro co-founded […]

A.J. Fernandez Crafts A Montecristo

Smokers will soon be able to smoke a Montecristo cigar as imagined and interpreted by cigarmaker A.J. Fernandez. In a collaboration with cigar distributor Santa Clara Inc., Montecristo Crafted By A.J. Fernandez is the newest version of the heritage Montecristo brand. Altadis U.S.A. owns the U.S. trademark for Montecristo. Both Santa Clara and Altadis U.S.A. […]

New Herrera Estelí Edición Limitada H-Town Lancero

By now, STOGIES World Class Cigars’ H-Town Lancero Series should need no introduction. There is no store that is known for selling lanceros, typically the slowest moving vitola in a humidor, than the Houston-based retailer. So it was no surprise when the ongoing series of releases from different manufactures turned out to be exclusively composed of long […]

California Passes Higher Cigar Tax

The good news is, voters in three states—Colorado, Missouri and North Dakota—yesterday defeated ballot measures that sought to raise the tax on cigars in their respective states. The bad news is that California voters didn’t. More than 62 percent of California voters opted to pass Proposition 56, which will raise the tax on cigars in […]

A Good Cigar To The Last Puff

A good cigar will make the grade if you smoke it every day or once a month. The satisfaction it gives you will bring you back every time. El Rey Del Mundo is a smoke that reminds me of a friend you may not see very often but it’s like old times when you do. […]

La Palina Cigar: You Get What You Need

The name of this cigar does not roll off your tongue very easily. Cigar marketing has become so elaborate trying to distinguish one brand from another. Even within their own brand names may become confusing. The cigar consumer may think they are smoking one cigar that someone told them about but the cigar lines become […]