Monday, October 31, 2011

Oct 31st 2011 - Tatuaje The Wolfman

Today's cigar is Tatuaje's The Wolfman in its only size a 7.5x52 Torpedo. The Wolfman is the 4th cigar in Pete Johnson's famed Halloween Series. The Wolfman features a Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper with its binder and fillers coming from Nicaraguan. The construction is amazing on this cigar all the way from the shaggy foot to the head. The Wolfman is very complex from start to finish. Starting with its first flavor notes of oak, chocolate and slight pepper that develop into a sweet oak, spice and earth with hints of dark coffee and nuts. I chose this to be today’s cigar as today is Halloween. I hope everyone out there has a great and safe Halloween!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Oct 30th 2011 - The Dog Walker

Day 7 of value week brings us to The Dog Walker Torpedo in a 6x60 (I think) vitola to close value week out. The Dog Walker is a local B&M blend from the Tinder Box in Waldorf, MD. This cigar has been compared to the Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur. This cigar is known for its consistency and it's great flavors which makes it a great choice to hand out when hanging out with friends who enjoy the occasional cigar. And with its average price point of around $3.25 a stick you don’t have to worry about any handouts getting put down after 10-20 minutes. If you are interested in getting any of The Dog Walker hit up the Tinder Box at (301) 374-9100.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Oct 29th 2011 - Capoeira

Day 6 of value week brings us the Capoeira Professor in a 5x50 vitola. Capoeira features a 4-yr-aged Brazilian Mata Fina Maduro wrapper with a Costa Rican Corojo binder with it's long fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras and the San Andreas Valley in Mexico. With an earthy core that features hints of spice, leather and coffee this cigar never disappoints. Just like the flavors the construction and burn on this cigar are very consistent. This medium bodied cigar is perfect for anytime of the day and is a value staple with it's average price coming in around $3.75 a cigar.


Friday, October 28, 2011

Oct 28th 2011 - Sancho Panza Extra-Fuerte

Day 5 of value smoke week brings ups the Sancho Panza Extra-Fuerte Madrid in a 6.1x54 vitola. Featuring a Honduran wrapper with Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers this is about as solid of a full bodied value smoke as you'll find. While featuring a leathery core with strong notes earth and a slight dark sweetness that rounds this cigar out nicely. If you are looking for a great stick to hand out after a nice dinner without breaking the bank you simply can't go wrong with the Sancho Panza Extra-Fuerte considering it's average price point of around $2.50 a stick.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Oct 27th 2011 - Pirates Gold

Day 4 of value week brings us a mild-medium bodied gem. Today's cigar is the Pirates Gold Rothschild in a 5x50 vitola. Pirates gold features it's wrapper and binder from Ecuador and it's fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Brazil. Pirates Gold is a solid one trick pony. You won't get tons of complexity out of this cigar but what you do get is a consistently good cigar with woody and tobacco flavors throughout. Anytime you you want to have a cigar while mowing the yard, raking leaves, etc this is a perfect cigar for that especially when you factor in it's average price point of $1.50.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oct 26th 2011 - Nica Libre

Day 3 of value week brings us a gem from Tabaclera Fernandez in Nicaragua. Today is Nica Libre Diplomatico in a 7x50 vitola. Nica Libre features a fantastic San Andreas Maduro wrapper with a Habano binder and Nicagraguan long fillers. This cigar is great. It has a very earthy spicy core with a coffee sweetness that keeps it from being bitter and rounds it out nicely. This is a fantastic box pressed cigar that smokes at a price point of around double what it averages which is around $3.


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Oct 25th 2011 - Brazilian Label

Today's value smoke is the Brazilian Label Torpedo in a 6x52 vitola. The Brazilian Label is made at Tabaclera Fernandez in Nicaragua. With a Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers this cigar has great flavor throughout. The flavor notes of chocolate and espresso last throughout with a hint of honey that complete rounds out this great cigar. For around $3 a stick you will be hard pressed to find a better maduro in it's price range.


Monday, October 24, 2011

Oct 24th 2011 - Gran Habano Vintage 2002

This week I will be doing a piece on value smokes. Today's cigar is the Gran Habano Vintage 2002 Robusto in a 5x50 vitola. The GH Vintage 2002 features a Corojo wrapper from Nicaragua from GH's 2002 crop yield. It features a Nicaraguan binder with Nicaraguan and Dominican long fillers. The GH Vintage 2002 is a woody, earthy smoke with a very slight sweetness. What it lacks in complexity it makes up for is solidarity. At $2 a pop you simply can not go wrong with the GH Vintage 2002 for a value smoke.


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Oct 23rd 2011 - Remember the Fallen

Today's cigar is unknown. It is a dark maduro with a closed foot and a pigtail cap. I chose this to be today's cigar based on what happened on the 23rd of Oct 1983. On this fateful day the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon was bombed. In the attack on the Marines barracks, the death toll was 241 American servicemen: 220 Marines, 18 Navy personnel and 3 Army soldiers, along with sixty Americans injured, representing the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima of World War II, the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States military since the first day of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War, and the deadliest single attack on Americans overseas since World War II. Let us not forget the fallen and their families on this day. RIP brothers...


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Oct 22nd 2011 - Room 101 Namakubi

Apologies for the late post. Today's cigar is the Room 101 Namakubi Papi Chulo in a 4x42 vitola. The Namakubi is a special blend Matt Booth is producing in his collaboration with Camacho. The Namakubi sports a Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a Honduran binder while featuring Honduran and Dominican fillers. The Namakubi features notes of espresso, wood and leather throughout with a slightly sweet finish to round out it's balanced complexity. I chose this to be today's cigar for two reason. One my good buddy Stephen, from WBFiller, hooked me up with this cigar to photograph and secondly tomorrow I will have the pleasure of meeting and having a cigar with Matt Booth, the man behind Room 101.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oct 21st 2011 - Man O War Armada

Today's cigar is the Man O War Armada Toro Grande in a 6.5x56 vitola. The Armada is nothing short of amazing. The Ecuadorian Sumatra Maduro wrapper lets you know you are in for a treat and features ligero long fillers from Nicaragua. The Armada features a great balance of a light spice, earth and a sweet woody tone. I chose this to be today's cigar to celebrate the anniversary of the launching of the USS Constitution. Old Ironsides is a legend of US Naval Warfare. In the 1840's Old Ironsides circled the world and to this day is the oldest floating commissioned naval vessel in the world. During the War of 1812 against Great Britian Old Ironsides defeated 5 British Warships while capturing numerous merchant ships. Old Ironsides took on a small Aramada in it's day and was the only ship left afloat.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Oct 20th 2011 - CAO LX2

Today's cigar is the CAO LX2 toro in a 6x50 vitola. The CAO LX2 features a Nicaraguan wrapper, a Honduran binder with Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers. The LX2 features tons of ligero. The LX2 has an earthy tobacco core while featuring a peppery spice with a slight sweetness on the finish. I chose this to be today's cigar based off of where it's made and what occurred on this day in 1977. Nashville, TN is where the CAO factory is located. On the Oct 20th 1977 3 members and 1 roadie of Lynyrd Skynyrd were tragically killed in an airplane crash. Lynyrd Skynyrd helped develop not only southern rock but rock in general. The crash almost ended Lynyrd Skynyrd but they came back and picked up right where they left off as one of the greatest rock bands in history.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oct 19th 2011 - Camacho Pre-Embargo

Today's cigar is the Camacho Pre-Embargo which only comes in a 6x48 vitola. The Camacho Pre-Embargo features a 1999 Vintage Jamastran Corojo Wrapper and features fillers that include authentic pre-embargo Cuban tobacco. The Pre Embargo is one of the greatest cigars I've ever had the pleasure of smoking. From the classic Cuban tastes to the light spice this medium bodied cigar is a pleasure. I chose this to be today's cigar because it was on this day in 1960 that President John Kennedy signed into effect the Cuban Embargo. While Cuban cigars are illegal in the United States the Camacho Pre-Embargo is fully legal to buy and mixes tastes of what cigar were like then and what they've developed into now.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Oct 18th 2011 - Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve

Today's cigar is the Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro Toro in a 6x52 vitola. The Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Maduro comes in a box press that features all of it's tobacco's from Nicaragua while being made in Honduras. The flavors in this cigar are excellent. Coffee, earth, spice and leather which provides a medium-full bodied experience. I chose this as today's cigar to celebrate Alaska Day. On this day in 1867 the United States was transferred the Alaskan territory from Russia. Alaska is the old world. It's a beautiful place full of mountains, wild life and heritage. I'd like to wish a very happy Alaska Day to all our Alaskan brothers and sisters out there!


Oct 17th 2011 - Romeo y Julieta Viejo

Today's cigar is the Romeo y Julieta Viejo E in a 6x54 vitola. The Romeo y Julieta Viejo features a Mexican San Andreas Maduro wrapper with Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers with a Honduran binder. This cigar features earthy and woddy tones throughout with a hint of spice on the finish. I chose this to be today's cigar as a memorial to Dan Wheldon. Dan passed away yesterday during the Indy Car finale at Las Vegas Speedway. Dan was a 2 time Indy 500 winner and the 2005 Indy Car Series Champion. Dan was a very exciting racer to watch and he will be greatly missed. Growing up I went to a lot races with my father and this cigar reminds me of those days. RIP Dan and thanks for the memories


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Oct 16th 2011 - La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas

Today’s cigar is the La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas Toro in a 6x52 vitola. The La Herencia Cubana Dos Capas comes from Tabaclera Fernandez in Nicaragua. This cigar features the wrappers from both the La Herencia Cubana and La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte. One is a Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro and the other is an Ecuadorian Sumatra Wrapper. The two cigars that had their wrappers combined to make this one featured the same Nicaraguan long fillers so combining them was only natural. This is a fantastic smoke that features an earthy, spicy, woody, nutty core that when combined with the sweetness from the sumatra wrapper and the peppery finish from the maduro wrapper makes this cigar a terrific smoke. I chose this to be today’s cigar as today is the 16th anniversary of the Million Man March. I feel this cigar shows that we all mix perfectly. The Million Man March was instrumental in helping to bring more equality and to show that we are all equal regardless of what our outer wrapper may be.


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Oct 15th 2011 - SWAG

Today's cigar is the SWAG Fierce in a 6x52 torpedo vitola. SWAG is made by Oliveros and comes out of the Dominican Republic. This cigar features a Dominican habano ligero wrapper and sports ligero fillers. Upon this one would expect a very strong cigar as ligero is the highest primings from the tobacco plant which are the strongest. This cigar starts light on the pepper and features woody and earthy notes that develops into a creamy leathery flavors that lasts throughout. I chose this cigar for today based off of what happened on this day in 1989. Wayne Gretzky became the all time leading NHL goal scorer. A record he still holds to this day as well as the all time assists leader. The most prolific hockey player of all time had swagger before anybody knew what swagger was. No one was more intimidating when they skated onto the ice. Gretzky didn't do it by beating up players or being a dirty player it was pure skill and confidence. If it wasn't for players like Gretzky hockey wouldn't be where near where it is today.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Let's look ahead to Nov 25th 2011 - #OccupyTheHumidor

Based upon some feedback from Oct 12th 2011's post for the 262 Paradigm an idea has blossomed. My good friend Stephen came up with #OccupyTheHumidor, follow us on wbfiller, facebook and twitter. We'd like to propose a national herf day. A day where we forget about all the occupy wall street, and occupy this and that crap and focus on how to better ourselves, our families and those around us. Take this day to enjoy a great cigar, share one with a friend(s) and plan out how you will help out those around you. Some examples: Plan to volunteer at a shelter or a soup kitchen, join the big brothers/big sisters program, hold a canned food drive, etc


Oct 14th 2011 - Sungrown Label

Today's cigar is the Sungrown Label Robusto in a 5x50 vitola. The sungrown label comes from Tabaclera Fernandez in Nicaragua. The house blends have a value price point but don't let that fool you. The sungrown label is in my top 5. It's my top go to cigar. The beautiful wrapper on it is a Sungrown Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf. This cigar from foot to head exudes rich flavors of cedar, earth and spice with an underlying leather tone that makes this med-full bodied cigar a treat. I chose this as today's cigar because of the release of the iPhone4s. Apple has been extremely innovative and has helped the world. While all that is amazing we also have to remember to not lose touch with being hands on. I chose this pic from when I was working on restoring a dresser a few days back. I love working with my hands and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with the end result. It's relaxing and helps remind one of how things used to be and to not lose touch with that while balancing the new ever evolving ways of the world.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Oct 13th 2011 - Davidoff Special Series

Today's cigar is the Davidoff Special Series Robusto in a 4.8x50 vitola. Davidoff is known as one of the premier premium cigar makers in the industry. The Special Series features an Ecuadorian Connecticut Wrapper with a binder and fillers hailing from the Dominican Republic which is where this cigar is made. I have not had the pleasure of smoking this cigar yet but reviewers say that the rich honey, vanilla and musk flavors are throughout while nuances of milk chocolate and lemon come through at different points. This is a mild-medium complex beauty. I chose this to be today's cigar because this day in 1792 is when the first cornerstone of the White House was laid. Regardless of anyone's opinion on the president or the staff one thing remains true, the White House is one of the most historically significant things in our rich history. From being burned down and rebuilt to hosting family events nothing is more recognizable to the world than the White House.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oct 12th 2011 - 262 Paradigm

Today's cigar is the 262 Paradigm Robusto in a 4x52 vitola. A lot of people may not know of 262 yet but they should. They are making some really amazing stuff. The Paradigm is made in Honduras and features Nicaraguan and Colombian long fillers, a Honduran binder and sports a Brazilian wrapper. This med-full bodied cigar features notes of coffee, citrus, pepper and dark chocolate which provides a sweetness that finishes out the total balance that this well constructed cigar provides. I chose this to be today's cigar based off of a lot of things going on in the world. Things with the economy, occupy wall street, etc dominate the news when there are much more important matters right in front of each and every one of us to worry about. It's all too easy to get lost throughout it all. 262's tagline is Smoke the Revolution. I challenge each and everyone of us to join the revolution of focusing on the things that matter most in life. Let us all focus on improving the lives of ourselves and those around us. Let it start with sharing a good cigar with good people...


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oct 11th 2011 - 5 Vegas Classic

Today's cigar is the 5 Vegas Classic 55 which is a 5.5x55 box pressed vitola. The 5 Vegas Classic is just that a true classic cigar. It is another Nicaraguan gem that features a sumatra wrapper with long fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. This is a solid creamy medium bodied smoke that has hints of earth, nuts and a slight sweetness throughout. I chose this to be today's daily cigar because today just as it's a classic so is the man it's dedicated to. Today is the day that General Chesty Puller passed on. Chesty Puller was the most decorated and the greatest Marine to ever put on the uniform. He was awarded 5 Navy Crosses, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, 2 Legion of Merit's with Valor Device, Bronze Star with Valor Device, Purple Heart, and 2 Air Medals. These are just a few of his accomplishments. All in all he received the nations second highest award 6 times. He fought in the Banana Wars, World War II and the Korean War. Chesty never faulted and never backed down. Regardless of how bad things looked. He was a Marine's Marine a classic warrior who we can all look to. From one Marine to another thank you for everything Chesty. I leave you all with one of Chesty's quotes: "We've been looking for the enemy for sometime now. We've finally found them. We're surrounded. That simplifies things."


Monday, October 10, 2011

Oct 10th 2011 - Tatuaje Black

Today's cigar is the Tatuaje Black Petite Lancero in a 6x38 vitola. Coming from Nicaragua the Tatuaje Black is a very popular cigar amongst all enthusiast new and old. Upon lighting you get hit with a ton of spice that maintains throughout and also features strong notes of leather, cedar and cinnamon. This cigar was chosen as the daily cigar based off of a lot things going on in the cigar news world. There has been some involving Pete Johnson and people very close to him. Cigar feed, cigar feed bag, etc have been doing a lot of false reporting that is based off of nothing. I chose the Tatuaje Black specifically because whenever we have things going on we need to remember that in the grand scheme of things that we can black these things out and focus on the things that mean the most to us. Family, friends and enjoying life.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Oct 9th 2011 - Gurkha Legend

Today's cigar is the Gurkha Legend. I would like to dedicate this to a friend of mine and his wife. This day one year ago the happily married couple started dating. Brett chose today's cigar to be the Legend because back when he graduated high school him, his dad and his grandfather each enjoyed a 2+ yr aged Legend as a celebratory cigar. This cigar comes from the Dominican Republic and features a 7 yr old Connecticut Broad Leaf Maduro Wrapper. This cigar has a spicy sweetness that is balanced by an earthy and leathery core. This is a great cigar that is perfect to celebrate any special occasion with. Thanks for choosing the cigar and photo Brett and here's to many more years of happiness to you and your wife.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Oct 8th 2011 - Tabak Especial Negra

Today's cigar is a treat. Coming from the Drew Estate factory in Nicaragua is the Tabak Especial Negra. This vitola is the 6x52 Toro Negra. This is one of the infused cigars that helped but Drew Estate on the map. From the moment you light up the shaggy foot you get an instant hit of the coffee flavors that make this cigar so special. There's a subtle cedar earthiness that completely balances this cigar. I chose this cigar to be the daily cigar because fall is my favorite season. Between the crisp cool fresh air and changing of the leaves it's easy to lose yourself just like it is with this cigar. This is a perfect cigar to sit out on a cool fall morning with your favorite cup of joe and to forget your worries and enjoy the season.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Oct 7th 2011 - Cohiba Siglo VI

Today's cigar is the Cohiba Siglo VI coming from Cuba. The Siglo VI comes in a 5.9x52 vitola. This cigar is a smooth full flavored pleasure that reviewers say is sweet and spicy with an excellent aroma. I haven't had one of these yet but was gifted one a few months back as a congratulatory cigar after I got engaged. Which brings me to why this is today's daily cigar. Exactly 1 year from now I will be marrying the love of my life and this will be the cigar that I enjoy on my wedding day. I'll be smoking this beauty while wearing my tuxedo t-shirt after becoming the luckiest man alive.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Oct 6th 2011 - Man O War Ruination

Today I'd like to dedicate the blog to the late Steve Jobs. Steve was an innovator who changed not only technology but the world as we know it. Even when times were tough he never gave up and pushed on and accomplished his mission and his dream. In honor of Mr. Jobs I choose, with the help of my good buddy Stephen, the Man O War Ruination Robusto #2 which is a 6x60. This cigar's band depicts a Spartan warrior's helmet. Spartan warriors never gave up and never surrendered giving all they had to accomplish the mission at hand. This cigar to me changed everything. The first time, and every time since, this cigar has done nothing but amaze me. It opened my eyes to a whole different kind of blending and cigar. The MOW Ruination is from Nicaragua and is blended and produced by AJ Fernandez. This is a full bodied beauty that has a strong amount of ligero without being overpowering. It starts with oak and woody flavors that develop into spice and leather throughout. Anytime I'm about to light one up I know that it is going to be a pleasure just like anytime I fire up my iPad. Steve thanks for everything...


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Oct 5th 2011 - Diesel Unholy Cocktail

Today's Daily Cigar is the Diesel Unholy Cocktail. Hailing from Nicaragua the Diesel UC is blended and produced by AJ Fernandez. The blend comes in a 5x56 vitola. This is a complex full bodied masterpiece that is full of spice, leather and a strong earthy core. I chose this cigar to be first stogie of the day as it's one of my favorites and has never disappointed. Whether right off the truck or aged for over a year this cigar is always a treat.