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Undercrown Manifesto 1 Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Undercrown Manifesto

Undercrown Manifesto (AKA “Liga Krump”) The Undercrown Manifesto is a very unique cigar with an equally unique origin. In January of 2013, John Krump, a fellow Brother of the Leaf, just like you and I, purchased an antique German cigar mold off of Craigslist. Upon acquiring the mold, he posted a photo of it on a cigar oriented Facebook group to share his excitement about his new find. Among dozens of comments on the photo, Jonathan Drew, of Drew Estate mentioned that he was very interested in the mold and…

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IMG_0312 Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: 1502 Emerald

1502 is a cigar brand under the umbrella of Nicaraguan based company Global Premium Cigars(GPC).  1502 and GPC is owned by Enrique Sanchez who is proud of his Nicaraguan heritage, hence 1502, the year Columbus discovered Nicaragua.  1502 currently has 4 lines, the Emerald, Ruby, Black Gold, and 1502 Nicaragua.  These cigars get their names from the finest of goods that were traded and considered items of high value, and still are today. Each line is distinctly different and brings a uniquely enjoyable experience.  1502 also has two brick and…

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IMGP7971 Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: Caldwell “Yellow Cake”

Behind The Stick: In our world of cigars, there are a few things that manufacturers can do to really give us that ‘personal’ experience with their product. One of my favorite of these methods are the event exclusive cigars – not necessarily “you have to be here on the 8th at 6pm to get them” but more of something the company gives out on a regular basis over a few month duration. A few different companies have adopted this bonus item to patrons of events and I have to admit,…

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Cigar Review: Illusione Fume D’Amour

Fume D’Amour, “Smoke of Love,” is the latest release from Dion Giolito and Illusione Cigars.  This line was released at the 2014 IPCPR as a new core line to the brand.  The cigar is made at the TABSA factory of Casa Fernandez fame.  This is a change for Illusione which were formerly produced in Honduras.  This cigar has been produced using only viso and seco leafs, a lower priming on the tobacco plant, and no ligero at all.  This cigar is supposed to bring enough balance of strength while still…

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IMGP7295 Cigar Review 

Cigar Review: La Barba ‘Purple’ Lancero

Behind The Stick: The La Barba ‘Purple’ comes to the market as a second release from Tony Bellatto and Craig Rossi of La Barba Cigars, although word has it that a few ‘behind the scenes’ guys by the names of Robert Caldwell of Caldwell Cigar Co. and William Venturas son, Henderson, ended up adding a little something to the blend to really make this cigar what it is today. Manufactured at the Tabacalaera William Venture in the Dominican Republic, it was not surprising to hear this collaborative masterpiece has been…

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Cigar Review: Nat Sherman Epoca

In 2014 Nat Sherman continued with it’s recent reputation for releasing quality cigars with the Epoca. The Epoca is a re-release of the original line from Nat Sherman. The Epoca was initial brought out around 1930 by the New York City cigar company. The original Epoca also featured Cuban tobacco, obviously the “new” Epoca does not. Like most recent Nat Sherman releases, the Epoca is manufactured by the Quesada Family in the Dominican Republic. The original Epoca featured a Clear Havana wrapper, today the modern version is an Ecuadorian Connecticut….

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