Fake Cubans on Social Media

How many times has this happened to you? You’re browsing your favorite cigar social media platform and you see someone showing off their glass-top box of Cohibas they got for cheap through a dude on the beach who “has a cousin in the factory.” It...

Can We Defend Premium Cigars From The FDA?

The FDA just posted a new Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) asking for comments, feedback, and studies related to ‘premium cigars’ to determine if they should be regulated differently from non-premium cigars. As many cigar smokers are aware,...

Interview with Victor Nicolás of Chogüí Cigars

We caught up with Victor Nicolás of Chogüí Cigars for a short Q&A before his new cigar, Heart Breaker, hits the market. You can read the press release for Heart Breaker right here on CigarNoise. What’s the story behind Heart Breaker? Who do we need to bury...

Accessory Review: CigarzUp Cigar Rest

Product:  CigarzUp Cigar Rest Price:  $11-$12 Purpose:  Clasps onto your beverage and holds your cigar. A portable cigar rest. Provided by:  CigarzUp provided two samples for this review CigarzUp – Initial Thoughts I was initially a little afraid of reviewing...

Patina Connecticut Review

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Binder: Nicaraguan Filler:  Nicaraguan and Pennsylvania Vitola: Rustic – Robusto (5 x 52) Brand: Patina Cigars Factory: Casa Favilli / Mombacho CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10 Source: Purchased from CDMcigars.com Please Note: I...

Do You Want to Build a Palate?

One of the most common questions cigar smokers ask is, “how do I develop my palate?” If you’re wondering, you’re in luck! There are a ton of things you can do to improve your flavor experiences with cigars. Here are some tips and tricks that...

Cavalier Geneve Black Series Toro

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Binder: Brazilian Aripiraca Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan Brand: Cavalier Geneve Vitola: Toro (6 x 54) Number Released: Unreleased CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10 Source: IPCPR 2016 Cavalier Geneve Black Series – Pre-Light Cavalier of...

Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe Review

Wrapper: Criollo 98 Binder: Undisclosed Filler: Undisclosed Vitola: Toro (6 x 52) Brand: Cordoba & Morales CigarNoise Price Range: $20-$24 Source: IPCPR 2016 Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe – Opening Thoughts The Cordoba & Morales Finca Santa Fe...

Cavalier Geneve White Series Diplomate Review

Wrapper: Habano Binder: Honduran Connecticut Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaraguan, and Paraguay Brand: Cavalier Geneve Vitola: Diplomate (5.5 x 56) Number Released: Regular Production CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10 Was this review helpful? [ratings] Cavalier Geneve...

IPCPR Recap – Day 4

We’ve come to the fourth and final day of IPCPR. It’s a short day, with the floor only open from 9-1. Most business has been done before Thursday, and the show is pretty dead. There aren’t many retailers, and many of the manufacturers don’t...

IPCPR Recap – Day 3

On to day 3! As a reminder, these recaps are intended to be more of a highlight reel than a play-by-play. Not everything is included. Feel free to reach out with any questions though! rich@cigarnoise.com Noxio Cigars & Flor y Nata After having missed each other...

IPCPR Recap – Day 2

I started day 2 by smoking a Serino Royale Medio in my hotel room. Nice cigar! I didn’t realize there were still smoking hotel rooms out there, so God Bless Vegas. I managed to set the smoke alarm off, so off I went to the show floor to see what there was to...

IPCPR Recap – Day 1, Part 2

Yesterday’s wrap-up of Day 1 didn’t include everything from the day, so let’s keep going! Emilio Cigars Emilio has two new cigars coming out. The first is the Cavatina, which was made as a collaboration with James Brown of Black Label Trading Co /...

IPCPR Recap – Day 1, Part 1

I feel very lucky to attend this year’s IPCPR trade show for CigarNoise.com. The show brings together manufacturers and retailers to discuss and sell new products, and it’s a good relationship-builder too. There is a staggering amount of cigar knowledge in...

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters: Tiff

The hay from the pre-light inspection comes on strong right away, joined by creamy sweetness on the draw with light black pepper on the finish. The pepper quickly makes its way up front, delivering small amounts of pepper throughout the draw and finish. The finish has been dry on several of the Skinny Monsters; it’s particularly dry on the Tiff.

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters: Chuck

With a big vein across the wrapper looking like a scar line, this cigar looks like Chucky, the monster it was named for. The cigar is quite a bit darker and more oily than Chucky though.

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters: Hyde

The Skinny Hyde comes out of the gate with toasted almonds, pepper, hay, breadiness, a hint of earth, and a bit of lemon citrus. The lemon comes across in the mouth and is accentuated by the retrohale. Cedar flavor joins in, and it gets creamier after about an inch.

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters: Jekyll

The Skinny Jekyll starts out with hay and cream notes. There’s a bit of spice on the end, but it’s nothing like the peppery start I’ve gotten from the other Skinny Monsters. It’s a much lighter start than I remember from the full-size Jekyll as well. There’s a sweet tobacco flavor, some light toasted almond, a lot of creaminess, and light cedar notes. The creamy notes are sweet, reminding me of cream soda.

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters: Jason

Most of the Skinny Monsters have started with pepper blasts but the Jason was much milder at the beginning. There was black pepper, but it wasn’t the big blast I was expecting. Cocoa started weak and built through the first third along with a little bit of hay. Chocolate and cocoa came to dominate this third.

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters: Mummy

I’m not sure if I’ve adequately described how rugged-looking the cigars of the Monster series are. I took this picture of the Mummy with better lighting and a clearer background to showcase how monster-like the cigars in this series look.

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters: Face

The Face got a makeover in the Skinny Monster set. Previously, it had a jagged tobacco band. Now it sports a paper band like the rest of the Skinny Monsters. And gone is the somewhat-closed foot, replaced with a clean-cut foot. Face sold out and cleaned up his act in the Skinny series.

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters: Wolf

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Brand:  Tatuaje Factory:  My Father Cigars S.A. Vitola: Petit Lancero (6 x 38) Number Released: 10,000 sampler boxes, each with 10 different cigars CigarNoise Price Range: $8-$10 ($85 MSRP for the...

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters: Drac

Overall, I’m loving how the bands look on the Skinny Monsters. They did a great job matching colors to wrappers & monster themes. It just wouldn’t be a monster without something a little rustic in the construction. My Drac has some imperfections on the edge of the wrapper.

Tatuaje Skinny Monsters: Frank

You won’t need to have a clear palate before smoking this cigar. It will cleanse your palate for you with huge amounts of strong pepper and spice starting off. There was a slight coffee taste in the background, but it started by smacking me with spice & pepper.

Sultans of Smoke Legacy Robusto

I’ve been listening to the Sultans of Smoke podcast for the last month or so, and during that time they came out with some of their own cigars. They seem like good guys, so I wanted to try their smokes. Tonight’s was the Legacy Robusto.