Cigar Review – New Release – La Perla Habana 1515


At, we’ve proudly carried La Perla Habana for a long time. Even though my tastes run to big, bold cigars, I’ve really enjoyed La Perla Habana Morado, with a Cameroon wrapper, and Black Pearl, a satisfying maduro. One thing that Doug Wood, the creator of LPH, has is a sense of history, and last […]

Poker Night with a Smoking Monk


Thursday night. For some Friday is the night they can’t wait to arrive, but for me its Thursday. Thursday is my night to let my inner caveman loose. Too be a rude, crude, ridiculous man in the company of other ridiculous men in all their juvenile glory. Thursday is Poker Night. I have a great […]

Cigar Review – Diesel Uncut


Since I prefer full-bodied cigars, it was a no-brainer for me to grab some of the new Diesel Uncut Toros when they hit our shelves. Pretty much anything that comes out of A.J. Fernandez’ factory in Esteli, Nicaragua trips my trigger, so I looked forward to opening the paper-wrapped mazo of ten 6.5 x52 cigars. […]

Cigar Review – East India Trading Company Hudson Bay


People who know me and are familiar with my tastes in cigars know that I lean toward full-bodied sticks, but that’s not always the case. I can enjoy a broad spectrum of flavor profiles, but the one area that usually falls flat for me are the dead medium-bodied smokes. I don’t know why that is, […]

Cigar Review – Man O’ War Immortal


I love the fact that I get to try all the new cigars when they come in. Now, granted, I don’t always enjoy each one, but I need to try them if I’m going to write copy for the website, so I savor the ones that are in my wheelhouse, and the ones that aren’t […]

My Tobacco Loves Extend to Cigars


With all the amazing pipe tobaccos we sometimes forget the second part of the name of our business.  Before coming to, I had been working in the tobacco industry for a couple of years with another company, but totally focused on cigars. Cigars: the other amazing method of receiving yummy tobacco goodness. While I […]

Taking One (or Many) for the Team

When I go to a pipe show, or when I get emails and phone calls, a common comment is “You have a great job, getting to try all the new tobaccos and cigars.” I most definitely agree with the first part of that statement, but as to the second part…well, it depends. The department to […]

Spectre Cigar Review

As a kid I was very much into superheroes mainly because I always thought I was a superhero. I used to run around with my face painted up, or wearing a cape. One of my favorite superheroes was a character from DC Comics. He went by the name Spectre. I’ve always viewed Spectre as unbeatable. […]

Cigar Review- Man O’ War Puro Authentico

I’m definitely in the minority when it comes to cigar size/shape preference. I’m a corona/Lonsdale guy. A 42 to 44 ring gauge just suits me, and a length between 5 and 6.5 inches allows for a long enough smoke without becoming tiresome. I’m also in the minority when it comes to strength and flavor profile. I […]

Cigar Review- Diesel Unlimited Maduro

Diesel Unlimited Maduro

If you’ve read any of my cigar reviews on Talking Tobacco, you’re probably aware that I like bold cigars. I’m the guy who lights up a Joya de Nicaragua Antaño at 7 a.m. on an empty stomach, so strong cigars don’t scare me. That said, I don’t care for power bombs. A robust cigar needs […]