Some Observations on Cigars

I enjoy cigars and have for almost 40 years. But being in the business, and especially since my focus turned to blending pipe tobaccos, I’ve become more analytical about them and have noticed some things that have changed my perspective. With the trend moving toward larger ring gauges, there’s seems to be a common conception […]

Two Sides of the Same Coin

So far, I’ve made five pipe blends that contain some cigar leaf. I use it for two reasons- like Maryland, it can help the burning qualities of a too-slow-smoking mixture, and it increases the amount and density of the smoke itself. The most recent was Virginia Memory No. 10 from the Hearth & Home Marquee […]

Cigar Review- 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 […]

Cigar Academy: The Ligero Trap

I recently wrote about powerhouse cigars. I’m a real devotee of stogies with a serious kick, and at the center of the fast growth of this genre are ligero tobaccos. We’ve heard the term bandied about quite a bit, and we know that it has to do with spice and strength, but what exactly is […]

Cigar Review: Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 Robusto Grande

Is this cigar for everyone? Absolutely not. If you can’t deal with intense, spicy flavor, stay away. If you have problems with high nicotine content, avoid this cigar. But if you want a rich, peppery smoke that keeps getting better, you’ll want to read this cigar review by Russ Ouellette.

Cigar Review: Joya De Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo

Dark, rich, bold, sweet? Sounds like an over romanticized version of the ideal man, but it was my initial reaction to the Joya De Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo. This cigar is so heavy you need 2 hands to lift it, but unlike some others, power is not its single attribute. I took this dark beauty […]