Articles Written By: Lou Tenney

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Phillies Titan Cigar Review

Phillies Titan Cigar Review. No, seriously.

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Lou gives his Phillies Titan cigar review, giving a premium cigar enthusiasts take on this popular mass market smoke.

Phillies Titan cigars belong to a category variously referred to as mass-market, gas station, convenience store, or drug store cigars. Whatever you want to call them, the idea is that Phillies cigars and other similar smokes are cheap and widely available. It also means that they are not made with nearly the same quality of tobacco as premium handmade cigars like Padron, Fuente, or Davidoff.

With this in mind, I decided to grab a pack of Phillies Titan cigars and review them on their own merits.

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Padron Cigar Review

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Lou provides readers with his Padron cigar review

Padron cigars are one of those magical brands that pretty much every smoker loves or wants to try. It’s not hard to see why, because for decades Padron cigars have included some of the best, tastiest, and highest rated cigars available anywhere.

They owe their success largely to two things. First is a fanatical dedication to quality: they could easily grow bigger to meet demand, but refuse to do so if it means the quality of their cigars would be compromised. The second is their being “vertically integrated,” a fancy corporate word that really just means that they control their entire supply line. So all of the tobacco used to make Padron cigars is grown, harvested, cured, fermented, and aged by Padron in Nicaragua.

Today I’ll be smoking and giving my Padron cigar review cigar from their core line, often referred to as the “thousands series.”

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Punch Cigar Review

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Lou takes on one of the most popular cigars on the market in his Punch cigar review

Punch cigars have a reputation for being straightforward fuller-bodied smokes. As one of the most iconic names in the world of cigars, as well as one of the most popular brands on the market today, this one was a prime candidate for a review on our blog. I’ve smoked plenty in the past so I’m quite familiar with the brand, but have never done a formal Punch cigar review. To further investigate this classic brand (and see if it lives up to the hype), I bought a 5-pack of Punch cigars in the Rothschild shape and got to smoking!

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The History of Cigar Girl

History of the Cigar Girl

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In the Roaring 20’s and on into the post-prohibition days of the 1930s, cigar girls were a common site roaming nightclubs and bard

Our History of the Cigar Girl begins in pre-war America, during the Roaring Twenties. It was an Era during which America enjoyed considerable prosperity, particularly in her urban centers.

Fueled by this newfound wealth, entrepreneurial restaurateurs began to expand their establishments from pure eateries to “supper clubs,” a destination where patrons could spend an entire evening eating, drinking (despite the prohibition of alcohol), socializing, and listening to live music.

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Why Are Cuban Cigars Illegal

Why Are Cuban Cigars Illegal?

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The Cuban Embargo made Cuban cigars illegal on February 7, 1962

Why are Cuban cigars illegal? If I had a dollar for every time I’ve fielded this question, I’d quit my day job and spend the rest of my years smoking Padron and drinking Louis XIII. Unfortunately for me, no one is passing out singles for answers to the question “Why are Cuban cigars illegal?”, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth answering.

The short answer is the United States‘ embargo against Cuba forbids the import of any Cuban-made products into the United States. Furthermore, U.S. law forbids American citizens from buying, selling, trading, or otherwise engaging in transactions involving illegally-imported Cuban cigars. These prohibitions apply to all goods of Cuban origin, and scofflaws face fines of up to $55,000 per violation not to mention criminal prosecution, which can result in higher fines and even imprisonment.

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CACover Ashton VSG cigar review

Ashton VSG Cigar Review

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Lou provides his Ashton VSG cigar review

Introduction

No Ashton VSG Cigar Review would be complete without a quick rundown of the Ashton brand, which was created in 1985 by Robert Levin, a Philadelphia tobacconist. After years of experience as an importer and retailer of cigars, Levin decided to break into the manufacturing side. Today Ashton cigars are made by the world-famous Fuente family in the Dominican Republic, and are offered in six unique varieties: Ashton Classic, Ashton Aged Maduro, Ashton Cabinet, Ashton Heritage Puro Sol, Ashton VSG (Virgin Sun Grown), and the ultra-exclusive Ashton ESG (Estate Sun Grown).

Ashton VSG is made using a powerful blend of Dominican tobaccos that have been aged four to five years by the Fuente family. The cigar’s distinctive flavor comes from the proprietary wrapper leaf which is grown exclusively for Ashton VSG. The wrapper is grown under cloud covering and harvested from the higher primings of the plants, which equates to a stronger, more flavorful leaf.

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Top Cigar Blogs of 2013

We love blogs! More information about cigars is always better, and we wanted to take this opportunity to share with all of you some of our favorite cigar blogs out there today. The Top Cigar Blogs of 2013 include a couple of pure cigar review blogs, but most of the sites are hybrids which combine reviews with cigar news and press releases, commentary on the cigar industry, spirits, podcasts, and more. One thing that all Top Cigar Blogs have is excellent editorial created by writers who are cigar fanatics.

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