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Toraño, CAO, Punch and Hoyo Cigars and a Contest!

Torano ExodusI kind of got stuck in the General Cigar tray of the humidor this week and revisited a few cigars that I may not have really liked the first time around (or subsequent times as it turns out). I started out with the Toraño Exodus on Sunday, not even thinking that it might have been the only cigar in my humidor that was seasonally appropriate. Someone brought this to my attention and I quipped that I had passed it over several times over the past few months since I didn’t really like it the first time I smoked it last summer. Age has benefited this cigar, that was an IPCPR show sample in the 5″ x 54 robusto size. This latest version of the Exodus, the first since General Cigar bought the brand, has a Honduran San Augustin wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf binder and Dominican, Honduran and Mexican fillers. I didn’t care for this the fist time I smoked it, but this one six months later was pretty darned tasty, it still started off a little sour, but it was greatly improved.


CAO_ConsigliereI followed that later in the day with a CAO Consigliere Associate, the robusto in the line that is basically the return of the Sopranos line, without the licensing fees that went along with the original. This is a 5″ x 52 robusto, and the first time I smoked this was in Las Vegas the night before the trade show opened when I ran into Rick Rodriguez and Ed McKenna of CAO at the Circle Bar in the Venetian Hotel. I had not previous experience with the Sopranos line, and I was told that this used the same blend as the original, Brazilian wrapper, Honduran binder and Colombian, Dominican, Nicaraguan fillers. I like sweetness in a cigar, and this cigar doesn’t have much sweetness, but it’s a god smoke if you like cigars on the savory end of the spectrum, which will come up again.  Monday I went with one of my favorites from CAO, the Flathead in the v660 Carb size, the one that placed high in Cigar Aficionado’s list a couple of years ago, I really like the Flathead line, although the 770 is a bit unwieldy.  I still liked the Consigliere, it was a nice cigar.


Punch_Signature_PitaLast night I went back to the Punch Signature Pita. I’ve liked a lot of Punch cigars, I should like this one too, but it’s another one that doesn’t hit my palate right, I’m afraid. It’s a classic 6″ x 50 toro, with a Ecuador Corojo wrapper, Connecticut Habano binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers, what’s not to like?  I’ve smoked this in this size and the Robusto size, neither of which tripped my trigger unfortunately. It was lacking any sweetness and was very leathery to me. Certainly there are people who like this profile, it doesn’t thrill me. I can’t tell you how many Punch Rothchilds I smoked in the 90s!


Hoyo_RobustoTonight I picked out a year old Hoyo Robusto, the first couple I smoked last year I had draw problems with, I’ve also enjoyed a great many Hoyo de Monterrey cigars over the years, and the newest Hoyo La Amistad General Cigar made with AJ Fernandez last year is a really good smoke. This Hoyo has a Habano shade grown wrapper from Esteli, an Ecuador Sumatra binder, and Esteli, Ometepe and Pennsylvania fillers. I enjoyed this cigar a lot more now that it draws right, although it’s another cigar on the savory side, but it smoked well and I enjoyed it.  I think I would still lean toward the La Amistad when making a choice, but the Hoyo exceeded expectations.



ContestSince I smoked a bunch of General Cigar products this week, and I have some goodies still hanging around, it’s a great time for me to have another giveaway! This is the last of the goodies I received a few months ago, we have a cool CAO Flathead Steel Horse metal sign, a Punch bobblehead, a Macanudo Colibri cutter (similar to the CAO cutter I used all week which worked great!) and a pair of La Gloria Cubana Cigar Scissors. As sometimes happens around here, I get sloppy when I’m packing the box and cigars fall in, previous winners can attest to this.  Usual rules apply, leave a comment on this blog post to enter, I’ll select a winner next Wednesday, April , 26, 2017.


That’s all for now, until the next time,





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La Gloria Cubana Gilded Age by Famous Smoke Shop Contest!

The La Gloria Cubana Gilded Age is a terrific new cigar made exclusively for Famous Smoke Shop. I’ve had the pleasure of smoking several samples in the robusto and Churchill sizes and ave really enjoyed them. The cigar is beautiful to look at with it’s Ecuador Sumatra wrapper and the enormous Art Deco style band. It’s got a little bit of sweetness and is a solid, well made smoke.  You know I’m a La Gloria Cubana fan since I have a humidor dedicated to the brand!


Famous Smoke Shop is sponsoring this month’s contest with a box of La Gloria Cubana Gilded Age Toros. Leave a comment on this page to enter, and I’ll draw a random comment on Friday, August 16th.  The usual rules apply, and since it’s been a while since I had a contest, everyone is eligible to win!

Thanks to Travis at Famous for organizing the contest!  Good luck to all.

Until the next time,




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CigarCraig’s 12 Spectacular Days of Cigar Giveaways!

I’ve been having contests pretty much every month now for the last couple years, but this month will be the mother of all contests!! The rules will be a little different this time.  Everyone is eligible to win a prize,  but if you win once, you’re exempt from winning again.  The prizes will vary from a sampler to a whole box of cigars or more!  You never know what the next prize will be, and, while no one prize is better than another, like cigars themselves, not every prize will suit everyone. The previous day’s winner will be announced the following day and I will ship all the prizes out the following week, so don’t make me chase you down for your addresses. A couple prizes will ship direct from the folks who are providing that prize.  CigarCraig.com is not responsible for lost, mutilated or misdirected mail.


This is my way of saying Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or Winter Solstice, whatever you may celebrate, and digging deep into various cigar companies pockets to put some great stuff in your hands!


With that said, keep an eye on this page every day starting Monday, December 12, 2011!

Thanks for a great year!




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