Kickin’ Ash with Kayla: Black Market by Alec Bradley

Construction Carefully crafted in the Tobacos de Oriente factory in Danli, Honduras, the Black Market was trotted out for the first time during the 2011 IPCPR. This solid, dark chocolate-colored stick comes dressed in a giant sleeve-style band that covers the majority of the wrapper leaf. Underneath the sleeve, the wrapper leaf is slightly mottled […]

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Staff Picks and Pix: Jeff

Staff Picks: Jeff Casseus Position: Customer Service Manager Where did you grow up? In the state of Florida. Favorite Candy? Gummy Bears.  Wanna make me happy?  Send me gummy bears.  Animal? Lion Movie? Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai.  Haven’t seen the move?  Check it out.  You probably won’t like it but hey, to each his own. Band? Kanye West!  Oh […]

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Kickin’ Ash with Kayla: Relic by AJ Fernandez

Construction A.J. Fernandez, need I say more? I have never smoked a stick blended by this man that I did not like. For those of you unfamiliar with A.J., he is the mastermind behind such brands as San Lotano, Pinolero, Diesel, Ave Maria, Man O’ War, Fallen Angel, etc. The Relic Robusto is masterfully blended […]

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Kickin’ Ash with Kayla: Flor de Olivia Gold Cigar

Construction The bargain based line of the much-loved Oliva brand; Flor de Oliva and Flor de Oliva Gold are designed for the cigar smoker on a budget. The Flor de Oliva Gold cigar is rolled in a nougat-colored Connecticut shade-grown wrapper. The wrapper leaf is fairly asperous but appears smooth and silky. There are a […]

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Kickin’ Ash with Kayla: Aging Room M20

Construction Since its creation in 2010 by Rafael Nodal, Boutique Blends has been steadily releasing limited production blends made from aged and specialty tobaccos. The brand’s newest release, M20 ffortissimo, is blended using tobacco that has been aged for fourteen years. This stunning stick is draped in a dark San Andrés leaf. The wrapper leaf […]

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