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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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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Kickin’ Ash with Kayla: Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte

Construction Distributed by General Cigar Company, the Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte is a rugged Honduran puro designed for the powerhouse lover. The Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte is swaddled in a ruddy brown Honduran-grown Havana-seed wrapper leaf. The wrapper leaf is marred by a protruding vein, but otherwise relatively smooth. The length of the six-and-a-half inch […]

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Kickin’ Ash with Kayla: Carlos Toraño Exodus Gold 1959

Construction The Carlos Toraño Exodus Gold 1959 was created by the Toraño family in order to commemorate the grand exodus of cigar farmers and manufacturers from Cuba in 1959 following Castro’s seizure of all tobacco factories in Cuba. The Exodus Gold 1959 is regally draped in a seal-brown colored Habana 2000 wrapper leaf. The wrapper […]

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