Monday, June 20, 2011

Lady And A Cigar: Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston. There's no compare, period. This great photo capturing her with a cigar, a glass of whiskey, a wining hand and that pleasing smile is a keeper. We think it will help keep people coming back here to see what's next!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Lady And A Cigar: Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez has got to identify that label for us. Anyone here with a comment about her cigar of choice in this photo?

SO glad she is on American Idol; saved the show.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Lady And A Cigar: Lisa Guerrero

Lisa, Lisa. A song from the 80's, yes, but what else is there to say about a lady referee on a smoke break? A Playboy model, to top it off.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Grip Clip Cigar Holder


A unique cigar holder for the active smoker! Take it wherever you go...
Whatever sport or activity! Keep your lit cigars clean, dry and safe!
The Grip Clip cigar holders are made of wood with cherry tone.

Gift Boxed. The perfect gift for the smoker on the go! Solid wood construction, easy to use, one of the most versatile cigar holders. Available for $14.95 at Bonita's Smoke Shop.
Better get more than one! All your friends will be "borrowing" yours! One of most popular items.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Lady And A Cigar: Nikki DuBose

What is the most famous movie or TV appearance by Nikki? Submit your comments here and get a chance for a link to even more looks at this cigar-laden lady.

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Review: Cuba Libre Unico

Spanish for “Free Cuba,” the Cuba Libre brand signifies Nestor Plasencia’s hope of one day returning to a homeland that embraces liberty. Like so many of today’s best cigar makers, he fled Cuba after the Castro regime took over his family’s thriving tobacco operation and confiscated their factories and fields.

Cuba Libre UnicoWith five generations of Cuban tobacco cultivation as a compass, Nestor reestablished the family business in Nicaragua to make use of the fertile EselĂ­ and Jalapa Valley regions. Today his successful factories turn out many Rocky Patel blends, some Gurkha lines, and the Alec Bradley Maxx.

Cuba Libre, Nestor’s take on a value brand, is appropriately made from 100 percent Cuban-seed tobacco. The filler and Nicaraguan binder are covered by a smooth yet veiny wrapper with a reddish hue and a wrinkled complexion.

This cigar is by no means unattractive—the sharp box-press adds character and the red, gold, and blue band is appealing—but something about the appearance compels me to mentally liken it to a typical house brand. Maybe it’s the haphazardly applied cap. Or maybe it’s the prevalence of soft spots from head to foot.

Notwithstanding the Unico’s torpedo-like frame, and despite the fact that I only clipped a bit of tobacco off the top, the pre- and post-light draw is easy. Too easy, if you ask me. The flavors from this six and ¼ inch by 54 ring gauge cigar seemed to be watered down by each airy puff.

When I could sort through the taste in the voluminous tufts of smoke, I found mild- to medium-bodied flavors of earth, leather, and traces of pepper. Some acidic or sweet notes would have helped balance out the predominantly dry profile.

Aside from the hollowed-out draw, the physical properties were excellent—especially considering the price range. Boxes of 20 Unicos go for $75-90, and you can find singles for less than $3 apiece in various online samplers.

That’s ultimately why this cigar makes a decent golf course or barbeque companion: It offers good construction and consistent flavors for little cost. It just doesn’t have enough complexity or personality to be the main event.

Cuba Libre has a compelling story but, in the end, I am neither disappointed nor impressed with the Unico.