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Friday, October 27, 2006

Thompson Powerhouse 30 Review Summary

Review Courtesy of the 3 Regular Guys at Thompson Cigar.

All told, the Powerhouse 30 definitely succeeds at bringing together a good assortment of rather mild cigars. If this passion of fine cigars is a new one for you then why not give this sampler a try to get your feet wet. You get a lot of smokes for a great price. They’re all robustos too, which are shorter burning so you can find more opportunities to smoke. Also don’t hesitate to grab this deal for the case and to stock up on an assortment of ok sticks that you won’t go wrong keeping for yourself or passing out to your friends.

Check back real soon for the next blog entry from the 3 Regular Guys. We had the Elite 8 sampler to smoke and scribble notes about and we all feel pretty badly that we haven’t gotten through half of them yet. There are some really great cigars in there so eager only begins to describe us.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Octoberfest at Thompson Cigar

Today was our annual Octoberfest feast here at Thompson Cigar and we made sure to snap a photo of the 3 Regular Guys with our festive helpers.

You'll see Scott, Colm and David posing with Anabel, Wanda, Ginger and Brandi.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Thompson Powerhouse 30 Review - Socorro

Review Courtesy of the 3 Regular Guys at Thompson Cigar.

The Socorro bears the distinction of being the only torpedo in the Powerhouse 30. With a leathery, medium brown wrapper and slight olive hue, this cigar smelled pretty mild before lighting. Once lit it produced a good draw with cool smoke nicely concentrated on your palate due to the stick’s shape. The taste was spicy, but Dave thought it was woodier with a tang of citrus while Scott thought of spicy in the sense of herbs. Colm found the Socorro to be a little too mild for his taste. Each of our cigars had a flakey gray ash that wouldn’t stand a chance in a long ash contest but we didn’t care much since it remained a cool smoke.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Cigar 101 Forum

A newly created forum for cigar lovers is open to the public this week.

Cigar 101 is through Yahoo Groups. We have invited other cigar bloggers to help moderate the content and membership.

Please visit the site and join. We want to hear your opinions.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Thompson Powerhouse 30 Review - Corojo Cubano

Review Courtesy of the 3 Regular Guys at Thompson Cigar.

The tobacco ingredient list of the Corojo Cubano is similar to the Cuban Delight aside from the wrapper. The Corojo Cubano, as indicated by its name, uses a Honduran Corojo wrapper. Dave thought this was a mild cigar and found tastes of citrus and slight pepper, which was about verbatim of the notes scribbled by Colm. Scott thought the taste of the different filler leafs was distinct early on and then melded as the cigar warmed much like the Cuban Delight. Colm ranked this as the best cigar in the Powerhouse 30 and even got the blogmaster of CigarBlog101 to find him another.

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Thompson Powerhouse 30 Review - TCC Phoenix

Review Courtesy of the 3 Regular Guys at Thompson Cigar.

The TCC Phoenix tested out across the board as a slightly feistier version of the Cuban Delight. Definitely a similar cigar, but a little spicier, with all of us pointing toward a peppery note mellowed out with notes of wood smoke. The Phoenix had similar body to the Cuban Delight but a shorter finish.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Candela Cigar Controversy

For many years Candela Wrappers were "the" desirable cigar - beginning in Cuba - and then to the rest of the world.

They had appearance, taste and aroma, over all others. And then suddenly they fell out of favor and disappeared from the market.

There are several brands that have reintroduced themselves that are gaining new smokers and it appears several more entries are planned in the near future.

My question to you the Cigar Blog reader is what happened? What drove this cigar into near extinction? What about the candela cigar do you like or dislike? Finally when was the last time you smoked one?

By Al Remp, product specialist and trainer, Thompson Cigar.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Great Cigar Weekend

We found this entry on a blog this morning talking about the Thompson Cigar event last week.

Russ Kaufman wrote on his Windows Live Spaces blog:

After collecting many smokes, and enjoying the site of all of the booth babes, we talked to a few of our favorite cigar people. I made sure to thank Rocky Patel for making so many great smokes. He thanked me for being a good customer and said he would continue to do his best for customers like me.
Glad you enjoyed the event Russ. We'll see you next year!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

What is your favorite Cigar?

Hey CigarBlog101 readers....

Tell us your favorite cigar and tell us the brand you most often smoke - that doesn't usually mean the same brand...

Leave a comment.

Thanks for reading our cigar blog.

'Cigar Renaissance' Heats Up Again in U.S.

By the Staff
For the story behind the story...
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006 3:46 p.m. EDT

'Cigar Renaissance' Heats Up Again in U.S.

For about five years in the 1990s, the cigar industry luxuriated in a wild sales boom when celebrities and trendy 20-somethings decided that puffing imported, hand-rolled stogies was The Next Big Thing.

The bubble burst when the supply of quality tobacco couldn't keep up with demand. The market became flooded with inferior but pricey cigars hastily rolled with lower grade tobacco, as many of the poseurs and neophytes moved on to something else.

In the years since, the industry has enjoyed a quiet, steady climb. The bad product is mostly gone, the market settled and refined tobacco growing methods make "sticks" from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Honduras every bit as good as those storied but forbidden Cuban stogies.

Read the rest of the story at

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Women and Cigars at the Thompson Event

Pictures from Cigar Artisans 2006 #3

The Harley Davidson giveaway with the custom cigar paintjob.

Thompson Customers enjoying the event.

Cigar Makers discuss the night's calendar.

Waiting for the prize giveaways.

Posing with Cigar Royalty.

More Pictures from Cigar Artisans 2006

Aylin Ozgener had the right idea - clip the CAO Gold, light it and when the customer is done, they bring it back and trade in the butt for a new stick.
A Puros Indios cigar roller at the show.

Rocky Patel

Rock Stars of the Cigar Industry - Photos 1

Carlos Escalona, Marsela Restrepo and Dylan Austin from Camacho.
Middle - Jose Oliva
Orlando Padron, Carlos Fuente and Ernesto Carrillo
Al Remp and Cigar Dave
Crowds waiting for freebies.
Cigar Artisan Ticket Holders enjoying the night.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Cigar Artisans 2006 Wrap - Up

The Cigar Artisans 2006 event on Saturday night was a huge success for manufacturers and cigar lovers from around the world. We nearly sold out both sessions and the reviews have been rolling in left and right.

Thompson Cigar is overwhelmed with the response and we will definately start planning for next year's extravaganza. It will, however, be very hard to top what we accomplished this year.

Just to give you a taste of what it was like, read what George Edmonson wrote for The Stogie Guys Cigar Blog. George writes:

After all, how many other times am I going to get a chance to chat with cigar royalty like Rocky Patel and Felipe Gregorio, watch a Puros Indios roller at work, or just enjoy being in a room with hundreds of other happy cigar enthusiasts – and get free cigars?
We will be following up with photos of the event as they roll in this week. Make sure you subscribe to our updates or check back often. We'll also post links to the video after its edited.
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