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Apr 16

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 7

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in World of CO

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Part 7! Green acres is the place to be…farm living is the life for…not me! Of course we hit the record week for heat in Esteli. It’s bad when you go out in to the blazing sun to cool off. Some of these buildings and rooms are just plain brutal for fat gringos like me. The things I do for you guys… (more…)

Apr 15

How To Take A Great Cigar Photo With Your Phone

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Informational

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I’m waging war against poor cellphone photos! Too often we are bombarded by blurry or out of focus photos all over the internet by cigar lovers that just haven’t been taught a couple important points about how to use the camera function of their phone. So here’s a real fast easy tutorial that will dramatically help your photo quality and hopefully quell the onslaught of crappy pictures we have to see! :) (more…)

Apr 15

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 6

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in World of CO

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Part 6 – my favorite one! More touring of the DE facilities and our blending session! This was really cool and I didn’t realize how cool until 1/2 way through it. Basically we had a big spec sheet and also lots of sample leaf on hand to smell, feel and smoke, to create our best shot. I think everyone came away hopeful, and the end result would be presented to us later on to take home. (more…)

Apr 14

CO Milestone Contest For Custom Sampler and Drew Estate Stickers

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 in World of CO

20140408untitled0005-EditWe just hit a couple new milestones and that makes me happy, so I’m sharing my excitement with you guys!

CO is now over 5.5 Million video views and averaging over 1,000 new subscribers per month!

So what can you win? a full compliment of Drew Estate stickers plus a custom 5 pack sampler from me! Use the app below to enter. Open to US mailing addresses and those of legal smoking age in their state.

Comment below with how and when you first found CO to qualify.

Good luck! (more…)

Apr 14

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 5

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 in World of CO

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Part 5! This time we go more in depth to the heart of the Drew Estate facilities. Some things are still secret, but I snuck in anyway…just kidding JD ;) or am I… (more…)

Apr 13

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 4

Posted on Sunday, April 13, 2014 in World of CO

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Part 4! One thing you’ll notice in a lot of the clips is a hum, hiss or just lots of noise – this isn’t the mic or camera. Many of the spots are simply noisy with machinery, fans, humidifiers, etc. (more…)

Apr 12

Joya de Nicaragua Contest

Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in World of CO

20140408untitled0021-EditI want to throw JdN a bone and get them some good real-world feedback. This contest is open to anyone with a US mailing address and of legal age in their state. It’s for a custom sampler from me and open for just a few days, until the video featuring the JdN factory airs. All that’s required is your honest first reaction feedback. There are no right or wrong answers.

I want you to comment below with answers to these simple questions:

1. What first comes to mind when you think of JdN as far as who they are?
2. What do you think is the brand relation to Drew Estate?
3. If you are aware of any, what brands come to mind that they most are competing with?
4. How would you briefly characterize the JdN brand image right now?
5. Do you have any thoughts on how they can better market themselves to you?

That’s it! Use the app below to enter and score extra entries if you wish. Good luck! (more…)

Apr 12

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 3

Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2014 in World of CO

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Part 3 starts the 2nd day there from breakfast to the first tour…enjoy! (more…)

Apr 11

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 2

Posted on Friday, April 11, 2014 in World of CO

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I won’t be writing much of anything about the trip past the wrap-up post. Other sites that were there will be doing a FAR better job at that! So without further blah blah blah here’s part 2! (more…)

Apr 10

Press Release: Iconic Leaf Releases Recluse Amadeus

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Cigar Reviews

Amadeus close up in boxWe at Iconic Leaf Cigar are pleased to announce the newest addition to our Recluse family of cigars.
RECLUSE AMADEUS
Blend specs:
Wrapper: Conn. Seed, Ecuadorian shade (Grade A)
Binder: MBC (Propriotary)
Filler:
Dominican Ligero,
Dominican Viso
Dominican Seco
Conn. Broadleaf

The Recluse Amadeus blend will be in keeping with our two year fermentation process and 100% Entubar rolling style. We have truly outdone ourselves with this new offering. The cigar is rich and flavorful with a (more…)

Apr 10

CigarObsession @ Drew Estate Cigar Safari Part 1

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in World of CO

IMG_4548OK I decided to stay up a bit while I unpack, unwind, take a needed shower…drink good water…and edit a little bit, get you guys something to chew on right away! Looks like even Day videos would be WAY too long so I’m just going to chop it up in manageable chunks and it’ll be 1 through….I don’t know, a lot. So here’s Part one – and I meant I’m taking you guys along lol (more…)

Apr 9

Drew Estate Cigar Safari 2014 Wrapup

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in Cigar Reviews

IMG_6967863691325As I sit in Miami International again waiting through another long layover with 3 hours to go, I thought now would be a great time to be productive :)

First I’ll let you know what’s coming. When I get home I’ll have a small chunk of photos and hours of video to go through. I said before I left I wanted to approach it from the perspective of taking you guys along and that’s how I treated it with I hope, success!

Overall it was a great trip. I enjoyed meeting new people,seeing some I hadn’t in years and it was really cool having frank conversations with a few industry and factory people.

The travel aspect, which I still have 5 hours left of (more…)

Apr 6

The Judge By J Fuego Blind Justice Cigar Review

Posted on Sunday, April 6, 2014 in Cigar Reviews

The Judge By J Fuego Blind Justice Cigar Review

This 5×50 stick features a very dark brown splotchy mottled wrapper with a firm even pack, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, sloppy triple cap and rich oily hay aroma. First light reveals (more…)