Author Archives: Joseph Carroll

About Joseph Carroll

I am an enthusiast of all things cigars - from the experience of smoking, to becoming engrossed in their culture. In an age increasingly dominated by technology and automated manufacturing, I consciously strive to retain an appreciation for pursuits based around concepts like craftsmanship, passion, and artistic expression. I believe that quirks and flaws are often what gives art its beauty. I aim to embrace both the good and the bad in my writing, as I think both sides of the coin are necessary to capture something in its entirety. In my spare time I enjoy reading, exceeding speed limits, and nursing my fetish for all things Koenigsegg Automotive.

Featured Cigars – October 2014

Hello everyone, There are 100s of new cigars released every year, with new ones hitting the shelves in what feels like every other every week. It’s tough to keep up with all the new releases even when it’s your full … Continue reading

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Senorial by Jose Blanco Toro Bravo Cigar Review

When one thinks of the name Jose Blanco they may be inclined to think of several things, from his tenure with La Aurora, to his more recent stint with Joya de Nicaragua. Jose Blanco has been in the industry for … Continue reading

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H. Upmann The Banker Annuity Cigar Review

The Banker from H. Upmann is latest release from the fabled brand. H. Upmann was originally started by two brothers – Carl and Herman Upmann; two wealthy bankers in the early 1800s. The story goes that

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My Father La Antiguedad Toro Cigar Review

Does this cigar even need an introduction? As the brainchild of My Father Cigar’s Cuban mastermind, Don Pepin Garcia, I hardly think so. Nevertheless, we’ll cover the bases. For the sake of formality, if nothing else. The La Antiguedad is … Continue reading

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La Palina Goldie Laguito Especial Cigar Review

The newest edition of the La Palina Goldie series has arrived, and in a lancero, no less. Officially known as the La Palina Goldie Laguito Especial, this cigar bears the namesake of La Palina founder Sam Paley’s wife, Goldie Drell … Continue reading

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Nestor Miranda Collection Maduro Corona Gorda Cigar Review

Back in late May, Cigar King had both the pleasure and the privilege of hosting the launch of the Nestor Miranda Collection, the cigar designed by Miami Cigar Co. Vice President, Jason Wood, which commemorates the 25th Anniversary of Miami … Continue reading

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Lost, but Not Forgotten: Two Cigars You Should Rediscover

It happens to the best of us. Hundreds of new cigars come out each year, and between trying to keep up with all the new stuff and revisiting your favorites it’s easy for a few cigars you love to fall … Continue reading

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Davidoff Limited Art Edition 2014 Cigar Review

In 2012, Davidoff announced the launch of the Davidoff Art Initiative, a project designed to celebrate the contemporary artistic community of the Dominican Republic, as well as the greater Caribbean region. The Davidoff Initiative aims to assist great artists in … Continue reading

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La Palina Mr. Sam Corona Cigar Review

Today we’ll be reviewing the La Palina Mr. Sam, the full-production release of a formerly limited cigar. “Mr. Sam” refers to La Palina founder, Sam Paley, being the nickname the workers in the original factory used to refer to him. … Continue reading

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La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Digger Natural Cigar Review

La Flor Dominicana is a unique and unconventional manufacturer for a variety of reasons. The company started up in Santiago, Dominican Republic back in 1996. The mastermind behind the company is a man named Litto Gomez, an individual whose background … Continue reading

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