My Journey With: Rocky Patel

It all started in September of 2014 on a school trip during my 12th year in high school to the capital (Stockholm), when we got a few hours for ourselves and I decided to visit a cigar shop called Cigarrummet. I entered the shop and bought my very first Rocky Patel cigar, a Decade Toro … Continue reading My Journey With: Rocky Patel

My Journey With: Jas Sum Kral

This story begins a bit differently, not with a first meting with the owner nor a first try of his cigars, it actually begins in a cigar group on Facebook called Cigar Social Club. The year was 2015, I had only been smoking cigars for a little bit more than a year. At the time … Continue reading My Journey With: Jas Sum Kral

My Journey With: Principle

This story begins during the Cigar Smoking World Championship Qualification for Sweden, in Mellgrens Fine Tobaccos cigar lounge back in 11th of April 2015. Darren Cioffi owner of Principle was one of the special guests of the event, he was a new face for me, at this time I didn't know about his brand nor … Continue reading My Journey With: Principle

My Journey With: Gurkha

Let's get in to this controversial topic. I was just like everybody else who start with cigars, you buy what ever cigars gets recommended to you or who has the loudest advertisement. When I started in 2014, I bought Gurkha, yes in the beginning of my cigar journey, I bought a wide selection of cigars … Continue reading My Journey With: Gurkha

My Journey With: Cavalier Genève

The year is 2016, during the summer (5th of June) I decided to start doing reviews of cigars, at this time I had been smoking cigars for 2.5 years on a regular basis. I felt fairly confident in my understanding of cigars and how to distinguish flavours and aromas. By the end of september I … Continue reading My Journey With: Cavalier Genève

My Journey with: HENK

For this one we need to roll the tape back to March of 2017, I've just been officially introduced as a member of Cigar Journal Tasting Panel (unofficially joined in september 2016) and I'm going on my first tasting trip to meet my fellow tasting panel colleagues. I fly down to Florence, Italy, my first … Continue reading My Journey with: HENK

My Journey With: Casdagli

This story begins on the 15th of december 2014, I was working at Mellgrens Fine Tobacco and we were preparing for the event we where hosting that evening in our cigar lounge. We where going to host Jeremy Casdagli owner of Bespoke Cigars, a new cigar brand to the Swedish Market. I was still young … Continue reading My Journey With: Casdagli

268. Caldwell Lost & Found Swedish Delight 1.0

Store bought at Mellgrens Fine Tobacco. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Lost and Found Swedish Delight cigars are orphaned smokes that were once part of Robert Caldwell’s popular Impromptu series. Made for the Swedish market and sold in some US stores. Tobacco from Dominican Rep and Ecuador. Size: 5.75x46, … Continue reading 268. Caldwell Lost & Found Swedish Delight 1.0

263. La Galera Connecticut Tabaquero Presidente

From my own collection. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: La Galera Connecticut cigars are Jose "Jochy" Blanco's homage to the soul of the cigar factory: "la Galera" is the roller's room, the heart of the action. And it's Jochy's factory, Tabacalera Palma, that's been responsible for a slew of … Continue reading 263. La Galera Connecticut Tabaquero Presidente

262. Condega Don Jose Robusto

Gifted by Srecko Pavicevic, owner of Global Cigars. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Tobacco from Nicaragua. Size: 5.6x50, Robusto. Wrapper: Milk chocolate, smooth and tiny veins. Construction: Firm even feel, when lightly squeezed. Cold draw: Can't sense any particular flavour. 1st third: Starts of with a taste of barnyard … Continue reading 262. Condega Don Jose Robusto

261. La Cava Del Puro Sello Negro Oro

Gifted by William Kilander, President of the Swedish Cigar Federation. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Tobacco from Colombia. Size: 5.7x58, Toro Gordo. Wrapper: Light nutty, smooth with tiny veins. Construction: Slightly spongey feel when lightly squeezed. Cold draw: Almonds. 1st third: Starts with a taste of buttered popcorn, white … Continue reading 261. La Cava Del Puro Sello Negro Oro

260. Caldwell The King is Dead Manzanita

Store bought at Mellgrens Fine Tobacco. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Wrapper: Negrito Dominicano – 2008 Binder: Corojo Dominicano – 2006 Filler: Corojo Ligero Dominicano 30% – 2006, Negrito Viso Dominicano 20% – 2008, HVA 20/20 50% – 2010 Size: 42x4, Petit Corona. Wrapper: Milk chocolate, sandy but still … Continue reading 260. Caldwell The King is Dead Manzanita

259. Leonel 511 Robusto

Gifted by Srecko Pavicevic, owner of Global Cigars. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Colorado-Claro wrapper, filler and binder from Nicaragua. Size: Robusto. Wrapper: Light milk chocolate, silky smooth feel and tiny veins. Construction: Firm even feel, when lightly squeezed. Cold draw: Light cedarwood notes. 1st third: Starts with a … Continue reading 259. Leonel 511 Robusto

257. Toscano Duecento 1818-2018 200th Anniversary Edition

Store bought at Cigarrummet. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Manifatture Sigaro Toscano celebrates the 200th anniversary of Toscano cigars with a new handmade cigar, unique in shape and smoke: the Toscano Duecento. Tobacco from Italy and North American Kentucky tobacco. Size: 200mm / 7.87" Wrapper: Dark chocolate, rough, bumpy … Continue reading 257. Toscano Duecento 1818-2018 200th Anniversary Edition

256. Room101 Farce Longsdale Pre-Release 2018

Gifted by Robert Caldwell, owner of Caldwell Cigars, and Martin Nelson, owner of Kind Cigars. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Farce. It’s a five-size line being produced at Tabacalera William Ventura, a frequent producer of Caldwell cigars, and distributed by Down and Back, LLC, Caldwell’s distribution company. As for … Continue reading 256. Room101 Farce Longsdale Pre-Release 2018

255. Caldwell Long Live the King MAD MOFO Corona Maduro

Gifted by Robert Caldwell, owner of Caldwell Cigars. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: A limited edition release, Caldwell's Long Live the King Mad Mofo Belicoso begins with a filler blend of Corojo '98 and PA double ligero fillers, bound in Indonesian leaf, and embraced by a spicy Mexican San … Continue reading 255. Caldwell Long Live the King MAD MOFO Corona Maduro

254. Caldwell AntiBlack Fresco Robusto

Gifted by Robert Caldwell, owner of Caldwell Cigars. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Didn't get much info about this cigar, only that it only was a few weeks old and should be smoked when it's still "fresh". If I remember correctly it was Dominican tobacco. Size: 4.9x52, Robusto. Wrapper: … Continue reading 254. Caldwell AntiBlack Fresco Robusto

253. Blanco Liga Exclusiva De Familia Connecticut Shade Robusto

Store bought at Mellgrens Fine Tobacco. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Blanco & Plasencia families manufacture Blanco Cigars at one of Plasencia’s five factories located in Estelí, Nicaragua. This factory is one of the most opulent and beautiful factories in all of Central America and is commonly referred to … Continue reading 253. Blanco Liga Exclusiva De Familia Connecticut Shade Robusto

252. Viking Cigar Valhalla Valkyrje Epicure

Gifted by Håkon Aanonsen, Viking Cigars. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: The cigars are blended by Ernesto P. Carrillo and produced at Ernesto's factory Tabacalera La Alianza on the Dom Rep. Ernesto is a legend in the cigar industry and is considered one of the world's best cigar manufacturers … Continue reading 252. Viking Cigar Valhalla Valkyrje Epicure

251. Rocky Patel Super Ligero Lancero

From my own collection. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Wrapper: Cuban-seed Honduran San Agustín Habano, Binder: Habano, Filler: Nicaraguan and Costa Rican Triple Ligero, Factory: El Paraiso Factory (Honduras) Size: 7 1/2x38, Lancero. Wrapper: Coffee bean, oily, silky smooth and tiny veins. Construction: Firm even feel all over wjen … Continue reading 251. Rocky Patel Super Ligero Lancero

250. CAO Amazon Basin Limited Edition 2016

From my own collection. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Amazon Basin uses a rare tobacco called Braganca that is organically grown on unspoiled tropical land and harvested only once every three years. The Braganca leaf is thoughtfully surrounded by tobaccos from five different countries, giving you a smoking experience … Continue reading 250. CAO Amazon Basin Limited Edition 2016

249. Royal Danish Sangre Azul 2.0

Sponsored by Royal Danish Cigars. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: New blend, so it's a pre- release blend. Should be tobacco from Nicaragua. Size: 5x52, Torpedo Boxpressed. Wrapper: Milk chocolate, silky smooth, oily feel with tiny veins. Construction: A light squeeze gives a feel of firm but still a … Continue reading 249. Royal Danish Sangre Azul 2.0

248. Omar Rodriguez Reserva Escogida Toro

Gifted by Ramin Pourasghari, owner of YXtobak. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Omar Rodriguez is a cigar expert and author of the well known book "Cigar makers of Nicaragua" and this cigar is one of his special blends. Size: Toro Wrapper: Milk chocolate, oily but with a rough feel … Continue reading 248. Omar Rodriguez Reserva Escogida Toro

247. Royal Danish Viking Stories Valhalla Burning

Sponsored by Royal Danish Cigars. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: The Viking Series from Royal Danish Cigars are grown in Matagalpa, which is actually a highland coffee region in Nicaragua. There the climate is cooler, which means the tobacco grows slower, making it more flavourful and and powerful(just like … Continue reading 247. Royal Danish Viking Stories Valhalla Burning

245. Partagas Maduro No.1 Habanos Festival Exclusive

Gifted by William Kilander, President of the Swedish Cigar Federation. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Partagás Maduro No. 1, offers the smoker all the flavour and intensity of Partagás, with a very special wrapper , selected from the best leaves harvested from the top levels of the “ Shade … Continue reading 245. Partagas Maduro No.1 Habanos Festival Exclusive

244. Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Double Robusto

Gifted by Merja Juselius, owner of Cigarrummet. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: This special blend was crafted by Carlos Fuente Jr. to honor his father – the patriarch of the brand and the namesake of this medium-bodied masterpiece. Many consider the Don Carlos series to be one of the … Continue reading 244. Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Double Robusto

243. Gurkha East India Co The Classic Cigar Havana Blend Toro

Gifted by a friend. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: The Classic Cigar: Havana Blend has been perfected using a proprietary binder and filler with twenty different tweakings of the blend to get it just right. With a San Andres Wrapper, The Classic Cigar: Havana Blend is a box-pressed and … Continue reading 243. Gurkha East India Co The Classic Cigar Havana Blend Toro

242. Ramon Allones Club Allones Edicion Limitada 2015

Store bought at Mellgrens Fine Tobacco. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Ramón Allones is one of the big names in the history of Habanos. Founded in 1837, it is also one of the oldest brands still in production. Cuban tobacco, from the Vuelta Abajo area. This cigar was a … Continue reading 242. Ramon Allones Club Allones Edicion Limitada 2015

241. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo Río Seco

Store bought at Mellgrens Fine Tobacco. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: Hoyo de Monterrey brand was born in the plantation of the same name in San Juan y Martínez * (P.A.O.), in the heart of the Vuelta Abajo * (P.A.O.) region. Hoyo de Monterrey is located on the fertile … Continue reading 241. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo Río Seco

240. Casdagli Club Mareva Gold Limited Edition 2015

Gifted by Merja Juselius, owner of Cigarrummet. Location: This review was made indoors in Mellgrens cigar lounge. Information: In 2014 to celebrate the partnership with Cigar Club Mareva, home of the Cigar Smoking World Championship, Bespoke cigars launched the Club Mareva Line. Many different versions have been made for this Club Mareva, the first one … Continue reading 240. Casdagli Club Mareva Gold Limited Edition 2015