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Don Jose – Picks of the Week

Arturo Fuente Especiales - Conquistador's Budget friendly oversized-cigar from the Fuente's This is a $36 cigar, 5 1/2" by 56 and box-pressed; wrapped in that famously Fuente Cameroon wrapper, but it utilises mixed filler from...

The Leaf Sumatra by Oscar

I’m excited because Sumatra wrappers are one of my all-time favourites and I’ve never had a bad stick from Oscar! New to NZ with a stack of other great sticks by Oscar Valladares this Sumatra covered Leaf looks just like the Leaf Maduro apart from the...

The Oscar by Oscar Valladares

If asked I would say that I’m a fan of Oscar Valladares cigars but now that I think about it this might only be the 3rd blend I’ve actually smoked... I love the leaf and have smoked many of them and cosmetically this has many similarities to...

Big Johnny by Oscar

Welcome back to another review! It's Sunday, the sun is out and I have some lamb in the Weber for a 6hr braising... seems like an ideal time to try out the MASSIVE cigar that is the Big Johnny by Oscar.

Don José’s Picks of the Week

Don José back again with another 4 great cigars! Each week I'll be posting a little bit of info on 4 different cigars that are available through CANTEROS.nz and why they made my humidor. As always there are links to...

Teeling Irish Whiskey Small Batch

The Irish whiskey industry was stagnant for a long time since the mid-1980s but it is very far away from that now. Lots of new distilleries are popping up and one of my most favourite is Teeling. Teeling is...

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Rye

Woodford Reserve's Kentucky Straight Rye whiskey has made it to our shores! Produced using a mash-bill of 53% rye, this rye shows off its spice up front and balances it well with notes of fresh fruit (think pear and cherry), chopped mint...

Hemingway – June Cigars

Asylum - Lobotomy Corona (4" by 44) This has fast become my evening go-to cigar; it's a petit Corona and it's bloody tasty and fantastic too! Nicaraguan rolled using a Nicaraguan Habano Maduro wrapper; for...

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

Today we are looking at the Magic Toast by Alec Bradley. The Magic Toast name comes from a memory of Alan Rubin’s. After seeing a “crop beyond belief” they toasted to the future with a “very special whisky”  I for one would...

Viaje WLP Lemons to Lemonade

The White Label Project is a line used to release experimental blends and one off cigars by Viaje.  Generally very little information is released about the blends in the WLP line and it is likely that successful blends are later released as a...