My Take On Some Popular Testosterone Boosters

Testosterone is one of the most essential hormones for both men and women. It is more important for men than for women since it is responsible for growth and development of male characteristics including strength, muscle mass building, and sex drive. However, its levels in the male body decrease with age, especially after the 30th year.

Once testosterone levels begin to drop, you may experience certain losses in strength and muscle mass. In addition, you may not be as active in bed as you were before you hit 30. There is, nevertheless, no reason to worry about the losses since you can easily and safely increase your levels of the hormone by using testosterone boosters to recover your lost muscle, strength, and sex drive. Remember, there are many types of testosterone boosters, and while every manufacturer will claim to offer the best, their effectiveness varies. In order to help you make a good choice, I will introduce you to some of the most popular testosterone boosters.

The Award-Winning Nugenix

One of the main reasons why Nugenix tops my list is the fact that it bagged GNC Innovation Award in 2013. It is a dietary supplement with several ingredients, which help boost libido, improve the flow of blood to the muscles, and help body builders gain more muscle mass. Some of the ingredients in the mix include L-Citrulline Malate which together with Testofen, boosts relaxation of blood vessels, and helps men have a firmer erection for better performance in bed. The supplement also contains Vitamin B6, which not only enhances better arousal but also encourages the formation of red blood cells. Zinc helps in repairing of blood cells and promotion of sexual health. All these processes are inhibited by low levels of testosterone in the male body.

The Safety of Testofen

One unique selling point of this testosterone booster is the care with which it is prepared. The manufacturer of Testofen takes pride in offering natural products that have gone through clinical studies. Gencor utilizes Ayurvedic tradition, an ancient way of using natural herbs to heal the human body. In a bid to ensure top effectiveness and safety, the company carries out research and trials in humans and animals in their lab (which is certified by GLP) to test every ingredient before it goes into any of their products.

Testofen is among the most popular testosterone boosters. There are clinical studies that suggest that the fenugreek extract helps keep free testosterone in healthy levels in males. The result is high levels of endurance during workouts and greatly increased muscle mass as well as improved performance in bed. Testofen is also excellent in combating Andropause symptoms.

Building a Better Physique with Test X180

Test X180 is well-known for raising free testosterone levels. I would recommend it for the gym fanatic who would like to have great results after working out. Its claim in building more and stronger muscle is true. Moreover, the supplement helps users improve sex life by heightening the crave for sex and performance in the bedroom. In the end, you will not only have a great physical look, but your worth in the bedroom will also be increased twofold.

Defying Age with Ageless Male Ageless Male Testosterone Booster Review

Getting old has its benefits including more experience and respect. However, the wisdom and status of old age usually come with many undesirable effects. Among them is overweight problems, tiredness, and disinterest in sex as a result of declined testosterone levels. With such a supplement as Ageless Male, you can easily retain your youthfulness with all its benefits while still keeping the wisdom that comes with the years. In short, how old you are will no longer matter as far as muscle mass, energy, and desire for sex and performance is concerned.

One of the main ingredients of Ageless Male is Testofen, the Fenugreek extract. To deliver the full benefits in reclaiming your muscle mass, strength, and sex life, it is combined with three other nutrients. One quality that makes Ageless Male different from other testosterone boosters is the fact that it does not contain such strong stimulants as caffeine. Its natural content makes it among the top four most popular testosterone boosters in my list.


Before you make a choice of the best testosterone booster for yourself, consider the ingredients. The four mentioned supplements will never disappoint you since they contain some of the most effective ingredients for increasing mass muscle, raising energy levels, and greatly improving the user’s sex life. They do so by facilitating more sexual desire and offering more strength for a great performance in bed. In short, the four supplements are among the best in helping men look and act young irrespective of their age. Keep in mind, however, that the use of the supplements should be accompanied by a proper training program for maximum gains.


A Grand Tour Of The Best Cigar Factories In Cuba

Cuban cigars are not only loved and revered but much sought-after. In Cuba, tobacco is so important that the country’s history is entwined with this product. This is the reason why the famed Cuban cigars are so highly respected internationally.

Havana is known as the premium cigars’ original birthplace, and this historic city is dotted with numerous cigar factories of all sizes and shapes. Although most tourists believe that only the Partágas Factory is actually open to visitors, there is more to see in Cuba. Come along as Michael W. Asimos, Cigar Connoisseur and Reviewer gives you a grand tour of these iconic cigar factories in Cuba.

Partagás Cigar Factory

Located in Old Havana’s Industrial street No. 520, Partagás Cigar Factory has always maintained that beautiful old colonial building as its venue. The historic building is a classic example of the stunning architecture of the Caribbean.

During your visit to this historic factory, among the notable features you will meet are some of Cuba’s most famous cigars: Churchills and Lusitanias. The factory maintains a sale hall where you can sample a variety of cigar offers. Having been built way back in 1845, Michael Asimos observes that Partagás is certainly showing its age, creaky floors, with crumbling steps, and many aspects that need some fixing.

The tour of the factory allows you to witness first-hand, the process of the cigar making. Tours will walk you through the entire process from when the tobacco is being taken off the trucks, the leaves sorting, rolling into the cigars, wrapping, and finally the labeling of each individual cigar.

Romeo y Julieta (or the H. Upmann) Factory

For now, notes Michael W. Asimos, all visitors to the original Upmann factory are being directed to the Romeo y Julieta. Until slightly earlier this year, Romeo y Julieta served as the factory’s cigar-rolling school. Previously, it was a full-production facility famed for its namesake brand of cigars, Romeo y Julieta. The factory is very efficient and also very clean.

As you enter, there is (to the left) a stunning old marble staircase and a huge banner (black and gold in color) that reads, “H. Upmann Havana”. The gallery is among the largest in Havana, with big windows on either side to supply the workers with enough light. The gallery is quite colorful as several of the cigar molds have been painted crisp yellow or bright blue, together with the standard black or plain wood. The place buzzes like a beehive. The Romeo y Julieta (or the H. Upmann) factory is very popular with disembarking tourists from cruise ships.

La Corona Cigar Factory

Your tour of the best cigar factories in Cuba would not be complete without a visit to La Corona. This is one of the largest Cuban cigar factories, daily producing upwards of 30,000 cigars. The factory certainly is devoid of the charm of Partagás or the style of the Romeo, and comes with an Eastern Bloc feel. However, as Mike Asimos notes, this factory still makes some awesome smokes. It creates at least 25 cigar brands. La Corona is located close to Cuba’s busiest baseball stadium. Certainly, it cannot be described to be among the most attractive cigar factories.

The La Corona Factory has been organized into distinct sections, each responsible for a specific yet critical undertaking. These include tobacco leaves sorting, cutting, rolling, and leaves pressing to make the cigars as well the quality control sector. The tour takes visitors through all these sections, populated by over six hundred workers. Tours take about 30-minutes, and Mike advises you to buy your ticket well in advance.

El Laguito Cigar Factory

The El Laguito Cigar Factory comes with a rich history and is famous for producing some of the finest cigars in the world. It was founded in 1967 with the objective of becoming the birthplace of the premier cigar during the post-revolution era. It is famous for the Cohiba brand, rumored to be one of the best cigar brands.

An El Laguito Cigar Factory tour gives you a glimpse into the Cuban cigar rolling tradition handed down over the years from generation to generation. However, the globe trotter, Mike Asimos, cautions that visits to El Laguito are reserved for specially invited guests and dignitaries. If you get lucky to secure this special tour, ensure you savor every moment of the experience.

The Cuban cigar is an internationally renowned and a highly coveted souvenir. This is largely because it has always been rolled by hand from tobacco leaves. If the Caribbean getaway of Cuba is in your itinerary, a tour of the best cigar factories is a must. According to Michael W. Asimos, the respected Cigar Connoisseur, the best way of understanding the Cuban cigar phenomenon is partaking in one or two of the available cigar factory tours.

9 Best Cigars of 2017

Cigars differ in a variety of ways. If you are interested in cigars and would like to experiment them, we recommend you to try all the variants available to yourself and decide which works for you the best. However, if you don’t have the inclination to try them all and want to cut to the chase, here are some cigars that I, Michael Asimos, recommend. The following cigars are not ranked, or listed in any particular order.

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade

Drew Estate is a major American cigar brand that makes its cigars in Nicaragua. The company is known for innovation with its cigars and producing new cigars time and again. The Undercrown Shade is a newer cigar from Drew Estate. This particular cigar was designed to replicate Liga Privada and utilizes the nine flavors of readily available tobaccos. Undercrown is an extremely popular cigar in America with a lighter variant available.

Punch ‘Rothschild Maduro’ Cigars

If you’re looking for an authentic Honduran Cigar that comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, the Punch cigar is an ideal choice, specifically the Rothschild Maduro. The cigar is made to conform to Honduras’ tobacco curing rules and stipulations. The Punch Rothschild pays homage to the Punch line of cigars with a full-bodied, vibrant flavor.

Cohiba Dominican ‘Robusto’ Cigars

The Cohiba Dominican is a medium-strength cigar with an extremely tight draw. Cigar lovers and enthusiasts love this cigar not just for its flavor and taste, but also because it’s sized just right. The cigar is smooth and crisp and allies well with cognac, a brandy variety. People who like a smooth draw and do not want their cigars to be overwhelming will love this cigar.

Partagas ‘Fabulosos’ Cigars

The Partagas Fabulosos is the right blend of mild leather and pepper. The smoke is also marginally infused with a variety of cocoa and fruity flavors. Coming in a 25-cigar box, this hearty and filling tobacco is grown in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The cigar is well-built and has a consistent subtle flavor, which makes it an ideal stick to smoke after dinner.

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial made it into the public domain for the first time in 2009. At the time of its launch in New York, there was no particular name given to the cigar and the quantities available were also fairly limited. However, with the positive response to the cigar, the makers entered full-time production mode, and also gave the cigar its now popular name. Reserva Especial is ideal for individuals who like bold flavors in their cigars. The cigar has loads of molasses and dark chocolate combined with toasted wood. To round things out, there are tobacco spices and earthy cocoa too.

Crowned Heads Le Careme

Crowned Heads Le Careme is basically paying homage to Marie-Antonine Careme. Marie-Antonine was a popular French chef who pioneered specific French cuisine in the 1800s. During that period, he also popularized the soufflé. This probably explains why the Le Careme cigar’s flavors remind you of a rich French soufflé. If you’re more of a sweets person, you will surely like this cigar. The sweetness of the cigar hits you in . a subtle manner. The flavors begin with earthy tobacco notes, which lead to toasted nuts, rich cocoa, and deep fruit. The cigar is replete with light black pepper that helps balances things out.

Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff

Caldwell is a modest boutique cigar company formed by a few friends. Robert Caldwell, the founder, and his team’s goal is to create a small batch of high-quality cigar blends. The Blind Man’s Bluff is made in Honduras in a factory that also makes Camacho Cigars. This cigar looks rustic, thanks to the bumpy wrapper with visible veins. The cigar’s flavors are quite unique too. You are treated to a complex, but rich, blend of black pepper, tobacco spice, earthy hay, toasty cedar, and coffee. There are also nuances of cream and citrus in the smoke.

Warped Flor Del Valle

Flor De Valle is the first Warped cigar that hasn’t been made in Miami’s El Titan de Bronze factory. The primary reason being the brand wants to keep this cigar completely Nicaraguan. This means the tobaccos and the rolling are from and done in Nicaragua in a factory called Casa Fernandez. The cigar’s flavor are made up of earthy spices with cinnamon, wood, sugar, and leather notes. Most other cigar blends usually do not have such earthy notes.

My Father Le Bijou 1922

Father Le Bijou 1922 has received several accolades and much appreciation in the past from experts and connoisseurs like myself, Michael Asimos. The cigar not only has a wonderful flavor but it also looks great. The smooth dark, shiny brown wrapper gives a fine leather-like appearance to the stick. As far the flavor is concerned, it’s hard to describe it in words. One must experience it first-hand to find out what it really is like. One thing can be said for sure,  if you like white and black pepper in your cigar, you’d love My Father Le Bijou 1922.

“Presto!” Book Review

Penn Jillette Tells All In His New Book

From time to time I love to read a good book.  Penn Jillette is probably one of my favorite magicians and comedians.  I’ve followed him for years and now with his new book out about his recent life changing events, he describes what can be done when push comes to shove.

The acclaimed, outspoken magician Penn Jillette holds nothing back in his latest book, Presto! The publication provides a captivating narration of how the author lost more than 100 pounds. He achieved the objective using unconventional methods. The book takes readers on a life-changing journey characterized by a number of healthy lifestyle choices. The story is presented with a heavy dose of humor and honesty.

Jillette’s blood pressure had soared to dangerous levels due to his staggering weight of over 330 pounds. This frightening reality forced him to take drastic action. His response was inspired by the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle. He also wanted to see his children grow up. The author met former NASA scientist Ray Cronise who proposed an ambitious weight-loss plan. Cronise’s fast track weight-loss regime involved a potato-only diet.

Penn was told to eat the entire potato, including the skin. He could mash or bake the starchy, tuberous crop but add no fruits, vegetables or other ingredients. The regime also prohibited exercising. To Jillette’s surprise, he started losing weight at a rapid pace thanks to the near-starvation diet. The events took place when he was approaching his 60th birthday.

Inspirational Weight-loss

In this book, the author discusses the ordeal in detail, including regular visits to the physician, adjustment issues and the joy of weight-loss success. The publication provides an inspirational day-to-day account of an hardcore weight-loss solution that is set to motivate people battling with overweight issues.

Along the journey, he experienced wide-ranging emotions. He drifted from skepticism to inspirational, life-changing momentum that turned his life around. The process is outlined in captivating and hilarious detail. Despite the challenges of battling weight issues, he continued to pursue his normal day-to-day activities.

During this period, Jillette met fellow eccentric performers and Hollywood executives. He even performed at shows in Las Vegas and spent time with friends and family.

Penn’s Familiar Sarcastic Style

From outrageous sense of humor to biting social commentary, Presto is not short of drama and intrigue. The author shares views on pop culture, sex and religion. This helps turn the story into genre-busting and refreshing account.

The author’s account of the events do not outline a well-researched argument of unhealthy lifestyles. However, it does provide a chilling reality check and an honesty opinion about dealing with obesity. The book is filled with self-deprecating humor from a best-selling author. Penn also delivers a hilarious take on his experience as a competitor on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice.

Readers are entertained by the author’s description of America’s 45th president’s ridiculous and peculiar hairdo. Penn describes Trump’s hair as ‘looking like cotton candy made of piss.’

Jillette who is known for his unconventional personality showcases a plethora of signature stage characteristics. He is ruthlessly honest, overbearing, rude and garrulous. However, he slows down the drama after reaching the appex of of his weight-loss campaign. The astonishing results are accomplished in only 83 days. He lost almost 25 percent of his body weight and says he feels much better. Penn’s 6-foot-7 frame now carries a more manageable weight.

Penn informs the readers about his choice of food at parties and restaurants following the successful mission. The underlying message in the book is that it is better to create new comfort foods than yield to the tempting vibes of unhealthy foods. Readers are sure to take the ironic yet funny account of the weight-loss program with a pinch of salt.

He lost weight more rapidly than what the majority of physicians recommend. On the other hand, the author is faced with a risk of regaining some of the lost weight. However, he says he is well aware of the ongoing demands associated with maintaining his weight well into the future. Jillette is convinced that his new diet regime will make it easier to avoid a relapse.

Top 3 Cigar Factories To Visit In Cuba

Havana, Cuba is regarded as the birthplace of high-end cigars. If you are like many cigar connoisseurs, you have probably dreamed about visiting this enchanting city and having an up close and personal experience at some of the area’s premier cigar factories. Fortunately, the dream can be a reality, as many of the city’s top factories offer tours of their facilities and welcome visitors from various parts of the world.

Although some individuals are under the impression that the Partágas Factory is the only one open to visitors, this is not the case. You can tour the La Corona and the Romeo y Julieta Cigar Factories as well.

Cuban cigar factories have a life of their own, and the moment you are hit with the intoxicating smell of Cuban tobacco, you will feel as if you have entered another world. The following are some great choices if you are planning a Havana vacation and want to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience touring these establishments:

Partagás Factory

Cuba’s best known–and arguably most popular–cigar manufacturing plant is the 166-year-old Partagás Factory. It is frequented by tourists on a regular basis, and although plans to close the factory for extensive renovations were discussed, as of February 2017, the establishment is still a working facility that will welcome you for a visit. You will be enchanted by this four-story structure with its oversized white and red authentic Fabrica de Tabacos Partagás sign. A grand establishment, its signature décor includes ornate shuttered windows and impressive balconies. You may need a bit of patience when standing outside, where you will almost certainly be approached by unscrupulous individuals attempting to sell counterfeit Cuban cigars, but seeing this impressive factory is well worth the wait.

Romeo y Julieta Factory

Now also the temporary home of H. Upmann, the Romeo y Julieta Cigar Factory is finally opened for tours for the first time in years. In addition to the entire production of Cuba’s H. Upmanns, the Romeo y Julieta Factory also produces several sizes of Cohiba, Montecristos, and of course, Romeo y Julietas. The establishment is very efficient and clean, and features a lovely, antique marble staircase, which is situated off to the left as you enter. You will also see a huge gold and black banner on which the words “H. Upmann Havana” are printed.

The rolling gallery is one of the largest in Havana, and features very large windows on both sides, which provide the workers with adequate light. Over 204 torcedores work at this factory, and you will likely enjoy how the gallery buzzes like a bee hive. It is also very colorful, as crisp yellow and bright blue are used to paint many of the cigar molds, in addition to the more conventional black or plain wood.

The factory is highly popular among visitors disembarking from cruise vessels, and therefore if you enjoy sailing the high seas, you may wish to schedule your visit to Cuba as part of a cruise.

La Corona Factory

Situated right around the corner from Cuba’s busiest baseball stadium is the La Corona Factory. Although its style is not much to look at when compared with Cuba’s other cigar factories, it is still a fun place to visit. The factory’s architecture is somewhat plain, but its workers make some of the best cigars in existence. In fact, it is the mother factory for Por Larrañaga, Flor de Cano, San Cristóbal de la Habana, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey and Cuaba. The workers at this factory create cigars that are simply amazing, such as the multi-faceted Cuaba Salomon.

The rolling gallery is quite crowded and has a fascinating lighting system that you will probably find interesting: every roller station is illuminated with unique lights that are draped along on curved poles. The La Corona Factory also features a tasting room with cubicles designed for one cigar taster at a time. Although the factory itself is definitely worth a visit, you may wish to avoid the cigar shop that is adjacent to the establishment, as it is unfortunately plagued by cigar hustlers attempting to pawn off fake smokes on unsuspecting tourists.

Fortunately, whichever cigar factories you choose to visit you will not be disappointed. For this reason, if you like to travel and dream of enjoying an authentic Cuban cigar in the city where it was made, you should definitely consider a vacation in Cuba.

What Food Should You Pair With Cigars?

There isn’t much literature around as to what foods to eat when smoking cigars. That is because it really doesn’t make much of a difference. However, there are some people who believe one should put serious thought in the kind of food they eat with cigars. In this article, we’ll discuss the same.

Complement Each Other

When eating food or pairing meals with cigar, it’s important that the two complement each other. They need not be similar in flavor or complete opposites, but enhance each other’s taste. Either the cigar or the food shouldn’t be overpowering; the objective is to have some balance and synergy. For example, a Petit Corona goes well with Mediterranean tapas. The cheese and olive and other vegetables are wonderfully offset by the mellow and brief smoke. On the contrary, a much comprehensive cigar such as an Oscuro or Maduro nicely balances with a large meal comprising potatoes or steak.

This pairing is similar to how food and wine are stacked up. White wine goes well with lighter food and red wine enhances heavier meals. However, like wine, there is no stone-etched rule when it comes to food and cigars. The goal is not just to relish both experiences, but also bring in enhancements.

Specific Food Items and Cigars

There are some people who smoke cigarettes whenever they eat fish. These are individuals who eat fish when they smoke, and vice-versa. It’s a pairing that clicks with them the most. And this combination is quite understandable as well, otherwise we wouldn’t have been smoking fishes then. This is why people also love barbecuing when smoking. However, smoked turkey, brisket, and ham could overpower milder cigars. It’s therefore important to smoke a more powerful cigar when pairing it with barbecue. Some cigar lovers prefer sausages, meat, pepperoni and salami instead of olives, crackers, and cheese. Fruits such as grapes are options too.

Some people stay away from solid food completely when smoking. They go with liquids instead. This is because both food and smoke require some level of focus. When pairing them together, it’s multitasking at some level, which may not be to everyone’s liking. Drinking, on the other hand, complements a tobacco.

Generally, desserts or sweets usually don’t go well with cigars and that’s because there are two extremely different flavors at play. However, there are certain dessert exceptions such as bittersweet, dark chocolate that can complement cigars. Otherwise, regardless of how good the tobacco quality is, most desserts do not partner with tobacco well. This is also because a cigar is a dessert replacement for many and pairing them together really defeats the purpose of both a dessert and cigar.


As aforementioned, a particular food-cigar pairing may not work for all. Every individual has different tastes and perceptions. Try the combinations mentioned earlier and find out if they work for you. If they don’t, you may do some exploring yourself. Start by picking a cigar you like and try out food items you prefer. This trial-and-error method should help you find the right combination.  Visit Michael Asimos on Vimeo for more cigar advice.

Davidoff Cigar Review: All You Need To Know About Davidoff Cigars

Established over 100 years ago, Davidoff is a high-end cigar brand that is committed to the philosophy of “the good life.” The company has been producing luxury-quality since its inception. As such, it is hardly surprising that many consider Davidoff cigars to be just about perfect. Just about anyone who desires a rich, high-quality cigar, will scarcely have to look further than the Davidoff line of cigars. Davidoff’s cigars are known for variety as much as they are known for refinement and sophistication. Even with each line offering up distinct, unique flavors, all Davidoff cigars have that common thread of polished elegance detectable by the connoisseur with discerning taste.

Currently, Davidoff offers four main cigar lines, each uniquely tailored to fit with the cigar companies vision of bringing unique, available nowhere else blends to the modern aficionado. These four main cigar lines include Escurio, Yamasa, Nicaragua, and the Nicaragua Box Pressed. To get a fuller picture of how Davidoff is able to achieve their vision, we take a closer look at each line below and the events that inspired each in this Davidoff cigar review.

The Inspiration Behind The Four Flagship Cigar Lines

davidoff escurio review


Brazil, and in particular Rio, is known for its vibrant, authentic culture. In a similar manner, the Davidoff Escurio that is molded after the same is a blend of rhythm, intrigue, and originality. Escurio’s unforgettable blend offers up an intense, spicy, but sweet flavor that mimics the rhythm of the Brazilian culture without losing the sophistication and refinement that the Davidoff brand has become renowned for.


20 years in the making, Davidoff’s Yamasa started with the dream to turn the swamplands of the Yamasa region into successful tobacco fields that could bring new flavors to cigar aficionados. Thanks to the determination of Henke Kelner and his team of experts to continue until they got it right, the tobacco fields of Yamasa is now home to the amazing Davidoff Yamasa. Cigars from the David Yamasa series combine flavors from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and the Yamasa region to grind one awe-inspiring tobacco blend. The flavors are a combination of sweet and spicy tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua with the earthy flavors of the Yamasa region in the wrapper and binder.


Of all the available Davidoff cigar lines, this one – Nicaragua – is perhaps the most reflective of Zino David’s pioneering spirit. The Nicaragua series of Davidoff cigars emerged from the desire to create tobacco flavors that embodied fire and bite. The soil of Nicaragua, as affected by volcanic activity, proved to be the perfect fit and a new flavor unique to the region and Davidoff cigars was born. This new blend is designed to bring together sweet and bitter flavors.

Nicaragua Box Pressed

Taking the bitter-sweet sensibilities of the Nicaragua line, the Nicaragua Box Pressed line takes the flavors even further. The original flavors are boosted by the complementary combination of Ligero Leaf and Ometepe, Jalapa, and Condega tobaccos. All these flavors combine to create what Davidoff cigar describes as a complex bitter-sweet palate stimulation.

By offering up four distinct cigar line options, each with its own unique blends, Davidoff cigars is ensuring that they stay true to their mission of offering the modern cigar connoisseur the many flavors of the good life.

A Review Of The Padron Damaso

Piloto Cigars Inc. is a name synonymous with quality Nicaraguan cigars. The company is well known for its line of full-flavored cigars. Some of their most popular lines include the Anniversary series and the Serie 1926. Over the years, the company has received multiple awards in recognition for Serie 1926.

In 2015, Padron released the Padron Damaso. The name is derived from the company’s current president Jorge Padron’s great-grandfather, Damaso Padron. Damaso was the first in the family to arrive in Cuba and grow tobacco during the 1800s. Although the Damaso is a testament to the company’s willingness to experiment, the quality of the build and construction is still on par with other Piloto cigars.

In terms of form and design, the Padron Damaso has deviated from its predecessors. The Damaso is the first to feature a Connecticut seed wrapper. Although identified as such, the seed wrapper was farmed in Ecuador. This cigar line features a uniform khaki brown hue with three bands. The first marker pays tribute to the Padron signature brand. Much like the company’s band, the Damaso marker features the same unique mix of white and gold with a maroon outline.

Right in between the two markers is the brand’s protective band. In previous years, the Padron line had fallen victim to counterfeits. This second layer is designed to discourage the production of fakes.

Traditionally, Padrons are feature a box-press form. The Damaso is the brand’s first round cigar.

Another stark difference between the Padron Damaso and other offerings by the Piloto Cigars Inc. is the taste. Compared to its predecessors, the Damaso has a milder flavor.

According to an interview with Jorge Padron, the company is using the Damaso to reach out to new markets. With the milder flavor of this cigar, Padron intends to encourage both stogie novices and aficionados to try out the Piloto Cigar brand.

The Damaso comes in four sizes. Each size corresponds to the age of one of the grandkids of Jose Orlando Padron’s grandkids. No. 17 has a length of 7 inches with a 54 ring gauge. There is the popular No. 15 which features a size of 6 inches by 52. Plus there is the No. 12 which a 5 inch length by 50 and lastly the No. 8 with a measurement of 5.5 inches by 46. The No. 15 was used as the basis for this review.

Padron Damaso’s No. 15 feels firm in the hand. Before being lit, a noticeable mix of pepper, grass and earthy smells can be detected.

When toasted and lit, the cigar provides a smooth draw, a peanut smell, a mild buttery flavor with a touch of sweetness at the end. A third of the way, the No. 15 also starts exuding a smell reminiscent of sunflower seeds or cashews. This unique mixture of smells continues throughout the second third.

Around the final third of the cigar, the earthy flavor begins to re-emerge. There is a touch of spice in the aroma, a slight peppery smell. The aroma is evident but not overwhelming. As with other cigars from the Piloto Company, the burn is even from the first to the last draw. In terms of burning time however, the No. 15 can be considered quick.

When smoking the Damaso, it is important not to associate it with Padron’s other cigar lines. Other Padrons feature the box-pressed form. The parejo shape on the Damaso may feel awkward in the hands of loyal Padron fans. Although the Damaso is well made and exudes a milder flavor, the $15 price tag may also deter individuals looking for a good morning cigar. All in all, it is still a good cigar to consider for individuals looking for a milder-bodied cigar or novices trying out their first stogie.

Nine Cuban Cigars Everyone Must Try

There are a lot of different options when it comes to choosing a great cigar. This might make it tough to choose the right one to smoke. For this reason, I have come up with a list of the best Cuban cigars everyone must try. Therefore, sit down, relax, and go through this list containing nine top Cuban cigars.

Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona

If a well-rounded, delicious, and long smoke is what you are looking for, then the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona is the cigar to smoke. What I loved most about this cigar is its great mix of coffee and cocoa with a subtle spicy aftertaste. On top of the great taste and aftertaste is an excellent burn and an aroma that is superb. All these facts put together is what make this cigar my number one choice for cigars from Cuba that you should try.

Montecristo #2

Among the best cigars in the world is Montecristo #2. This opinion is not mine alone but also of many cigar smokers. This cigar has also been ranked one of the best for a number of years, and because of this, it is used to rank other cigars. This cigar comes in either medium or full body and has a smooth creamy taste with the perfect balance of spice. The Montecristo #2 is my second best cigar and I know you will agree with me after trying it.

Romeo Y Julieta Churchill

The Julieta is another great cigar that I would strongly recommend to any cigar smoker. This cigar is incredibly smooth and has a great flavor. The Romeo, however, is not that strong compared to other Cuban cigars, but has a perfectly smooth draw, a sweet and creamy taste, and is a solid medium body. This cigar is a favorite to many celebrities, therefore, everyone should try it.

Partagas Serie D

Another great cigar that I personally love and would recommend to anyone is the Partagas Serie D. Partagas is a robusto size and has a delicious woody finish that tastes great. This cigar is absolutely fantastic and you should try it too.

Cohiba Behike

The Cohiba Behike is one of the most sought-after cigars in the world. Its high ratings are courtesy of the careful mix of Cuba’s finest aged tobaccos. This cigar is very strong, something that is attributed to Media Tiempo tobacco leaves it contains. Apart from that, this cigar tastes great and I loved it a lot.

Cohiba Lancero

The Cohiba Lancero is a delicious tasting and very smooth cigar. Not only does this cigar taste great, it was also created specifically for Fidel Castro. For this reason, this cigar is seen by many as a choice for truly educated smokers, and it has a huge cult following. Although the Lancero appears thin and frail, it compensates with its world-class craftsmanship.

Bolivar Belicoso

Another great cigar is the Bolivar Belicoso. This cigar has an immensely complex profile and is also very flavorful. The Belicoso emits fruit and spice flavors that precede a woody and floral taste that is experienced immediately after lighting it. It is for these and other reasons that many cigar smokers revere the Belicoso as the best figurado that is full-bodied available today.

H. Upmann Petite Corona

The H. Upmann Petite Corona just as its name suggests is a small-sized cigar. Though it is small in size, this cigar compensates what it lacks in size with a rich memorable flavor. You get to enjoy a great blend of coffee notes and spice when you smoke the H. Upmann. Among its greatest lovers was President J. F. Kennedy. It is said that Kennedy’s love for this cigar was so great that hours before he signed the Cuban embargo, he ordered 1,200 pieces of them.

Montecristo #4

The Montecristo #4 is a medium bodied cigar with a smooth and mellow smoke profile. I particularly enjoy the Montecristo #4 with my coffee in the morning and I would advise you to try it in the morning too. Thanks to its great taste, this cigar is the best-selling cigar from Cuba in the world, therefore, you will love it too.

There are other great tasting Cuban cigars, but these nine are the best and I highly recommend them to you too.

Traveling To Cuba Since The Embargo Has Been Lifted

For years, visiting Cuba was not an option for Americans due to the embargo. In the 1960’s, Cuba did not compensate America for nationalizing their oil refineries. This created a severe trade embargo. Since it has been lifted, travel to Cuba has become a possibility and people are taking advantage of being able to travel someplace new. While travel to Cuba is possible now, it is important that you understand what is expected of you and what you should expect. Traveling to Cuba is not the same as traveling to the rest of the world.

Official Travel Paperwork
When you fly anywhere out of the country, you need to have your passport and it is stamped. This is not the case when you are traveling to this island country. You would need to purchase a 30 day Cuban Tourist Visa. They are sold at the airport and they cost just $20. It is a separate card and it is not attached to your passport.

Select Airlines
There are only a few select airlines who fly to the island. These include AeroMexico, Cubana, Copa, and Air Canada. Recently, the US Government has started allowing American Airlines to fly there, however, there are only a few flights out of Miami. Eventually, more flights will be added.

Travel Insurance
If you are planning to travel to the largest island in the Caribbean, you are required to purchase travel medical insurance. If you don’t have insurance, you would be required to purchase a special Cuban travel package for about $10 per day.

The Cuban Money Exchange
Debit and credit cards that are issued by United States banks will not work when you travel to the island. If you are planning a trip there, you should bring lots of cash. You would need to have between $50 and $100 U.S. dollars for each day that you are there if you want to be comfortable. There are two different currencies. The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) is the currency given to tourists. It has the same cash value as the U.S. dollar. The Cuban Peso (CUP) however, is used by the locals and is worth much less than the U.S. dollar.

Transportation On the Island
Transportation can be a bit tricky. They have a government bus that is specifically for tourists. It is called Viazul and it goes around much of the country. The tickets are not too expensive, however, the bus fills up quickly. You would need to buy your tickets at least a day in advance. If you want to rent a car, that can be even more tricky. There aren’t many, so you would need to book the car a few weeks in advance. You would need to call directly because you cannot book online. Also, it is not cheap. It will cost you between $70 and $90 USD each day for the car. Also, you would need to put a $200 deposit down. Finally, you can take a vintage taxi. These are vintage cars driven by locals. Unfortunately, this is a very expensive way to travel. For a short ride in town, it will cost you $8 to $10. If you are taking a long trip, it can cost between $60 to $70. To take a taxi for the day, you should expect to pay $120 for the day.

Cuban Internet
This area is not very connected. If you want to use WiFi there, you would need to purchase a prepaid WiFi card. It will cost you between $2 to $3 for every hour of service. You can use the username and password on the scratch off card that you would get from a kiosk. You can then find networks in major hotels and in public parks. You may also be able to purchase cards from locals in the park and at your hotel’s front desk. You will, however, end up paying more. You should understand that the government does censor some sites, such as anti-government blogs and Snapchat. The internet is not very fast, but it will work.

Bringing Back Cigars
If you are traveling to Cuba for certain reasons, you can bring home $400 worth of souvenirs. This does include cigars. If you buy Cuban cigars in Mexico or any other country, however, it is still illegal.

Since the trade embargo has been lifted, travel to Cuba is possible. Pretty soon, Americans will be able to buy real estate, shop, and do everything that citizens from other countries can do. It’s an exciting time!

Just be sure that you know what to expect when you get there.