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Nelson Alfonso

VODCast: Boom! Goes The Firecracker with Nelson Alfonso

This week on The Cigar Authority broadcasting live from the Toscano Sound Stage in Salem, New Hampshire… Its Father’s Day Weekend and our special guest is Nelson Alfonso from Selected Tobacco – Makers of Atabey, Byron and Bandolero along with his son Fabio. We launch the 2022 Firecracker – The Bandolero Firecracker and spill the beans of some of the new cigars from Nelson Alfonso. In the first hour we light up the Bandolero Firecracker […]

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Byron Veneciano Cigar Review

Byron comes to you from Nelson Alfonso who does a lot of packaging for some of the top Cuban cigars on the market today. The man behind the rebranding of Behike wanted to deliver a cigar to the American market that was reminiscent of the Cuban brands from the 19th (XIX), 20th (XX) and 21st (XXI) centuries. Since being introduced to the brand, these have consistently scored in the very high 90’s. This past week […]

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Two Guys Smoke Shop 35th Anniversary Dinner Announced

Two Guys Smoke Shop of Salem, Nashua, and Seabrook, New Hampshire will be celebrating it’s 35th Anniversary on September 16, 2020 by giving away up to $35,000. Two Guys Smoke Shop, a very popular New England Cigar Shop, has not only become known for being the highest volume independently owned and operated retail cigar shop in America, but also for it’s elaborate Anniversary events which have included everything from giving away Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Hummer […]

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Atabey Idolos 4 x 55 Cigar Review

For the last show of 2019 we smoked a cigar from The Cigar Authority Care Package that we consider to be a pretty damn special cigar. For us at The Cigar Authority, Atabey is a cigar that stands above all else. It’s a cigar that has consistently gotten a 100 rating here on The Cigar Authority and it has gotten accolades by others in the industry as well. At the 2019 IPCPR Atabey introduced a […]

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Byron Grand Poemas 2013 Vintage Cigar Review

Earlier this month the 2013 vintage of the Byron XIX Grand Poemas was released to retailers via United Cigars. Available only in 200 boxes the cigars are offered in humidors designed by Nelson Alfonso of Selected Tobacco. According to Oliver Nivaud the Director of Sales for United Cigars “This is a beautifully blended cigar offering richer notes of cedar and molasses. After resting these cigars for five years, post roll, you can truly experience the complex maturity.”  […]

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Bandolero Picaros Cigar Review

Selected Tobacco is a company that is built around three brands. Two of those brands, Atabey and Byron have grown in popularity since Oliver Nivaud was made Director of Sales for United Cigar the company that handles distribution. The third brand, Bandolero hasn’t gotten its share of recognition and we feel that is an injustice. Today, we fire up the Bandolero Picaros and offer up our review of the cigar made in Costa Rica by […]

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Atabey Spiritus Lancero Cigar Review

If you ask our own David Garofalo what his favorite cigar is, without hesitation he will say Atabey. If you ask him what his least favorite size is, he will answer just as fast, Lancero. Talk about the conundrum this cigar created. Now on the other hand if you ask me those same questions this would be the dream cigar in theory. However, does that theory hold up? Today we put the theory to the […]

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Byron 19th Century Grand Poemas Burn

Byron Siglo Serie 19th Century Grand Poemas Cigar Review

The Byron Siglo Series 19 Century Grand Poemas comes to us from Nelson Alfonso’s Selected Tobacco who also makes Atabey and Bandelero. The Byron 19th Century is a line extension of sorts as the cigar now comes in stunning 25 count limited edition humidors. The cigars inside have been aging since 2012 and only 200 humidors were produced this year. We ran the press release prior to the 2017 IPCPR trade show, and these are […]

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IPCPR 2017: Selected Tobacco (Byron, Atabey, Bandolero)

Some of the highest rated cigars here at The Cigar Authority come from Nelson Alfonso’s Selected Tobacco which is distributed in the United States by United Cigar. In addition to launching new sizes of Atabey, the Limited Edition Byron was on hand at the 2017 IPCPR in Las Vegas. The extensions to the Byron brand are based around new packaging that places these exclusive cigars in packaging that lives up to their reputation. Nelson Alfonso […]

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Unicorn: The Atabey Lancero – Cigar Review

A few weeks ago, I saw our good friend Oliver post a photo on his Instagram (@HavanaDaydreamin) of a cigar I was familiar with, but had never seen. Showcased in the image was an Atabey in a lancero size, another beautiful piece of artwork by Nelson Alfonso. I had to have it for this review. So luckily, I was able to get my hands on one so I could share my thoughts with you. This […]

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