Golf Cigar Aficianado: Arturo Fuente Cuban Corona Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, May 25th, 2015
Categories: CigarsGolf LifestyleReviews

In the golf world most players have a “go-to” club.  It’s the one club they are the most confident in, hit the best, or depend on when they need to be sure to hit the fairway.  My cigar equivalent, or go-to cigar brand, would have to be Arturo Fuente. “Fuentes” have been as solid and dependable as the best club in my bag.

Arturo Fuente Cuban Corona Cigar

Arturo Fuente Cuban Corona Cigar

Today’s review is of the great tasting and satisfying Arturo Fuente Cuban Corona courtesy of Famous Smoke Shop.  The corona in the name is the shape.  In laymen’s terms it is a medium sized cigar.  The core of the cigar is Dominican in origin.


Strength: Medium
Shape: Corona
Size: 5 1/4 x 45
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper Color: Natural
Wrapper Origin: African
Wrapper Leaf: Cameroon

On The Course

On the course or in the back yard, this is a very tasty and enjoyable cigar. The medium strength is enough for me to get a nice vibe but not so strong that I’m shaking over my birdie putt on the 6th hole. The size is just right too, lasting just the right amount of time.


Not too strong. Not too big. Tasty and enjoyable. The wife and I celebrated our anniversary with this Fuente, and a bottle of bubbly.

If your father or a father you know is a cigar smoker, consider the Fuente Cuban Corona as a very well thought out Father’s Day gift.

Golf Cigar Aficionado: Perdomo 20th SG Epicure

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Categories: CigarsGolf LifeGolf LifestyleReviews

IMG_0730This is getting tough. Once I started posting some cigar reviews, cigar submissions and requests for reviews have increased. I’m up to the task. Look for coming soon perhaps!

Today’s golf cigar review is the Perdomo 20th SG Epicure, courtesy of the Famous Smoke Shop. I’ve enjoyed the Perdomo 20th SG Epicure on the course and during “cigar holes” I’m actually even par! I’ll do anything to play good golf (barring practice of course). The lampshade thing didn’t work but if all it takes is puffing on a Perdomo, I’m in.

Perdomo 20th SG Epicure Overview 

  • Strength: Full
  • Size: 6 x 56
  • Country of Origin: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper Color: Natural
  • Wrapper Origin: Nicaraguan
  • Wrapper Leaf Type: Sun Grown
  • Price: $8.50 per cigar

The 20th SG Epicure is a full flavored smoke, not for beginners in my opinion. Give it a good 40-60 minutes to enjoy as at that strength enjoying too fast could be a little bit of an issue.  I’ll start this one up around the 6th hole, and it carries to the first hole or so on the back nine.  I enjoyed the flavor, right down to the end.  Some cigars get a little nasty at the end, but not this one.


Cigar Review: Arturo Fuente Gran Reserva Hemingway Short Story

Written by: Tony Korologos | Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
Categories: CigarsGolfGolf For WomenGolf LifestyleReviews

I’ve been a long time Arturo Fuente fan. Until this past week I had yet to try the Gran Reserva Hemingway Short Story. This is a fantastic cigar for golf because of its size.  Easy to pack.  Easy to manage.  Doesn’t last too long.  Oh, and the flavor is the best part.  It is very tasty medium cigar, not too strong but does pack a lot of taste in a small package.


I enjoyed my first golf round of 2015 with this cigar.  I was 1-over par for holes which the cigar was in play, and 8-over par on non-cigar holes.  You do the math.  Proof that this cigar cuts strokes off your golf score!

I also enjoyed one with the lovely bride and a good friend who was in from out of town.  All of the testers give this one high grades.

  • Length: 4.00
  • Ring: 48
  • Shape: Perfecto
  • Origin: Dominican Republic
  • Strength: Medium
  • Wrapper: Cameroon
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
I wasn’t able to find this specific cigar on their site but these did come from my friends at Cigars City.  I’m sure stock changes all the time, or perhaps I was being a bonehead and not looking in the right place.
Pricing on these cigars can be under $5.00 each.

Ave Maria Crusader Cigar Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 8th, 2014
Categories: CigarsGolf LifeGolf LifestyleLifeReviews

I was thankful to be playing golf yesterday. First because my back had gone out and I miraculously recovered in time to play. Second, it is December here in northern Utah and it is not uncommon for the courses to be closed and under a couple feet of snow.

To celebrate the day and the unseasonably warm weather I busted out a Ave Maria Crusader Cigar courtesy of my BFF’s at Cigars City.

Ave Maria Crusader Cigar

This Nicaraguan made cigar has Honduran/Nicaraguan filler and an Equador Habano wrapper.  It is a medium-full strength cigar, so not quite for newbs or those looking for a light flavor.

I liked the body and flavor of this cigar.  Very enjoyable.  Not too much for my slightly-above-newb level.  It had just enough of a kick to it.

Game Improvement Cigar

I fired up this cigar on the 13th hole and it obviously helped my game: par, par, par, birdie, birdie, bogey.   I was five over par for the holes without the cigar and one under par with cigar.  Could be my new secret weapon.

Kristoff Ligero Maduro Matador (Toro) Cigar Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, October 30th, 2014
Categories: CigarsReviews
Kristoff Ligero Maduro Matador (Toro) Cigar

Kristoff Ligero Maduro Matador (Toro) Cigar

The latest HOG featured cigar courtesy of  my new best friends at Cigars City is the Kristoff LIgero Maduro Matador (Toro).  Yes, the name could be longer.  I’m no cigar aficionado, but working my way that direction now.   This one is a departure for me.  A type I’ve never tried before.

The Kristoff Ligero Maduro Matador (Toro) is a darker cigar with a much more powerful taste.  The cigar comes from the Dominican Republic, but the wrapper is Brazilian.  Some filler is from Nicaragua as well as Dominican.

Cigar Shape Toro
Length & Gauge 6.5″ x 56
Strength Medium-Full
Origin Dominican Republic
Wrapper Brazilian
Filler Dominican, Nicaraguan
Avg Smoke Time 45 – 60 Minutes
Pack Size 20 Cigars
Brand Kristoff
Price Per Cigar $8.85

My first time around with the Ligero Maduro Matador (Toro) was a learning experience.  I’m not used to medium-full cigars and this one hit me fairly hard.  By the 6th tee in my golf round I was feeling a little bit silly and downright dizzy!  I was puffing way too fast.  It kicked my butt pretty hard.

The second time I tested out this stick I was much better prepared.  I paced myself and took it nice and slow.  After all, this one is a 45-60 minute smoke.  The slower and less aggressive pace made a big difference.  I was able to enjoy the cigar without it having too much of an effect on me physically (or mentally for that matter).  This time I was able to soak in the taste a little better and enjoy it.


Pace yourself on this one.  The Maduro Matador (Toro) is not for beginners!  When smoked at a nice pace it can be highly enjoyed.

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