Kip Fisher

Co-Founder at Half Ashed
A cigar enthusiast since 1994, I strayed into deeper involvement with the tobacco industry just before founding The Cigarmy blog in 2011.  This preoccupation grew once more when I co-founded Half Ashed with Craig Schneider in February 2013.  With the consolidation of The Cigarmy and Half Ashed in late 2014, you can now read my cigar reviews, news and editorial commentary here - and catch me live on every episode of the Half Ashed Cigar Podcast.

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  1. tx_tuff says

    I was also surprised at how little the fire cured tobacco comes out in the smoke because the pre light smell is so strong. I do like the White better but still enjoy the Black also. Great review.

  2. Patrick says

    Ordered a box of 650’s from smoke inn. They had a event with Sam recently, and the word is everyone loved the black. Anyways I think I might have to burn a rott, I’m so excited.

  3. Dan Leonard says

    Just smoked a Black that I received at Cigarfest. You’re review put my experience into words better than I could. I agree it is more of a medium body than a medium-full most reviews have it as.

  4. Wes says

    By far this was/is one of the weirdest smoking experiences I have had to date(albeit short). I agree with yours and Dan’s assessment that it is medium bodied. I found that anything over the robusto size a bit much for my taste. This is a must try! It’s great to see Sam back in game.

  5. Patrick says

    I have had 4 also and I am extremely happy with my blind box purchase. I am also excited to see what else he has in store for us. I am not a flavored cigar smoker, I don’t like manufactured flavors. The subtle way Sam used the fire cured leaf was sublime. Now I think I’ll get a box of the white, and see what he has done there.

  6. lena says

    i chose to read this review because i am contemplating purchasing leccia black and i thank you for your input,needless to say i am excited now!

    • Kip Fisher says

      Thanks for stopping by, lena! The Leccia Black is a fantastic cigar, and one of those things that most people I’ve talked to are polarized over – they either love the idea of hate it. I happen to love it. I think it’s a great blend and showcases the firecured tobacco without “overdoing” it.

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