Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2 (2005 Vintage)

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure #2 (open box)

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm (4 7/8 x 50)
Box code : SXF SEP 2005
Price : ~$550 for a box of 50
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Lately I have reviewed some of the newer releases from Cuba’s finer cigar producers (like the Juan Lopez Don Juan), and I found myself wandering down memory lane and I gravitated towards the one cigar that I have consistently enjoyed over multiple vintage years. Hoyo de Monterrey has released the Epicure #2 line some time ago and it has brought them success over the years. I recently pulled out one of their older, more aged releases to see if time had been good to this cigar, and had it found a new place amongst my old favorites. I have consumed the 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 versions of this smoke in a variety of 25 and 50 cabinet boxes.

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San Cristobal Clasico (Quick Smoke Series)

San Cristobal Clasico

Origin : NicaraguaSan Cristobal Supremo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $7-8 each
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The San Cristobal is blended by the illustrious Don Pepin Garcia and is rolled in his factory in Estelí’ Nicaragua for Ashton Cigars. This was Pepin’s first cigar with the Levin’s (owners of Ashton) and was debuted at the RTDA (now known as IPCPR) back in 2007.

The first thing you notice about the San Cristobal is the gorgeous band that this cigar sports. A very intricate band with a lot of color and a lot of gold accents, this cigar band is one of the best in the business in my opinion. The wrapper on the cigar is darker brown in color and has minimal veins. The roll is good and sports a Cuban style triple cap; a very nice looking cigar.

The San Cristobal has a nice free draw that produces a ton of smoke. The burn is quite uneven and required some touch up’s but nothing out of the ordinary. The ash is a medium gray color and has minimal flowering that does flake off in some areas.

Right off the bat you can tell this is a Pepin cigar. The San Cristobal starts off with some red pepper spice which mellows down after the first inch. After the initial blast the cigar settles into a nice combination of sweet cedar, coffee, and roasted almonds. Overall the cigar is nicely balanced and though the flavors do not change much between thirds, they have nice complexity on the palate. The body is medium to full as is the strength of the cigar.

I’ve smoked through quite a few of these San Cristobal’s and this cigar never disappoints. The flavor of the cigar is great and it balanced nicely. The only gripe I have is that for the price it could offer some a little more complexity between the thirds of the cigar, however this had never stopped me from picking up more of these cigars.

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Giveaway! Five+ 5-pack Samplers from CigarsFor.Me

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Punch Signature Robusto

Punch Signature Robusto

Origin : HondurasPunch
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadoran Corojo
Binder : Connecticut Habano
Filler : Dominican & Nicaraguan
Price : ~$7 each
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Today we're publishing you a review by Joshua, who just joined the team - he brought a special grading system with him, check out his author page for more details!

The Punch Signature is a four-cigar collection, handcrafted in Honduras. It includes these frontmarks: Robusto (5” x 54, SRP per cigar is $6.79); Gigante (6” x 60, SRP per cigar is $7.39); Rothschild (4.5” x 50, SRP per cigar is $5.39) and Torpedo (5.75” x 52, SRP per cigar is $6.99).

To create Punch Signature, Master Blender Agustin Garcia and his team kept true to the original Punch blend by using tobaccos from the same countries of origin. Agustin Garcia said, “Punch Signature is inspired by Punch original blend. Think of it as a brother who has a lot of fire in him, but also respects tradition and the family name.”

Development of the Punch Signature blend began in 2012. Agustin and his team found a small batch of Ecuadoran tobacco they wanted to use, but had to ensure that they would have enough to make Punch Signature a full-time addition to Punch. They worked with a grower to cultivate a special Ecuadoran Corojo wrapper exclusively for this cigar. The wrapper is related to the original Cuban Corojo seed. The tobacco was aged, sorted and prepared for launch three years later.

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La Aurora Corojo Belicoso (Quick Smoke Series)

La Aurora Corojo Belicoso

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Aurora Cigars
Format : Belicoso
Size : 6 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Dominican Corojo
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Price : ~$7 each
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The La Aurora Corojo has a light brown colored wrapper with a reddish tint to it. The cigar is a tad lumpy feeling but the overall construction seems good with its even seam lines and a neat torpedo head.

The La Aurora Corojo Belicoso draws like a dream proving tons of thick smoke. The burn is pretty even for the most part and the ash is fairly solid and compact.

The La Aurora Corojo starts with some spice upfront that quickly mellows down to show notes of light wood, creamy vanilla, and a raisin-like sweetness. As the second third approaches some cinnamon comes into play and I can’t help thinking of Sara Lee Raisin Cinnamon bread. As the second third fades into the final third, the spice picks back up but remains balanced with the rest of the cigar. The body of the La Aurora Corojo is mild to medium. Strength is average.

The La Aurora Corojo is a damn good cigar and in my mind and could be compared to a Cuban cigar. The cigar is very clean and crisp on the palate like a good Cuban and has the flavor profile of a Cuban cigar I have smoked, but I can’t put my finger on the name of it. The La Aurora Corojo is balanced perfectly and has a good amount of complexity for the money. If you enjoy a cigar in the medium category, go getcha some!

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Camacho Corojo Robusto

Camacho Corojo Robusto

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Corojo (Honduran)
Filler : Corojo (Honduran)
Binder : Corojo Ligero (Honduran)
Price : ~$7 each
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In 2013, Camacho did some rebranding and also updated a few of their blends to match up to their “Bold Standard” tagline. The new blend for the Camacho Corojo is similar to the old blend and remains a Honduran puro, but they have amped up the bold flavor and body with new primings. Let’s check it out.

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Giacomo Cigars Contest Winner

Giacomo Cigars Winner

Last week we reviewed a cigar called Giacomo Maduro Robusto and, thanks to Ryan from Giacomo's Cigars, we had a 5-pack to give away to one lucky reader.

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Romeo y Julieta Petit Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Petit Churchill

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 102 x 19.84 mm (4 x 50)
Release : 2012
Price : ~$8 each
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Since the release of the Hoyo Petit Robusto in 2004, the Petit Robusto size has proven a great success for Habanos. Cohiba, Montecristo, Partagas (Serie D No. 5 and No. 6) and Trinidad also jumped on the wagon, with similar variations but same characteristics. A short, stout cigar that combines a short smoking time with the coolness and comfort of a larger ring gauge. The response was great, so it was only a matter of time before another brand came up with a petit robusto.

The Romeo y Julieta Petit Churchill, released in 2012, is a classic petit robusto, measuring 4'' in length with a 50 ring gauge. Initially available in dress boxes of 25, 3-packs of tubos were to follow in 2013. My Petit Churchill had some time to rest after the long trip from Cuba and I am really looking forward to see what it has to offer.

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