CAO La Traviata Animado

CAO La Traviata Animado

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaraguan / Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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The CAO La Traviata Animado was released in 2009, and is a reincarnation of an old cigar line from over a hundred years ago. The fillers come from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua in Pueblo Nuevo, favorite grounds for CAO. The Ecuadorian wrapper is a Habano from Ecuador. The name of the cigar line, “La Traviata,” is derived from the name of an opera by Giuseppe Verdi adapted from an Alexandre Dumas book. It’s a promising selection of tobacco leaves. Let’s see how the blend measures up.

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Trinidad Coloniales

Trinidad Coloniales

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Coloniales (Corona)
Size : 5.2 x 44 (132 x 17 mm)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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Continuing with a newcomer's perspective on cigars, I have selected the Trinidad Coloniales for this review because it's a mid-range Cuban, quite affordable and, at 45-60 minutes, easily digestible for the inexperienced palate.

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Punch Churchill

Punch Churchill

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Churchill (Julieta No. 2)
Size : 148 x 19 mm (7 x 47)
Box code : OCT 2005
Discontinued : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : $12+ each
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Punch is one of the oldest brands comprising Habanos S.A., founded clear back in 1840 in Havana by Don Manuel Lopez. The brand was created with the European market of cigar buyers in mind, and named for the puppet Mr. Punch from Punch and Judy. This particular cigar, the Punch Churchill, was discontinued in 2010, so the only stogies you can find today have been aged several years. My particular box is from 2005 (4 cigars were smoked for this review). Despite the fact that this cigar has been discontinued, you can still find it for a reasonable price online.

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Carlos Torano Dominico Robusto 1

Carlos Torano Dominico Robusto

Origin : Dominican Republic
Torano cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 4 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : £6.50 each

Today we've got a guest cigar review from our reader Seedeater56, enjoy!

I regularly contribute my own views (as something of a newbie to this pleasure) and I find it interesting how these converge/diverge with those of other readers/contributors. I have contributed to the Montecristo (Open Master, Open Regata and No. 5) and El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme reviews predominantly, but also others.

I would like to share my views on other brands which I sample, mainly drawn from my favourite stockist, Fox's of St James', London. As a newbie, I think I can add something to the experience of other beginners, as reviews can, with time, become quite in-depth (rightly so) but would benefit from sharing a newcomer's take as well.

I am particularly interested in being able to draw out cigars which may suit the palate of the beginner which will include bigger names with less demanding flavours and, crucially, other non-Cuban cigars which, on account of perhaps more modest pricing, may be more attainable on a regular basis.

To this end, I'd like to start with the Fox's new, in-house brand, the Carlos Torano Dominico Robusto 1.

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Amazon Contest Winner

Amazon

The winner of the $33 Amazon gift certificate is Jeff Raben. Congrats!

Long ashes everyone - and stay tuned for more contests in future!

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Cubao No.3

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Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 6 ½ x 38
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Cu-bao – the Taino word meaning “where fertile land is abundant” or “a great place”, made its debut in 2008. It was created by Eddie Ortega and Erik Espinosa when they were partners in EO Brands. In 2013 Eddie Ortega reintroduced the brand. Cubao cigars are manufactured in Esteli Nicaragua at the My Father factory.

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Amazon $33 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Amazon

As I stated in my best cigar books post, proceeds from sale of books would be given back to one lucky reader in the form of a gift certificate. Here is another one. It is a gift card for $33 that can be redeemed on Amazon.com (doesn't work on .co.uk or .fr).

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Nica Rustica (by Drew Estate)

Nica Rustica

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : El Brujito (toro)
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Longfillers Grown in Esteli & Jalapa
Binder : Mexican San Andres Negro
Strength : Medium to Full
Hand-Made
Price : $6.95 each each
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Construction

Drew Estate’s Nica Rustica is said to be blended “for hard core tobacco lovers.” The self proclaimed “rustic, un-refined” stick is draped in a rugged-looking Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper leaf. The dark chocolate-brown colored wrapper is flecked with some small, puckered veins and is left long to cover the foot. The simple, mustard colored band is in line with the un-refined vibe of the cigar. Beneath the Connecticut Broadleaf is a Mexican San Andres Negro binder snuggly wrapped around long fillers grown in Esteli and Jalapa. The cap is thin but nicely mounted and pulled into a taught pigtail. It cuts cleanly using the punch cutter on my Colibri Evoke Lighter.

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