Cigar of the Week: Liga Privada No. 9

Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 was supposedly a "private blend" for the company's president Steve Saka. This of course might be a marketing trick but we are pretty happy that it was released to the general public as the cigar is really good. Hand-crafted in Nicaragua, the No. 9 sports a Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero Oscuro wrapper and is filled with a mix of Honduran and Dominican tobacco. According to the official website, it has a "lush, earthy and espresso-like" taste profile with a medium-to-full body.

Liga Privada No. 9 Toro

  • Ed thoroughly enjoyed his Liga Privada No. 9 Toro and qualified it as outstanding.
  • Tony Casas reviewed the Flying Pig, a limited release perfecto, for and he's a fan of the cigar. You definitely want to check this review just for the ash pic alone.
  • About one year ago, Matt gave the No. 9 a solid B, stating that this is an enjoyable smoke with great, easily discernable flavors.

Where to get it?

Singles are selling for anywhere between $8.00 and $13.00 depending on the vitola. Some nice deals can be had on boxes.
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Cigar of the Week: Ambos Mundos

Ambos Mundos, which means both worlds in Spanish, is a budget cigar from one of the most known boutique brands, Tatuaje. Perhaps not as delicate as regularly-priced lines, this Nicaraguan puro (it also can be found with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper) provides a pleasant smoking experience, especially if you can give it some humidor time.

Ambos Mundos

  • Ernie was very impressed with his Ambos Mundos, considering the price tag, and gave it 4.5 stars.
  • Lisa from Her Humidor says that these cigars are really "smokeable"at this price point.
  • Tony at Wrapper, Binder, Filler tried the Sumatra and was overwhelmed by the nutty flavors.

Where to get it?

Singles can be found anywhere between $5.00 and $6.50. Give it a try and consider a box which is a really good value.
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Cigar Articles of the Week #94 (Aug 8 2010)

Here are a couple of interesting cigar-related articles from this week. Enjoy!

Zino Platinum Crown Series Emperor 2010

Reviewed by Ben at   Nice Tight Ash

Expensive and beautiful - find out whether this Zino is worth its price tag.
Read the full review here...

Cigars in history series

By The Aspiring Gentleman

Luke browsed photo archives at Life Archive and selected celebrities with cigars. Some really nice pics there.
Read the article here...

Another contest at Toasted Foot

The guys at did it again - they've got another fun contest for cigar aficionados. For a chance to win a box of unreleased new blend from Berger & Argenti (called Mooch), visit their site.

Cigar of the Week: CAO Gold Vintage

Wrapped in a leaf grown in Ecuador in 2004, the CAO Gold Vintage blend is a more powerful brother of the regular CAO Gold, a rather mild cigar perfect as a morning smoke. Manufactured in Esteli, Nicaragua, it uses Nicaraguan tobacco from Jamastran and Esteli. Two vitolas are offered - a figurado "Bouchon" (which means cork in French) and a toro "Cremant" (that's a drink similar to champagne but usually cheaper).

CAO Gold Vintage Crémant

  • Michael loved the CAO Gold Vintage Cremant and gave it 4 stars.
  • Rob from states that this is a cigar that one should buy and have in his/her humidor.
  • Finally, Barry AKA A Cigar Smoker gives the Bouchon an impressive 91 rating.

Where to get it?

CAO Gold Vintage retail in $7-9 range, which is a rather nice value.
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Cigar Reviews of the Week #93 (Jul 17 2010)

It's been some time since the latest "reviews of the week" post... Here we go!

La Reloba Sumatra

Reviewed by Barry at   A Cigar Smoker's Journal

Many manufacturers are releasing 'cheaper' cigars and this is My Father's take. Quite successful, according to Barry.
Read the full review here...

Kauai Island Prince Momona

Reviewed by Rob at  Puffing Cigars

A cigar from Hawaii? 'Not a gimmick!' as Rob says.
Read the full review here...

Cigar of the Week: Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve

After releasing the world-famous Tempus, Alan Rubin & the team at Alec Bradley decided to capitalize on its success and create a more balanced, less powerful blend. Admittedly, they succeeded in this quest and Select Cabinet Reserve, rolled in the same factory in Trojes, Honduras, was well received by aficionados.

Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve

Where to get it?

Available in singles, 5-packs and boxes, these cigars run at $5-7 per stick, depending on the vitola. That's a pretty good value.
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Cigar of the Week: Fuente Hemingway Work of Art

With its secret blend, the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art is a highly sought after cigar produced in limited quantities. A 46>60 ring gauge figurado, it is a surprisingly complex cigar for just under 5 inches length. Earth, sweetness, nuts, coffee - it boasts a wide array of flavors both in maduro and natural versions.

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art Maduro

  • Joe K reviewed the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art Maduro on this blog and found a balanced range of flavors.
  • Brooks at The Smoking Stogie only took one minute to write his review of his '99 vitola but this was enough to make him say it was one of the best cigars he tried.
  • Finally, make sure to read Cigarfan's review who is also impressed.

Where to get it?

If you manage to find it at MSRP, this is a no-brainer. currently has a box of natural for $260, you might want to check it out.

Cigar of the Week: Dunhill Signed Range

Dunhill Signed Range are rolled in Nicaragua in the Torano factory and I don't think that they get enough attention. Almost full-bodied, they are flavorful and a beauty to look at. I bought a fiver in a Duty Free a couple of years ago and smoked my last one yesterday and I can say that they age rather well.

Dunhill Signed Range

  • Lisa at enjoyed this cigar's elegant flavors and complexity.
  • Ricky at Cigar Command gives the Dunhill Signed Range 4.5 stars.
  • Finally, Barry from A Cigar Smoker rates it a solid 92.

Where to get it?

At approximately $10 for the robusto, these are a good choice for special occasions.
Check out the prices here

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