Cigar of the Week: Pinar del Rio Clasico

Pinar del Rios are hand-made in the Dominican Republic by people who have cigar smoke in their veins - it's a multi-generation family business. The Clasico is the third blend released by the company and it features a Connecticut wrapper, a Dominican binder and filler leaves from Dominicana and Nicaragua. Thanks to the Connecticut leaf, the smoke is rather creamy but it does pack some pepper as well. Overall, a good mild to medium cigar with lots of flavor.

  • Bryan did a video review of this cigar and seems to be rather satisfied.
  • Toasted Foot also claims that this is a very soothing cigar that can be enjoyed any time of the day.
  • Cigarfan from Keepers of the Flame confirms that this is a great morning or after-lunch stick.

Where to get it?

At $4.00+ USD per stick, this is quite a good deal. See the vendors that are carrying this cigar here.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #88 (Mar 27 2010)

Welcome to our weekly reviews selection.

Avo Lounge Edition

Reviewed by Barry at   A Cigar Smoker's Journal

These cigars are specifically created for shops that are official Avo Lounges.
Read the full review here...

Cohiba Robusto

Reviewed by Tony Casas at  Casas Fumando

Detailed, in-depth review of this immortal Cuban. Enjoy.
Read the full review here...
Check out our reviews of this cigar here, here and here.

Cigar of the Week: Padron 2000

Padron is a Nicaraguan producer that everybody knows about. Its premium smokes often get rated very well in lifestyle publications, however today we will not be covering the 1964 or 1926 lines. Ugly, small, the Padron 2000 is one of those cigars that you do not really notice in a walk-in humidor. However, it certainly deserves some attention. At $3.00-$4.00 per stick, this must be one of the best cigar deals around.

Padron 2000 Maduro

  • Jandttyl strongly recommends smoking the medium-bodied Padron 2000 at any time of the day.
  • Ricky from Cigar Command confirms its good performance and qualifies it as his "fall-back cigar". What's a fall-back cigar? Learn here.
  • Finally, if you are looking for an in-depth review, then you should check out Keepers of the Flame - they have all the differences between the Natural and Maduro versions covered.

Where to get it?

Easily found at $4.00 per stick, it might be wise to wait for some promotions and snatch it for less. You can have a look at CigarBid, CigarStash or Famous Smoke's to find best deals.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #87 (Mar 13 2010)

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El Triunfador #5

Reviewed by Dan at   Crooked Burn

Dan at Crooked Burn does a good job reviewing the series of the latest El Triunfador smokes from Pete Johnson.
Read the full review here...

EO 601 Red Label

Reviewed by Matthew at  Toasted Foot

9.1 seems quite a good mark for this cigar from United Tobacco.
Read the full review here...
Read our take on the EO 601 Red...

Cigar of the Week: Avo Domaine

Avo Domaine is an incredibly attractive cigar, it probably has one of the most beautiful wrappers around (it's a twice fermented Ecuador). The tobacco comes from Dominican Republic; it is grown on a finca that belongs to Avo Uvezian. With its top notch construction and an elegant flavor, it's a frequent guest in a lot of humidors.

Avo Domaine 20 Perfecto

  • I very much enjoyed the Avo Domaine Perfecto that I smoked last year. Although it's not an example of complexity, this cigar is a quality smoke.
  • Jamie from Zen Cigar recommends aging the Domaine a little; the robusto is one of his go-to cigars, providing lovely flavor and consistency.
  • ER Doc at Cigar Outcast also recommends the perfecto to those who prefer medium to full-bodied cigars.

Where to get it?

Although these cigars are created by Davidoff, Avo Domaine do not command an outrageous price tag. Depending on the vitola, they are available at $6 and higher per stick. Compare the prices here.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #86 (Feb 27 2010)

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Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta "Dos Capas"

Reviewed by Smoking Hot Cigar Chick

Here's one of the first reviews of the newly released Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta.
Read (&watch!) the full review here...

Room 101 by Camacho

Reviewed by Barry at  A Cigar Smoker's Journal

"Enjoyable to say the least". Barry gives it a solid 90.
Read the full review here...

Canadian Girls celebrate in style

Canadian Girls celebrate in style

After winning a gold medal in hockey on ice, girls from Team Canada smoke cigars and drink bubbly in the empty (!) arena. What a great way to celebrate, right? But nowadays there's no smoke without some idiots complaining.

Cigar of the Week: La Riqueza

Full-flavored and medium-bodied, La Riqueza, released in 2008, was a considerable change from what we've become used to when it comes to Pete Johnson's babies. With a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, this is no longer a Nicaraguan puro, and due to the nature of this leaf, it lost some of the visual appeal. However, the construction and the flavor more than make up for it.

La Riqueza #3

  • Lee said that La Riqueza #3 was one of the most full-flavored cigars that he ever tried.
  • Tom at Keepers of the Flame enjoyed his cigar despite a slight bitterness at the end and thinks that the ageing will get rid of this weak point.
  • Tony Casas, on the other hand, simply says that this is one of his best cigars hands down.

Where to get it?

La Riqueza #3, a corona gorda, can be found online for anywhere between $7 and $9. Compare the prices here.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #85 (Feb 13 2010)

Welcome to our weekly reviews selection. Here's some cigar reading for you:

EO 601 Series "Black" Robusto

Reviewed by George at  Stogie Guys

This reliable smoke made by Erik Espinoza and Eddie Ortega scored 4 stogies.
Read the full review here...
My take on the EO 601 Black Toro...

La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Matatan

Reviewed by Jamie at  Zen & the Art of the Cigar

The new creation from Litto Gomez seems to be a great $8 stick. Check it out.
Read the full review here...