Punch Ninfas

Punch Ninfas

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Ninfas (Slim Panatela)
Size : 33 x 178 mm (7”)
Box Date : EAR – April ’02 (Controlado Feb ’05)
Discontinued in 2002
Hand-Made
Price : roughly $7/cigar in 2002
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Appearance : ★★★☆☆
Natural (Colorado Claro), flat sheen, few veins. Box pressed beyond any cigar I’ve ever seen with hard corners. The appearance is elegant by its nature. Generally white, grainy ash; flakey & not as dense as the tight draw would lead one to expect.

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Cohiba BHK 52

Cohiba BHK 52

Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit RobustoCohiba
Size : 119 (4.7'') x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Smoking time : 1h 15min
Pairing : Cuba Libre
Bought in June 2013
Boxcode : BTO OCT 12
Price : 27 EUR each
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Today we've got a guest review from our reader Juha Murto. Enjoy!

Well, this is my first review ever on the internet. So I decided to smoke something special. I managed to get my hands on these beautiful Behikes and I’d been planning to smoke one per year so that I can see how they age over time. Let's see if this little robusto is worth the hype.

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Ambos Mundos Short No. 1 Habano

Ambos Mundos Short

Ambos MundosOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 ½ x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each
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Released in 2011, the Ambos Mundos Short No.1 Habano is an extension of the already popular Pete Johnson line. Ambos Mundos meaning “both worlds” is a blending of Nicaraguan binder and fillers with an Ecuadorian wrapper. Ambos Mundos cigars are produced by Pepin Garcia and are considered Johnson’s value-priced line. The full Ambos Mundos portfolio consists of eight different sizes/blends, although the official website shows only six sizes (have the Shorts been discontinued?). They are as follows:

  • Short No. 1 Habano 4 1/2 x 46
  • Short No. 2 Sumatra 4 1/2 x 46
  • Robusto No. 1 Habano 5 x 50
  • Robusto No. 2 Sumatra 5 x 50
  • Toro No. 1 Habano 6 x 50
  • Toro No. 2 Sumatra 6 x 50
  • Grande No. 1 Habano 5 1/2 x 56
  • Grande No. 2 Sumatra 5 1/2 x 56

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H. Upmann Half Corona

H. Upmann Half Corona

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Half Corona
Size : 3.5 x 44 (90 x 17 mm)
Ring : 44
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6
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The H. Upmann Half Corona was released in 2011 and quickly became quite a popular cigar and a regular smoke for many cigar aficionados around the world. Why? It isn’t just the flavors, the construction and the price of this stogie that make it popular, but the size, which is a distinguishing characteristic. This Half Corona measures just 3.5” with a 44 ring gauge, making it a short cigar. You can smoke one of these at a leisurely pace and still finish up in less than 40 minutes, so it is perfect if you are pressed for time and still want to enjoy a nice stogie.

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Ortega Serie D Maduro No. 20

Ortega Serie D No. 20

Origin : NicaraguaOrtega
Format : Double Toro
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : San Andres, Mexican maduro
Filler : Esteli/Jalapa, Nicaragua
Binder : Jalapa, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.50 each
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The first of many solo launches by cigar great, Eddie Ortega, the Ortega Serie ‘D’ Maduro has earned praise from all corners of the cigar world, including a 90 point rating from Cigar Aficionado Magazine and a spot of Cigar Snob Magazine’s Top 25 Cigars of 2012 list. The Ortega Serie ‘D’ Maduro features a nearly flawless San Andres Maduro leaf wrapped around generous portions of Nicaraguan long leaf fillers. The San Andres leaf is the color of dark chocolate and has a slight oily sheen to it. The length of the six-inch stick is plump and expertly rolled and finished with a gentle box press. The triple thick cap is squarely mounted and cuts cleanly with my punch cutter.

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Guide to Buying Your First Humidor

Guide to Buying Your First Humidor

Chris asks:

I recently started smoking cigars and I feel it's time to buy my first humidor. Which one should I choose?

At some point fairly early on in your journey as a newbie cigar smoker, you are going to need to look into buying a humidor. The need will strike you when you start browsing in your cabinets for cigars to smoke and find yourself running across dried-up or moldy cigars that have suffered from the natural climate of your home. Some cigars that have not been well cared for can be salvaged, but many cannot, and no matter what, they will lose at least some of their quality.

Once you know you love smoking cigars, it becomes a necessity to buy a humidor and save your cigars from this unhappy fate. Yes, if you have a very small collection, you can keep them in zip-lock bags. If you have a cooler you do not use for other purposes, you can even use that as a humidor, but it will never function as well as a real humidor. Ultimately, protecting your cigars by keeping them in a climate-controlled environment saves you money, so you can think of a humidor as an investment. When you purchase a humidor, you will need to think about type, material, size, and price.

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La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo

Origin : NicaraguaLa Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva
Format : Robusto Grande
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : San Andreas, Mexico
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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La Aroma de Cuba is made by Jose “Pepin” Garcia & Co. and distributed by Ashton. Mi Amor Reserva gained some press at the IPCPR in 2012 where it was featured prominently. If the name “La Aroma de Cuba” looks familiar to you (or the ornate band on the cigar), it is likely because you have seen older entries in La Aroma de Cuba before the Mi Amor Reserva sub-line was released.

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Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary Robusto

Punch 10th Anniversary

Origin : HondurasPunch
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Corojo
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each

As a 10 year milestone of the Rare Cojoro blend, General Cigar has released, a few years ago, the Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary. Available in only one size, 5 x 50 Robusto, this cigar is now quite hard to find.

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