Poll & Discussion: cigars construction!

According to your experience, is there any significant construction difference between Cuban and non-Cuban cigars?

  • Yes, non-Cuban cigars are better constructed! (49%, 56 Votes)
  • No, there's no real difference! (38%, 44 Votes)
  • Yes, Cuban cigars are better constructed! (13%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 115

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This year, I have smoked amazingly-constructed cigars (the best example is probably the Panacea), whereas others were really poorly constructed, like the Romeo y Julieta Cedros. What struck me is that if I were to make average construction grades for Cubans & non-Cubans that I smoked, the non-Cuban sticks would easily win the clash. Why does this happen? Is this only my case? I thought Cuba was supposed to be home to the best torcedores... I would like you to vote and share your opinion below - unleash those comments!

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #76 (Oct 10 2009)

Here is our weekly selection of interesting cigar reviews and deals. Some Camacho reviews this Saturday!

Camacho SLR

Reviewed by Matt at  Straight Up Cigars

We just discovered this blog this week. Matt writes nice and to the point cigar reviews.
Read the full review here...

Camacho CLE

Reviewed by Jamie at  Zen & the Art of the Cigar

This is Christian Eiroa's personal blend, extremely hard to find.
Read the full review here...

More deals at Cuban Crafters!

These guys just won't stop. This week Cuban Crafters are offering highly rated Cupido and La Carolina cigars with almost a 50% discount. Check out their deals now!

Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Short Churchills

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Box code : EST OCT 07
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
More info about purchasing Romeo y Julieta cigars...

I have been sitting on a 10 ct. box of these Short Churchills for over a year now. They tasted young and rather unimpressive to me when I first got them, so I gave them a little rest before this recent revisit.

Read the full review of Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill...

Cruzado Marelas

Cruzado Marelas

Origin : HondurasCruzado
Format : Perfecto
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua, Honduras
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
More info about purchasing Cruzado cigars...

In this review, Tim A.K.A. Handypilot draws a comparison between Cruzado and Illusione flavor profiles. Enjoy!

This stick is part of Cruzado series of smokes from Dion Giolito's Illusione brand. Similar to the Illusione, though a slightly lower price point, they incorporate blends of Criollo and Corojo. However, the Cruzado line is 2 parts Criollo and 1 part Corojo, as opposed to Illusione's 1 part Criollo and 2 parts Corojo. This stick was gifted to me from a fellow BOTL and was my first Cruzado. I was somewhat anxious to smoke the Marelas as I'm a big fan of Illusione. Here's my take...

Read the full review of Cruzado Marelas...

La Riqueza No. 1

La Riqueza No. 1

Origin : NicaraguaLa Riqueza
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6.5″ x 42
Wrapper : Sun Grown USA Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
More info about purchasing La Riqueza cigars...

La Riqueza; The Riches, or The Wealth. Interesting choice of names for what might be one of the ugliest cigars I’ve seen since a Padron. I kid a little, but it really isn’t a pretty cigar and that has solely to do with the wrapper. It is a sun grown USA Connecticut broadleaf wrapper that is rough, bumpy, toothy and rumpled looking. Not what you’d think would be a first choice for a cigar wrapper leaf. Another interesting thing about this cigar is that it represents the first time Pete Johnson stepped away from making a Nicaraguan Puro with a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper. The Tatuaje Brown Label, Havana VI, and P series all used Nicaraguan tobacco and all use Corojo wrappers. Of course since Pete released the La Riqueza he has gone on to use this naturally dark sun grown wrapper on a number of cigars like some additions to the Reserva line (Regio and Noella), The Frank from the Monster Series, and the Cabiaguan Maduro (which is a misnomer since the wrapper isn’t really a maduro in the traditional sense).

Read the full review of La Riqueza No. 1...

Romeo y Julieta Duke 2009 Limited Edition

Romeo y Julieta Duke 2009 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 140 x 21.43 mm (5.5 x 54)
Ring : 54
Hand-Made
Price : ~13€ each
More info about purchasing Romeo y Julieta cigars...

Romeo y Julieta Duke is the biggest of 2009 edicion limitadas. It is a 5.5 x 54 grand robusto, slightly shorter than Montecristo Sublimes that I recently reviewed. This is not the first limited edition from the brand, far from that - Romeo y Julieta have released 7 LEs (more than any other brand), including this one. I cannot say anything about the older releases, but the most recent Escudo seems to be a decent smoke. I smoked two cigars for this review and they were pretty consistent in terms of flavor and construction.

Read the full review of Romeo y Julieta Duke 2009 Limited Edition...

Weekly draw: winner #1

Weekly draw for commenters!

There were some great reviews to comment on this past week, including the new Cuban limited edition by H. Upmann and a Corona Cigar Co. house blend. You all did a great job, leaving over 120 comments. And, according to the randomizer, this week it is tobacmon who takes the first sampler home, courtesy of Corona Cigar Co. Congrats Paul!

Remember, we will be giving away at least 3 more 5-pack samplers, click here for the official contest rules and learn how you can win free cigars!

Francisco de Miranda Robusto Bordeaux

Francisco de Miranda Robusto Bordeaux

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : : 124mm x 21mm (5 x 48)
Wrapper : Connecticut
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each

This review comes courtesy of Sebastian Fuentes, our reader from Argentina.

The Francisco de Miranda cigars were introduced in the Argentinean market in 1999 by a group of young entrepreneurs who are passionate for the smoke of good quality cigars to satisfy a segment of young smokers who were demanding a fine cigar within an accessible price.

The cigars are hand-made in the factory located in Santiago de Caballeros from four years vintage tobacco leaves grown in the Cibao Valley with a mixture of Olor Dominicano, San Vicente and Piloto Cubano tobacco selected by the master blender Victor de la Cruz.

The Francisco de Miranda Robusto Bordeaux is a premium cigar made with the highest standards and a strict quality control.

Here is the review of it.

Read the full review of Francisco de Miranda Robusto Bordeaux...

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