CAO America Potomac

CAO America Potomac

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 56
Wrapper : Connecticut
Filler : Nicaragua, DR, Italy, USA
Binder : Brazil
Hand-Made
Price : ~$110 for a box fo 20
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Wow, this is one gorgeous looking cigar. I love the detail with the double wrap, I love the big bold American flag and colors on the label, truly an amazing look to this cigar. On top of that, it's very well constructed with nicely packed tobacco. You know who I see smoking this cigar? Apollo Creed. I can see Apollo Creed smoking this cigar right before fighting Rocky Balboa. And then I see him smoking it again, after Rocky kicks his ass.

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Cuban Stock Royal Selection Toro

Cuban Stock Royal Selection Toro

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : ToroCuban Stock
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5-7 each
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Many thanks to Cuban Stock Cigars for providing this sample for review!

These cigars are made at the company's own factory in Santiago, Dominican Repulic. Rumor has it that the tobacco used in Cuban Stock cigars is grown in soil that was imported from the Pinar del Rio province of Cuba. I don't know about the validity of this rumor, but it is out there... According to the Cuban Stock website, the Domican tobacco in the Royal Selection line is aged in wine barrels for 6 years.

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CAO LX2 Robusto

CAO LX2 Robusto

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan Pueblo Nuevo / Dominican
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-8 each
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My name is Agent 3. My mission was to review the CAO LX2. As an asset of The Cigar Spy agency I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor.

Background Info

In 2008 CAO released their final "X2" series dubbed the LX2 (ligero times two). This beast was made in Nicaragua with a sun grown wrapper, stuffed with Dominican Republic and Nicaraguan ligero fillers, and a Honduran binder.

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Bow Tie Cigars

Bow Tie Cigars

This is of course a cigar review, but in this case it is a whole lot more. The Tollaficionados have a review of the company for you, as well as the traditional review done by both of us AND an individual review by Nick, Jr. You will understand our reasons for going a little more in-depth this time around, but to put it in a nutshell – it is well deserved!

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Wrappers A-Z: Cameroon

Cameroon map

The Cameroon is my personal favorite non-Cuban wrapper, long regarded by many as the best wrapper leaf outside of Cuba. The Cameroon wrapper is originally from the Sumatran black tobacco plant and is a hard leaf to grow (read this too). Grown in Central Africa, the climate is so temperate that the plants are completely sun-grown, which is made even easier by semi-permanent cloud cover which helps keep uniformity in the leaf's appearance. Cameroon wrappers have been used in a number of popular cigar brands for both premium hand-rolled cigars and machine-made cigars including Garcia y Vega, Arturo Fuente and different brands from General Cigar. Despite political problems and internal strife in Central Africa which causes many businesses to suffer, the cigar wrapper industry is thriving and continues to grow.

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Perdomo Grand Cru Maduro Torpedo

Perdomo Grand Cru Maduro Torpedo

Origin : NicaraguaPerdomo
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Long Filler
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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This new offering from Perdomo is a Nicaraguan puro that is made with 100% Semilla Habano tobacco. Simply said, it is all Cuban-seed, Nicaraguan grown tobacco and they all happen to be selected from the same 2004 crop. It is offered in 4 run of the mill sizes and in three different wrappers. You can have it in a Connecticut Shade, Nicaraguan Corojo, and a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. I was curious when I saw it was available in a Connecticut Shade wrapper. Where was that particular wrapper grown? Do they grow that wrapper in Nicaragua? I’m not sure but I didn’t think that wrapper type is grown anywhere in that country. If it isn’t grown in Nicaragua, then that version obviously couldn’t be called a “Nicaraguan Puro” but I guess that doesn’t really matter. Back to the cigar at hand. For this review, I will be smoking the Maduro variety in the Torpedo format.

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Wrappers A-Z: Nicaraguan

Nicaragua Map

Despite political upheavals which have made production difficult at times, Nicaragua has proved to be a leader in premium cigar production and puts out some of the most aromatic and flavorful tobacco in the world. Nicaraguan wrappers are valued worldwide for their distinguishing qualities, though at one time (around 1979 when the Sandinistas took over), wrapper production virtually ceased, thanks to blue mold and socioeconomic action taken by Cuba against Nicaragua’s tobacco crops. This incident was just one of many in the country’s history which have made it difficult for manufacturers to flourish.

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #92 (May 22 2010)

Welcome to our weekly reviews selection. Some great Avo cigar reviews today!

Avo Limited Edition 2010

Reviewed by Brian at   Nice Tight Ash

These limited editions are probably Avo's best cigars at the moment. Most expensive as well?
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Avo Companero LE 2009

Reviewed by Matt at  Matt's Cigar Journal

This cigar was released for the 83rd anniversary of Avo Uvezian. Great stuff!
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Alec Bradley adds QR code to their merchandise

A press release from Alec Bradley. Sounds fun!

DANIA, FL – May 19, 2010 - Alec Bradley Cigars, makers of the highly-rated Tempus, Prensado and Family Blend cigars, is the first company in the cigar industry to incorporate QR Code technology in their ads, shelf talkers, T-shirts, and other merchandise. The codes allow mobile device users to instantly access additional information on the Alec Bradley Cigars website, www.alecbradley.com.

Alec Bradley adds QR code to their merchandise

These 2 and 3‐dimensional, state‐of‐the‐art barcodes will allow consumers who own mobile devices with QR code readers to link to more information about Alec Bradley cigars, accessories, swag, promotions and more ‐ instantly.

QR codes, (internet‐speak for Quick Response) are used to take a piece of information from a variety of media and connect to it via the camera in mobile phones. The media can be anything from website links, to text, photos, videos and more. Their primary advantage over regular bar codes is that they can store exponentially more data. Alec Bradley Cigars is using QR codes in their ads, shelf talkers, T‐shirts, and other merchandise, giving mobile device users the ability to go directly to their website in seconds.

For example, a consumer can scan the QR code on a shelf talker in a cigar store or other retail location. The code takes them to a link where they can then see key details about that particular line. To accomplish this, Alec Bradley has created a mobile‐optimized site for their Select Cabinet Reserve (SCR), Family Blend, and Prensado selections. Other lines will be added.

"We've always paid great attention to detail when creating cigars,” said Alec Bradley Cigars president, Alan Rubin. "In applying the same kind of detail to our advertising and point of sale material, we've seen a very positive response to the technology. In a very traditional industry, it is important to see how technology can be a powerful tool to enhance our customers’ experience, and this is only the beginning.”

To take advantage of Alec Bradley's new QR code scanning capability, a mobile device user must have a QR code reader on their mobile device's camera.

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