2009 Cuban Cigar Limited Editions

Bolivar Petit Belicoso 2009 Limited Edition

This year, Habanos SA will be releasing three limited editions (just like in 2008). They will hit the shelves at the end of the year and, according to pre-tastings published in the cigar press, we should get our wallets ready. Here is the list of the limitadas:

I am especially eager to try the new H. Upmann, as I really enjoy the previous Magnum series (Magnum 46 and Magnum 50).

Introducing “Cheap Smokes”

As soon as I realized that most of our cigar reviews concern smokes that cost above $8 (and the survey results seem to confirm that need for budget smoke reviews), I started thinking about a way to add more reviews for cheaper, under $5 cigars. The difficulty is that very often cigars in this price range do not provide a very rich flavor profile and doing a full review may seem pretty useless.

This is why the concept behind the "Cheap Smokes" series is to describe the cigar in just a couple of paragraphs (a picture of the stick is always welcome!). Just as well, we are not going to rate the appearance, construction and flavor, giving an overall "thumbs up!" or "thumbs down!" verdict instead. Hopefully we will be able to make it a weekly item.

If you are interested in telling us about your favorite budget smokes, we will be happy to publish your reviews. Get in touch with us to get started.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #61 (Jun 27 2009)

As every Saturday, here is our weekly selection of cigar reviews from the blogosphere:

CAO Habano (Escarapate)

Reviewed by Jerry and Brian at  The Stogie Review

Jerry Cruz and Brian Hewitt review the CAO Habano Escarapate.
Read the full review here...

Montecristo Open Master

Reviewed by Yiorgos at  Cigars.ie

Yiorgos reviews the new Montecristo Open. He is not that impressed...
Read the full review here....

Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2

Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2

Juan LopezOrigin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm (4.9 x 50)
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$230 for a cab of 25
More info about purchasing Juan Lopez cigars...

Juan Lopez is a discreet Cuban cigar brand which was much more famous in the 1970s. It was created in 1876 by Juan Lopez Diaz and was first called La Flor de Juan Lopez. The two vitolas widely known, Seleccion No. 1 and Seleccion No. 2 were created in 1990s and they are having considerable success these days, judging by some of the reviews. I recently found a 1-year old picture and tasting notes of a Seleccion No. 2 that I didn't publish back then (they got lost on my computer) and after Jason's review of the Seleccion No. 1 I decided to revisit this cigar.

Read the full review of Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2...

Juan Lopez Obus VS Ramon Allones Especial (RE France)

Juan Lopez Obus VS Ramon Allones Especial (RE France)

Juan Lopez Obus Regional Edition France
Release : 2007
Format: Figurado (140 x 20.60 mm)
Price: 9.80 €
More info about purchasing Juan Lopez cigars...

Ramon Allones Especial Regional Edition France
Release: 2008
Format: Figurado (140 x 20.64 mm)
Price: 12 €
More info about purchasing Ramon Allones cigars...

Thanks to a friend, I managed to get my hands on those beautiful regional editions for France. Juan Lopez Obus was released in 2007 and the Ramon Allones Especial a year later, in 2008. I decided to do a comparative review of these rare smokes because I clearly found that one is superior to the other.

Read the full review of Juan Lopez Obus VS Ramon Allones Especial (RE France)...

Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm (4 7/8 x 50)
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Box code : POS MAR 07
Hand-Made
Price : $230 for a box of 25
More info about purchasing Ramon Allones cigars...

The Ramon Allones Specially Selected (RASS) is a popular Cuban robusto that has a pretty loyal following and you can count me among them. This is a cigar I've enjoyed for a while now and thought it was time for a formal review. This cigar is available in dress boxes of 25 and cabinets of 50.

Read the full review of Ramon Allones Specially Selected...

Davidoff acquires Cusano

This is the second recent acquisition by Davidoff - back in October 2008, Oettinger Davidoff group acquired the Camacho brand.

Cusano, a cigar company located in Florida, produces Cusano and Cuvée cigars. Its sales are estimated at 5 million cigars a year. The main goal of the operation is to gain access to new distribution channels, such as convenience stores, according to Reto Cina, Davidoff's CEO.

Source: Cigar Aficionado

Cohiba Siglo I

Cohiba Siglo I

Origin : Cuba
Format : Très Petit CoronaCohiba
Size : 4.0″ x 40
Wrapper : Cuba
Filler : Cuba
Binder : Cuba
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
More info about purchasing Cohiba cigars...

Cohiba is one of the most famous cigar brands in the world. Thanks to the United States trade embargo with Cuba and General Cigar’s appropriation of the trademark in the US market, it is also a brand name surrounded by a lot of confusion. There are a surprising number of people out there including some who consider themselves “cigar smokers” who fail to understand that the famous Cohiba, the Cuban version, in no way, shape or form is related to the Cohiba that is for sale in the US.

Read the full review of Cohiba Siglo I...

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