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
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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.

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

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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
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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.

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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
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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.

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Bolivar Simones (Regional Edition Canada)

Bolivar Simones (Regional Edition Canada)

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 127 x 19 mm (5 x 48)
Ring : 48
Intruduced in : 2007
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20
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Let me start off by saying that I am a huge Bolivar fan. I’m not always sure how to describe the distinct flavor I get from this brand, but I certainly enjoy it. That said, here we have a regional edition exclusive to Canada. Let’s see how it compares.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Coronation Tubo

Hoyo de Monterrey Coronation Tubo

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$130 for a box of 25
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I acquired a couple of these tubos in a B&M cigar shop in Geneva, Switzerland. I can’t really explain the reason behind this purchase as there were more attractive cigars on the shelves... I probably thought that I might finally be able to find a Cuban tubo that I’ll like. I think that I’ll have to keep looking.

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Montecristo Open – another marketing trick?

Montecristo Open

Update: here are our review of the Montecristo Open Regata and the Montecristo Open Master.

Montecristo Open is the big release of 2009, if we don't take into account Regional and Limited Editions. The idea behind the new line is to offer a blend that would seduce new, young smokers who don't have the time/skill to enjoy a classic Cuban double corona. Can we talk about a Montecristo 'Light'? Four vitolas are available - Master (classic robusto), Junior (petit panatela), Regata (petit torpedo - 46 x 135 mm) and Eagle (grand robusto). Although Habanos claims that the new line is more powerful than the classic one (the name clearly suggests otherwise), it seems like they are rather medium-bodied. The new blend already received decent grades from the cigar press like Cigar Aficionado. I will try to get some Regatas (this size looks particularly interesting) for review.

Have you tried the new Montecristo Open? What is your opinion?

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