Ashton VSG Illusion

Ashton VSG Illusion

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6 1/2 x 44
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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The cigars for this review were kindly provided by CigarsDirect.com, your source for premium cigars.

Ashton VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) was introduced in 1999 and it's without doubt the most successful blend of the marca. Conceived in close cooperation with Oliva and Fuente families, it is blended from Dominican tobacco aged for 4-5 years, wrapped in an Ecuadorian leaf which is slowly matured under the sunlight filtered by clouds always present in the region. It has scored countless 90+ ratings from CI/CA and is considered one of the most sought-after cigars on the market.

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La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial No. 2

La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial No.2

La Aroma de CubaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.8″ x 48
Wrapper : Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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La Aroma de Cuba is an Ashton-owned brand. The original is an excellent Honduran made cigar available in a wide range of sizes. The artwork on the dress boxes and bands is beautiful and the presentation of the cigars is quite handsome. That goes for both the original line and the Edicion Especial. The true original La Aroma de Cuba was a Cuban-made cigar and was reported to be one of Winston Churchill's favorites which is what gives the brand name a bit of cache. This special edition of the brand is a Nicaraguan-made cigar, blended and made by the now famous and highly decorated Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia. The Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper has a unique hue and oily sheen, and it covers rich Nicaraguan tobacco.

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Camacho Coyolar Puro Super Toro

Camacho Coyolar

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6 1/2 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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The Camacho Coyolar is a line that I seem to revisit a couple of times per year. I tend to acquire them in random ways like gifts from friends or box passes. Anyway, I've had one sitting in my humidor for a while now and felt it was time for a formal review of this cigar. This line is billed as an extra full-bodied, knock you on your ass cigar. I recall when they were first released in 2005; I was working in a tobacco store and nobody knew anything about the blend or what the cigar was called. Camacho had kept most information on this brand secret. It was rumored at the time to be called the "Say Uncle," and sold quite well.

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Panacea Black Maduro Robusto

Panacea Black Maduro Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicPanacea Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Filler : Cuban seed Seco & Ligero, Olor Dominicano & Nicaraguan
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $106.99 for a box of 20
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Early last month I got excited reading some reviews on the Panacea Black and Panacea Red. Both sounded like cigars that I would really enjoy. So I added them to my ever growing list of cigars to try and then semi-unexpectedly I received a pair of Panacea Black Robusto Maduros from Paul Bush, the owner of the Flat Bed Cigar Company. (Cigar Inspector told me to watch for some samples, but I was surprised to see they were Panaceas.)

Well after a short rest in my humidor I pulled them out over the weekend for review. Here are my thoughts.

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“Paris to Cuba” giveaway results

Here are the three lucky winners (according to the Randomizer) who will receive Mario Grigorov's new album, "Paris to Cuba":
tobacmon
Rah55
sboyajian

The winners will be notified by e-mail, if you do not receive the e-mail please send a message through the contact form.

I would like to thank Caitlin from "Two Sheps That Pass" for making this possible.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #62 (Jun 13 2009)

Here is our weekly selection of cigar reviews:

Montecristo Sublime Edition Limitada 2008

Reviewed by Patrick S. at  Stogie Guys

This limited edition from Montecristo earns a perfect rating from The Stogie Guys and makes me feel good about still having one in my humidor.
Read the full review here...

La Flor Dominicana Premium Line

Reviewed by Chris at  Nice Tight Ash

A cigar from the Dominican Republic with a rich array of flavors and nice looks.
Read the full review here....

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Broadleaf Sun-Grown (Ecuador)
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano
Binder : Nicaraguan Ligero
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
More info about purchasing Oliva Master Blend cigars...

The cigars for this review were kindly provided by CigarsDirect.com, your source for premium cigars.

Oliva Master Blends III (also known as Liga Maestra - "master blend" in Spanish) is the third release in Oliva's limited Master Blend series. It uses an Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder which are all supposed to be grown in limited quantities, thus the supply is limited although no exact numbers can be found.

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Don Pepin Garcia Event at Empire Cigars

Don Pepin Garcia and Hal

Last Friday we had the privilege of having one of the most popular figures in the cigar industry at Empire Cigars – Don Pepin Garcia!

Pepin showed up promptly at 3pm and the festivities began with Empanadas and Mojitos. Our pal Hal Rubin, the owner, also splurged on a few bottles of Zaya, a 12-year old rum from Trinidad which was absolutely fantastic.

There were great promotions that night, discount on boxes of DPG cigars and a free 5-pack with every box purchase. Box purchases earned a ticket for the raffle which included a few pipe and baseball cigars and a few ashtrays as well.

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