Cigar Reviews of the Week #77 (Oct 17 2009)

Here's what we've got to share with you this Saturday:

CAO La Traviata

Reviewed by Agent 8 at  The Cigar Spy

We've got a new favorite from CAO. Great flavors with an affordable price point.
Read the full review here...

Alec Bradley Tempus Centuria

Reviewed by Matt at  Matt's Cigar Journal

The Tempus gets a B+ from Matt. The Terra Nova only managed to score 3 stars here.
Read the full review here...


Our friends at Smoking & Talking are running a contest on their site - you can win a box of Arnold's House Blend No. III (it recently got a 9.1 rating from these guys and is valued at $110.50). All you need to do is suggest a name for their blog... Enter now!

New cigar forum - Cigar Club House

I would also like to let you know about a new cigar forum that recently opened its doors, Cigar Club House. Feel free to check it out! There's an opening contest going on, by the way...

Avo Signature Lonsdale

Avo Signature Lonsdale

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6 x 43
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$10 each
More info about purchasing Avo Signature cigars...

Avo Signature is the last classic line from Mr. Uvezian that I haven’t reviewed yet. [Check out my previous reviews of Avo Classic, Avo XO and Avo Domaine]. The Signature blend was created to celebrate the 75th birthday of Avo Uvezian, the Dominican binder and filler wear an Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper (quite common for Avo cigars).

Read the full review of Avo Signature Lonsdale...

Alec Bradley Tempus Centuria

Alec Bradley Tempus Centuria

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Churchill
Size : 7.0′ x 49
Wrapper : Honduran Criollo ’98
Filler : Honduran and Nicaraguan
Binder : Honduran Criollo ’98
Price : $7 each
More info about purchasing Alec Bradley Tempus cigars...

The Alec Bradley Tempus is made in the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras. This is the same factory the the Illusione and Cruzado cigars are made for Dion Giolito. I mention this because of a story I heard. It is second or third hand so I have no way of knowing how true it is but it is interesting. The story goes that Dion was testing several prototype blends to use in one of his lines. Apparently Dion wants his cigars to change up on him 4 plus times through the course of the smoke so there were several blends that while good, complex smokes, they were passed on by Dion. The rumor is, that one such blend was offered to and subsequently bought by Alec Bradley to become the Tempus. Like I said, I have no idea if it is true or not, but it is an interesting story and maybe it provides some insight into what happens to some of better blends that go unclaimed during the development phase for a new cigar.

Read the full review of Alec Bradley Tempus Centuria...

CAO La Traviata Intrepido

CAO La Traviata

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Churchill
Size : 7 x 54
Wrapper : Colorado Brown Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan / Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Price : $115+ for a box of 24
More info about purchasing CAO La Traviata cigars...

Background Info

Introduced this year at the IPCRR Annual Convention and Trade Show, the CAO La Traviata is an homage to the La Traviata brand that started over 100 years ago in Cuba.

Mission Debrief

This is one of those cigars that in the past couple of months has started making a buzz around the Internet, on various cigar blogs as well as on Twitter. I expect anything from CAO to typically be spot on, whether it is the ever-favorite Brazilia, the MX2, or even recently the Brazilia Cuban Press, a new take on the original. Being that I do my best to stay abreast of new cigars coming into the public eye, I felt it was my duty to give the La Traviata its owed time.

Read the full review of CAO La Traviata Intrepido...

Trinidad Robusto T

Trinidad Robusto T

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.8 x 50
Ring : 50
Price : ~$13-15 each
More info about purchasing Trinidad cigars...

Trinidad Robusto T was introduced in 2009 to finally offer a robusto vitola within the Trinidad line. As soon as some lucky ones started getting their hands on these sticks, positive reviews flooded the cigar press. At the same time, Montecristo Open were getting high marks in cigar publications all over the world, to be literally destroyed both in the blogosphere and on cigar forums a couple of weeks later. So, is this another "Open" or a true success?

Read the full review of Trinidad Robusto T...

Weekly draw: winner #2

Weekly draw for commenters!

It's Tuesday which means we've got to announce the next winner of a very nice 5-pack we're giving away to a random commenter, courtesy of Corona Cigar Co. There have been some very nice posts to comment on, including the reviews of the new Romeo y Julieta Duke LE 2009, Cruzado Marelas as well as a quite successful discussion on construction differences between Cuban and non-Cuban cigars. Again, over 100 comments have been left - keep them coming! Oh, I almost forgot - the winner is Dsanders! Congratulations.

Remember, we will be giving away at least 2 more 5-pack samplers, click here for the official contest rules and learn how you can win free cigars!

Onyx Reserve Mini Belicoso

Onyx Reserve Mini Belicoso

Origin : HondurasOnyx Reserve
Format : Mini Belicoso
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Blackened Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : DR, Nicaragua and Peru
Price : ~$4.25 each:; ~ $17 for 5 pack
More info about purchasing Onyx Reserve cigars...

The Onyx Reserve Mini Belicoso is made in the Dominican Republic. It has a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan tobaccos. It gets its spiciness from Peruvian, Cuban-seed Ligero tobaccos.

It has been resting in my humidor for a month. This is the second one I have smoked.

Read the full review of Onyx Reserve Mini Belicoso...

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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