Father’s day discount at The Cigar Store

Folks at The Cigar Store are giving a 15% discount on everything until June 22. They co-sponsored one of our contests and overall are good guys. To qualify for the discount, just enter "TFD952AB" when checking out.

They've got some sweet deals like the Oliva Serie V Torpedo at under $150/box (review here) or the Don Ramon that we recently reviewed.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #61 (Jun 6 2009)

Some Rocky Patel reviews for your today's reading pleasure:

Rocky Patel Decade Robusto

Reviewed by Cigarfan at  Keepers of the Flame

Cigarfan thoroughly enjoys the Decade, qualifying it as 'an excellent smoke in any case'.
Read the full review here...
Read our take on the Rocky Patel Decade Lonsdale...

Rocky Patel Spring Collection

Reviewed by Lisa at  Her Humidor

Here is another very good creation from Rocky Patel, with deep and rich flavors and an impeccable construction.
Read the full review here....

Finally, thought I should let you know that The Weekly Cigar will be making a giveaway of some free sticks as soon as they cross 5.000 views. They're at 2.000 right now, let's make it happen.

Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero Maduro

Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 x 36
Ring : 36
Wrapper : Criollo '98 Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
More info about purchasing Tesa cigars...

I received this cigar, along with two others, in a gift pack. TESA Cigar Company is a boutique cigar company operating out of Chicago, Illinois. I haven’t had any experience with their smokes and had only read about them online. According to their website, TESA cigars are blended by Chicago area resident Chris Kelly and crafted in the TESA Cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Additionally, 10% of all purchases are donated to housing repairs, education, clothing, and sustenance for the benefit of the residents of Esteli.

I was gifted three TESA cigars: this lancero, a Reserva Real torpedo and a Vintage Especial presidente. I smoked the torpedo upon receipt and was thoroughly impressed with its flavor profile. I decided to let the other two rest for a couple months before enjoying them. After some humi time, I decided to light up this little lancero.

Read the full review of Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero Maduro...

2009 Cuban Cigar Deletions

Bolivar Bonitas

Habanos SA recently announced which cigars will be removed from production in 2009. There are a couple of vitolas that I will miss for sure (especially the Bolivar Bonitas - stock up while they're still available).

List of Cuban cigars to be deleted in 2009

Davidoff Special R Tubo

Davidoff Special R Tubo

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : USA/Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$300 for a box of 20
More info about purchasing Davidoff Special R cigars...

This is a tubo version although it is not visible on the picture. I usually like Davidoffs even though they might be considered overpriced. On the milder side, they tend to provide a pleasant flavor and boast a reliable construction. This is what I was expecting from this tubed Special R.

Read the full review of Davidoff Special R Tubo...

Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel

Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5″ x 52
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
More info about purchasing Rocky Patel Olde World cigars...

The Olde World Reserve Corojo is a handsome looking cigar. Its smooth wrapper is milk chocolate in color. The foot is wrapped in a dark brown paper adorned with the Rocky Patel “RP” logo and the head is decorated with a dark brown band trimmed in gold. They sport a pretty severe box press, and you can get them in a box of 20 or a cedar chest of 50 cigars. They are also available with a very dark Maduro wrapper which I will review next week and they come in three basic sizes. Unfortunately (to me anyway) they are sizes that have become cliche in the US:

  • Robusto 5.5″ x 54 ring
  • Toro 6.5″ x 52 ring
  • Torpedo 5.0″ x 54 ring

Read the full review of Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel...

Duque Cigars Update

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DO NOT BUY FROM DUQUE CIGARS

There have been some negative comments about Duque Cigars in our shops directory lately. I tried to get in touch with Thomas Hunter to see what was going on and finally managed to catch him on Twitter. Here's what he had to say about the issue:

"Upon coming home from a trip to Nicaragua about a month ago I found that we had two catastrophic problems here at Duque. Our host company that we pay for a dedicated server had what they called a bubble outage and our whole site had to be reloaded to a new server that caused the email system to not let us receive any incoming emails.

The second of the two problems came from us. With our growth we have been doing construction and expanding our office and humidified warehouse area; in doing so one of our three satellite phone lines went down without us knowing. This was a big mistake made by our contractor and for that we are very sorry.

The fixess to these problems have been the following.

1. We have moved our site hosting to a dual dedicated server with back ups ran every 12 hours.
2. We have had our three satellite phones made to all flow into one board that will allow any number to ring to the first phone that is available in the office and shop including my office.

I would like to make it very clear to all of our customers we love them and need them badly.
I have made it very clear in the past few weeks to all of our staff that I want them to dig as deep as they can into what happened and make sure we make it right with all of or customers in one way or another.

If any customer may be or has been affected by last month's trouble I would like them to contact me directly by email or by my personal cell phone #:
THunter@duquecigars.com
Cell # 1-321-506-0032

I assure you I will personally fix any problem that comes to my attention.

Thomas Hunter
Duque Cigar Company"

La Aroma de Cuba Monarch

La Aroma de Cuba Monarch

La Aroma de CubaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Honduran
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5
More info about purchasing La Aroma de Cuba cigars...

I was gifted this cigar from Agent 15 a few weeks ago and upon receiving the box o’ goodies this particular cigar stuck out the most. I had no idea that this was by Ashton and thought that I had actually received a Cuban because the band was so colorful and the artwork had that Cuban-esque feel to it, then I realized I couldn’t have been so lucky :)

The La Aroma de Cuba at first glance has a nice shiny Honduran wrapper thats just begging to be smoked and again… very colorful artwork. (I really dig the band if you can't tell). The filler is a mixture of Honduran and Cuban seed Nicaraguan that isn’t overpowering and delivers a very nice medium body flavor.

Read the full review of La Aroma de Cuba Monarch...

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