Por Larranaga Robustos de Larranaga (RE Asia Pacific)

Por Larranaga Robustos de Larranaga (RE Asia Pacific)

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 20 mm (4.9 x 50)
Release : 2007
Price : ~$369 for a box of 25
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I would like to thank FinestCubanCigars.com for providing these cigars for review. For over 10 years they ship Cuban cigars from Hong Kong at competitive prices.

This is a regional edition for Asia Pacific, released in 2007. Por Larranaga do not have a robusto in their regular line and I was quite curious how this one would taste. In fact I was even more curious to see whether this cigar would share the flavor profile with the regular production petit corona.

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Kristoff Ligero Criollo Robusto

Kristoff Ligero Criollo Robusto

KristoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Honduran Criollo
Filler : Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Price : ~$129.99 for a box of 20
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The Kristoff Ligero Criollo line was introduced back in 2008. It is is a medium to full body smoke that will satisfy lots of cigar palates. This cigar comes in several vitolas: a Churchill (7 x 50); a Toro (6.5 x 56); a Torpedo (6.13 x 52), and today’s feature cigar a Robusto (5.5 x 54). This cigar is a very pleasant, long smoke which does not disappoint. The Criollo Robusto series contains 70% added Nicaraguan ligero which definitely contributes to the fullness of the cigar. The Kristoff Ligero also comes in a Brazilian Maduro wrapper.

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2009 Blog Highlights: Summer

In the "Blog Highlights" series, we are taking a look back at the best cigar reviews & articles published on CigarInspector.com in 2009. Enjoy.

Oliva Serie G Maduro

Oliva Serie G Maduro

We ran a contest back in June and some participants submitted their cigar reviews. One of the best ones was written by Charlia a.k.a. Labman and concerned a great cheapie, the Oliva Serie G Maduro.

Montecristo No. 4 Reserva

Montecristo No. 4 Reserva

I had a chance to smoke a few very rare cigars in 2009, and the one I enjoyed the most is probably this Montecristo No. 4 Reserva. As it is extremely hard to find, I didn't include it in my top cigars list, otherwise it could have shifted the Trinidad Robusto T from the top spot.

Cain Habano

Cain Habano Belicoso

Cain is a marca released by Sam Leccia, supposed to be as strong as it can get. The Cain Habano, reviewed by Michael, is the blend that received better reviews across the blogosphere.

Cigar of the Week: Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970

Joya de Nicaragua is a rather discreet brand but it is well-known by aficionados for its quality and consistent cigars. One of their most famous blends is Antano 1970, a full-bodied Nicaraguan puro that can easily knock you off your feet. Its most fervent fans claim that this is a great cheaper alternative to the Opus X...

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Robusto

Where to get it?

As already mentioned, Antanos are not expensive sticks, costing from $4 to $8 per single depending on the vitola. You can compare prices and pick up a sampler or a box here.

Nestor Miranda Collection Special Selection Rosado

Nestor Miranda Collection Special Selection Rosado

Photo credit: Gerard Filicko

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$8 each
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I recently smoked the Nestor Miranda Collection - Special Selection Rosado with Mr. Rene Castaneda, Sales Director of Miami Cigar & Company. This line was first introduced in 2007 and is named after the company's founder. It is released in five vitolas in both Rosado and Oscuro: Robusto (5-1/2 x 52), Toro (6 x 60), Lonsdale, called the "Lancero" introduced in 2008 (7-1/2 x 40), Double Corona, called the "Danno" introduced in 2009 (7 x 56), and a Perfecto, called the "Ruky" also introduced in 2009 (5-5/8 x 52 figurado), costing around $8.00 each, give or take. They are all hand-made in Esteli, Nicaragua under the supervision of Pepin Garcia. Rene tells me the Rosados are mild to medium in body and the Oscuros are medium to full. He hooked me up with a nice selection of each but for this review I smoked the Robusto and Perfecto - Rosado.

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Drop in quality after a success?

As a blogger, I try to dedicate some time to scanning what's going on in my niche. I have noticed a trend lately and I'd like you to help either confirm or disprove it. It deals with the overall quality of a given blend, which sometimes tends to be very good at the time it's released, then progressively drops after gaining a certain reputation.

This might (sadly) seem as a natural process - as soon as the sales pick up, less attention is being given to quality control and raw material - there are other blends to promote/work on, right? Of course, this post would be worthless without examples. I've got a couple and they concern the same manufacturer. Some of you must already have guessed who I am talking about.

Over one year ago, I reviewed the Rocky Patel Decade. I thought it was one of the best Nicaraguan smokes that I ever tried and I still have a couple of cigars from that batch. Yesterday another review of this cigar hit the blogosphere and Barry's verdict is not that favorable. We have the same story with the Olde World Reserve (by the way, #8 on the CA's top 25 list of 2009). One year ago, Charlie said it was an excellent choice for all corojo lovers. These days, the wrapper of the OWRs leaves nasty brown spots on your fingers and lips.

What do you guys think about it? Is this a real trend or just a coincidence?

Macanudo 1968

Macanudo 1968

MacanudoOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Rothschild (short robusto)
Size : 4.5 x 50 (114 x 20 mm)
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Connecticut Habano
Price : ~$6 each
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It's been quite a while since I reviewed a Macanudo on this blog. My latest experiences were, at the very least, disappointing. When I heard that a new blend was being released, "rich, dark and inexpected", full-bodied and oriented toward experienced smokers, it stirred up my curiosity. Consequently, when I saw it on sale I immediately picked up a fiver. Let's see how the Macanudo 1968 performed.

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Huge merger in sight

A few days ago, Cigar Aficionado published an article about an upcoming merger.

Scandinavian Tobacco (Denmark) and Swedish Match (Sweden) decide to merge their cigar and tobacco operations. The new empire, controlled by Scandinavian Tobacco, will become one of the world's biggest cigar companies (with a production of more than 2.5 billion cigars and approximately $1 billion of sales).

Scandinavian Tobacco owns CAO cigars, whereas Swedish Match controls General Cigar Co. (Macanudo, Don Tomas, non-Cuban Punch and Partagas...) and Cigars International, a distribution giant.

The deal should be finalized by June.

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