San Cristobal de la Habana Oficios

San Cristobal de la H. Oficios

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Corona (Oficios)
Size : 135 x 17.07 mm (5.3 x 43)
Ring : 43
Hand-Made
Price : ~$180-250 for a box of 25
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San Cristobal de la Habana is the newest brand launched by Habanos SA. It started with 4 sizes in 1999 and three more were introduced in 2004 for the 5th Anniversary of the brand. Oficios, a 5.3 x 43 corona is one of them and proudly wears a second "La Casa del Habano" band indicating that this is one of the new vitolas.

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Illusione ~hl~ (Holy Lance)

Illusione ~hl~ (Holy Lance)

Origin : Honduras
IllusioneFormat : Lancero
Size : 7.5″ x 40
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
More info about purchasing Illusione Holy Lance cigars...

Since Illusione cigars burst on the scene they have been well received and its creator Dion Giolito has reached near rock star status in the cigar community. I shared some details on Dion and his cigar company in my review of the Illusione ~cg:4~ if you are interested.

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Cheap Smoke: Corona Nicaraguan Selection

Corona Nicaraguan Selection

Origin : Nicaragua?
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Price : Box of 25, $59.95
More info about purchasing Corona Nicaraguan Selection cigars...

This is another guest review from Matthew at Smoking & Talking. Enjoy!

The Corona Nicaraguan Selection was introduced in 1997 and was Corona’s first House Blend. They recently released a 10th Anniversary to commemorate the occasion. The original blend is hand-made in Central America under the care of Gilberto Oliva, Jr., a fifth generation Cuban master blender. The long filler in this blend is aged Cuban-seed grown in Nicaragua and is protected by a Panamanian Maduro wrapper.

This is a gorgeous stick; the Maduro is very oily with no color variation, soft spots and very little veins to speak of. The pre-light aroma was excellent; a sweet and clean tobacco smell with hints of bitter chocolate and creamy caramel. The ash was a perfect white though it did “v” just a little bit. The flavor on this stick did not disappoint, with notes of bittersweet chocolate and creamy caramel, along with a very clean undertone of tobacco. There were no barnyard flavors to speak of, just a steady medium-roast flavor. There was some fairly heavy spike in the first third, but this eventually passed and was dominated by creaminess.

Verdict: buy now! At around $2.40 per stick you cannot lose on this one. If you are a fan of Padron, 5 Vegas Original, or Sosa, this is a must try for a lower-priced alternative; you may not even know the difference!

Two Thumbs Up!

H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Limited Edition

H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.1 mm (4 1/4 x 48)
Ring : 48
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Among all the 2009 limited editions, this was the cigar I was the most eager to try. Firstly, because it received the highest ratings in all the major publications. Secondly, because I am a big fan of all the Magnum series from H. Upmann - you can check out my reviews of the Magnum 46 and the Magnum 50. The new Magnum 48 is a short robusto, similar in length to the Petit Edmundo, but with a slightly smaller ring gauge.

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Weekly draw for commenters!

Weekly draw for commenters!

I've been looking at the number of comments on the blog and, frankly, I found it insufficient. From my past experience, I know that there's nothing better to boost the commenting than to offer some nice cigars to some of you who enjoy leaving your opinion on the cigars we review. As soon as I had the idea, I got in touch with Jeff from Corona Cigar Co. who generously agreed to reward the winners.

Without further ado, here are the rules:

  • Every week, one commenter randomly receives a 5-pack from Corona Cigar Co.
  • The sampler contains: 1 x Corona Nicaraguan 10th Anniversary, 1 x Corona Dominican Selection, 1 x Boris 11 Connecticut, 1 x Boris 11 Maduro, 1 x Cielo.
  • Are counted comments on every blog post on the web site, including all Cuban reviews, all non-Cuban reviews and all shop reviews.
  • Each comment represents one ticket into the draw - the more you comment, the bigger are your chances to win.
  • The winners will be announced each Tuesday.
  • Spam will not be tolerated. I take this issue very seriously.
  • The contest will run for 4 weeks.
  • The contest is open to all US-residents of legal smoking age.

Good luck and you can begin by commenting on this post :) And don't forget to visite Corona Cigar's website, they've got a very nice selection!

Cuaba Piramides 2008 Limited Edition

Cuaba Piramides Limited Edition 2008

Origin : CubaCuaba
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm (6.1 x 52)
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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For some reason, this is the very first Cuaba cigar that I had the chance of trying. I will not be able to compare this 2008 edicion limitada to cigars in regular production. Obviously, this piramide features an inflated price due to the second band.

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Cabaiguan Maduro RX

Cabaiguan Maduro RX

CabaiguanOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25″ x 50
Wrapper : Dark Natural Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10 each
More info about purchasing Cabaiguan cigars...

The Cabaiguan (kah-bei-gWAHN) is probably my absolute favorite Connecticut Shade cigar. Not really mild, it is more of a medium bodied smoke with light yet assertive flavors. I have been wanting to try the maduro version for a long while and I have finally got around to it. Sometimes with the sheer volume of different cigars out there it is hard to get to everything you want to try. Any way, from what I was able to find with some internet searches, it appears the Cabaiguan Maduro isn’t even really a maduro in the traditional sense. According to Tatuaje’s site and I saw it again on a retailer's site, the wrapper on this cigar is a naturally dark sun grown broadleaf wrapper. If that sounds familiar to you then you are probably familiar with the La Riqueza line of cigars from Tatuaje. The wrapper for that cigar is described the exact same way. So is it the same wrapper? I have no idea, but I wasn’t able to find a wealth of information on the Cabaiguan maduro and what I did find wasn’t necessarily authoritative.

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San Cristobal de la Habana : reviews coming up!

San Cristobal Cigars

Have you noticed that there has not been a single review of San Cristobal cigars at CigarInspector.com? Probably not... well, I wasn't aware of the issue until recently.

San Cristobal de la H. is the newest Cuban brand as far as I know, launched in 1999. We'll be looking at the following vitolas: Muralla, Oficios, La Punta & La Fuerza. I do not know what to expect and I think it will be an interesting experience.

Have you tried San Cristobal cigars? Please share your opinion!

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