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
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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.

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Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1

Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1

Juan LopezOrigin : Cuba
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.26 mm (5.62 x 46)
Ring : 46
Weight : 11.41 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$230 for a cab of 25
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I had read some great reviews on the Juan Lopez brand lately and have anxiously anticipated trying one. Its counterpart the JL Seleccion No. 2 robusto was named one of Cigar Aficionados Top 25 Cigars of the Year. This cigar had a month and a half of humidor time on it, but I do not know the exact box code. I estimate that it is from 2008 production. My drink accompaniment for this cigar was Dr. Pepper (I have been enjoying drinking this while smoking cigars lately... weird I know).

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Cigar News of the Week #6 (May 30 2009)

Latest news from the cigar industry:

Win a $10.000 Cigar Cave from Partagas Cigars

Victoria from General Cigar told me about this interesting contest. Partagas will give you $10.000 to spend on your own cigar cave if you are the winner. To participate, simply tell them why you deserve this great prize; pictures/videos are welcome. Click here for more details on the contest.

Nestor Miranda Cigar Day

Miami Cigar Company celebrates their 20th birthday by giving a free cigar to anyone who purchases a cigar (any cigar) at one of the 500 authorized Nestor Miranda retailers. The tricky part is to get a list of those 500 retailers as the website only lists 15 or so right now. It might be a good idea to check back a week later.

Have a nice week-end!

Ambos Mundos by Tatuaje

Ambos Mundos by Tatuaje

Ambos MundosOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.0″ x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatran / Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each
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Ambos Mundos, which means both worlds is the newest line of cigars from Pete Johnson and Tatuaje. Made, like all of Pete’s cigars, by Pepin Garcia this line of cigars is an economy cigar whose release is aptly timed given current economic conditions. Pete had this to say about it:

“My original idea for the Tatuaje brand was for it to be not as expensive as it turned out to be,” said Johnson, “but having it made in Miami kind of set that expensive precedent, so I made this cigar partly due to the economy and partly because this is where I originally wanted the cigar to be priced.”

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ORTSAC 1962

ORTSAC 1962

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Custom Robusto
Size : 6.5 x 54
Ring : 54
Wrapper : Dark Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Rolled
Price : ~$5.00-$6.00 each
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This review is submitted by Michael A.K.A. @Se7en_Vandalay, our good friend and cigar aficionado. Enjoy!

Late last week I received two samples of the ORTSAC 1962 from Victor Vitale of The Cigar Agency. From the product literature and their website, I learned that "The Cigar Agency is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of premium of cigars and cigar accessories." The ORTSAC 1962 is listed as their premier brand. It has been aged for five years and is hand rolled in the Dominican Republic. They are distributed in cedar sleeve of 72 inside a U.S. Army ammunition box, which can be used as a humidor. (Imagine packing that to your next herf. HOOAH!)

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Winston Churchill Marrakesh

Winston Churchill Marrakesh

Winston Churchill cigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic, Peru and Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15-18 each
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Winston Churchill is a line of cigars produced by Davidoff in the Dominican Republic. It is supported by Sir Winston Churchill's grandson. 4 different vitolas are produced and each one's name is related to a certain important event in the life of the famous Prime Minister. Marrakesh is a 6x50 toro; it appears that Sir Winston loved this city for its sunny weather and the special inspiration it gave to him. I purchased my specimen in Paris and smoked it straight away in a café nearby.

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #60 (May 23 2009)

For your Saturday reading pleasure, a couple of reviews published this week on our partner sites.

Illusione ECCJ

Reviewed by Agent 15 at  The Cigar Spy

This Illusione, made for the European Cigar Cult Journal, is a good smoke though not as good as original cigars like CG:4.
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Camacho Triple Maduro

Reviewed by Linus at  Cigar Newbie

Earthy and leathery, this maduro is far from overwhelming.
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El Triunfador

El Triunfador

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 7.5" x 38
Ring : 38
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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This is another creation from Pete Johnson of Tatuaje cigars. “El Triunfador” means “The Winner” in Spanish and is a line that, as I understand it, is being introduced in limited quantities to preserve the trademark. Let me just say that, as far as I’m concerned, this cigar lives up to its name.

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