Cigar Reviews of the Week #92 (May 22 2010)

Welcome to our weekly reviews selection. Some great Avo cigar reviews today!

Avo Limited Edition 2010

Reviewed by Brian at   Nice Tight Ash

These limited editions are probably Avo's best cigars at the moment. Most expensive as well?
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Avo Companero LE 2009

Reviewed by Matt at  Matt's Cigar Journal

This cigar was released for the 83rd anniversary of Avo Uvezian. Great stuff!
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Alec Bradley adds QR code to their merchandise

A press release from Alec Bradley. Sounds fun!

DANIA, FL – May 19, 2010 - Alec Bradley Cigars, makers of the highly-rated Tempus, Prensado and Family Blend cigars, is the first company in the cigar industry to incorporate QR Code technology in their ads, shelf talkers, T-shirts, and other merchandise. The codes allow mobile device users to instantly access additional information on the Alec Bradley Cigars website, www.alecbradley.com.

Alec Bradley adds QR code to their merchandise

These 2 and 3‐dimensional, state‐of‐the‐art barcodes will allow consumers who own mobile devices with QR code readers to link to more information about Alec Bradley cigars, accessories, swag, promotions and more ‐ instantly.

QR codes, (internet‐speak for Quick Response) are used to take a piece of information from a variety of media and connect to it via the camera in mobile phones. The media can be anything from website links, to text, photos, videos and more. Their primary advantage over regular bar codes is that they can store exponentially more data. Alec Bradley Cigars is using QR codes in their ads, shelf talkers, T‐shirts, and other merchandise, giving mobile device users the ability to go directly to their website in seconds.

For example, a consumer can scan the QR code on a shelf talker in a cigar store or other retail location. The code takes them to a link where they can then see key details about that particular line. To accomplish this, Alec Bradley has created a mobile‐optimized site for their Select Cabinet Reserve (SCR), Family Blend, and Prensado selections. Other lines will be added.

"We've always paid great attention to detail when creating cigars,” said Alec Bradley Cigars president, Alan Rubin. "In applying the same kind of detail to our advertising and point of sale material, we've seen a very positive response to the technology. In a very traditional industry, it is important to see how technology can be a powerful tool to enhance our customers’ experience, and this is only the beginning.”

To take advantage of Alec Bradley's new QR code scanning capability, a mobile device user must have a QR code reader on their mobile device's camera.

Wrappers A-Z: Connecticut Broadleaf

Connecticut

Connecticut Broadleaf, unlike Connecticut shade, is grown in full sun, where the leaf gets thick and full of sugar. The plant is stalk cut instead of primed. Usually earthy and toasty with a subtle sweetness, this wrapper is certainly one of the most popular in the last few years. This leaf is grown in many countries and is the primary type used in Maduro cigars. The word "Connecticut" in the tobacco's name refers to the valley, not the state.

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La Flor Dominicana Coronado

La Flor Dominicana Coronado

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sun-Grown
Filler : Dominican Sumatra and Piloto Cubano
Binder : Dominican Corojo
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7-8 each
More info about purchasing La Flor Dominicana Coronado cigars...

A few weeks ago I found myself in Florida with my family enjoying unique foods, watching animals and going on some fantastic rides. Overall it was a very relaxing and rejuvenating experience. During a couple of the nights, my father and I made our way over to Sosa Cigars in Downtown Disney. The people at the cigar bar were more than happy to allow us to supply our own cigars with the purchase of a drink, which I found more than reasonable. After ordering a Jameson, I set upon a cigar I had wanted to try out for some time; the Coronado Toro by La Flor Dominicana.

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Cheap Smoke: 5 Vegas Relic Figurado

5 Vegas Relic

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 5.75 x 54
Wrapper : Dominican Corojo
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $4.50-$5.00 each
More info about purchasing 5 Vegas Relic cigars...

Background Info

This target has an internal gem of a single 12-year-old filler leaf. This “heart” was transplanted by Manuel Quesada 10 years ago from a bale of 1996 vintage tobacco leaf. A pacemaker with a soul of its own.

Mission Notes

Smooth Corojo wrapper, small veins. No patches or blemishes. Modeled a great deal after me! After beheading and befooting (?) I started the interrogation. Sometimes the least obvious characters give you the largest amounts of information. Robust, full flavored after-dinner enjoyment right here. White pepper, slight coffee, spicy richness. Great draw from this puro figurado! Nice evenly marbled and solid ash. Not much else to say… not much change throughout except for an increase in body.

Final Statement

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this cigar. I have had other 5 Vegas blends and had mixed opinions. I would pick this up again if I ever saw it at a shop. However, it is unfortunately forgettable.

AGENT TIP # 31: If you bring the funk, don’t forget the flavor.

Photo credit: mr.smashy

Dual Review: Cubao Maduro Belicoso

Cubao Maduro Belicoso

Origin : Nicaragua
CubaoFormat : Belicoso
Size : 5.5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.5 each
More info about purchasing Cubao Maduro cigars...

Below is the fourth dual review in our series of 6.

Ed: The Cubao line was introduced in 2008 by EO Brands (Espinosa y Ortega). This company is also responsible for the EO 601 cigars. The cigar is produced in Esteli, Nicaragua, and it is a product of Don Pepin Garcia. Cubao comes in two types of wrappers: an Ecuadorian-grown Sumatra seed Oscuro, and an Ecuadorian-grown Broadleaf featured in the Cubao Maduro cigars. The Cubao Maduro comes in four vitolas: 7.13 x 49 Churchill; 4.88 x 50 Robusto; 6.13 x 50 Robusto Extra; and today’s cigar, the 5.5 in x 52 Belicoso.

Jason: The Cubao Maduro is one of the newest lines from United Tobacco, who also makes the 601 lines of cigars. I've been a fan of the original Cubao line for a while now and have been really looking forward to trying the new maduro version. Now onto the good stuff...

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Wrappers A-Z: Connecticut Shade

Connecticut map

Connecticut leaf (or Connecticut Shade) is the gold standard of non-Cuban cigar wrappers. Revered for its silky feel and barely visible veins, this thin wrapper also burns like a champ. It's the mild cigars lover's wrapper and the most expensive wrapper leaf grown in the world and subsequently is used in the world's most expensive cigars. It is mild in flavor with a subtle sweet woodiness and toast characteristics. Blenders love this leaf because it really allows them to experiment with the filler. This leaf is grown under shade, except in Ecuador, where everything is said to be grown in full sun.

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Cigar of the Week: Nub Connecticut

Nub cigars were launched back in 2008 with a massive marketing campaign organized by Sam Leccia from Oliva cigars. The idea behind the concept is that every cigar has a 'sweet spot' and the Nubs, being rather short, are the very essence of this sweet spot. Available with multiple wrappers like Habano, Maduro, Cameroon and Connecticut, the blend received good press and was warmly welcomed by aficionados. Today's featured cigar sports an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and is filled with tobacco from Cameroon.

Nub Connecticut

Photo credit: CigarNewbie.com

  • Linus from Cigar Newbie says the Connecticut is definitely an enjoyable cigar, thanks to its balanced and 'inter-twined' flavors.
  • Barry reviewed it one year after the release and found that it still deserves a place in the humidor.
  • Scott at Cigar Command managed to stand the cigar on its ash and claimed it was a good cigar for the morning rotation.

Where to get it?

Available in the $4-6 range, Nub Connecticut is a good option when you're looking for a (relatively) short, full-flavored smoke.
Check out the prices here.

Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Corona

Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Corona

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/2 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan Seco
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano Seco and Ligero
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4-5 each
More info about purchasing Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion...

A couple of months ago I was gifted a box of Joya de Nicaragua Antano (the review it links to is not mine and I can't pick up all those flavors, but it describes it nicely). Needless to say, I immediately smoked one and regretted my decision 30 minutes later as it packed quite a punch and I had it on an empty stomach. My second experience was much better, but I still found the cigar too powerful despite the excellent flavors that I was enjoying. I continued smoking these cigars from time to time, mainly after dinner, and, visiting my local B&M, saw a box of Celebracion in the corner. The tobacconist told me that these were basically the 'lighter' versions of Antanos, so I grabbed 5 sticks to try.

Read the full review of Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Corona...

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