My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petite Robusto

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petite Robusto

Origin : NicaraguanMy Father Cigars
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4.5″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $7 each
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The My Father Le Bijou 1922 is an extension of the My Father line which was created by Jose Pepin Garcia’s Son Jamie to honor his father Pepin. Well Pepin created the Le Bijou himself to honor his father, Jamie’s grand father. Le Bijou means The Jewel and the 1922 is Pepin’s father’s birth year. It is a good looking cigar. The wrapper has a dry matte finish to it and it looks like a carved piece of dark wood. This is another cigar that sports 2 cigar bands. They are ornate, and beautiful, and large which is odd looking on this petite robusto as most of its length is covered up by the two bands. Though dual bands have become a bit of an annoyance for me lately as they have become more commonplace; on a positive note the bands on the Le Bijou always come off very easily and I have not had one yet that damaged the wrapper. Because this vitola is so short and the bands are so large, you really need to remove one if not both of the bands before you smoke it. Again, annoying but not too much so since they do come off easily.

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Dual Review: Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story

Arturo Fuente Short Story

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4 x 49
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$6 each
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Today we've got the first dual review in our series of 6.

Joe K: Early on in my cigar smoking, Arturo Fuente’s Hemingway line sparked my interest with its diverse shapes and shades coupled with consistently positive mentions among various members of the cigar community. Making it a point to acquire and try at least one of each vitola, I began with the highly acclaimed Work of Art Maduro. Finding it enjoyable, I wasted no time in taking the second step along that journey with the equally reputed Short Story Natural.

Stephen: It was the first nice weekend of the year. Temps in the 70s and I was heading to the park for a walk. I thought what a perfect time to try another one of these fantastic cigars. I have smoked 3 in total.

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #89 (Apr 10 2010)

Welcome to our weekly reviews selection.


Reviewed by Brooks at   The Smoking Stogie

Brooks reviews the only French puro available, Le Navarre. He did it blind and found some typical Cuban flavors. Curiously, when I tasted it I didn't come to the same conclusion.
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Check out my review of the Navarre...

Dirty Rat by Drew Estate

Reviewed by Jacob at  The Cigar Nut

Let's just hope we'll see this cigar on sale one day.
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Cigar contests at Toasted Foot

Everybody knows Cigar Inspector is your source for cigar contests. However, we've got a serious competitor! :) Toasted Foot gives you a chance to win a 50-count humidor, and this is only the first of their 3 April contests. You really have to check it out.

Elogio Habano Torpedo

Elogio Habano Torpedo

Origin : NicaraguaElogio cigars
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.13 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $149 for a box of 24

Elogio cigars are a boutique brand that comes from a small factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Carlos Garcia Pereda is the master blender for Elogio, and he is the grandson of legendary Cuban tobacco grower and cigar maker, Alejandro Robaina. Carlos learned his trait in the Pinar del Rio region which can be considered one of the best of Cuba. The Elogio Serie Habano has tobacco from the Condega, Jalapa, and Somoto regions of Nicaragua. The cigar comes in several sizes: a 7 x 48 Churchill; a 5 x 50 Robusto; a 6 x 42 Corona Extra; a 5 x 32 Petite Corona; and the featured 6.13 x 52 Torpedo.

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Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra (RE Asia Pacific)

Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra (RE Asia Pacific)

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Belicoso
Size : 140 x 21 mm (5.5 x 52)
Release : 2008
Price : ~$409 for a box of 25
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I would like to thank for providing these cigars for review. For over 10 years they ship Cuban cigars from Hong Kong at competitive prices.

This is the third review in my series of Asia Pacific RE smokes and, let me be honest from the very beginning, Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra is my favorite one. Although both the strong and very typical Bolivar Short and the slightly unbalanced Por Larranaga Robusto both scored good marks, this little belicoso outranks them in terms of flavors. Let's see how.

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Coming up: dual reviews

After our first dual review of the Garo Aniversario, we thought it might be a good idea to post some more. After long discussions, we finally decided on what cigars will be reviewed. We are also very happy to have a sponsor for this venture, who provided the cigars. Three Cigar Dogs is a new company, established in March 2009 in Orlando, Florida. Three Cigar Dogs is dedicated to the average guys (and gals) who enjoy fine smokes, friendly establishments, good company, and great times. Feel free to check out their inventory and prices. Here are the cigar reviews that you can expect very soon:

Stay tuned and happy Easter!

Cigar of the Week: Pinar del Rio Clasico

Pinar del Rios are hand-made in the Dominican Republic by people who have cigar smoke in their veins - it's a multi-generation family business. The Clasico is the third blend released by the company and it features a Connecticut wrapper, a Dominican binder and filler leaves from Dominicana and Nicaragua. Thanks to the Connecticut leaf, the smoke is rather creamy but it does pack some pepper as well. Overall, a good mild to medium cigar with lots of flavor.

  • Bryan did a video review of this cigar and seems to be rather satisfied.
  • Toasted Foot also claims that this is a very soothing cigar that can be enjoyed any time of the day.
  • Cigarfan from Keepers of the Flame confirms that this is a great morning or after-lunch stick.

Where to get it?

At $4.00+ USD per stick, this is quite a good deal. See the vendors that are carrying this cigar here.

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