Di Fazio Maduro Robust

Di Fazio Maduro

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Di FazioSize : 5 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each; ~150 box of 24
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Special thanks to Di Fazio cigars for providing me with a sample of these cigars to review.

Di Fazio Cigars were created last year by Carmelo Di Fazio, a 41-year-old Miami television executive. Born in Venezuela of Italian descent, Di Fazio is a self-described dreamer who loves to smoke cigars.

As others have noted, Di Fazio cigars are rolled at Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L. factory in Honduras. That factory also makes Illusione and Alec Bradley Tempus cigars, among others.

They also offer the Picoso, which has been previously reviewed on Cigar Inspector and the Connecticut.

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H. Upmann Regalias

H. Upmann Regalias

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4 each
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H. Upmann Regalias is a petit corona priced at less than $5 each. It may appear that this is a cheaper version of the H. Upmann Petit Corona, however I think that these are completely different cigars. The flavors are not the same and there are obvious variations in construction and appearance. Let's see how the Regalias fares.

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A. Fuente Hemingway Between the Lines

A. Fuente Hemingway Between the Lines

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4"1/4 x 54
Wrapper : Barber Pole – Broadleaf Maduro/Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $17 each
More info about purchasing Arturo Fuente Hemingway cigars...

The Hemingway line of Fuente cigars is hugely popular and like a lot of other Fuente cigars, very limited. The Maduros are especially limited and are only released twice a year, one of those times being right around now, near the Holidays. One of the more rare of the rare is the double wrapped, barber pole Hemingway “Between the Lines”. Now plenty has been written about the background of the Hemingway cigars and I have written about them here before as well. So if you are interested to learn a little more about them, check out my review of the Hemingway Best Seller.

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Top Non-Cuban Cigars of 2009

Tatuaje Noella Reserva 2009

Today we bring you the list of the best smokes of 2009. They are not necessarily released in 2009, it's just the finest among the cigars we smoked this year. This list is a group project, based on opinions of several dozens of aficionados from different cigar forums and Twitter.

  1. Tatuaje Noella Reserva. With its extremely rich flavor profile, this beauty from Pete Johnson tops our 2009 list.
  2. Padron 1926. This great classic is the only blend that was among our top 5 cigars of 2008.
  3. Padron 45. Another Padron, this 2009 release encountered a great success despite its high price.
  4. La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial. Blended for Ashton by DPG, the Edicion Especial is clearly superior to the regular La Aroma de Cuba production.
  5. DPG My Father. This cigar uses Don Pepin's own tobacco and seems to please a lot of aficionados this year.

Runners-up: El Triunfador, Ashton VSG, Padilla Miami.

Illusione ~ hl ~ Holy Lance

Illusione ~ hl ~ Holy Lance

Photo credit: Claire Hogan

Origin : NicaraguaIllusione
Format : Lancero
Size : 7.5 x 40
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7-9 per stick
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The following review comes courtesy of Robert (Twitter), a cigar lover from Central Ohio. Enjoy!

In the same league as the Holy Grail and Shroud of Turin, the Holy Lance is considered a relic of Jesus Christ. Believed to be the spear that pierced Christ's side as he hung on the cross, according to legend, Constantine the Great (the first Christian Roman Emperor) carried the weapon in battle. Some believe that Hitler pilfered the Holy Lance and ordered it to be hidden in Antarctica, where it remained until being retrieved by European Nazis in the seventies.

Since it is impossible to track down the current whereabouts of the Holy Lance, we will just have to examine the Dion Giolito blended Illusione ~ hl ~ the more user friendly Holy Lance.

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2009 Cuban Cigar Regional Editions

El Rey del Mundo Petit Compania (Regional Edition France)

Here is new list of 2009 Cuban Regional Editions. Only released or confirmed vitolas are listed. The number of cigars from Punch is impressive... as is the average ring.

  • Bolivar 5ta Avenida - Germany - 184 mm x 50
  • Bolivar Especiales No. 2 - Germany - 192 mm x 38
  • Bolivar Fabulosos - Benelux - 135 mm x 52
  • El Rey del Mundo Balthasar - Baltic - 155 mm x 50
  • El Rey del Mundo Choix de l'Epoque - UK - 110 mm x 52
  • El Rey del Mundo Petit Compania - France - 127 mm x 50
  • Juan Lopez Seleccion Suprema - UK - 170 mm x 52
  • Por Larranaga Valiosos - Switzerland - 156 mm x 52
  • Punch Northern Light - Scandinavia - 110 mm x 52
  • Punch Platino - India - 194 mm x 49
  • Punch Poderosos - Switzerland - 164 mm x 54
  • Punch Royal - Benelux - 141 mm x 50
  • Punch Small Club - France - 102 mm x 50
  • Ramon Allones Beritus - Lebanon - 135 mm x 52
  • Ramon Allones Celestiales Finos - Pacific Asia - 137 mm x 46
  • Ramon Allones Petit Unicos - Canada - 127 mm x 50
  • Saint Luis Rey Pacificos - Asia Pacific - 156 mm x 52
  • Vegas Robaina Petit Robaina - Canada - 110 mm x 52

Cigar of the Week: Rocky Patel Olde World

To change things up a little, we decided to use some alternatives to our "Reviews of the Week" posts. One of them will be called "Cigar of the Week" and in these posts we will share links to several reviews of the same cigar.

With the Olde World line, Rocky Patel tried to enter the premium cigars market. Introduced in 2005, the cigar quickly gained popularity and is still among the most sold, with the Edge and the Decade. However, there have been complaints lately that RP's cigars are dyed. What's your experience with that?

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Corojo Robusto

Where to get it?

The average price for the Olde World is $8-9 per pop (robusto / torpedo), and slightly more for the toro size.
You can compare the prices online here...

Quesada 35th Anniversary

Quesada 35th Anniversary

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 49
Wrapper : Equadorian Arapiraca
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Binder : Cuban seed, Criollo-98 (DR)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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In July 2009 Jorge Armenteros (President – Tobacconist University) posted what he called a “heads up” about an excellent new cigar that was going to be released in the Fall, the Quesada 35th Anniversary from Matasa. Well when Jorge speaks about cigars, I listen and I went straight to my premium brick & mortar tobacconist and ordered them. The 35 is not only the latest from Matasa, but a rather unique offering from them as well. It commemorates the 35th anniversary of Matasa and was actually created by the fifth-generation of the Quesada family to be in the cigar business, who family patriarch Manolo Quesada calls, “the young ones”. It is also their first, I believe, to bear the family name.

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