Cigar Reviews of the Week #87 (Mar 13 2010)

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El Triunfador #5

Reviewed by Dan at   Crooked Burn

Dan at Crooked Burn does a good job reviewing the series of the latest El Triunfador smokes from Pete Johnson.
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EO 601 Red Label

Reviewed by Matthew at  Toasted Foot

9.1 seems quite a good mark for this cigar from United Tobacco.
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Avo LE10 Pre-Release

AVO LE 10

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5 7/8″ x 41
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $15+ each
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I was lucky enough to receive a pre-release sample of the new Avo “birthday” cigar, the LE10. This year, they made a monster of a cigar, a chunky 55 ring gauge behemoth, where all of the filler is Dominican Ligero! This came via my new best friend, Eddie Simon, Brand Manager for Avo. Thanks, Eddie. I also got a few other goodies that I’ll review soon. After my experience with the Davidoff Selecione 702 last year, I couldn’t wait to fire this up.

I’m a huge fan of Ecuadorian wrappers, and this one is a beaut. It’s dark and oily, if it tastes as great as it looks, I’m in for treat.

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New Cigar Release: La Aurora 107

New Cigar Release: La Aurora 107

Update: here is our review of the La Aurora 107.

Santiago, DR 12 March 2010 As with their very successful Preferidos, Cien Años and 1495, La Aurora has taken their time in the next step in their 107 year history as Dominican’s oldest cigar maker.

“We had defined our goal early on,” said Guillermo Leon, La Aurora VP, “and that was to bring the smokers a medium bodied, richly flavoured smoke with a fair amount of spice – at a very attractive price.”

Using Dominican, Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian tobaccos, the blending process went through dozens of iterations before achieving a cigar that brings a balanced flavour that is peppery, sweet and provides toasty notes.

According to Vice President, José Blanco, the cigars are being packed in boxes of twenty-one (21) and will come in three (3) sizes priced from $6 to $8:

  • Robusto (4.5 x 50)
  • Toro (5.5 x 54)
  • Belicoso (6.25 x 52)

“I firmly believe we have a smoke, providing excellent flavour, strength and balance,” José Blanco told a gathering of cigar aficionados at a dinner in New York, “that matches the standards we have adhered to in creating the other great cigars that have brought us high regard and high ratings.”

The cigar, named La Aurora 107 in honour of the company’s 107 years in business, will be released in a series of steps, commencing 1 April. “In conjunction with Guillermo and Jose we have planned an exciting series of events to introduce tobacconists and their customers to this cigar,” Nestor Miranda said at the same gathering in New York City.

“As for the name, La Aurora 107, following on the heels of Cien Años, which marked the company’s 100th anniversary,” Leon told the group, “it was decided to keep it simple and meaningful… and easy to remember, hence, La Aurora 107 – La Aurora’s 107th year!”

La Aurora’s distributor, Miami Cigar & Company, has announced that the new cigar will only be available in brick and mortar tobacconists.

Winners!

We ran two contests this week and according to the comments you guys liked it! I'm sure you are waiting for the winners' names, and the Randomizer just gave me those:

  • Chuck won the 10-cigar sampler consisting of premium cigars
  • kenballone won a $12 Amazon gift certificate

Congrats to the winners! I will e-mail you tonight, so make sure the e-mail doesn't end up in the spam folder :) As usual, stay tuned for more contests!

Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic 1952

Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic

Don Pepin Garcia cigarsOrigin : United States
Format : Perla
Size : 4.25 x 40
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$95 for a box of 20
More info about purchasing Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic...

After last week’s debacle with the Series JJ White Label I usually would have put Don Pepin’s products out of my lineup for at least a short while to get the sour taste out of my mouth and intended to do just that. Shortly after writing the review, however, I received gifts from two separate individuals and each contained a Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Blend. Neither had read the Series JJ review and although this blend is not uncommon, I found it an interesting coincidence that they would both send a stick from the line. Always on the lookout for shorter smokes, I put the Perla 1952 size in my desktop humidor to rest and stowed the larger in my coolidor.

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Amazon $12 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Amazon

As I stated in my best cigar books post, proceeds from sale of books would be given back to one lucky reader in the form of a gift certificate. Here is the first one, for the month of December. It is a gift card for $12.00 that can be redeemed on Amazon.com (doesn't work on .co.uk or .fr).

Just leave a comment on this post to be entered in the draw. The winner will be announced on Friday, along with the winner of the 10-pack sampler (you still have time to enter that contest, too)!

Wrappers A-Z: Criollo

Cruzado Domenicas Extra

Pronounced cree-oy-yo, Criollo means "native seed,” and may also be described as "Havana-seed.” Ask a Cuban what the word means and to them this means a Cuban leaf grown on Cuban soil. “Criollo” seeds have made their way to a number of other countries however (originally by smuggling in many cases), and are now grown in other locations where they take on unique flavor profiles depending on the soil where they’re grown.

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Cuban Crafters Cubano Claro

Cuban Crafters Cubano Claro

Origin : NicaraguaCuban Crafters
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each, $129 for a box of 20
More info about purchasing Cuban Crafters Cubano Claro cigars...

Today I am reviewing a Nicaraguan puro from Cuban Crafters, the Cubano Claro. It is made from Cuban-seed long-filler from the Cupido tobacco field, all enveloped in a Connecticut Desflorado wrapper. Desflorado tobacco is apparently very expensive and difficult to roll. I have had them resting in my humidor for about 3 months now. Here is how the smoke went.

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