Macanudo 1968

Macanudo 1968

MacanudoOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Rothschild (short robusto)
Size : 4.5 x 50 (114 x 20 mm)
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Connecticut Habano
Price : ~$6 each
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It's been quite a while since I reviewed a Macanudo on this blog. My latest experiences were, at the very least, disappointing. When I heard that a new blend was being released, "rich, dark and inexpected", full-bodied and oriented toward experienced smokers, it stirred up my curiosity. Consequently, when I saw it on sale I immediately picked up a fiver. Let's see how the Macanudo 1968 performed.

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Huge merger in sight

A few days ago, Cigar Aficionado published an article about an upcoming merger.

Scandinavian Tobacco (Denmark) and Swedish Match (Sweden) decide to merge their cigar and tobacco operations. The new empire, controlled by Scandinavian Tobacco, will become one of the world's biggest cigar companies (with a production of more than 2.5 billion cigars and approximately $1 billion of sales).

Scandinavian Tobacco owns CAO cigars, whereas Swedish Match controls General Cigar Co. (Macanudo, Don Tomas, non-Cuban Punch and Partagas...) and Cigars International, a distribution giant.

The deal should be finalized by June.

PIO Resurrection Robusto

PIO Resurrection Robusto

Origin : USA
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf (Maduro)
Filler : Nicaragua/Mexico
Price : $147.99 for a box of 20 

The PIO Resurrection line is a new release from PIO cigars based in Miami, FL. Alberto Medina came back to the cigar market after some legal issues with the PIO Overture 1996. The Resurrection line comes in three vitolas: a Churchill, a Torpedo, and the featured Robusto. The cigars are box-pressed which can be seen by the cigar’s perfect square shape.

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2009 Blog Highlights: Spring

In the "Blog Highlights" series, we are taking a look back at the best cigar reviews & articles published on in 2009. Enjoy.

Cubao Lancero

Cubao No. 3

So far, this is the only Cubao review that has been published here. Jason talks about the lancero size and thinks that it deserves the high praises this blend received from cigar blogs and publications.

La Gloria Cubana Serie R Maduro

La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 5

Despite the ugly looks, La Gloria Cubana Serie R Maduro earns a good rating from Lee. Considering its relative cheapness ($5 a pop), this blend can be considered as a good budget cigar.


Panacea Red Perfecto

In May, a lot of blogs started publishing raving reviews of Panacea cigars. was no exception and I reviewed the Panacea Red, which was a genuinely pleasing cigar.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #83 (Jan 16 2010)

Welcome to our weekly reviews selection. Here's some cigar reading for you:

Patel Bros. Corona

Reviewed by Adam at  Fire Up That Cigar

Despite the recent outbreak in reports of dyed Rocky Patel sticks, the marca is still one of the leading American brands. The Rocky Patel Bros. was born from collaboration with Nish Patel and is a real powerhouse.
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Tabacos Baez Serie SF

Reviewed by Tim at  Stogie Life

At $2.99 per single, this appears like a great cheapie!
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Camacho selected for Golden Globe Awards

Camacho goes on increasing its presence at various events. This year, it will be offering the Camacho 10th Anniversary cigars to winners of this prestigious award.

Los Angeles, Calif., January 16, 2010 – Camacho Cigars has been chosen as the official cigar for the HBO Luxury Lounge®, in honor of The 67th Golden Globe Awards. The HBO Luxury Lounge®, produced by Mediaplacement Entertainment Incorporated, in conjunction with HBO, will be held at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills from Friday, January 15th through Sunday, January 17th.

Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon

Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon

Big thanks to @the7threserve for the amazing photograph!

Origin : Nicaragua
Carlos ToranoFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$5-6 each
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The Carlos Torano - 1916 Cameroon was introduced in 2003 to commemorate Don Santiago Torano's emigration from Spain to Cuba. It is hand-made in Esteli, Nicaragua in four vitollas: Robusto (5.5" x 52), Corona (5.5" x 42), Torpedo (6.5" x 54), and Churchill (7" x 48); each of which are cellos with a thin cedar wrapping. The capa is Nicaraguan grown Cameroon, the capote is Havana-seed Nicaraguan, and the tripa is a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan. Torano describes the 1916 Cameroon as being a, "slow burning, well balanced, medium body cigar with distinctive hints of pepper, caramel, nuts, and sweet spice with a long, smooth finish." The vitolla I smoked for this review was the Robusto.

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Por Larranaga Cuban Grade

Por Larranaga Cuban Grade

Origin : Honduras (Altadis USA)Por Larranaga
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 44 x 140 (5.5 in)
Wrapper : Mexico San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Honduran
Binder : Mexican
Price : ~$2-3 per stick
More info about purchasing Por Larranaga cigars...

At the recent celebration of my mother-in-law's marriage I had the opportunity to share a beer and cigar with my sister-in-law's husband (my brother-in-law-in-law?). He is a smoker, but not of tobacco products, so I wanted to give him something with a good flavor, but that wouldn't have him running to the bathroom. Enter the Por Larranaga Cuban Grade. A while ago I discovered this cigar as a cheap, favorable, mild cigar that is perfect with coffee, or to pass out to non-smokers.

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2009 Cheap Smokes – list of our favorite budget cigars

Last year, we started posting short reviews of budget smokes, those that we keep for yard works and other not-so-special occasions. It turned out to be quite a good idea as we received a lot of encouraging comments and e-mails. Of course, we are going to continue the series in 2010. Here is the list of cheap cigars that we reviewed in 2009:

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