La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 5 Maduro

La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 5 Maduro

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Gloria Cubana
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.50″ x 54
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $7 each
More info about purchasing La Gloria Cubana Serie R cigars...

Introduced in 1999, the LGC Serie R is Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr.’s full-bodied offering for fans of the Dominican La Gloria Cubana cigars. They are made in the El Credito factory for General Cigar. The Serie R is available in 5 sizes and each is available with a natural Ecuadorian Sumatran wrapper or a Connecticut Broad Leaf Maduro wrapper. All that is except for the Belicoso which is available in the natural wrapper only. The sizes are…

  • No. 4 – 4.875″ x 52 ring
  • No. 5 – 5.5″ x 54 ring
  • No. 6 – 5.875″ x 60 ring
  • No.7 – 7.0″ x 58 ring
  • Belicoso – 5.75″ x 56 ring (natural only)

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Arturo Fuente Forbidden Black Label LBMF

Arturo Fuente Forbidden LBMF

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Figurado
Size : 4 x 48
Ring : 48
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$80 (!) each
More info about purchasing Arturo Fuente Opus X cigars...

While in Vegas a few weeks ago, I picked up two of these cigars. As I understand it, Casa Fuente is the only place where you can purchase a black label Forbidden. However, the cigar is the same blend as the regular Opus X banded LBMF.

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Cusano Cuvee Rouge

Cusano Cuvee Rouge

Cusano cigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro Gordo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Ecuador and Dominican
Binder : ?
Price : ~$7-8 each
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Agent 10- Transmission #019

This sneaky target has been up to no good for some time now, with a rap sheet as long as my arm. 4.5/5 stars in European Cgiar Journal; a 90 rating by Cigar Aficionado. We had to take this target in. After he found out we were on his trail, he went into hiding and underwent plastic surgery - he thought we had lost him; he was wrong. Joining me on this mission is my trusty partner in Spydom, Agent G. Together we tracked the target to an inconspicuous walk-in humidor in Monona, Wisconsin. There we apprehended the target and used our ancient methods of interrogation on him.

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Buying cigars in Paris: A la Civette

Buying cigars in Paris: A la Civette

I'm traveling a lot and sometimes I spend a day or two in Paris, France. I thought it might be a good idea to share a nice place where you can buy some cigars with help of professional assistants (which is not always the case in Europe). It is called A la Civette ("at a cigar shop") and is located right in the touristic center of the city, close to the Louvre museum. Don't expect to pay a premium for the location as cigar prices are exactly the same in ALL cigar shops in France.

The place has a strong tradition as it first opened its doors in 1716. A la Civette boasts a large walk-in humidor with a good selection of Cuban cigars (all of them are available by single) and it also has non-Cubans like CAO, Ashton VSG or Padron 1964 (most of them at prohibitive prices, of course). I walked out with some cigars that I wanted to try for a long time and couldn't find elsewhere - Saint Luis Rey Serie A, Winston Churchill Marrakesh and Por Larrañaga Petit Corona. Expect reviews soon. By the way, if you want to enjoy your cigars straight away, there is a nice café just opposite the cigar shop, where you can smoke outdoors.

Here's the address if you ever have a chance to visit it:
157, rue Saint-Honoré
75001 Paris

Cigar Reviews of the Week #55 (Apr 17 2009)

A couple of reviews for your reading pleasure; today we're talking about Cabaiguan:

Cabaiguan Robusto Extra

Reviewed by Patrick at  The Stogie Guys

Patrick is very impressed with this cigar, blended by Don Pepin Garcia and Pete Johnson.
Read the full review here...

Cabaiguan Guapo 2009 Re-Release

Reviewed by Tony at  Leaf and Grape

It doesn't earn a perfect rating unlike the previous Cabaiguan, but still worth trying. By the way, be sure to check Leaf and Grape - they have both cigar and wine reviews, that's exactly what we like!
Read the full review here....

You might also want to read the review of Cabaiguan Guapo 46 Maduro posted by Joe last year.

Por Larrañaga Petit Corona

Por Larrañaga Petit Corona

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm (5 1/8 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Price : ~$300 for a cabinet of 50
More info about purchasing Por Larranaga cigars...

Por Larrañaga is a local brand produced by Habanos S.A. in only three sizes. The petit corona is the thickest at a 42 ring guage. I find this to be an intriguing cigar because I've read many good reviews on it and I get the impression it has a bit of a cult following. This is my second tasting of a Por Larrañaga Petit Corona with the 1st being back January. I expected more from this one since it now had 4 months of humidor time. I am not sure of the box code of this cigar, since it was bought as a single, but I would say it's most likely from early-mid 2007.

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Humidor & Lighters: April Contest

Here we go again with a contest generously sponsored by Dave is a very nice person to deal with and the site will surely fit all your cigar accessories needs. Please give them a review here if you already used them.

Dave donated a gorgeous 20-30ct The Florence humidor (perfect as the first humidor for beginners, but it can also be used as the office humidor for example...) and the winner will be able to choose his own personalized engraving for the wooden top. That's not all though. One more lucky person will be able to choose any lighter that costs under $20 from the whole selection. If there are more than 100 participants, 3 lighters will be given away. And if we cross 150 participants, 5 aficionados will receive the free lighters! So make sure you pass the word about the contest - we will give you some tools to do that.

This time, it's a really easy contest to enter. All you have to do is subscribe to Cigar Inspector's RSS feed and to Cheap Humidors' newsletter. As a bonus, you get to download an e-book called "The Beginner's Guide to Cigar Smoking" written by Dave. Here are step-by-step instructions:

1. Subscribe to Cigar Inspector's RSS feed

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You can do that either by e-mail or in your favorite RSS reader. On this page you will find all the details on how to do it (opens in a new window).

2. Subscribe to Cheap Humidors' newsletter

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All you have to do is fill in the form below. You will be subscribed to the newsletter and sent an e-mail with the link to download The Beginner's Guide to Cigar Smoking.

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That's almost all! The contest will run for a couple of weeks and on April the 30th I will publish another blog post that will contain a link only visible to those subscribed to the RSS feed (it will be found at the bottom of the post). You will have to click on this link and re-enter your e-mail address to confirm your participation. After that, we'll feed the list of all the e-mails to a randomizer and pick the winners!

Good luck.

PS You must be at least 18 years old to enter. Contest open to folks living in the United States.

Pass the word!

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Twitter. Simply tweet the following:

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Avo 22 Limited Edition European Release

Avo 22 European Release

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5 7/8″ x 41
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : $15+ each
More info about purchasing Avo cigars...

This is a very special cigar. Not only did this blend lead to the AVO 787 but this is the only LE to have a different sized European release. The original AVO 22 was 5 7/8″ x 50 while the European release has a ring gauge of only 41. The Europeans historically prefer thinner cigars hence the change. I got my hands on one of these in a trade and couldn’t wait to smoke it.

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