Camacho Liberty 2009

Camacho Liberty 2009

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : 11/18 roll (~ Toro)
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Habano
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Release : 2009
Price : $100 for 5 cigars
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Every summer since 2002, Christian Eiroa releases a special summer cigar in the Liberty brand. The Camacho Liberty 2009 was released in July of 2009, and only 40,000 of these were made. The filler and binder are grown in the Eiroa’s farm in Jamastran, Honduras. For those lucky enough to have a cigar from each release, this would be an interesting comparison among all of them. This is my first experience with the Liberty brand.

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Tatuaje’s New Logo

Tatuaje New Logo

Tatuaje's website has recently been updated with a new logo, direct consequence of a lawsuit with Altadis. Whereas it's definitely more complicated than the fleur de lys (it looks like an elvish rune to me), I am fairly sure that with time it will become easily recognizable by every cigar aficionado. What do you think?

New Year Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone for participating in our new year giveaway.

The winner is Richard, who chose a Zippo Blu lighter. The item has already been ordered from Amazon, he should receive the prize shortly.

Stay tuned for more contests in 2010!

The Pipe Files #1: Choosing a Pipe

Smoking pipes

Here’s a little something different for our readers. Instead of a pipe tobacco review, I’m putting together a few tutorial posts on getting started in the world of pipes. The first of them is on how to choose a pipe.

There are a variety of types of pipes, all of which with a variety of styles. Most pipes are categorized into Cobbs, Briars, Meershaum, and Clay.

Cobb pipes

Cobb pipes (photo above) are typically made with Corn Cobbs and have a very rustic country look. Stereotypes often associate corn cobb pipes with rednecks or hicks which, to say, can be true or false depending on who you're talking with. Most Corn Cobb pipes have a wooden/plastic stem and also have paper filters which you may or may not take out, depending on your preference.

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Palio Combo. Part 2: Cigar Case

Cigar Case

This is the second installment of a three part series I have doing on this combo from Cigar Solutions. I will review each item individually and then the combo as a unit.

Up for review this time is the Walnut 2 Cigar Case.

Walnut 2 Cigar Case
Price: ~ $10

Appearance : ★★★★★
The case is very attractive with a satin oil finish on the outside with semi-hidden brass hinges. The inside is natural wood finish. I received several comments about it when using it at my local shop. It also comes with a felt bag that is meant to keep the case from getting scratched.

Construction : ★★½☆☆
The felt bag that comes with the case seems well made and is double sewn at the seams with a draw string to close it.

Cigar Case

The case seems solidly built with the previously mentioned brass hinges. It also has four earth magnets to hold it closed. Unfortunately, there are some major design flaws: The cigar case is fine when storing a lancero or petite corona. When trying to store anything larger than a 52 ring gaguge, the case will not completely close. The case is also not air tight and does not have any kind of humidification. Anything you carry in the case will have to be smoked that day.

Ease of Use : ★★★★★
It’s not going to get any easier than this: open case, put in cigars, close case.

Value : ★★☆☆☆
At $10 you could do better for a case, even though this is attractive. If you want a wood case and understand its limits, it’s okay.

Overall : ★★★☆☆
As I said earlier this is an attractive case. However in practice, it’s kind of useless except for small ring gauge cigars. You can get a Cigar Caddy 2 cigar case for the same price which is air tight and has a humidity device. The Cigar Caddy 5 cigar case is just $2 more and the Cigar Caddy 10 cigar case is just $3 more! So if all you need is a cigar case and you aren’t going for the looks, I would say pass on this case and get a Cigar Caddy or similar.

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A. Fuente Hemingway Classic Maduro

A. Fuente Hemingway Classic Maduro

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 7.0″ x 48
Wrapper : Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : $15 each
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With the Holiday Season just passing into the rear view I figured I’d wrap the festivities with a Hemingway Maduro Classic. The Hemingway Maduros always make an appearance on tobacconists shelves every year around the Holidays. The particular cigars for this review are from the 2008 run. The Classic seems to be one of the harder to find vitolas of the Hemingway Maduros. At least I rarely ever see them. More common at the shops in my area are the Signature Maduros and Works of Art Maduros. Even the Hemingway Between the Lines seem to be more common around here than the Classic Maduro.

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2009 Blog Highlights: Winter

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

Partagas Shorts

Partagas Shorts

In January, after the successful redesign of the blog, there have been some very nice reviews. One of them concerns the Partagas Shorts (read the review), a great Cuban petit corona, that even managed to make it in the list of best Cuban smokes of 2009.

H. J. Bailey

Don Ramon 660 Maduro

Soon after that, Nathaniel reviewed two cigars from H. J. Bailey, Connecticut & Maduro (read the review), manufactured at the Camacho factory in Honduras.


We also had a few discussions that generated a fair number of interesting comments. One of them concerns our preferences when it comes to cigars. Another one tackles the implicit etiquette rule following which one has to remove the band while smoking a cigar.

Cigar of the Week: Cubao

Cubao is hand-crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua, at the Don Pepin Garcia's factory, for United Tobacco, creators of the 601 series. Released in 2008, the brand immediately gained popularity among cigar aficionados. In 2009, the maduro version was released and also had a fairly warm welcome.

Cubao No. 3

  • Jason, in his review of the Cubao No. 3 Lancero, says that its reputation is fully deserved.
  • Cigar Jack, in his early June 2008 review of a pre-release stick, predicts success to this cigar - and he was fairly right.
  • As for the Cubao Maduro, Adam at Fire Up That Cigar says that despite it being a good cigar, there are many alternatives if you're looking for a good maduro.

Where to get it?

The prices vary depending on the vitola. The cigars come in boxes of 20, the approximate prices are $140 for a box of No. 2 (torpedos) and $115 for a box of robustos (No. 4).

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