Cigar Reviews of the Week #88 (Mar 27 2010)

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Avo Lounge Edition

Reviewed by Barry at   A Cigar Smoker's Journal

These cigars are specifically created for shops that are official Avo Lounges.
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Cohiba Robusto

Reviewed by Tony Casas at  Casas Fumando

Detailed, in-depth review of this immortal Cuban. Enjoy.
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Check out our reviews of this cigar here, here and here.

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art Maduro

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art Maduro

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Figurado
Size : 4.875 x 46/60
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : MSRP: $8.50 each
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Waking this morning and stepping outside to grab the mail, I was greeted by a refreshing burst of crisp air. We have been experiencing some fantastic weather lately (goodbye snow?) and I made a resolution to pick a great stick to usher in this beautiful day. Running through an inventory of my desktop humidor, it hit me which stick I was craving. I won a certain contest recently, involving the identification of famous moustaches. The BOTL hosting it was very generous and one of the sticks I received from him was an Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art Maduro. So as the sun reached its zenith, I grabbed my supplies, set up camp in its warm glow and prepared to enjoy my first cigar from Fuente’s Hemingway line.

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5 Vegas Miami Churchill

5 Vegas Miami Churchill

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.50 each
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The 5 Vegas Miami line is one that I used to enjoy fairly often, but have gotten away from over the past year and a half or so. I've had this particular cigar in my humidor for 2 1/2 years. I was really curious to see how the extended aging would affect this cigar. In my opinion, non-Cuban cigars in general can tend to be unrefined and I was hoping the humidor time would lead to a smoother smoke...

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Cusano Corojo 97

Cusano Corojo 97

Cusano cigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 7 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Mexico
Hand-Made
Price : $75.80 for a box of 20
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This brand made its debut in 2004 and uses a sun-grown Corojo wrapper from the 1997 harvest; hence the name. It comes in four vitolas: a 7 x 50 Churchill; 5 x 50 Robusto; 6 x 52 Torpedo; and today’s featured smoke a 7 x 50 Toro. The Cusano brand (now owned by the Davidoff group) has been one of my favorites for a very long time. Recently, Michael Chiusano has parted ways with the Oettinger-Davidoff group and DomRey Cigars in pursuit of other interests, and we can only hope that the brand continues to be as good as it is without him.

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Oliva Connecticut Reserve

Oliva Connecticut Reserve

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4.50 each
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Here is another cigar review from Richard Bui, enjoy the read!

When I usually reach for a cigar from my humidor, it is almost always a Cuban. It's not that I'm snob or anything, but I find, more often than not, I like the Cuban taste over Dominicans, Nicaraguans, and so on. But that doesn't mean that I haven't found some wonderful non-Cuban cigars that I equally like, one being the Oliva Connecticut Reserve that I'll be reviewing today.

Oliva is generally better known for their full-bodied cigars such as the Serie G, Serie O, and Serie V. The Connecticut Reserve is a special line of Oliva that is meant to appeal to mild-bodied cigar smokers who aren't looking for an over-powering cigar. The Connecticut Reserve comes in five sizes: Churchill, Lonsdale, Robusto, Torpedo, and Toro. This review will cover the Toro vitola.

Also an interesting tidbit is that you will not find anything about the Connecticut Reserve on Oliva's website except on their ratings page, not sure why that is.

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Utah’s oldest smoke shop will close due to tax

Utah's oldest smoke shop closes due to tax

Increasing from 35 to 86 %, Utah's cigar tax is becoming the highest in the United States. Existing cigar shops have to come up with considerable investments to cover the tax on their existing inventory - and some of them can't afford it. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Jeanie's Smoke Shop, the oldest cigar shop in Salt Lake City, will not be able to stay in business.

Owner Gary Klc says he will have to close the business in June -- just before a new tobacco tax takes effect July 1. That's the date by which Klc must come up with $125,000 to cover the higher tax on his existing inventory. Klc says it's too big an investment for products that will be taxed at some of the highest rates in the nation.

"When I think of my customers and suppliers, I feel like I'm losing my best friends. It's like I'm going to a funeral," said Klc, 50. "It's been a hard decision. I grew up in this store so I get pretty emotional."

Sen. Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, who fought for years to raise Utah's tobacco tax, said he understood that distributors would have to pay the bill, not retailers. But Charlie Roberts, Utah Tax Commission spokesman, said retailers indeed must pay the higher tax and yes, it will come due when the law takes effect this summer.

"If that's the way it is, then so be it," Christensen said. "I'm sorry for some of the businessmen the law will impact, but they're selling a deadly product."

I received an e-mail from John a few days ago regarding this; if you want to help Gary reduce his inventory you can give him a call at (801) 322-2817.

Cigar of the Week: Padron 2000

Padron is a Nicaraguan producer that everybody knows about. Its premium smokes often get rated very well in lifestyle publications, however today we will not be covering the 1964 or 1926 lines. Ugly, small, the Padron 2000 is one of those cigars that you do not really notice in a walk-in humidor. However, it certainly deserves some attention. At $3.00-$4.00 per stick, this must be one of the best cigar deals around.

Padron 2000 Maduro

  • Jandttyl strongly recommends smoking the medium-bodied Padron 2000 at any time of the day.
  • Ricky from Cigar Command confirms its good performance and qualifies it as his "fall-back cigar". What's a fall-back cigar? Learn here.
  • Finally, if you are looking for an in-depth review, then you should check out Keepers of the Flame - they have all the differences between the Natural and Maduro versions covered.

Where to get it?

Easily found at $4.00 per stick, it might be wise to wait for some promotions and snatch it for less. You can have a look at CigarBid, CigarStash or Famous Smoke's CigarMonster.com to find best deals.

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta

Origin : Nicaragua
Joya de NicaraguaFormat : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian shade / Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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A few weeks ago Denis, here at Cigar Inspector, offered up a press release on Drew Estates’ newly released Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on a couple shortly thereafter and chose it for this week’s review. Much like the visually unique barber pole style cigars many of us are familiar with, the Cabinetta Serie consists of a wrapper comprised of two leaf types. The first five inches from foot to band sports a soft caramel colored Ecuadorian shade grown wrapper. Roughly one inch of the head is overlaid by a significantly darker Nicaraguan Crillo wrapper. While not as glaringly obvious as the barber poles, the differentiation between the two raises intrigue and demands a closer inspection. The band helps to downplay the separate wrappers by encircling the barrel where the two colors join. The burnt sienna and soft gold hues do wonders to tie in the colors of the cigar. I would have liked to see the cream border removed, however, to allow the band to blend into the cigar, thereby enhancing its already earthy appearance.

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