La Aurora 1495 Robusto

La Aurora 1495 Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Aurora Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Sumatra Ecuador
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
Binder : Corojo
Price : ~$6 each
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As the assortiment of non-Cuban cigars in my local stores is quite limited, I seize every opportunity to pick up cigars I haven't tried yet. I stumbled across this half-empty box of La Aurora 1495 Robusto back in November, purchased and buried it quite deep in my humidor. One week ago, I thought it was finally time to review this cigar, I smoked 4 cigars since then and they all had the same flavor profile and construction properties.

1495 is the first line created by La Aurora and its master blender Jose Blanco. It is named to celebrate the founding of Santiago de los Caballeros, a city in the Dominican Republic.

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The 17th Annual Whisky Extravaganza: Winner

17th Whisky Extravaganza Giveaway

One week ago I posted about a very special whisky tasting event called The Single Malt & Scotch Whisky Extravaganza, during which one can taste over 100 different whiskies (sounds crazy, right?) and enjoy a cigar afterwards. We had 2 tickets to the event to be given away to one lucky commenter, and the winner is armayor. Congrats! An e-mail has been sent to you regarding your prize. Big thanks to The Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America and Gabby Shayne for making it possible. Remember, readers get a $15 discount on their ticket. More details here.

Cigar of the Week: Ashton Virgin Sun-Grown

Ever since it came out in 1999, the Ashton Virgin-Sun-Grown (VSG) blend has been a huge success for the PA-based company. Cigar smokers generally agree that this is the tastiest line from Ashton, and this has been confirmed this year in Cigar Aficionado's top 25 list, where it earned the #9 spot.

Ashton VSG Illusion

  • I was highly impressed with the Ashton VSG Illusion (it's a lonsdale). Full-bodied, it mixes both spiciness and sweetness in a very rich palette of flavors.
  • Rob from says that one has to have the VSG in his or her regular rotation and compares it to an Opus X in quality.
  • Ben at admits that the VSG started his life-long love affair with cigars.

Where to get it?

Ashton VSG is positioned as a premium cigar, so one stick will cost you approximately $10, depending on the vitola. Feel free to compare the prices here.

Partagas Benji Menendez Master Series

Partagas Benji Menendez Master Series

Origin : Dominican RepublicPartagas
Factory Name : Robusto
Size : 6 x 46
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Habano Connecticut
Price : ~$9 each, ~$179 for a box of 20
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The Menendez Social site states:

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1936, Benji Menendez smiles when he says that tobacco is in his genes. His grandfather, father, uncles and great uncles were considered the royalty of the cigar business during the pre-revolution heyday of Cuban cigars, having developed world-class puros including Montecristo, H. Upmann and Por Larrañaga.

At the heart of it all, Benji simply wants to be known as a good cigar man.

I first had the BM Series at the Benji Menendez Social in New York City. I have had a couple more since then.

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Partagas Serie D No. 3 2006 Limited Edition

Partagas Serie D No. 3 2006 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.26 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 11.41 g
Price : ~$14 each (if you can find it)
More info about purchasing Partagas cigars...

I have been trying to hunt down some older limited editions, those that were released before 2007. In fact, most Cuban cigars retailers still have the 2007's in stock, but nothing or not much prior to that year. On my Christmas trip to Madrid, I saw the Partagas Serie D No. 3 2006 Edicion Limitada in a B&M and immediately purchased some. They cost 11 € each and I was hoping for an exceptional experience, taking into account the 4 years of ageing. Of course, I couldn't wait and here is my review, after just a few weeks in the humidor.

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La Flor Dominicana Limitado IV

La Flor Dominicana Limitado IV

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : ~$10.00 each
More info about purchasing La Flor Dominicana Limitado cigars...

La Flor Dominicana is a boutique cigar brand created by Litto Gomez Diez in Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Litto Gomez Diez has received plenty of positive press for his creativity; Cigar Aficionado even stated he is “arguably the most innovative mind in the cigar business.” Diez was previously a jewelry maker but started his cigar business after being robbed at gunpoint for nearly half a million dollars worth of jewelry merchandise. Diez says that it took about two decades to perfect his creative process, but now his brand is world famous. Each year La Flor Dominicana puts out a Limitado cigar available in just 2,000 boxes with 48 cigars in each. The Limitado is consequently kind of difficult to find; you may be able to find it for as little as $10.00, but you’ll have to search.

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“Thanks for subscribing” contest

I promised you a lot of contests in 2010, and here is the first one. Its goal is to thank regular readers and visitors by offering them a chance to win quality cigar accessories every month. This contest is sponsored by our good friends at, sellers of cigar swag at affordable prices.

The complete rules of the new contest as well as the list of prizes are available on the contest page here.

Introducing a full searchable index of cigar reviews

Introducing a full searchable index of cigar reviews

I've been receiving a lot of e-mails asking for an index that would allow visitors to easily search through reviews and, more importantly, sort the reviews by rating and by name. It has been on the to-do list for a while and I finally managed to dedicate some time to build one. The new index includes the cigar name, the origin, the reviewer's name, the approximate cost of the cigar and the rating. I think it's pretty slick. Please report any bugs & issues you might find and enjoy!

Check out the new index here!

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