Meet the Smoking Hot Cigar Chick!

Hello everyone, I hope you all are having a great Sunday. As usual on this day of the week, no long in-depth posts or reviews, just sharing the good stuff. You probably have seen videos and pictures of beautiful women smoking cigars. However, quite often these women do not know much about cigars, besides the fact that it helps them look sexier. A few days ago I stumbled upon a blog held by a woman who knows more than most men about our favorite hobby. It's called Smoking Hot Cigar Chick and is definitely worth a visit. You can watch one of her reviews, concerning the Oliva Serie V, below. Enjoy.



Cigar of the Week: Cuban Crafters Medina 1959

To change things up a little, we decided to use some alternatives to our "Reviews of the Week" posts. One of them will be called "Cigar of the Week" and in these posts we will share links to several reviews of the same cigar.

Cuban Crafters, a boutique company producing many blends, is well-known for its good budget cigars. With their Medina 1959 release, they wanted to enter the world of premium cigars - and, most of the critiques agree on that, this was quite a success. With a Sumatra wrapper and Nicaraguan filler, they are perfectly enjoyable.

Medina 1959 Miami Robusto

  • Nicky reviewed the Cuban Crafters Medina 1959 Robusto for CigarInspector.com and claimed it was one of the best cigars he ever smoked.
  • Johnny at The Weekly Cigar is very happy to have a full box of the torpedos (I bet it's empty now).
  • The Stogie Guys extensively tested most of the vitolas and gave the robusto 4 and 1/2 stars.

Where to get it?

Cuban Crafters Medina 1959 are sold directly from Cuban Crafters' website, ranging from $189 to $229 per box depending on the vitola. Click here to check out the whole selection.

$100k offer from Corona Cigars to Tiger Woods

$100k offer from Corona Cigars to Tiger Woods

It's quite fun so thought I should share. Everyone heard on the news about the recent changes in Tiger Woods' life and sponsorship revenues... Well, Corona Cigars offers him some dough to get back into action :)

Orlando, Florida December 18, 2009 – Central Florida’s largest and most exclusive premium cigar retailers is offering a $100,000 endorsement deal to Tiger Woods, bucking a trend set by several of the troubled golfer’s current or former sponsors, including Accenture, Gatorade and Gillette.

“Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer of all time and, although we do not condone his or anyone’s alleged extramarital affairs, nothing pairs better with golf than a premium hand-made cigar,” said Jeff Borysiewicz, president and founder of Corona Cigar Company.

According to Borysiewicz, Woods has frequented Corona Cigar in the past accompanied by his long-time friend Charles Barkley, the National Basketball Association’s former all-pro power forward.

“Who are we to judge? We welcome Tiger to our stores any time and are quite serious about the sponsorship offer,” Borysiewicz said.

There has been no word from Woods regarding Corona Cigar’s proposal.

Source: TransWorldNews

Montecristo No. 5 Comparison Review

Montecristo No. 5

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Perla)
Size : 102 x 15.86 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 5.91 g
Box codes : 01/07, 04/07 & 04/08
Hand-Made
Price : Locally $12.00AUD Per Stick, Online $ 5.00AUD By The Box
More info about purchasing Montecristo cigars...

This review has been done to determine the merit of resting a cigar. It entails taking three Montecristo No 5s that have rested in a well controlled humidor for 3 & 8 months and comparing them to a new, just arrived 04/08 box.

At 8 Months : This is a well rounded little cigar. Has a nice floral start but builds by the end of the first third to become a very intruiging little stick. Starts to exhibit wood (ie Oak & Cedar), Honey and floral undertones. By 2/3 the way in it has built into an upper medium bodied smoke that wants to let you know it's a Cuban. Not overpowering but definitely forceful. Burn & construction are very good. Slight linger of coffee on the palate.

At 3 Months : A nice Perla. Has a lot of ability but seems to lack some finesse. Flavour bends between leather and wood. Aftertaste is very slightly vanilla & floral.

The construction has a bit to be desired as I had to adjust numerous times. Never relit though. Short Finish.

New Box : These smell fresh and young. The one that I smoked from this box before laying them down was a nice little cigar but it lacked the great Montecristo aroma & intrigue. It became bitter towards the end and needed a lot of attention to the burn. Still, this is a great tasting cigar for one so small and young.

Overall Assesment : These are great cigars if you let them rest. I believe that you should let any cigar rest at least a month if you buy it online. From a reputable shop you should be ready to go in a week. There are exceptions though and of course ageing any good Cuban is well worth the time if you are patient enough. I struggle, like you all, to give them time! (Grinning)

Rocky Patel Nording

Rocky Patel Nording

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro Grande
Size : 6 x 58
Wrapper : Costa Rican Maduro
Binder : Mexican
Filler : Honduran / Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$91.95 for a box of 20
More info about purchasing Rocky Patel Nording cigars...

Rocky Patel delivers a private reserve cigar great to honor one of the world’s best pipemakers (Erik Nording). I had three in my humidor which were given to me by a close friend of mine, and I had enjoyed all three tremendously. I smoked the last one in order to write this review. The cigar (when available) can be found in four vitolas: a Robusto (5.5 x 52); a Torpedo (5 X 54); a Toro (6.5 X 52); and the subject of today’s review, the Toro Grande, a 6 x 58 masterpiece.

I looked in several websites to track down who carries it and how much are they running, but it was difficult to find a retailer that had them in stock. Most of them were listed as “Backorder.”

Read the full review of Rocky Patel Nording...

Bolivar Short Bolivar (Regional Edition Asia Pacific)

Bolivar Short Bolivar (Regional Edition Asia Pacific)

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Short Edmundo
Size : 110 x 21 mm (4.3 x 52)
Ring : 52
Intruduced in : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
More info about purchasing Bolivar cigars...

I would like to thank FinestCubanCigars.com for providing these cigars for review. For over 10 years they ship Cuban cigars from Hong Kong at competitive prices.

I've been lucky enough to sample several regional editions recently, here is my first one from Pacific Asia. I decided to get smart and took the picture of the cigar with the Temple of Heaven in the background, then remembered that there were also special REs for China. How do they call it? "Fail"?

Anyway, Bolivar Short Bolivar is a short edmundo, reminding me very much of the Petit Libertador, released the same year. I would probably be unable to tell these two apart if you removed the second bands. Even though the sizes vary slightly, I expected to find a similar flavor profile... and I was not far off. For some reason, I liked the Short Bolivar better though.

Read the full review of Bolivar Short Bolivar (Regional Edition Asia Pacific)...

Top Cuban Cigars of 2009

Trinidad Robusto T

It's the middle of December and here comes the list of the best Cuban cigars of 2009. I had no problems selecting the #1, but the competition for positions 2-5 was quite tough.

  1. Trinidad Robusto T. This is an example of how a Cuban cigar can live up to the expectations. What an amazing cigar!
  2. H. Upmann Magnum 48 LE 2009. For the immediate pleasure and for its ageing potential, the limited edition from H. Upmann gets the #2 spot.
  3. Ramon Allones Specially Selected. As consistent as last year, this robusto keeps a place in the top 5. Still a solid box purchase.
  4. San Cristobal de la Habana Oficios. My discovery of the year - I fell in love with this vitola.
  5. Partagas Shorts. Properly aged, this is one of the best petit coronas the Cuban terroir has to offer. Unbeatable price/quality ratio.

I decided not to include very limited releases as well as regional editions in the above list as these cigars are hard to get.

The disappointment of the year, you will probably agree with me, is the Montecristo Open.

I am curious to hear your experiences. What Cuban cigars did you enjoy in 2009?

Davidoff Grand Cru No. 4

Davidoff Grand Cru No. 4

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 4 5/8 x 41
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-11 each
More info about purchasing Davidoff Grand Cru cigars...

I had this little cigar sitting in my humidor for over 3 years and decided it was time for a revisit. I used to enjoy this cigar, but I abandoned it because of its exorbitant price. It had been so long since I smoked one that I only vaguely remembered what it tasted like, but I found a short online review I did the last time I smoked one, which was 2 years ago. According to my review, I thought it was medium bodied and sweet with hints of honey. Here is what I think of it now...

Read the full review of Davidoff Grand Cru No. 4...

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