Oliva Serie V Belicoso

Oliva Serie V Belicoso

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Habano Sun Grown
Filler : Jalapa Valley Ligero
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $7 each
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Two years ago when I tried my first couple samples of the then new Oliva Serie V, I was impressed by what I thought was a very tasty cigar but a little frustrated by construction issues I experienced with each one of them including the stick I smoked for my review of the Double Robusto. I didn’t let those construction issues turn me away though. Over time I kept revisiting the Oliva V in various different vitolas and ultimately the Belicoso really won me over to the point that the Oliva Serie V Belicoso was second only to the Tatuaje Havana Cazadores as my most often smoked cigar this past year. I guess that is a bit of a spoiler in terms of what is to come in this review but there you have it.

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2010 Cuban Cigar Deletions

Punch Royal Selection No. 12

As Jason rightfully reminded me, Habanos SA are not planning to stop their streak of cigar deletions. After the Bolivar Bonita, which we'll all be sorry to see go away, they are now getting rid of the whole series of panatela cigars, including the great Partagas Serie du Connaisseur, highly rated in many cigar resources. Considering the fact that the average ring of cigars programmed for 2010 is in the 50ish, we can clearly see where the market is going. Also note that the list is about twice as long as last year...

List of Cuban cigars to be deleted in 2010

  • Diplomaticos No. 4 (petit corona)
  • Diplomaticos No. 5 (petit corona)
  • La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 1 (panatela)
  • La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No. 3 (panatela)
  • Partagas Serie du Connaisseur No. 1 (panatela)
  • Partagas Serie du Connaisseur No. 2 (panatela)
  • Partagas Serie du Connaisseur No. 3 (panatela)
  • Punch Churchill
  • Punch Royal Selection No. 11 (grand corona)
  • Punch Royal Selection No. 12 (petit corona)
  • Quai d'Orsay Panetela (panatela)
  • Rafael Gonzalez Cigarritos (panatela)
  • Rafael Gonzalez Coronas Extra
  • El Rey del Mundo Grandes de España (panatela)
  • Saint Luis Rey Churchill
  • Saint Luis Rey Corona
  • Saint Luis Rey Petit Corona
  • Vegueros Especiales No. 1 (panatela)
  • Vegueros Especiales No. 2 (panatela)

Cigar Reviews of the Week #82 (Dec 26 2009)

Saturday everyone, I hope you had a nice Christmas holiday! The end of the year is near and the reviews are getting better and better. Check out today's selection.

San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol by Ashton

Reviewed by Cigarfan at  Keepers of the Flame

Released in 2009, this is a slightly disappointing cigar coming from Don Pepin Garcia.
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EP Carillo Edicion Inaugural 2009

Reviewed by Brian Hewitt at  The Stogie Review

Brian is simply blown away by this great cigar.
Read the full review here...

CigarStash.com released

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Palio Combo. Part 1: Cigar Stand

Cigar Stand

This is the first part of a three part series I will be doing on this combo (Palio cutter + cigar stand + 2-cigar case for $39) from Cigar Solutions (note: the combo is currently not available as CS are waiting for new Palios). I will review each item individually, and then the combo as a unit.

I had been looking for a Palio cutter for a while. I generally find it for about $35 and since this combo kit was $39 including the cigar stand and the two cigar walnut case I figured I couldn’t go wrong.

Cigar Stand Cigar Hold
Price: ~ $8.99

Appearance : ★★★★★
The cigar stand is made out of stainless steel and is polished to a bright finish. The case is a generic vinyl credit card type sleeve.

Construction : ★★★★☆
It appears to be decently made and has not fallen apart in the month I have used it. The vinyl case also seems to be holding well despite numerous trips in the car and my back pocket.

Ease of Use : ★★★★☆
Uh, it’s not going to get any easier than this. You slide it out of the sleeve, extend, and you have yourself a cigar stand. It will support a pretty large cigar, and it is not difficult to balance them on there.

Value : ★★★½☆
At almost $10 it is spendy for just the stand. If it were more like $5 it would have scored much higher.

Overall : ★★★★☆
I like the stand. I find it handy for times I am sitting on a friend’s deck and there is no ash tray. I can position the stand on the banister so that the ash hangs over the edge. You may find other uses in the garage or even on your outdoor table if it is wet. If you have a need for this it is certainly worth it. However, I would try to get it as a combo.

Disclosure: CigarInspector.com is not affiliated with Cigar Solutions.

Merry Christmas from CigarInspector.com!

Merry Christmas from CigarInspector.com!

The whole CigarInspector.com team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a warm holiday. Peace!

Perdomo 10th Anniverary Criollo

Perdomo 10th Anniverary Criollo

Origin : NicaraguaPerdomo
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 54
Wrapper : Cuban-seed Criollo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$7 each
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I want to take a minute and risk my true identity by saying “Thank You” to all who serve our country in the armed forces. This upcoming ridiculous text wouldn’t be possible without everything you all do. So, Thank you.

I can take absolutely zero credit for acquiring this target. I have a new arms dealer and weapons specialist: @Mountchuck. His ability to capture and transport these items of interest is unparalleled. Chuck, although you decimated my mailbox, I thank you. I will need reconstructive surgery on my disguise, however.

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Davidoff Royal Robusto (Quick Smoke Series)

Davidoff Royal Robusto

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$30 each
More info about purchasing Davidoff Royal cigars...

This super limited cigar is only available at Davidoff retail stores. My Davidoff Royal Robusto purchased from the Madison Avenue store. It is the second in the Royal Series, the first being the incredible Salamone.

The cigar starts out smooth and creamy with some woody notes along with an underlying creaminess. That Kelner “musk” is also present in full effect.

The burn is dead even and it draws like a dream.

As I smoke this, and enjoying every minute of it, I can’t help but wish that all cigars are made and blended this well, just at a sixth of the price!

As I finish it up, I get ample wood and cream, along with a faint hint of white pepper and coffee notes on the finish.

Just another incredible cigar from Mr. Kelner!

Rating: 95 (A)

CigarStash.com Released


We all know how difficult and time-consuming comparing prices at different online retailers is. I was talking about it with a friend who knows his way around PHP, and he said he could code a simple tool that would fetch results from various online cigar shops. This is how CigarStash.com was born. It's basically a shopping comparison website limited to the "tobacco" category so it only returns relevant products. We also added a few additional features such as a page with latest cigar reviews from major blogs as well as a page with current cigar deals from those "daily deals" websites.

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