Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero Maduro

Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 x 36
Ring : 36
Wrapper : Criollo '98 Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$12 each
More info about purchasing Tesa cigars...

I received this cigar, along with two others, in a gift pack. TESA Cigar Company is a boutique cigar company operating out of Chicago, Illinois. I haven’t had any experience with their smokes and had only read about them online. According to their website, TESA cigars are blended by Chicago area resident Chris Kelly and crafted in the TESA Cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Additionally, 10% of all purchases are donated to housing repairs, education, clothing, and sustenance for the benefit of the residents of Esteli.

I was gifted three TESA cigars: this lancero, a Reserva Real torpedo and a Vintage Especial presidente. I smoked the torpedo upon receipt and was thoroughly impressed with its flavor profile. I decided to let the other two rest for a couple months before enjoying them. After some humi time, I decided to light up this little lancero.

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2009 Cuban Cigar Deletions

Bolivar Bonitas

Habanos SA recently announced which cigars will be removed from production in 2009. There are a couple of vitolas that I will miss for sure (especially the Bolivar Bonitas - stock up while they're still available).

List of Cuban cigars to be deleted in 2009

Davidoff Special R Tubo

Davidoff Special R Tubo

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : USA/Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$300 for a box of 20
More info about purchasing Davidoff Special R cigars...

This is a tubo version although it is not visible on the picture. I usually like Davidoffs even though they might be considered overpriced. On the milder side, they tend to provide a pleasant flavor and boast a reliable construction. This is what I was expecting from this tubed Special R.

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Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel

Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5″ x 52
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $7 each
More info about purchasing Rocky Patel Olde World cigars...

The Olde World Reserve Corojo is a handsome looking cigar. Its smooth wrapper is milk chocolate in color. The foot is wrapped in a dark brown paper adorned with the Rocky Patel “RP” logo and the head is decorated with a dark brown band trimmed in gold. They sport a pretty severe box press, and you can get them in a box of 20 or a cedar chest of 50 cigars. They are also available with a very dark Maduro wrapper which I will review next week and they come in three basic sizes. Unfortunately (to me anyway) they are sizes that have become cliche in the US:

  • Robusto 5.5″ x 54 ring
  • Toro 6.5″ x 52 ring
  • Torpedo 5.0″ x 54 ring

Read the full review of Olde World Reserve Corojo Toro by Rocky Patel...

Duque Cigars Update


There have been some negative comments about Duque Cigars in our shops directory lately. I tried to get in touch with Thomas Hunter to see what was going on and finally managed to catch him on Twitter. Here's what he had to say about the issue:

"Upon coming home from a trip to Nicaragua about a month ago I found that we had two catastrophic problems here at Duque. Our host company that we pay for a dedicated server had what they called a bubble outage and our whole site had to be reloaded to a new server that caused the email system to not let us receive any incoming emails.

The second of the two problems came from us. With our growth we have been doing construction and expanding our office and humidified warehouse area; in doing so one of our three satellite phone lines went down without us knowing. This was a big mistake made by our contractor and for that we are very sorry.

The fixess to these problems have been the following.

1. We have moved our site hosting to a dual dedicated server with back ups ran every 12 hours.
2. We have had our three satellite phones made to all flow into one board that will allow any number to ring to the first phone that is available in the office and shop including my office.

I would like to make it very clear to all of our customers we love them and need them badly.
I have made it very clear in the past few weeks to all of our staff that I want them to dig as deep as they can into what happened and make sure we make it right with all of or customers in one way or another.

If any customer may be or has been affected by last month's trouble I would like them to contact me directly by email or by my personal cell phone #:
Cell # 1-321-506-0032

I assure you I will personally fix any problem that comes to my attention.

Thomas Hunter
Duque Cigar Company"

La Aroma de Cuba Monarch

La Aroma de Cuba Monarch

La Aroma de CubaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Honduran
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$5
More info about purchasing La Aroma de Cuba cigars...

I was gifted this cigar from Agent 15 a few weeks ago and upon receiving the box o’ goodies this particular cigar stuck out the most. I had no idea that this was by Ashton and thought that I had actually received a Cuban because the band was so colorful and the artwork had that Cuban-esque feel to it, then I realized I couldn’t have been so lucky :)

The La Aroma de Cuba at first glance has a nice shiny Honduran wrapper thats just begging to be smoked and again… very colorful artwork. (I really dig the band if you can't tell). The filler is a mixture of Honduran and Cuban seed Nicaraguan that isn’t overpowering and delivers a very nice medium body flavor.

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Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1

Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1

Juan LopezOrigin : Cuba
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.26 mm (5.62 x 46)
Ring : 46
Weight : 11.41 g
Price : ~$230 for a cab of 25
More info about purchasing Juan Lopez cigars...

I had read some great reviews on the Juan Lopez brand lately and have anxiously anticipated trying one. Its counterpart the JL Seleccion No. 2 robusto was named one of Cigar Aficionados Top 25 Cigars of the Year. This cigar had a month and a half of humidor time on it, but I do not know the exact box code. I estimate that it is from 2008 production. My drink accompaniment for this cigar was Dr. Pepper (I have been enjoying drinking this while smoking cigars lately... weird I know).

Read the full review of Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1...

Cigar News of the Week #6 (May 30 2009)

Latest news from the cigar industry:

Win a $10.000 Cigar Cave from Partagas Cigars

Victoria from General Cigar told me about this interesting contest. Partagas will give you $10.000 to spend on your own cigar cave if you are the winner. To participate, simply tell them why you deserve this great prize; pictures/videos are welcome. Click here for more details on the contest.

Nestor Miranda Cigar Day

Miami Cigar Company celebrates their 20th birthday by giving a free cigar to anyone who purchases a cigar (any cigar) at one of the 500 authorized Nestor Miranda retailers. The tricky part is to get a list of those 500 retailers as the website only lists 15 or so right now. It might be a good idea to check back a week later.

Have a nice week-end!

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