Cigar of the Week: Cubao

Cubao is hand-crafted in Esteli, Nicaragua, at the Don Pepin Garcia's factory, for United Tobacco, creators of the 601 series. Released in 2008, the brand immediately gained popularity among cigar aficionados. In 2009, the maduro version was released and also had a fairly warm welcome.

Cubao No. 3

  • Jason, in his review of the Cubao No. 3 Lancero, says that its reputation is fully deserved.
  • Cigar Jack, in his early June 2008 review of a pre-release stick, predicts success to this cigar - and he was fairly right.
  • As for the Cubao Maduro, Adam at Fire Up That Cigar says that despite it being a good cigar, there are many alternatives if you're looking for a good maduro.

Where to get it?

The prices vary depending on the vitola. The cigars come in boxes of 20, the approximate prices are $140 for a box of No. 2 (torpedos) and $115 for a box of robustos (No. 4).

Tatuaje the Drac

Tatuaje Drac

TatuajeOrigin : Miami, FL
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$13 each
More info about purchasing Tatuaje cigars...

Pete Johnson, brand owner of Tatuaje, has been releasing annual special edition cigars around Halloween he calls the Monster Series. One of this year's releases, and the subject of this review, is the Drac-2009. Before I go any further, let me address some major issues which have surrounded this cigar. The Dracs were shipped in painted and lacquered, coffin shaped boxes which have been at the root of the primary complaint. There have been numerous complaints about a terrible odor emanating from the box and even some about that odor and even a flavor having been imparted to the cigars themselves. The Drac is a Halloween themed cigar which of course, had to be released by 31 October, but according to Pete Johnson the box maker in Nicaragua wasn't able to complete the boxes until shortly before the release date. This resulted in the boxes not having time to air out before they were packed, wrapped in cellophane, and ultimately shipped. When opened by B&Ms or individual buyers at their final destination, the trapped odor from the paint and lacquer has poured out. The second complaint about these cigars is that many of the wrappers were damaged when the boxes were opened and the cigars were still "wet."

Read the full review of Tatuaje the Drac...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We wish you a very happy new year 2010, full of success and achievements! Thank you for your continued support and keep on reading the blog, just like in 2009 we'll make sure to bring you quality cigar-related information this year.

Siglo Limited Reserve III Lonsdale

Siglo Limited Reserve III Lonsdale

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6.5 x 44
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Cubano
Filler : Nicaraguan/Dominican
Binder : Honduran/Nicaraguan
Price : $115.99 / Box of 25
More info about purchasing Siglo cigars...

The Siglo Limited Reserve III Lonsdale is a Nicaraguan cigar created by master blender Frank Llaneza. Overall, this is a very nice and spicy cigar which offers great complexity and balance throughout the entire smoke. It comes in a variety of sizes: Torpedo, Churchill, Corona, Grand Corona, Toro, Robusto, and today’s featured vitola, the Lonsdale. These cigars were a new release for Altadis, USA in 2009.

Read the full review of Siglo Limited Reserve III Lonsdale...

Illusione 68

Illusione 68

Origin : NicaraguaIllusione
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4 x 44
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$5 each
More info about purchasing Illusione 68 cigars...

The Bombone is the smallest vitola in Dion Giolito’s Illusione line, but looks can be deceiving!

I decided to partake in this little treasure while laboring away at the rituals of fall. Wisconsin is seeing the last days of warmth, and with that comes leaves and yard-work. The day was relatively warm and sunny, with temperatures in the 50’s, but my hedge trimmer was even hotter! While raking and trimming I decided to find a smoke that would be quick and wouldn’t require too much attention. The Illusione 68 fit the bill. Here’s my take…

Read the full review of Illusione 68...

New Year Giveaway

You probably noticed that there were less contests than usual last few months. Well, let's remedy to this situation by launching a giveaway! The winner of the giveaway will be able to choose between 3 different cigar accessories that I carefully selected. Those accessories are: the Capri 50 humidor, the Zippo Blu cigar lighter and the Lotus Spectre Switchblade Cigar Cutter.

Prizes for giveaway

This will be my personal gift to one of our loyal readers, as without you this site would not exist. You begin asking yourself how to enter, and this is how - on the New Year's eve, I will publish a regular "Happy New Year!" post which will contain a secret link, only visible to those subscribed to the site updates through RSS or e-mail. After clicking on this link, you will be invited to leave your e-mail address - and that's it (please note that I only need your e-mail to contact you in case you win, you won't receive any unsolicited stuff).

So, if you are already subscribed to our updates, you don't need to do anything, just wait for the new year and enter the draw. If you are not subscribed, this might be the right time to do so. Please visit this page for details on how to subscribe.

Good luck!

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
More info about purchasing Oliva Serie V cigars...

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.

Read the full review of Oliva Serie V Belicoso...

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)

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