Cigar Reviews of the Week #66 (Aug 1 2009)

As usual, here are some cigar reviews worth reading:

Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Porta

Reviewed by Linus at  Cigar Newbie

Medium-bodied, simple yet flavorful 7 x 36 panatela.
Read the full review here...

Nestor Miranda Special Selection 20 Aniversario

Reviewed by Patrick A at  The Stogie Guys

Crafted by Don Pepin Garcia's son, this cigar celebrates two decades of producing a Special Selection line named for company founder Nestor Miranda.
Read the full review here....

Felipe Gregorio giving away a box of FG 2009

Felipe Gregorio FG 2009

Felipe Gregorio's latest blend, FG 2009 is soon to hit the shelves. Hopefully we'll be able to review it very soon here at CigarInspector.com. The cigars will be with Nicaraguan fillers, available with maduro and natural wrappers. The tobacco is aged 7 years.
If you want a chance to win a box of these cigars, check out the giveaway at FGCigars.com. Best of luck.

Guest Review: Joyas de Panama Robusto

Joyas de Panama Robusto

Joyas de Panama CigarsOrigin : Panama
Format : Robusto
Wrapper : Sumatra
Filler : Creollo Chiricano
Binder : Panama
Hand-Made
Price : $6.50 each
More info about Joyas de Panama cigars...

This review comes courtesy of Sboyajian and earns him 5 entries in our current contest.

Pre-Smoke

Scent of Wrapper : No distinct smell.
Scent at Foot : Grassy.
Appearance : The smoke looked very good. Well wrapped.
Wrapper : Nice Medium-brown coloring.
Feel : Very firm.

Ratings

Flavor : 85 - While the flavor of the first two thirds were enjoyable, they didn't stand out. It wasn't until I hit the subtle Currant flavor at the end that I was really wowed by it.
Construction : 98 - The construction (as you will see) was top notch. I have never had an ash remain like this one did. The only thing that kept it from being a perfect 100 was some cracking to the wrapper in the last 1 1/2".
Price : 90 - While I didn't pay for this smoke, at $4.00 ($100 for 25), this was a great smoke.
Overall : 91

Read the full review of Guest Review: Joyas de Panama Robusto...

Cigar Inspector’s Second Birthday Contest

Cigar Inspector's Second Birthday Contest

One week ago, CigarInspector.com turned 2 years old. During these 2 years, we have published over 230 Cuban and non-Cuban cigar reviews and received over 250.000 visitors with more than 1 million page views. I thought it would be a nice idea to celebrate this with a contest.

BuyLighters.com is a division of CheapHumidors.com, our long-time friend and partner. They accepted to provide a few lighters for our readers. 5 lucky aficionados will win the following lighters: Lotus Jazz, Lotus Vader, Flamethrower Double Flame, Coil Triple Flame and General Triple Flame.

In this contest, you will earn entries in a big draw which will take place on the 12th of August. In order to earn tickets, you will have to complete some actions, some of them being mandatory and others optional. Here they are:

Subscribe to CigarInspector's RSS feed

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Follow @CigarInspector and @BuyLighters and tweet the following:
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Submit a guest "Cheap Smoke" review

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Example of a good "Cheap Smoke" review: El Cobre by Oliva
E-mail your "Cheap Smoke" (1-2 paragraphs) review to birthday at cigarinspector dot com along with a photograph and you will get 3 entries if it's accepted.

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E-mail your review (introduction, appearance, construction, flavor, value, overall) to birthday at cigarinspector dot com along with a few photographs and you will get 5 entries if it's accepted.

Say "happy birthday"!

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Just comment on this post with your birthday wishes and you will get 1 entry. Thank you!

We will do the draw on the 12th of August.

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Montecristo Sublime 2008 Limited Edition

Montecristo Sublime 2008 Limited Edition

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Sublime
Size : 164 x 21.43 mm
Ring : 54
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
More info about purchasing Montecristo cigars...

Considered as one of the most successful Cuban limited editions (among the recent ones), the Montecristo Sublime was released in 2008. The size, sublime, was first used by Cohiba in 2004 (for a limited edition as well). It is both fat (54 ring gauge, a monster by Cuban standards) and long (6 1/2 inches), which implies a smoking time of at least 1h30. I had one of these lying in the humidor for a few months now and was waiting for the day I would be able to dedicate enough time to fully enjoy the smoke. This day finally came and here is my review.

Read the full review of Montecristo Sublime 2008 Limited Edition...

Cigar Reviews of the Week #65 (Jul 25 2009)

As usual, here are some cigar reviews worth reading:

Ramon Allones Phoenicio (RE Lebanon)

Reviewed by Brooks at  The Smoking Stogie

According to Brooks, it's not "just another regional edition", but a high quality smoke.
Read the full review here...

Kinky Friedman Kinkycristo

Reviewed by Ben at  Nice Tight Ash

Although not very complex, this is a well-constructed cigar from an interesting personality.
Read the full review here....

Discounted Partagas Shorts @ PerfectCubanCigars.com

PerfectCubanCigars.com currently has a promotion on Partagas Shorts, one of my favorite petit coronas (you can read my review here). From my experience, it has a consistent construction and decent flavor. The sale price is $135 for a box of 25, which accounts for $5.4 per single. Not bad.

Cheap Smoke: Quintero Londres Extra

Quintero Londres Extra

Origin : CubaQuintero cigars
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4.8 x 40
Price : ~$3.00
More info about purchasing Quintero cigars...

Quintero is one of the least known Cuban cigar marcas. Among several vitolas that are available, I found the Londres Extra, a 4.8 x 40 mareva, to be the most interesting. At approximately $3 each (online), the price/quality ratio is particularly interesting. Quintero Londres Extra are usually well-constructed, with a self-correcting burn, easy draw and ample smoke. The flavor is bold (wood, leather) and consistent from start to finish, I would classify this as a medium- to full-bodied smoke. The cigar might taste ‘green’ if it is less than 6 months old; the recommended aging time is 1-2 years.

Thumbs Up!

Padilla Miami Lancero

Padilla Miami Lancero

Origin : USAPadilla cigars
Format : Lancero
Size : 7.50 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
More info about purchasing Padilla Miami cigars...

The cigars for this review were kindly provided by CigarsDirect.com, your source for premium cigars.

This review concerns the new Padilla Miami, rolled at the Fabrica de Tobacos de Padilla in Miami. It sports a new band (you can see the old band in Jerry’s review) but it seems like the blend hasn’t changed and the moving was caused by Padilla’s desire to reduce costs by controlling the production (Don Pepin Garcia, the previous blender, being quite busy with other cigars might have also played its role). I haven’t tried the old blend so I will not be able to compare the two – consider it as a regular review.

Read the full review of Padilla Miami Lancero...

Liga Privada T-52

Liga Privada T52

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : American Habano
Filler : DR, Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Brazilian Mata-Fina
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-14 each
More info about purchasing Liga Privada T-52 cigars...

Drew Estate's Liga Privada No. 9 has received a fair amount of hype. Known mostly for flavored and infused cigars, when Drew Estate ventures into more traditional lines of cigars it always raises some eyebrows and draws attention. Their Liga Privada line of cigars seems to be their best received offering of traditional smokes. The T-52 is a new cigar in the line that hasn’t even been released yet. It is set to be released at this year's IPCPR convention. T.G., a very generous brother at The Herf Hut Cigar Forum, offered to share one of these new cigars that he was lucky enough to get his hands on a little early. Thanks T.G., I really appreciate it.

The really special thing about this new cigar is the wrapper. It is a new, never used before and exclusive wrapper that the folks at Drew Estate have dubbed “Stalk Cut Habano”. Rather that trying to tell the story myself I’ll just quote the information that T.G. sent me that he got from Jonathan Drew. In this explanation the wrapper is referred to as American Habano, but apparently they have changed their minds and decided to refer to it as Stalk Cut Habano. Read on…

Read the full review of Liga Privada T-52...

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