Cuba Libre Epicure

Cuba Libre Epicure

Origin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 50
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Price : $4 each
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The Cuba Libre is blended by Nestor Plasencia. I am not very familiar with his blends. I am not sure but this might be my first experience with one of his cigars. I had a hard time finding any details on this cigar and its blend. What I was able to find was inconsistent and vague. I was able to discern that this is a Honduran made cigar and it may be a Honduran Puro, but like I said I couldn’t find much detail on the blend so I am not sure of that.

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H. Upmann Petit Corona

H. Upmann Petit Corona

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Box code : ROA AGO 06
Price : ~$7 each
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Today's review is written by Jason, our newest contributor. Enjoy!

This Cuban Petit Corona measures in at 5.125 inches x 42 ring guage. I have had a few from this particular box, but this is the 1st time that I have disected one for an in depth review and the 1st one I have smoked in about 4 months.

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Should we remove the band while smoking?

Should we remove the band while smoking?

A few days ago I received an e-mail from a reader. Here's what Lucas said in his e-mail:

"Thanks for your quality reviews, but please... take the labels off your cigars after you have started to smoke them. Keeping the label on for the duration is bad form and your credibility suffers. A little etiquette goes a long way."

I was very curious because I have never encountered this rule before. I asked Lucas whether I could make this a topic of conversation here at and he gladly accepted. He also added the following information:

"The thinking is this: After you have smoked the cigar for a few minutes, you should remove the label. The heat should loosen the band to make it easier to remove. The reason it is good etiquette is because a gentleman should not flaunt his wealth, or his cigars. If you are smoking a particularly good stogie there is no need to flash that Opus X label around. It's akin to wearing a lot of bling or praising yourself for some generous deed that you have done. No one likes a braggart. Getting to kick back and enjoy a fine smoke is what it's all about."

Do you remove the band when you are smoking? What do you think about this etiquette rule?

Cigar Reviews of the Week #46 (Feb 7 2009)

This week, here are the reviews we selected for you:

Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 50

Reviewed by Fernand at  The Cohiba Club

Fernand reviews an elite smoke from the Fuente family.
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Review of Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 55 @ CigarInspector...

Smoking for the Children

If somehow you missed this hilarious post by the Stogie Guys, you really need to read it here.

Cusano Cuvee Blanc Churchill

Cusano Cuvee Blanc Churchill

Cusano cigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian
Filler : Peruvian and Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : ~$8 each
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This particular target was a part of a larger group of individual targets that I decided to undertake all at once. The Cuvee Blanc Churchill was the first target out of the three in the group, and I have to say that I was impressed with this very pleasant cigar.

The construction of this particular is excellent. I found no imperfections or flaking on the surprisingly plain natural Connecticut wrapper. While the cigar band brings mild attention to the cigar with its blue and gold, it could be very easy to see this cigar in a store and pass it along because there really isn’t anything that makes it stand out.

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Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe #3

Romeo y Julieta Cedros Deluxe #3

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8,46 g
Box code : GEA OCT 07
Price : ~7€ each
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Romeo y Julieta is a brand that never managed to impress me. Along with Cohiba, it is often mentioned by people who never smoke when they are asked about cigars. Cohiba, despite its higher price, deserves the recognition it has. Romeo y Julieta, on the other hand, is IMO a middling Cuban brand as even the Short Churchills which received a lot of praise didn't do it for me. This review is for the Cedros de Luxe #3, a petit corona that is, as I just said, quite an average cigar.

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Davidoff Maduro R (Quick Smoke Series)

Davidoff Maduro R

Photo credit: Toasted Foot

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$15 each
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I have been patiently waiting to try this cigar for some time. When I heard the news that Davidoff was going to make a Maduro cigar, I got very excited.

One of the reasons is that I find it difficult to find a consistent maduro, especially one that burns evenly. I figured if anyone could do it, Kelner could!

The Davidoff Maduro R is lighter than other maduros, but way darker than any other Davidoff. The draw was nice and easy and it took a light fairly well. Unfortunately right off the bat, the cigar started burning unevenly. It appears that even Henke Kelner is not immune to the difficulties inherent in a thick wrapper leaf such as the maduro. I think he clearly went with a Nicaraguan Maduro leaf rather than a Connecticut Broadleaf for this very reason.

Flavor wise, the cigar was excellent, it was rich and sweet. It was earthy and full of chocolate and coffee notes. The finish was also not as dry as other Davidoff cigars.

This is definitely Davidoff’s strongest blend, there is a lot of added spice and flavor with the darker wrapper.

One other thing, I got a few tar globs at the onset of the smoke. I had to clip it up further in order to continue smoking. This was a first for me and Davidoffs. So there were a few construction issues (gasp!) but I really enjoyed the flavor. I need to try another couple before I form my full opinion on the new Davidoff Maduro R.

Rating: 87 (B)

Hugel Winery in Alsace

Hugel Wineries in Alsace

As I had a few free hours during my trip to Strasbourg, I was looking for an interesting winery to visit. By the way, the Route des Vins in Alsace is definitely one of the nicest in the world; if you have a few days, take this chance to discover the region where you can found top quality white wines.

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