Cigar Tip: wet the cap before cutting

When I light a cigar with friends who are not regular cigar smokers, I often see them damaging the wrapper near the cap when using a guillotine cutter. While it may seem obvious to some of you, a very simple tip is to wet the cap a little with your lips, then carefully apply the cutter. The cap (especially true if it's a Cuban triple cap) will come off without effort, leaving even edges without damage to the wrapper.

Montecristo Open Master

Montecristo Open Master

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Ring : 50
Price : $10+ each
More info about purchasing Montecristo cigars...

Montecristo Open finally hit the shelves of my local B&M and, of course, I had to give them a try. Unfortunately the Regatas weren't available yet so I took a couple of Masters (classic 5x50 robustos). At well over $10 each in the B&M, it was a costly purchase and, although I wasn't expecting a flavor bomb, I was hoping for a pleasant smoking experience.

Read the full review of Montecristo Open Master...

Cheap Smoke: Padron 2000 Maduro

Padron 2000 Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Price : ~$3.00
More info about purchasing Padron 2000 cigars...

This review comes courtesy of Jason Taylor aka Jandttyl.

This is the ugly date with a great personality of the cigar world. It's not much to look at, but the flavors are wonderful. Earthy with chocolate, coffee, and pepper undertones make this a steal at around $80 per box of 26. The medium bodied smoke can be had at any time of day. Especially pleasing paired with a Chocolate Stout or a Dr. Pepper. This is a must for my humidor. Highly recommended.

Thumbs Up!

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #62 (Jul 4 2009)

Happy Independence Day!

Here comes our weekly selection of cigar reviews from the blogosphere:

Opus X Forbidden BBMF

Reviewed at

One of the most expensive cigars out there, this beauty costs around $125. Make sure you check out great pics on the blog - this will make you drool.
Read the full review here...
Read Lee's recent review of the Arturo Fuente Forbidden Black Label LBMF...

EO Brands No. 21

Reviewed by Adam at  Fire Up That Cigar

Adam reviews this decent Connecticut bundle cigar from EO.
Read the full review here....

Samplers from FlatBed Cigars (Panacea)

Cigars from FlatBed continue to encounter a nice success on the blogosphere. If you would like to try some, there are currently 4-pack samplers of Panacea Black (check out Michael's raving review here) on sale at $19.99. Just head over to their site and select "Samplers (Sale)" in the left menu.

Cheap Smoke: Oliva Serie G Maduro

Oliva Serie G Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.5 x 50
Price : ~$3.50-$4.00
More info about purchasing Oliva Serie G Maduro cigars...

This review comes courtesy of Charlie aka Labman.

The Oliva Serie G Maduro was one of the first maduro cigars I ever had the pleasure of smoking, and it has remained one of my favourites ever since. The Serie G sports a very dark, oily wrapper that for a first timer can be a little intimidating. But, once lit, all fears melt away as the Serie G delivers rich flavours of dark chocolate, toasted nuts, and hints of coffee. A light spice and sweet tanginess can be detected when retro-haling the Serie G's creamy smoke through the sinuses. Even though I would classify the Oliva Serie G Maduro as medium-full in body, it's a cigar that even the most inexperienced smoker can enjoy. So go out, give it a try, and be sure to let us know what you think!

Thumbs Up!

Montecristo No. 4 Reserva

Montecristo No. 4 Reserva

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Price : ~$30 each (very hard to find)
More info about purchasing Montecristo cigars...

Montecristo No. 4 Reserva were released in 2007 in very limited quantities (only 5.000 boxes were made) in tribute to the best-selling Cuban cigar ever, Montecristo No. 4. I got mine courtesy of and I was very eager to try it out. Needless to say, they have become very hard to find since 2007.

Read the full review of Montecristo No. 4 Reserva...

Cheap Smoke: La Vieja Habana Maduro Bombero

La Vieja Habana Maduro Bombero

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Price : ~$3
More info about purchasing La Vieja Habana cigars...

I remember being introduced the La Vieja Habana line from Drew Estate a couple of years ago at one of my favorite B&M's. I was instantly impressed. I've stuck mostly with the Cameroon, but recently had a chance to pick up some Maduro for a change. Once lit, I knew I'd found another favorite from the LVH line. I loved the rich volume of smoke from this guy. There was a touch of sweetness amongst the coffee notes. And at around $3.00 - $4.00 locally, these are definite winners. So whether on the golf course, working around the house or even the commute, these are great to have around.

Thumbs Up!

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