Cheap Smoke: Cu-Avana Robusto

Cu-Avana Natural Robusto

Origin : Dominican Republic
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Price : ~$2.00
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I really enjoy these cigars for a few reasons. They are mild in taste and smoke great. It has a nice slow, even burn and generates a lot of nice thick creamy smoke. I have smoked enough of these now to say that they are pretty consistent. I did have one that wouldn’t draw but you can run into that once and a while with any brand. This isn’t a top of the line cigar but it is a good quality smoke especially when you take its price tag into consideration. These robustos come in around $2 a stick retail, lower if you nab a box off of Cigarbid. That makes it a great cigar for the price conscious like me. They have a nice mellow flavor that doesn’t hang around past its welcome. If you are looking for a quality cheap smoke on the mild side I recommend these cigars.

Thumbs Up!

Stellar Stogies: Cohiba


Fidel Castro might not be the world’s most generous and friendly guy, but... you’ve got to admit that he has great taste in smokes. After all, it’s because of ol’ Fidel that the (justifiably) famous Cohiba cigar exists today. Unfortunately, it’s also because of Castro that they’re practically impossible to get in the U.S.

The first Cohibas weren’t commercial cigars at all - they were the personal cigars of Castro’s then-bodyguard, Chico Perez, rolled for him by a close friend. Castro admired them so much that he hired Chico’s friend to begin rolling cigars for Castro himself. They were reserved for Castro and his buddies until Fidel decided to release them for public sale in 1982.

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Reviews coming up

Recently received my order of cigars from the US, I tried to choose those that received some good feedback from cigar bloggers and seem to be quite popular. Here's what I've got:

Please share your thoughts on these sticks, I'll be taking them into account :)

Zino Classic No. 8

Zino Classic No. 8

Origin : HondurasZino
Format : Churchill
Size : 175 x 19 mm
Ring : 48
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Price : ~$10 each
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Unlike the Zino Platinum series, the Classic blend is more than smokeable. Of course, I will not put it on my list of favorite sticks, but the Zino Classic No. 8 deserves at least one try and who knows, you may actually like it in case you're into milder, gentle cigars.

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Perdomo Reserve Champagne F

Perdomo Reserve Champagne

Origin : NicaraguaPerdomo
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4 ¾ x 56
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Filler : Nicaragua?
Binder : Nicaragua?
Price : ~$6-7 each
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This cigar is also one of my Go-To cigars. This is a great inexpensive and consistent example of a good Connecticut Shade wrapped cigar. The Perdomo Reserve Champagne line is supposedly a seasonal release, but you can find them in just about every cigar store that carries the Perdomo Reserve line.

The “F” size, which stands for figurado, is not my favorite size (the Robusto is) in the line but certainly does well in a pinch.

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #29 (June 21 2008)

We've found a couple of new cigar blogs worth checking out:

Partagas Serie D No. 4

Reviewed by Agent 15 at  The Cigar Spy

Check out this gorgeous blog. You might recognize the one who is behind it.
Read the full review here...
Read the review of Partagas Serie D No. 4 at Cigar Inspector...

Arturo Fuente Anejo Robusto

Reviewed by Barry at  A Cigar Smoker

"Less than impressed" and a 90 rating. Interesting.
Read the full review here...
Read the review of Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 55 at Cigar Inspector...

Griffin’s Special XXI Edition (2005)

Griffin's XXI Special

Griffin'sOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$15+ each

Author’s Note: I am, and will always be, very biased to Kelner-made cigars. So bear this in mind when you read this review.

There are few things that excite me more than Limited and Special Edition cigars. This is where the big boys get to flex their blending muscles and real knock out a great small batch blend. In my opinion, there is no one better than this than Henke Kelner. Dr. Kelner is responsible for an quite a few major labels – Davidoff, AVO, The Griffin’s, Cusano, Cuvee, Alec Bradley Havana Sun Grown and Paul Garmirian to name a few.

Each year, Davidoff, AVO and The Griffin’s release a Limited Edition cigar. Last year, my favorite was The Griffin’s Special XXIII Edition over the Davidoff Puro Dominicano and the AVO LE7.

But I digress, I still have a few of the XXIs lying around from ’05 (that I purchased from Capital City Cigars) and I am very eager to try one on the eve of the Special XXIV Edition. From what I remember of the XXI, I felt it was very mellow and forgettable. My taste has certainly changed since then.

From the onset this cigar surprised with a bit of pepper I do not remember from my first encounter with this stick. The cigar was firm to the touch, a bit on the dry side, but drew easy, burned straight and delivered a metric ton of smoke with every puff. Can you tell I like this cigar already?

I get a consistent sweet wood note as well as the underlying pepper mentioned above and a very mild coffee flavor. Kelner cigars always have a very dry finish, much like a tannic dry red wine. I believe this is what consistently gives them lower than normal ratings in Cigar Aficionado (that and they don’t buy a lot of ad space).

Halfway thru, I hit the sweet spot and its licorice and oak for the last half of the cigar.

This cigar is absolutely sublime. I am in a Zen state of mind. This cigar has just put itself on The Top Zen (10) List!

Rating: 95 (A)

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Just found out (thanks to that Altadis USA is giving away a free Montecristo Classic or White.

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