Cohiba Siglo III

Cohiba Siglo III

Origin : Cuba
Format : Corona Grande (Perla)Cohiba
Size : 155 x 17 mm (6 x 42)
Year : 2007
Weight : 10.14 g
Hand-Made
Price : $14+ each
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Let's start with the look of the cigar. It’s simply an eye catching cigar, maybe it’s the yellow in the bands that grab your eyes, maybe it’s the gorgeous tan colored wrapper or maybe it's just the fact that the word “Cohiba” is written on the band. Whatever the case may be, it does the job.

When smelling the Cohiba Siglo III, there was a strong spanish cedar smell that you get when a cigar is well taken care of (we all know and love that smell, I can smell it all day). After you cut the cap, you’ll notice a little tiny hole on the top of the cap. It almost looks like a messy punch cut. It’s supposed to help the draw or at least that’s what I hear. And I haven’t seen it on all Cubans, but I do remember seeing it on a lot of them. The pre-draw check was good and left a small taste of earthy tobacco, but really soft. It was really nice too.

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Vintage Cerdan Chamberlain

Vintage Cerdan Chamberlain

Vintage CerdanOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 152 x 19 mm [6 x 48]
Ring : 48
Wrapper : Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Year : 1982
Hand-Made
Price : ~$40 for a box

Cerdan is a line of cigars unlike any other on the market today. Rolled in 1982, these cigars have been tucked away for nearly 27 years, yet are available for sale at an affordable price. When I had originally heard of Cerdan, I had my reservations. First of all, how do I know that they were kept under good conditions all this time? I’m sure this cigar wasn’t blended to be stored so long... will there be anything left after 27 years of aging? I was, however, very intrigued. I’ve never smoked a cigar that was almost as old as I am.

To satisfy my curiosity, Craig at Cerdan sent a sampler to me. Each of the cigars looked very nice, showing signs of age, but not neglect. None of the sticks were too dry or stiff, or soft and wet. After smoking a few, I decided that the best of the bunch was the Chamberlain, a 6 by 48 beauty.

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Oliva Master Blends 3 Churchill

Oliva Master Blends 3 Churchill

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7.0″ x 50
Wrapper : Sun-Grown Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan Ligero
Binder : Nicaraguan Habano
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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The third installment of the limited Master Blends release from Oliva, the Master Blends 3 doesn’t seem to be all that limited. I had heard it is now a regular production cigar and it certainly seems that way given that they seem to be abundantly available. It kind of goes against the whole premise that the Master Blends were predicated on, using limited supplies of very high quality tobacco, they were never intended to be regular production cigars. It seems something has changed…

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Bolivar Petit Libertador (Regional Edition France)

Bolivar Petit Libertador (Regional Edition France)

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 102 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Intruduced in : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : 9.50 € / piece
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Bolivar Petit Libertador is the first regional edition to be reviewed on this site. To be honest, I am quite sceptical about the regional editions concept - 2 years of marketing courses make me think that we pay extra dough for a feeling of uniqueness. Let's see whether this is true.

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #42 (Nov 15 2008)

For your reading pleasure the best reviews of this week:

Cruzado Elitas

Reviewed by Matt at  Matt's Cigar Journal

A+ from Matt is something that is not easy to obtain. Cruzado are made by the creator of Illusione cigars and might get the "cigar of the year" award.
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ITC 10th Anniversary

Reviewed by MonkeyDan at  The Cigar Monkey

Interesting price/quality ratio for this Nicaraguan puro.
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Pairing cigars with chocolate?

Pairing cigars with chocolate

We often discuss what is the best way to pair cigars with a drink. For my part, I've found a lot of different combinations that I like - they are red wine, cognac and port (as well as variations of port such as banyuls or riversaltes). There is less information however about pairing cigars with food. The House of Grauer has created the concept of chocolate and cigar combination and introduced the "Aficionado Collection" which is supposed to enrich the ties between the cacao bean and the tobacco leaf. Thierry at Grauer was kind enough to send me a sampler of the chocolates - I tried the pairing out.

This is definitely a high-end product. The chocolates are 'grand cru', which means that they originate from delimited geographic areas (similar to wine labels). The products are crafted and wrapped by hand. Of course, the good life comes at a certain price, the 'petite aficionado collection' (110 g, 14 pieces) is sold at $65.

A leaflet that comes with the box guides you through - it actually indicates what strength and flavor profile of a cigar should be paired with different chocolates. I found that the indications worked for me - for example, I really felt that French Organic Bee Pollen chocolate gave a lot of roundness to my full-bodied smoke (it was a Montecristo Edmundo) whereas Italian Lime (a chocolate stick filled with lime) acted as a counterpart because of its acidity - a very special experience.

I feel that it can be a nice gift idea to somebody who is a seasoned cigar smoker. I had a lot of fun reading descriptions for different chocolates and trying to detect what resulted from those pairings. A special product for a special moment.

You can browse and order the chocolates at the House of Grauer website.

Disclaimer: this is not a paid review.

Vintage Review: Saint Luis Rey Serie A

Saint Luis Rey Serie A

Here is another experiment. From time to time, I manage to dig up some vintage cigars. When I saw a batch of Saint Luis Rey Serie A dating from before 2000 (i.e. no box code) in La Casa del Habano Dubai, I couldn't resist and picked up a few. As I feel it is not proper to base a full review on this experience, I have created a separate category called Vintage Reviews. Enjoy.

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Cruzado Elitas

Cruzado Elitas

Origin : HondurasCruzado
Format : Corona
Size : 6.0″ x 44
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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The Cruzado is the newest creation from the man behind the immensely popular Illusione cigars, Dion Giolito. This new line is billed as being medium-bodied/medium strength in comparison to the full-bodied, powerful Illusione. Apparently to tone down the blend Dion chose to use the viso leaf instead of using ligero. Viso is the priming right below ligero on the tobacco plant. The Cruzado is made at the same factory as the Illusione, at the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras.

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