CAO Brazilia Anaconda

CAO Brazilia Anaconda

Origin : Danli, Honduras
CAO CigarsFormat : Perfecto
Size : 8 x 58
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $72.95 / box of 10
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Last week I began my series of CAO reviews with the brand new CAO Gold Vintage Crémant. This week I review the CAO Brazilia Anaconda. The Brazilia line has been one of my longtime favorites from CAO. It doesn't seem to matter what the size is, I'm always pleased with my choice to pick one up and smoke it. The Brazilia Anaconda doesn't disappoint. Originally released as a limited edition in 2004, production of this vitola resumed in 2007. I have rarely seen these locally and in fact the ones I recently had came from a trade with my friend Scott.

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Showdown: Tatuaje Reserva Noellas – 2006 vs 2009

Showdown: Tatuaje Reserva Noellas – 2006 vs 2009

TatuajeOrigin : USA
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/8” x 42
2006 Wrapper : Aged Nicaraguan Corojo Ligero (Cojonu Wrapper)
2009 Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sun Grown Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $10+
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2009 has seen an exciting expansion to the Tatuaje brand with lots of new cigars including some new additions to the Reserva line of the Brown Label Tatuajes. Pete Johnson’s seemingly ever broadening use of the sun grown broadleaf wrapper found its way onto two new Tatuaje Reserva cigars. The Reserva Regios and the Reserva Noellas. The new Reserva Noellas are particularly intriguing to me because this is not the first time there has been a Reserva Noella.

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Cohiba Siglo I

Cohiba Siglo I

Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona (Perla)Cohiba
Size : 102 x 17 mm (4 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 5.91 g
Price : ~$9 each
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My latest foray into the Siglo line is the Siglo I. An expensive little guy, but these have a great reputation. So, I was looking forward to the experience.

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Great Cigar Articles

Last week was very rich in great cigar articles published at cigar blogs - I would like to highlight the ones I thoroughly enjoyed in case you missed them somehow.

The Art of the Cigar Bomb

Chris over at explains very well what is a cigar bomb and how one should bomb his or her fellow aficionado.

Cigar Bombs have filled wish lists and humidors for years. But for those of you who are not familiar, or perhaps want to send a few out, read these directions carefully. Not following these instructions could result in losing a limb.

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Cigar Shops Under Attack

Patrick S. at describes how anti-smoking zealots ingeniously come up with more and more techniques to complicate the existence for cigar shops and bars, the only places left for us where we can smoke.

Even where smoking is allowed, regulations are designed to do harm. In New York City, for example, the century-old Barclay Rex cigar store recently found itself in trouble with city inspectors who cited the shop for serving free coffee to its customers using a $9,000 automatic espresso maker. The violation was for serving “food” without a permit. Problem is, according to New York’s strict smoking ban, no place that allows smoking can have such a permit.

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Cheap Smoke: Blue Label Blue Label

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Price : ~$49.95 for a box of 20
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This is another guest review from Matthew and Jed at Smoking & Talking. They are good at finding good value cigars!

Ever on the lookout for quality cigars at cheap prices, I recently received a sampler of the 7 House Blends produced by Today's review is the Blue Label, which is their flagship blend that started the idea to create their own line. The appearance looks like a $2 smoke but nothing else about this stick does. The smoke has a wonderful sweetness with hints of licorice and tiny bursts of pepper at each transition. Lacking a bit of complexity, this is a very smooth stick that doesn't quite measure up to the Medium body advertised by It burns fast, real fast--it took just over an hour to down this Torpedo. The draw was medium, the ash was loose, and there were a few green spots--but were talking about cheap smokes here! This is an everyday smoke to be sure, with a box of 20 coming in just under $50. If appearance bothers you, close your eyes and you'll find a can't miss smoke.

Thumbs (way) Up!

Charging a humidifier in a humidor

I recently received a newsletter from with a nice video called How to troubleshoot a lighter. I started browsing through all their videos on YouTube and found a really good one on how to charge a humidifier in a humidor. Dave Sabot from explains it really well - I decided to post it here. Enjoy.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #71 (Sep 5 2009)

Here are two reviews that we enjoyed reading this week.

Casa Magna Colorado Robusto

Reviewed by Walt at  The Stogie Review

Check out this review of the Cigar Aficionado's #1 cigar of 2008.
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Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Robusto

Reviewed by Cigarfan at  Keepers of the Flame

Made in Honduras from Nicaraguan tobacco, these are decent value smokes.
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Montecristo Petit Edmundo on sale!

One of my favorite cigars, Montecristo Petit Edmundo is now available at $189.95 per box at

Avo Domaine 20 Perfecto

Avo Domaine 20 Perfecto

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4 5/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$6 each
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I could not resist when I saw this beautiful cigar in a cigar shop in Paris. I have a special feeling for perfectos since this is a vitola that is almost always perfectly constructed and allows me to concentrate on flavor characteristics of the stick. The tobacco in this cigar comes from the "Domaine AVO", a finca in the Dominican Republic that belongs to Avo Uvezian, the brand founder. The wrapper is a twice fermented Ecuador.

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