Saint Luis Rey Serie A

Saint Luis Rey Serie A

Origin : Cuba
Saint Luis ReyFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.20 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 10.86 g
Box code : LPA OCT 08
Price : ~$8 each
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I did a "vintage review" of the Saint Luis Rey Serie A back in November 2008 and promised to get some newer sticks for a proper review. Here we go with a box labeled LPA OCT 08. I will start by telling you that these definitely smoke better.

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Cheap Smoke: Tabacos Baez Monarcas

Tabacos Baez Monarcas

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Price : ~$3.50
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The Tabacos Baez is from the busiest man in the world, Don Pepin Garcia. Named such as this is where DPG began rolling cigars when he was in Cuba.

First off, the band looks like it was designed by a 6th grader.

The cigar however, has a beautiful reddish brown luster; it’s very oily and not nearly as veiny as other Pepin cigars.

I punched the cigar and it draws perfectly. It starts out real smooth, tons of smoke, mild wood and hazelnuts with very little that tells you this is a Pepin smoke. Personally this is a good thing, because it recently seems that all of his cigars taste the same.

An inch down, the cigar really picks up steam, gone is the mildness, as you get punched with a hefty amount of peppery spice. Coffee shows up on the palate as well as a little bit of cocoa.

Wow! This cigar just gets better and better! A couple more inches down this hefty cigar I am greeted by waves of espresso and mocha. Let me reiterate, this is NOT your typical DPG cigar.

My one complaint was that this cigar did not burn very evenly. But it did not go out or require any touch ups.

What really impresses me most about this cigar is that it is ready to be smoked. So many new cigars are so fresh (read ammonia) that you can’t really enjoy them as intended for months. Mr. Garcia treated this cigar right. Bravo!

Do you like hookah?


When I was approached by, I instantly accepted to write a short hookah-related post. As I lived in Dubai for more than 5 years, I have spent countless hours smoking shisha tobacco and thoroughly enjoyed the process.

Hookah, shisha or narghile was first invented in India in the 16th century but today it is widely considered that its origins are in the Middle East (it's not very surprising as this is where it's the most smoked). For those who are not very familiar with the concept, a hookah is a water pipe designed to smoke flavored shisha tobacco. The smoke, descending from the bowl where the tobacco is heated by coal, is then filtered in the water jar. The resulting smoke is very smooth yet dense and you don't feel any resistance as you inhale (unlike cigarettes).

The main reason I like hookah is probably because it's a great way to socialize. We used to get together in a hookah lounge, smoke, chat and play cards - that was a great pastime. I also find that smoking shisha is very relaxing, comparable to enjoying a good cigar. Now, all you have to do is choose one of the hookah flavors (my favorite ones are grape and cherry), pair it up with sweet mint tea and relax.

Do you like hookah? The comment area is all yours.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #66 (Aug 1 2009)

As usual, here are some cigar reviews worth reading:

Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Porta

Reviewed by Linus at  Cigar Newbie

Medium-bodied, simple yet flavorful 7 x 36 panatela.
Read the full review here...

Nestor Miranda Special Selection 20 Aniversario

Reviewed by Patrick A at  The Stogie Guys

Crafted by Don Pepin Garcia's son, this cigar celebrates two decades of producing a Special Selection line named for company founder Nestor Miranda.
Read the full review here....

Felipe Gregorio giving away a box of FG 2009

Felipe Gregorio FG 2009

Felipe Gregorio's latest blend, FG 2009 is soon to hit the shelves. Hopefully we'll be able to review it very soon here at The cigars will be with Nicaraguan fillers, available with maduro and natural wrappers. The tobacco is aged 7 years.
If you want a chance to win a box of these cigars, check out the giveaway at Best of luck.

Guest Review: Joyas de Panama Robusto

Joyas de Panama Robusto

Joyas de Panama CigarsOrigin : Panama
Format : Robusto
Wrapper : Sumatra
Filler : Creollo Chiricano
Binder : Panama
Price : $6.50 each
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This review comes courtesy of Sboyajian and earns him 5 entries in our current contest.


Scent of Wrapper : No distinct smell.
Scent at Foot : Grassy.
Appearance : The smoke looked very good. Well wrapped.
Wrapper : Nice Medium-brown coloring.
Feel : Very firm.


Flavor : 85 - While the flavor of the first two thirds were enjoyable, they didn't stand out. It wasn't until I hit the subtle Currant flavor at the end that I was really wowed by it.
Construction : 98 - The construction (as you will see) was top notch. I have never had an ash remain like this one did. The only thing that kept it from being a perfect 100 was some cracking to the wrapper in the last 1 1/2".
Price : 90 - While I didn't pay for this smoke, at $4.00 ($100 for 25), this was a great smoke.
Overall : 91

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Cigar Inspector’s Second Birthday Contest

Cigar Inspector's Second Birthday Contest

One week ago, turned 2 years old. During these 2 years, we have published over 230 Cuban and non-Cuban cigar reviews and received over 250.000 visitors with more than 1 million page views. I thought it would be a nice idea to celebrate this with a contest. is a division of, our long-time friend and partner. They accepted to provide a few lighters for our readers. 5 lucky aficionados will win the following lighters: Lotus Jazz, Lotus Vader, Flamethrower Double Flame, Coil Triple Flame and General Triple Flame.

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Montecristo Sublime 2008 Limited Edition

Montecristo Sublime 2008 Limited Edition

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Sublime
Size : 164 x 21.43 mm
Ring : 54
Price : ~$20 each
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Considered as one of the most successful Cuban limited editions (among the recent ones), the Montecristo Sublime was released in 2008. The size, sublime, was first used by Cohiba in 2004 (for a limited edition as well). It is both fat (54 ring gauge, a monster by Cuban standards) and long (6 1/2 inches), which implies a smoking time of at least 1h30. I had one of these lying in the humidor for a few months now and was waiting for the day I would be able to dedicate enough time to fully enjoy the smoke. This day finally came and here is my review.

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #65 (Jul 25 2009)

As usual, here are some cigar reviews worth reading:

Ramon Allones Phoenicio (RE Lebanon)

Reviewed by Brooks at  The Smoking Stogie

According to Brooks, it's not "just another regional edition", but a high quality smoke.
Read the full review here...

Kinky Friedman Kinkycristo

Reviewed by Ben at  Nice Tight Ash

Although not very complex, this is a well-constructed cigar from an interesting personality.
Read the full review here....

Discounted Partagas Shorts @ currently has a promotion on Partagas Shorts, one of my favorite petit coronas (you can read my review here). From my experience, it has a consistent construction and decent flavor. The sale price is $135 for a box of 25, which accounts for $5.4 per single. Not bad.

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