Stellar Stogies: Bolivar

Bolivar cigars

Bolivar cigars have been around for a little over a hundred years, and in that time they’ve developed a reputation for being some of the richest, most full-bodied Cuban cigars in production. This is another ultra-famous Cuban cigar that also has a Dominican namesake (or copy-cat, depending on how you look at it). But of course the true history and quality of Bolivar lie with the Cuban brand.

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Alec Bradley Trilogy Native Cameroon (Quick Smoke)

Alec Bradley Trilogy Native Cameroon

Origin : Honduras
Alec BradleyFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Nicaraguan, Italian
Binder : Honduran
Price : ~$4 each
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Another from the vault, this little cigar was made famous by its gimmicky shape. Instead of a normal box-press, the Alec Bradley Trilogy Trilogy had a tri-press or three sided shape. Alec Bradley stopped incorporating the tri-press into the Trilogy.

The cigar has a nice silky feel to it; it’s solid and fits well in your mouth. I punched it and it drew great. Flavors of leather, cedar and smoke abound, but stayed constant through the length of the smoke, so no real complexity here.

Even after smoking it down to an inch left, it still held its tri-pressed shape, which was kinda neat. Aging suited this cigar nicely.

Illusione ~m7~ (Quick Smoke Series)

Illusione M7

Origin : Nicaragua
IllusioneFormat : Perfecto
Size : 6 1/2 x 58
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $10+ each
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The Illusione ~m7~ is a Diadema (a tapered-down perfecto shape) and requires plenty of time to smoke it. It starts off real gently, not too strong, just a nice mild woodiness and a touch of pepper. Also present are toast and tobacco notes. The burn is very uneven, which for some reason is very common in these sizes regardless of who makes them it seems.

As I smoke this big fella, I keep expecting some change in flavor and complexity but it never shows. Towards the end I pick up a little acidity, but that’s about it.

Even though the flavors are good, this doesn’t offer me anything to get too excited about. This may just be a cigar I prefer in a small size.

Tesa M3

Tesa M3

Origin : Calumet City, IL
Format : Robusto
Size : 130 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua?
Filler : Nicaragua?
Binder : Nicaragua?
Price : ~$5 each

We rarely do this, but here is a review of a cigar that only few people know about. Let me quote Heather Haddad from FumeeWorld:
Tesas are made in Calumet City, IL by the Kelly’s. They owned a cigar shop and started Tesa as their house blend. They’ve been trying to take it national for a couple of years now. The blender is the son, Chris Kelly, who is only like 22 years old. They have their own factory in Nicaragua and their cigars are pretty good, but largely unknown.

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #33 (August 9 2008)

Here's our weekly round-up of cigar reviews from the blogosphere:

Litto Gomez Diez Americano

Reviewed by Bill at  The Berris Blog

Check out Bill's cigar blog - the reviews are very precise and detailed, especially the flavor descriptions (prelight, 1/3, 2/3, 3/3...).
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Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

Reviewed by Niko at  In The Humidor

One of the cigars introduced at ICRPR, the Gran Habano Cabinet Selection deserves some attention.
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CAO Brazilia Lambada

CAO Brazilia Lambada

CAOOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 152 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$5 each
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I definitely have a problem with CAO cigars. First, my disappointment with the CAO Italia. Now, I think I completely missunderstood the CAO Brazilia which is getting good reviews all around the cigar blogosphere (you might also want to check out the guest review by Cory of the CAO Brazilia Gol! here at Cigar Inspector). Somehow, I found it quite tasteless and disappointing.

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Stellar Stogies: Macanudo

Macanudo cigars

Produced in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, Macanudo Cigars are some of the number one selling premium brand in the United States. And while this partly has to do with the fact that they’re, well, available in the America (not being Cuban), it’s mostly because Macanudos are distinctive, subtle, and tasty - unlike some brands, I’d say they definitely live up to the word “premium.”

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Discovering the Wine Paradise

Wine Paradise

Those who follow me on Twitter know that I'm spending the next two weeks in the middle of the Bordeaux wineyards. I will have the chance to visit all the most famous properties, including for example Mouton-Rothschild and Haut-Brion (three other Premiers Crus are closed in August, unfortunately). If you don't mind, during this time I will try to post a few wine-related notes here - after all, wine pairs up very well with cigars and the topic might be interesting (I hope) to a lot of readers.

Of course, there are some cigar reviews planned as well as a few articles from the Stellar Stogies series. Subscribe to the RSS feed and stay updated. Happy August!

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