Tatuaje Reserva J21

Tatuaje Reserva J21

TatuajeOrigin : USA
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.0″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo (Aged Ligero)
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10 each
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By now most avid cigar fans are very aware of Pete Johnson, Pepin Garcia, and the Tatuaje brand of cigars. The Tatuaje brand is the marca responsible for Pepin Garcia’s big breakout to fame in the cigar industry. Now the man makes an impressive number of cigar lines for an array of different cigar marcas. Most every cigar he puts out is received with praise and excitement, but the original Brown Label Tatuajes and their premium extension the Reservas are still the best cigars Pepin makes in my opinion. I have talked before about the meaning behind the names that Pete Johnson gives to his cigars. The meaning behind the J21 on this cigar seems to be a bit more cryptic. I have seen a number of explanations for this moniker, from 21 being Pete’s favorite number or 21 being the number of people in his family. Whatever the 21 stands for it seem that most agree the “J” is for Johnson.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos EL 2007

Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos EL 2007

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Regalo / Britanicas
Size : 137 x 18.26 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 9.34 g
Box code : SMB NOV 07
Hand-Made
Price : $300+ for a box of 25
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We would like to express our gratitude to Richard Cordero who took amazing photographs for this review. Thank you!

Habanos Edicion Limitada 2007. To read the advertising on this cigar one would think it would provide something of a religious experience. Where it was an amazing experience, it took some work to get there. There are still, unfortunately, some hit and miss issues from the Island South of Miami.

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Arturo Fuente Château Fuente King B

Arturo Fuente Château Fuente King B

Arturo Fuente
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Belicoso
Size : 6 x 55
Ring : 55
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown Rosado
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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This is my 1st tasting of an Arturo Fuente King B. I have heard many mixed reviews about this cigar, ranging from very good to very bad, so I didn't really know what to expect from it. There is a fair amount of hype surrounding this cigar and it can be difficult to find. At retail, the price seemed reasonable at $6.75, so I figured I would give it a try.

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Comments Contest Results

The contest is over and I would like to thank all of you who participated and left a couple (or significantly more) of comments. I don't have the exact number, but over 500 comments were submitted. Thanks to CAO cigars and Jon Huber for sponsoring the event.

The winners are:

  • Saint Jimbob: wins a 5-pack of CAO LX2
  • Jason T: wins a 5-pack of CAO America
  • Kalutika: wins a 5-pack of CAO America

E-mails to the winners have been dispatched.

How to cut a cigar with Aria Giovanni

For your Sunday viewing pleasure a short and entertaining video on how to cut a cigar... done by Aria Giovanni, a well-known playmate. It's not very new so you might have already seen it. Enjoy.

Cigar Reviews of the Week #48 (Feb 21 2009)

A few reviews that caught our attention this week:

Camacho Havana Monarca

Reviewed by Cigarfan at  Keepers of the Flame

The 40-year old blend gets a decent 83 rating from Tom.
Read the full review here...

Ashton ESG 20-year Salute

Reviewed by Fernand at  The Cohiba Club

Fernand reviews another $30-stick. Good job!
Read the full review here....

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo

Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 Torpedo

Rocky PatelOrigin : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 155 x 25 mm (6.1 x 52)
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : DR, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
More info about purchasing Rocky Patel Vintage 1992 cigars...

Where do you even begin a review of this cigar? Here you have one of the more popular mid-range stogies from a celebrated manufacturer, Rocky Patel. If that’s not enough to garner respect, peruse the glowing reviews exuding from major cigar publications and online retailers. There’s no way this isn’t a superb cigar, right?

After all, you’ve been told it’s a great smoke. You can’t argue with the popularity of Rocky. What if you were to say this is just a decent smoke? Uh oh!! Faux pas!!

Well, that’s what the Patel Vintage 1992 is... a decent smoke.

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Flor de Copan Rothschild

Flor de Copan Rothschild

Flor de CopanOrigin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 120 x 20 mm (5 x 50)
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each

There is not much information available about the Flor de Copan brand. I only know that the cigars are made in Honduras (that's indicated on the band) and that they are distributed by Altadis SA (recently acquired by Imperial Tobacco Group). I picked up a couple of these mostly for their good looks.

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