Bolivar Inmensas

Bolivar Inmensas

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Lonsdale (Dalia)
Size : 170 x 17 mm (6.7 x 43)
Ring : 43
Weight : 11.86 g
Hand-Made
Price : $10 each
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This is one of my favorite Cuban brands and this is one size I have been meaning to smoke for quite some time. I have had tons of petite coronas, royal coronas and coronas and even a handful or two of BBFs (Boli Belicosos Finos) and Tubos, but I have not yet tried this one size.

This cigar has only a few months on it, but to me, Bolivars and Partagas seem to be the two brands that you can really enjoy fresh and aged (that said, there are exceptions as my box of Lusitanias needs years!).

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #34 (Aug 16 2008)

A couple of reviews that grabbed our attention this week:

Vengeance Torpedo

Reviewed by Brian Hewitt at  The Stogie Review

Another smoke brought from the IPCPR, and another good stick.
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Live Red Label

Reviewed by Ricky at  Cigar Command

What's interesting about this stick is that it is a creation of Cigar Live cigar forums.
Read the full review here...

One week left to submit a cigar tip

Just a reminder that you only have one week left to participate in our August contest. Just submit a cigar tip and get a chance to win a nice 5-pack from Duque Cigars.

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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
Hand-Made
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
Hand-Made
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?
Hand-Made
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...).
Read the full review here...

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.
Read the full review here...

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