Sancho Panza Belicosos

Sancho Panza Belicosos

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Torpedo
Size : 140 x 20.64 mm (6.4 x 42)
Ring : 52
Weight : 12.45 g
Box code : TPG JUN 08
Price : ~$210 for a box of 25
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These cigars were provided for review by, a new shop with sales offices in Canada and guaranteed delivery worldwide.

Sancho Panza is not a very famous brand, despite of the fact that it has been one of the most sold in the middle of the 20th century. Created in 1848, it has been sold and re-sold at least five times to finally end up between the hands of El Rey del Mundo house in 1931. A couple of decades after that, the flagship vitolas like Belicosos and Molinos were among the most popular in Europe. Nowadays, for some reason (IMO - due to the Habanos SA marketing practices), these cigars are once again being forgotten.

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2009 Cuban New Releases Pack from

2009 Cuban New Releases Pack from

Do you want to try everything (well, except all those regional editions) Habanos SA released in 2009 without buying boxes? prepared a special sampler that contains all the new 2009 cigars so one can try them out before ordering more important quantities. Richard was kind enough to send me one - and it looks great, as you can see from the picture above.

Of course, it contains the brand new Montecristo Open line (one of each vitola) and will allow me to see whether they are better than the Master. But more importantly, there is a whole set of limited editions: Romeo y Julieta Duke, Bolivar Petit Belicoso and the impatiantly awaited H. Upmann Magnum 48 (2 of each). To make it even more attractive, there are also two Trinidad Robusto Ts included in the set.

I am very impatient to smoke these sticks; if you want to get yourself this sampler, feel free to check out

Cigar Reviews of the Week #73 (Sep 19 2009)

Every week, there are amazing cigar reviews published in the blogosphere. We help you discover the best ones.

Don Pepin Garcia Firecracker

Reviewed by Brooks at  The Smoking Stogie

This little bastard packs some serious spice!
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Cohiba Siglo VI

Reviewed by Jamie at  Zen & the Art of the Cigar

The famous toro ('05 production) is off to a good start and will taste even better in a few years.
Read the full review here...

Gurkha Combo Deal at put together a sweet deal - 5 Gurkha Factum cigars, a 10ct travel humidor a Lotus lighter and a double-blade cutter. All for only $39.99. You should definitely have a look.

Punch Champion

Punch Champion

Origin : HondurasPunch
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4 1/2 x 60 (at the thickest point)
Ring : 30 (foot) to 60 (thickest point)
Wrapper : Ecuadoran Sumatra
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican (Piloto Cubano)
Factory : Honduras American Tabaco S. A., Cofradia, Honduras
Price : $3.90 each
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Today's review comes courtesy of Stephen who generously offered to contribute. Thank you, Stephen!

This is a review of just one cigar. It was given to me as a gift from Ted the owner of Big Jack's Cigars in Boothbay Harbor, ME. I always stop by there to say hi when I am in Boothbay Harbor and I recommend you do too. There is no lounge or anything. Just Ted who is passionate about his cigars and he carries some nice bottles of wine as well.

Ted told me Punch created this cigar to be a competitor to the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story. It is a member of the “original” Honduran Punch Family with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Connecticut binder, and filler tobaccos from Honduras.

It's been resting in my humidor for about a month.

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El Rey del Mundo Petit Compania (RE France)

El Rey del Mundo Petit Compania (Regional Edition France)

Origin : CubaEl Rey del Mundo
Factory Name : Petit Piramide
Size : 5'' (127 mm) x 50
Release : 2009
Country : France
Distributor : Coprova
Price : ~9 € each
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Regional editions... I don't really know whether I love this marketing stunt by Habanos SA. On one hand, it allows me to try out a new cigar (and share my experience with you!) and - who knows - to be completely astonished by its quality. On the other hand, sometimes there's nothing special about a regional release. So far, it's fifty-fifty - some are top quality smokes, like the Bolivar Simones or Ramon Allones Eminencia whereas others are overpriced and almost disappointing. So it was with mixed feelings that I approached this French regional edition, El Rey del Mundo Petit Compania (is this the right spelling? Cupania? Cumpaña? the right spelling is "Compania") that I found in Ajaccio.

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Liga Privada No. 9 Parejo Oscuro

Liga Privada No.9 Parejo Oscuro

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Oscuro
Filler : Honduran and Nicaraguan
Binder : Brazilian Mata Fina
Price : $13 each
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I want to start off on this review by thanking a very generous BOTL over at for giving me this cigar. JohnLongIsland is a first class brother of the leaf and a 1st class individual as well. John is a big supporter of my fundraising efforts for the Ride for Kids and his generosity is always very much appreciated. He sent me a little gift a short while back that included this fine cigar. Thanks John.

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Butera Royal Vintage Bravo Corto

Butera Bravo Corto Robusto

Origin : Dominican Republic
ButeraFormat : Robusto
Size : 4 1/2 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic + ?
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$7 each
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I received a couple of these cigars in an anonymous cigar bomb (thank you whoever you are!). I've never heard of the brand and first thought that these were not worthy of further research. However, out of pure curiousity I loaded Google and searched for Butera. No official website. I only found that this is a boutique cigar made for Michael Butera, often referred to as America's greatest pipemaker. Hand-made in the Dominican Republic, the Butera Bravo Corto is wrapped in a Connecticut Shade leaf and uses 6 different tobaccos from 3 different countries. As hard as I tried, I could not find valid information on what these 3 countries are, I can only suppose that one of them is Dominican Republic.

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Buying cigars in Ajaccio, Corsica

Le Havane, Ajaccio

I love Corsica. I first visited the island a couple of years ago and absolutely wanted to spend at least one week there this year, which I finally managed to do. There are no other places with the same concentration of breathtaking sceneries. Furthermore, the food and the wine are beyond reproach.

As for the cigar shops, there are a couple of nice places. Out of 6 tobacco outlets that I tested, I selected two that have the best choice. The first one is called "Le Havane" [Google Maps] and is located on the Cours Napoléon, the main street in Ajaccio (there are at least three more cigar shops in the same street, but this one is my favorite).

The second place is a little farther from the city centre, but it is worth a visit. "Carpe Diem" [Google Maps] is the only one B&M that has a walk-in humidor with all the latest releases. Some non-Cubans as well, such as Nubs and Ashton VSGs.

I managed to find what I wanted (the 2009 French Regional Edition - review coming up!) and I think you will, too. Have fun in Corsica!

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