Weekly draw: winner #1

Weekly draw for commenters!

There were some great reviews to comment on this past week, including the new Cuban limited edition by H. Upmann and a Corona Cigar Co. house blend. You all did a great job, leaving over 120 comments. And, according to the randomizer, this week it is tobacmon who takes the first sampler home, courtesy of Corona Cigar Co. Congrats Paul!

Remember, we will be giving away at least 3 more 5-pack samplers, click here for the official contest rules and learn how you can win free cigars!

Francisco de Miranda Robusto Bordeaux

Francisco de Miranda Robusto Bordeaux

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : : 124mm x 21mm (5 x 48)
Wrapper : Connecticut
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Price : $5 each

This review comes courtesy of Sebastian Fuentes, our reader from Argentina.

The Francisco de Miranda cigars were introduced in the Argentinean market in 1999 by a group of young entrepreneurs who are passionate for the smoke of good quality cigars to satisfy a segment of young smokers who were demanding a fine cigar within an accessible price.

The cigars are hand-made in the factory located in Santiago de Caballeros from four years vintage tobacco leaves grown in the Cibao Valley with a mixture of Olor Dominicano, San Vicente and Piloto Cubano tobacco selected by the master blender Victor de la Cruz.

The Francisco de Miranda Robusto Bordeaux is a premium cigar made with the highest standards and a strict quality control.

Here is the review of it.

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #75 (Oct 3 2009)

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

Illusione Nosotros

Reviewed by Ben at  Nice Tight Ash

This is an exclusive review of a pre-release cigar from Illusione.
Read the full review here...

Savanelli R&R Serie Y

Reviewed by Adam at  Fire Up That Cigar

Another stick from a pipe maker. Medium-bodied and similar to a CAO Brazilia.
Read the full review here...

Weekly Deal: Cuban Crafters Sampler

This week the best cigar deal is a sampler from Cuban Crafters. It contains 12 of the best cigars from the company (including the highly praised Don Kiki's) and a guillotine cutter, which together represents a value of over $73. The sampler is currently on sale at $24.99, so make sure you check it out!

San Cristobal de la Habana Oficios

San Cristobal de la H. Oficios

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Corona (Oficios)
Size : 135 x 17.07 mm (5.3 x 43)
Ring : 43
Price : ~$180-250 for a box of 25
More info about purchasing San Cristobal de la Habana cigars...

San Cristobal de la Habana is the newest brand launched by Habanos SA. It started with 4 sizes in 1999 and three more were introduced in 2004 for the 5th Anniversary of the brand. Oficios, a 5.3 x 43 corona is one of them and proudly wears a second "La Casa del Habano" band indicating that this is one of the new vitolas.

Read the full review of San Cristobal de la Habana Oficios...

Illusione ~hl~ (Holy Lance)

Illusione ~hl~ (Holy Lance)

Origin : Honduras
IllusioneFormat : Lancero
Size : 7.5″ x 40
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $9 each
More info about purchasing Illusione Holy Lance cigars...

Since Illusione cigars burst on the scene they have been well received and its creator Dion Giolito has reached near rock star status in the cigar community. I shared some details on Dion and his cigar company in my review of the Illusione ~cg:4~ if you are interested.

Read the full review of Illusione ~hl~ (Holy Lance)...

Cheap Smoke: Corona Nicaraguan Selection

Corona Nicaraguan Selection

Origin : Nicaragua?
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Price : Box of 25, $59.95
More info about purchasing Corona Nicaraguan Selection cigars...

This is another guest review from Matthew at Smoking & Talking. Enjoy!

The Corona Nicaraguan Selection was introduced in 1997 and was Corona’s first House Blend. They recently released a 10th Anniversary to commemorate the occasion. The original blend is hand-made in Central America under the care of Gilberto Oliva, Jr., a fifth generation Cuban master blender. The long filler in this blend is aged Cuban-seed grown in Nicaragua and is protected by a Panamanian Maduro wrapper.

This is a gorgeous stick; the Maduro is very oily with no color variation, soft spots and very little veins to speak of. The pre-light aroma was excellent; a sweet and clean tobacco smell with hints of bitter chocolate and creamy caramel. The ash was a perfect white though it did “v” just a little bit. The flavor on this stick did not disappoint, with notes of bittersweet chocolate and creamy caramel, along with a very clean undertone of tobacco. There were no barnyard flavors to speak of, just a steady medium-roast flavor. There was some fairly heavy spike in the first third, but this eventually passed and was dominated by creaminess.

Verdict: buy now! At around $2.40 per stick you cannot lose on this one. If you are a fan of Padron, 5 Vegas Original, or Sosa, this is a must try for a lower-priced alternative; you may not even know the difference!

Two Thumbs Up!

H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Limited Edition

H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.1 mm (4 1/4 x 48)
Ring : 48
Price : ~$10 each
More info about purchasing H. Upmann cigars...

Among all the 2009 limited editions, this was the cigar I was the most eager to try. Firstly, because it received the highest ratings in all the major publications. Secondly, because I am a big fan of all the Magnum series from H. Upmann - you can check out my reviews of the Magnum 46 and the Magnum 50. The new Magnum 48 is a short robusto, similar in length to the Petit Edmundo, but with a slightly smaller ring gauge.

Read the full review of H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Limited Edition...

Weekly draw for commenters!

Weekly draw for commenters!

I've been looking at the number of comments on the blog and, frankly, I found it insufficient. From my past experience, I know that there's nothing better to boost the commenting than to offer some nice cigars to some of you who enjoy leaving your opinion on the cigars we review. As soon as I had the idea, I got in touch with Jeff from Corona Cigar Co. who generously agreed to reward the winners.

Without further ado, here are the rules:

  • Every week, one commenter randomly receives a 5-pack from Corona Cigar Co.
  • The sampler contains: 1 x Corona Nicaraguan 10th Anniversary, 1 x Corona Dominican Selection, 1 x Boris 11 Connecticut, 1 x Boris 11 Maduro, 1 x Cielo.
  • Are counted comments on every blog post on the web site, including all Cuban reviews, all non-Cuban reviews and all shop reviews.
  • Each comment represents one ticket into the draw - the more you comment, the bigger are your chances to win.
  • The winners will be announced each Tuesday.
  • Spam will not be tolerated. I take this issue very seriously.
  • The contest will run for 4 weeks.
  • The contest is open to all US-residents of legal smoking age.

Good luck and you can begin by commenting on this post :) And don't forget to visite Corona Cigar's website, they've got a very nice selection!

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