Ortega Serie D Maduro No. 20

Ortega Serie D No. 20

Origin : NicaraguaOrtega
Format : Double Toro
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : San Andres, Mexican maduro
Filler : Esteli/Jalapa, Nicaragua
Binder : Jalapa, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.50 each
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The first of many solo launches by cigar great, Eddie Ortega, the Ortega Serie ‘D’ Maduro has earned praise from all corners of the cigar world, including a 90 point rating from Cigar Aficionado Magazine and a spot of Cigar Snob Magazine’s Top 25 Cigars of 2012 list. The Ortega Serie ‘D’ Maduro features a nearly flawless San Andres Maduro leaf wrapped around generous portions of Nicaraguan long leaf fillers. The San Andres leaf is the color of dark chocolate and has a slight oily sheen to it. The length of the six-inch stick is plump and expertly rolled and finished with a gentle box press. The triple thick cap is squarely mounted and cuts cleanly with my punch cutter.

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Guide to Buying Your First Humidor

Guide to Buying Your First Humidor

Chris asks:

I recently started smoking cigars and I feel it's time to buy my first humidor. Which one should I choose?

At some point fairly early on in your journey as a newbie cigar smoker, you are going to need to look into buying a humidor. The need will strike you when you start browsing in your cabinets for cigars to smoke and find yourself running across dried-up or moldy cigars that have suffered from the natural climate of your home. Some cigars that have not been well cared for can be salvaged, but many cannot, and no matter what, they will lose at least some of their quality.

Once you know you love smoking cigars, it becomes a necessity to buy a humidor and save your cigars from this unhappy fate. Yes, if you have a very small collection, you can keep them in zip-lock bags. If you have a cooler you do not use for other purposes, you can even use that as a humidor, but it will never function as well as a real humidor. Ultimately, protecting your cigars by keeping them in a climate-controlled environment saves you money, so you can think of a humidor as an investment. When you purchase a humidor, you will need to think about type, material, size, and price.

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La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo

Origin : NicaraguaLa Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva
Format : Robusto Grande
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : San Andreas, Mexico
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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La Aroma de Cuba is made by Jose “Pepin” Garcia & Co. and distributed by Ashton. Mi Amor Reserva gained some press at the IPCPR in 2012 where it was featured prominently. If the name “La Aroma de Cuba” looks familiar to you (or the ornate band on the cigar), it is likely because you have seen older entries in La Aroma de Cuba before the Mi Amor Reserva sub-line was released.

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Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary Robusto

Punch 10th Anniversary

Origin : HondurasPunch
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Corojo
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each

As a 10 year milestone of the Rare Cojoro blend, General Cigar has released, a few years ago, the Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary. Available in only one size, 5 x 50 Robusto, this cigar is now quite hard to find.

On to the review…

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Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

Gran HabanoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Gran Consul
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan grown Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Please welcome Kayla, our newest reviewer. She starts with the Gran Habano Cabinet Selection, an old release from the company.

Appearance & Construction

Created by the Rico family in Honduras, the Gran Habano Cabinet Selection Gran Consul is an impressive, meaty stick. The oily Corojo wrapper, the color of burnt sienna, is beautifully complimented by the dark red and silver band. The wrapper leaf is flecked with multiple small veins and a few minor imperfections but is overall very attractive. The length of this six-inch stick is firm and well rolled, finished in a gentle box-press. The cap is thick but messily mounted.

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Cigar Release: Avo “88″ 2014 Limited Edition

AVO 88 Limited Edition 2014

The AVO Limited Edition 2014 celebrates the extraordinary 88th birthday of cigar legend, Avo Uvezian. Avo’s deep fascination with numerology gains full exposure with the number 8. Not only does 88 represent the hallmark anniversary Avo Uvezian is celebrating but also the number of keys on a grand piano. Thus, the piano keyboard is the “key” inspiration for Avo’s 2014 Limited Edition - “AVO 88”.

Avo Uvezian’s pursuit to compose the perfect blend for his 88th birthday cigar began several years ago. The goal was to compose a cigar that encapsulated an exciting and perfect balance of flavors and strength that is the foundation of every great musical composition. When Avo explained the objective to Master Blenders, Henke Kelner and Eladio Diaz, they were determined to successfully achieve Avo’s challenge. The ideal tobaccos were selected, the beautiful Belicoso format was chosen, and years of passionately fine-tuning the blend followed. Finally, the dedication to perfection from this legendary trio of cigar composers resulted in a Dominican Puro cigar that will be celebrated by connoisseurs throughout the ages.

AVO 88 Limited Edition 2014

The AVO 88 blend is brought to life in an exquisite 6” x 52 Belicoso format, comprised of five different Dominican filler tobaccos and a limited Dominican binder leaf, concealed within a flawless Dominican Yamasa wrapper leaf. The marriage of these select tobaccos provides the remarkable experience that Avo once dreamed about. As each key on a grand piano delivers a perfect note when played, the AVO 88 cigar delivers flawless notes of flavor when enjoyed.

“The AVO 88 is the culmination of AVO Limited Editions, a true masterpiece that will be celebrated by AVO fans for years to come,” explains Scott Kolesaire, AVO Brand Manager. “For years Avo has been expressing his excitement towards the 88 cigar and is thrilled to finally share it with connoisseurs around the world.”

AVO 88 will be celebrated to its fullest potential. Consisting of a global release of 8,888 individually numbered, black piano lacquered boxes, of which 888 boxes will be personally autographed by Avo Uvezian. To further complement this marvellous product, 1,888 limited edition AVO 88 Ashtrays will be made available, as well as 488 miniature grand pianos for retail product display and merchandising.

Avo 88 2014 Limited Edition

The AVO 88 will be launched in the USA on March 20, 2014. In Europe, the launch can vary from country to country, beginning mid-May 2014. Avo Uvezian will introduce his new cigar in person during his annual AVO Anniversary Tour beginning March 20th. Avo will appear at two locations this year to celebrate his 88th birthday and his newest, most prized release, AVO 88.

Avo 88 Stats

Length: 6“
Diameter: 52 RG
Format: Belicoso
Wrapper: Yamasá (DR)
Binder: Olor/Criollo (DR)
Filler: Piloto Viso (DR), Pilito Ligero (DR), San Vicente Ligero (DR), Corojo/Olor (DR), Crillo (DR)
Price: $16.00 (Single cigar) | $256.00 (Lacquered box of 16 cigars)

16th Habanos Festival

16th Habanos Festival

On the 24th of February and for the four days that follow, Cuban cigar lovers from around the world have gathered together in one place to celebrate Cuban cigars. Last year’s Habanos Festival drew crowds from eight different countries. Seventy-two exhibitors showed off their products to 2,000 visitors. This year, more than three times as many countries will be represented, and 273 journalists will be covering the event. If you are not lucky enough to be present at the event, keep your eyes peeled for blog posts and video journals online, as many visitors are bound to share their experiences.

What are some of the event highlights this year?
  • At the opening dinner, two new cigars were celebrated, the Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de San Juan, and the Partagas Serie D No. 6. The Le Hoyo cigar measures 5 7/8 inches with a 54-ring gauge, making it one of the thickest produced in the Hoyo de Monterrey line. The Serie D measures 3.5 inches long with a 50-ring gauge.
  • Guests had a chance to pay a visit to the famous tobacco plantations in Vuelta Abajo and Pinar del Rio. Tours were also conducted through famous cigar factories for premium hand-rolled stogies.
  • Seminars, tastings, classes, and contests will be held throughout the week, including the world’s first offline official contest to achieve the longest ash. Conference topics will include “Habanos in the Cinema” as well as “The Germans in the Habano. Origin of the H. Upmann Brand.”
  • Wednesday featured a special tribute dinner to the Trinidad brand. World-renowned chef Ron Blaauw from the Netherlands served up delicious gourmet cuisine, and famous wine and food writer Cuno Van’t Hoff took care of the wine.
  • The Habanos Alliance features some of the most celebrated beers on the planet, including Belgian brands like Duvel and Leffe. The Cuban brand Bucanero is also present.
  • The event will conclude on Friday, February 28th with a final Gala Dinner as a tribute to H. Upmann. There will be an auction that night to benefit the Cuban Public Health System.

The Habanos Festival is one of the most prominent events in the cigar world, and continues to grow in popularity every year. With so many promising activities planned for Cuban cigar lovers, this year is sure to be the most incredible yet.

Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto

Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$14 each
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Davidoff is one of the most famous cigar brands worldwide, but typically they are known for their Dominican cigars. The Davidoff Nicaragua Robusto is described pretty clearly by its name—it’s a Nicaraguan puro, which is quite an unusual offering for Davidoff. The wrapper is ten-year-old Habano Seed Nicaraguan Rosado, while the binder comes from Jalapa Habano seed. Inside that is a filler blended out of tobacco from Esteli, Condega, and Ometepe.

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