Litto Gomez Diez Cubano (Quick Smoke Series)

Litto Gomez Diez Cubano

Origin : Dominican Republic
Litto Gomez Diez cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : ~$10 each
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This is an average looking cigar with a smooth feeling, light brown colored wrapper. There are a few moderate sized veins in the wrapper but they should not be a problem. The cigar seems packed very well with tobacco and there are no noticeable defects with the cigar.

The Litto Gomez Diez Cubano has a nice draw with some resistance that produces an average amount of smoke. The burn was even with no touch-ups needed and the ash held well but was farily flaky. The body of this cigar starts off medium to full but mellows down through the cigar and dips down to the lower end of the medium spectrum. The strength of this cigar is medium to full.

The Cubano has a nice woody core with some floral notes, black pepper and a bit of leather. Some may think this cigar is a bit dry on the palate but there is just enough sweetness on this cigar to balance things out a bit. As the cigar progresses, the pepper backs down and is thrown in the background. Other than that there are no major changes throughout the cigar.

When all is said and done I did enjoy this cigar. The flavor profile was a nice change of pace but I got a little bored with it. For a $10 cigar, I was expecting there to be a little more complexity and a little more of a roller coaster ride but there was none to be had.

Verdict: Above Average

Cigar Storage: Optimal Temperature and Humidity

Cigar Storage: Optimal Temperature and Humidity

If you’re an avid cigar smoker, even as a novice, chances are good by now you’ve had a few bad stogies that weren’t stored properly at the optimal temperature and humidity. Maybe your humidor malfunctioned or you didn’t have one yet, or you purchased a cigar from behind a counter at some convenience store.

If cigars are not stored properly, they develop problems.

Cigars that become too damp through high humidity:

  • May form patches of mold
  • May be hard to light
  • Can go out suddenly after they are lit
  • Sometimes may have a tight draw

Cigars that become too dry through low humidity:

  • Lose aroma and flavor through the evaporation of essential oils
  • May burn hot
  • Can become harsh
  • The wrapper may also crack

Just as you need to control the humidity level your cigars are stored in, you also need to maintain control of the temperature.

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Buying and enjoying cigars in Vienna, Austria

Buying cigars in Vienna, Austria

Vienna is a beautiful and amazing city with a rich history and plenty of culture to explore and enjoy. It was the home of Mozart, Beethoven, and Freud. Speaking of Freud—where can you shop for the best cigars while you are on your trip?

For cigar smokers, Vienna is something of a mixed bag. Cigars there are cheaper than the ones you’ll find in the UK (not like that’s hard to do), but still more expensive than you’ll find in a lot of other European countries. So don’t expect to find an outstanding deal. On the bright side, though, smoking is quite popular among locals, so a lot of bars and restaurants throughout the city will let you enjoy your stogies. There are also a few shops and bars which are absolutely outstanding.

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!Contest! La Casa del Tabaco Bruges

La Casa del Tabaco

Today, we're celebrating the opening of the La Casa del Tabaco in Bruges, Belgium. A new concept imagined by our friends Dominique and Frédéric (creators and managers of the well-known La Casa del Habano Knokke), La Casa del Tabaco, sells both Cuban and non-Cuban cigars in the heart of the beautiful Bruges, also known as the Venice of the North.

The online shop combines Cuban offerings from the LCDH and non-Cuban cigars sold by La Casa del Tabaco. There's also a wide choice of spirits (rum, whisky...) and cigar accessories. By the way, each order placed in October will include one free La Casa del Tabaco cigar, which is a surprising blend of Cuban and Nicaraguan fillers (50/50).

To celebrate this new venture, La Casa del Tabaco and Cigar Inspector are giving away five 5-pack samplers of the house blend to our lucky readers! Answer a couple of easy questions using the widget below and you're in - and don't forget to share the contest with your friends using your unique link to increase your chances to win.

The winners will be announced in one week, next Thursday.

La Casa del Tabaco Bruges Giveaway

PS Contest open worldwide, you must be of legal age to smoke in your country of residence.

Montecristo Petit No. 2

Montecristo Petit No. 2

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Short Torpedo
Size : 52 x 120 mm (4.7 in)
Box code : EMU SEP 2014
Price : $275 for a box of 25
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A short time back, the editorial staff of this site posted a review of the recently released Montecristo Petit #2. Since this manufacturer pretty much has a permanent spot in my humidor, I thought I would expound upon Denis’s previous review by trying the same cigar, but from a newer year. Usually, I would shy away from such young cigars, as their performance sometimes can be inconsistent, if not very poor. Suffice it to say, this offering from Montecristo not only lived up to its name and popular pedigree, it also provided some surprises and even scored high marks that many aged sticks strain to accomplish.

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Viaje Platino Chiva (Quick Smoke Series)

Viaje Platino Chiva

Origin : Nicaragua
Viaje cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : ~$8 each

The Viaje Platino is a very nice looking cigar. The chocolate colored wrapper has a slight tint of red to it and has some very small veins running throughout. The seams are even and the roll looks great. The cigar sports a nice looking green, silver and white primary band and a silver cloth foot band which is a nice added touch.

The draw on this cigar was a bit snug compared to the others I smoked before this review but it gave me enough smoke to satisfy me. The burn was even for the most part and the ash, although a dark gray, was compact and had zero flowering. The body of the Viaje is medium to full while the strength is average.

The Viaje Platino starts off with some nice earthy coffee like flavors along with some red pepper spice. The flavors are very rich and pronounced and I really like that about this cigar. The flavors didn’t change much in the second third but the final third offered an even more intense flavor profile.

Overall I really enjoyed the Viaje Platino. The flavors are nice and pronounced and are definitely not shy. It is a good smoke for cigar enthusiasts who like Don Pepin / Tatuaje flavor profile with a different approach.

Thumbs Up!

Ramon Allones 225 Hunters & Frankau Aniversario (RE UK)

Ramon Allones 225 Hunters & Frankau Anniversary

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Gorditos / Robusto Extra
Size : 141 x 19.84 mm (5.6 x 50)
Released in : 2015
Box code : MUR FEB 13 (box number 1576/2000)
Price : $900 for a box of 25
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I can sum up this review in four words, but since this is a family friendly site, I shall use only their acronym --- O M F G. I had my trusty tobacconist search for an out of the ordinary stick that was not widely distributed, and that did not cost a small fortune to purchase. He hit the mark on both counts with this one. It is without doubt in my mind, a STELLAR robusto, despite its young age and recent release this past spring. This smoke does not greet you with a warm “Hello”, but greets you at the door after a long day’s hard work wearing nothing but a smile with a spatula in its hand and asks you, “Hey stranger, want to flip my pancakes??“ There is a reason why this company (Hunters & Frankau - importer of Cuban cigars into the UK) has been around for 225 years, and this release is a prime example.

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This week’s cigar deals (Oct 12 2015)

Oliva Serie G Double Robusto

Three cigar deals, carefully hand-picked for you.

  • Oliva Serie G Cameroon Double Robusto - box deal at CigarsFor.Me - is running a special on these affordable smokes from Oliva - the Serie G often makes it to the "best bang for your buck" lists. 32% off MSRP and free shipping work out to $4.56 per cigar, pretty good.
  • CAO MX2 Box-Press - the cigar we reviewed just a few days ago is currently on sale at Famous. $105.13 for a box of 20 corresponds to around $5.25 per smoke. Don't forget to use a coupon to save a few more dollars.
  • HR Hirochi Robaina at Cigar Pimp - one of the most glowing cigar reviews we published this year was definitely Robustojoe's take on the HR "Hirochi Robaina". These cigars unfortunately have a hefty price tag (MSRP ~$80 for a box of 4). Cigar Pimp is selling them for $60/box at this time, which is easier on your wallet.

Spotted a nice cigar deal? Post it in the comments area below!