Partagas Serie E No. 2

Partagas Serie E No. 2

Origin : CubaPartagas
Format : Robusto Extra / Duke
Size : 140 x 22 mm (5.5 x 54)
Released in : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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The Partagas Serie E No. 2 was officially released at the XIII Habanos Festival in Cuba in February of 2011. Distinctive features include a large ring gauge and simple but beautiful packaging. It took me about an age to try one of these (they have been resting for over 1 year in my humi), but now I am so glad I did. This cigar is not cheap, but it is a real treat.

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Swiss Cigar Bank Giveaway – Name Your Favorite Cubans!

What's your favorite Cuban cigar?

We've regularly hosted various cigar contests this fall and here's another great one! Today's contest is courtesy of Swiss Cigar Bank, a Cuban cigars retailer from Switzerland. Check out their selection and feel free to use the code 'cigarinspector' when ordering for a 5% discount.

The contest's objective is to determine our community's favorite Cuban cigars. And the prize will consist of a 5-pack which might feature some or all of these cigars (depending on the stock). Who knows, it might look like the one pictured above... We've got five such 5-packs to give away to Cigar Inspector's readers. To enter, use the widget below (it's probably familiar to most of you now!) and answer one simple question: what is your favorite Cuban cigar? As usual, there are some additional ways to enter - don't forget to share the contest with your friends for extra entries!

Swiss Cigar Bank Giveaway

In one week, not only we'll announce winners but we'll also publish the poll results!

The contest is open worldwide. All participants must be of legal age to smoke in their countries.

Cohiba Piramides Extra

Cohiba Piramides Extra

Origin : Cuba
Format : Piramide ExtraCohiba
Size : 6.3 x 54 (160 x 21.43 mm)
Released : 2012
Hand-Made
Price : $30+
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The Cohiba Piramide Extra is a relatively new vitola (released in 2012) which measures 6.3″ inches in length by 54 ring gauge. Although it is considered to be part of the “Linea Clasica”, it bears a different band. The cigar is presented in 3-packs of aluminium tubes and semi boite nature boxes of 10.

The Cohiba Piramide Extra is a handful! The wrapper is light brown with a reddish hue, similar in shade to the Classic line, and has a moderate amount of veins but no imperfections. Its brand new shiny band has inherited the holographic security markings of the Behike, but unlike it, it only has one side (face). The bunch is firm and a close look to the foot of the cigar reveals that there are plenty of leaves packed in it. However, none of these leaves is Medio Tiempo, as the Piramide Extra uses the recipe of the Classic Line blend. The aromas are mild, with notes of flowers and a little bit of pepper. The prelight draw is perfect… Time to light up!

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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
Hand-Made
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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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.

Update: this contest is over. Congrats to the winners!

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
Hand-Made
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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