Ashton VSG Sorcerer

Ashton VSG Sorcerer

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Double Corona
Size : 7.0″ x 49
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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Ashton Cigars was created in 1985 by Robert Levin. Levin teamed up with the Fuentes taking advantage of their manufacturing experience to help him create his cigars. Ashton’s popularity was originally built on its mild, yet flavorful Connecticut Shade wrapped cigars. The popularity of the Ashton brand would explode with the introduction of a powerful full bodied cigar, the Virgin Sun Grown (VSG). In November of 1999 Ashton Cigars unveiled the VSG, the most powerful and full bodied cigar in the Ashton catalog. The VSG sports an Ecuadorian sungrown wrapper. Apparently the VSG, before it was called VSG, was going to have a Chateau de la Fuente wrapper of Opus X fame (Keepers of the Flame, Oct. 1, 2006). But the rarity of the wrapper and the popularity of the Opus killed that plan. That’s how The VSG ended up with the Ecuadorian sungrown wrapper. A few of the VSG vitolas have pretty standard names like Belicoso and Robusto, but others have been given more mystical names like Tres Mystique, Wizard, Echantment, Illusion and Sorcerer. Not sure why that is and unfortunately I was unable to find any info on it.

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Punch Black Prince

Punch Black Prince

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Corona Grande (Gorda)
Size : 143 x 18.26 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 11.41 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10+/piece (but very hard to find since not produced anymore)
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The Punch Black Prince has been suggested to me by many renowned smokers in the past, but I never seemed to be able to find one. Fortunately, I recently came across the last one in a box at my favorite smoke shop. I can now clearly see why this one was so difficult to find.

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Arganese Connecticut Chairman Torpedo

Arganese Connecticut Chairman Torpedo
Arganese Cigars
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 156 x 21 mm
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Connecticut shade Ecuador
Binder : Indonesia
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$175 for a box of 25 (RRP)
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Arganese Connecticut Chairman is a decent Torpedo. I have smoked cigars that were twice more expensive, yet provided the same satisfaction (for example, Vegas Robaina Unicos).

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Trinidad Reyes

Trinidad Reyes

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Petit Corona (Reyes)
Size : 110 x 15.87 mm
Ring : 40
Weight : 7.4 gr.
Hand-Made
Price : ~$180 for a box of 24
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The Trinidad Reyes is not one of your straight out of the box type cigars. These require a bit of ageing first. However, with a couple of weeks in the Humidor, I found this to be an excellent smoke, meaty and wonderful.

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Cigar Reviews of the Week #7 (Oct 6 2007)

As usual, a selection of the best cigar reviews from the blogosphere:

Olor del Cibao Cuban Seed Churchill

Reviewed by Jesse at  Cigar Jack

Sweet and mild Dominican cigar.
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Romeo y Julieta No. 2

Reviewed by E.Z at  Humiblog

One of the rare Cuban cigar reviews that get posted.
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Ashton Cabinet Series Belicoso

Ashton Cabinet Series Belicoso

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Torpedo
Size : 133 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~$215 for a box of 25
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Definitely a smoke for the high-profile cigar smoker. You won't even need to put this one in your humidor, though doing so could only improve it. I was leery of it as it was developed only a couple of decades ago, being more oriented towards the tried and true old school cigars. However, for the most part, I was quite pleased with the Ashton Cabinet Series Belicoso.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo Du Roi

Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo Du Roi

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Corona
Size : 142 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 9.29 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12.00/piece
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Ah, the Hoyo De Monterrey, truly a classic since the mid 70's. I can appreciate this smoke, obvously well crafted judging by the look, though the feel is a bit misleading. If you pick up one of these to try, I would advise not paying too much attention to the feel at all.

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Gurkha Grand Reserve Robusto

Gurkha Grand Reserve RobustoOrigin : Dominican RepublicGurkha
Format : Robusto/Toro
Size : 152 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : N/A
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10.00/each
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I bought the Gurkha Grand Reserve Robusto on a whim and didn't research it until after the purchase. After looking into it a bit, I found that it was combined with Luis XIII Cognac. I really didn't know what to expect from it, and was I surprised.

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