Cigar Reviews of the Week #8 (Oct 27 2007)

We're back with our weekly cigar reviews from the blogosphere:

La Flor Double Ligero Maduro

Reviewed by Jesse at  Cigar Jack

A very strong cigar with a complex flavor profile.
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Perdomo Habano Corojo Robusto

Reviewed by George at  Stogie Guys

A cigar with interesting flavors, however it has a few downsides such as construction.
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Partagas Serie D No. 4

Partagas Serie D No. 4

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : 11.60€/piece
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The Partagas Serie D No. 4 is known as one of the best (if not the best) Robustos in the world. I have smoked quite a few of these, but decided to put up a review just now. Let me tell you why this is the best-selling cigar in France.

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H. Upmann Sir Winston

H. Upmann Sir Winston

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Churchill/Julieta
Size : 178 x 18.65 mm
Ring : 47
Weight : 15.07 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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H. Upmann Sir Winston is probably one of the biggest cigars that I've ever smoked and one of the most attractive. The rest, well... was a bit much. I like a good cigar that will let you know that it is there, mind you, but this one was too demanding of attention.

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Ashton Esquire Maduro

Ashton Esquire Maduro

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Cigarillo
Size : 108 x 13 mm
Ring : 32
Weight : N/A
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 for a tin box of 10
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I've never been much on the smaller cigars, but the Ashton Esquire Maduro really impressed me. Very nice overall flavor, and very good construction. Apparently the Maduros are well aged, about 5 years, before put on the market. It really shows in the flavor.

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Montecristo Double Corona (Dominican)

Montecristo Double Corona

Origin : Dominican RepublicMontecristo
Format : Double Corona
Size : 156 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : N/A
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7/each
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My uncle brought me the Montecristo Double Coronas from the US (thank you!); I thought it would be nice to compare these cigars with their Cuban brothers. Read on.

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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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