Fallen Angel by A.J. Fernandez

Fallen Angel by A.J. Fernandez

Origin : NicaraguaA. J. Fernandez Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra Oscuro
Filler : Nicaraguan Ligero
Binder : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each
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Construction

A.J. Fernandez is famous for stating, “To make the best cigars, you must have the finest raw materials…” Fallen Angel comes draped in a wrapper leaf that most would call “the finest raw material.” The stunning Ecuadorian-grown Sumatra Oscuro wrapper leaf is a dark chestnut color. It is incredibly smooth with very few veins. The mouth-watering wrapper cloaks potent Nicaraguan ligero long filler. The length of the five-inch stick is plump and well rolled and finished with a neat box press. The double cap squarely mounted and cuts cleanly with my Colibri Monza Punch Cutter.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député

Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Short Panetela (Trabucos)
Size : 110 x 15 mm (4.3 x 38)
Box code : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5-7 each
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Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député is part of the Le Hoyo cigar series, which dates back to the 1940s. We've reviewed some of the cigars from the series previously: Le Hoyo du Roi and Le Hoyo des Dieux. Le Hoyo series was initially designed to offer a richer, more full-bodied smoking experience, but I'm not sure there's still a significant body difference with other cigars within the brand. These Cuban puros are made from tobacco leaves grown in Vuelta Abajo. They are quite reasonably priced; let’s see how one measured up.

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CAO La Traviata Animado

CAO La Traviata Animado

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaraguan / Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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The CAO La Traviata Animado was released in 2009, and is a reincarnation of an old cigar line from over a hundred years ago. The fillers come from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua in Pueblo Nuevo, favorite grounds for CAO. The Ecuadorian wrapper is a Habano from Ecuador. The name of the cigar line, “La Traviata,” is derived from the name of an opera by Giuseppe Verdi adapted from an Alexandre Dumas book. It’s a promising selection of tobacco leaves. Let’s see how the blend measures up.

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Curivari Buenaventura BV500

Curivari Buenaventura

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : RobustoCurivari Cigars
Size : 5 1/4 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5

Many American smokers have yet to try Curivari cigars, but they have been somewhat popular in Europe for over a decade now. “Buenaventura” means “Good luck.” The cigar was developed with the hopes of providing excellence at a low price point (most cigars by Curivari follow suit). This one is available in three different sizes, the BV500 (this one), the BV560 (5 ½ x 56) and BV600 (6 x 600). Did I have “good luck” when I picked up the Curivari Buenaventura BV500? Read on to find out.

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Ambos Mundos Short No. 1 Habano

Ambos Mundos Short

Ambos MundosOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 ½ x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each
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Released in 2011, the Ambos Mundos Short No.1 Habano is an extension of the already popular Pete Johnson line. Ambos Mundos meaning “both worlds” is a blending of Nicaraguan binder and fillers with an Ecuadorian wrapper. Ambos Mundos cigars are produced by Pepin Garcia and are considered Johnson’s value-priced line. The full Ambos Mundos portfolio consists of eight different sizes/blends, although the official website shows only six sizes (have the Shorts been discontinued?). They are as follows:

  • Short No. 1 Habano 4 1/2 x 46
  • Short No. 2 Sumatra 4 1/2 x 46
  • Robusto No. 1 Habano 5 x 50
  • Robusto No. 2 Sumatra 5 x 50
  • Toro No. 1 Habano 6 x 50
  • Toro No. 2 Sumatra 6 x 50
  • Grande No. 1 Habano 5 1/2 x 56
  • Grande No. 2 Sumatra 5 1/2 x 56

On to the review…

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Padrón 3000 Maduro

Padron 3000 Maduro Box + 4 cigars

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 ½ " x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each
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Well it’s been awhile since my last post. Does that mean I’ve quit smoking cigars… NO WAY! Sometimes life just gets crazy and too busy, I hope you’ll understand. However, I’m back and have lots of great cigar reviews to post.

The Padrón 3000 Maduro. I have to be honest in saying that this is one of my favorite cigars. I always keep them stocked in my humidor and when I’m running low I just order another box. The Padrón 3000 Series, natural and maduro, are available in boxes of 26, box of 4, and single cigars. It is definitely not the most attractive cigar or the most complex by any means however for me it provides what a cigar should and is the most practical without burning a hole in the wallet. I personally enjoy this cigar at cookouts, barbeques and the occasional Par 3 golf course.

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Core Zero (CZ) Indie (Review & Giveaway!)

Core Zero Indie

Origin : NicaraguaCore Zero Cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Sumatra
Filler : Nicaraguan & Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each

First of all, I would like to thank Bryan Butler from Core Zero Cigars for sending me a sampler.

Bryan and Nick were involved in a local metal band called Core Zero and decided that they needed to create their own cigars. After meeting Matt Booth of Room 101 and Jonathan Drew of Drew Estates, the idea took shape and CZ Cigars was launched. You can find more information about the company on their website.

At the moment, two blends are available : Indie and Metal. Indie is the milder one, wrapped in a Sumatra leaf from Indonesia. Metal is more powerful with a Habano Maduro wrapper from Nicaragua. The one being reviewed today is the Core Zero Indie.

Thanks to Bryan, we've got a 5-pack of these to give away to one lucky reader! In order to enter the draw, read the review and leave a comment at the end of the post. That's it! We'll announce the winner in one week.
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Torano Loyal Robusto

Torano Loyal

Origin : Nicaragua
Torano cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 56
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua & Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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The Torano Loyal was officially released at the 2011 IPCPR show and despite wanting to sample it on the advice of a friend last summer I never got around to it. Instead, it sat in my humidor resting nicely and undisturbed except for the regular rotation so I imagined it would be that much better when I finally got around to it.

I was finally able to get to it this past weekend. Unfortunately, I only had one sample so I made sure to sit down and take very detailed notes, not having the luxury of going back to smoke a second one as I usually do to test for consistency or factor whether or not I just got an unlucky sample. Thanks to the fact that it is a dense, tightly packed cigar, the burn was slow and therefore the total smoking time for this beefy robusto was just under 90 minutes.

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