Cortez Robusto

Cortez Robusto

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Binder : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each

Background Info

Unfortunately, I have none. I picked this cigar up from a shop I usually don’t go to. The reason why I don’t go to this cigar shop (that is literally walking distance from my house, a cigar smoker's dream) is because the owner is the most boring cigar smoker I have ever met. On top of that, he knows nothing about what he is selling, and no surprise, he knows nothing about this cigar. That is why I go out of my way and 20 minutes away from my house to Leesburg Cigars & Pipes.

Mission Notes

It’s Monday, almost evening and I'm getting some homework done before I see the Deadskins vs the Queer-gles play on Monday Night Football. I am sitting next to the colors of fall in front of this tree, and honestly, it’s a great start to an evening. Before I keep going on, with my fake poetic self, let me stop. And enough about me, let’s talk about this cigar I have never even heard of.

Now this is going to be pretty simple to explain, yet it’s very weird. This cigar taste likes sweet veggies mixed with a light maduro flavor profile. Honestly, while I think most cigar smokers (especially full body cigar smokers) won't like this cigar, I actually really enjoy it. See, it still has the softness of a mild-to-medium body cigar that I like, but with plenty of maduro characteristics, which I also like. And at this price point, I can definitely see me smoking a lot of these.

Looking at the Cortez Cigars website, which looks like it just got hit by Hurricane Ugly, I managed to find out that the wrapper is a Brazilian Maduro. No wonder I enjoy this cigar! I feel like you can mix any other country, and as long as it has some Brazilian tobacco, you’re going to get a pretty good cigar.

You know what, this cigar is a winner in my book. Excellent quality, construction, burn and consistency in flavor. Again, it's not the most amazing cigar when it comes to flavor, but with everything else going perfect, this cigar is truly a bang for your buck. And definitely could fit in your daily cigar humidor section.

Final Statement

If you have a similar palate to mine, in which you enjoy mild to medium bodied cigars, but also enjoy the maduro characteristics, this is the ideal cigar for you. All you tough guys who enjoy the full body cigar, stay away because you will not like the Cortez.

Onyx Reserve Mini Belicoso

Onyx Reserve Mini Belicoso

Origin : HondurasOnyx Reserve
Format : Mini Belicoso
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Blackened Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : DR, Nicaragua and Peru
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4.25 each:; ~ $17 for 5 pack
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The Onyx Reserve Mini Belicoso is made in the Dominican Republic. It has a Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaraguan tobaccos. It gets its spiciness from Peruvian, Cuban-seed Ligero tobaccos.

It has been resting in my humidor for a month. This is the second one I have smoked.

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Francisco de Miranda Robusto Bordeaux

Francisco de Miranda Robusto Bordeaux

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : : 124mm x 21mm (5 x 48)
Wrapper : Connecticut
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each

This review comes courtesy of Sebastian Fuentes, our reader from Argentina.

The Francisco de Miranda cigars were introduced in the Argentinean market in 1999 by a group of young entrepreneurs who are passionate for the smoke of good quality cigars to satisfy a segment of young smokers who were demanding a fine cigar within an accessible price.

The cigars are hand-made in the factory located in Santiago de Caballeros from four years vintage tobacco leaves grown in the Cibao Valley with a mixture of Olor Dominicano, San Vicente and Piloto Cubano tobacco selected by the master blender Victor de la Cruz.

The Francisco de Miranda Robusto Bordeaux is a premium cigar made with the highest standards and a strict quality control.

Here is the review of it.

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Cheap Smoke: Corona Nicaraguan Selection

Corona Nicaraguan Selection

Origin : Nicaragua?
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Price : Box of 25, $59.95
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This is another guest review from Matthew at Smoking & Talking. Enjoy!

The Corona Nicaraguan Selection was introduced in 1997 and was Corona’s first House Blend. They recently released a 10th Anniversary to commemorate the occasion. The original blend is hand-made in Central America under the care of Gilberto Oliva, Jr., a fifth generation Cuban master blender. The long filler in this blend is aged Cuban-seed grown in Nicaragua and is protected by a Panamanian Maduro wrapper.

This is a gorgeous stick; the Maduro is very oily with no color variation, soft spots and very little veins to speak of. The pre-light aroma was excellent; a sweet and clean tobacco smell with hints of bitter chocolate and creamy caramel. The ash was a perfect white though it did “v” just a little bit. The flavor on this stick did not disappoint, with notes of bittersweet chocolate and creamy caramel, along with a very clean undertone of tobacco. There were no barnyard flavors to speak of, just a steady medium-roast flavor. There was some fairly heavy spike in the first third, but this eventually passed and was dominated by creaminess.

Verdict: buy now! At around $2.40 per stick you cannot lose on this one. If you are a fan of Padron, 5 Vegas Original, or Sosa, this is a must try for a lower-priced alternative; you may not even know the difference!

Two Thumbs Up!

Hoyo de Tradicion Corona

Hoyo de Tradicion Corona

Origin : HondurasHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Corona
Size : : 5 3/4" x 45
Wrapper : Honduran Viso-Rosado
Binder : Habano Connecticut
Filler : Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$100 for a box of 25
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I had read some nice things about this line of cigars and had passed over them many times in my local cigar shops until recently, when I grabbed one impulsively before leaving. I am glad that I did. This cigar's wrapper is grown in the Jamastran Valley of Honduras and the blend contains tobacco from 4 different countries.

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Cheap Smoke: Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs

Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs

Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 5.1 x 42
Price : ~$4.00
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Handmade since 2002, the Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs is another decent Cuban cheapie. Satisfying aesthetically-wise, these cigars provide a consistent construction (at least in boxes from 2007 and 2008). Upon lighting, one can find typical R&J flavors, which are floral and cedary. The smoke is medium-bodied and never aggressive. At $4 per stick, that's a good buy.

Thumbs Up!

Punch Champion

Punch Champion

Origin : HondurasPunch
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4 1/2 x 60 (at the thickest point)
Ring : 30 (foot) to 60 (thickest point)
Wrapper : Ecuadoran Sumatra
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican (Piloto Cubano)
Factory : Honduras American Tabaco S. A., Cofradia, Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $3.90 each
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Today's review comes courtesy of Stephen who generously offered to contribute. Thank you, Stephen!

This is a review of just one cigar. It was given to me as a gift from Ted the owner of Big Jack's Cigars in Boothbay Harbor, ME. I always stop by there to say hi when I am in Boothbay Harbor and I recommend you do too. There is no lounge or anything. Just Ted who is passionate about his cigars and he carries some nice bottles of wine as well.

Ted told me Punch created this cigar to be a competitor to the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story. It is a member of the “original” Honduran Punch Family with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Connecticut binder, and filler tobaccos from Honduras.

It's been resting in my humidor for about a month.

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Cheap Smoke: Cigar.com Blue Label

Cigar.com Blue Label

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Price : ~$49.95 for a box of 20
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This is another guest review from Matthew and Jed at Smoking & Talking. They are good at finding good value cigars!

Ever on the lookout for quality cigars at cheap prices, I recently received a sampler of the 7 House Blends produced by cigar.com. Today's review is the Blue Label, which is their flagship blend that started the idea to create their own line. The appearance looks like a $2 smoke but nothing else about this stick does. The smoke has a wonderful sweetness with hints of licorice and tiny bursts of pepper at each transition. Lacking a bit of complexity, this is a very smooth stick that doesn't quite measure up to the Medium body advertised by cigar.com. It burns fast, real fast--it took just over an hour to down this Torpedo. The draw was medium, the ash was loose, and there were a few green spots--but were talking about cheap smokes here! This is an everyday smoke to be sure, with a box of 20 coming in just under $50. If appearance bothers you, close your eyes and you'll find a can't miss smoke.

Thumbs (way) Up!

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