Por Larranaga Cuban Grade

Por Larranaga Cuban Grade

Origin : Honduras (Altadis USA)Por Larranaga
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 44 x 140 (5.5 in)
Wrapper : Mexico San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Honduran
Binder : Mexican
Price : ~$2-3 per stick
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At the recent celebration of my mother-in-law's marriage I had the opportunity to share a beer and cigar with my sister-in-law's husband (my brother-in-law-in-law?). He is a smoker, but not of tobacco products, so I wanted to give him something with a good flavor, but that wouldn't have him running to the bathroom. Enter the Por Larranaga Cuban Grade. A while ago I discovered this cigar as a cheap, favorable, mild cigar that is perfect with coffee, or to pass out to non-smokers.

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Siglo Limited Reserve III Lonsdale

Siglo Limited Reserve III Lonsdale

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6.5 x 44
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Cubano
Filler : Nicaraguan/Dominican
Binder : Honduran/Nicaraguan
Price : $115.99 / Box of 25
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The Siglo Limited Reserve III Lonsdale is a Nicaraguan cigar created by master blender Frank Llaneza. Overall, this is a very nice and spicy cigar which offers great complexity and balance throughout the entire smoke. It comes in a variety of sizes: Torpedo, Churchill, Corona, Grand Corona, Toro, Robusto, and today’s featured vitola, the Lonsdale. These cigars were a new release for Altadis, USA in 2009.

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Montecristo No. 5 Comparison Review

Montecristo No. 5

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Perla)
Size : 102 x 15.86 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 5.91 g
Box codes : 01/07, 04/07 & 04/08
Price : Locally $12.00AUD Per Stick, Online $ 5.00AUD By The Box
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This review has been done to determine the merit of resting a cigar. It entails taking three Montecristo No 5s that have rested in a well controlled humidor for 3 & 8 months and comparing them to a new, just arrived 04/08 box.

At 8 Months : This is a well rounded little cigar. Has a nice floral start but builds by the end of the first third to become a very intruiging little stick. Starts to exhibit wood (ie Oak & Cedar), Honey and floral undertones. By 2/3 the way in it has built into an upper medium bodied smoke that wants to let you know it's a Cuban. Not overpowering but definitely forceful. Burn & construction are very good. Slight linger of coffee on the palate.

At 3 Months : A nice Perla. Has a lot of ability but seems to lack some finesse. Flavour bends between leather and wood. Aftertaste is very slightly vanilla & floral.

The construction has a bit to be desired as I had to adjust numerous times. Never relit though. Short Finish.

New Box : These smell fresh and young. The one that I smoked from this box before laying them down was a nice little cigar but it lacked the great Montecristo aroma & intrigue. It became bitter towards the end and needed a lot of attention to the burn. Still, this is a great tasting cigar for one so small and young.

Overall Assesment : These are great cigars if you let them rest. I believe that you should let any cigar rest at least a month if you buy it online. From a reputable shop you should be ready to go in a week. There are exceptions though and of course ageing any good Cuban is well worth the time if you are patient enough. I struggle, like you all, to give them time! (Grinning)

Rocky Patel Nording

Rocky Patel Nording

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro Grande
Size : 6 x 58
Wrapper : Costa Rican Maduro
Binder : Mexican
Filler : Honduran / Nicaraguan
Price : ~$91.95 for a box of 20
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Rocky Patel delivers a private reserve cigar great to honor one of the world’s best pipemakers (Erik Nording). I had three in my humidor which were given to me by a close friend of mine, and I had enjoyed all three tremendously. I smoked the last one in order to write this review. The cigar (when available) can be found in four vitolas: a Robusto (5.5 x 52); a Torpedo (5 X 54); a Toro (6.5 X 52); and the subject of today’s review, the Toro Grande, a 6 x 58 masterpiece.

I looked in several websites to track down who carries it and how much are they running, but it was difficult to find a retailer that had them in stock. Most of them were listed as “Backorder.”

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Padilla Cazadores Robusto

Padilla Cazadores Robusto

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : $24 / 5-pack
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The Padilla family has been a cornerstone in the cigar industry for many years. The family history has been featured in many write-ups and websites. From their factories in Miami and Nicaragua, they have created great cigars such as the Signature 1932, the Serie 68, the Miami 9/11, and today’s featured cigar the Padilla Cazadores. This review will focus on the Cazadores Robusto.

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H. Upmann Regalias

H. Upmann Regalias

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Price : ~$4 each
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H. Upmann Regalias is a petit corona priced at less than $5 each. It may appear that this is a cheaper version of the H. Upmann Petit Corona, however I think that these are completely different cigars. The flavors are not the same and there are obvious variations in construction and appearance. Let's see how the Regalias fares.

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Punch Petit Coronations

Punch Petit Coronation

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 117 x 15.87 mm (4.6 x 40)
Ring : 40
Weight : 6.72 g
Box code : 04/2007
Price : $10.50AUD / ~$5 online
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This review is submitted by Tashaz, a cigar aficionado from Australia. Thank you!

This cigar is still currently available in two different tubos here in Oz. A silver & a green tube. This review is of the green tubos as they are superior in presentation methinks. The green tubos have the great Punch band that you see on the other higher end cigars, the silver ones look like they cheaped out on the band.

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Bucanero Don Douglas Cabinet Churchill

Bucanero Don Douglas

Origin : NicaraguaBucanero
Format : Churchill
Size : 6 7/8 X 48
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Dominican (Aged 3 years)
Price : $47.95 (Pack of 10)
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Ed, a cigar aficionado from MA, has just joined our team of reviewers. You can follow him on Twitter @chemed3196. Welcome!

Bucanero Cigars is a family-owned company that sells their cigars directly on their website (www.bucanerocigars.com). Robert Spoden does not make use of a sales force, and, other than their website, Bucanero does not advertise anywhere which results in quality cigars which are extremely affordable.

Bucanero Cigars is known as the "best of the best" in limited production cigar manufacturing awarded as such in 1999 as the Top 5 Limited Production Cigar Manufacture of the 20th Century Worldwide. Out of 774 cigar manufactures worldwide, the Cigar Industry Review Panel (1999) selected Bucanero Cigars as "Best of the Best" in limited production cigars [information from the Bucanero Cigar website].

This review features the Bucanero Don Douglas Cabinet Series Churchill. This cigar was rated “Excellent” in Smoke Magazine.

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