CAO Brazilia Lambada

CAO Brazilia Lambada

CAOOrigin : Honduras
Format : Toro
Size : 152 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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I definitely have a problem with CAO cigars. First, my disappointment with the CAO Italia. Now, I think I completely missunderstood the CAO Brazilia which is getting good reviews all around the cigar blogosphere (you might also want to check out the guest review by Cory of the CAO Brazilia Gol! here at Cigar Inspector). Somehow, I found it quite tasteless and disappointing.

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CAO Italia Novella

CAO Italia Novella

CAO ItaliaOrigin : Honduras
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 114 x 18 mm
Ring : 46
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Italy, Nicaragua, Peru
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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It was a long-awaited smoke. When checking search statistics here at CigarInspector.com, one of the terms that would get most searches is 'CAO'. This obviously means that this brand is highly popular in the United States and I finally managed to get hold of a couple of sticks. I'll begin with a CAO Italia Novella and the Brazilia blend will follow.

CAO Italia is manufactured in Honduras from a Habano seed Italian tobacco mixed with Nicaraguan and Peruvian tobacco. The wrapper and the binder of this medium-bodied stick are from Honduras.

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Cheap Smoke: Cu-Avana Robusto

Cu-Avana Natural Robusto

Origin : Dominican Republic
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Price : ~$2.00
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I really enjoy these cigars for a few reasons. They are mild in taste and smoke great. It has a nice slow, even burn and generates a lot of nice thick creamy smoke. I have smoked enough of these now to say that they are pretty consistent. I did have one that wouldn’t draw but you can run into that once and a while with any brand. This isn’t a top of the line cigar but it is a good quality smoke especially when you take its price tag into consideration. These robustos come in around $2 a stick retail, lower if you nab a box off of Cigarbid. That makes it a great cigar for the price conscious like me. They have a nice mellow flavor that doesn’t hang around past its welcome. If you are looking for a quality cheap smoke on the mild side I recommend these cigars.

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Rocky Patel Drew Estate Java Robusto

Rocky Patel Drew Estate Java Robusto

This guest review comes from Scott Sheaffer, a good friend of mine. He is blogging about sales techniques at SalesVitamins.com, be sure to check it out.

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 152 x 24 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$110 for a box of 25
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I had never had a Rocky Patel cigar before and was interested in trying one. The description of it included a dark wrapper with flavors of coffee and mocha. In fact Rocky Patel says that the wrapper is "gently infused" with Java. I prefer maduro cigars so I thought I'd try one.

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VegaFina Short Corona

VegaFina Short Corona
VegaFina
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 102 x 16 mm
Ring : 40
Wrapper : Brazil
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic, Peru
Hand-Made
Price : ~2€ each
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I initially planned to review another petit corona, but (I am getting used to it...) my local B&M ran out of those and I ended up buying a few VegaFina Short Coronas, since they were cheap and reminded me of my good experiences with the Robusto. Back home, I went to the Altadis website to get some more information about this stick and I was quite surprised to see that it was not even there and the cigars listed definitely had a brighter wrapper shade. After some research, I found out that indeed the cigars sold in Europe are completely different: instead of an Ecuadorian claro wrapper, a maduro oscuro from Brazil is used and the filler is Dominican/Peruvian (vs Columbian/Dominican/Honduran in the US). However, both cigars are hecho a mano in la Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic.

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Camacho Havana H2

Camacho Havana H2

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 114 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : ~$3 each
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Camacho Havana H2 is one fat and powerful smoke. It's not as kick-a$$ as the Camacho Corojo Monarca, but they still are quite full-bodied. Regular cedary and spicy flavors make it a nice 40-minutes short smoke.

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Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas

Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas
Ramon Allones
Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona (Minutos)
Size : 110 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 7.46 g
Hand-Made
Price : $5+ each
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RASS a.k.a Ramon Allones Specially Selected being one of my all-time favorite Cuban cigars, my expectations concerning its little brother were high. Perhaps I was unlucky, but unfortunately the Ramon Allones Small Club Coronas was far behind it. Please note that I didn't smoke a whole box of these and this review is based on 4 cigars.

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Bolivar Bonitas

Bolivar Bonitas

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 126 x 15.87 mm
Ring : 40
Weight : 7.29 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$150 for a box of 25
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I received these lovely 4 7/8" X 40 ISOM beauties with an ABR 07 box date and thought some of you might enjoy a review of this particular stick.

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