Blind Review: Padron Londres Natural

Padron Londres Natural

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona
Size : 5.5 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan (Natural)
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Age : 2 years 8 months
Hand-Made
Number of reviewers : 5 --- Nicholas (volpow61), Brian (B-daddy), Emmett (rhetorik), Robert (NavyPiper), Will (Dubv23)
Price : ~$3 each
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Today we bring you a very special guest review of the well-known Padron Londres Natural, submitted by the crew from Blind Man's Puff. They do blind cigar reviews - each cigar is smoked by at least 4 different reviewers and the smokes are received naked, without any bands or information. We love the concept - so go ahead and check out their site for more reviews like this one.

Initial Impressions

Appearance: 86

“Chocolate brown wrapper that's a little unevenly colored and ugly. It's got some darker spots. It's got some shiny areas with dull spots and vice versa. A simple single cap that's neat enough and a soft box-press.” -Brian (B-daddy)

Aroma: 89

“The ugly appearance is somewhat redeemed by the aroma, it smells very pleasant. I'm picking up mild plain tobacco, and a little sweetness.” -Emmett (rhetorik)

Construction: 86

“The cigar felt even in the hand. It had a well done box press that was not too aggressive. It was firm with no detectable soft spots. They skimped on the cap and went with a single cap, no big deal though.” -Will (Dubv23)

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Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Natural

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Natural

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 1/2 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4 each
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This is my review of the Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Natural (4.5x50). I picked these up as a 5-pack from CigarMonster.com.

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J. Fuego 777 Maduro Robusto

J. Fuego 777 Maduro Robusto

Origin : HondurasJ. Fuego Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler : 2/3 Nicaraguan Corojo and 1/3 Nicaraguan Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan Corojo
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4-5 each
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This is my review of the J. Fuego 777 Maduro Robusto (5x50). I picked these up as a 5-pack from CigarMonster.com.

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Perdomo Habano Maduro Robusto

Perdomo Habano Maduro Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaPerdomo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua (Maduro)
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4-6 each
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This is my review of the Perdomo Habano Maduro Robusto (5x52). I picked these up as a 5 pack from CigarMonster.com.

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La Flor de Cuba Maduro Robusto

La Flor de Cuba Maduro Robusto

Origin : Puerto RicoLa Flor de Cuba cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Habano 2000
Filler : blend of 5 tobaccos
Binder : ?
Hand-Made
Price : $100 per box

I've received a couple of La Flor de Cuba Maduro Robusto from JFC Tobacco Corp, a company based in Puerto Rica that seems to be mostly producing flavored cigars and rolling paper to roll your own sticks (!). La Flor de Cuba is dubbed as a full-bodied, strong cigar, designed for the American smoker. Although I have never heard of the brand and I couldn't find much info online, according to JFC it recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

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C & C LRMD (Limited Release Maduro)

C & C LRMD (Limited Release Maduro)

Origin : Dominican RepublicC & C cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $4 each
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Jeff Aronson & Joe Chiusano, formerly of Cusano Cigars, sent these sticks over to me to have them reviewed. Until then, I had never heard of this brand, and then I started to see them pop up in my local B&M’s. Now that I have had a chance to smoke the samples Jeff sent, I have returned to smoke this cigar several times because it is an excellent value cigar with a tasty profile.

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Partagas Mille Fleurs

Partagas Mille Fleurs

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Petit Corona
Size : 129 x 16 mm (5 1/8 x 42)
Weight : 8.46 g
Box code : BLP DIC08
Hand-Made
Price : ~$3.00 each in Cuba, ~$9.00 each in Canada
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I have to admit I did not begin this review in high spirits. Recently I had some friends who went on vacation in Cuba. I asked them if they would mind purchasing me some cigars and, being such nice people, they of course were happy to oblige. So I proceeded to write them a list of what I would like. I always make a large list for anyone going to Cuba as it is difficult to judge what each LCDH will be stocking at the time. First on my list was the Partagas Serie P No. 2 - one of, if not my favourite cigar currently on the market. When they arrived home they gave me a call and assured me that they had purchased my greatly desired Partagas P 2’s. When the box arrived at my house I found out that they actually bought Partagas Mille Fleurs. Now while I had not yet tried the Mille Fleurs, and I had always read good things about them, you cannot blame me too much for being disappointed that I wasn’t actually getting P2’s. Despite all this, I have now smoked a few of the Mille Fleurs and have tried to write as unbiased a review as I could. And I must admit after trying a few of the Mille Fleurs I am impressed.

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Gurkha Royal Challenge

Gurkha Royal Challenge

Origin : Wherever they make GurkhasGurkha
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade (Ecuador)
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Binder : Habano (Honduran)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5.00 each
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Gary Hyams, president of Gurkha Cigar Group, sent me a nice Christmas package of some cigars to review for our website. The two cigars that he sent for review was the new Royal Challenge and the Seduction (review coming soon). After a good nap in the humi and letting them reach their optimum reviewing condition, I decided to finally spark these bad boys up. I will be the first to admit that I am not the biggest Gurkha fan in existence,… or to even say, I am not a fan at all. I have smoked only a few of the other lines and have been, at most, underwhelmed with their delivery of quality product for the money. One thing is for sure though, no one outdoes them in marketing and box presentation. So at least they got that going for them. So with a break out of two new products, can they turn this Gurkha critic into a believer with their new product line? We shall see,…

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