CAO Osa Sol Lot 50 Robusto

CAO Osa Sol

Origin : Honduras
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Honduran Olancho San Augustin Sun Grown
Filler : Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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This is the first blend and cigar made under the CAO label since the brand was taken over by General Cigar. It is currently being manufactured in Honduras.

CAO Osa Sol appearance

Appearance : ★★★½☆
The CAO Osa Sol has a Colorado shade wrapper with veins and an overall rustic look but it has tight seams and a nice sheen. As noted in the photos though, there were some construction issues that affected the overall appearance of the cigar. The colourful band is nice and refreshing but I could not take my eyes off the manufacturing flaws that were clearly visible.

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Rocky Patel R4

Rocky Patel R4 #1

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Nicaragua & Honduras
Binder : Nicaragua & Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $3 each
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Rocky Patel seems to have truly found his way in the world of cigars. By far his name (and product) can be found in just about every cigar market in the United States. However, today’s review focuses on one of Patel’s low-end production cigars. The Rocky Patel R4 is a premium value line that differs from his normal line as the R4 is rolled in Nicaragua and not his typical Honduras factories. The R4 line comes in bundles of 20 and is available in the following sizes:

  • Double Corona 7½ x 52
  • Robusto 5 x 5
  • Toro 6 x 52
  • Torpedo 6 x 52

On to the review…

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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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