Cigar Review – Por Larranaga Coronas (Regional Edition Alemania)

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Coronas
Size : 142MM x 42 (1200 cabinets of 50 made)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12
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It took me some times to post this review as the first one I smoked was plugged. The second one was tight, the third one as well and the fourth plugged...
We all know how much Cuba is rushing their production since few years, but this is getting ridiculous. I would rather wait longer than having plugged and tight cigars all the time. Smaller sizes are most likely to be tight or plugged as the error margin is smaller.
Therefore this review has been done on the least tight of all of them.

Draw : ★★★☆☆☆
Burn : ★★★☆☆☆
Flavour : ★★★½☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
Strength : ★★★☆☆☆

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Cigar Review – San Cristobal La Punta

Origin : CubaSan Cristobal de la Habana
Format : Torpedo
Size : 140 x 20.64 mm (5.5 x 52)
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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Cigar Rating

Draw : ★★★★★☆
Burn : ★★★★★☆
Flavour : ★★★★☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
strength : ★★★★★☆

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Cigar Review – Partagas Presidentes

Origin : CubaPartagas
Format : Tacos
Size : 158mm X 47
Hand-Made
Price : USD 15
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Cigar Rating

Draw : ★★★★☆☆
Burn : ★★★★☆☆
Flavour : ★★★★★½
Aroma : ★★★★½☆
strength : ★★★★★★

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Cigar Review – Cuaba Distinguidos

Origin : CubaCuaba
Format : Romeo (large double figurado)
Size : 162 mm (6"4) x 52
Ring : 52
Brand Strength : Medium to Full
Hand-Made
Price : ~ € 12,50 / $ 14.00 each
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Cigar Rating

Draw : ★★★★★☆
Burn : ★★★★★☆
Flavour : ★★★★☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
Strength : ★★★★★★

Cuabas are easy to recognise as the brand only produces double figurados cigars. The port folio now holds 5 different sizes. The smaller one may be challenging in terms of draw as they require more skills and attention due to the complex shape. The bigger sizes too but a minor mistake won't plugged completely the cigar. The distinguidos is the second largest size still in production. The bigger one being the Salomones.

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Cigar Review – Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill (Robusto)

Format : Robusto
Size : 5' (124mm) x 50 ring gauge
Brand strength : Medium
Hand-Made
Cuba
Price : ~ € 12.00 / $ 13.00
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Cigar Rating

Draw : ★★★★★☆
Burn : ★★★★½☆
Flavour : ★★★★☆☆
Aroma : ★★★½☆☆
Strength : ★★★½☆☆

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Cigar Review – Rafael Gonzales 88 Regional Edition Asia Pacifico

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Britanicas Extra
Size : 5 3/8 (137mm) x 48
Hand-Made
Price : $25.00 each
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Cigar Rating

Draw : ★★★☆☆☆
Burn : ★★★★½☆
Flavour : ★★★½☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
Strength : ★★★★☆☆

The Rafael Gonzales 88 is a "perfecto" shape cigar. Not completely straight (or Parejo in Spanish) not completely double figurados (both end pointed like the Cuaba Salamones).
As described in my review of the Pre-Release Gloria Cubana Exclusivo Gran Bretana (click here), this vitola is part of my top three favorite. First introduced in the Regional edition series in 2012 for the Bolivar Britanicas, UK edition. Then for the Ramon Allones Perfectos Swiss and now the first Rafael Gonzales for Asia Pacific.
The Rafael Gonzales 88, comes in boxes of 10 cigars. 8,888 numbered boxes have been produced.

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Cigar Review – Rafael Gonzales Perla

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Perla
Size : 40 x 102 mm (4 in)
Weight : 5.91 g.
Hand-Made
Price : $8.00 each
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Cigar Rating

Draw : ★★★★☆☆
Burn : ★★★★☆☆
Flavour : ★★★☆☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
Strength : ★★☆☆☆☆

Before you start reading our new quick review of the Rafael Gonzales Perla we want to share with you another review of the same cigar made few years ago by Sean, click here!

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Cigar Review – Quai D’Orsay No. 54

Origin : CubaQuai d'Orsay
Format : Grand Edmundo
Size : 135 mm x 54
Ring : 54
Hand-Made
Price :12USD-

Cigar Rating

Draw : ★★★★★☆
Burn : ★★★★★☆
Flavour : ★★★½☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
Strength : ★★½☆☆☆

Cigar Brand Overview

Quai d'Orsay was created in the 70s when the recently elected president at the time, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, asked his minister of economy to create a French cigar. As the former president explained "France is known for its perfume, champagne, foie gras but nothing in the world of tobacco".
La Seita, company that had the monopoly of tobacco in France, was commissioned to create a cigar for the French market. Quai d'Orsay became the third brand at that time on the market with a non Cuban name, after Davidoff and Dunhill.

The marca was present in minor markets only. Over the past decade France was able to enjoy beautiful Quai d'Orsay regional editions that became collector items.

Since last year we can experience a "re-birth" of Quai D'orsay. 2 new vitola, a new look for the brand and a great blend. The n.50, already reviewed here and the No.54.

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