H. Upmann Connossieur A

H. Upmann Connossieur A

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Robusto Extra (Genios)
Size : 5.5 x 52 (140 x 20 mm)
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15
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The H. Upmann Connossieur A is quite a recent release: it started shipping to eligible shops in October 2013. It's a robusto extra or a Genios (factory name), which you might already be familiar with (hint: Cohiba Genios).

Anyway, the first thing to know about this release is that it's only available at La Casa del Habano shops and Habanos Specialists. Habanos Specialist is a label created by Habanos SA to distinguish shops that carry a wide selection of Cubans and can offer relevant advice. There are more than 500 Habanos Specialists worldwide.

The Connossieur A is available in boxes of 25 and is costs around 12 € each in Europe. I picked up a few of those in Prague and was really looking forward to trying them out, H. Upmann being a brand I really appreciate.

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Bolivar 108 (Regional Edition Spain)

Bolivar 108 (Regional Edition Spain)

Origin : Cuba
Format : Corona GordaBolivar
Size : 142 x 18 mm (5.6 x 46)
Ring : 46
Intruduced in : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : $20+ each
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Bolivar is one of the most prominent brands for Cuban cigars. The Bolivar 108 Regional Edition Spain (2010) is not the best known release from this brand, but that is because its release was extremely limited and exclusive. These came out in 2010, and were targeted to the Spanish market. 108 in the name refers to 108 years, a celebration of Bolivar’s anniversary. Only 4,000 were made in total, sold in boxes of 10. These cigars seem to receive almost universal acclaim, and my own experience with the Bolivar 108 has been just as excellent.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député

Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Short Panetela (Trabucos)
Size : 110 x 15 mm (4.3 x 38)
Box code : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5-7 each
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Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Député is part of the Le Hoyo cigar series, which dates back to the 1940s. We've reviewed some of the cigars from the series previously: Le Hoyo du Roi and Le Hoyo des Dieux. Le Hoyo series was initially designed to offer a richer, more full-bodied smoking experience, but I'm not sure there's still a significant body difference with other cigars within the brand. These Cuban puros are made from tobacco leaves grown in Vuelta Abajo. They are quite reasonably priced; let’s see how one measured up.

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Por Larranaga Petit Corona

Por Larranaga Petit Corona

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm (5 1/8 x 42)
Hand-Made
Price : 10-12 GBP (UK prices)
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The Por Larranaga Petit Corona is a hand-rolled Cuban cigar and this particular vitola is one of three readily available in the UK.

Cigars are frequently referred to as "sticks" and in the case of this one, that is quite apt. The construction is rustic, to say the least, giving the Larranaga a very gnarly appearance. However, the construction is also excellent, with no hint of the wrapper coming loose at any stage. The cap is a particularly solid construct, visibly consisting of several layers which hold out well following a hole being punched.

The visible, surface unevenness is mirrored during the burn, resulting in a crooked yet robust ash stack. There is unevenness internally also, with a couple of firm areas - plugs - which need firm but careful pressure, all round, to loosen the draw.

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Trinidad Coloniales

Trinidad Coloniales

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Coloniales (Corona)
Size : 5.2 x 44 (132 x 17 mm)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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Continuing with a newcomer's perspective on cigars, I have selected the Trinidad Coloniales for this review because it's a mid-range Cuban, quite affordable and, at 45-60 minutes, easily digestible for the inexperienced palate.

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Punch Churchill

Punch Churchill

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Churchill (Julieta No. 2)
Size : 148 x 19 mm (7 x 47)
Box code : OCT 2005
Discontinued : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : $12+ each
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Punch is one of the oldest brands comprising Habanos S.A., founded clear back in 1840 in Havana by Don Manuel Lopez. The brand was created with the European market of cigar buyers in mind, and named for the puppet Mr. Punch from Punch and Judy. This particular cigar, the Punch Churchill, was discontinued in 2010, so the only stogies you can find today have been aged several years. My particular box is from 2005 (4 cigars were smoked for this review). Despite the fact that this cigar has been discontinued, you can still find it for a reasonable price online.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Petit Robusto (Magicos)
Size : 115 x 21 mm (4 1/2 x 50)
Released in : 2012
Packaging : box of 10
Hand-Made
Price : ~10 EUR
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The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe is a Cuban puro released by Habanos S.A. in October of 2012. The cigar was released as a retail exclusive for La Casa del Habano stores, and comes packaged in wooden slide boxes. Each box contains ten stogies. After giving the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe a try, I was very glad I’d picked up a box; just like the H. Upmann Royal Robusto, this LCDH release is a success.

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Montecristo Petit No. 2

Montecristo Petit No. 2

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Short Torpedo
Size : 52 x 120 mm (4.7 in)
Released in : 2013
Cigars smoked for review : 3
Hand-Made
Price : 12-15 USD
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Introduced in 2013, the Montecristo Petit No. 2 is a shorter version of the Montecristo No. 2, a beloved Cuban puro from Habanos S.A. This version features the signature torpedo / piramide shape and the same thick ring gauge as the original, but is an inch and a half shorter. For those pressed for time who want to enjoy the same quality as the Montecristo No. 2, it is a great option—that is, if you can find it, and if you can afford it. Although cheaper than its bigger brother, the Petit No. 2 will still set you back at least $10.

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