Sometimes you want to venture from your safety zone and try new things. Sometimes you are rewarded for your curiosity, and sometimes you regret your adventuresome ways. This experience to me was definitely the latter and not the former. To me, this stick had problems from the get-go. Just about anything that could go wrong, did… IN SPADES.
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Usually when an experienced cigar aficionado hears hyped accolades of a recently released smoke, they run for the hills. The more the hype, the faster they run. So many of the recent Cuban releases tout their wares, listing breathtaking attributes that are designed to make one think they are enjoying something special, only to deliver disappointment. Such is NOT the case with the Partagas Lusitanias Gran Reserva. This pearl was a true delight to savor and enjoy.
Origin : Cuba Format : Gordito (Robusto Extra) Size : 141 x 20 mm (5 1/2 x 50) Box date : LAR – October’13 5000 boxes of 10 produced in 2013 exclusively for the Habanos distributor in the UK, Hunters & Frankau. Hand-Made Price : 200GBP/10 initial price suggested by distributor More info about purchasing La Flor de Cano cigars...
La Flor de Cano is a discreet Cuban brand with just a couple of regular production cigars and a minor market share. Since 2010, a few regional editions were released, including this La Flor de Cano Gran Cano for the United Kingdom.
Last November, we reported the exciting news that Vegueros decided to release three new vitolas and also change up their brand image a bit. There were four vitolas in the Vegueros line before: Especial No. 1, Especial No. 2, Mareva, and Seoane. With the brand reboot, we have the following new vitolas: Tapados, Entretiempos, and Mañanitas (which I reviewed in January). All of them are made in Western Cuba rather than Havana. After a delay, they are now available in stores around the globe. There has naturally been a lot of hype surrounding this release, so I wondered whether the cigars would live up to it. For this second review of the brand, I decided to try the Tapados.
If you are looking for classic Partagas flavor, look no further than the Partagas Serie D No. 6, released in 2014. This (very) petit robusto measures just 90 mm with a 50-ring gauge. What’s great about the small size is that you can smoke this stogie fast—from start to finish in about 15-25 minutes, depending on your smoking speed. That is perfect if you are a busy 9-5 worker and want to spoil yourself on your lunch break before getting back to the grind. Usually I really prefer to kick back and relax with a stogie, but now and again, you just don’t have the time. Is this the perfect smoke for those rushed interludes of luxury? Let’s find out.
Cohiba Coronas Especiales are regular production cigars, but difficult to find in aged or vintage condition. I purchased this box about 8 years ago for a little under $400. I have no idea what these would be worth today, but I’d guess significantly more.
Origin : Cuba Format : Corona Gorda Size : 5 5/8 x 46 (143 x 18 mm) Box date : SCO – August ’00 Discontinued in 2002 Hand-Made Price : Roughly $6/cigar in 2000, now approximately $20-25/cigar More info about purchasing H. Upmann cigars...
With the 2014 Bolivar Editión Limitada resurrecting the “Super Corona” name, I decided to try the long discontinued H. Upmann Super Corona (“HUSC”). I really like the H. Upmann line and I always enjoy an aged H. Upmann. I had one remaining single HUSC from a fiver as well as an unbroken box (same box code). I reviewed the single but have included photographs from the unbroken box. As these are smoked and become very hard to find, I think we could see market values rise to $700/box in the next few years.
Now that the warmer weather is melting away the snow, I have had the chance to smoke the last of three sticks I wanted to have before writing this review. Without risking frostbite of course. The H. Upmann Noellas were discontinued some time in the 1980s, but at one point were regular production cigars. They were sold in beautifully presented glass jars of 25. In 2009 they were re-released as a LCDH Exclusivo. I have read they were not actually available until 2010 and some places didn't see them until 2013. I am not sure when they were released in Canada, I just know I purchased mine at the LCDH Toronto in May of 2014.
I am a big fan of the H. Upmann marca. I can't say I have smoked every stick in the line-up, but I have yet to have one that was not to my liking. One of the first Cubans I ever smoked was an H. Upmann Corona Junior. Although it is a bit pedestrian as far as Cubans go, it was with this that I realized what all the fuss was about with cigars. So let's see how the Noellas stacked up for me.