Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos EL 2007

Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos EL 2007

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Regalo / Britanicas
Size : 137 x 18.26 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 9.34 g
Box code : SMB NOV 07
Hand-Made
Price : $300+ for a box of 25
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We would like to express our gratitude to Richard Cordero who took amazing photographs for this review. Thank you!

Habanos Edicion Limitada 2007. To read the advertising on this cigar one would think it would provide something of a religious experience. Where it was an amazing experience, it took some work to get there. There are still, unfortunately, some hit and miss issues from the Island South of Miami.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Roi

Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Roi

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Corona
Size : 5.54″ x 42
Wrapper : Cuba
Filler : Cuba
Binder : Cuba
Hand-Made
Price : $12
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This cigar has a classic Cuban appearance and comes in a traditional presentation. Unbanded in a cedar cabinet of 25 cigars, the wrapper is light brown and silky looking with a few puckered veins running across its surface. It has a triple cap and once I clipped it I could see an expertly done bunching of the tobacco that mirrored what I saw in the foot. I was concerned that the draw might be a little tight and I was right but it was still manageable. I have found many of the Cuban cigars I have smoked to be excellent smokes, but only after they have been aged properly do they begin to truly shine. With eight and a half years under its belt this cigar demonstrated why many cigar lovers consider Cuban cigars to be the best in the world.

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Vegas Robaina 5th Aniversario

Vegas Robaina 5th Aniversario

Origin : CubaVegas Robaina
Format : Lonsdale (Clasico)
Size : 165 (6.5'') x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Hand-Made
Price : ?
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It’s Sunday, the sun is out and the weatherman is telling me it's 68 degrees outside and I’m definitely feeling it. My lady and I decide to hit up Georgetown, which is one of my favorite places to go and grab some food and just enjoy the day. Of course, I bring my cigars just in case. We find this nice little spot next to a small boat and a bench to sit and I pull out the Vegas Robaina 5th Anivesario.

The Vegas Robaina 5th Anivesario can only be found in a limited release humidor. The humidor comes with 100 cigars in 5 different vitolas. The vitolas are Lonsdales, Torpedos, Double Coronas, Coronas and Robustos, 20 of each. The limited amount of humidors is only 500 and each humidor runs around $1,800.

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H. Upmann Petit Corona

H. Upmann Petit Corona

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Box code : ROA AGO 06
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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Today's review is written by Jason, our newest contributor. Enjoy!

This Cuban Petit Corona measures in at 5.125 inches x 42 ring guage. I have had a few from this particular box, but this is the 1st time that I have disected one for an in depth review and the 1st one I have smoked in about 4 months.

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Romeo y Julieta Cedros de Luxe #3

Romeo y Julieta Cedros Deluxe #3

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8,46 g
Box code : GEA OCT 07
Hand-Made
Price : ~7€ each
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Romeo y Julieta is a brand that never managed to impress me. Along with Cohiba, it is often mentioned by people who never smoke when they are asked about cigars. Cohiba, despite its higher price, deserves the recognition it has. Romeo y Julieta, on the other hand, is IMO a middling Cuban brand as even the Short Churchills which received a lot of praise didn't do it for me. This review is for the Cedros de Luxe #3, a petit corona that is, as I just said, quite an average cigar.

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Diplomaticos No. 2

Diplomaticos No. 2

Origin : CubaDiplomaticos
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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Diplomaticos was created back in 1966 as a less expensive alternative to Montecristo cigars. The line of cigars was similar in sizes to Montecristo and they were rolled at the José Marti factory, home to the production of most Montes. Today, the blends are completely different and it's impossible to find taste similarities between the two. The No. 2 is a torpedo with the same dimensions as the Montecristo No. 2 that was previously reviewed on this site. It is approximately $5 cheaper, which would make it a good budget alternative if it had a decent flavor profile and construction. Let's find out.

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Partagas Shorts

Partagas Shorts

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Petit Corona (Minutos)
Size : 110 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 7.46 g
Hand-Made
Box code : OCT 2007
Price : ~$6-8 each
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Partagas Shorts is an interesting small vitola, another good fit for cold winter months. Although the factory name is minuto, don't expect to finish it in less than half an hour - if you take it slowly as I'd recommend you will need around 40 minutes to fully enjoy one. Behind an unobtrusive appearance hides a surprisingly rich flavor profile.

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H. Upmann No. 2

H. Upmann No. 2

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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H. Upmann No. 2 is a Cuban torpedo that I somehow missed at the time when I was purchasing boxes of various piramides such as Montecristo No. 2 or Partagas Serie P No. 2. Today we will see how it performs against those.

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