Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra (RE Asia Pacific)

Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra (RE Asia Pacific)

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Belicoso
Size : 140 x 21 mm (5.5 x 52)
Release : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : ~$409 for a box of 25
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I would like to thank FinestCubanCigars.com for providing these cigars for review. For over 10 years they ship Cuban cigars from Hong Kong at competitive prices.

This is the third review in my series of Asia Pacific RE smokes and, let me be honest from the very beginning, Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra is my favorite one. Although both the strong and very typical Bolivar Short and the slightly unbalanced Por Larranaga Robusto both scored good marks, this little belicoso outranks them in terms of flavors. Let's see how.

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Overpriced brand-name cigar: Thou Name Is Cohiba

Cohiba Robusto

Origin : Cuba
Format : RobustoCohiba
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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This guest review was submitted by a good friend of this blog, Richard Bui. Happy reading!

Cohiba is one of the cigar brands that need no introductions. The flagship brand of Habanos S.A. and the personal brand to Dictator Fidel Castro, Cohiba is the cream of the crop for Cuban cigars and you certainly pay top dollar for that.

As the Robusto is my favorite cigar vitola, it should come as no surprise that the Cohiba Robusto would be a cigar I would be interested in. I have looked forward to having one for a very long time and opportunity came knocking. Here are my thoughts.

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Saint Luis Rey Serie A (1998)

Saint Luis Rey Serie A

Origin : Cuba
Saint Luis ReyFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.20 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 10.86 g
Box year : 1998
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-9 each
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The first thing I noticed on the cigar was the veiny wrapper. It’s not the smoothest wrapper in the world, but it does have a beautiful dark color to it. The band shows some age and the size is a Corona Gorda which is my favorite vitola.

The foot of the cigar smells really peppery and the wrapper smells a little sweet and cedary. Checking the the draw, it left a little bit of oak and peppery taste on my palate. Only thing left is to light it up. Shall we?

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Vegas Robaina Maestro (Spain Regional Edition)

Vegas Robaina Maestro (Spain Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaVegas Robaina
Format : Maestro
Size : 165 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Release : 2007
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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Vegas Robaina Maestros is the first regional edition for Spain, released in 2007 and distributed by Altadis SA. It is slightly longer than your regular robusto, at 5.6 x 50. This cigar was my main target when I visited the cigar shops in Madrid. I found it without much trouble at approximately $13 each. I smoked one straight away but it was almost plugged. The remaining 2 cigars for this review have been resting 2 weeks in the humidor.

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Partagas Serie D No. 3 2006 Limited Edition

Partagas Serie D No. 3 2006 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.26 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 11.41 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$14 each (if you can find it)
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I have been trying to hunt down some older limited editions, those that were released before 2007. In fact, most Cuban cigars retailers still have the 2007's in stock, but nothing or not much prior to that year. On my Christmas trip to Madrid, I saw the Partagas Serie D No. 3 2006 Edicion Limitada in a B&M and immediately purchased some. They cost 11 € each and I was hoping for an exceptional experience, taking into account the 4 years of ageing. Of course, I couldn't wait and here is my review, after just a few weeks in the humidor.

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Diplomaticos No. 2

Diplomaticos No. 2

Origin : Cuba
DiplomaticosFormat : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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This is my second try at a Diplomaticos No. 2. The first one I had tasted a little basic and unrefined so I gave this second one a little over a year in my humidor to see how it progressed. Unfortunately this will be the only size left in the marque very soon as the Diplomaticos No. 4 and No. 5 have been discontinued.

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Por Larranaga Robustos de Larranaga (RE Asia Pacific)

Por Larranaga Robustos de Larranaga (RE Asia Pacific)

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 20 mm (4.9 x 50)
Release : 2007
Hand-Made
Price : ~$369 for a box of 25
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I would like to thank FinestCubanCigars.com for providing these cigars for review. For over 10 years they ship Cuban cigars from Hong Kong at competitive prices.

This is a regional edition for Asia Pacific, released in 2007. Por Larranaga do not have a robusto in their regular line and I was quite curious how this one would taste. In fact I was even more curious to see whether this cigar would share the flavor profile with the regular production petit corona.

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Montecristo Open Regata

Montecristo Open Regata

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Forum (smaller torpedo)
Size : 5.3 x 46 (135 x 18.26 mm)
Hand-Made
Price : $8 each
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When I first learnt about the new Montecristo Open blend, the Regata was the one I wanted to try the most. I fell in love with the format (it's a shorter and thinner torpedo, basically) at first sight. Then bad reviews started pouring in and I also personally contributed by describing how the Montecristo Open Master didn't live up to my expectations. I was so disappointed that I called this blend "disappointment of the year" in my recent list of the best Cuban cigars of 2009.

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