Sancho Panza Belicosos

Sancho Panza Belicosos

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Torpedo
Size : 140 x 20.64 mm (6.4 x 42)
Ring : 52
Weight : 12.45 g
Box code : TPG JUN 08
Hand-Made
Price : ~$210 for a box of 25
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These cigars were provided for review by CigarsdeCuba.com, a new shop with sales offices in Canada and guaranteed delivery worldwide.

Sancho Panza is not a very famous brand, despite of the fact that it has been one of the most sold in the middle of the 20th century. Created in 1848, it has been sold and re-sold at least five times to finally end up between the hands of El Rey del Mundo house in 1931. A couple of decades after that, the flagship vitolas like Belicosos and Molinos were among the most popular in Europe. Nowadays, for some reason (IMO - due to the Habanos SA marketing practices), these cigars are once again being forgotten.

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El Rey del Mundo Petit Compania (RE France)

El Rey del Mundo Petit Compania (Regional Edition France)

Origin : CubaEl Rey del Mundo
Factory Name : Petit Piramide
Size : 5'' (127 mm) x 50
Release : 2009
Country : France
Distributor : Coprova
Hand-Made
Price : ~9 € each
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Regional editions... I don't really know whether I love this marketing stunt by Habanos SA. On one hand, it allows me to try out a new cigar (and share my experience with you!) and - who knows - to be completely astonished by its quality. On the other hand, sometimes there's nothing special about a regional release. So far, it's fifty-fifty - some are top quality smokes, like the Bolivar Simones or Ramon Allones Eminencia whereas others are overpriced and almost disappointing. So it was with mixed feelings that I approached this French regional edition, El Rey del Mundo Petit Compania (is this the right spelling? Cupania? Cumpaña? the right spelling is "Compania") that I found in Ajaccio.

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Cohiba Robusto

Cohiba Robusto

Origin : Cuba
Format : RobustoCohiba
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm (4.8 x 50)
Ring Gauge : 50
Wrapper : Cuba
Filler : Cuba
Binder : Cuba
Weight : 11.66 g
Box Code : LPA MAY 08
Hecho Totalmente a Mano (Hand-Made)
Price : $15.59USD (single), $44.58USD (3-pack), $379.64USD (25-box)
Note : The Cohiba Robusto prices are reflective of the full retail price of this cigar from my ISOM source.
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This great review comes courtesy of David Chen - and we hope to see more in future! Enjoy.

I will not bore you with the history of the Cohiba marca as it is already so well known. In addition, a lot has already been written about this particular vitola from Cohiba which is among one of its most popular. It is viewed by many as one of the best Robustos in the world, and has gone a long way towards popularizing this format. I recently purchased a box, and upon their arrival I noticed they were already over a year old. After about a month’s time, to allow them to settle in my humidor, I opened the SLB to sample this Cuban gem. Here are my thoughts…

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Trinidad Ingenios Limited Edition 2007

Trinidad Ingenios Limited Edition 2007

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 167 x 16.67 mm (6.4 x 42)
Ring : 42
Hand-Made
Price : ~$220 for a box of 12
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Trinidad Ingenios is the first limited edition by the brand, released in 2007. This classic lonsdale retails for around 18 USD per single and won’t be an everyday smoke for most of us. In this review I will try to determine whether it’s worth the premium.

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Cohiba Siglo I

Cohiba Siglo I

Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona (Perla)Cohiba
Size : 102 x 17 mm (4 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 5.91 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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My latest foray into the Siglo line is the Siglo I. An expensive little guy, but these have a great reputation. So, I was looking forward to the experience.

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Cohiba Corona Especial

Cohiba Coronas Especiales

Origin : Cuba
Format : Laguito No. 2Cohiba
Size : 152 x 15.08 mm
Ring : 38
Weight : 8.15 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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This is a gorgeous Laguito No. 2 that I was very excited to try. My luck hasn't been so great with the Cohiba Siglo line, in that they have been too grassy for my taste. So I was hoping that this one would suit me better. The exact box code of this cigar is unknown, but is almost certainly from 2007/2008 production.

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Partagas Culebras

Partagas Culebras

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Culebra
Size : 146 x 15.48 mm
Ring : 39
Weight : 6.67 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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This great review comes courtesy of Ray_I, one of our loyal readers. Thank you Ray!

Cigar Smoking is a social activity. Nothing compliments good food, drink and conversation than a cigar. I can think of no other cigar presentation that encourages being social more than Partagas Culebras. Culebras I am told means “snake” and this twisted, braid of a cigar trio is a conversation starter and a Cuban smoke not to be missed.

The lore of why Culebras are braided together range from “so employees could steal more cigars”, to “making it possible that employees couldn’t sell their unique daily stipend of cigars on the black market”. I tend to believe the legend that says “this is a marketing ploy.” Whatever story you subscribe to the Culebras won’t let you down.

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Guest Review: H. Upmann Magnum 50

H. Upmann Magnum 50

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 160 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 15 g
Box code : MAY 08
Hand-Made
Price : ~$17 each
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This review comes courtesy of Alexandr and earns him 5 entries in our current contest.

This fine cigar was the first H. Upmann I had tried, so I was very excited and looking forward to tasting it.

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