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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San Cristobal de la Habana La Punta

San Cristobal de la H. La Punta

Origin : CubaSan Cristobal de la Habana
Format : Torpedo
Size : 140 x 20.64 mm (5.5 x 52)
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Third review in the San Cristobal de la Habana series, the La Punta is a classic torpedo, part of the original 4 vitolas from the marca. Not as good as the Oficios, not disappointing as the Fuerza, this figurado deserves a good position in the overall leaderboard.

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Montecristo No. 5 Comparison Review

Montecristo No. 5

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Perla)
Size : 102 x 15.86 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 5.91 g
Box codes : 01/07, 04/07 & 04/08
Hand-Made
Price : Locally $12.00AUD Per Stick, Online $ 5.00AUD By The Box
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This review has been done to determine the merit of resting a cigar. It entails taking three Montecristo No 5s that have rested in a well controlled humidor for 3 & 8 months and comparing them to a new, just arrived 04/08 box.

At 8 Months : This is a well rounded little cigar. Has a nice floral start but builds by the end of the first third to become a very intruiging little stick. Starts to exhibit wood (ie Oak & Cedar), Honey and floral undertones. By 2/3 the way in it has built into an upper medium bodied smoke that wants to let you know it's a Cuban. Not overpowering but definitely forceful. Burn & construction are very good. Slight linger of coffee on the palate.

At 3 Months : A nice Perla. Has a lot of ability but seems to lack some finesse. Flavour bends between leather and wood. Aftertaste is very slightly vanilla & floral.

The construction has a bit to be desired as I had to adjust numerous times. Never relit though. Short Finish.

New Box : These smell fresh and young. The one that I smoked from this box before laying them down was a nice little cigar but it lacked the great Montecristo aroma & intrigue. It became bitter towards the end and needed a lot of attention to the burn. Still, this is a great tasting cigar for one so small and young.

Overall Assesment : These are great cigars if you let them rest. I believe that you should let any cigar rest at least a month if you buy it online. From a reputable shop you should be ready to go in a week. There are exceptions though and of course ageing any good Cuban is well worth the time if you are patient enough. I struggle, like you all, to give them time! (Grinning)

Bolivar Short Bolivar (Regional Edition Asia Pacific)

Bolivar Short Bolivar (Regional Edition Asia Pacific)

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Short Edmundo
Size : 110 x 21 mm (4.3 x 52)
Ring : 52
Intruduced in : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
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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.

I've been lucky enough to sample several regional editions recently, here is my first one from Pacific Asia. I decided to get smart and took the picture of the cigar with the Temple of Heaven in the background, then remembered that there were also special REs for China. How do they call it? "Fail"?

Anyway, Bolivar Short Bolivar is a short edmundo, reminding me very much of the Petit Libertador, released the same year. I would probably be unable to tell these two apart if you removed the second bands. Even though the sizes vary slightly, I expected to find a similar flavor profile... and I was not far off. For some reason, I liked the Short Bolivar better though.

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H. Upmann Regalias

H. Upmann Regalias

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4 each
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H. Upmann Regalias is a petit corona priced at less than $5 each. It may appear that this is a cheaper version of the H. Upmann Petit Corona, however I think that these are completely different cigars. The flavors are not the same and there are obvious variations in construction and appearance. Let's see how the Regalias fares.

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Punch Petit Coronations

Punch Petit Coronation

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 117 x 15.87 mm (4.6 x 40)
Ring : 40
Weight : 6.72 g
Box code : 04/2007
Hand-Made
Price : $10.50AUD / ~$5 online
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This review is submitted by Tashaz, a cigar aficionado from Australia. Thank you!

This cigar is still currently available in two different tubos here in Oz. A silver & a green tube. This review is of the green tubos as they are superior in presentation methinks. The green tubos have the great Punch band that you see on the other higher end cigars, the silver ones look like they cheaped out on the band.

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