Romeo y Julieta Duke 2009 Limited Edition

Romeo y Julieta Duke 2009 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 140 x 21.43 mm (5.5 x 54)
Ring : 54
Hand-Made
Price : ~13€ each
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Romeo y Julieta Duke is the biggest of 2009 edicion limitadas. It is a 5.5 x 54 grand robusto, slightly shorter than Montecristo Sublimes that I recently reviewed. This is not the first limited edition from the brand, far from that - Romeo y Julieta have released 7 LEs (more than any other brand), including this one. I cannot say anything about the older releases, but the most recent Escudo seems to be a decent smoke. I smoked two cigars for this review and they were pretty consistent in terms of flavor and construction.

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San Cristobal de la Habana Oficios

San Cristobal de la H. Oficios

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Corona (Oficios)
Size : 135 x 17.07 mm (5.3 x 43)
Ring : 43
Hand-Made
Price : ~$180-250 for a box of 25
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San Cristobal de la Habana is the newest brand launched by Habanos SA. It started with 4 sizes in 1999 and three more were introduced in 2004 for the 5th Anniversary of the brand. Oficios, a 5.3 x 43 corona is one of them and proudly wears a second "La Casa del Habano" band indicating that this is one of the new vitolas.

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H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Limited Edition

H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.1 mm (4 1/4 x 48)
Ring : 48
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Among all the 2009 limited editions, this was the cigar I was the most eager to try. Firstly, because it received the highest ratings in all the major publications. Secondly, because I am a big fan of all the Magnum series from H. Upmann - you can check out my reviews of the Magnum 46 and the Magnum 50. The new Magnum 48 is a short robusto, similar in length to the Petit Edmundo, but with a slightly smaller ring gauge.

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Cuaba Piramides 2008 Limited Edition

Cuaba Piramides Limited Edition 2008

Origin : CubaCuaba
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm (6.1 x 52)
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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For some reason, this is the very first Cuaba cigar that I had the chance of trying. I will not be able to compare this 2008 edicion limitada to cigars in regular production. Obviously, this piramide features an inflated price due to the second band.

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Cheap Smoke: Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs

Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs

Origin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 5.1 x 42
Price : ~$4.00
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Handmade since 2002, the Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs is another decent Cuban cheapie. Satisfying aesthetically-wise, these cigars provide a consistent construction (at least in boxes from 2007 and 2008). Upon lighting, one can find typical R&J flavors, which are floral and cedary. The smoke is medium-bodied and never aggressive. At $4 per stick, that's a good buy.

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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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