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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Saint Luis Rey Serie A

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 code : LPA OCT 08
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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I did a "vintage review" of the Saint Luis Rey Serie A back in November 2008 and promised to get some newer sticks for a proper review. Here we go with a box labeled LPA OCT 08. I will start by telling you that these definitely smoke better.

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Montecristo Sublime 2008 Limited Edition

Montecristo Sublime 2008 Limited Edition

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Sublime
Size : 164 x 21.43 mm
Ring : 54
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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Considered as one of the most successful Cuban limited editions (among the recent ones), the Montecristo Sublime was released in 2008. The size, sublime, was first used by Cohiba in 2004 (for a limited edition as well). It is both fat (54 ring gauge, a monster by Cuban standards) and long (6 1/2 inches), which implies a smoking time of at least 1h30. I had one of these lying in the humidor for a few months now and was waiting for the day I would be able to dedicate enough time to fully enjoy the smoke. This day finally came and here is my review.

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Cheap Smoke: Quintero Londres Extra

Quintero Londres Extra

Origin : CubaQuintero cigars
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4.8 x 40
Price : ~$3.00
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Quintero is one of the least known Cuban cigar marcas. Among several vitolas that are available, I found the Londres Extra, a 4.8 x 40 mareva, to be the most interesting. At approximately $3 each (online), the price/quality ratio is particularly interesting. Quintero Londres Extra are usually well-constructed, with a self-correcting burn, easy draw and ample smoke. The flavor is bold (wood, leather) and consistent from start to finish, I would classify this as a medium- to full-bodied smoke. The cigar might taste ‘green’ if it is less than 6 months old; the recommended aging time is 1-2 years.

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Partagas Serie D No. 5 Limited Edition 2008

Partagas Serie D No. 5 Limited Edition 2008

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.84 mm (4.3 x 50)
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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I was happy to put my hands on this cigar because the Partagas Serie D No. 5 LE 2008 sold out very fast in my local cigar shops and I almost forgot about it. Following the trend, it is a short robusto that is supposed to pack a full array of flavors in a small vitola. A mini-PD4, in other words. With all the leaves aged for at least two years, this cigar should be smokeable immediately.

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Por Larrañaga Petit Corona

Por Larrañaga Petit Corona

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm (5 1/8 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$300 for a cabinet of 50
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I've heard a lot of mixed opinions about the Por Larrañaga Petit Corona and after reading Jason's review I finally decided to pick up a few. They were bought in Paris as singles so I don't have the box code. I can only tell you that they had a few months of humidor time.

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