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.

Thumbs Up!

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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Montecristo Open Master

Montecristo Open Master

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Price : $10+ each
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Montecristo Open finally hit the shelves of my local B&M and, of course, I had to give them a try. Unfortunately the Regatas weren't available yet so I took a couple of Masters (classic 5x50 robustos). At well over $10 each in the B&M, it was a costly purchase and, although I wasn't expecting a flavor bomb, I was hoping for a pleasant smoking experience.

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Montecristo No. 4 Reserva

Montecristo No. 4 Reserva

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$30 each (very hard to find)
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Montecristo No. 4 Reserva were released in 2007 in very limited quantities (only 5.000 boxes were made) in tribute to the best-selling Cuban cigar ever, Montecristo No. 4. I got mine courtesy of TopCubans.com and I was very eager to try it out. Needless to say, they have become very hard to find since 2007.

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