Romeo y Julieta Churchill Tubo

Romeo y Julieta Churchill

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Churchill
Size : 178 x 18.65 mm
Ring : 47
Weight : 15.07 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$16 each
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In this age of short stubby stogies, the Romeo y Julieta Churchill is a very impressive cigar. It also comes with a lot of background, having been the preferred cigar of Sir Winston Churchill. Bringing this cigar to your mouth one gets a sense of history, brought out by its classical length. I paired this cigar with filtered water, Gotan Project's 'Lunatico' and Peter Gabriel's 'Last Temptation'.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Robusto Extra (Gordito)
Size : 141 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Price : ~$275 for a box of 25
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The Epicure Especial is widely considered the crème de la crème of the Hoyo de Monterrey line, and I would tend to concur. This is one of my favorite Cubans, at this size, for the price. It is a medium bodied cigar that falls right into my personal preferences. I paired this cigar with a light red wine in the first third. Two 'Illy' double espressos in the second (no I ain't gonna sleep tonight), and alternated between a bit of whiskey and filtered water on the last (in hindsight water alone would have been just fine).

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Montecristo Especial No. 1

Montecristo Especial No. 1

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Grand Panatela
Size : 192 x 15.08 mm (7 1/2 x 38)
Ring : 38
Weight : 10.29 g
Box code : LSO OCT 05
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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It's not often that I decide to go for a panatela. This time, it wasn't really my decision because I smoked this cigar (more precisely, three cigars) at my friend's house who owns a box dated 2005. Montecristo Especial No. 1 is a grand panatela, over 7 inches long, with a ring gauge of 38. It is not as long as the monster Montecristo A, but still requires well over one hour to finish, depending on your pace.

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H. Upmann Robusto

H. Upmann Robusto

H. UpmannOrigin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 127 (5 in) x 21 mm
Ring : 50
Release : 2007
Hand-Made
Price : ~$200 for 6 cigars travel humidor
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Background Info

This cigar is not a regular release, it can only be found in the H. Upmann travel humidor that was released in 2007. It’s a great looking travel humidor and comes with six robustos inside. If you are looking for a six-cigar robusto travel humidor that looks incredibly sexy, this is a no brainer.

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Trinidad Robusto Extra

Trinidad Robusto Extra

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Double Robusto (Dobles)
Size : 156 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Cuba
Binder : Cuba
Filler : Cuba
Hand-Made
Price : ~€22 each
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I have been looking forward to trying a cigar from the Trinidad line for quite some time. Although the price of the Robusto Extra scared me off a bit, I ended up splurging on one because I couldn't seem to find a Trinidad available in any other format in Marseille. Needless to say, when I eventually lit this baby up, I was expecting a great deal from it.

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Montecristo C 2003 Limited Edition

Montecristo C 2003 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 46 x 143 (5.6")
Release : 2003
Hand-Made
Price : $20+ each
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The Montecristo C is a cigar that you will not come across very often. A Corona Gorda, measuring 5.6″ by 46 Ring gauge, the C was released in 2003 as a part of the year’s Limited Edition release and had failed to impress, not justifying the increased anticipation that the Edicion Limitada extra band brought to it. However, after a couple of years of absence, the C’s can be seen again in a few online vendors and are said to be at their peak.

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Sancho Panza Molinos

Sancho Panza Molinos

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Lonsdale (cervantes)
Size : 165 x 16.67 mm (6.4 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 10.8 g
Box code : PAR JUL 02
Hand-Made
Price : ~$200 for a box of 25
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Sancho Panza is an old Cuban brand created in 1852. It is not a well-known line that contains less than 10 cigars, some of them (Bachilleres, Non Plus) being rather average smokes whereas others, for example Coronas Gigantes or Molinos, the object of this review, are on par with cigars from major producers.

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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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Por Larrañaga is a local brand produced by Habanos S.A. in only three sizes. The petit corona is the thickest at a 42 ring guage. I find this to be an intriguing cigar because I've read many good reviews on it and I get the impression it has a bit of a cult following. This is my second tasting of a Por Larrañaga Petit Corona with the 1st being back January. I expected more from this one since it now had 4 months of humidor time. I am not sure of the box code of this cigar, since it was bought as a single, but I would say it's most likely from early-mid 2007.

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