Trinidad Robusto T

Trinidad Robusto T

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.8 x 50
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13-15 each
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Trinidad Robusto T was introduced in 2009 to finally offer a robusto vitola within the Trinidad line. As soon as some lucky ones started getting their hands on these sticks, positive reviews flooded the cigar press. At the same time, Montecristo Open were getting high marks in cigar publications all over the world, to be literally destroyed both in the blogosphere and on cigar forums a couple of weeks later. So, is this another "Open" or a true success?

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Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Short Churchills

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Box code : EST OCT 07
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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I have been sitting on a 10 ct. box of these Short Churchills for over a year now. They tasted young and rather unimpressive to me when I first got them, so I gave them a little rest before this recent revisit.

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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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