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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Ramon Allones Eminencia (Regional Edition Switzerland)

Ramon Allones Eminencia (Regional Edition Switzerland)
Ramon Allones
Origin : Cuba
Format : Corona Gorda (Francisco)
Size : 143 x 17.46 mm (5 5/8 x 44)
Ring : 44
Hand-Made
Price : $12+ each
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This is probably the cigar that I wanted the most from the Limited Editions sampler. Ramon Allones Eminencias was released in 2005 to the Swiss market to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the brand. It is called Eminencia in honor of the factory where Ramon Allones were initially rolled. The vitola's name is Francisco and it's close to a corona gorda. There was a re-release in 2007 but the one I smoked is from the original release, considered as more successful. I was ready for a royal treat.

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Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios

Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios

Origin : Cuba
Format : RobustoCohiba
Size : 140 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Maduro aged 5 years
Hand-Made
Price : ~18€ each
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I'm bringing you something special today. Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios, a custom robusto-sized cigar introduced in 2007, is indeed an elite treat. At over $20 each, it is not an everyday smoke (well, at least for me) and I only reward myself with one on very important occasions.

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Cohiba Siglo VI 2002 X Aniversario

Cohiba Siglo VI 2002 X Aniversario

Origin : Cuba
Factory : El LaguitoCohiba
Format : Canonazo
Size : 150 (5.9'') x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : $100+ each
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The Cohiba Siglo VI X Aniversario that I will be smoking today comes from the Cohiba Siglo limited edition humidor that was introduced back in 2002. Only 500 were made and each humidor came with 90 cigars. That’s six different vitolas, each with 15 cigars.

The cigar looks fantastic. A smooth wrapper with no veins popping at you, a beautiful light brown color, and the classic taxi colored Cohiba band with a little twist. In my opinion, the Sig VI is one of the perfect size cigars measuring at 52 x 5.9, it just feels good between your fingers.

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Punch Royal Selection No. 12

Punch Royal Selection No. 12

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm (5 x 42)
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Box code : PUT JUN 05
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Punch Royal Selection No. 12 is another mareva that I have been enjoying this winter. Again, this is a cigar that doesn't get a lot of press - probably because it can't really be called exceptional. In my opinion, this is a very decent petit corona though, a typical Punch.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos EL 2007

Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos EL 2007

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Regalo / Britanicas
Size : 137 x 18.26 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 9.34 g
Box code : SMB NOV 07
Hand-Made
Price : $300+ for a box of 25
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We would like to express our gratitude to Richard Cordero who took amazing photographs for this review. Thank you!

Habanos Edicion Limitada 2007. To read the advertising on this cigar one would think it would provide something of a religious experience. Where it was an amazing experience, it took some work to get there. There are still, unfortunately, some hit and miss issues from the Island South of Miami.

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