Cigar Review – José L. Piedra Petit Cazadores

Jose L. PiedraOrigin : Cuba
Format : Petit Cazadores
Size : 105mm (4 1/8") x 43 (17,07mm)
Hand-Finished Short-Filler
Price : ~$1.70 (online)
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Here the humblest of all Habanos cigars, in many European cigar shops at a wonderfully low price, but in fact a consistent good smoke giving extraordinary value for money. José L. Piedra is one of the globally best-selling of all Cuban cigar brands, thanks to the price point but also because smokers often find, 'Hey, José, you are ok!'

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Cigar Review – Trinidad Topes (2016 Limited Edition)

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Topes
Size : 125 x 56
Hand-Made
Price : ~$35 each
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Draw : ★★★★☆☆
Burn : ★★★☆☆☆
Flavour : ★★★★☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★½☆
Strength : ★★★½☆☆

Overall : ★★★★☆☆ (3.8)

Introduction
Trinidad has always been one of my all-time favourite cigar. Just thinking of the old band fundadores (El Laguito factory production from 1998 to 2003) gives me goose bumps.
The story sets the creation of the brand in 1969 as a different blend used for diplomatic purposes. Only in 1998 a current production Trinidad was release to the public. This production was set in El Laguito (Cohiba factory), for the famous long and thin habanos: Fundadores. In 2003, the brand moved out from its mother factory to the province to grow the production.
Trinidad is known for very smooth and elegant blend with a slow and balanced development mainly characterized by its creamy texture.

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Cigar Review – Por Larranaga Picadores

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Hermosos 4
Size : 127 x 48
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15
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Note from the Inspector :
Por Larranaga is the oldest brand still in production. It was created in 1834 and since then the marca develops light to medium blends, very elegant and soft. In the 1950s For Larranaga factory was the producing the finest cigars In Cuba. The Pro Larranaga factory was for many years the "student factory", training the rollers.
At present, the brand comprises 3 current production cigars, the petit corona being one of my all time favourite short smoke and now the Picadores adding a larger format to the range.

Draw : ★★★★★☆
Burn : ★★★★★★
Flavour : ★★★★☆☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
Strength : ★★★½☆☆

Overall : ★★★★☆☆

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Cigar Review – Montecristo Dantes 2016 Limited Edition

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 48 x 167 mm
Brand Strength : Medium to Full
Box Year : 2016
Hand-Made
Price : €25.5
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The Dantes was named after Edmundo Dantes, the lead character of Alexandre Dumas 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo which proved to be the inspiration for the name of the brand back in the 1930’s when the novel was read to and enjoyed by the torcedors of the day as they hand crafted their masterpieces, a practice still in vogue today. 
It is the first and only Hermoso N1 Vitola in the all Montecristo selection.
Specially selected tobacco leaves grown in the Vuelta Abajo zone which are all then aged for a minimum of two years have been used to create this beautiful stick.

Overall : ★★★½☆

Draw : ★★★★☆
Burn : ★★½☆☆
Flavour : ★★★★☆
Aroma : ★★★½☆

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Review – Montecristo Media Corona

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 44 x 90 mm (3.5" in)
Brand Strength : Medium to Full
Box Year : 2016
Hand-Made
Price : ~ € 6,60 / $ 7.05
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The Montecristo Media Corona is an impressive, flavour-rich short stick introduced only recently by Cuba's most popular cigar marque, giving a much more fulfilling cigar experience than one might guess from its rather nub-like length.

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El Rey Del Mundo Choix Du Roi – Regional Edition Belgium & Luxembourg

Origin : CubaEl Rey del Mundo
Format : Montesco
Size : 130 mm x 55
Ring : 55
Hand-Made
Brand Strength : Medium
Price :€17.7-
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6 categories review

Draw : ★★★★★☆
Flavour : ★★★★½☆
Aroma : ★★★★☆☆
Construction : ★★★★★☆
Consistency : ★★★★☆☆

Overall Quality : ★★★★½☆

El Rey Del Mundo , translated the king of the world, was created in 1882 with a very modest vision. Since then, the marca has produced some of the finest habanos on the market.
Easily recognisable by its creamy texture, El Rey Del Mundo tends to develop very elegant blend with a massive ageing potential.
Lately it has been hard to find this brand on our shelves and the Medaille d'or No.2 or No.4 are just stunning smoke that I would die for.

Cubacigar, the Benelux distributor for Habanos, is about to release a cigar exclusively made for Belgium and Luxembourg. Despite their small territory surface, these two countries are important Cuban Cigars market. Especially Belgium, counting some 7 or more internationally known cigar shop including few franchises of La Cash Del Habanos. For such countries the brand for their 2017 regional edition was perfectly chosen.

The cigar will come in 6000 numbered boxes of 10 cigars. Cubacigar has chosen a very trendy vitola, the Montesco! With 130mm of Length and 55 ring gauge. This vitola is being seen on many regional editions lately and was originally made for the world known Romeo Y Julieta Wide Churchill.

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Review Quai d’Orsay No.50 – Pre Release

Origin : CubaQuai d'Orsay
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 110 mm x 50
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Price :NA-

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Draw : ★★★★★☆
Flavour : ★★★½☆☆
Aroma : ★★★½☆☆
Construction : ★★★★★☆
Consistency : ★★★★☆☆

Overall Quality : ★★★★☆☆

Quai d'Orsay was created in the 70s when the recently elected president at the time, Valery Giscard d'Estaing, asked his minister of economy to create a French cigar. As the former president explained "France is known for its perfume, champagne, foie gras but nothing in the world of tobacco".
La Seita, company that had the monopoly of tobacco in France, was commissioned to create a cigar for the French market. Quai d'Orsay became the third brand at that time on the market with a non Cuban name, after Davidoff and Dunhill.

The marca was present in minor markets only. Over the past decade France was able to enjoy beautiful Quai d'Orsay regional editions that became collector items.

This year, during the festival we were all pleased to attend the "relaunch" of a brand I particularly enjoy. Habanos S.A. decided to push Quai d'Orsay to a wider audience outside the French boundaries.
Not only a stunning rebranding with a new super cool band and packaging, the blend has been modified without forgetting the roots of the originally French marca. Therefore we were able to enjoy 3 vitolas, one of them is very trendy No.50.

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Review Cigar – Montecristo 80th Aniversario

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 55 x 166 mm (6.5 in)
Brand Strength : Medium to Full
Box Year : 2016
Hand-Made
Price : €50++
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Montecristo is one of Habanos major Brand. Together with Cohiba and Romeo Y Julieta these three marcas cover an important part of the market.
Montecristo was created in 1935, for its 80th anniversary in 2015, Habanos decided to launch a commemorative cigar. As it begins to be a trend and a normal thing, the Montecristo 80th Aniversario was first seen and enjoyed in 2016 and available in extremely small quantities in 2017... 2 years later.
About to become a mythical cigar I manage to grab one stick and will share with you my thought!
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