Por Larranaga Montecarlo

Por Larranaga Montecarlo

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Slim Panetela (Delicioso)
Size : 6.3 x 33
Hand-Made
Price : ~$125 for a box of 25
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I got this cigar in a trade on r/cigars and, to be honest, wasn't expecting much out of it. Not my favorite brand, not my favorite format (although Montecristo Especial No. 1, a slightly thicker panatela, is a fine smoke!). These cigars used to be machine-made back in the days, but now proudly bear the hand-made tag. Besides, they are rather cheap... Let's see how the Por Larranaga Montecarlo fared?

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H. Upmann No. 2

H. Upmann No. 2

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.60 Cuban pesos
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With winter almost upon us here in Canada, cigar season is starting to come to a close, if not already. I still use milder days to get out there and enjoy a cigar but surely my daily routine that I have during the warmer months is at an end. The quantity of reviews may decrease over the next few months but I still have some reviewed cigars that should follow with fully written reviews for you that I hope will give you some suggestions for stocking up your humidors for next year’s smoking season. That’s what I do during these colder months.

For this review I chose to write about a cigar I am very familiar with, the H. Upmann No. 2. This cigar is one of my personal favorites in this vitola (for flavour) and putting aside all construction issues that I will discuss later, the flavour of this cigar is what keeps me coming back IF the price is right. This particular cigar that I smoked for this review was from a 2010 box purchased in Cuba. A box of 25 cost me I believe $160 Cuban Pesos or just over $6 Cuban Pesos per cigar in early 2010. They retail in Canada at some of the online duty free vendors for approximately $17.00 per cigar and if you are forced to pay full retail you can expect to pay over $24.00 per cigar (thanks in large part to the crazy Canadian tobacco taxes).

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La Escepcion Selectos Finos (Regional Edition Italy)

La Escepcion Selectos Finos (Regional Edition Italy)

Origin : CubaLa Escepcion
Format : Panetela
Size : 6.5 (166 mm) x 38
Released : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : $15+ each
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This cigar was sent to me by another generous Redditor from Canada so I could review it.

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Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva

Cohiba Siglo VI Gran Reserva

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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With only 5,000 boxes made, harvested from the best tobacco of the 2003 crop, the Gran Reserva signifies the best possible product from Cuba. Here's more about this special smoke: Habanos Press release. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to smoke a cigar of this magnitude, even at nearly a dollar per millimeter of tobacco.

As I take it out of my trunk humidor, I can't help but notice how unassuming it is. The wrapper looks like any other Habano, light brown and thin with very little visible veins - just a little more red in color. I expected it to be heftier than it is: most Cohibas are packed very tightly, but not this one. Upon clipping it, I notice the pre-light draw is very easy - different from most Sig VI's.

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Romeo y Julieta Petit Piramides 2005 Limited Edition

Romeo y Julieta Belicoso 2005 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Petit Piramide
Size : 127 x 19.84 mm (5 x 50)
Release : 2005
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each (if you can locate them)
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I spotted this beautiful stick at Casa Fuster in Barcelona and, of course, I just had to pick up a sampler of these classic smokes. Even though I'm not a fan of the Romeo y Julieta brand, I had high expectations for this petit torpedo, mostly because of its age. 7 years (at least, because limited edition leaves are supposed to be aged prior to the release) seemed sufficient to me for the cigar to start shining, so I didn't wait long before firing one up. In fact, I was so impatient that I torched it 20 minutes after the purchase in a café nearby.

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Vegas Robaina Petit Robaina (Canada Regional Edition)

Vegas Robaina Petit Robaina

Origin : CubaVegas Robaina
Format : Petit Edmundo
Size : 110 x 21 mm (4.3 x 52)
Release : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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I have always been a fan of the Vegas Robaina line of cigars. I remember years ago falling in love with the Famosos and buying enough to consider it my daily cigar. Of course, times have changed and although I still smoke the Famosos, they aren’t my daily go to cigar anymore but I always keep a few in my well-stocked humidor when I want a reliable, medium-bodied cigar with a pleasing, consistent flavour.

When it was announced in 2009 that Habanos SA was releasing a special Canadian Regional Edition, the Petit Robaina, I had to have a box. I managed to purchase a box in early 2010 for the cost of $230.00 here at a duty free supplier in Canada. That worked out to be $9.20 per cigar. Today, the cigars, if still found, are selling for $366 for a box of 25 from the same duty free supplier ($14.00 for singles). I have searched for these and have found them to be selling for as high as $27.00 per cigar. Remember, these are limited edition cigars with a small production run exclusively for Canadian Habanos S.A. vendors.

I remember smoking one as soon as I got it and it was admittedly young and still had some ammonia present so I did the difficult thing to do and that was put the box away in my humidor and wait. Recently, with these cigars having aged over 3 years, it was time to break them open and start smoking them. I’ve had 7 of them now over the past 2 months so I have been able to gain a pretty good feel for their profile and have made many notes about their construction and consistency.

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El Rey del Mundo NL No. 1

El Rey del Mundo NL No. 1

Origin : CubaEl Rey del Mundo
Factory Name : Petit Robusto
Size : 115 x 20.64 mm (4.5 x 52)
Hand-Made
Release : 2011
Cigars smoked for the review : 3
Price : 12 EUR each
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El Rey del Mundo NL No. 1 is one of the cigars that I acquired during my trip to Amsterdam. Released in 2011, it's a quite special regional edition - instead of releases limited to Benelux like the ones we're used to (Juan Lopez, Fonseca No.4 ...), this one is exclusivo Paises Bajes, which means that you can only purchase it in the Netherlands. I bought a three-pack of these short robustos at 12 EUR / piece and have been smoking them during my trip.

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Partagas Serie P No. 2

Partagas Serie P No. 2

Origin : CubaPartagas
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm (6 1/8 x 52)
Year : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : $6.60 each (Cuba)
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I am a huge fan of robusto size cigars of late. Before that, however, I was predominantly a smoker of figurado cigars. I am quite familiar with the old go-to cigar in this vitola, the Montecristo No. 2, but there are many other figurado cigars that rank just as high if not better. Among this particular vitola, I have preferences and they are the H. Upmann No. 2 and the Partagas Series P. No. 2. After having focused on smoking some of the Upmann No. 2s lately, I thought I would reach into my humidor and pull out a Partagas from my 2009 box given that I had not had one in a while. I remember smoking this cigar when it was young. It wasn’t bad but it could have used some additional age. With over 3 years of age on it now, I feel the time is right to start enjoying these. So how did the Series P No. 2 score?

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