Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm (4 7/8 x 50)
Box code : Dec 2011
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$250 for a box of 25
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The robusto is my preferred vitola. The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 is perhaps one of the most popular robustos on the market and is one of those handful of cigars that must always be stocked in my humidor for good reason. This cigar has been reviewed many times because of its popularity. I wanted to share my own experience with this cigar. This sample came from a 25-count box purchased in Cuba earlier this year. It carries a box date of December 2011.

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Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm (4 7/8 x 50)
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : $230 for a box of 25
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I bought of box of Ramon Allones Specially Selected back in July 2010 on the advice of a friend. I smoked a few when they were very young and gifted a couple others. I set aside 15 for the sole purpose of aging them. They were fantastic when I bought them so I was really looking forward to tasting them after two years in my humidor. Robustos are generally my preferred vitola so I was eager to have a go. Short and sweet, before I get into the review let me tell you that I was absolutely floored with this cigar and I will not hesitate in buying more.

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Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Box code : April 2012
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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Please welcome DrFever, our newest contributor. He starts with a review of the Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill, a well-known Cuban robusto.

This Cuban cigar comes in at just under 5 inches in length (4.8” to be exact) with a ring gauge of 50. One of my preferred cigar sizes.

This particular sample came from one of my 25 count boxes with a box code of April 2012. It is a fairly young cigar but I have found that these cigars do smoke well fairly young. I have been smoking these cigars since 2007, a year after their official 2006 release. In the past I have picked up some single tubes of these but this box was brought back to me by a vacationing neighbour while travelling to Cuba.

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Montecristo No. 4

Montecristo No. 4

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm (5 x 42)
Ring : 42
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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After exchanging a few words with Inspector, I decided to review a few cigars that were not hard to find or discontinued. Of course, I decided to start with the most popular cigar in the Habanos S.A catalogue and that is the Montecristo No 4. A friend of mine had just given me one from a box that was “on” so I figured it was a perfect timing.

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H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Edicion Limitada

H. Upmann Magnum 48 2009 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.1 mm (4 1/4 x 48)
Release : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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H. Upmann Magnum 48 was part of the 2009 Edicion Limitada series released every year by Habanos S.A. I had smoked one of these about a year ago and it kind of stuck to me. You know when you have a cigar that stays in your head for a while. Well, that was one of those. I only had two of these so I waited another year to smoke it. Now it’s time to turn this one into another special moment.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Piramides 2011 LE

Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Piramides 2011 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 5.3 x 46
Released : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : ~$14/piece
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The Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Pirámides Limited Edition 2011 was released at the end of last year by Habanos S.A, describing it as mild yet complex, a perfect cigar for beginning smokers. I managed to get mine (smoked a fiver for this review) in Rome's La Casa del Habano this spring and had waited a couple of months before sitting down tête-à-tête. Seems like it was worth the wait.

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Ramon Allones Extra 2011 Limited Edition

Ramon Allones Extra 2011 Limited Edition

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Corona
Size : 143 x 17.07 mm (5.6 x 44)
Ring : 44
2 cigars smoked for the review
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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The Ramon Allones “Allones Extra” is part of the 2011 Limited Edition collection by Habanos S.A, and was the first Ramon Allones Edicion Limitada cigar since that brand’s inception in 1837. The band on the cigar is a historic one, which contributes to the collectible status of the cigar. The wrapper, binder, and filler have all been made out of aged Cuban tobacco leaves from Vuelta Abajo. The Ramon Allones “Allones Extra” is widely regarded as a top notch cigar, and it’s easy to see why.

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Diplomaticos No. 5

Diplomaticos No. 5

Origin : Cuba
DiplomaticosFormat : Petit Corona
Size : 40 x 102 mm (4.0)
Discontinued : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Diplomaticos No. 5 is an early 1966 release and it was discontinued in 2010. This was a gift from a good friend of mine for a trade I had organised. I had never smoked one and I was very intrigued by the small size with the Diplomaticos ring. It looks unique for some reason.

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