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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Romeo y Julieta Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Churchill

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Churchill
Size : 178 x 18.65 mm
Ring : 47
Hand-Made
Price : ~$19 each in Canada
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The Romeo y Julietta Churchill is as classic as classic gets. It is quite popular amongst occasional and seasoned smokers. A pre-1960 release, it has been in vogue since then. As some of you know, I do not hold the Romeo y Julieta marca in my heart but I was advised by a real hardcore aficionado that the new batches were up to par with the Churchill heyday.

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Cohiba Robusto

Cohiba Robusto

Origin : Cuba
Format : RobustoCohiba
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Box code : April 2009
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$265 for a box of 25 (if bought in Cuba)
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Perhaps one of the more reviewed cigars has to be the Cohiba Robusto. I find that smokers of this cigar either love it or hate it with no real in-between. I for one don’t like all my cigars to taste the same and look to different brands and varieties to keep my interest. What good would only drinking your favorite bottle of wine be? At some point the anticipation of enjoying that glass of wine or, in this case, that cigar would be lost. This is why I ensure my humidor always has cigars with different flavor profiles and vitolas. This particular sample came from a batch that was brought back to me from Cuba by a vacationing friend back in 2009. With a box date of April 2009, this cigar is ready for smoking. Being one of my favorite robustos, I’ve smoked many of these over the years. For the purpose of this review though, I was sure to pay special attention to why this robusto has become a must have in my humidor. Having been a fairly regular smoker of this cigar for the last 10 years or so, it has been my experience that this cigar does benefit from a little age and, at 3 years, becomes very smokeable. Younger samples tend to be a tad bitter as you approach the center of the cigar and that bitterness lingers. I find that a little age does it well in that regard.

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El Rey Del Mundo Choix Supreme

El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme

Origin : CubaEl Rey del Mundo
Factory Name : Hermoso No. 4 (Robusto)
Size : 127 x 19.05 mm (5 x 48)
Weight : 14.26 g
Hand-Made
Box year : 2010
Price : $9-10 each
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Just a tad longer and possessing a slightly smaller ring gauge, this Hermoso No. 4 still qualifies as a robusto although it lacks that thick robusto feel. I read many favourable reviews of the El Rey Del Mundo Choix Supreme over the past couple of years. I had never sampled one but I did have 5 cigars that were given to me by a friend of mine who is a big fan of these cigars. They came from a 2010 box and this week I had my third of the bunch hoping that I would find what it was that many others that swear by this cigar have found. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a good review of this cigar, this one is not going to be it. I was hoping my first crack at one of these was going to be worth it. I thought maybe I just got a bad one. The subsequent two showed no major improvement. Let’s discuss my findings, shall we?

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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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