Rafael Gonzalez Corona Extra

Rafael Gonzalez Corona Extra

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 46 x 143 mm (5.6)
Box code : May 2007
Discontinued in : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : ~$16 each at the B&M
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This is a pre-1960 release and it was, unfortunately, discontinued in 2010. This particular sample is from a May 2007 box. My local B&M somehow got a bunch of ‘07 boxes and they are smoking great. Rafael Gonzalez is a brand that is often overlooked in the Habanos S.A. catalogue. It is a shame and also a blessing. It allows my local store to keep a great stock of aged boxes. I can’t complain about that. Here is how my date with this one went.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto

Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robustos

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 102 x 19.84 mm (4 x 50)
Ring : 50
Box code : 2010
Weight : 9.59 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9/piece
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Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto has become one of my go-to cigars lately. It totally fits my current needs - a short smoke with a reliable construction and enough punch to be suitable as an after-dinner cigar. For this reason, the 4-inches long Cuban puro made it to my top Cuban cigars of 2011 list.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Corona

Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Corona

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 42 x 129 mm (5.1)
Discontinued in : 2006
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each at the B&M
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The Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Corona is a pre-1960 release and it was discontinued in 2006. I really enjoy the Hoyo des Dieux and Double Corona vitolas but to me Hoyo de Monterrey is a marca I am still discovering. I love trying new cigars and this was the perfect one to do so. It was much shorter than anything I had ever tried in their portfolio. Hopefully it will match up to its bigger brothers.

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Jose L. Piedra Nacionales

Jose L. Piedra Nacionales

Jose L. PiedraOrigin : Cuba
Format : Nacionales
Size : 134 x 16 mm (5 1/4 x 42)
Box code : STA NOV 09
Hand-Made
Price : ~$1 each in Cuba / ~$5 each in Canada
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The favourite cheap cigar – most cigar smokers have one. If you are one of the elite few who have the luxury of always smoking premium cigars then this review might not be for you. For me my favourite cheap smoke brings memories of summer days and nights spent on the beach drinking and enjoying cigars. For others it's poker night, the fishing trip, cottage, etc. I’m particularly excited about this review because as it happens Jose L. Piedra is my favourite brand of cheap smoke. So during my trip to Cuba I made sure to pick up a bundle to bring home.

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Juan Lopez Maximo (Regional Edition Switzerland)

Juan Lopez Maximo (Regional Edition Switzerland)

Juan LopezOrigin : Cuba
Format : Hermoso No. 2
Size : 157 x 19 mm (6.1 x 48)
Ring : 48
Release : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : ~$400 for a box of 25
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The Juan Lopez Maximo Swiss Regional Edition was released back in 2008 as a limited edition vitola, and last spring I was thrilled to have an opportunity to pick one up while I was visiting Switzerland.

Juan Lopez Maximo (Regional Edition Switzerland)

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Punch Super Selection No. 1

Punch Super Selection No. 1

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Long Corona
Size : 42x 155 mm (6.1)
Box code : 2007
Discontinued in : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : $16 in Canada, $9 in Cuba
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Punch is one of the few marcas I would buy a box without having previously tried the vitola. I just love their flavour profile and with a few years on them, Punch’s are great. This, again, is a pre-1960 release and it was discontinued in 2009. My local B&M received a 2007 cab of those so I had to try it. I brought it back home to let it sit in the humidor for a while but it kept looking at me every time I lifted the lid.

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Partagas Panatela

Partagas Panatela

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Short Panatela
Size : 35 x 127 mm (5.0)
Discontinued
Machine-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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The Partagas Panatela is a pre-1960 release and has been discontinued since 2002. Partagas is a brand I love. When I saw this, collecting dust at the B&M, I figured it was worth a mere 6$ for a 10+ years old machine-made cigar from this famous marca.

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Montecristo No. 1

Montecristo No. 1

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 162 x 16 mm (6.38 x 42)
Box code : TUR JUL 08
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each in Cuba / ~$23 each in Canada
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Today we're bringing you a guest review by Tyler of an underestimated Cuban Montecristo No. 1. Enjoy!

Standing in one of the LCDHs in Cuba I was uncertain if this was the right purchase for me. I had never tried a Montecristo No. 1 and lonsdales are not typically my first choice of cigar size. On top of that I had been having bad luck with other Montecristos during the trip. I was however intrigued by the idea of purchasing a box of cigars that had already been aged without any work on my part. I am not normally one to gamble but on that day I was feeling bold enough to make a leap of faith. Upon returning home and lighting up I was very happy with the outcome and thought a good review would be in order.

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