Partagas 8-9-8

Partagas 8-9-8

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Lonsdale
Size : 170 x 17.07 mm
Ring : 43
Weight : 11.86 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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Partagas 8-9-8 was one of my major discoveries in 2010; I found it so good that I even decided to integrate it into my best Cubans of the year list. After releasing the list I decided to take one every month from the 2008 box I had. I felt that it was the perfect cigar to relax and think about what would the next month bring. One year later, I almost finished the box and the Partagas 8-9-8 is again among the best smokes I had this year.

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Sancho Panza Escuderos (Germany Regional Edition)

Sancho Panza Escuderos (Germany Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Robusto Extra
Size : 155 x 22 mm (6.1 x 50)
Release year : 2011
Hand-Made
Price : ~150 EUR for a box of 10
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Today's guest review is written by Stephen Griffiths, a UK-based aficionado who blogs about cigars and beer at SteveGriff.com. Check out his blog for more great reviews like this one!

Tonight’s Cigar is the Sancho Panza Escuderos, a special release for Germany as part of the Regional Edition series. The Sancho Panza brand doesn’t get that much publicity, mainly due to the lack of different vitolas within the range and no real superstars within it either. You can argue that in many circles, the Sancho Panza Belicosos is known as a great insider’s Cigar. However there’s not enough people singing its praises to solidly give it that title on a wider scale.

For that reason, it’s great to see that 5th Avenue, the Cuban Cigar distributor in Germany have decided to release a Cigar under the Sancho Panza brand and under the Regional Edition Series.

I’ve always been skeptical regarding the whole Regional Edition series. Every year there are over twenty releases for a whole host of countries including Canada, the Middle East, Israel and Asia Pacific amongst others. Some of the releases are hit, but for most part, they just don’t climb the heights I would expect Cuban Cigars of this price point. I’ve had many Edicion Limitadas in the past that were a decent one off smoke, but I would not buy again. Would the Sancho Panza Escuderos be the same? There’s only one way to find out...

Online, there isn’t really that much information regarding the Escuderos anywhere. Unlike the United Kingdom Regional Editions for example, there’s no fanfare, no launch, and therefore these somewhat get released under the radar. Because of this, I have no real comparison to anyone else’s notes regarding this Cigar. Maybe it’s a good thing. How many times you have read a review regarding a Cigar that you want to try; flavour x and y, however, when it comes to the time you smoke it yourself, those flavours and aromas described to you are not what you’re detecting at that moment.

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H. Upmann Royal Robusto

H. Upmann Royal Robusto

H. UpmannOrigin : Cuba
Format : Edmundo
Size : 135 (5.3 in) x 22 mm
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~10 EUR each
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Many thanks to Frédéric from La Casa del Habano Knokke (Belgium) for sending me these cigars for review! Check out the shop for a nice selection of Cubans.

Released in the beginning of October 2011, H. Upmann Royal Robusto is a special edition cigar limited to La Casa del Habano stores worldwide. Only 5,000 boxes, each one containing 10 stogies, were created. I can now proudly say that I consumed 1/50000th of the total production, which means that this review is based on one sample only. However, I think that the probability of me smoking at least 10 of these in the coming years is pretty high, if you know what I mean.

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Fonseca Delicias

Fonseca Delicias

FonsecaOrigin : Cuba
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4.8 (123 mm) x 40
Smoking time : 35 min
Hand-Made
Price : ~$3 each
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After my surprising experience with a Regional Edition Fonseca, I thought that I really should check what else the brand has to offer. Not much can stop me when I’m about to visit my local cigar shop, so quickly enough I purchased a fiver of Fonseca Delicias, which are 4.8 x 40 petit coronas. Given the price (~3 bucks each) and the fact that they are short-filler, I wasn’t expecting a lot from these. Let’s see how they fared.

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San Cristobal de la Habana El Principe

San Cristobal de la Habana El Principe

Origin : CubaSan Cristobal de la Habana
Format : Minuto
Size : 110 x 16.67 mm (4.3 x 42)
Box code : URG MAY 10
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4.25 each
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Added in 1999, San Cristobal de la Habana is one of the newest Cuban marcas. The regular production line consists of only four vitolas, each named after one of the forts that guarded Havana in the Spanish colonial days. As a 110 x 42 minuto, El Principe is the smallest of the line; however, its small size disguises a large flavor bomb that makes for an excellent short smoke. El Principes have a reputation of a good "fresh" Cuban, and the one I reviewed had only about 16 months of age. This review was done outside: the temperature was about 74F, the sky was clear, there was a slight breeze, and the ambient humidity was 71%. I paired this cigar with tap water.

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Fonseca No. 4 (Benelux Regional Edition)

Fonseca No. 4 (Benelux Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaFonseca
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 5 (127 mm) x 48
Release : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : 215 € for a box of 25
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Many thanks to Frédéric from La Casa del Habano Knokke (Belgium) for sending me these cigars for review! Check out the shop for a nice selection of Cubans.

Fonseca is a discreet Cuban brand that only has four sizes in the current production. I haven't had a chance to try many of their offerings, I just remember being unimpressed with their smaller cigar, the KDT Cadetes that I bought a fiver of two years ago. Not enough body, not enough flavor, and I quickly lost interest in the brand. In 2010, the very first Fonseca regional edition was released, a corona extra for Benelux. The Fonseca No. 4, as this release is called, is what we have for review today.

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Cheap Smoke: Partagas Mille Fleurs

Partagas Mille Fleurs

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Petit Corona
Size : 5 1/8 x 42
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4 each
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This review is submitted by boBh069 and is participating in our "Share your cheap smoke!" contest. To get a chance to win a box of cigars, you can submit yours here.

I personally love most of the Partagas line. The earthy funky character these cigars are known by is a love of mine and when I saw this contest, this was the first cigar that came to mind. I have been able to acquire these for about $4.00 a piece and I smoke a little slow so these usually last me about an hour, which in my eyes makes this a perfect candidate to review. I like to age these a little as they mellow out in the last third but these usually don't last too long and i smoke my boxes quite fast. However I held onto this one for about 7 months and was nicely rewarded. I tend to purchase these quite a bit as most I have had have few, if any draw issues. I only had one of these with a tight draw out of my last box and it was workable, nothing to complain too much about. As a matter of fact my only real complaints with these are I wish the smoking time was longer and I have had a few that just would not let the bands come off. I personally take every band off my cigar before I cut and light it but this one was different. I even waited until the burn almost hit the band hoping the glue would loosen with the heat and I still struggled with getting it off. With that said, enough of my rambling and on with the review.

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Cheap Smoke: Quintero Nacionales

Quintero Nacionales

Origin : CubaQuintero cigars
Format : Corona
Size : 5.5 x 40
Price : ~$2.50
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This review is submitted by MaltaMan and is participating in our "Share your cheap smoke!" contest. To get a chance to win a box of cigars, you can submit yours here.

I was sold a box of 25 of these cigars here in Malta which only cost me €42.00.

Now you get what you pay for and I usually smoke Partagas, R & J, Ramon Allones and other quality cigars.

I considered this cigar to be weak in earthy and tobacco tastes and with sugary herbaceous flavours. The cigar burned quickly and with lots of smoke.

Would I purchase this cigar again? The answer is an emphatic NO, well only if it were given to me free. Otherwise I shall stick with quality cigars in future.

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