Arturo Fuente Opus X Fuente Fuente 2001

Arturo Fuente Opus X Fuente Fuente 2001

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Year : 2001
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $11-$12
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Thanks to some good friends over the years I have had the opportunity to wheel and deal my way to a slew of Fuente Opus X's from different vintages. Early in my smoking stage, I was curious to see the development of Dominican tobacco over several years of aging. What better stick to test the aging ability of Dominican tobacco than the brand most people consider the best Dominican out there?,... the Opus X brand. So I dipped into my humidor and pulled out the oldest Opus I could find. Now most seasoned cigar smokers know the great aging potential of Cuban cigars and Nicaraguans, but can the Dominicans hold their own too? We'll see,...

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God of Fire Carlito 2006

God of Fire Carlito 2006

Origin : Dominican Republic
God of Fire CigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 5.7 x 52
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $22-$30 each
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I have never been much of a fan of Fuente tobacco to say the least. There are several sticks that Fuente makes that I do like a lot, like the Anejos, Opus X’s with age, and the Hemingway Maduros. I have heard a lot of good things about the cigars that they make for Prometheus under the God of Fire brand. This cigar is produced in two different blends, the Carlito and Don Carlos. The Carlito has a Cameroon wrapper and the Don Carlos has a Sun Grown Habano over Dominican binder and fillers. These were released several years ago so I decided to check what all the fuss was about and see how these cigars have held up over the last couple of years.

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EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012

EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012

Origin : Dominican RepublicEP Carrillo cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 5 7/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican & Nicaraguan
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : $7.10 each
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Since the company’s creation in 2010, E.P. Carillo has released an annual “Short Run” series in three vitolas. The 2012 edition is based on the New Wave Connecticut core line, and according to Ernesto Perez-Carrillo the line is a cross between the NWC line and the Core Maduro line. The 2012 Short Run Series has the same Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper as the NWC line, but uses the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper found on the Core Maduro line as a binder.

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La Aurora Sublimes

La Aurora Sublimes

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Aurora Cigars
Format : Corona
Size : 5 x 39
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each in Canada, ~$5.00 each in the USA
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La Aurora Sublimes are pleasant, mild cigars from the Dominican Republic. They have a consistent, rich flavour paired with quality construction.

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Gurkha Cellar Reserve Gran Rothschild

Gurkha Cellar Reserve Gran Rothchild

Origin : Dominican RepublicGurkha
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 x 58
Wrapper : Dominican Criollo 98
Filler : Dominican Criollo and Nicaraguan
Binder : Dominican Olor
Hand-Made
Price : $10.95 each
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Please welcome Gavin, the newest reviewer in our team:

Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by the cigar industry. The variation of techniques and origins that come together to create even one quality cigar create a paradise for smokers like me, that are always on the hunt for new and exciting cigars. I have been smoking cigars for over three years with blogging and collecting becoming my focus for the past 2 years. A great cigar to me is spicy, and full-bodied with balance and subtle flavor still present. Unlike those that pair beverages with cigars, a perfect combination to me is great company and a great cigar. Happy smoking.

The Gurkha Cellar Reserve line was released as a B&M exclusive last year at the ICPCR show in July. Since then the line has been hard to come by unless you had a shop in your area that carried a decent supply of Gurkha products. Along with the Wicked Indie and Royal Challenge, the Cellar Reserve line was created to reintroduce Gurkha cigars to the public at a reasonable price.

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Santa Damiana Director

Santa Damiana Director

Origin : Dominican RepublicSanta Damiana
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 170 x 16 mm (6 1/2 x 42)
Wrapper : Habana-2000 Nicaragua
Filler : Dominican Republic & Brazil
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10.00 each in Canada, ~$4.00 each in the US

I’ve always had mixed feelings about this cigar. I bought a box of these last August and I’ve smoked quite a few of them; however I have never been able to form a clear opinion about them. I picked up this particular box in the US and I have not been able to find them since. I am not very familiar with this brand and from what I can tell from when I purchased them, the red band is indicative of the H-2000 line (different wrapper) and was meant for the European market.

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Arturo Fuente Rothschild

Arturo Fuente Rothschild

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Rothschild
Size : 115 x 20 mm (4 1/2 x 50)
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Cameroon
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each in Canada, ~$4 each in the US
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I was sitting at my computer when I realized that the date was February 29th, Leap Day, and I thought that I should have a cigar since my next chance to have one on a leap day would not be for another four years. I looked in my humidor and realized that I wasn’t in the mood for anything I currently have so I quickly ran down to my local tobacconist before closing time to choose out a leap day cigar. The cigar I chose was the Arturo Fuente Rothschild.

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EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Brillantes

EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Brillantes

Origin : Dominican RepublicEP Carrillo cigars
Format : Brillantes (Robusto)
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade (Ecuador)
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each
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I love cigars. Be it mild Connecticut Shade or spicy Corojo, my taste runs the gamut of cigar flavor profiles. But I am also a very picky cigar smoker. This can lead to exuberant exclamations of praise, or acts of vocal vilification. I’m passionate about cigars and I’m never at a loss of words when asked for my opinion. So, when we talked about reviewing cigars with Denis, I warned him upfront that anything could happen. He was cool with that. Now that the disclaimer of out of the way, I can proceed with my review of the E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut, Brillantes.

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