Avo 85th Anniversary 2011 Limited Edition

Avo 85th Anniversary 2011 Limited Edition

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Diadema
Size : 6.6 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Peru
Hand-Made
Price : $17.50 MSRP
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Avo 85th Anniversary is the annual release celebrating Avo Uvezian’s birthday. The first one was released 10 years ago and since then it has become a tradition. I have tasted several of these releases and it has been hit or miss. In particular, the 2008 Tesoro didn’t impress me much. However, the 2011 release has collected mostly positive reviews and I couldn’t resist picking a sampler when I stopped by the Davidoff shop in Geneva. Unlike most other Avo smokes, this is not a Dominican puro. The 6.6 x 50 Diadema (sort of a long perfecto) sports a sun grown Dominican wrapper and is filled with San Vicente and Piloto Dominican tobacco. The binder is, however, Peruvian. Let’s see how it smokes, shall we?

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El Sublimado

El Sublimado

Origin : Dominican RepublicTexas Cigar Brothers
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.5 x 50
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $85 per pack of five ($17.00 each)

My rating system has changed to a numerical scale ranging from 50 to 100 points, which readers of various wine and cigar publications should immediately recognize. I elected to discard the five star system because I found a slight but unacceptable variation in quality between cigars with identical ratings. The new scale offers the reader a superior benchmark for comparison among the other cigars I review. As always, the detailed tasting notes accompanying the score give the best insight into the unique character of each individual cigar.  - Nathan

It isn’t every day that a long out of production cigar hearkening back from the boom years of the ‘90’s falls into your lap. The Texas Cigar Brothers company of Bedford, Texas recently stumbled upon a long forgotten stock of El Sublimado and El Incomparable cigars in the warehouse of a Honduran cigar factory and is making them available on a limited basis. The El Sublimado brand launched in 1993 and is unique because the tobacco used to make the cigar was cured in rooms with 50 years old Noces d'Or Cognac.

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La Flor Dominicana Cabinet Maduro No. 5

La Flor Dominicana Cabinet Maduro No. 5

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Toro
Size : 6.25 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican Republic / Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $8.15 each

Today I am doing a review on a rare La Flor Dominicana cigar that most people have no idea existed. I would have done a review on another LFD cigar but for the most part I don’t care for them all that much. So I was extremely surprised to hear from Todd Dailey, at Good Karma Cigar highly recommend to me this LFD Cabinet Maduro. I told him I didn’t care much for maduros and didn’t really like a lot of the LFD’s outside of the Litto Gomez lines. But he insisted that this would be something definitely worth trying it out as it was one of their favorites in the “Karmador.” So,… Todd thanks for recommendation and here is what I thought about this particular stick,...

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A.Fuente Hemingway Signature Rosado

A.Fuente Hemingway Signature Rosado

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6.0″ x 47
Wrapper : Sun Grown Rosado
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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Lately I haven’t been able to hangout at my local cigar shop or on the online cigar forums as much as I once was. Life happens and with a wife, a dog, and two small kids my free time is nearly non-existent. So I was very surprised when I walked into my local shop after being gone for a while to find these new Hemingways sitting in the humidor. I guess I have fallen a little out of touch. After letting them sit in my humidor for the past month I am ready to spark this thing up and see what we have here.

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Macanudo Reserva Dorada 2010

Macanudo Reserva Dorada 2010

MacanudoOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 54
Wrapper : 1997 Vintage Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan, Brazilian and Dominican
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : N/A
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The Macanudo Reserva Dorada is a dark maduro with an earthy aroma and a shiny metal band. It is an eye catcher on the shelves. I have to be honest. I am not a fan of Macanudo in general (although I was recently impressed by the new Gran Cru), but when I saw this cigar with that big metal ring on it, I had to buy it just to try and also to have that band. For what I don’t know but I had to have it so I guess the gimmick worked. The flavors are mild and classic maduro, a slight sweetness with chocolate an coffee flavors. The flavors were a little thin though with not much body to speak of. The draw was a little looser than I prefer but it did produce plenty of thick aromatic smoke. The burn was a little tricky at time requiring one or two touch ups and the ash was very loose and flaky so I had to keep an ash tray nearby.

The final verdict, while it was an OK smoke, it was too mild for my tastes and too thin in the body department. The ash was kind of troublesome too. However, the flavors were good and in the end I guess I enjoyed it enough to be happy with the purchase though I probably won’t be looking to smoke another. However, if you like mild smokes and that classic maduro sweet flavor, this cigar is right in your wheel house.

Avo Heritage Short Robusto

Avo Heritage Short Robusto

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 4 x 56
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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I am a sucker for petit/short robustos. I like smoking in the mornings with my coffee and a smaller vitola affords me the perfect amount of time to peruse the morning newspapers. A 45 minute to 1 hour smoke allows me to read my USA Today and catch up on the today’s propaganda. And I believe with the fairly new, Avo Heritage Short Robusto, I have found my morning “go to” bullcrap news smoke.

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Urbano Corojo Torpedo

Urbano Corojo Torpedo

UrbanoOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : N/A
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each

I am a huge fan of boutique brands and up and coming factories in the cigar biz. I love to see what a smaller, more hands on approach to cigars produces as far as quality, flavor, and value. Though due to smaller production, some boutique brands can be a little pricey, but the enjoyment of finding a diamond in the rough is what I am all about. This may be the case with Urbano Cigars and its owner Matt Urbano. Matt sent over a few torpedos from his corojo line, and I took the pleasure of letting these sit a week with much anticipation. These cigars are Dominican puros aged three years, triple fermented, and then sit within the factories seasoning rooms for another 90 days. Sounds promising right? Well,… you be the judge.

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Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro

Origin : Dominican RepublicRomeo y Julieta
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Dom. Rep., Peru, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Appearance

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro Toro is wrapped in a dark cloak of Maduro-ishness. Dark, oily with a sheen. A couple of small veins running the length. Somewhat spongy. Nice looking cigar! The band is black and silver, simple but elegant. Much like myself. Agent Poopface, that wasn’t a joke sir…

Smoking Characteristics

Draw is a bit tight, getting some flaking tobacco on the tongue after cutting (guillotine). Plenty of smoke. Creamy mouth-feel. Target refused to speak a few times and required several re-lights. Ash is a black and grey marble color. Fantastic!

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