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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Davidoff Millennium

Davidoff Millennium

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Piramide
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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The first thing that came to mind was elegance. The label has a sophisticated look that makes this cigar seem like a gentleman’s cigar. Along with its classy look, the wrapper is smooth and the construction is very strong.

The wrapper also gives off a scent of soft fruit and rich tobacco. The foot smells pretty much the same, but with a little more aroma. I cut the cap to check the pre-draw and the draw was good. It also left a gentle pepper and plumy flavor on my palate. At this point, everything is good, the construction and quality of the cigar is definitely there. So let's find out what kind of flavors this Davidoff has to offer.

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Davidoff Special Short Perfecto

Davidoff Special Short Perfecto

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4.8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Shade Grown
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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It has been a loooooonnnggg time since I smoked my last Davidoff, so I thought it would only be appropriate to revisit them again. Awhile back, I picked up a variety pack of Opus X’s and decided to throw in some Henke Kelner smokes along with the shipment. The hitchhikers in the Opus package were the Avo Heritage Short Robusto (future review coming) and the Davidoff Special Short Perfecto. I like smaller format cigars, and really took an intrigue in the little perfecto shape from the Special Series. I knew I was taking a gamble purchasing it at $13, but sometimes gambles pay off. So check it out below:

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Cuban Stock Chubby Ultimate

Cuban Stock Chubby Ultimate

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpe GrandeCuban Stock
Size : 7 x 60
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7-8 each
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Background Info

Size does matter; the bigger the better. It’s a fact and the Chubbys are proving it. This is one of the first 60 ring gauge cigars. We’ve been making it since 1995. The Chubby Maduro is a full bodied smoke, with a dark and shiny Dominican Maduro Special (DMS) wrapper developed by us. The Chubby Natural is absolutely gold, both in color and in the distinctive mild taste.

(Excerpt from the Cuban Stock Website).

Mission Notes

Beautiful day outside, perfect for a smoke. Unfortunately, I have a lot of errands to run, so there is only one solution. Smoke on the road. I pick out a beautiful Torpedo and immediately members of my family begin begging for some too. Briefly I consider delving into my traveldor in search of White Owls, but realize I haven’t allowed something like that into my case in ages. Grudgingly I hand out three of my precious sticks and begin my preparation.

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Jameson Red Label

Jameson Red Label

Jameson CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 5 x 44
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade
Binder : Honduran
Filler : Aged Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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Background Info

Striving for the highest quality, Jameson Cigar Co.’s sole strategy is to bring their love and appreciation of cigars and coffee right to the consumer through their product lines.

Mission Debrief

A few weeks ago, a communication came through the wire: Brad Mayo of Jameson Cigars was inquiring about any interested parties wanting to give a tasting to their private-label coffee line. Being that I am never one to pass up a great chance to try test or beta products, I replied back to the message, informing him that I was also interested in their cigars, as no local B&M’s carry their product. Not only did he send along the coffee, a couple of cigars found their way into the shipment as well.

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Para Ti Prominentes by Fred Schrader

Para Ti Prominentes by Fred Schrader

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro Gordo
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $8.75
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I was first introduced to these awhile back when Pete Johnson announced he would be helping a “wine friend” out by distributing a new cigar through his company Havana Cellars. His wine friend happened to be the iconic Fred Schrader of Schrader Cellars. Fred is one of the most popular people in the wine world now due to his historic showing in 2007 with multiple 100 point rated cabernets (an unheard of accomplishment!). Schrader recently introduced the Para Ti line of cigars and his limited edition release Schrader Hispaniola “Sparky” figurado. I had some of prominentes on stock in my humidor and decided that it would be worth reviewing here.

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Davidoff Puro d’Oro Delicioso

Davidoff Puro d'Oro Delicioso

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 4.875 x 43
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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What I love about Davidoff cigars is the fact that they are widely available. Sometimes it's good to be a huge transnational company! I don't get to find boutique cigars around here very often, but I have plenty of choice when it comes to Davidoff (+ Avo, and lately Camacho) smokes. So I wasn't at all surprised when I found the latest blend, Puro d'Oro, at my local shop. Thankfully the weather is getting better, which allowed me to enjoy this great-looking corona outdoors.

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