EP Carrillo Club 52

EP Carrillo Club 52

Origin : Dominican RepublicEP Carrillo cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 5.8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6.50 each
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After a week of fighting a cold and not being able to enjoy a nice cigar, I had the chance to light up a couple cigars this weekend. Saturday morning I woke nice and early and decided to start the day off with this cigar. E.P. Carrillo cigars are making their way into stores around my area, so these are still rare for the most part.

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La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Gloria Cubana
Format : Club
Size : 5 3/4 x 47
Wrapper : Honduran (Connecticut seed)
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Binder : Nicaraguan & Mexican
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale, the newest line from Team La Gloria, spent eight years in the making. This line features a brand new, golden wrapper which was the result of two years of development and cultivation. The line also features a redesigned band, which manages to take a big step away from the Cubanesque band of earlier LGC lines while still remaining true to the same general design. In general, I found the Artesanos Retro Especiale to be a tasty smoke initially, but each sample that I smoked seemed to lose its character about halfway through.

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Aging Room Small Batch M356

Aging Room Small Batch M356

Origin : Dominican Republic (Oliveros factory)
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Habano (Dominican grown)
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Cigar ratings… whether we agree with them or not, often guide us in our pursuits of the perfect puro; and when Cigar Insider gives an entire cigar line high marks, my curiosity gets really piqued. Such was the case with the Aging Room Small Batch M356 cigar.

Being a fan of the “old school” robusto size, I chose to sample the Rondo vitola (5×50).[i] I figured the cigar would be strong as ALL Cigar Aficionado ratings are skewed that way, yet I was not prepared for what the M356 had in store. But first the usual review stuff:

The M356 Rondo is a perfectly constructed cigar. No soft spots, nice weight in the hand, and a perfect draw. The cap is tightly wound and keeps its shape long after the guillotine cut. Its burn is as good as it gets, with an ash that just doesn’t want to drop. I’ve never smoked a cigar with a better burn.

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Quesada Seleccion Espana Petit Robusto

Quesada Seleccion Espana Petit Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicQuesada cigars
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Arapiraca
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7.00-$7.95 each
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Manuel Quesada has been on a roll this year with absolute fantastic releases. I would probably go out on a limb and call him the cigar maker of the year so far for 2011. MATASA released the “Seleccion Espana” exclusively for B&M in Spain. Why only Spain and not the U.S.? I have no idea. Apparently they didn’t think this would be a hit here at home. But the few stores that had the privilege of getting these sticks here in the United States got to see them fly off the shelves. Will they ever be released eventually in the U.S., time will tell.

This review has been a long time coming. I bought a ten count box of these, and instead of writing a review when I got them I smoked almost all of them. So here goes,…

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Davidoff Special R (new wrapper)

Davidoff Special R (new wrapper)

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.8 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15-16 each
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Awhile back I wrote one of my most controversial reviews of the Davidoff Short Perfecto. It seems that many of the Davidoff lovers came out to bash my review, and I don’t blame them. I was so disappointed with the Short Perfecto that I only smoked one stick and did not want to revisit it. So I decided to give the Special Series a second chance this time and properly give it a fair shake. So I went out of my way to procure a few samples of my favorite vitola- the robusto. I had high hopes in Davidoff proving me wrong. So did they succeed in turning this Davidoff sceptic into a believer?

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Villiger 1888 Robusto

Villiger 1888 Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicVilliger Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.75 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Proprietary - Multinational Blend
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $7.70 each
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Cigars by a pipe tobacco company you ask?,… well yes it is. Trust me, I had my doubts about this cross over attempt as many of you out there may have had also. My first thought was that I was going to get a cigar that smelled of Black & Milds and tasted of,… well,… cheapness. But Villiger Stokkebye doesn’t do cheap or bad tobacco, they usually go all out.

Weeks ago I was sent a variety pack by the company that included the La Libertad (Honduran) line and the “Fuerte” version of the same Villiger 1888. After smoking them all, I have to lean towards the regular Villiger 1888, their top of the line regular production cigar. So here goes,…

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Augusto Reyes Urban Robusto

Augusto Reyes Urban Robusto

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : 3 part Nicaraguan Ligero/1 part Dominican Seco
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $7-$8 each

Augusto Reyes and his brand of cigars are quite new to me. I have never heard nor smoked any of his cigars before. Well today was as good a time as ever, since the guys at the Augusto Reyes factory sent over some samples of their new Urban Robusto. I was quite intrigued by the branding for this cigar and the unique packaging. The use of graffiti peaks a slight interest, but doesn’t really do anything for me. Call me a traditionalist I guess. So let’s see how the Urban performed.

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Augusto Reyes Grand Cru Toro

Augusto Reyes Grand Cru Toro

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6.2 x 54
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican; Piloto Cubano, Cubano, Criollo ‘98
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $6.00-$7.00 each
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Up until a few months ago, I had never had the opportunity of smoking anything by Augusto Reyes. When the chance came to try this Dominican beauty I had to seize it. I received this cigar awhile back and after seasoning this cigar in my humidor for those couple months, it was its turn to be smoked. So the other night, I came home from work, did my preliminary research to find out what are all of the tobaccos that are used to make this stick, then it was time to indulge in this cigar.

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