262 Paradigm Toro

262 Paradigm Toro

Origin : Dominican Republic262 cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Brazilian
Filler : Colombian/Nicaraguan
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9.00

Many thanks to Tony from Casas Fumando for providing great pictures for this review!

Early on this year I strongly pursued a lot of new brands, particularly smaller or “boutique” brands, to try out and to see if there were any hidden gems in the mix of a sea of tobacco products. Through word of mouth and some generous brothers of the leaf I was able to acquire a few of the 262 Paradigm Toros. The 262 brand is quite unique with a more modern style of approach to advertising being highly social media friendly, with word of mouth as key to getting this product in the mouths of cigar smokers. Its motto is “Smoke the revolution.” The revolution is a double edged sword with references to historic tobacco revolutions of the past on one edge and brandishing a big middle finger for those who try to impede on cigar smokers rights on the other edge. Now, I wanted to know if this cigar could stand up to the stature of this cigars marketing monster. So here we go, …

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Diamond Crown Julius Caeser

Padilla Habano Artisano

Origin : Dominican RepublicDiamond Crown cigars
Format : Pyramid
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Unknown
Filler : Unknown
Hand-Made
Price : $11-17 each
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This cigar was gifted to me by a generous BOTL around Christmas time. This doesn't seem to be a very widely available cigar, at least mostly being sold at Diamond Crown lounges. And with that exclusivity comes the expectedly exorbitant price tag. From what I can find, this cigar line retails in the $11 - $17 range.

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Rodrigo Habano Clasico Robusto

Rodrigo Habano Clasico Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicRodrigo cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.00

For several months I had seen Rodrigo cigars being passed between members of several different cigar forums with some good things being said about the cigars and its owner, George Rodriguez. I have to admit they looked awfully good, and I decided for myself I had to acquire some for myself to see what all of the hoopla was about. So I got in contact with George to procure myself a lovely sampler of several different sizes from his vitola lineup. George has the Rodrigo cigars made in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. At this moment, only a few B&M’s have these cigars with Height’s Cigar in Houston being one of them (George just finished a Rodrigo event there not too long ago).

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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.

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