La Flor Dominicana Coronado

La Flor Dominicana Coronado

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sun-Grown
Filler : Dominican Sumatra and Piloto Cubano
Binder : Dominican Corojo
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7-8 each
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A few weeks ago I found myself in Florida with my family enjoying unique foods, watching animals and going on some fantastic rides. Overall it was a very relaxing and rejuvenating experience. During a couple of the nights, my father and I made our way over to Sosa Cigars in Downtown Disney. The people at the cigar bar were more than happy to allow us to supply our own cigars with the purchase of a drink, which I found more than reasonable. After ordering a Jameson, I set upon a cigar I had wanted to try out for some time; the Coronado Toro by La Flor Dominicana.

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Cheap Smoke: 5 Vegas Relic Figurado

5 Vegas Relic

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 5.75 x 54
Wrapper : Dominican Corojo
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $4.50-$5.00 each
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Background Info

This target has an internal gem of a single 12-year-old filler leaf. This “heart” was transplanted by Manuel Quesada 10 years ago from a bale of 1996 vintage tobacco leaf. A pacemaker with a soul of its own.

Mission Notes

Smooth Corojo wrapper, small veins. No patches or blemishes. Modeled a great deal after me! After beheading and befooting (?) I started the interrogation. Sometimes the least obvious characters give you the largest amounts of information. Robust, full flavored after-dinner enjoyment right here. White pepper, slight coffee, spicy richness. Great draw from this puro figurado! Nice evenly marbled and solid ash. Not much else to say… not much change throughout except for an increase in body.

Final Statement

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this cigar. I have had other 5 Vegas blends and had mixed opinions. I would pick this up again if I ever saw it at a shop. However, it is unfortunately forgettable.

AGENT TIP # 31: If you bring the funk, don’t forget the flavor.

Photo credit: mr.smashy

Avo Compañero (LE 09)

Avo Compañero (LE09)

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Cuban Seed Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Three types of Dominican Ligero and a Peruvian Seco leaf
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $15+ each
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The Compañero is Mr. U’s 83rd Birthday Cigar. Most everyone who is into cigars knows that every year Avo releases a Limited Edition cigar to celebrate Mr. Avo Uvezian’s birthday. Last year in April of 2009 I had the honor of attending one of his many birthday parties. Even at 83 Mr.U is still touring the country celebrating his birthday with his fans. At this celebration I picked up a box of the LE09′s [l-ee-oh-nines] as they are also known as.

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Gurkha Assassin

Gurkha Assassin

Origin : Dominican RepublicGurkha
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Brazilian
Binder : Dominican
Filler : Nicaraguan and Peruvian
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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The Gurkha Assassin is a Nicaraguan firecracker blended by Paul Flores and premiered on the U.S. market in 2009. I had the benefit of having Paul at my local tobacconist this past week and he told me that the Assassin was blended as a full-bodied cigar with sweetness and refinement… So basically he took the ass-kicking Evil and added some Peruvian tobacco to the filler to add additional flavor and complexity… I’ve been smoking em’ all week and I can’t wait to fire up another one right now. Many thanks to Paul Flores and Butthead's Tobacco Emporium for making this review possible!

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Ashton ESG 20 Year Salute

Ashton ESG 20 Year Salute

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 6.75 x 49
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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After a delicious late lunch of grilled chicken kabobs and a couple of outstanding craft brews, my loving wife and I decided to finish out our day with a couple of cigars. Her choice for the early evening, was an Ashton VSG Enchantment, while I decided on a slightly longer venture with an Ashton ESG 20 year salute.

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Montecristo 75th Aniversario

Montecristo 75th Aniversario

Origin : Dominican RepublicMontecristo
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Honduras and Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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Hello all. The Tollaficionados are back to review one of the most consistently excellent brands on the market. Let’s see if this member of its elite family holds true to its siblings standards. Ladies & Gentlemen, The Montecristo 75th Aniversario.

Our good friends at Altadis, USA recently released these celebratory sticks, and Nick, Sr. and I were able to get our hands on a few. Not an easy get, I assure you! These babies have been anticipated and talked about for some time now, and to obtain them, especially this early takes connections or a great deal of luck. The 75th is of limited release, so put your backorder in now so that you can sample a few yourselves. Now on to the review…

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Dual Review: Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story

Arturo Fuente Short Story

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4 x 49
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Today we've got the first dual review in our series of 6.

Joe K: Early on in my cigar smoking, Arturo Fuente’s Hemingway line sparked my interest with its diverse shapes and shades coupled with consistently positive mentions among various members of the cigar community. Making it a point to acquire and try at least one of each vitola, I began with the highly acclaimed Work of Art Maduro. Finding it enjoyable, I wasted no time in taking the second step along that journey with the equally reputed Short Story Natural.

Stephen: It was the first nice weekend of the year. Temps in the 70s and I was heading to the park for a walk. I thought what a perfect time to try another one of these fantastic cigars. I have smoked 3 in total.

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Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto #5

Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto #5

Diamond Crown cigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-11 each
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My wife and I had such a busy weekend planned that it seemed naught but wishful thinking that I would be able to get a smoke in for this week’s review. On Saturday, between sleeping in and making a trek to the animal circus known as the mall, a perfect window popped open and of course, I jumped at the opportunity to fire one up. Pulling together my arsenal and securing a post on the front porch I was ready to settle in with a DVD of The Sopranos and a Diamond Crown Maximus No. 5 Robusto.

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