Ashton VSG Illusion

Ashton VSG Illusion

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6 1/2 x 44
Ring : 44
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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The cigars for this review were kindly provided by CigarsDirect.com, your source for premium cigars.

Ashton VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) was introduced in 1999 and it's without doubt the most successful blend of the marca. Conceived in close cooperation with Oliva and Fuente families, it is blended from Dominican tobacco aged for 4-5 years, wrapped in an Ecuadorian leaf which is slowly matured under the sunlight filtered by clouds always present in the region. It has scored countless 90+ ratings from CI/CA and is considered one of the most sought-after cigars on the market.

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Panacea Black Maduro Robusto

Panacea Black Maduro Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicPanacea Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Filler : Cuban seed Seco & Ligero, Olor Dominicano & Nicaraguan
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $106.99 for a box of 20
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Early last month I got excited reading some reviews on the Panacea Black and Panacea Red. Both sounded like cigars that I would really enjoy. So I added them to my ever growing list of cigars to try and then semi-unexpectedly I received a pair of Panacea Black Robusto Maduros from Paul Bush, the owner of the Flat Bed Cigar Company. (Cigar Inspector told me to watch for some samples, but I was surprised to see they were Panaceas.)

Well after a short rest in my humidor I pulled them out over the weekend for review. Here are my thoughts.

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Davidoff Special R Tubo

Davidoff Special R Tubo

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : USA/Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$300 for a box of 20
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This is a tubo version although it is not visible on the picture. I usually like Davidoffs even though they might be considered overpriced. On the milder side, they tend to provide a pleasant flavor and boast a reliable construction. This is what I was expecting from this tubed Special R.

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ORTSAC 1962

ORTSAC 1962

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Custom Robusto
Size : 6.5 x 54
Ring : 54
Wrapper : Dark Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Rolled
Price : ~$5.00-$6.00 each
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This review is submitted by Michael A.K.A. @Se7en_Vandalay, our good friend and cigar aficionado. Enjoy!

Late last week I received two samples of the ORTSAC 1962 from Victor Vitale of The Cigar Agency. From the product literature and their website, I learned that "The Cigar Agency is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of premium of cigars and cigar accessories." The ORTSAC 1962 is listed as their premier brand. It has been aged for five years and is hand rolled in the Dominican Republic. They are distributed in cedar sleeve of 72 inside a U.S. Army ammunition box, which can be used as a humidor. (Imagine packing that to your next herf. HOOAH!)

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Winston Churchill Marrakesh

Winston Churchill Marrakesh

Winston Churchill cigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic, Peru and Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15-18 each
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Winston Churchill is a line of cigars produced by Davidoff in the Dominican Republic. It is supported by Sir Winston Churchill's grandson. 4 different vitolas are produced and each one's name is related to a certain important event in the life of the famous Prime Minister. Marrakesh is a 6x50 toro; it appears that Sir Winston loved this city for its sunny weather and the special inspiration it gave to him. I purchased my specimen in Paris and smoked it straight away in a café nearby.

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Arturo Fuente Añejo 55

Arturo Fuente Añejo 55

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 152 x 22 mm (6 x 55)
Ring : 55
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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It had been about a year since I had last had an Anejo and I had never had a No. 55, so I was looking forward to revisiting this brand, which I have previously enjoyed. The 55 is similar in size to the Shark, which is slightly shorter and a 54 ring gauge. This cigar also came in a cedar sleeve, which isn't pictured. The tobacco used in these cigars is aged in cognac barrels for 6-8 months.

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Ashton ESG 21 Year Salute

Ashton ESG 21 Year Salute

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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This is the robusto version of Ashton’s flagship line . . . the Estate Sun Grown. The ESG sports a celebrated wrapper grown on the Chateau de la Fuente farm in the Dominican Republic. Ashton claims that this wrapper has never been used on any other cigar it produces and that the series relies on rare tobacco to provide its rich, bold complexity. We’ll see if these claims are accurate.

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Panacea Red Perfecto

Panacea Red Perfecto

Origin : Dominican RepublicPanacea Cigars
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 x 51
Ring : 51
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Binder : Habano
Hand-Made
Price : $142.99 for a box
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Paul Bush from Flatbed Cigar Company sent me a sampler of these for review. Panacea cigars are produced in the Dominican Republic. The company, founded 2 years ago, currently has two blends - Panacea Red being the more powerful. Flatbed Cigar Company claims taking an old-school approach to the cigar business by focusing on making great cigars. Let's see what the result is.

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