Partagas Benji Menendez Master Series

Partagas Benji Menendez Master Series

Origin : Dominican RepublicPartagas
Factory Name : Robusto
Size : 6 x 46
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Habano Connecticut
Price : ~$9 each, ~$179 for a box of 20
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The Menendez Social site states:

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1936, Benji Menendez smiles when he says that tobacco is in his genes. His grandfather, father, uncles and great uncles were considered the royalty of the cigar business during the pre-revolution heyday of Cuban cigars, having developed world-class puros including Montecristo, H. Upmann and Por Larrañaga.

At the heart of it all, Benji simply wants to be known as a good cigar man.

I first had the BM Series at the Benji Menendez Social in New York City. I have had a couple more since then.

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La Flor Dominicana Limitado IV

La Flor Dominicana Limitado IV

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : ~$10.00 each
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La Flor Dominicana is a boutique cigar brand created by Litto Gomez Diez in Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Litto Gomez Diez has received plenty of positive press for his creativity; Cigar Aficionado even stated he is “arguably the most innovative mind in the cigar business.” Diez was previously a jewelry maker but started his cigar business after being robbed at gunpoint for nearly half a million dollars worth of jewelry merchandise. Diez says that it took about two decades to perfect his creative process, but now his brand is world famous. Each year La Flor Dominicana puts out a Limitado cigar available in just 2,000 boxes with 48 cigars in each. The Limitado is consequently kind of difficult to find; you may be able to find it for as little as $10.00, but you’ll have to search.

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Partagas Spanish Rosado Mitico

Partagas Spanish Rosado Mitico

Origin : Dominican RepublicPartagas
Factory Name : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Honduran San Agustin
Filler : Dominican, Mexican, Honduran
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Price : ~$6 each, ~$109 for a box of 25
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This past weekend I went down to NYC from Upstate NY and paid a visit to Club Macanudo to try it out.

Everything there is quite posh and the cigars as you can imagine are quite pricey. They only sell cigars made by General Cigar so I decided to try the Partagas Spanish Rosado Mitico which is the Churchill.

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Kristoff Ligero Criollo Robusto

Kristoff Ligero Criollo Robusto

KristoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Honduran Criollo
Filler : Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Price : ~$129.99 for a box of 20
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The Kristoff Ligero Criollo line was introduced back in 2008. It is is a medium to full body smoke that will satisfy lots of cigar palates. This cigar comes in several vitolas: a Churchill (7 x 50); a Toro (6.5 x 56); a Torpedo (6.13 x 52), and today’s feature cigar a Robusto (5.5 x 54). This cigar is a very pleasant, long smoke which does not disappoint. The Criollo Robusto series contains 70% added Nicaraguan ligero which definitely contributes to the fullness of the cigar. The Kristoff Ligero also comes in a Brazilian Maduro wrapper.

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Macanudo 1968

Macanudo 1968

MacanudoOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Rothschild (short robusto)
Size : 4.5 x 50 (114 x 20 mm)
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan
Binder : Connecticut Habano
Price : ~$6 each
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It's been quite a while since I reviewed a Macanudo on this blog. My latest experiences were, at the very least, disappointing. When I heard that a new blend was being released, "rich, dark and inexpected", full-bodied and oriented toward experienced smokers, it stirred up my curiosity. Consequently, when I saw it on sale I immediately picked up a fiver. Let's see how the Macanudo 1968 performed.

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Garo Maduro

Garo Maduro

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Alto / Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Brazilian
Filler : Piloto Cubano
Binder : Dominican
Price : $135 for a box of 25
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Garo Habano Cigars was introduced, as a brand, in 1996 by Dr. Garo Bouldoukian. To quote the Garo Habano website:

“Garo Habano products have enjoyed a devoted following. Smokers everywhere have praised the quality, consistency and smoothness of our cigars. The company has continued to utilize the finest, most carefully selected tobaccos, the most skilled and passionate rollers, and the most time-honored methods of fermentation and aging throughout our history. The result is a cigar with the same quality, taste and impeccable construction today as in 1996. No shortcuts, no excuses.”

It’s a brisk day in the dead of winter. Agent 24 is in the outdoor smoking lounge ready to embark upon another thrilling mission. After time spent running “Black Ops” for Santa Claus and training in art of the cigar, I am happy to be back and ready to tackle a new year of cigars.

Full disclosure: The Garo Habano cigars I am reviewing were given to me by the manufacturer. Only after acknowledging that my reviews would remain unbiased and honest, did we come to an agreement for the series of reviews. I remain committed to giving an open and honest review.

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A. Fuente Hemingway Classic Maduro

A. Fuente Hemingway Classic Maduro

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 7.0″ x 48
Wrapper : Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : $15 each
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With the Holiday Season just passing into the rear view I figured I’d wrap the festivities with a Hemingway Maduro Classic. The Hemingway Maduros always make an appearance on tobacconists shelves every year around the Holidays. The particular cigars for this review are from the 2008 run. The Classic seems to be one of the harder to find vitolas of the Hemingway Maduros. At least I rarely ever see them. More common at the shops in my area are the Signature Maduros and Works of Art Maduros. Even the Hemingway Between the Lines seem to be more common around here than the Classic Maduro.

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Davidoff Royal Robusto (Quick Smoke Series)

Davidoff Royal Robusto

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$30 each
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This super limited cigar is only available at Davidoff retail stores. My Davidoff Royal Robusto purchased from the Madison Avenue store. It is the second in the Royal Series, the first being the incredible Salamone.

The cigar starts out smooth and creamy with some woody notes along with an underlying creaminess. That Kelner “musk” is also present in full effect.

The burn is dead even and it draws like a dream.

As I smoke this, and enjoying every minute of it, I can’t help but wish that all cigars are made and blended this well, just at a sixth of the price!

As I finish it up, I get ample wood and cream, along with a faint hint of white pepper and coffee notes on the finish.

Just another incredible cigar from Mr. Kelner!

Rating: 95 (A)

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