The Recluse Toro

The Recluse Toro

Origin : Dominican RepublicRecluse cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 1/4 x 50
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Hand-Made
Price : $7.80

I was recently sent a couple of pre-release cigars to review from Iconic Leaf Cigar Company, a relative newcomer to the cigar industry. According to the company’s literature, Iconic Leaf Cigar was founded by two very well-known and well-respected legends in the cigar industry who have chosen to remain anonymous in their pursuit to make the very best premium boutique cigars that can be found anywhere in the world without the influence of their names. Iconic Leaf Cigar’s founders may have chosen to keep their identities private but their leader has not. Led by J.R. Dominguez, son of legendary cigar maker Jose Dominguez, Iconic Leaf is extremely excited about their new line-up of cigars recently unveiled at the IPCPR trade show in Orlando. According to the company, all tobacco leaf in the RECLUSE goes through EIGHT fermentation cycles and is a collection of what they deem to be “truly iconic leaf” from around the world. The RECLUSE cigar selection is produced exclusively at the Leyendas Cubanas factory run by Don Jose Rafael.

First, a little bit about the Recluse cigar straight from their website:

The RECLUSE cigar is comprised of the absolute finest of everything. From the seed that is sown, to the blend of the tobacco leaves that make up this masterpiece, to the painstaking fermentation. Under the watchful eye of the maestro, Don Jose Rafael in the Leyendas Cubanas factory, each cigar goes through a Club Med for cigars, if you will. Each leaf is hand selected from only the finest tobacco leaves of the harvest. From the Flavorful and smooth Brazilian Maduro wrapper and Cameroon binder, to the specifically selected Dominican leaf variations in the filler, these cigars are what we believe to be the finest in the world. Each and every leaf in the RECLUSE goes through EIGHT fermentation cycles. Why? Because Don Jose Rafael will not settle for mediocrity. Every RECLUSE is rolled in the old Cuban tradition of tubing which is taking each filler leaf and rolling it into a tube instead of folding it. Once all the filler leaves are each individually rolled into a tube shape, they are brought together and surrounded with the binder. This is time consuming but creates an effortless draw and an unparalleled smoking experience. We then box press each cigar to compress the leaf and reduce air space. This spotlights the flavors of the blend and creates a slower burn while delivering an exceptional draw. The RECLUSE line is offered in ten box pressed sizes.

Having been sent a couple of unbanded Toros to sample, I wanted to be fair to the company so I let them sit in my humidor for a couple of weeks to stabilize and acclimate themselves following the shipping. I was eagerly awaiting the opportunity to taste one and last night decided that the Recluse would be my cigar of choice. Pictures of the bands, provided by the company, can be seen in the attached images. I chose to smoke my sample with a straight cut.

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Crowned Heads Four Kicks (Quick Smoke Series)

Crowned Heads Four Kicks

Origin : Dominican Republic
Crowned Heads CigarsFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.6 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6.95
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Jon Huber, formerly of CAO, introduced his new venture, Crowned Heads, at the beginning of last year. The cigars are made by the Tabacalera Alianza factory owned by the famous EP Carrillo.

The Four Kicks corona gorda is a beautiful, yet simplistic cigar with a very light shaded wrapper. It has very little veins, a smooth exterior and invisible veins. I really like the red and gold label as it pops out and catches the eye.

Burnline is very straight and needed no touch ups. Top notch,... nothing else expected coming from the Carrillos.

1st Third- No pepper, just sweet spice, cinnamon, earth, and woodsy flavors.
2nd Third- Bit of pepperiness, but a lovely floral quality comes out with earth and wood.
3rd Third- A whole lotta earth and wood with touches of leather and cedar. Finishes medium+ bodied.

Crowned Heads Four Kicks

It tastes somewhat similar to EP Carrillo's core line but with more body and earthiness. It's a good cigar, but just doesn't have enough uniqueness to warrant a box purchase for me. If you like Ernesto's stuff then this is a must try. The balance is very good with nothing overpowering other elements of the cigar. Superb with a lowland Scotch. Keep smoking my friends,...

Appearance : ★★★★½
Construction : ★★★★★
Flavor : ★★★★☆ (3.75)
Value : ★★★★½
Overall : ★★★★☆

Avo La Trompeta 86th Anniversary Limited Edition

Avo La Trompeta 86th Anniversary Limited Edition

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Diadema
Size : 6.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Dominican & Peruvian
Binder : Dominican Piloto
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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The AVO 86th Anniversary cigar, “La Trompeta”, is a Limited Edition release to celebrate the 86th anniversary of Avo Uvezian. The name “La Trompeta” means the work of his lifetime — both music and cigars.

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C & C LRMD (Limited Release Maduro)

C & C LRMD (Limited Release Maduro)

Origin : Dominican RepublicC & C cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $4 each
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Jeff Aronson & Joe Chiusano, formerly of Cusano Cigars, sent these sticks over to me to have them reviewed. Until then, I had never heard of this brand, and then I started to see them pop up in my local B&M’s. Now that I have had a chance to smoke the samples Jeff sent, I have returned to smoke this cigar several times because it is an excellent value cigar with a tasty profile.

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Vega Fina SUMUM Edicion Especial 2010

Vega Fina SUMUM Edicion Especial 2010

Origin : Dominican RepublicVegaFina
Format : Toro
Size : 5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Cubano
Binder : Dominican
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
Hand-Made
Price : $6.50
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I admit that I am not that type of person to smoke cigars from Altadis and General Cigar. There has got to be quite a bit of noise about a cigar to impel me pick up a stick at B&M and buy it knowing it was made by these companies. Say what you want, but smoking cigars these days from Altadis and General Cigar is like going to the golden arches for a hamburger or the deep fried cauldrons at the Colonel's,... it’s just not my thing. But the Vega Fina brand, with its European targeting, had me intrigued enough to reach out of my comfort zone and give it a try.

Long a favorite among the Spanish, Altadis has made the Vega Fina a unique experience within their myriads of brands. I guess they thought it would be a good time to bring a value priced, cubanesque, Limited Edition smoke to this side of the Atlantic after the grand success of other cubanesque cigars (i.e. Quesada Espana).

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Arturo Fuente Opus X Fuente Fuente 2001

Arturo Fuente Opus X Fuente Fuente 2001

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Year : 2001
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $11-$12
More info about purchasing Arturo Fuente Opus X cigars...

Thanks to some good friends over the years I have had the opportunity to wheel and deal my way to a slew of Fuente Opus X's from different vintages. Early in my smoking stage, I was curious to see the development of Dominican tobacco over several years of aging. What better stick to test the aging ability of Dominican tobacco than the brand most people consider the best Dominican out there?,... the Opus X brand. So I dipped into my humidor and pulled out the oldest Opus I could find. Now most seasoned cigar smokers know the great aging potential of Cuban cigars and Nicaraguans, but can the Dominicans hold their own too? We'll see,...

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God of Fire Carlito 2006

God of Fire Carlito 2006

Origin : Dominican Republic
God of Fire CigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 5.7 x 52
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $22-$30 each
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I have never been much of a fan of Fuente tobacco to say the least. There are several sticks that Fuente makes that I do like a lot, like the Anejos, Opus X’s with age, and the Hemingway Maduros. I have heard a lot of good things about the cigars that they make for Prometheus under the God of Fire brand. This cigar is produced in two different blends, the Carlito and Don Carlos. The Carlito has a Cameroon wrapper and the Don Carlos has a Sun Grown Habano over Dominican binder and fillers. These were released several years ago so I decided to check what all the fuss was about and see how these cigars have held up over the last couple of years.

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EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012

EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012

Origin : Dominican RepublicEP Carrillo cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 5 7/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican & Nicaraguan
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : $7.10 each
More info about purchasing EP Carrillo NWC Short Run cigars...

Since the company’s creation in 2010, E.P. Carillo has released an annual “Short Run” series in three vitolas. The 2012 edition is based on the New Wave Connecticut core line, and according to Ernesto Perez-Carrillo the line is a cross between the NWC line and the Core Maduro line. The 2012 Short Run Series has the same Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper as the NWC line, but uses the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper found on the Core Maduro line as a binder.

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