H. Upmann Connossieur A

H. Upmann Connossieur A

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Robusto Extra (Genios)
Size : 5.5 x 52 (140 x 20 mm)
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15
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The H. Upmann Connossieur A is quite a recent release: it started shipping to eligible shops in October 2013. It's a robusto extra or a Genios (factory name), which you might already be familiar with (hint: Cohiba Genios).

Anyway, the first thing to know about this release is that it's only available at La Casa del Habano shops and Habanos Specialists. Habanos Specialist is a label created by Habanos SA to distinguish shops that carry a wide selection of Cubans and can offer relevant advice. There are more than 500 Habanos Specialists worldwide.

The Connossieur A is available in boxes of 25 and is costs around 12 € each in Europe. I picked up a few of those in Prague and was really looking forward to trying them out, H. Upmann being a brand I really appreciate.

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Tatuaje Cojonu 2003

Tatuaje Cojonu 2003

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12-13
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The Tatuaje Cojonu 2003 is part of a line which was, back in time, an extension of the original La Seleccion de Cazador Reserva line (Pete Johnson's first line). Cojonu, short for cojonudo which is Cuban slang for "ballsy", was supposed to be stronger and fuller than other Tatuaje cigars. There were several releases within this line since, which were extensively covered on CigarInspector.com: we have reviewed the Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 twice and the Cojonu 2012 Reserva.

When I saw the 2003 version in Brussels, I immediately acquired three of these beauties. Don't get too excited though, the "2003" on the band doesn't mean that they were rolled 11 years ago, it's just the year they were blended. Furthermore, these cigars originally featured a Nicaraguan wrapper and now sport an Ecuador-grown leaf. Quite a neat marketing trick!

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Bolivar 108 (Regional Edition Spain)

Bolivar 108 (Regional Edition Spain)

Origin : Cuba
Format : Corona GordaBolivar
Size : 142 x 18 mm (5.6 x 46)
Ring : 46
Intruduced in : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : $20+ each
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Bolivar is one of the most prominent brands for Cuban cigars. The Bolivar 108 Regional Edition Spain (2010) is not the best known release from this brand, but that is because its release was extremely limited and exclusive. These came out in 2010, and were targeted to the Spanish market. 108 in the name refers to 108 years, a celebration of Bolivar’s anniversary. Only 4,000 were made in total, sold in boxes of 10. These cigars seem to receive almost universal acclaim, and my own experience with the Bolivar 108 has been just as excellent.

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Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No. 2

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No. 2

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Figurado
Size : 6 x 55
Wrapper : African Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $11.00 – $13.00 each
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Created by Don Carlos Fuente, Sr., and rolled at Tabacalera A. Fuente in the Dominican Republic, the Don Carlos No. 2 is claimed to still be one of the finest cigars on the market. Being released to the public in 1997 and said to have vintage aged tobacco (10 years) these cigars are typically difficult to come across. The Don Carlos line consists of seven different sizes each available in boxes of 25:

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La Vérité Vintage 2008 : L’Esprit de Vérité

Tatuaje La Vérité Vintage 2008 Esprit de Vérité

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : La Estrella Habano Criollo (’08)
Filler : La Estrella Habano Criollo (’08)
Binder : La Estrella Habano Criollo (’08)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each

The La Vérité (the truth in French) project, developed by Pete Johnson, is an unusual undertaking using only tobacco from Pepin Garcia’s La Estrella (the star in Spanish) farm in Nicaragua, using only a single crop from a given year. The vintage concept is similar to wine, each vintage being significantly different from another. As far as I remember, one was even able to buy "futures" of the La Vérité series. To my knowledge, these cigars were relased in 2008 and 2009, while the 2010 release was delayed and still hasn't hit the shelves (correct me if I'm wrong).

The 2008 first size, La Vérité, is a 7 x 47 Churchill and is the commanding ship of the entire project. This vitola was available in boxes of 10, 25, 50, and master cases of 100. The second, L'Esprit de Vérité, is a 5 x 50 Robusto that is blended to be a lighter smoke. It was only available in boxes of 10 and 25. I think these are still available at some retailers, but of course at higher prices than initial MSRP (at least $15 per stick).

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La Flor Dominicana Chapter One

La Flor Dominicana Chapter One

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Chisel (box-pressed)
Size : 6.5 x 58
Wrapper : Brazilian Ligero Oscuro
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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The La Flor Dominicana – Chapter One attracted a lot of attention at the 2013 IPCPR Convention, and is the first cigar from the brand to be blended by Antonio Gomez, Litto Gomez’s son. If you’ve seen his name online, it may be because he’s in charge of the social media pages for the brand. He’s done a lot of different duties with the company, and in fact lists his position on Facebook as “A Work in Progress.” I decided to check out his first cigar, and I can definitely say that he’s going places.

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Punch Churchill

Punch Churchill

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Churchill (Julieta No. 2)
Size : 148 x 19 mm (7 x 47)
Box code : OCT 2005
Discontinued : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : $12+ each
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Punch is one of the oldest brands comprising Habanos S.A., founded clear back in 1840 in Havana by Don Manuel Lopez. The brand was created with the European market of cigar buyers in mind, and named for the puppet Mr. Punch from Punch and Judy. This particular cigar, the Punch Churchill, was discontinued in 2010, so the only stogies you can find today have been aged several years. My particular box is from 2005 (4 cigars were smoked for this review). Despite the fact that this cigar has been discontinued, you can still find it for a reasonable price online.

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Ashton VSG Spellbound

Ashton VSG Spellbound

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Double Corona
Size : 7 1/2 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $13 each
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The Ashton brand has become one of the most well-known, sought out cigar brands in the world. The VSG Series cigars are blended exclusively by Carlos Fuente Jr. with 4 and 5 year old Dominican tobacco. The wrapper leaf is grown in Ecuador by the Oliva family and sold to the Fuente family exclusively for Ashton VSG cigars. The VSG Series comes in 12 different sizes for your smoking pleasure (a lot of these vitolas have already been reviewed on CigarInspector.com, click on the name to read the corresponding review):

Eclipse – 6 x 52; Wizard 37 – 6 x 56; Pegasus – 5 x 54; Enchantment – 4.5 x 60; Tres Mystique – 4.5 x 44; Belicoso No. 1 - 5.25 x 52; Corona Gorda – 5.75 x 46; Illusion – 6.5 x 44; Robusto – 5.5 x 50; Sorcerer – 7 x 49; Torpedo – 6.5 x 55; Spellbound – 7.5 x 54

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