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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Rocky Patel Royale

Rocky Patel Royale

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaraguan Triple Ligero
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf and Shade
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each
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The Rocky Patel Royale was released last year by the famous cigar company and is available as either a Robusto or a Toro. It took the company six years (really?) to develop this cigar because of all the special tobacco leaves that go into the blend! The Rocky Patel Royale has received a lot of favorable reviews, and I wanted to experience this unique blend for myself.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Petit Robusto (Magicos)
Size : 115 x 21 mm (4 1/2 x 50)
Released in : 2012
Packaging : box of 10
Hand-Made
Price : ~10 EUR
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The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe is a Cuban puro released by Habanos S.A. in October of 2012. The cigar was released as a retail exclusive for La Casa del Habano stores, and comes packaged in wooden slide boxes. Each box contains ten stogies. After giving the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe a try, I was very glad I’d picked up a box; just like the H. Upmann Royal Robusto, this LCDH release is a success.

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Montecristo Petit No. 2

Montecristo Petit No. 2

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Short Torpedo
Size : 52 x 120 mm (4.7 in)
Released in : 2013
Cigars smoked for review : 3
Hand-Made
Price : 12-15 USD
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Introduced in 2013, the Montecristo Petit No. 2 is a shorter version of the Montecristo No. 2, a beloved Cuban puro from Habanos S.A. This version features the signature torpedo / piramide shape and the same thick ring gauge as the original, but is an inch and a half shorter. For those pressed for time who want to enjoy the same quality as the Montecristo No. 2, it is a great option—that is, if you can find it, and if you can afford it. Although cheaper than its bigger brother, the Petit No. 2 will still set you back at least $10.

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Davidoff Grand Cru No. 1

Davidoff Grand Cru No.1 #1

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Grand Corona
Size : 6 3/32 x 43
Wrapper : USA Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $15 each
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The Davidoff brand, founded by Zino Davidoff, has been in production since 1946. As far as I remember, I read somewhere that this brand is among the top 5 best-selling cigar brands in the United States. As most of us are aware of, Davidoff cigars carry a large price tag in comparison to other competitor brands. Lets see how the Grand Cru No. 1 measures up to the test.

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Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012

Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12.00 each
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The Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012 was a limited edition run of only 1,500 boxes—so it is a little hard to get a hold of. It is perhaps the strongest cigar developed by Nestor Miranda, and comes beautifully packaged in a gorgeous box. I was very excited to get my hands on one. Let’s see how it measures up.

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Padrón 1926 Serie 80 Years Maduro

Padron 1926 80 years

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 ¾ x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $32.00 each
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To commemorate José O. Padrón’s 80th birthday, the Padrón family released its first ever perfecto, the 1926 Serie 80 Years. With production being limited to 40,000 units per year the 80 years cigars are available in boxes of eight with choice of natural or maduro wrappers. Along with the unique shape and specially aged Nicaraguan tobacco comes a hefty price tag (+$30). For most of us this is certainly not “in the budget” however every now and then it’s nice to step out and splurge a little (just don’t let the Mrs. find out).

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