Fonseca No. 4 (Benelux Regional Edition)

Fonseca No. 4 (Benelux Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaFonseca
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 5 (127 mm) x 48
Release : 2010
Price : 215 € for a box of 25
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Many thanks to Frédéric from La Casa del Habano Knokke (Belgium) for sending me these cigars for review! Check out the shop for a nice selection of Cubans.

Fonseca is a discreet Cuban brand that only has four sizes in the current production. I haven't had a chance to try many of their offerings, I just remember being unimpressed with their smaller cigar, the KDT Cadetes that I bought a fiver of two years ago. Not enough body, not enough flavor, and I quickly lost interest in the brand. In 2010, the very first Fonseca regional edition was released, a corona extra for Benelux. The Fonseca No. 4, as this release is called, is what we have for review today.

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La Palina El Diario

La Palina El Diario

Origin : Honduras
Format : Gordo
Size : 6 x 58
Wrapper : Honduran Corojo ’99 Rosado
Binder : Honduran Criollo ’98
Filler : Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 and Criollo ‘98
Price : $11.55 each
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I would like to thank Courtney from La Palina for sending me these cigars. Disclaimer: La Palina is an advertiser on

La Palina was a cigar line originally manufactured by Congress Cigar Company way back in 1896. The line existed until 1926; when company founder Samuel Paley passed the company down to his son William, William took an interest in radio broadcasting and switched entirely away from cigars, creating the Columbia Broadcasting System. Congress Cigar Company ceased to exist. But now over a century after the founding of Congress Cigar Company, William’s son has decided to revive the original La Palina cigar line of his grandfather. Having had an opportunity to review the delightful La Palina Alison (Torpedo) earlier this year, I jumped on the chance to try the La Palina El Diario, a new blend. El Diario translates to “The Daily”, which is the intention behind this cigar — that this would be a great smoke for everyday. El Diario is available in five vitolas: Churchill (7x50), Torpedo (6.125x52), Gordo (6x58), Toro (6x50), and Robusto (5x52). Today I’ll be having a look at the gordo.

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Tatuaje La Verité Vintage 2008

Tatuaje La Verité Vintage 2008

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 47
Wrapper : : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : N/A
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Another fine cigar sent to me from Tobacconist University is the Tatuaje - La Verite, Vintage 2008. La Verite, a 7 x 47 Churchill vitola, is a Nicaraguan Habano puro made for Tatuaje by Jaime Garcia at My Father Cigars, S.A. with all of the tobacco coming from a single farm in Esteli, Nicaragua known as, "La Estrella" which means, "The Star." Nicaraguan Habano is a traditional Cuban seed varietal popular for its individual traits as well as for hybridization. According to Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje, when he tried the La Estrella crop of Nic-Habano which was grown in 2007 and harvested in 2008, he realized that it would be great to make a puro cigar from. There is also a Vintage 2009 which is made with 45% Nicaraguan Habano, 40% criollo '98, and 15% pelo de oro. These two can be differentiated by a 2008 or 2009 printed in the center of the band. As of this writing, I have not smoked the Vintage 2009.

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Tatuaje Black Robusto (1st event pack w/ closed foot)

Tatuaje Black Robusto

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : : Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ? (given away at events)
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Since Pete Johnson has released the Tatuaje Black Label Petit Lancero as a full production, it was only appropriate to revisit some of the older releases of the famed Black Label line. Of course most aficionados know of the notorious corona gorda jar release which was the first release of one of the most expected releases in most recent history. Of course the corona gordas were good, so are the petite lanceros, but how do some of the other vitolas stack up to their highly touted brethren? We shall see,…

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Liga Privada No.9 “Flying Pig”

Liga Privada Flying Pig

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Short Figurado
Size : 4 x 60
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Honduran
Binder : Brazilian
Price : $12.00
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For Liga Privada fans, this was the holy grail of cigars for quite some time. The No. 9’s are plagued by limited supplies making them more desirable than the T-52’s. Other than their rarity, most people that I know of prefer the No. 9’s to the T-52’s. The guys at Drew Estate are coming up with a slew of new releases, so will the famous No. 9 Pigs hold their desirability. So let’s see how the pigs have evolved since their most recent release shall we?

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Diamond Crown Julius Caeser

Padilla Habano Artisano

Origin : Dominican RepublicDiamond Crown cigars
Format : Pyramid
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Unknown
Filler : Unknown
Price : $11-17 each
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This cigar was gifted to me by a generous BOTL around Christmas time. This doesn't seem to be a very widely available cigar, at least mostly being sold at Diamond Crown lounges. And with that exclusivity comes the expectedly exorbitant price tag. From what I can find, this cigar line retails in the $11 - $17 range.

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Avo 85th Anniversary 2011 Limited Edition

Avo 85th Anniversary 2011 Limited Edition

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Diadema
Size : 6.6 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Peru
Price : $17.50 MSRP
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Avo 85th Anniversary is the annual release celebrating Avo Uvezian’s birthday. The first one was released 10 years ago and since then it has become a tradition. I have tasted several of these releases and it has been hit or miss. In particular, the 2008 Tesoro didn’t impress me much. However, the 2011 release has collected mostly positive reviews and I couldn’t resist picking a sampler when I stopped by the Davidoff shop in Geneva. Unlike most other Avo smokes, this is not a Dominican puro. The 6.6 x 50 Diadema (sort of a long perfecto) sports a sun grown Dominican wrapper and is filled with San Vicente and Piloto Dominican tobacco. The binder is, however, Peruvian. Let’s see how it smokes, shall we?

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El Sublimado

El Sublimado

Origin : Dominican RepublicTexas Cigar Brothers
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.5 x 50
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $85 per pack of five ($17.00 each)

My rating system has changed to a numerical scale ranging from 50 to 100 points, which readers of various wine and cigar publications should immediately recognize. I elected to discard the five star system because I found a slight but unacceptable variation in quality between cigars with identical ratings. The new scale offers the reader a superior benchmark for comparison among the other cigars I review. As always, the detailed tasting notes accompanying the score give the best insight into the unique character of each individual cigar.  - Nathan

It isn’t every day that a long out of production cigar hearkening back from the boom years of the ‘90’s falls into your lap. The Texas Cigar Brothers company of Bedford, Texas recently stumbled upon a long forgotten stock of El Sublimado and El Incomparable cigars in the warehouse of a Honduran cigar factory and is making them available on a limited basis. The El Sublimado brand launched in 1993 and is unique because the tobacco used to make the cigar was cured in rooms with 50 years old Noces d'Or Cognac.

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