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
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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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Viaje Double Edged Sword

Viaje Double Edged Sword

Origin : HondurasViaje cigars
Format : Double Torpedo
Size : 5.75 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10.00

Viaje Double Edged Sword was released back in 2010. This was one of the first Exclusivo blend cigars by Viaje. The Exclusivo blend releases are below in chronological order:

  1. Exclusivo Robusto (Jar Release)
  2. Exclusivo Robusto (Bundle Release)
  3. Chiquito
  4. Double Edged Sword
  5. Exclusivo Short
  6. Tower 45th

It was also one of the most popular Exclusivos to hit the market ever. In 2009 and 2010, Viaje really lit the U.S. on fire with some great small batch releases, with the Double Edged Sword being one of them. The last 2 years have been totally hit or miss for Viaje in my opinion. So for those of you that may still have these aging in your humidors, let’s see how they are coming around.

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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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Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Double Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $13ish. Released in books of 24 with the Cojonu Capa Especial
More info about purchasing Tatuaje cigars...

Back around January, I was able to obtain a sampler pack of the pre-release 2012 Tatuaje Cojonu through my membership with the Saints and Sinners Club (exclusive Tatuaje fan club). This year they will be in three different blends: Miami brown label Cojonu, Connecticut Broadleaf Reserva and the Sumatran Capa Especial. Just recently, these sticks were released in a beautiful book of 24 cigars by some of the big named B&M’s across the country. I waited until now to acquire more of the releases and do a thorough review instead of smoking one pre-release and writing about it. I was really psyched to see that the pre-releases were just like the actual release,… something that I can’t say about a lot of limited release cigars. So how did the Cojonu 2012 Reserva fare?,...

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Gurkha Cellar Reserve Gran Rothschild

Gurkha Cellar Reserve Gran Rothchild

Origin : Dominican RepublicGurkha
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 x 58
Wrapper : Dominican Criollo 98
Filler : Dominican Criollo and Nicaraguan
Binder : Dominican Olor
Hand-Made
Price : $10.95 each
More info about purchasing Gurkha Cellar Reserve cigars...

Please welcome Gavin, the newest reviewer in our team:

Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by the cigar industry. The variation of techniques and origins that come together to create even one quality cigar create a paradise for smokers like me, that are always on the hunt for new and exciting cigars. I have been smoking cigars for over three years with blogging and collecting becoming my focus for the past 2 years. A great cigar to me is spicy, and full-bodied with balance and subtle flavor still present. Unlike those that pair beverages with cigars, a perfect combination to me is great company and a great cigar. Happy smoking.

The Gurkha Cellar Reserve line was released as a B&M exclusive last year at the ICPCR show in July. Since then the line has been hard to come by unless you had a shop in your area that carried a decent supply of Gurkha products. Along with the Wicked Indie and Royal Challenge, the Cellar Reserve line was created to reintroduce Gurkha cigars to the public at a reasonable price.

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Ramon Allones Superiores

Ramon Allones Superiores

Ramon AllonesOrigin : Cuba
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.26 mm (5.6 x 46)
Ring : 46
3 cigars smoked for the review
Hand-Made
Price : $10-12 each
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Ramon Allones Superiores is a La Casa del Habano-specific release that was supposed to hit the shelves in 2010; while perhaps it did in some places the few LCDH that I visited in the beginning of 2011 didn't have it yet. At first I was very excited about this new vitola from one of my favorite marcas, but when I failed to get it on the first couple attempts I somewhat forgot about it. Only in February 2012, on my trip to Rome, I finally picked up a fiver of these beautiful cigars. I really should have done it earlier!

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Padilla Studio Tobac Figurado

Padilla Studio Tobac Figurado

Origin : NicaraguaPadilla cigars
Format : Figurado
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $14.00 (my local B&M is more around $12.00)

The most disappointing thing about being a cigar reviewer is that there are so many cigars out there and you can only review so many. The Padilla-Studio Tobac cigars had been sitting in my humidor staring at me for over 3 months now and for some reason or another they kept being pushed back in my rotation of review smokes time and time again. I eventually decided it was about damn time I got to them, so here goes.

The gist of what this cigar is about is that it is a reach out by Studio Tobac to broaden its horizons and touch the mainstream by collaborating with some big names in the industry. So for this first collab, they reached out for the genius that is Ernie Padilla to produce a limited stick that would pair both Studio Tobac and Padilla's expertise in bringing a unique cigar to the U.S. market. The tobacco is all Oliva's but they consulted Padilla to tweak the blends. Word on the street is that this will not be the last of Studio Tobac's collaborations which is exciting news. I am personally excited to try this cigar out because I have been a huge fan of Padilla's body of work ever since the release of the original Miami 8&11 years ago. The 8&11 was a game changer for me, and has a lot to do why I am sitting here writing this review. Now on to the review,...

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Rafael Gonzalez Corona Extra

Rafael Gonzalez Corona Extra

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 46 x 143 mm (5.6)
Box code : May 2007
Discontinued in : 2010
Hand-Made
Price : ~$16 each at the B&M
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This is a pre-1960 release and it was, unfortunately, discontinued in 2010. This particular sample is from a May 2007 box. My local B&M somehow got a bunch of ‘07 boxes and they are smoking great. Rafael Gonzalez is a brand that is often overlooked in the Habanos S.A. catalogue. It is a shame and also a blessing. It allows my local store to keep a great stock of aged boxes. I can’t complain about that. Here is how my date with this one went.

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