Buena Vista Edicion Limitada 2008 Prominentes

Buena Vista Edicion Limitada 2008 Prominentes

Origin : EcuadorBuena Vista cigars
Format : Prominentes
Size : 7 x 49
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Ecuador
Binder : Ecuador
Price : ~$15-16

Gary Heathcott, the sales director at Buena Vista, contacted me in August to allow me to sample and review two vitolas from the new Buena Vista brand of cigars. He sent over a nice package of sticks that contained a Cuban music CD along with a bevy of other publication material. In one of the largest releases of new cigars in recent pasts at IPCPR, this cigar was the one that spoke out the most to me. The sheer extent of detail orientation it took to make this cigar was quite amazing.

We start with 100% Cuban seeds and raise our tobacco in what we consider the only place on earth that literally replicates the famous Pinar del Rio tobacco-growing region of Cuba. Our research resulted in a small valley located in Ecuador, where the soil content, the daily temperatures, and the atmospheric conditions all combine to deliver a tobacco leaf that we feel mirrors identically (to Cuban tobacco). Additionally, our entire production process is being overseen and managed by highly skilled Cuban tobacco professionals. Even our rollers are Cubans, who are on special visas from Cuba, working in our own factory located only an hour-long plane ride from Cuba. Each has been trained in the great tobacco factories of Havana, to be the finest torcedores in the industry, and now they roll cigars exclusively for us.

These cigars are packaged in beautiful boxes that rival no other on the market. The bright red boxes are felt bottomed and produced by the same box makers that make the Behike boxes for Cohiba. So far there are two different blends of Buena Vista cigars: the Edicion Limitada 2008 (Ecuadorian puro), and Reserva (Ecuadorian and Dominican blend). I’ve heard the Reserva is the lighter of the two blends. There are 9 different vitolas for the different blends. That is unheard of for a new cigar company. I received the Short Churchill and Prominentes vitolas in my package coming from Gary. I smoked the Short Churchill one day off the delivery truck, then the other about a week afterwards. I smoked the Prominentes approximately a month later for this review. I want to say thank you to Gary for providing these beautiful cigars for us to review.

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H. Upmann Royal Robusto

H. Upmann Royal Robusto

H. UpmannOrigin : Cuba
Format : Edmundo
Size : 135 (5.3 in) x 22 mm
Ring : 52
Price : ~10 EUR each
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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.

Released in the beginning of October 2011, H. Upmann Royal Robusto is a special edition cigar limited to La Casa del Habano stores worldwide. Only 5,000 boxes, each one containing 10 stogies, were created. I can now proudly say that I consumed 1/50000th of the total production, which means that this review is based on one sample only. However, I think that the probability of me smoking at least 10 of these in the coming years is pretty high, if you know what I mean.

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My Uzi Weighs A Ton

My Uzi Weighs A Ton

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Fat Robusto
Size : 5 x 60
Wrapper : San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Brazil, Nicaragua
Binder : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Price : ~$9-12
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“Well I'm all in - put it up on the board
Another rapper shot down from the mouth that roared
1-2-3 down for the count
The result of my lyrics - oh yes, no doubt”

Yea! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! You guessed it, that’s a taste of some old school Public Enemy No. 1 for ya! It happens to be a quite nice little ditty called “My Uzi Weighs A Ton”. As I’m reminiscing, I can’t quite decide if I want to pop a cap, or cut the cap on the new collaboration between Drew Estate and Joya de Nicaragua. Fortunately, I’m not the violent type, so I think I would rather tell my fellow readers about this intimidating stick.

MUWAT. That’s what JD, Jonathan Drew (yea, we’re tight like that… not really), calls his My Uzi Weighs A Ton creation for short. As I am quite sure everyone has figured out, JD is much more “with it” than other cigar makers, therefore, good for you JD for giving this beast such a moniker. MUWAT was JD’s personal blend, so I certainly had high expectations for this thing, and I have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on it.

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Viaje C-4

Viaje C4

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 5 x 56 (box press)
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $10.50-$11.00
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It seems as if you would think Andre Farkas would run out of bomb themed cigars this year. But yet again, here comes another one, the “C-4.” At this point in the year, I have been pretty disappointed in a lot of the Viaje releases. Some felt as if they were released too young and some were just plain terrible. But Andre has a way of keeping his followers' eyes peeled for that diamond in the rough. Every once in awhile he hits a homerun and I was hoping to find it possibly in this cigar.

The C-4 was released back in mid-June along with some other annual Viaje summertime releases: the TNT and Summerfest. Only 3,750 total cigars were made. As much of you all know, Andre only specializes in small batch, hard to find cigars.

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Padron Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro

Padron Family Reserve No. 85 Maduro

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/4 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$20 each
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Padron is known for commemorating significant family dates or events with the release of a limited production cigar blended from some of the family’s oldest bales of tobacco. The 85th birthday of Jose Orlando Padron brought a new cigar to the Family Reserve line dubbed the “85 Years.”

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Cremo Magnum Opus

Cremo Magnum Opus

Origin : USACremo
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.75 x 46
Wrapper : Habano (Nicaraguan?)
Filler : Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $10-12 each

Recently, a press release about Cremo Cigars was brought upon the cigar world sending some aficionados abuzz. With that being said, you can click here to read that press release, which will allow me to really expand on what’s important, rather than providing you with facts that have already been spread around the cigar community. One fact that I will touch on, however, is that these smokes will not be available until after the first of the year. Allow me to make this very clear. I can’t wait.

Allow me to start out by thanking the President of Cremo Cigars, Mr. Walter Santiago. He seems quite passionate about the product he brings to the table, and I truly appreciate him providing me with the samples for this review. The two vitolas I received arrived in great condition, and came along with a nice box of cigar matches. Thanks again Walter. Now, on to shameless criticism.

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Padron 1964 Smoke Inn 15th Maduro

Padron 1964 Smoke Inn 15th Maduro

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : $18.50 each
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The Padron SI-15 is the second cigar from a four part exclusive installment of cigars (“Microblend series”) from some of the game’s biggest players. The first cigar made for Smoke Inn in the four part exclusive series was the Tatuaje Anarchy, second - Padron 1964 SI-15 Natural/Maduro, third - My Father El Hijo, and the fourth - unreleased - is supposed to be by Arturo Fuente. This is the largest Padron cigar made to date, a whopping 6x60 monstrocity. With all of the tobacco aged for at least 4 years, I believe I could be in for a real treat.

Note: this will be my first Padron I have smoked in over 2 years.

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Davidoff Special R (new wrapper)

Davidoff Special R (new wrapper)

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.8 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$15-16 each
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Awhile back I wrote one of my most controversial reviews of the Davidoff Short Perfecto. It seems that many of the Davidoff lovers came out to bash my review, and I don’t blame them. I was so disappointed with the Short Perfecto that I only smoked one stick and did not want to revisit it. So I decided to give the Special Series a second chance this time and properly give it a fair shake. So I went out of my way to procure a few samples of my favorite vitola- the robusto. I had high hopes in Davidoff proving me wrong. So did they succeed in turning this Davidoff sceptic into a believer?

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