Cruzado Domenicas Extra

Cruzado Domenicas Extra

Origin : HondurasCruzado
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 56
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo '98
Filler : Nicaraguan/Honduran (Criollo '98 & Corojo '06)
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $10 each
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The Cruzado is a line of cigars released by Dion Giolito, owner of Illusione cigars. They are the only cigars that are not Nicaraguan puros in his portfolio. Cruzado means "bearer of the cross" and the bands are gilded in gold, silver, and black with the Cruzado name aside the Crest of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Much like the Illusione MJ12's, the Domenicos Extra is wrapped in gold foil instead of silver.

It seems that availability of the Cruzado line is fairly more limited than his other popular lines (Epernay & Illusione). And among the Cruzados, the Domenicos Extra is the rarest. Several of the other vitolas have been discontinued over time only leaving a few sizes left. It's no secret that I am a huge fan of the Illusione & Epernay lines, and the former seems to be the overall favorite cigar amongst my circle of friends. The Domenicos Extras I smoked for this review are the first I have had of the Cruzado line. So here goes,...

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Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2010

Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2010

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Mexican San Andreas maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$10 each
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You must have heard of the maduro version of the famous Oliva Serie V. Introduced in 2008, the blend has been since then changed yearly, which is a good way of creating regular buzz about a cigar. As for the vitolas, the first three years we've seen torpedos and the toro replaced it in 2011. Up for review today is the 2010 edition, a 6 x 54 filled with Nicaraguan tobacco (ligero from Jalapa valley to be exact) and wrapped in a Mexican San Andreas maduro leaf. I've received this cigar in a r/cigars trade with a cigar aficionado from Finland - thanks Timo!

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Viaje WLP Red 50/50 (Quick Smoke Series)

Viaje VLP Red 50/50

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$10.00 each

The Viaje White Label Project Red 50/50 has a flawless wrapper,… deep mahogany with reddish tint. Invisible seams, and a few medium sized veins. Draw is somewhat tight and hard to pull on. More smoke comes off the foot than through the head it seems sometimes. Burn line is all over the place and needs a few touch ups while smoking.

1st Third- Leather is first noticed, then a tad bit of soy/and or beef jerky,... a little paperish too. Not much spice for a Viaje. A tad sour. Pretty one dimensional.
2nd Third - Started out with some smooth dark chocolate flavors that disappeared into charred meat.
3rd Third- Malty-paperish amalgamation, hard to pin down but not very good nevertheless.

Well, this was the third WLP cigar I have smoked and the consistent theme with them all can be summed up with one word,... underwhelmed. It had some glimmers of hope during the experience of smoking it, but all in all this stick is too reckless in its flavor delivery to provide much enjoyment. All I can say is that I am glad to have smoked one but one will be all that I need to smoke.

Appearance : ★★★★½
Construction : ★★½☆☆
Flavor : ★★★☆☆ (2.75)
Value : ★★½☆☆
Overall : ★★★☆☆ (2.75)

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
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
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
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
Price : $13ish. Released in books of 24 with the Cojonu Capa Especial
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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
Price : $10.95 each
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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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