H. Upmann Magnum 46

H. Upmann Magnum 46

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.625 x 46
Weight : 11.41 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Who has not heard of Cuban cigars? Long touted as producing the pinnacle in quality cigars, that small island has made quite a name for itself. Determined to see if they could live up to the hype, I set out on trying one of the most consistently enjoyed sticks available, the H. Upmann Magnum 46.

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CAO Vision Catalyst

CAO Vision

Origin : Dominican Republic
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican / Nicaraguan / Brazilian
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each
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My name is Agent 6. My mission was to review the CAO Vision Catalyst. As an asset of The Cigar Spy agency I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor.

Background Info

CAO Vision comes packaged in a high-tech box much like the one Agent 15 stores his Spy Glasses in. Digital hygrometer? Check. Tech savvy lighting? Check. Functioning humidor? Check. So why am I talking about the packaging so much? I don’t know…

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Punch Small Club (France Regional Edition)

Punch Small Club (France Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 102 x 20 mm (4 x 50)
Ring : 50
Release : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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As a complete marketing victim, I just can't refrain myself from buying a Cuban cigar with a second band, regardless of its color. This time it was a red one. Whereas some of the regional editions I tried were rather disappointing because of the lack of personality, others turned out to be outstanding. Bottom line - I don't mind trying my luck with REs. This is why I bought a couple of Punch Small Club when I was in Paris in April.

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Tatuaje Verocu Tubos

Tatuaje Verocu Tubos

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8″ x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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The Verocu extension of the Tatuaje Havana VI line was first introduced as a two vitola regional release. There was the West Coast version, the No. 1 Lado Occidental, and the East Coast’s No. 2 Zona del Este. Each was sold in cabinets of 50 cigars. They were a huge hit and remain a favorite of many Tatuaje fans. They were a limited release however, and much to the dismay of those fans, they are no longer made and extremely hard to find and generally unavailable. If you don’t already have some you aren’t likely to get any. But despair not, there have been subsequent releases of the Verocu blend like the No.9 which is a Holts exclusive. The most recent addition to the line is the Verocu Tubos, a tubed Torpedo measuring an ample six and one eighth inches in length and sporting a beefy 52 ring gauge. It comes armored in a very nice, bright red aluminum tube and is available in boxes of 10.

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Fuente Fuente Opus X Belicoso xXx

Fuente Fuente Opus X Belicoso xXx

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Belicoso
Size : 4 5/8 x 49
Ring : 49
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $20+ each?
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First of all, I would like to thank Damien from DutyFreeCubanCigars.com for providing these beauties for review. He is based in Grand Cayman which gives him access to some rare Cuban and non-Cuban smokes, including the Opus X cigars.

The word alone makes my mouth water. I remember my previous experience with an Opus X and it seems like its strong and rich flavor is still somewhere near. Will this Belicoso xXx, also known as the Power Ranger, be on par with the Rare Estate Reserve or will it disappoint? I had absolutely no idea when I took this cigar from the humidor yesterday evening to dry-box it during the night. The weather is excellent, I am sitting outside in a park and getting ready to begin my short journey to the Dominican Republic.

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Tatuaje Cojonu 2009

Tatuaje Cojonu 2009

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.75″ x 48
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Ligero
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
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The Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 is part of the Cojonu extension of the Tatuje Brown Label line. Also known as Tatuaje Miami, Tatuaje Classics, Tatuaje Cabinet series, and even more formally (and very rarely) as Tatuaje La Seleccion de Cazador. The Cojonu extension is a series of very strong cigars that are released in a new shape every three years. It started with the Cojonu 2003 which was a long toro, and that was followed by the Cojonu 2006; a belicoso. So 2009 predictably brought us the next installment which happens to be a very long torpedo with a very short and rounded taper at the head. As I have always understood it, each of these cigars is the same blend with the same binder and wrapper, the difference with each edition being the vitola. So it is good to note that the year on these cigars does not refer to what most cigar smokers normally associate a year with. It doesn’t have to do with the crop, or the year it was made. It is simply the name of the vitola. Much like the Lonsdale in the classic Brown label line is called a Havana Cazadore, this torpedo is called 2009. All three vitolas are regular production cigars and all three are still made and available today.

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Tatuaje J21 Reserva

Tatuaje J21 Reserva

TatuajeOrigin : Miami, FL
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-11 each
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First of all, I am really sorry for the lack of my reviews lately. I’ve been through some important changes in my life (new job, new home, new city…) which barely allowed enough time to take care of the website. I would like to thank all the reviewers for bringing you fresh content every week. During the last months I’ve been mostly smoking cigars for pleasure, relaxing with a glass of cognac after a long day. I didn’t feel like reviewing a Petit Edmundo again, or a Party Short. Last week, however, I did some on- and off-line shopping and also received a little package from Cayman islands (more on that in one of the next reviews), so I’ve got some interesting experiences to share with you.

We’ll start with a Tatuaje J21 Reserva. This is the very first Tatuaje that I tried (can you believe that?) and I was really curious to see whether it would live up to its reputation (you can check Joe’s review for example).

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Dual Review: Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru

Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru

Origin : BahamasGraycliff
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25 x 50
Wrapper : Costa Rica
Binder : Ecuador
Filler : Costa Rica/Nicaragua/Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $14-16 each
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Below is the third dual review in our series of 6.

Jason: Graycliff is a cigar company that produces ultra-premium cigars out of Nassau, Bahamas. I am not a frequent smoker of Graycliff cigars by any means, due to their price. I have had the red label and blue label previously, but it has been a couple of years, so I wasn't sure what to expect in smoking this Chateau Gran Cru.

Joe K: After an Irish Lamb Stew that my wife and I made when visiting my parents, I decided to break out a Graycliff Chateau Gran Cru PG that I received from Three Cigar Dogs Company. To this point my only experience with Graycliff was with their Double Espresso, which I had enjoyed at the time. Outside of that, I had not read or heard much about them either. Some brief research into the brand showed that the Graycliff runs a resort, restaurant, cigar company combination out of Nassau in the Bahamas. As my first attempt with this smoke did not prove positive and general reviews seemed to contradict this, I set out to give it another chance to determine if the issues were across both cigars or just isolated to the first.

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