This super limited cigar is the second installment of the Viaje Skull and Bones Series. The first release, the daisy Cutter, was a little 4 x 54 petite robusto. This new release, which now will be released every Halloween does not have a name (yet?). It is very limited, just 150 boxes of 25 cigars each were made. I was lucky enough to get my hand on a few from my local, Empire Cigars.
After getting a couple of reminders from readers, I guess it's about time to start reviewing the new 2010 Cuban limited editions. What have we got here? A Montecristo Grand Edmundo (5.9 x 52), a Partagas Serie D Especial (5.6 x 50) and a Trinidad Short Robusto T (4 x 50). Notice the ring gauges... The Monte sounds plain boring, Partagas is not really a favorite brand of mine, so the choice of the first cigar to test was fairly quick - Trinidad Robusto T was my favorite cigar in 2009 and I couldn't help thinking that there would be other similarities between these two besides the name.
This is Agent 24. My mission was to review the Tatuaje RC 184. As a member of The Cigar Spy agency, I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor.
Tatuaje is the brainchild of Pete Johnson, who along with Jose “Don Pepin” Garcia rolls these cigars in Little Havana, Miami, Florida. They use first generation Cuban seed grown in Nicaragua. The RC stands for Retro Cuban and the 184 is the length in mm. It is one of the special blends for the Tatuaje Cabinet Series.
Thanks to Prometheus Cigars for providing this sample for review!
After having my first God of Fire several months back and finding it an absolutely heavenly experience actually worthy of the hype, I found myself quite excited to sample Keith Park's newest line. While several reviews touched on the Angelenos cigar line, they seemed rather sparse and far between. Wondering if I had gotten my hands on a yet to be known gem or simply an unsought after stick, I set out to find out where Angelenos cigars stand.
Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Robusto Extra Size : 5x 58 Wrapper : Ecuadorian Cuban-Seed Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua Binder : Dominican Hybrid Corojo/Olor Hand-Made Price : $23 each More info about purchasing Zino Platinum cigars...
The Zino Platinum Crown Series Emperor Edition 2009 was created by blending Piloto Ligero tobacco grown in two different regions of the Dominican Republic along with tobacco from Nicaragua. This cigar is said to be the strongest full-bodied cigar in the Zino line.
This is a cigar I’ve been eagerly awaiting since I heard it will feature some of Pepin’s Pelo de Oro leaf. What’s Pelo de Oro? Meaning “golden hair”, PdO is the grandfather to the modern day Corojo wrapper. According to Tobacconist University:
It is usually a reference to a potent Cuban cigar varietal which was popular in the early and middle 20th Century. This tobacco could be used for wrapper and filler as well, but is disease prone and can infest entire crops and regions so it is rarely grown today. Pelo de Oro can be considered a ‘campesino’ or ‘guajiro’ tobacco since many agricultural workers grow and smoke it to this day – especially in the central part of Cuba. It is known for being quite strong and flavorful as well as sweet.
On my last visit to the local shop, I just couldn't resist. I must admit that if I didn't have a cigar blog, I would have probably passed on it. Spending over $40 on a single cigar is not among my habits. However, this is a Cohiba, this is a Behike (it used to be the most expensive cigar in the world a few years ago!) and I have a way to tell thousands of cigar aficionados how it smokes - and this makes it worth the price.
Cohiba Behike was (re)released in 2010 during the XII Festival del Habano. The term Behike was first found in a travel note written somewhere in the 16th century and it designated a tribal chief. The characteristic feature of this cigar is the use of "medio tiempo" leaves in the blend. These rare upper leaves which are supposed to receive more sun light are expected to add a distinct taste to the cigar. According to Habanos, this is the reason why Behikes will be produced in very limited quantities every year.
Presented in black lacquered boxes of 10, three vitolas are available: Cohiba Behike 52 (Petit Robusto, 4.7 x 52), Cohiba Behike 54 (Robusto Extra, 5.7 x 54) and the giant jaw-breaker Cohiba Behike 56 (Double Robusto, 6.5 x 56). Today, I will be tasting the Cohiba Behike 52.
It seems like it’s been years since the last Small Batch release but it’s now here, the Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch No. 3! The first two Small Batch releases were some of the strongest and most flavorful cigars I have ever smoked. Litto Gomez does small batch cigars very well, so I was very eager to try this one!
This cigar has a beautifully oily sheen to it (thanks to selenium I hear). The wrapper is dark brown with reddish hues. It looks and feels like a leather cigar!
Guess what. It tastes like one too. :) The first few puffs are rich with leather and coffee, with a hint of cedar on the finish.