Padilla Dominus Double Robusto (“Joe’s Gem”)

Padilla Dominus Double Robusto

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo 2006
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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No two cigar smokers would ever agree on how the perfect cigar should taste. Some of us like our cigars strong, others mild, some spicy, some fruity… there are an infinite number of variables that make up the flavor of a cigar and we all have our preferences. That’s why when we use cigar reviews as a buying guide we must first understand the reviewer’s point of view in relation to our own. But sometimes a review will spark our interest in a particular cigar and set in motion a pursuit to experience the cigar first hand. For me, the Cigar Insider review of the Padilla Dominus Double Robusto really got me going. It was not the 92 score alone that piqued my interest, but rather that fact that it was coupled with the knowledge that it was made at Fabrica Tabacos Raices Cubanas… one of my favorite cigar factories.

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Davidoff Millennium

Davidoff Millennium

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Piramide
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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The first thing that came to mind was elegance. The label has a sophisticated look that makes this cigar seem like a gentleman’s cigar. Along with its classy look, the wrapper is smooth and the construction is very strong.

The wrapper also gives off a scent of soft fruit and rich tobacco. The foot smells pretty much the same, but with a little more aroma. I cut the cap to check the pre-draw and the draw was good. It also left a gentle pepper and plumy flavor on my palate. At this point, everything is good, the construction and quality of the cigar is definitely there. So let's find out what kind of flavors this Davidoff has to offer.

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Davidoff Special Short Perfecto

Davidoff Special Short Perfecto

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4.8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Shade Grown
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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It has been a loooooonnnggg time since I smoked my last Davidoff, so I thought it would only be appropriate to revisit them again. Awhile back, I picked up a variety pack of Opus X’s and decided to throw in some Henke Kelner smokes along with the shipment. The hitchhikers in the Opus package were the Avo Heritage Short Robusto (future review coming) and the Davidoff Special Short Perfecto. I like smaller format cigars, and really took an intrigue in the little perfecto shape from the Special Series. I knew I was taking a gamble purchasing it at $13, but sometimes gambles pay off. So check it out below:

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Casa Fuente House Cigar

Casa Fuente House Cigar

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.25 x 45
Wrapper : Cameroon
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $18.00 per stick at the Casa Fuente Club in Las Vegas

Background Info

Originally made for the Opus X line, these cigars from Arturo Fuente are made solely for the Casa Fuente Club in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

Mission Debrief

My sister-in-law came up to me a couple of weeks ago and told me her and her Mom were going to Las Vegas together. Being that my wife and I had spent our honeymoon there and I’ve been there on business a few times, she wanted to know where to go. Even though I knew she wasn’t a cigar smoker, I told her to visit the Casa Fuente club, located in the Forum Shops in Caesar’s Palace. “Have a mojito and enjoy yourself,” I said to her. While she was there, she called up and said that she was getting me a cigar from the club. And sure enough, when she returned home, I found a Casa Fuente bag waiting for me with a Casa Fuente House Cigar inside.

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Davidoff Puro d’Oro Delicioso

Davidoff Puro d'Oro Delicioso

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 4.875 x 43
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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What I love about Davidoff cigars is the fact that they are widely available. Sometimes it's good to be a huge transnational company! I don't get to find boutique cigars around here very often, but I have plenty of choice when it comes to Davidoff (+ Avo, and lately Camacho) smokes. So I wasn't at all surprised when I found the latest blend, Puro d'Oro, at my local shop. Thankfully the weather is getting better, which allowed me to enjoy this great-looking corona outdoors.

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Viaje Satori Karma Limited Edition

Viaje Satori Karma Limited Edition

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Select Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $11-13 each (can vary drastically due to availability)
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“Satori” meaning enlightenment by the Buddhists, is the perfect description for this superb cigar. I have smoked many Viajes lately and have been exceptionally stunned by some and dulled by others. Andre Farkas, the owner and blender of Viaje, has really put together a spectacular smoke here, so check out the details below.

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Tatuaje Verocu Tubo

Tatuaje Verocu Tubo

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-11 each
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Many thanks to Austin from the 7th Street Reserve for taking these excellent pictures for my series of reviews.

Pete Johnson is the genius cigar producer behind the Tatuaje brand. Towards the end of 2009, he released a new cigar, the Tatuaje Verocu Tubo. For those of you who do not know, the Verocu is an addition to the Havana IV, with the Verocu Tubo as the fourth of the line.

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Liga Privada “Dirty Rat”

Liga Privada Dirty Rat

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Corona
Size : 5 x 44
Wrapper : Connecticut Sun-grown Habano
Filler : Dominican, Honduran, Nicaraguan
Binder : Brazilian Mata Fina
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
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Please welcome Aaron, our newest reviewer! He begins with a review of the delicious Liga Privada "Dirty Rat". Enjoy!

Down here in Texas, we have been getting very unusual, very cold weather. Hanging around Dallas for pre-Super Bowl activities, I needed a cigar to warm my soul and get me through the wintery blues. No better cigar to do the trick than the Liga Privada Unico Serie Dirty Rat. Its unique blend of tobaccos was combined to produce a spicier, fuller bodied cigar that packs more of a punch than their regular T-52 line. Though technically not a limited release, the Dirty Rat will be distributed as a small batch cigar to fit demand. This particular stick was one of several I smoked prior to the Super Bowl and had purchased at a local B&M in Arlington.

The Dirty Rat has been a very controversial cigar for a lot of cigar devotees; opinions appear to be very polarized. Some think the cigar tastes much like its name, but I am one of those that completely differs. This cigar may just be too bold for many, because it definitely packs a wallop! Not a cigar I could smoke regularly, I would leave this to special occasions and for a change of pace from other sticks. I am confident in saying that this could be one of the best cigars I’ve smoked in the last two years.

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