Alec Bradley New York

Alec Bradley New York

Origin : Honduras
Alec BradleyFormat : Robusto (looks more like a 50 x 5.25)
Size : 5.25 x 52
Wrapper : Honduran Habano (Trojes)
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras?
Hand-Made
Price : $11-12.75 (includes New York taxes)
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New Yorkers have a lot to be proud of. Having grown up in the Big Apple, I can understand why it’s considered to be the greatest city in the world. With its storied past, historic monuments, and proud population, New York breeds a certain “state of mind”. And now New Yorkers have something else to call their own, a cigar made exclusively for the New York market. This new Alec Bradley cigar is simply named New York, and its big flavor and bold character reflects much of what its namesake is all about.

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Tatuaje Boris

Tatuaje Boris

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 49
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra Rosada
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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Many thanks to Austin from the 7th Street Reserve for taking these excellent pictures for my series of reviews.

The man behind the Tatuaje brand, Pete Johnson, has established a yearly tradition with his cigars: on each Halloween, a new blend is released, named after a classic monster from the film industry. In 2008, the Frank was released. Last year, it was time for the Drac and the Boris to burn their way into the cigar lovers’ hearts.
Since all of these Halloween blends are limited editions and very hard to find, I managed to get my hands on a Boris only, missing the Drac. Only 1000 boxes of 10 Boris each were produced.

For this review, I smoked an aged Boris – and I have to say, it was worth the wait: aging conferred a unique flavor to the cigar, ramping up the Boris from “good”, as other have rated it, to a rather great level – in my books. Let’s get started and see in detail how this Halloween monster fares.

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Tatuaje Anarchy

Tatuaje Anarchy

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10+ each
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This is one heck of popular cigar… and it’s not even released yet. The Tatuaje Anarchy is a special Limited Edition cigar that is a collaboration between Pete Johnson, Pepin Garcia and the Abe “Ming” Dababneh at Smoke Inn in the Palm Beach area. It features an all new blend and is one of the most interesting looking cigars I have seen in a long time.

The foot is slightly tapered and the cap looks like a cinnamon bun (it's a flattened pigtail that can be unraveled - see picture below). Holding it upright, it resembles a baseball bat and sports one of the coolest bands I’ve come across.

Tatuaje Anarchy

The cigar is a rusty dark brown and is firm to the touch. It seems to be exuding oils which always bodes well in the flavor department.

After light, the aroma of the smoke is very strong and makes you dizzy upon inhale. The first half inch is very spicy and peppery, reminding you this is a Pepin/Pete cigar. It immediately backs off on the spice and delivers a nice pleasant leathery, woody flavor with a hint of citrus and licorice on the finish.

There is also a dominant aura of earthiness o the palate that lingers past the halfway point.

The last half has a bit of bittersweet chocolate and leather with a hint of pepper. Very nice!

I’d like to thank the folks at Smoke Inn Cigars for the chance to try such a unique and tasty cigar!

Tatuaje RC 223

Tatuaje RC223

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Perfecto
Size : 9 x 55
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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Many thanks to Austin from the 7th Street Reserve for taking these excellent pictures for my series of reviews.

One dilemma I always find myself pondering is whether there is any rationale in saving special cigars for special days or occasions. Sure, the common sense argues in the favor of this, but in the end, you can always change an ordinary day into an exceptional one, exactly by doing something special yourself – like, for example, smoking a Tatuaje RC 233.

The RC233 is handcrafted with first-generation Nicaraguan seed tobacco. The RC in the name stands for “Retro Cuban”, while 233 represents the length in millimeters. The production of this blend is limited.

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Partagas Salomones

Partagas Salomones

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Salomon (Double Perfecto)
Size : 184 x 22.62 mm (7.2 x 57)
Box : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : ~$16 each
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Partagas Salomones is a cigar that you don't see very often in your shop. Online or offline, they are only available at several retailers for a simple reason - they were made specifically for La Casa del Habanos outlets. If you are interested in the history of this cigar, you might want to read this article - this is pretty fascinating. Thanks to a good friend of mine, I was able to put my hand on a sample so, without further ado, here is my opinion on this smoke.

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Vegas Robaina Petit Robaina (Canada Regional Edition)

Vegas Robaina Petit Robaina (Canada Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaVegas Robaina
Format : Petit Edmundo
Size : 110 x 21 mm (4.3 x 52)
Release : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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We've got a guest cigar review from Jdawg today. Enjoy!

The Vegas Robaina Petit Robaina is a regional edition for Canada released in 2009. I have become more fascinated with regionals as of late. This particular cigar with its stubby size and stout ring gauge appealed to me when I first saw it. I have smoked a couple other Canadian regionals recently and found them not to my tastes, so I was hoping for something more appealing here.

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My Father Le Bijou 1922 Toro

My Father Le Bijou 1922

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$230 per box
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As the Son of the Father & Son cigar review team known as the Tollaficionados, one would think that this would fit right in to our little theme. Well keep thinking. We have a special guest reviewer assisting me on laying forth the positives and negatives this time around. Uncle Bill from Ohio came into town to sit in on a session of tobacco worship, and give his opinions on the My Father Le Bijou 1922.

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Tatuaje Private Reserve Black Tubo

Tatuaje Private Reserve Black Tubo

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Pyramid
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo '98
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : N/A
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I know I haven't written a review for some time now, but I have read your e-mails and listened to the comments from those I have spoken with. 2010 has been a hectic year leaving me precious little time for some of the things I enjoy most; so to all the readers, web-sites, magazines, and news letters I write for, I apologize. That being said, on to the good stuff.

The topic of this review is the Tatuaje - Private Reserve Black Tubo. You may notice that as the background for the photos I used my chopper (another of those things I haven't had much time for). I did this as a tribute to Pete Johnson, owner of Tatuaje, because the first time we met I had been out on it and Pete and I spent some time talking about our shared enjoyment of riding. Pete said the inspiration for the Black Tubo came from a trip he took to, "an island famous for its cigars", which one can only assume is Cuba. While there he was given an un-banded, very rustic looking cigar by a man who had it in his shirt pocket. He later learned that among many of the local cigar lovers is a tradition of rolling their own blends for themselves to suit their personal taste, hence Private Reserve in the name of this cigar. Pete never forgot how much he enjoyed that cigar and the Black Tubo is his tribute to it.

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