CAO Sopranos “Soldier”

CAO Sopranos Soldier

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Origin : NicaraguaCAO Sopranos
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Binder : Honduran
Filler : Dominican, Columbian, & Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$14 each
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The Boss asked me one day through our regular communique via Twitter if I was interested in tracking down the CAO Sopranos "Soldier". I gladly jumped at the chance to review this target. CAO was the first brand of cigars I started smoking with regularity (the particular cigar I started with is quite popular - it's the Brazilia), so I was eager to attain this cigar and give it my full attention.

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Avo Tesoro 2008 Limited Edition

Avo Tesoro 2008 Limited Edition

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 3/4 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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Avo Tesoros 2008 Limited Edition were released to celebrate Avo Uvezian’s 82nd birthday. As I was completing a purchase in a B&M store in Madrid, the shop owner offered me a couple of free cigars. After a short fight between conscience and greediness, I pointed to an opened box of Avo cigars that I haven’t seen before. Gorgeous Cohiba Gran Reserva remained on the shelf…

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Dona Flor Reserva Especial Robusto

Dona Flor Reserva Especial Robusto

Origin : BrazilDona Flor cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Brazil
Binder : Brazil
Hand-Made
Price : MSRP: $12.50

Thanks to GVG International for providing this sample for review!

This is my first try at a Brazilian Puro, so I didn't know what to expect with this cigar. My only experience with Brazilian tobacco is with the CAO Brazilia, which has a Brazilian wrapper. Based on that, I was expecting a full bodied cigar, though that's not what I got...

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Arturo Fuente Hemingway Between the Lines

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Between the Lines

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Figurado
Size : 4.5 x 54
Wrapper : Barber Pole (Connecticut)
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $14.25 (usually found higher)
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The Hemingway Between the Lines (BTL) was my holy grail of cigars when I first started in the hobby. From the initial time I saw one I set to acquiring my own and although shortly after I realized that while they are not the easiest to come by, they are not really impossible to find. Regardless, I was still excited to have purchased one and stored it away for a future time. Recently, I had gotten over being sick and decided to celebrate with a smoke.

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Partagas Serie D No. 4

Partagas Serie D No. 4

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Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Robusto
Size : 4.8 x 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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The Partagas D4 comes with a simple label and a wrapper full of veins. The wrapper is a light tan color with some noticeable bloom and plume. And the construction is perfect. It’s a pretty good looking cigar and I like the “non traditional” label it comes with.

Smelling the wrapper is amazing and it was one of the highlights of this cigar. There’s a strong sweet tobacco aroma with a little cedar smell behind it. It was strong and in your face and I just sat there awhile smelling the wrapper because it was that good. It’s not too often that you can just sit there and enjoy the aroma of only the wrapper.

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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!

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