Tatuaje Black Robusto (1st event pack w/ closed foot)

Tatuaje Black Robusto

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : : Nicaraguan Sun Grown Criollo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ? (given away at events)
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Since Pete Johnson has released the Tatuaje Black Label Petit Lancero as a full production, it was only appropriate to revisit some of the older releases of the famed Black Label line. Of course most aficionados know of the notorious corona gorda jar release which was the first release of one of the most expected releases in most recent history. Of course the corona gordas were good, so are the petite lanceros, but how do some of the other vitolas stack up to their highly touted brethren? We shall see,…

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Liga Privada No.9 “Flying Pig”

Liga Privada Flying Pig

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Short Figurado
Size : 4 x 60
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Honduran
Binder : Brazilian
Hand-Made
Price : $12.00
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For Liga Privada fans, this was the holy grail of cigars for quite some time. The No. 9’s are plagued by limited supplies making them more desirable than the T-52’s. Other than their rarity, most people that I know of prefer the No. 9’s to the T-52’s. The guys at Drew Estate are coming up with a slew of new releases, so will the famous No. 9 Pigs hold their desirability. So let’s see how the pigs have evolved since their most recent release shall we?

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Diamond Crown Julius Caeser

Padilla Habano Artisano

Origin : Dominican RepublicDiamond Crown cigars
Format : Pyramid
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Unknown
Filler : Unknown
Hand-Made
Price : $11-17 each
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This cigar was gifted to me by a generous BOTL around Christmas time. This doesn't seem to be a very widely available cigar, at least mostly being sold at Diamond Crown lounges. And with that exclusivity comes the expectedly exorbitant price tag. From what I can find, this cigar line retails in the $11 - $17 range.

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Avo 85th Anniversary 2011 Limited Edition

Avo 85th Anniversary 2011 Limited Edition

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Diadema
Size : 6.6 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Peru
Hand-Made
Price : $17.50 MSRP
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Avo 85th Anniversary is the annual release celebrating Avo Uvezian’s birthday. The first one was released 10 years ago and since then it has become a tradition. I have tasted several of these releases and it has been hit or miss. In particular, the 2008 Tesoro didn’t impress me much. However, the 2011 release has collected mostly positive reviews and I couldn’t resist picking a sampler when I stopped by the Davidoff shop in Geneva. Unlike most other Avo smokes, this is not a Dominican puro. The 6.6 x 50 Diadema (sort of a long perfecto) sports a sun grown Dominican wrapper and is filled with San Vicente and Piloto Dominican tobacco. The binder is, however, Peruvian. Let’s see how it smokes, shall we?

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El Sublimado

El Sublimado

Origin : Dominican RepublicTexas Cigar Brothers
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.5 x 50
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $85 per pack of five ($17.00 each)

My rating system has changed to a numerical scale ranging from 50 to 100 points, which readers of various wine and cigar publications should immediately recognize. I elected to discard the five star system because I found a slight but unacceptable variation in quality between cigars with identical ratings. The new scale offers the reader a superior benchmark for comparison among the other cigars I review. As always, the detailed tasting notes accompanying the score give the best insight into the unique character of each individual cigar.  - Nathan

It isn’t every day that a long out of production cigar hearkening back from the boom years of the ‘90’s falls into your lap. The Texas Cigar Brothers company of Bedford, Texas recently stumbled upon a long forgotten stock of El Sublimado and El Incomparable cigars in the warehouse of a Honduran cigar factory and is making them available on a limited basis. The El Sublimado brand launched in 1993 and is unique because the tobacco used to make the cigar was cured in rooms with 50 years old Noces d'Or Cognac.

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Viaje TNT

Viaje TNT

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6.25 x 54
Wrapper : Sun Grown Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : around $10 at release, $13-$15 aftermarket
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Awhile back I was fortunate enough to get my hands on a 5 pack of last summer’s limited Viaje release called the “TNT.” The TNT is characterized by its resemblance to a stick of dynamite with its long fuse like cap. Packed into boxes that look like authentic crates that house dynamite, the TNT was very well presented and marketed.

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Man O’War Armada

Man O'War Armada

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro Grande
Size : 6.5 x 56
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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Please welcome Zack who joined our team of contributors! He starts off with a review of the Man O'War Armada.

This was the last of the Man O'War cigars for me to try. Several years ago, I got my hand on a few of the original Man O'War's, and they were amazing. So, since then I have been a huge fan of the line. When I had the chance to get my hand on one of these rare gems, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Now I know that $20 a stick is kind of pricey, but this cigar, for once, deserves that kind of price tag.

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Illusíone Singularé 2010 Phantom

Illusíone Singularé 2010 Phantom

Origin : Honduras
IllusioneFormat : Toro
Size : 6.0′ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
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The Phantom is the 2010 version of Illusione’s Limited Edition “Singularé” cigar line. It is a refined looking toro with a handsome wrapper that has the look of fine leather. It is a mild to medium bodied smoke. Not much spice to be found here which is unusual of a cigar that uses all Nicaraguan tobacco. It starts off light and mild with creamy flavors of cedar and toasted tobacco with a subtle bit of earthiness. Eventually it picks up a bit. The flavors are consistent but develop more body and there is an added floral undertone and a bit of sweetness that adds some complexity. This was an excellent smoke and a very different profile for Illusione. I found it to be even lighter and more mild that some of the Epernay line. Still mild doesn’t mean flavorless as this stick had plenty to offer. I feel like I use this word a lot when talking about various cigars from Illusione, but it fits so I’ll use it again… Elegant. This cigar has a very refined and elegant feel to it. Grab some if you can still find them.

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