Tatuaje 109 Federal Cigar 90th Anniversary

Tatuaje 109 Federal Cigar 90th Anniversary

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Conde 109
Size : 7 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Federal Cigar, at the beginning of the year celebrated its 90th anniversary by releasing an exclusive Tatuaje cigar informally called the Tatuaje 109. These were produced in two versions with different wrappers with the same base verocu blend, one with a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, and the other with a Rosado leaf wrapper. Here, I am reviewing the Rosado leaf version, and will soon also do a review of the reserva version in the Connecticut broadleaf wrapper.

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Por Larranaga Valiosos (Regional Edition Switzerland)

Por Larranaga Valiosos (Regional Edition Switzerland)

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Pyramide
Size : 156 x 21 mm (6.1 x 52)
Release : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : ~$450 for a box of 25
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While I was in Geneva this spring, I thought I’d take advantage of this special opportunity to try the Por Larranaga Valiosos Regional Edition Switzerland. The cigar cost me $22.00. I thought that it would be well worth it to try this cigar out for everyone who can’t take advantage of this release. The Valiosos was produced as a limited edition regional cigar; only 2400 boxes were distributed for sale in Switzerland.

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Viaje White Label Project

Viaje White Label Project

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.6 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $8-13, depends on the B&M
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Many reviews have been done on this particular cigar. This cigar drew a lot of rumors and buzz at the time of release due to its extreme exclusivity. Only 5 mystery B&M’s got bundles of these self promoted “Prototype Cigars.” Andre Farkas stated that the White Labels would be cigars that would be released to the public as a test blend to possible future releases. This release of the White Label is a tweaked blend of last year’s Summerfest blend. I truthfully disliked the Summerfest blend, but thought that with some adjustments to the blend and size, that this cigar could have been much better. I happened to get a hold of many of these cigars in the hopes of putting some good age on them. But I had to smoke a couple to see where they were at in their evolution.

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Cohiba Genios (Maduro 5)

Cohiba Genios

Origin : Cuba
Format : RobustoCohiba
Size : 140 x 20.64 mm (5.5 x 52)
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Maduro aged 5 years
Box code : STA AUG 09
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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I have tried the smaller Secretos version of the Maduro 5 previously, but not its big brother, the Genios until now. Most of the reviews I've read on the Genios have been positive, so I was hoping to have the same luck, though I wasn't terribly impressed with Secretos. I enjoyed this with a nicely aged cabernet sauvignon, which paired pretty well.

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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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