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
More info about purchasing Viaje TNT cigars...

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.

Read the full review of Viaje TNT...

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
More info about purchasing Man O'War Armada cigars...

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.

Read the full review of Man O’War Armada...

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
More info about purchasing Illusione cigars...

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.

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
More info about purchasing Tatuaje cigars...

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.

Read the full review of Tatuaje 109 Federal Cigar 90th Anniversary...

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
More info about purchasing Por Larranaga cigars...

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.

Read the full review of Por Larranaga Valiosos (Regional Edition Switzerland)...

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
More info about purchasing Viaje White Label cigars...

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.

Read the full review of Viaje White Label Project...

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
More info about purchasing Cohiba cigars...

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.

Read the full review of Cohiba Genios (Maduro 5)...

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
More info about purchasing Padilla Dominus cigars...

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.

Read the full review of Padilla Dominus Double Robusto (“Joe’s Gem”)...

Free cigars, fresh content

Join our 6,000+ subscribers and get access to exclusive cigar giveaways and all of our best articles!