Ashton VSG Wizard

Ashton VSG Wizard

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 56
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $13 each
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There isn’t much left that hasn’t been said about the Ashton VSG. It is an extremely popular line of cigars made for Ashton by the Fuentes. If you are new to the VSG, then surf on over to my review of the VSG Sorcerer and read the background info on this smoke there.

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Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 77 “The Shark”

Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 77

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5.625 x 54
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : up to $30 each
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Throughout each of our smoking lives, many of us set aside cigars that we label as special to be smoked on rare occasions. One such cigar that repeatedly tops many lists is the Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva No. 77. Resembling a tooth because of its uniquely box pressed torpedo shape, this cigar is more commonly known as the Anejo “Shark”. Sought after by both lovers and collectors with fervor similar to the search for Fuente’s Opus X line, this is one cigar that I have been looking forward to trying for some time.

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San Cristobal Oficios from 5 Aniversario Humidor

San Cristobal Oficios from 5 Aniversario Humidor

Many thanks to Damien from DutyFreeCubanCigars.com for sending me these rare cigars. Check out his shop for a nice selection of Cuban and non-Cuban cigars.

This version of the San Cristobal Oficios (click here for the review of the regular one) comes from a limited edition humidor, released in 2004 to celebrate the fifth birthday of the brand. In fact, this was the first appearance of the Oficios vitola. Consequently, it is quite an aged cigar, with approximately 6 years of humidor time. Let’s see how this 5.3 x 43 corona smokes!

With its pale brown wrapper and several visible veins, this cigar looks very much like the Oficios I smoked half a year ago. Moderately firm to the touch, it has an easy pre-draw with surprising notes of peppermint. In the beginning, it is medium-bodied, dominated by wood / cedar flavors. The burn is simply excellent – slow and regular – resulting in a beautiful ash holding for over 2 inches. As I tap this first ash off, the flavors have slightly changed – a bit of leather is added to the bouquet and there is definitely some moderate spice in the back of the throat. Surprisingly, I have a sudden construction issue – first of all, the ash, not even 1 inch long, falls into my lap and then, when I’m done cleaning my short, the cigar goes out. Cursing quietly, I relight it just to find a very flavorful last third (I purged the cigar after re-lighting it), characterized by thick smoke with deep, complex flavors that, besides those that were mentioned before, include sweet coffee with milk and sweet chocolate.

Overall, a very interesting cigar, however, I am not sure that it is any better than the regular one. If you have a chance try it out - otherwise I wouldn't go out of my way to specifically hunt it.

My Father No. 3 Cremas

My Father No.3 Cremas

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Cremas
Size : 6.0″ x 49
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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So as the story goes, Pepin’s son Jamie had a secret project he was working on. He was creating a cigar in tribute to his father and he was doing it behind Pepin’s back. He managed to keep it a secret up until he was nearly finished with it and when Pepin found out about it he told his son to give him three cigars which he promptly smoked and loved. That is the Birth Story of My Father Cigars. The cigar is made up of tobacco from the Garcia’s own farms for the binder and filler, and the wrapper is a lovely and oily Habano leaf grown in Ecuador by the Oliva Tobacco family.

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Cohiba Robusto Reserva (2003)

5th Anniversary Review Cohiba Robusto Reserva (2003)

Origin : Cuba
Format : RobustoCohiba
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Box code : 2003
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : $50+?
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In 2003, Habanos SA released a special edition box of Cohiba cigars. It was the Cohiba Selección Reserva and it contained 30 cigars in an assortment of sizes including six robusto sized cigars. My sample was very generously given to me by Brother of the Leaf who happened to own a bar in Denmark. I had always hoped to make it over there and check out his bar and smoke a cigar with him but as it happens we have lost touch and I am not sure where he is anymore. I have been saving this very special cigar for a special occasion and I am happy to be finally putting it to flame in celebration of 5 years of blogging about my passion for fine hand made cigars.

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H. Upmann Magnum 46

H. Upmann Magnum 46

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5.625 x 46
Weight : 11.41 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Who has not heard of Cuban cigars? Long touted as producing the pinnacle in quality cigars, that small island has made quite a name for itself. Determined to see if they could live up to the hype, I set out on trying one of the most consistently enjoyed sticks available, the H. Upmann Magnum 46.

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CAO Vision Catalyst

CAO Vision

Origin : Dominican Republic
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican / Nicaraguan / Brazilian
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each
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My name is Agent 6. My mission was to review the CAO Vision Catalyst. As an asset of The Cigar Spy agency I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor.

Background Info

CAO Vision comes packaged in a high-tech box much like the one Agent 15 stores his Spy Glasses in. Digital hygrometer? Check. Tech savvy lighting? Check. Functioning humidor? Check. So why am I talking about the packaging so much? I don’t know…

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Punch Small Club (France Regional Edition)

Punch Small Club (France Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 102 x 20 mm (4 x 50)
Ring : 50
Release : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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As a complete marketing victim, I just can't refrain myself from buying a Cuban cigar with a second band, regardless of its color. This time it was a red one. Whereas some of the regional editions I tried were rather disappointing because of the lack of personality, others turned out to be outstanding. Bottom line - I don't mind trying my luck with REs. This is why I bought a couple of Punch Small Club when I was in Paris in April.

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