Partagas Culebras

Partagas Culebras

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Culebra
Size : 146 x 15.48 mm
Ring : 39
Weight : 6.67 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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This great review comes courtesy of Ray_I, one of our loyal readers. Thank you Ray!

Cigar Smoking is a social activity. Nothing compliments good food, drink and conversation than a cigar. I can think of no other cigar presentation that encourages being social more than Partagas Culebras. Culebras I am told means “snake” and this twisted, braid of a cigar trio is a conversation starter and a Cuban smoke not to be missed.

The lore of why Culebras are braided together range from “so employees could steal more cigars”, to “making it possible that employees couldn’t sell their unique daily stipend of cigars on the black market”. I tend to believe the legend that says “this is a marketing ploy.” Whatever story you subscribe to the Culebras won’t let you down.

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Guest Review: H. Upmann Magnum 50

H. Upmann Magnum 50

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 160 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 15 g
Box code : MAY 08
Hand-Made
Price : ~$17 each
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This review comes courtesy of Alexandr and earns him 5 entries in our current contest.

This fine cigar was the first H. Upmann I had tried, so I was very excited and looking forward to tasting it.

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Montecristo Sublime 2008 Limited Edition

Montecristo Sublime 2008 Limited Edition

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Sublime
Size : 164 x 21.43 mm
Ring : 54
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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Considered as one of the most successful Cuban limited editions (among the recent ones), the Montecristo Sublime was released in 2008. The size, sublime, was first used by Cohiba in 2004 (for a limited edition as well). It is both fat (54 ring gauge, a monster by Cuban standards) and long (6 1/2 inches), which implies a smoking time of at least 1h30. I had one of these lying in the humidor for a few months now and was waiting for the day I would be able to dedicate enough time to fully enjoy the smoke. This day finally came and here is my review.

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Liga Privada T-52

Liga Privada T52

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : American Habano
Filler : DR, Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Brazilian Mata-Fina
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-14 each
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Drew Estate's Liga Privada No. 9 has received a fair amount of hype. Known mostly for flavored and infused cigars, when Drew Estate ventures into more traditional lines of cigars it always raises some eyebrows and draws attention. Their Liga Privada line of cigars seems to be their best received offering of traditional smokes. The T-52 is a new cigar in the line that hasn’t even been released yet. It is set to be released at this year's IPCPR convention. T.G., a very generous brother at The Herf Hut Cigar Forum, offered to share one of these new cigars that he was lucky enough to get his hands on a little early. Thanks T.G., I really appreciate it.

The really special thing about this new cigar is the wrapper. It is a new, never used before and exclusive wrapper that the folks at Drew Estate have dubbed “Stalk Cut Habano”. Rather that trying to tell the story myself I’ll just quote the information that T.G. sent me that he got from Jonathan Drew. In this explanation the wrapper is referred to as American Habano, but apparently they have changed their minds and decided to refer to it as Stalk Cut Habano. Read on…

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Partagas Serie D No. 5 Limited Edition 2008

Partagas Serie D No. 5 Limited Edition 2008

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Short Robusto
Size : 110 x 19.84 mm (4.3 x 50)
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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I was happy to put my hands on this cigar because the Partagas Serie D No. 5 LE 2008 sold out very fast in my local cigar shops and I almost forgot about it. Following the trend, it is a short robusto that is supposed to pack a full array of flavors in a small vitola. A mini-PD4, in other words. With all the leaves aged for at least two years, this cigar should be smokeable immediately.

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Montecristo Open Master

Montecristo Open Master

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Price : $10+ each
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Montecristo Open finally hit the shelves of my local B&M and, of course, I had to give them a try. Unfortunately the Regatas weren't available yet so I took a couple of Masters (classic 5x50 robustos). At well over $10 each in the B&M, it was a costly purchase and, although I wasn't expecting a flavor bomb, I was hoping for a pleasant smoking experience.

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Montecristo No. 4 Reserva

Montecristo No. 4 Reserva

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Weight : 8.46 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$30 each (very hard to find)
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Montecristo No. 4 Reserva were released in 2007 in very limited quantities (only 5.000 boxes were made) in tribute to the best-selling Cuban cigar ever, Montecristo No. 4. I got mine courtesy of TopCubans.com and I was very eager to try it out. Needless to say, they have become very hard to find since 2007.

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Cohiba Siglo I

Cohiba Siglo I

Origin : Cuba
Format : Très Petit CoronaCohiba
Size : 4.0″ x 40
Wrapper : Cuba
Filler : Cuba
Binder : Cuba
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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Cohiba is one of the most famous cigar brands in the world. Thanks to the United States trade embargo with Cuba and General Cigar’s appropriation of the trademark in the US market, it is also a brand name surrounded by a lot of confusion. There are a surprising number of people out there including some who consider themselves “cigar smokers” who fail to understand that the famous Cohiba, the Cuban version, in no way, shape or form is related to the Cohiba that is for sale in the US.

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