Ashton Cabinet Selection

Ashton Cabinet Selection

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5 1/4 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13.75 each, $200 for a box of 25
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I picked up a few of these at another Aston Taste of Excellence events. These are great events. That evening the Cabinet Selection was paired with Oban 14 because it starts sweet but ends with a hint of spice. For this review, I smoked the cigar with no libation. The Cabinet’s Dominican filler is aged at least four to five years. The wrapper is aged one year longer. Aston claims no less than six different fillers in the cigar and it takes seven years to make it from seed to cigar.

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Punch Serie d’Oro No. 1 (UK Regional Edition)

Punch Serie d'Oro No. 1 (UK Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Torpedo
Size : 156 x 21 mm (6.1 x 52)
Ring : 52
Release : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : $20+ each
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I would like to thank Sautter Cigars for providing me with a sampler of these Regional Editions. This shop is a great source of rare, vintage and limited Cuban cigars.

Punch Serie d'Oro No. 1 is the second regional edition for the UK market that I have had the chance to try. Punch is another regular producer of Regional Releases, there have been 11 (!) different offerings, including those for year 2009 (6 of them!). For me, it is an average marca that rolls nice and reliable cigars, but nothing to be very excited about. The medium-bodied Punch Punch is probably the most representative vitola.

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La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos (UK Regional Edition)

La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos (UK Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaLa Gloria Cubana
Format : Doble Robusto
Size : 155 x 20 mm (6.1 x 50)
Ring : 50
Release : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : $20+
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I would like to thank Sautter Cigars for providing me with a sampler of these Regional Editions. This shop is a great source of rare, vintage and limited Cuban cigars.

La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos is a Regional Edition specially made by Habanos SA for the UK market. It was supposed to be released in 2008 but only appeared on the market in January 2009 because of the delays caused by brothers Gustav, Ike and Paloma. Only 2040 boxes of 10 cigars were made.

La Gloria Cubana is not a trendy brand. The cigars are not known to the general public and with this Regional Release Simon Chase, from Hunters & Frankau (the distributor of Cuban cigars in the UK), wanted to give it a second life.

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Padron Family Reserve No. 45

Padron Family Reserve No. 45

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$27 each
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Hello fellow lovers of the leaf, I recently returned from overseas, just in time to attend a very special event. I had the distinct pleasure and privilege of meeting Jorge Padron, President of Padron Cigars and son of founder, Jose Padron. I missed the opportunity to meet him last year when he came through Baltimore because I was deployed again so I made sure my schedule didn’t conflict this time, though it was a close one. I had been very much looking forward to this event, not only because it was an opportunity to meet Mr. Padron, but also because he was bringing with him the new Padron Family Reserve No. 45. Ever since reading the posting about them by Jorge Armenteros in the Tobacconist University Forum, I have been anticipating the opportunity to enjoy what was certain to be a fine cigar.

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Tatuaje Cojonu 2009

Tatuaje Cojonu 2009

TatuajeOrigin : Miami, FL
Format : Torpedo
Size : 7 x 49
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11-13 each
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This cigar is the fourth in the Cojonu series and was released earlier this year. They are rolled at DPG's El Rey de Los Habanos factory in Miami, FL.

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Bolivar Petit Belicoso 2009 Limited Edition

Bolivar Petit Belicoso 2009 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Petit Belicoso
Size : 124 x 21 mm (4.9 x 52)
Ring : 52
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11-13
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Bolivar Petit Belicoso is the last 2009 limited release from Habanos SA that we are reviewing at CigarInspector.com. This is the very first edicion limitada from Bolivar. 4.9 inches long, with a 52 ring gauge, this mini-belicoso is an obvious attempt to follow the success of petit vitolas. As usual for limited editions, the tobacco for this cigar has been aged for at least 2 years.

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San Cristobal de la Habana La Fuerza

San Cristobal de la H. La Fuerza

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Grand Robusto (Super Robusto)
Size : 143 x 19.84 mm (5.6 x 50)
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each
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San Cristobal de la Habana La Fuerza is the second review in our San Cristobal series. Slightly longer than a regular robusto, this gordito measures 5.6 inches with a 50 ring gauge. A few weeks ago, I thoroughly enjoyed the Oficios and I was looking forward to trying another vitola from the brand, having high expectations.

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Bolivar Belicosos Finos

Bolivar Belicosos Finos

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Torpedo (Campana)
Size : 140 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 12.45 g
Box code : TEB ABR 08
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11/piece
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Bolivar Belicosos Finos is the second most popular cigar from the brand, behind the Royal Coronas (just my opinion, I've got no stats to back that up). A classic torpedo, this cigar is known for packing quite a full-bodied mix of flavors with considerable power. It's time to find out whether the rumours are true (well, to be honest with you I'm quite familiar with this vitola and have been so for a long time, but in this review we will be 'discovering' it together).

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