Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo

Oliva Master Blends 3 Torpedo

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Broadleaf Sun-Grown (Ecuador)
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano
Binder : Nicaraguan Ligero
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
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The cigars for this review were kindly provided by CigarsDirect.com, your source for premium cigars.

Oliva Master Blends III (also known as Liga Maestra - "master blend" in Spanish) is the third release in Oliva's limited Master Blend series. It uses an Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder which are all supposed to be grown in limited quantities, thus the supply is limited although no exact numbers can be found.

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Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero Maduro

Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 x 36
Ring : 36
Wrapper : Criollo '98 Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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I received this cigar, along with two others, in a gift pack. TESA Cigar Company is a boutique cigar company operating out of Chicago, Illinois. I haven’t had any experience with their smokes and had only read about them online. According to their website, TESA cigars are blended by Chicago area resident Chris Kelly and crafted in the TESA Cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Additionally, 10% of all purchases are donated to housing repairs, education, clothing, and sustenance for the benefit of the residents of Esteli.

I was gifted three TESA cigars: this lancero, a Reserva Real torpedo and a Vintage Especial presidente. I smoked the torpedo upon receipt and was thoroughly impressed with its flavor profile. I decided to let the other two rest for a couple months before enjoying them. After some humi time, I decided to light up this little lancero.

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Davidoff Special R Tubo

Davidoff Special R Tubo

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : USA/Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$300 for a box of 20
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This is a tubo version although it is not visible on the picture. I usually like Davidoffs even though they might be considered overpriced. On the milder side, they tend to provide a pleasant flavor and boast a reliable construction. This is what I was expecting from this tubed Special R.

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Winston Churchill Marrakesh

Winston Churchill Marrakesh

Winston Churchill cigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic, Peru and Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15-18 each
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Winston Churchill is a line of cigars produced by Davidoff in the Dominican Republic. It is supported by Sir Winston Churchill's grandson. 4 different vitolas are produced and each one's name is related to a certain important event in the life of the famous Prime Minister. Marrakesh is a 6x50 toro; it appears that Sir Winston loved this city for its sunny weather and the special inspiration it gave to him. I purchased my specimen in Paris and smoked it straight away in a café nearby.

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Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Diplomatico Maduro

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Diplomatico Maduro

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Double Corona
Size : 7.0″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $14 each
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The Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series line was introduced in 1994 to commemorate the Padrón Cigar Company’s 30th anniversary. The line consists of ten sizes that are all available in sun-grown natural and maduro wrappers and all the sizes are box pressed. All tobacco used in these cigars is reportedly aged for four years. Due to the immense popularity of this line of cigars, it has become one of the most counterfeited non-Cuban cigars in the world. To help protect their brand and their customers Padrón introduced a few security measures to make counterfeiting more difficult. They added a specially designed double band featuring an individually numbered guarantee label. The back side of the labels is also printed.

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Romeo y Julieta Churchill Tubo

Romeo y Julieta Churchill

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Churchill
Size : 178 x 18.65 mm
Ring : 47
Weight : 15.07 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$16 each
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In this age of short stubby stogies, the Romeo y Julieta Churchill is a very impressive cigar. It also comes with a lot of background, having been the preferred cigar of Sir Winston Churchill. Bringing this cigar to your mouth one gets a sense of history, brought out by its classical length. I paired this cigar with filtered water, Gotan Project's 'Lunatico' and Peter Gabriel's 'Last Temptation'.

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Arturo Fuente Añejo 55

Arturo Fuente Añejo 55

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 152 x 22 mm (6 x 55)
Ring : 55
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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It had been about a year since I had last had an Anejo and I had never had a No. 55, so I was looking forward to revisiting this brand, which I have previously enjoyed. The 55 is similar in size to the Shark, which is slightly shorter and a 54 ring gauge. This cigar also came in a cedar sleeve, which isn't pictured. The tobacco used in these cigars is aged in cognac barrels for 6-8 months.

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Ashton ESG 21 Year Salute

Ashton ESG 21 Year Salute

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20 each
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This is the robusto version of Ashton’s flagship line . . . the Estate Sun Grown. The ESG sports a celebrated wrapper grown on the Chateau de la Fuente farm in the Dominican Republic. Ashton claims that this wrapper has never been used on any other cigar it produces and that the series relies on rare tobacco to provide its rich, bold complexity. We’ll see if these claims are accurate.

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