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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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Robusto Extra (Gordito)
Size : 141 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Price : ~$275 for a box of 25
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The Epicure Especial is widely considered the crème de la crème of the Hoyo de Monterrey line, and I would tend to concur. This is one of my favorite Cubans, at this size, for the price. It is a medium bodied cigar that falls right into my personal preferences. I paired this cigar with a light red wine in the first third. Two 'Illy' double espressos in the second (no I ain't gonna sleep tonight), and alternated between a bit of whiskey and filtered water on the last (in hindsight water alone would have been just fine).

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Montecristo Especial No. 1

Montecristo Especial No. 1

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Grand Panatela
Size : 192 x 15.08 mm (7 1/2 x 38)
Ring : 38
Weight : 10.29 g
Box code : LSO OCT 05
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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It's not often that I decide to go for a panatela. This time, it wasn't really my decision because I smoked this cigar (more precisely, three cigars) at my friend's house who owns a box dated 2005. Montecristo Especial No. 1 is a grand panatela, over 7 inches long, with a ring gauge of 38. It is not as long as the monster Montecristo A, but still requires well over one hour to finish, depending on your pace.

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H. Upmann Robusto

H. Upmann Robusto

H. UpmannOrigin : Cuba
Format : Robusto
Size : 127 (5 in) x 21 mm
Ring : 50
Release : 2007
Hand-Made
Price : ~$200 for 6 cigars travel humidor
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Background Info

This cigar is not a regular release, it can only be found in the H. Upmann travel humidor that was released in 2007. It’s a great looking travel humidor and comes with six robustos inside. If you are looking for a six-cigar robusto travel humidor that looks incredibly sexy, this is a no brainer.

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Trinidad Robusto Extra

Trinidad Robusto Extra

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Double Robusto (Dobles)
Size : 156 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Cuba
Binder : Cuba
Filler : Cuba
Hand-Made
Price : ~€22 each
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I have been looking forward to trying a cigar from the Trinidad line for quite some time. Although the price of the Robusto Extra scared me off a bit, I ended up splurging on one because I couldn't seem to find a Trinidad available in any other format in Marseille. Needless to say, when I eventually lit this baby up, I was expecting a great deal from it.

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