Montecristo 75th Aniversario

Montecristo 75th Aniversario

Origin : Dominican RepublicMontecristo
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Honduras and Nicaragua
Price : ~$15 each
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Hello all. The Tollaficionados are back to review one of the most consistently excellent brands on the market. Let’s see if this member of its elite family holds true to its siblings standards. Ladies & Gentlemen, The Montecristo 75th Aniversario.

Our good friends at Altadis, USA recently released these celebratory sticks, and Nick, Sr. and I were able to get our hands on a few. Not an easy get, I assure you! These babies have been anticipated and talked about for some time now, and to obtain them, especially this early takes connections or a great deal of luck. The 75th is of limited release, so put your backorder in now so that you can sample a few yourselves. Now on to the review…

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Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra (RE Asia Pacific)

Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra (RE Asia Pacific)

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Belicoso
Size : 140 x 21 mm (5.5 x 52)
Release : 2008
Price : ~$409 for a box of 25
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I would like to thank for providing these cigars for review. For over 10 years they ship Cuban cigars from Hong Kong at competitive prices.

This is the third review in my series of Asia Pacific RE smokes and, let me be honest from the very beginning, Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra is my favorite one. Although both the strong and very typical Bolivar Short and the slightly unbalanced Por Larranaga Robusto both scored good marks, this little belicoso outranks them in terms of flavors. Let's see how.

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Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto #5

Diamond Crown Maximus Robusto #5

Diamond Crown cigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuador
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$10-11 each
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My wife and I had such a busy weekend planned that it seemed naught but wishful thinking that I would be able to get a smoke in for this week’s review. On Saturday, between sleeping in and making a trek to the animal circus known as the mall, a perfect window popped open and of course, I jumped at the opportunity to fire one up. Pulling together my arsenal and securing a post on the front porch I was ready to settle in with a DVD of The Sopranos and a Diamond Crown Maximus No. 5 Robusto.

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Redux: Liga Privada T52 by Drew Estate

Redux Liga Privada T52 by Drew Estate

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 52
Wrapper : Stalk Cut Sungrown Habano
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Honduran
Binder : Brazilian
Price : $14 each
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Drew Estate has been making quite the splash as of late on the cigar world and especially in the online cigar community and it is not for a type of cigar you would typically associate with the brand. Recently they have had two very successful and very well received lines of cigars and they are not flavored or infused in any way. They are traditional cigars and they are sold under the name Liga Privada. First came the No. 9 and most recently the T52 which a lot of cigar smokers are raving about. Not that long ago I was able to smoke and review a pre-production version of the T52. Specifically “blend #3″ which was supposedly selected as the final blend for what would become the production version of the T52. Now I have heard second and third hand, that Drew Estate actually tweaked that final blend a bit at the last minute using a hybrid of the pre-production blends #3 and #4. I have no idea how accurate that is if at all but I heard it said often enough that I thought it worth mentioning.

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Overpriced brand-name cigar: Thou Name Is Cohiba

Cohiba Robusto

Origin : Cuba
Format : RobustoCohiba
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Weight : 11.66 g
Price : ~$15 each
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This guest review was submitted by a good friend of this blog, Richard Bui. Happy reading!

Cohiba is one of the cigar brands that need no introductions. The flagship brand of Habanos S.A. and the personal brand to Dictator Fidel Castro, Cohiba is the cream of the crop for Cuban cigars and you certainly pay top dollar for that.

As the Robusto is my favorite cigar vitola, it should come as no surprise that the Cohiba Robusto would be a cigar I would be interested in. I have looked forward to having one for a very long time and opportunity came knocking. Here are my thoughts.

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Avo LE10 Pre-Release


Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5 7/8″ x 41
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sun Grown
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Price : $15+ each
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I was lucky enough to receive a pre-release sample of the new Avo “birthday” cigar, the LE10. This year, they made a monster of a cigar, a chunky 55 ring gauge behemoth, where all of the filler is Dominican Ligero! This came via my new best friend, Eddie Simon, Brand Manager for Avo. Thanks, Eddie. I also got a few other goodies that I’ll review soon. After my experience with the Davidoff Selecione 702 last year, I couldn’t wait to fire this up.

I’m a huge fan of Ecuadorian wrappers, and this one is a beaut. It’s dark and oily, if it tastes as great as it looks, I’m in for treat.

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Tatuaje “The Drac”

Tatuaje “The Drac”

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $14 each
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Plenty has been said already about the Tatuaje Drac and the rest of the monster series. I have talked about them at length in my posts on The Frank and Boris. I’ll just do a quick summary here. The Drac is the second in a limited edition series of cigars by Tatuaje that is release around Halloween every year. They are extremely limited and highly sought after making for an extremely hard to find cigar. Last year I was lucky enough to get a whole box of The Frank. This year I wasn’t so lucky but I did manage to get my hands on two of The Drac cigars.

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Vegas Robaina Maestro (Spain Regional Edition)

Vegas Robaina Maestro (Spain Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaVegas Robaina
Format : Maestro
Size : 165 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Release : 2007
Price : ~$13 each
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Vegas Robaina Maestros is the first regional edition for Spain, released in 2007 and distributed by Altadis SA. It is slightly longer than your regular robusto, at 5.6 x 50. This cigar was my main target when I visited the cigar shops in Madrid. I found it without much trouble at approximately $13 each. I smoked one straight away but it was almost plugged. The remaining 2 cigars for this review have been resting 2 weeks in the humidor.

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