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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Bolivar Simones (Regional Edition Canada)

Bolivar Simones (Regional Edition Canada)

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 127 x 19 mm (5 x 48)
Ring : 48
Intruduced in : 2007
Hand-Made
Price : ~$20
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Let me start off by saying that I am a huge Bolivar fan. I’m not always sure how to describe the distinct flavor I get from this brand, but I certainly enjoy it. That said, here we have a regional edition exclusive to Canada. Let’s see how it compares.

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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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