Arturo Fuente Opus xXx “Power Ranger”

Arturo Fuente Opus xXx

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Belicoso
Size : 4 5/8 x 49
Ring : 49
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Here we have a “Power Ranger” that’s got about 2 years humidor time invested. This little firecracker is known for being a big smoke in a small package. It doesn’t disappoint.

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Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero

Tesa Havanitas No. 1 Lancero

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 x 36
Ring : 36
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $12.15 each
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Thanks to Chris from Tesa Cigars who sent us a sampler of these cigars.

TESA cigars are a small production boutique brand made in Esteli, Nicaragua and sold at the company shop in Chicago. All blends in the TESA line are blended by native Chicagoan Chris Kelley. According to the company website, "10% of your purchase will go directly to housing repairs, education, clothing, and sustinance of the Nicaraguan people." This is the 1st and only TESA blend I have tried thus far. The other vitola in the line is a 5.5 x 36 No. 2 lancero. Both cigars also come in a maduro version.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos EL 2007

Hoyo de Monterrey Regalos EL 2007

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Regalo / Britanicas
Size : 137 x 18.26 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 9.34 g
Box code : SMB NOV 07
Hand-Made
Price : $300+ for a box of 25
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We would like to express our gratitude to Richard Cordero who took amazing photographs for this review. Thank you!

Habanos Edicion Limitada 2007. To read the advertising on this cigar one would think it would provide something of a religious experience. Where it was an amazing experience, it took some work to get there. There are still, unfortunately, some hit and miss issues from the Island South of Miami.

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Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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There’s a seemingly endless debate as to whether this cigar is superior to its sister 1926 line of stogies. For comparison, I smoked both on the same afternoon. Unfortunately, the pure pleasure I experienced with a ’26 #2 maduro did not spill over into this smoke. To be fair, I lit another to give a second shot a week later... it missed the mark again.

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Vegas Robaina 5th Aniversario

Vegas Robaina 5th Aniversario

Origin : CubaVegas Robaina
Format : Lonsdale (Clasico)
Size : 165 (6.5'') x 16.67 mm
Ring : 42
Hand-Made
Price : ?
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It’s Sunday, the sun is out and the weatherman is telling me it's 68 degrees outside and I’m definitely feeling it. My lady and I decide to hit up Georgetown, which is one of my favorite places to go and grab some food and just enjoy the day. Of course, I bring my cigars just in case. We find this nice little spot next to a small boat and a bench to sit and I pull out the Vegas Robaina 5th Anivesario.

The Vegas Robaina 5th Anivesario can only be found in a limited release humidor. The humidor comes with 100 cigars in 5 different vitolas. The vitolas are Lonsdales, Torpedos, Double Coronas, Coronas and Robustos, 20 of each. The limited amount of humidors is only 500 and each humidor runs around $1,800.

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Padron 1926 Serie No. 2 Maduro Belicoso

Padron 1926 Serie No. 2 Maduro Belicoso

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Ring : 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$18 each
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Please welcome Lee who just joined our team of authors. He kicks off with a review of this delicious Padron 1926.

Quite simply, this is the finest cigar I have smoked to date. Pre-smoke, my thoughts were it’s one of those deals where reality has to depart from hype. Well, I was mistaken, to say the least.

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Davidoff Maduro R (Quick Smoke Series)

Davidoff Maduro R

Photo credit: Toasted Foot

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$15 each
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I have been patiently waiting to try this cigar for some time. When I heard the news that Davidoff was going to make a Maduro cigar, I got very excited.

One of the reasons is that I find it difficult to find a consistent maduro, especially one that burns evenly. I figured if anyone could do it, Kelner could!

The Davidoff Maduro R is lighter than other maduros, but way darker than any other Davidoff. The draw was nice and easy and it took a light fairly well. Unfortunately right off the bat, the cigar started burning unevenly. It appears that even Henke Kelner is not immune to the difficulties inherent in a thick wrapper leaf such as the maduro. I think he clearly went with a Nicaraguan Maduro leaf rather than a Connecticut Broadleaf for this very reason.

Flavor wise, the cigar was excellent, it was rich and sweet. It was earthy and full of chocolate and coffee notes. The finish was also not as dry as other Davidoff cigars.

This is definitely Davidoff’s strongest blend, there is a lot of added spice and flavor with the darker wrapper.

One other thing, I got a few tar globs at the onset of the smoke. I had to clip it up further in order to continue smoking. This was a first for me and Davidoffs. So there were a few construction issues (gasp!) but I really enjoyed the flavor. I need to try another couple before I form my full opinion on the new Davidoff Maduro R.

Rating: 87 (B)

Diplomaticos No. 2

Diplomaticos No. 2

Origin : CubaDiplomaticos
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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Diplomaticos was created back in 1966 as a less expensive alternative to Montecristo cigars. The line of cigars was similar in sizes to Montecristo and they were rolled at the José Marti factory, home to the production of most Montes. Today, the blends are completely different and it's impossible to find taste similarities between the two. The No. 2 is a torpedo with the same dimensions as the Montecristo No. 2 that was previously reviewed on this site. It is approximately $5 cheaper, which would make it a good budget alternative if it had a decent flavor profile and construction. Let's find out.

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