Tatuaje the Drac

Tatuaje Drac

TatuajeOrigin : Miami, FL
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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Pete Johnson, brand owner of Tatuaje, has been releasing annual special edition cigars around Halloween he calls the Monster Series. One of this year's releases, and the subject of this review, is the Drac-2009. Before I go any further, let me address some major issues which have surrounded this cigar. The Dracs were shipped in painted and lacquered, coffin shaped boxes which have been at the root of the primary complaint. There have been numerous complaints about a terrible odor emanating from the box and even some about that odor and even a flavor having been imparted to the cigars themselves. The Drac is a Halloween themed cigar which of course, had to be released by 31 October, but according to Pete Johnson the box maker in Nicaragua wasn't able to complete the boxes until shortly before the release date. This resulted in the boxes not having time to air out before they were packed, wrapped in cellophane, and ultimately shipped. When opened by B&Ms or individual buyers at their final destination, the trapped odor from the paint and lacquer has poured out. The second complaint about these cigars is that many of the wrappers were damaged when the boxes were opened and the cigars were still "wet."

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Davidoff Royal Robusto (Quick Smoke Series)

Davidoff Royal Robusto

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$30 each
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This super limited cigar is only available at Davidoff retail stores. My Davidoff Royal Robusto purchased from the Madison Avenue store. It is the second in the Royal Series, the first being the incredible Salamone.

The cigar starts out smooth and creamy with some woody notes along with an underlying creaminess. That Kelner “musk” is also present in full effect.

The burn is dead even and it draws like a dream.

As I smoke this, and enjoying every minute of it, I can’t help but wish that all cigars are made and blended this well, just at a sixth of the price!

As I finish it up, I get ample wood and cream, along with a faint hint of white pepper and coffee notes on the finish.

Just another incredible cigar from Mr. Kelner!

Rating: 95 (A)

Bolivar Short Bolivar (Regional Edition Asia Pacific)

Bolivar Short Bolivar (Regional Edition Asia Pacific)

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Short Edmundo
Size : 110 x 21 mm (4.3 x 52)
Ring : 52
Intruduced in : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
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I would like to thank FinestCubanCigars.com for providing these cigars for review. For over 10 years they ship Cuban cigars from Hong Kong at competitive prices.

I've been lucky enough to sample several regional editions recently, here is my first one from Pacific Asia. I decided to get smart and took the picture of the cigar with the Temple of Heaven in the background, then remembered that there were also special REs for China. How do they call it? "Fail"?

Anyway, Bolivar Short Bolivar is a short edmundo, reminding me very much of the Petit Libertador, released the same year. I would probably be unable to tell these two apart if you removed the second bands. Even though the sizes vary slightly, I expected to find a similar flavor profile... and I was not far off. For some reason, I liked the Short Bolivar better though.

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Davidoff Grand Cru No. 4

Davidoff Grand Cru No. 4

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 4 5/8 x 41
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-11 each
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I had this little cigar sitting in my humidor for over 3 years and decided it was time for a revisit. I used to enjoy this cigar, but I abandoned it because of its exorbitant price. It had been so long since I smoked one that I only vaguely remembered what it tasted like, but I found a short online review I did the last time I smoked one, which was 2 years ago. According to my review, I thought it was medium bodied and sweet with hints of honey. Here is what I think of it now...

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A. Fuente Hemingway Between the Lines

A. Fuente Hemingway Between the Lines

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 4"1/4 x 54
Wrapper : Barber Pole – Broadleaf Maduro/Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $17 each
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The Hemingway line of Fuente cigars is hugely popular and like a lot of other Fuente cigars, very limited. The Maduros are especially limited and are only released twice a year, one of those times being right around now, near the Holidays. One of the more rare of the rare is the double wrapped, barber pole Hemingway “Between the Lines”. Now plenty has been written about the background of the Hemingway cigars and I have written about them here before as well. So if you are interested to learn a little more about them, check out my review of the Hemingway Best Seller.

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Fuente Fuente Opus xXx

Redux: Fuente Fuente Opus xXx

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Short Belicoso
Size : 4" 5/8 x 49
Wrapper : Chateau de la Fuente Rosado
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $19 each
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Probably one of the most famous and sought after cigars not made on the island of Cuba, the Opus X is the first Dominican Puro to garner such high acclaim. The various sizes consistently produce high ratings from cigar reviewers everywhere. And as is often the case when someone or something achieves such a high level of success, it has fostered a kind of love-hate relationship with avid cigar smokers. Like the New York Yankees are the baseball team so many love to hate, the Opus is a cigar that, in addition to high praise, also elicits some vehement dislike from some in the cigar world who believe the cigar is over hyped and over priced. I have never heard anyone say it was a bad cigar though. Like or dislike the line for whatever reasons, everyone seems to agree if you set aside the hype, the price, and all the other outside “stuff” and take the cigars just by themselves, the Opus X line of cigars are pretty good smokes.

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Drew Estate Liga Privada T-52

Drew Estate Liga Privada T-52

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : American Habano
Filler : DR, Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Brazillian Mata-Fina
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-14 each
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I was recently given a new cigar to try by one of the lovely ladies of the Pecunes family, owners of The Humidour Cigar Shoppe in Cockeysville, MD and some of the most respected Tobacconists I know. She said it was one of their favorites from the 2009 IPCPR convention and they were going to be selling them at their shop. The cigar; the new Liga Privada T-52 from Drew Estate. Well when I hear Drew Estate, what comes to mind is "flavored" and "infused", not necessarily premium cigars; however, I respect the Pecunes families opinion, so I settled back into a big leather chair in their cigar lounge with it. Please understand that I am not being critical of anyone's personal taste, "flavored" and "infused" cigars just aren't my preference is all. Don't forget, taste is subjective!

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Ashton Cabinet Selection

Ashton Cabinet Selection

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5 1/4 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13.75 each, $200 for a box of 25
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I picked up a few of these at another Aston Taste of Excellence events. These are great events. That evening the Cabinet Selection was paired with Oban 14 because it starts sweet but ends with a hint of spice. For this review, I smoked the cigar with no libation. The Cabinet’s Dominican filler is aged at least four to five years. The wrapper is aged one year longer. Aston claims no less than six different fillers in the cigar and it takes seven years to make it from seed to cigar.

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