Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary Robusto

Punch 10th Anniversary

Origin : HondurasPunch
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Corojo
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each

As a 10 year milestone of the Rare Cojoro blend, General Cigar has released, a few years ago, the Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary. Available in only one size, 5 x 50 Robusto, this cigar is now quite hard to find.

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Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

Gran HabanoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Gran Consul
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan grown Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Please welcome Kayla, our newest reviewer. She starts with the Gran Habano Cabinet Selection, an old release from the company.

Appearance & Construction

Created by the Rico family in Honduras, the Gran Habano Cabinet Selection Gran Consul is an impressive, meaty stick. The oily Corojo wrapper, the color of burnt sienna, is beautifully complimented by the dark red and silver band. The wrapper leaf is flecked with multiple small veins and a few minor imperfections but is overall very attractive. The length of this six-inch stick is firm and well rolled, finished in a gentle box-press. The cap is thick but messily mounted.

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Alec Bradley Black Market

Alec Bradley Black Market #1

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Panama; Honduras
Binder : Sumatra (grown in Ecuador)
Hand-Made
Price : $8 each
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Released in 2011, the Alec Bradley Black Market cigars use a blend of tobaccos from four different countries. However that’s not all… the cigars only contain visos and ligeros (no seco leaves are used in this blend). The Black Market cigars come in boxes of 22 that look like old cargo crates and are available in the following sizes:

Robusto 5 1/4 x 52; Toro 6 x 50; Churchill 7 x 50; Torpedo 6 1/8 x 54; and Gordo 6 x 60.

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The RyJ by Romeo y Julieta

RyJ by Romeo y Julieta

Origin : HondurasRomeo y Julieta
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Jalapa
Binder : Nicaraguan Jalapa & Esteli
Filler : Nicaraguan Jalapa, Nicaraguan Esteli, Nicaraguan La Mia
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-9 each
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The new RyJ by Romeo y Julieta should be hitting the market in your area very shortly if it hasn’t already. And if you are a fan of the brand, Nicaraguan sticks or a cigar with a bit of spice than this is one for you.

I was fortunate to be given a few Toros to review, and I have to tell you, these take the number one spot in the Romeo stable for me. Right from the get-go, the aesthetics grab you with the white red and gold double banding wrapped around a mocha colored, silky Nicaraguan wrapper that was specially cultivated for this blend. The pre-light aroma is of sweet espresso.

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Camacho Havana

Camacho Havana #1

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Figurado
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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This week's review is over a quite popular brand of cigar. Camacho is one of the most sought after Honduran cigar brands on the market.

Camacho cigars was founded in 1961 by Simon Camacho and acquired by the Eiroa family in 1995. In October 2008, the brand become part of the Oettinger Davidoff Group. A few months ago, the whole line of Camacho cigars was rebranded / reblended, in the process some of the well-known blends were discontinued, such as Coyolar or Select. Other lines were not only reblended, but also renamed - this is the case with the Havana. It is now called Criollo. Today's review is for the Camacho Havana Figurado, which was bought before the reblending.

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H. Upmann Legacy Toro

H. Upmann Legacy Toro

Origin : HondurasH. Upmann
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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I’ve never smoked an Upmann from outside of Cuba before so I decided to finally give these sticks a try. On the recommendation of a friend I decided to purchase a couple Legacy Toros on a recent visit to the US. The following was my experience.

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Punch Rare Corojo Champion

Punch Rare Corojo

Origin : HondurasPunch
Format : Figurado
Size : 4 1/2 x 60
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican (Piloto Cubano)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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First and foremost, a little background on these cigars with the “Rare Corojo” double band. These smokes are released each year in March and are only available until the annual supply is depleted, which is why they are given the secondary "Rare" band. I was able to pick mine up while in Chicago over the July 4th holiday weekend and the cigar shop I was in had ample supply. Also, the Punch Rare Corojo Champion may appear to be a maduro cigar but I assure you it is not. The company brands this cigar as a natural but it is one of the darker naturals I have come across.

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J. Fuego Connoisseur Grand Robusto

J Fuego Connoisseur Grand Robusto

Origin : HondurasJ. Fuego Cigars
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : A 50/50 blend of Nicaraguan Corojo and Honduran Corojo
Binder : Mexican San Andres Maduro
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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The cigar is made by J Fuego Cigar Company and owner Jesus Fuego promotes it as their top of the line brand. It uses aged tobacco in the entire blend and at 6 years old, the binder is the youngest tobacco in the cigar. With such a mix of aged tobacco I was expecting something packing a lot of flavor. This particular line “The Connoisseur” is a very new release that only started shipping to stores this past April 2013 and, according to my research, most stores started receiving their batches in May and June. I’ve never tried a cigar from this manufacturer so while in Chicago recently I happened to come across it and decided to give it a shot. It’s always good to venture out of one’s comfort zone in the hopes of finding something new.

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