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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Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill

Alec Bradley Prensado #1

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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Given the high honor of Cigar Aficionado’s 2011 #1 Cigar of the Year, the Alec Bradley Prensado line could easily be considered an “overlooked” brand until the beginning of 2012. No, I certainly do not agree with most of the C.A. Top 25 choices however every now and then they do strike a gem (but don’t rate it high enough). However, I can actually say I was pretty excited to get this long Churchill lit up. Let’s see how she did…

A little back history on the Alec Bradley brand. Formed in 1996, the Alec Bradley Cigar Company is named after owner Alan Rubin’s two sons, Alec and Bradley. The Prensado brand hit the markets in 2009, just two years after the infamous Tempus line. The cigars are rolled at the Raices Cubanas Factory in Danlí, Honduras and are available in six different vitolas all packaged in boxes of 20.

On to the review…

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Alec Bradley Black Market Torpedo

Alec Bradley Black Market

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua Jalapa (Colorado Maduro)
Filler : Honduras and Panama grown Jamastran tobaccos
Binder : Sumatra (Grown in Equador)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Introduced in 2011, the Alec Bradley Black Market line is handmade in Danli, Honduras and sports a Jalapa-grown Nicaraguan wrapper "cured to a dark, shimmering patina". The cigar is a blend of Honduras and Panama-grown Jamastran tobaccos.

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CAO Osa Sol Lot 50 Robusto

CAO Osa Sol

Origin : Honduras
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Honduran Olancho San Augustin Sun Grown
Filler : Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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This is the first blend and cigar made under the CAO label since the brand was taken over by General Cigar. It is currently being manufactured in Honduras.

CAO Osa Sol appearance

Appearance : ★★★½☆
The CAO Osa Sol has a Colorado shade wrapper with veins and an overall rustic look but it has tight seams and a nice sheen. As noted in the photos though, there were some construction issues that affected the overall appearance of the cigar. The colourful band is nice and refreshing but I could not take my eyes off the manufacturing flaws that were clearly visible.

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De Siena 312

De Siena 312

Origin : Honduras
Wrapper : Viso Habano grown in the Jalapa Valley, Nicaragua
Filler : Columbia, Viso Jalapa Nicaragua, Ligero Esteli Nicaragua, Ligero Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $7-9

Doc James Cigars & Golf

We have received the honor of writing the first review of a brand new cigar from one of the most respected cigar store/lounges in Westchester County, NY. Doc James Cigars. With 2 locations in the county, their flagship in Shrub Oak and another in Mamaroneck, they are easy to get to and carry an incredibly wide line of sticks. There are even a few rare gems in their vintage humidor that you will have a hard time finding anywhere else, if you are able to at all.

Both locations have fantastic lounges that were designed to be both luxurious and fun. They are very inviting and provide exceptionally well for the hundreds of members who enjoy all sorts of recreational activities there including darts, cards, watching sporting events and the many conversations centering on their love of cigars. A feeling of camaraderie that we cigar smokers enjoy so much is always felt there, and Adam DeSiena, owner of the establishment is always there to enhance the experience in any way that he can. Go visit them at Doc James Cigars & Golf, 952 East Main Street, Shrub Oak NY 10588.

Now, on to the review…

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Room 101 “Big Delicious” – Smoke Inn Exclusive

Room 101 Big Delicious

Origin : Honduras
Room 101 cigarsFormat : Torpedo
Size : 6.25 x 54
Wrapper : Habano 2000
Filler : Brazilian, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican
Binder : Honduran?
Hand-Made
Price : $8.95

Today's review comes courtesy of Philip a.k.a. Katmancross who blogs at Kohnhed.com. Enjoy!

Well, here I am sitting in the cat bird’s seat. I have a cigar to review that the wonderful, and lovely, Abe Dababneh, of Smoke Inn sent me; 2 months before they go on sale.

And even better, is that they are Matt Booth’s latest incarnation made exclusively for Smoke Inn, called Big Delicious; which is Abe’s nick name around the shop. This is the 6th installment of their Microblend series. The previous releases are the Tatuaje Anarchy™, Padrón SI-15™, My Father El Hijo™, Arturo Fuente Solaris™, and the Tatuaje Apocalypse™. I’ve reviewed all but the Padron.

The official national launch is scheduled for April 26th, 2013, at Smoke Inn’s new Boynton Beach location. An already sold out fancy schmancy dinner will occur on February 15 as sort of a sneak peek for those attending. Pre-release orders will be taken on April 5, 2013.

The cigars are to be made in one size – a 6 1/4 x 42-54 torpedo with a shaggy, closed foot. The cigars will sell for $8.95 and be packaged 15 per box. A box will go for $134.25.

Room 101 Big Delicious

The cigar is to be produced at the Tabacos Rancho Jamastran in Danli, Honduras. At the moment, the binder and filler are somewhat of a mystery as information about what is what is still a secret. But it’s been disclosed that the wrapper is a very high grade Habano 2000.

A web site has been put together at Room101BigDelicious.com which will be part informational and part fun.

On to the cigar…

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Room 101 OSOK 212 NYC Edition

Room 101 OSOK 212 NYC Edition

Origin : Honduras
Room 101 cigarsFormat : Various
Size : N/A
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Filler : Honduran Corojo & Dominican Piloto
Binder : Honduran Corojo Seco
Hand-Made
Price : $12.50+

We are back with another exclusive to one of the best cigar shops/lounges around… The Cigar Inn. The cigar line that we are reviewing is the O.S.O.K. (One Shot One Kill) 212 NYC Limited Exclusive. And we have made yet another addition to our fine group of reviewers. Now joining my Father Nick Sr., Neal and myself (Nick Jr.) will be Ricky in his very first official review with us. Now a little O.S.O.K. history…

The O.S.O.K. 212 NYC is an addition (though a limited exclusive) to the original O.S.O.K line. The O.S.O.K. line is a spin-off/addition to the Room 101 line (a joint venture between Camacho Cigars and Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars). The Room 101 brand is owned by Camacho Cigars which in turn is now owned by The Oettinger Davidoff Group (Zino Davidoff Cigars). Got all that? But this is all about the O.S.O.K. 212 NYC. Only 3,000 cigars in 10 count boxes are being produced across the 4 vitola line which shows just how limited this stick is! The 212 series, (212 is the area code in Manhattan. A tribute to New York City.), consists of two diademas (commonly referred to as salomons) and two parejos (standard vitola shape).

The Cigar Inn has been working very hard to provide only the very best to its clientele. Through very careful and thorough screening they have decided that the O.S.O.K. 212 NYC was the perfect cigar to represent the Cigar Inn name. Matt Booth, founder of Room 101 has also expressed his excitement in bringing this unique stick to The Cigar Inn. It is a top shelf stick that belongs in a top shelf shop, and Mr. Booth has found that in The Cigar Inn and its owners, the Fakih brothers: Billy, Bass and Gus. And you will never meet a nicer bunch of guys!

Now, on to the reviews…

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Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Epicure

Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Epicure

Origin : HondurasArturo Fuente
Format : Robusto
Size : : 5 1/4" x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : $30 for a 5-pack
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I am always on the lookout for non-Cuban cigars that I can add to my collection. I have often heard about the Hoyo De Monterrey Excalibur but never had the opportunity to try it. While in Manhattan a few months back I decided to seek them out and was able to find a 5-pack for $30.00. I was told by the clerk that they did not have many more available and that they sell out pretty quick. I figured it had something to do with the very affordable price of $6.00 a cigar and was actually hoping that it had more to do with the cigar itself. The MSRP for this cigar is $5.00 so I am sure that you can find this cigar online for that price. So how does this $5.00 to $7.00 robusto-sized cigar hold up? I wanted to be as fair as possible so I smoked two cigars 4 days apart. The following is my review detailing my experience.

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