Camacho Havana

Camacho Havana #1

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Figurado
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras
Binder : Honduras
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
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)
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
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
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.

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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)
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
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
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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