Casa Toraño Robusto

Casa Torano Robusto

Origin : Honduras
Torano cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 4.75 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Indonesia
Price : $6.15
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Four generations ago, the Toraño family began making fine cigars in Havana, Cuba. In 1959 the family left Cuba and was instrumental in pioneering the art of processing Piloto Cubano in the Dominican Republic. Today, Casa Toraño has 13 cigar lines with factories in Honduras and Nicaragua.

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Alec Bradley American Classic

Alec Bradley American Classic

Origin : Honduras
Alec BradleyFormat : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Honduran Connecticut Shade
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras, Nicaragua
Price : $5 MSRP (street price should be considerably less)
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Every now and then I come across a cigar that really grabs my attention. These choice sticks sometimes become a Joe’s Gem while other times simply an incentive to purchase a box. Right now I am giddy over a sample of the soon-to-be-released Alec Bradley American Classic Blend.

The term “American Classic Blend” is one many cigar makers have used and generally means the cigar has a Conn. Shade wrapper. But these days, some of the best tasting Conn. Shade wrappers are grown outside the US. Such is the case with the new ABC (Alec Bradley Cigars) release. It sports a Honduran grown wrapper from Conn. Shade seed…and it’s gorgeous. With a golden brown hue and leathery feel, this cigar looks like a winner. But its good looks are only the beginning of a wonderful smoking adventure…

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Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary

Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary

Origin : HondurasPunch
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Corojo
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Price : ~$5-6 each
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Thanks to General Cigar Co. for providing this sample for review!

This is a new cigar out from General Cigar Co. that is made with a proprietary Connecticut grown corojo wrapper, rather than the Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that is on the regular Rare Corojo line. Speaking of that, I've never understood why the regular Punch Rare Corojo's are even called that since they don't have a corojo wrapper, but I suppose that isn't relevant to this review...

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Padilla Dominus Double Robusto (“Joe’s Gem”)

Padilla Dominus Double Robusto

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo 2006
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$10 each
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No two cigar smokers would ever agree on how the perfect cigar should taste. Some of us like our cigars strong, others mild, some spicy, some fruity… there are an infinite number of variables that make up the flavor of a cigar and we all have our preferences. That’s why when we use cigar reviews as a buying guide we must first understand the reviewer’s point of view in relation to our own. But sometimes a review will spark our interest in a particular cigar and set in motion a pursuit to experience the cigar first hand. For me, the Cigar Insider review of the Padilla Dominus Double Robusto really got me going. It was not the 92 score alone that piqued my interest, but rather that fact that it was coupled with the knowledge that it was made at Fabrica Tabacos Raices Cubanas… one of my favorite cigar factories.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Dark Knight

Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Dark Knight

Origin : HondurasArturo Fuente
Format : Robusto ("IV")
Size : : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Dominican
Price : ~$6 each
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First things first, the cigar comes inside a cool-looking tube and in the middle of the tube, you’ll find the words “DARK KNIGHT” in big font. For a huge Batman geek like myself, that’s a great thing. And I hate to say it, but that alone would get me to buy this cigar. I know, I know. I’m the first one to preach about not getting sucked into marketing schemes, but I guess we’ll always be victims once in a while.

On the sniffles, the very dark and oily wrapper gave off a caramel chocolate and cedar smell. (It does come wrapped in a sheet of cedar) The foot smells very woody and on the pre-draw I picked up some more chocolate, but with a tea bag aftertaste behind it. Finding flavors and scents before the smoke is always a good thing. Perhaps I'm in for a good cigar?

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Alec Bradley Tempus Magistri

Alec Bradley Tempus Magistri

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Double Corona
Size : 6.75 x 54
Wrapper : Honduras
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Price : $175 / box of 20
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The name “Tempus” means time which is appropriate for the Alec Bradley Tempus. These cigars were developed back in 2001, but were released in 2008. The Magistri (along with the Inceptio and the Magnus) were introduced in 2009. Both the wrapper and the binder feature a Honduran Trojes wrapper. The featured vitola is the 6 X 54 in. Magistri Maduro.

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Rocky Patel Renaissance Churchill

Rocky Patel Renaissance

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder : Nicaraguan
Filler : Honduran, Nicaraguan
Price : ~$5 each
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Background Info

This cigar is available in limited quantities per year, with something like 120,000 available. Handmade in Danli, Honduras.

Mission Notes

This target was apprehended while on a separate mission in Pittsburgh, PA. Allegheny Smoke Works kept said target under wraps and on lock down in a properly humidified holding cell. The cigar has some mass to it, feeling quite full of tobacco. Extremely smooth wrapper, somewhat oily. Speaking of oily, HQ needs to be notified of the defect in the S.O.S. (SpymobileOilSlicker™) attachment. There are some insurance claims being filed that shouldn’t have been my fault. Anyway…

Fantastic flavors of nutty sweetness. Loads of smoke. Great burn. The sweetness is something like dark, dried fruit. Nice tobacco and leather notes here and there. The name of this cigar represents the whole experience.

Final Statement

I want more interrogations like this one! Fantastic. If any of you would like to transport more to me, feel free to! Acquire. This. Target. Immediately.

Illusione ~hl~ (Holy Lance) Maduro

Illusione ~hl~ (Holy Lance) Maduro

Origin : Honduras
IllusioneFormat : Lancero
Size : 7.5 x 40
Wrapper : Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $8 each
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The standard Illusione ~hl~ is a favorite of mine. I consider it the single best Lancero on the market right now. Whether you agree with me or not on that point, there is no denying it is an excellent cigar. Recently Illusione added a Maduro and Candela version of this elegent Lancero. I smoked a few of the Candelas recently and it proved to be an excellent version of the Holy Lance. One I enjoyed very much. It seemed only natural that I finish the cycle and try the third and final incarnation of the Lance.

I really enjoyed the ~hl~ with the maduro wrapper. The flavors were very rich and very different from the others. It was earthy with very nice dark chocolate notes and subtle bitter/semi sweet component to it. It was perhaps not as complex as the other two. It never really changed much but the thing is that it doesn’t need to. The flavors are deep and delicious. It is a great smoke that I enjoyed and never got bored with. It is a total change of pace from the Rosado and the Candela ~hl~’s.

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