Cheap Smoke: 5 Vegas Gold Nugget

5 Vegas Gold Nugget

Origin : Honduras
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4.5 x 44
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Price : ~$2-3 each
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This little stick was sent to me by Walt White from the Stogie Review as part of a prize for a contest I won over there. After taking the target out of the cellophane, I noticed a light barnyard-like smell, with a sweet sugar like aroma at the foot. She was packed evenly from cap to foot, slightly springy to the touch. After cutting I found the draw to be slightly looser than I liked, but not annoying in the slightest. After evenly toasting and lighting her up, I tasted some slight spice, and a little bit of a nutty flavor. Approaching halfway, the cigar remained in the mild body range, and had one of the creamiest smoke’s I’ve ever tasted; she continued on like this until I was forced to put her out. Overall, I enjoyed this smoke very much.

Recommendation: If you enjoy milder smokes with a little spice and creaminess, definitely give this one a try.

Brickhouse Churchill

Brickhouse Churchill

Origin : HondurasBrickhouse
Format : Churchill
Size : 7.25 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Price : ~$115 for a box of 25
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Brickhouse cigars were released at the 2009 IPCPR show in New Orleans. This line of cigar was originally introduced by the J.C. Newman Company in 1937. It has recently received a rating of 91 by Cigar Aficionado. It is a Nicaraguan puro featuring a Havana Subido wrapper grown in Esteli. It comes in four vitolas, with the Churchill being featured today.

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Dual Review: Alec Bradley SCR Corona

Alec Bradley Select Cabinet Reserve

Origin : Honduras
Alec BradleyFormat : Corona
Size : 5.5 x 42
Wrapper : Trojes, Honduras
Binder : Trojes, Honduras, Indonesia Embertunada
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Price : ~$6 each
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Below is the sixth and last dual review in our series of 6.

Stephen: I was down in New York City this past week and brought this good looking corona with me for one of my smokes during the trip. I enjoyed it sitting on a bench near Battery Park while looking at the Statue of Liberty on a beautiful sunny morning.

The Select Cabinet Reserve has the same fillers and binders from Honduras and Nicaragua as the Tempus. The difference here is the Honduran wrapper which comes from Trojes farm. The SCR cigars are also made in the same factory, Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.I. in Honduras as the Tempus.

Ed: The Alec Bradley SCR line of cigars (Select Cabinet Reserve) was released in 2009. The cigar has some interesting features to it; first, the wrapper hails from the Trojes region in Honduras which will give the cigar a naturally sweet taste in the smoke. The second feature is a double binder from Honduras and Indonesia. This double binder should give the cigar added firmness and stability.

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Camacho Triple Maduro 11/18

Camacho Triple Maduro 11/18

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Figurado
Size : 6 x 48/54/48
Wrapper : Honduras Maduro
Filler : Honduras Maduro
Binder : Honduras Maduro
Price : ~$11-15 each
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Up for review this time is the much acclaimed Camacho Triple Maduro. In typical American style if something is good, more of it must be better. So this cigar became the first to sport all Honduran Maduro tobacco. I smoked the 11/18 which tapers at the head and foot of the cigar.

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Dual Review: Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur 1066

Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur 1066

Origin : HondurasArturo Fuente
Format : Robusto (Merlin)
Size : 5.25 x 50
Wrapper : Cameroon
Binder : USA (Connecticut Broadleaf)
Filler : Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
Price : $68.95 / box of 20
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Below is the second dual review in our series of 6.

Ed: Excalibur 1066 is a product from Hoyo de Monterrey (General Cigar). The cigar is named for the year of the Norman Conquest of England. Although William the Conqueror led the Normans to victory, several of the vitolas are named after King Arthur and several of the members of the court (Galahad and Lancelot). Today’s dual review feature is named after the Merlin - Arthur’s wizard, prophet, and adviser. In the Excalibur 1066 line, Merlin is the name given to the robusto.

Stephen: According to the Cigar World website, this line is no longer called the Excalibur 1066, it's now the Excalibur Cameroon. However, they don't say that any change was made to the blend. These cigars are available in 4 sizes and are made at the Honduras American Tabaco factory in Cofradia, Honduras.

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Rocky Patel Winter Series 2009

Rocky Patel Winter Series 2009

Rocky PatelOrigin : Honduras
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Pennsylvania Maduro
Binder : Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full Bodied
Price : ~$6-7 each

This is a guest cigar review by Austin Fruechting, a cigar aficionado and entrepreneur. Feel free to follow him on Twitter!

My name is Austin Fruechting, and I have been a cigar enthusiast for the past few years. I began smoking a pipe seven years ago and dabbled in cigars. After a couple years, cigars became my dominant preference. I believe there is nothing better than to socialize around, or relax with, a cigar, especially if paired with a good scotch or wine. Some of my favorite cigars include most of the Tatuaje line, Padron 64’s & 26’s, and Oliva V’s & Cains. I am an entrepreneur and my passion for business and for cigars has lead to the opening of my own cigar and wine bar, The 7th Street Reserve, which is scheduled to be open in the summer of 2010.

This is cigar is part of Rocky Patel’s limited release series and was gifted to me by a great BOTL.

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Camacho CLE

Camacho CLE

CamachoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Honduran (Corojo)
Filler : Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Price : ~$200 for the travel bag (see below)
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This little puppy, known as Christian's Blend, is currently unique to the Signature Blends travel bag, which only includes 4 CLEs, is an extremely limited and hard to find cigar. Thanks to Matt for hooking me up on the BOTL forum.

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5 Vegas Series A Apostle

5 Vegas Series A

Photo credit: 5 Vegas website

Origin : Honduras
Format : Robusto Grande
Size : 7 x 50
Wrapper : Costa Rica
Filler : Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$5 each
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We've got a video review of the 5 Vegas Serie A Apostle today, courtesy of Ernie. Enjoy!

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