Punch Small Club (France Regional Edition)

Punch Small Club (France Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 102 x 20 mm (4 x 50)
Ring : 50
Release : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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As a complete marketing victim, I just can't refrain myself from buying a Cuban cigar with a second band, regardless of its color. This time it was a red one. Whereas some of the regional editions I tried were rather disappointing because of the lack of personality, others turned out to be outstanding. Bottom line - I don't mind trying my luck with REs. This is why I bought a couple of Punch Small Club when I was in Paris in April.

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Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra (RE Asia Pacific)

Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra (RE Asia Pacific)

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Belicoso
Size : 140 x 21 mm (5.5 x 52)
Release : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : ~$409 for a box of 25
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I would like to thank FinestCubanCigars.com for providing these cigars for review. For over 10 years they ship Cuban cigars from Hong Kong at competitive prices.

This is the third review in my series of Asia Pacific RE smokes and, let me be honest from the very beginning, Por Larranaga Belicosos Extra is my favorite one. Although both the strong and very typical Bolivar Short and the slightly unbalanced Por Larranaga Robusto both scored good marks, this little belicoso outranks them in terms of flavors. Let's see how.

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Vegas Robaina Maestro (Spain Regional Edition)

Vegas Robaina Maestro (Spain Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaVegas Robaina
Format : Maestro
Size : 165 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Release : 2007
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13 each
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Vegas Robaina Maestros is the first regional edition for Spain, released in 2007 and distributed by Altadis SA. It is slightly longer than your regular robusto, at 5.6 x 50. This cigar was my main target when I visited the cigar shops in Madrid. I found it without much trouble at approximately $13 each. I smoked one straight away but it was almost plugged. The remaining 2 cigars for this review have been resting 2 weeks in the humidor.

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Partagas Serie D No. 3 2006 Limited Edition

Partagas Serie D No. 3 2006 Limited Edition

Origin : CubaPartagas
Factory Name : Corona Gorda
Size : 143 x 18.26 mm
Ring : 46
Weight : 11.41 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$14 each (if you can find it)
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I have been trying to hunt down some older limited editions, those that were released before 2007. In fact, most Cuban cigars retailers still have the 2007's in stock, but nothing or not much prior to that year. On my Christmas trip to Madrid, I saw the Partagas Serie D No. 3 2006 Edicion Limitada in a B&M and immediately purchased some. They cost 11 € each and I was hoping for an exceptional experience, taking into account the 4 years of ageing. Of course, I couldn't wait and here is my review, after just a few weeks in the humidor.

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Por Larranaga Robustos de Larranaga (RE Asia Pacific)

Por Larranaga Robustos de Larranaga (RE Asia Pacific)

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 20 mm (4.9 x 50)
Release : 2007
Hand-Made
Price : ~$369 for a box of 25
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I would like to thank FinestCubanCigars.com for providing these cigars for review. For over 10 years they ship Cuban cigars from Hong Kong at competitive prices.

This is a regional edition for Asia Pacific, released in 2007. Por Larranaga do not have a robusto in their regular line and I was quite curious how this one would taste. In fact I was even more curious to see whether this cigar would share the flavor profile with the regular production petit corona.

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Bolivar Short Bolivar (Regional Edition Asia Pacific)

Bolivar Short Bolivar (Regional Edition Asia Pacific)

Origin : CubaBolivar
Format : Short Edmundo
Size : 110 x 21 mm (4.3 x 52)
Ring : 52
Intruduced in : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
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I would like to thank FinestCubanCigars.com for providing these cigars for review. For over 10 years they ship Cuban cigars from Hong Kong at competitive prices.

I've been lucky enough to sample several regional editions recently, here is my first one from Pacific Asia. I decided to get smart and took the picture of the cigar with the Temple of Heaven in the background, then remembered that there were also special REs for China. How do they call it? "Fail"?

Anyway, Bolivar Short Bolivar is a short edmundo, reminding me very much of the Petit Libertador, released the same year. I would probably be unable to tell these two apart if you removed the second bands. Even though the sizes vary slightly, I expected to find a similar flavor profile... and I was not far off. For some reason, I liked the Short Bolivar better though.

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Punch Serie d’Oro No. 1 (UK Regional Edition)

Punch Serie d'Oro No. 1 (UK Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Torpedo
Size : 156 x 21 mm (6.1 x 52)
Ring : 52
Release : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : $20+ each
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I would like to thank Sautter Cigars for providing me with a sampler of these Regional Editions. This shop is a great source of rare, vintage and limited Cuban cigars.

Punch Serie d'Oro No. 1 is the second regional edition for the UK market that I have had the chance to try. Punch is another regular producer of Regional Releases, there have been 11 (!) different offerings, including those for year 2009 (6 of them!). For me, it is an average marca that rolls nice and reliable cigars, but nothing to be very excited about. The medium-bodied Punch Punch is probably the most representative vitola.

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La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos (UK Regional Edition)

La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos (UK Regional Edition)

Origin : CubaLa Gloria Cubana
Format : Doble Robusto
Size : 155 x 20 mm (6.1 x 50)
Ring : 50
Release : 2008
Hand-Made
Price : $20+
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I would like to thank Sautter Cigars for providing me with a sampler of these Regional Editions. This shop is a great source of rare, vintage and limited Cuban cigars.

La Gloria Cubana Gloriosos is a Regional Edition specially made by Habanos SA for the UK market. It was supposed to be released in 2008 but only appeared on the market in January 2009 because of the delays caused by brothers Gustav, Ike and Paloma. Only 2040 boxes of 10 cigars were made.

La Gloria Cubana is not a trendy brand. The cigars are not known to the general public and with this Regional Release Simon Chase, from Hunters & Frankau (the distributor of Cuban cigars in the UK), wanted to give it a second life.

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