Avo Heritage Short Torpedo

Avo Heritage Short Torpedo

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Short Torpedo
Size : 4 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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The Heritage line was introduced as a stronger budget blend within the AVO portfolio. It includes a number of other sizes besides the Short Torpedo that I'm smoking today, some of them have already been reviewed here: the Churchill, the Robusto, the Short Corona, the Short Robusto, and the Toro. AVO cigars tend to be pretty pricey, but you can get all of the Heritage cigars for under $10 apiece. I paid $7.90 for the Short Torpedo, excited to try one of AVO’s more affordable cigars.

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Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Torpedo

Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan Seco
Filler : Nicaraguan Habano Seco and Ligero
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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Joya de Nicaragua is best known for their full-bodied stogies, in particular the Antaño 1970. The Celebracion was designed to mimic the Antaño experience, but not pack such a powerful punch. That way there would be a milder option available for those who prefer milder smokes. Of course, it is still a pretty potent cigar, and many smokers will still consider it to be a full-bodied smoke. I gave it a try and decided I would categorize it as medium-bodied. It’s also very spicy, and the flavors themselves are quiet strong.

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Rocky Patel Sungrown Robusto

Rocky Patel Sungrown Robusto

Origin : HondurasRocky Patel
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 ½ x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown Sumatra
Filler : Dom. Rep. & Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6-7 each
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This week I decided to go with a cigar I haven’t smoked for about 4 years. For some reason the Rocky Patel Sungrown Robusto really caught my eye in the shop the other day, so I decided to pick a few up.

Rocky Patel has truly made his mark in the cigar world. Through hard work and hours of travel/promotion his name is one of the most sought after in the premium cigar market. With over 30 different blends to his name, Rocky Patel hits the cigar industry at every level for all aficionados. Everything from a $4.00 Nicarao to his $12.00 RP Decade there are possibilities for all budgets and palates.

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La Jugada Prieto Robusto

La Jugada Prieto Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaLa Jugada Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Mexican San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8
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La Jugada is a medium-strength cigar by Moya Ruiz. According to Danny Moya and Nelson Ruiz, the cigar’s creators, the name “La Jugada” translates to “the play” or “the move,” and is a reference to their beloved game of dominoes. The cigars are all handrolled at Erik Espinosa's "La Zona" Factory in Esteli. You can find more information about the blend and more great pictures like the one above on Moya Ruiz official website. I had a chance to smoke one of these recently, and have to agree; it is a pretty nice experience.

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Riverside Lounge House Blend

Riverside Lounge House Blend

Origin : NicaraguaRiverside Lounge
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Habano Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua Corojo 99
Binder : Nicaragua Criollo 98
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6

The Riverside Lounge House is a little place you’ll find in Louisville, Kentucky. If you enjoy a relaxing environment with low ambient lighting and a strain of jazz playing in the backdrop, you would probably feel right at home there. At the Riverside Lounge House, you can enjoy a local craft beer, good company and conversation, and your favorite stogie. Riverside also makes their own cigars, and they were kind enough to send me a sampler of their house blend.

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Por Larranaga Petit Corona

Por Larranaga Petit Corona

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm (5 1/8 x 42)
Hand-Made
Price : 10-12 GBP (UK prices)
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The Por Larranaga Petit Corona is a hand-rolled Cuban cigar and this particular vitola is one of three readily available in the UK.

Cigars are frequently referred to as "sticks" and in the case of this one, that is quite apt. The construction is rustic, to say the least, giving the Larranaga a very gnarly appearance. However, the construction is also excellent, with no hint of the wrapper coming loose at any stage. The cap is a particularly solid construct, visibly consisting of several layers which hold out well following a hole being punched.

The visible, surface unevenness is mirrored during the burn, resulting in a crooked yet robust ash stack. There is unevenness internally also, with a couple of firm areas - plugs - which need firm but careful pressure, all round, to loosen the draw.

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Gurkha Ancient Warrior

Gurkha Ancient Warrior

Origin : Dominican RepublicGurkha
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Brazilian
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Costa Rica
Strength : Medium to Full
Hand-Made
Price : $6.90 each
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Construction

Launched for the 2005 IPCPR, Gurkha’s Ancient Warrior is still one of their most popular cigars on the market. This medium strength stick is cloaked in a super dark, oily Brazilian wrapper. The wrapper leaf is flecked with numerous raised veins and a bit of tooth. The length of the six-inch stick is plump and nicely rolled with no soft spots. The tapered cap cuts cleanly with my Colibri Slice cutter, leaving behind no shards of filler tobacco.

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Trinidad Coloniales

Trinidad Coloniales

Origin : CubaTrinidad
Format : Coloniales (Corona)
Size : 5.2 x 44 (132 x 17 mm)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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Continuing with a newcomer's perspective on cigars, I have selected the Trinidad Coloniales for this review because it's a mid-range Cuban, quite affordable and, at 45-60 minutes, easily digestible for the inexperienced palate.

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