La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Natural

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Natural

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Chisel
Size : 5.5 x 55
Wrapper : Sun Grown Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $8.75 each
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This vitola is named as such because of the unique cap that is shaped like the head of a chisel. In any event, the cigar is filled with Dominican Ligero tobacco, some of the strongest tobacco grown. The cigar’s name alone warns you to ready yourself for a powerful smoke and the company promotes the cigar with the “Eat before you smoke ‘em” tagline. Let’s see how this cigar measured up to my taste buds.

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Rafael Gonzalez Perlas

Rafael Gonzalez Perlas

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Perla
Size : 40 x 102 mm (4 in)
Weight : 5.91 g.
Price : $11.00 each/ $55.00 for 5 cigar cardboard pack Canada (LCDH)
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Today we are bringing you a guest cigar review by Sean. Rafael Gonzalez Perlas is a good value Cuban cigar that shouldn't be overlooked.

Pre-light : ★★★★☆
Dark Maduro wrapper that has a slightly dusty bloom. It looks very welcoming. Decent construction, although the cap is not executed perfectly as you get with other cigars this size like Cohiba Siglo I, or Montecristo No. 5. There are small veins that are not at all dominant, and overall the cigar feels quite heavy for its small size and is well packed with uniform feel. The smell is that of mild barnyard that has a hint of sweetness, reminiscent of dark chocolate. The cold draw tasted somewhat sweet with hints of roasted nuts and typical Cuban tobacco. The band is the non-glossy, non-embossed band, which I still haven’t figured out, as other vitolas are donning a darker more glossy embossed band. According to the information obtained online, the non-glossy band was discontinued in 2010, so I suspect that these cigars are 2 years aged prior to their 2012 release, explaining the band.

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Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada 2011 Torpedo

Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada 2011 Torpedo

Origin : Dominican Republic
Tortuga CigarsFormat : Torpedo
Size : 6.25 x 56
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Price : $8.80 each

I had never heard of the Tortuga brand. This past summer while vacationing in the United States I happened upon them while in a popular local cigar shop/lounge. I saw this in their new release area with its deep burgundy band and the all too familiar these days “Limited Edition” secondary gold band. I picked one up to smoke in the store while I continued my shopping. I enjoyed it so much I picked up a couple more. These cigars are marketed as extremely limited cigars. Their website lists all the retailers around the country that sell them if you are interested in giving one a try. I doubt they’ll be sold out because of their relatively unknown status. These boutique cigars were readily available for sale at the shop I bought mine at. Finding them at all of their listed retailers may be difficult but worth the effort.

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Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story

Arturo Fuente Short Story #1

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Figurado
Size : 4 x 49
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $6 each
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The Arturo Fuente family is probably one of, if not the most, famous names in the cigar industry. For those new smokers out there that are wondering where to start your cigar journey, well I’d look at the Fuente family. The Hemingway series was released in 1983 with the 6 x 47 Signature and the entire series is still strong on the market today. In case you weren’t aware the word “Hemingway” refers to a certain shape used to roll a cigar (figurado body with tapper perfecto foot).

This should be a perfect size smoke for folks that have to bear the cold outside winter weather. Let’s see if the performance is worth it too…

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Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Robusto

Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real

Origin : Dominican RepublicRomeo y Julieta
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador (Connecticut Shade)
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Price : ~$6 each
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The Romeo y Julieta non-Cuban brand is produced by the giant company Altadis. The Reserva Real is a very popular blend, along with the 1875. Featuring an Ecuador-grown Connecticut shade wrapper and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic, this is an affordable cigar that retails in the $6 area.

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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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