E.P. Carrillo Elencos Don Robino

EP Carillo Elencos #1

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/4 x 50
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $10 each
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Until March of 2009, Ernesto Perez Carrillo worked under General Cigar’s eye, helping to oversee all aspects of the La Gloria Cubana brand. After heavy influence from his son, Ernesto III and daughter Lissette, he left General Cigar to pursue a family-run boutique brand.

The EPC Cigar Company has been nothing short of fantastic since its debut and is quickly becoming one of the better known cigar brands in the USA. Until the release of the E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series (which is actually the Edicion Limitada 2010, same cigars) I had only had the beginning Inaugural line cigars.

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Tatuaje Havana VI Artistas

Tatuaje Havana VI

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $8 (MSRP)
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Tatuaje Havana VI is one of the main lines of the brand. It doesn’t get much attention compared to limited editions, but this cigar, produced in Nicaragua by Pepin Garcia on the My Father factory, also deserves a test drive.

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Siglo X Limited Reserve

Siglo X Limited Reserve #1

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6" x 54
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dom. Rep/Nicaragua
Binder : USA/Connecticut Broadleaf
Price : $8 each
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The Siglo brand is blended by Frank Llaneza in Altadis USA’s Esteli, Nicaragua factory. You may have heard the name Frank Llaneza because he used to work with the Villazon & Co. blending the Honduran Punch and Hoyo de Monterrey brands.

The Siglo Limited Reserve blend is available in eight different vitolas each identified with a roman numeral.

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The RyJ by Romeo y Julieta

RyJ by Romeo y Julieta

Origin : HondurasRomeo y Julieta
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Jalapa
Binder : Nicaraguan Jalapa & Esteli
Filler : Nicaraguan Jalapa, Nicaraguan Esteli, Nicaraguan La Mia
Price : ~$8-9 each
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The new RyJ by Romeo y Julieta should be hitting the market in your area very shortly if it hasn’t already. And if you are a fan of the brand, Nicaraguan sticks or a cigar with a bit of spice than this is one for you.

I was fortunate to be given a few Toros to review, and I have to tell you, these take the number one spot in the Romeo stable for me. Right from the get-go, the aesthetics grab you with the white red and gold double banding wrapped around a mocha colored, silky Nicaraguan wrapper that was specially cultivated for this blend. The pre-light aroma is of sweet espresso.

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El Baton

el Baton #1

Origin : NicaraguaEl Baton
Format : Double Torpedo
Size : 6 ¾ x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $6 each
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The El Baton brand is produced by J.C. Newman, being one of the company's original historic brands. Re-released in 2010, El Baton cigars are available in three different sizes; Robusto 5 x 54, Double Toro 6 x 60, and Double Torpedo 6 ¾ x 54. Each size comes packaged in cabinets of 40 or can be bought individually at your local brick and mortar stores. This week's review will be on the double torpedo and I’ve only heard/read great things about this cigar.

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Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto

Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Conneticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$8.50 each
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I previously wrote a review of the Rocky Patel Private Cellar Toro. In that review I advised readers that I would be sampling the Robusto to see if the size made any difference to the overall experience. Often times, the same blends in different sizes offer unique and subtle flavor differences that make one size preferable over the other even though the same tobacco is used. What I found was what I expected ... the flavor in the Robusto was slightly different. That doesn’t necessarily mean it was better. This cigar, like all of the Private Cellar sizes was rolled at Patel’s Tavicusa factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. How different was this cigar, rolled with the same tobacco and at the same plant as the RP Private Cellar Toro?

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Macanudo Vintage Maduro 1997

Macanudo Maduro Vintage 1997 #1

MacanudoOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 x 49
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua, Dom. Rep., Brazil
Binder : Honduras
Price : $9 each
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Produced by General Cigar, the Macanudo Vintage Maduro 1997 is the first cigar from the General Vintage line to wear a maduro wrapper. Not only is this the first maduro vintage, the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is 13 years old. Being the brainchild of General’s tobacco operations manager Edumundo Garcia, the vintage maduro 1997’s come packaged very different than your typical cigar. The cigars have a metal band near the head of the stick, which is referred to as “Reserva Dorado” (meaning gold reserve). The point of the metal ring is to not only catch the aficionado’s eye but to serve as a humidity gauge. That’s right! If the cigar starts to dry out the metal band will become loose, just as if the cigar is over humidified it will inflate like a balloon, squishing itself against the metal ring. Be aware though, once they have sold out of the cigars bearing the metal ring bands, the cigars will be marked with the normal Macanudo Vintage bands. So if you’re a collector you may want to hunt for them now.

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Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaPerdomo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 56
Wrapper : Cuban Seed Nicaraguan grown Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua (Esteli, Japala and Condega)
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$7.75 each
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In 1992, an enterprising air traffic controller named Nick Perdomo Jr. started a cigar company out of his home garage in Miami, Florida. Today, Tabacalera Perdomo owns the second largest cigar manufacturing facility in Estelí, Nicaragua. The 20th Anniversary blend was released to celebrate 20 years of business.

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