San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol Belicoso

San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol Belicoso

Origin : NicaraguaSan Cristobal Supremo
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sun-Grown
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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Up for review is a Nicaraguan San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol in the belicoso vitola. This brand is owned by Ashton and I found a pretty good description on their website:

San Cristobal Seleccion Del Sol is the finest new cigar of 2009. Handcrafted by the Garcia family, these cigars feature a very special sun-grown wrapper grown on the family's "Estrella" farm in Esteli, Nicaragua. Estrella sits on a picturesque plot of land surrounded by green hills, where sunlight abounds and the soil is as thick and as dark as coal. Jaime Garcia hand-selected these beautiful wrappers from the first crop of tobaccos harvested from Estrella explicitly for this cigar.

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Inception 518

Inception 518

Inception CigarsOrigin : ?
Format : Corona Extra
Size : 6.5 x 46
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Cuban Seed 98’ Criollo
Filler : Mexican, Honduran, Nicaraguan Cuban Seed Habano
Binder : Costa Rican Cuban Seed 98’ Criollo
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7-8 each

It’s been a little while since I have reviewed a cigar. I took some time off for health reasons, but now I am back and better than ever and ready to start this year off with a review of Inception Cigars from Houston, Texas. Last year, Inception sent over a sampler of their cigars. I smoked through the different sizes and settled on reviewing my favorite of the three sizes, the 6.5 x 46 corona extra.

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Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Torpedo

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Torpedo

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 155 x 25 mm (6.25 x 52)
Wrapper : Honduran Broadleaf
Filler : DR, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-9 each
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Rocky Patel introduced the Vintage 1990 blend in 2003 and I remember at the time reading a lot of good things about this cigar. This was one of the first praised releases from the company that had just the year prior changed its name to Rocky Patel Premium Cigars from Indian Tabac. Rocky Patel has gone on to make some very good cigars over the years and this one, being one of their first acclaimed releases, was one that I had to sample. As I will discuss below, my boxes were purchased back in 2006. Having finished my first box some time back, I am now down to the last few from my 2006 collection. My palate has changed over the years and perhaps this is why the review is as it is. At the time, I really enjoyed this cigar but as the years went by I lost interest. I decided to pull out one of the 5 remaining sticks from my purchase and give it a whirl some 6 years after purchasing them.

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The Recluse Toro (Update)

The Recluse Toro

Origin : Dominican RepublicRecluse cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 1/4 x 50
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Hand-Made
Price : $7.80

Back in the Summer of last year I was sent a couple of pre-release cigars to review from Iconic Leaf Cigar Company, a relative newcomer to the cigar industry. The “Toro” cigar I was sent was actually quite enjoyable, something rare for a new name. Normally, based on my experience, new cigar companies are either dreadful out of the box or need a few years to turn an average cigar into one with promise. Very rarely does one come out of the gate with such promise. I was sincere in my rating of the cigar in giving it 4 stars out of 5 in my review back in August 2012.

A month and a half back I was sent a production version of the cigar, fully banded (the pre-release sample came unbanded) so I thought I would give it another try and update my review.

The original review is still up and should be checked out for a more in-depth commentary of the cigar itself. What follows are my additional comments on the Toro from Iconic Leaf.

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Guillermo Leon Corona

Guillermo Leon Corona

Guillermo LeonOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 5 1/2 x 42
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano
Binder : Cameroon, Dominican Corojo
Filler : Peru, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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This review is sponsored by our friends from TrueTobacco.com. Feel free to check out their selection of fine cigars.

Examining my humidor, I discovered this attractive cigar in a size (5.5 x 42) that I deemed suitable for the rainy winter time. This brand was launched in 2010 and is considered as a personal cigar by Guillermo Leon, the owner of the La Aurora company.

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Por Larranaga Montecarlo

Por Larranaga Montecarlo

Origin : CubaPor Larranaga
Format : Slim Panetela (Delicioso)
Size : 6.3 x 33
Hand-Made
Price : ~$125 for a box of 25
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I got this cigar in a trade on r/cigars and, to be honest, wasn't expecting much out of it. Not my favorite brand, not my favorite format (although Montecristo Especial No. 1, a slightly thicker panatela, is a fine smoke!). These cigars used to be machine-made back in the days, but now proudly bear the hand-made tag. Besides, they are rather cheap... Let's see how the Por Larranaga Montecarlo fared?

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H. Upmann No. 2

H. Upmann No. 2

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Piramide
Size : 156 x 20.64 mm
Ring : 52
Weight : 14.26 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.60 Cuban pesos
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With winter almost upon us here in Canada, cigar season is starting to come to a close, if not already. I still use milder days to get out there and enjoy a cigar but surely my daily routine that I have during the warmer months is at an end. The quantity of reviews may decrease over the next few months but I still have some reviewed cigars that should follow with fully written reviews for you that I hope will give you some suggestions for stocking up your humidors for next year’s smoking season. That’s what I do during these colder months.

For this review I chose to write about a cigar I am very familiar with, the H. Upmann No. 2. This cigar is one of my personal favorites in this vitola (for flavour) and putting aside all construction issues that I will discuss later, the flavour of this cigar is what keeps me coming back IF the price is right. This particular cigar that I smoked for this review was from a 2010 box purchased in Cuba. A box of 25 cost me I believe $160 Cuban Pesos or just over $6 Cuban Pesos per cigar in early 2010. They retail in Canada at some of the online duty free vendors for approximately $17.00 per cigar and if you are forced to pay full retail you can expect to pay over $24.00 per cigar (thanks in large part to the crazy Canadian tobacco taxes).

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Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Gran Consul

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 4.75 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Havana-seed
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-7 each
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The Antano! One of the most powerful cigars on the market. In fact for many years it was THE most powerful cigar around. Here's some info from the manufacturer:

Antaño in Spanish means "yesteryear", a name that is a tribute to the Joya de Nicaragua cigar of the 70's when the brand became one of the favorite smokes in the US market.

This is a full bodied cigar, made totally by hand with 100% Nicaraguan tobacco. The filler, binder and wrapper are Havana Criollo seed grown in Nicaragua. The shiny Colorado wrapper and the complexity of the blend give a very distinctive personality to this cigar, created to satisfy the most exigent smoker who looks for a strong cigar, rich in taste and aroma. Introduced in 2002, Antaño actually is one of the favorite cigars in the American Market and is a symbol of the true Nicaraguan puro.

I’m not normally a fan of big ring gauge cigars, but there is something special about the Gran Consul that sets it apart from the smaller sizes in the Antano line.

This beefy cigar is very oily looking and has a nice dull point to the torpedo end. The cigar clips easy and the pre-light draw is very open; but not due to being under-filled as this cigar is very densely rolled.

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