Fonseca CXX Anni

Fonseca CXX Anni #1

FonsecaOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Corona
Size : 6 3/8 x 46
Wrapper : Habano Vuelta Arriba
Filler : Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $8 each
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Owned by the Quesada family, and rolled at the Matasa factory in the Dominican Republic, the Fonseca CXX Anni cigars are being produced in celebration of the brand's 120th year in existence. According to the 2011 Volume 16 No.1 issue of Smoke Magazine:

“…a special blend limited to only 120,000 cigars in three different sizes… the new blend commemorates the brand’s Cuban roots, tapping Cuban-seed fillers grown in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, Cuban-seed Dominican binder, and a rich, intensely flavored sungrown Habano Veulta Arriba wrapper from a microfarm in the Navarrete region.”

The Fonseca CXX Anni is available in the following sizes: 46 x 6 3/8 Corona; 52 x 5 7/8 Robusto; and 60 x 4 7/8 Gordo. Prices range from $7.00 to $9.00 depending on the size.

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Alec Bradley Black Market Torpedo

Alec Bradley Black Market

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua Jalapa (Colorado Maduro)
Filler : Honduras and Panama grown Jamastran tobaccos
Binder : Sumatra (Grown in Equador)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Introduced in 2011, the Alec Bradley Black Market line is handmade in Danli, Honduras and sports a Jalapa-grown Nicaraguan wrapper "cured to a dark, shimmering patina". The cigar is a blend of Honduras and Panama-grown Jamastran tobaccos.

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Casa Magna Colorado Corona

Casa Magna Colorado Corona

Origin : NicaraguaCasa Magna
Format : Corona
Size : 5 5/8 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $5-6 each
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Casa Magna Colorado Corona was just the right size for my first week-end of outdoor smoking in 2013 (I'm a bit late in writing this review). This is a well-known blend since 2008, when it was named top cigar of the year by a well-known lifestyle magazine. This Nicaraguan puro is supposed to be a good bang for your buck, providing a high-end flavor profile for an affordable price (it can be found between $5 and $6). Let’s see whether this is true.

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Illusione ~2~

Illusione No. 2

Origin : Nicaragua
IllusioneFormat : Torpedo
Size : 5 1/4 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-9 each
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The Illusione ~2~ looks feisty. Short and stubby but a deep brown that exudes power and as I turn it to peer down the foot, I see a dense weave of ligero throughout the bunch.

As I light it, I find myself a bit surprised. At first it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be as spicy as I thought and certainly not as spicy as the ~mk~ (which is a limited release with an extra oomph thrown in).

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Gurkha Legend Robusto

Gurkha Legend Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicGurkha
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Cameroon
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5.00 each

Appearance : ★★★★☆
The Gurkha Legend Robusto looks good enough. A nice band, a matte wrapper with minimal veining and slightly visible seams. The cigar is comprised of Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper of medium brown color with a pale reddish tint. It is a blend of various aged Dominican filler leaves bound with Cameroon leaf. A very bold band covers this cigar.

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Cordoba & Morales Family Reserve

Cordoba & Morales

Origin : Nicaragua
Cordoba & Morales cigarsFormat : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaragua (Blend of Tobacco from Estelí, Condega and Jalapa regions)
Binder : Nicaragua (Estelí region)
Hand-Made
Price : $8 MSRP

These cigars were sent to me by Córdoba & Morales Cigars LLC to review. They arrived as we were headed into winter so they have been in my humidor resting since November of last year. I want to thank them for sending me 3 samples to review. It’s always nice when I can smoke more than one so that I can ensure that I just didn’t catch a bad day or a bad cigar. It also helps in getting a feel for consistency.

The cigars are blended by brothers Azarias Mustafa Córdoba and Osniel Mustafa Córdoba from Pinar Del Rio Cuba whose family has been growing tobacco for generations. The name of the company takes on the last names of their grandmother Celestina Cordoba Morales from which the brothers learned much of what they know. They now manufacture their cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua using fillers from three different regions in Nicaragua... Estelí, Condega and Jalapa. Their binder is from Estelí and they use Ecuadorian habano wrapper for their Family Reserve.

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Flor de las Antillas

Flor de las Antillas #1

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua Sun Grown
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8 each
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This week I decided to review a new(ish) member of the Pepin Garcia portfolio. The Flor de las Antillas is a hand rolled Nicaraguan puro that is being made to honor the Garcia families ties to Cuba. In 2012, this cigar earned the first spot on Cigar Aficionado's "Cigars of the Year" list. The Flor de las Antillas are available in boxes of 20 and come in the following four sizes:

  • Toro 6 x 52
  • Toro Grande 6 ½ x 56
  • Belicoso 5 ½ x 52
  • Robusto 5 x 50

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Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic Robusto 1979

Don Pepin Garcia Cuban Classic Robusto

Don Pepin GarciaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Don Pepin was one of Cuba`s most respected rollers when he fled the country and started rolling cigars in Miami with some other prominent defectors. The cigar is marketed as full bodied and is promoted as some of the most Cuban tasting non-Cuban cigars. The Cuban Classic is billed as a spicy cigar made from very select tobaccos. I had the opportunity to sample their Natural Robusto and what follows is my review of this cigar. This cigar comes from his “Black Label” line and is manufactured in Nicaragua.

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