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

On to the review…

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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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Oliva Serie V Melanio Petit Corona

Oliva Serie V Melanio

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4.5 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6.75 - $8.00 each
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The company markets this cigar as hand-rolled using ‘expertly fermented’ ligero fillers which are known for their robust and rich flavors. The Serie V Melanio is considered one of the brand’s “Premium” Cigars. The long filler tobaccos are a blend of Oliva Nicaraguan Habano that emphasizes tobacco from the Jalapa region, an area known for a more nuanced leaf than the Esteli or Condega regions.

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De Siena 312

De Siena 312

Origin : Honduras
Wrapper : Viso Habano grown in the Jalapa Valley, Nicaragua
Filler : Columbia, Viso Jalapa Nicaragua, Ligero Esteli Nicaragua, Ligero Honduras
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $7-9

Doc James Cigars & Golf

We have received the honor of writing the first review of a brand new cigar from one of the most respected cigar store/lounges in Westchester County, NY. Doc James Cigars. With 2 locations in the county, their flagship in Shrub Oak and another in Mamaroneck, they are easy to get to and carry an incredibly wide line of sticks. There are even a few rare gems in their vintage humidor that you will have a hard time finding anywhere else, if you are able to at all.

Both locations have fantastic lounges that were designed to be both luxurious and fun. They are very inviting and provide exceptionally well for the hundreds of members who enjoy all sorts of recreational activities there including darts, cards, watching sporting events and the many conversations centering on their love of cigars. A feeling of camaraderie that we cigar smokers enjoy so much is always felt there, and Adam DeSiena, owner of the establishment is always there to enhance the experience in any way that he can. Go visit them at Doc James Cigars & Golf, 952 East Main Street, Shrub Oak NY 10588.

Now, on to the review…

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Four Kicks

Four Kicks #1

Origin : Dominican Republic
Crowned Heads CigarsFormat : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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This week I decided to review a cigar that has hit the blogosphere with running success. The Four Kicks brand by Crowned Heads is produced by Ernesto Perez Carillo in the Dominican Republic for owner Jon Huber and Mike Conder. Being relatively new to the cigar world the brand has received very high accolades already, so let's see how the Four Kicks fairs.

Available in 24 count boxes the Four Kicks consist of the following vitolas :

  • Pyramid 6 1/8 x 52
  • Sublime 6 x 54
  • Belicoso 5 ½ x 52
  • Robusto 5 x 50
  • Corona Gorda 5 5/8 x 46
  • and newly added Seleccíon No.5 6 ½ x 44

On to the review…

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Zino Platinum “Z” Class 550R

Zino Platinum “Z” Class 550R #1

Origin : Dominican RepublicZino
Format : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Nicaragua & Honduras
Binder : Peruvian
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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As spring is upon us we are all looking forward to cutting the grass again… yeah right. The good news is with more daylight and warmer temperatures the cigars smoking will increase along with barbecues and good outdoor fellowship.

This week I wanted to review a semi new cigar. Being released in May of 2011 the Zino “Z” Class line is defined as a stronger / powerful / more full-bodied line without a hefty price tag. The “Z” Class cigars come packaged in sleek streamlined metal tin boxes of 20. These cigars are currently available in the following sizes:

  • 654T (Toro) 5 7/8 x 54
  • 550R (Robusto) 4 7/8 x 50
  • 546P (Pyramid) 5 ¼ x 46
  • and 643C 5 5/8 x 43

This line will typically run you from $8 – $12 which is much less expensive than your regular Zino/Davidoff makeshift brands. Let’s see how the 550R fared.

On to the review…

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Fonseca No. 1

Fonseca No. 1

FonsecaOrigin : Cuba
Format : Cazadores
Size : 6 3/8 x 44
Wrapper : Cuba
Filler : Cuba
Binder : Cuba
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
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Fonseca is an under appreciated brand in my opinion. You don’t find too many people talking about it and there are plenty who haven’t even heard of it. I have found it to be a sort of hidden gem. Milder than most Cuban cigars it is still full of refined, complex flavors and they are a joy to smoke. The hallmark of the Fonseca is the white tissue paper wrapper that graces every stick in the marca, and the bold portrait of Francisco E. Fonseca that adorns each box.

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