CAO Extreme

CAO Extreme

Origin : Honduras
CAO CigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Filler : Nicaraguan & Honduran Ligero
Binder : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each

Construction

CAO has long been known for its unique blends featuring small batch and specialty tobaccos to create new and interesting smoking experiences. Extreme, the newest line from CAO, features ligero fillers grown in Estelí and La Entrada. The wrapper is a deep brown Ecuadorian Habano ligero leaf. Concealing the majority of the wrapper leaf is a large black and orange band. Underneath the large band, the Ecuadorian Habano Ligero wrapper is dark and oily and smooth with a slightly mottled appearance. The length of the six-inch stick is plump and nicely rolled. There are no noticeable soft spots. The thick cap cuts cleanly using my Colibri V Cutter.

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Recluse Draconian

Recluse Draconian

Origin : Dominican RepublicRecluse cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Maduro
Filler : Brazilian Hybrid, Piloto Cubano, Dominican, Iconic Leaf Ligero
Binder : MBC (Proprietary Binder)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.5

This pre-release Robusto was sent to me by Iconic Leaf but in no way was my review impacted by this. 2 cigars were provided and both were smoked for this review.

They were sent to me for review last autumn. Given my smoking climate, I let them rest over the winter in my humidor and while these cigars are now available I have finally gotten around to smoking my two samples for the purpose of this review.

Iconic Leaf (Recluse) rolls all of their cigars in the entubado style and all are rolled at their Tabacalera Leyendas Cubanas factory in the Dominican Republic.

More information about the company and their methods can be found in my review of their initial offerings (The Recluse and uniquely-shaped Kanu).

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Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole

Cordoba & Morales 19th Hole

Origin : Nicaragua
Cordoba & Morales cigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 5 1/2 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8 MSRP

Over recent months, the limelight has started to shine on Córdoba & Morales. The boutique cigar brand is operated by Azaires and Emile Mustafa, who were taught how to hand roll fine cigars by their grandmother. Right now, the company only offers a handful of cigar lines, but they appear to be off to an auspicious start. Our own DrFever already reviewed the Family Reserve around one year ago. The Córdoba & Morales 19th Hole, that we are examining today, contains a Nicaraguan binder and filler inside an Ecuadorian Habano Maduro wrapper.

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Cult Ometepe

Cult Ometepe

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto GrandeCult Cigars
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Ometepe
Binder : Ometepe
Strength : Medium to Full
Hand-Made
Price : $8.75
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Construction

Painstakingly created in Esteli, Nicaragua by the owner of Quality Importers, the Cult brand is a labor of love. Since its launch in the beginning of 2013, the Cult brand has been earning mixed reviews from cigar lovers all over the world. The Cult Ometepe is swaddled in a dark, ruddy colored Ecuadorian Habano leaf. The wrapper leaf is veiny and rough, giving the Ometepe a desultory look. The five-and-a-half inch long stick is banded with a drab brown and white “Cult” band. All in all, the Cult Ometepe is not a stick that would catch my attention on the shelf of a brick and mortar.

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La Herencia Cubana Core

La Herencia Cubana Core

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Dagger
Size : 4.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Filler : Esteli Ligero, Jamastran Ligero, Pennsylvania Broadleaf, Nicaraguan Ometepe Ligero
Binder : Esteli Habano Viso
Strength : Full
Hand-Made
Price : $8.75
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Construction

A.J. Fernandez’s boutique brand, La Herencia Cubana, has been earning rave reviews from cigar enthusiasts worldwide as one of the best boutique brands available. The CORE, with its blend of Nicaraguan and American long filler, is no exception. Enveloping these delicious long fillers is a Nicaraguan Habano binder, and a dark, oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The wrapper leaf is the color of dark chocolate and flecked with a few raised veins. The length of this short stick is well-filled and perfectly tapered to a wedge. The cap is perfectly mounted and cuts cleanly with my perfect-cut guillotine.

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Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

Origin : NicaraguaAlec Bradley
Format : Terra Nova (robusto)
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : San Andres Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan & Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8.50 each
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Construction

The Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro utilizes the same delicious blend of fillers as the original Tempus and amps up the flavor with a San Andres Maduro wrapper. The wrapper leaf is the color of dark chocolate and flecked with a few veins. An ornate purple, silver, and gold band is the perfect accent to the stunning wrapper leaf. The length of the five-inch stick is mostly plump with a few noticeable soft spots. The cap is thick and neatly mounted. It cuts cleanly with my Colibri V Cutter.

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L’Atelier Lat 52

L'Atelier Lat52

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit RobustoL'Atelier Cigars
Size : 4 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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L'Atelier Lat 52 is manufactured by L’Atelier Imports, a company created by Pete Johnson of Tatuaje (although he doesn't participate in operations), his brother K.C. Johnson, Dan Welsh of New Havana Cigars, and Sean “Casper” Johnson. The four (three?) make a formidable team, and their line is getting a lot of attention. The Lat 52 has a Nicaraguan filler and binder in a unique Ecuadorian wrapper known as Sancti Spiritus. The wrapper is made from a hybrid tobacco made by combining Criollo and Pelo de Oro. So this is quite an innovative cigar.

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601 Blue Maduro

601 Blue Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Prominente
Size : 5.5 x 56
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long filler
Binder : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full
Hand-Made
Price : $9.30 each
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Construction

Created by Eric Espinoza and made by Jose Garcia, the 601 Blue Maduro has quite an impressive resume; including the number six spot on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2009 list and an impressive 93 rating. This beautiful stick is chock-full of rich Nicaraguan long filler tobacco and wrapped in a chewy broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The pretty blue and taupe colored band stands out beautifully against the wrapper. The wrapper leaf is the color of dark chocolate and flecked with minimal petite veins. There are a couple of imperfections marring the otherwise pristine wrapper leaf, but nothing that should affect the burn. The length of the five-and-a-half inch long stick is plump and skillfully rolled, finished with a prim box-press. The triple thick cap is squarely mounted and cuts cleanly with my punch cutter.

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