Surrogates Bone Crusher

Surrogate Bone Crusher

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25 x 54
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7.50 ($6.00 street price)

If you are a lover of boutique cigars, chances are you already know about New Havana Cigars. Located in Columbus, Ohio (go Buckeyes [sorry Michigan fans]), NHC is my kind of store. The owners are hardcore cigar nuts that believe Cuba no longer makes the best cigars. I couldn’t agree more (see my article about this here), and I rely on NHC as a source for great, non-Cuban, boutique cigars.

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My Father El Hijo (Quick Smoke Series)

My Father El Hijo

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Robusto Extra
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano 2009
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $9.75

The El Hijo was one of four exclusive cigars made for Smoke Inn's 15th anniversary last year.

The El Hijo is a light brown box-pressed cigar with visible seams and a few large veins. The triple cap is expertly placed; the cigar has a pretty open draw and features about a quarter inch of filler tobacco protruding past the foot of the wrapper. The wrapper and filler tobaccos smell strongly of black tea leaves. Construction is perfect with no soft spots, good amount of filling, and razor sharp burn that needs no touch-ups.

1st Third- Filler tobaccos start off with slightly bitter but floral qualities. Once the wrapper is lit, has some nuttiness, hint of cedar, but backed heavily by light milk chocolate and floral notes.
2nd Third- Bursts forth with tons of chocolate-malt-pepperiness. Ends with wood and nut flavors.
3rd Third- Hazelnut, mild milk chocolate, and lighter pepperiness. Ends full-bodied.

My Father El Hijo

This is probably my favorite My Father cigar I have had outside the #1 and Le Bijou Petit Robusto. This is a bit different in the fact that its pepperiness is latent but is so pronounced that the cigar will need more aging to show how good it really is. It seems blended to stand the test of time. If you got 'em still, wait another 2-3 years. Definitely a box purchase. Keep smokin' my friends,...

Appearance : ★★★★½
Construction : ★★★★★
Flavor : ★★★★☆
Value : ★★★★☆
Overall : ★★★★½ (4.25)

Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Box code : April 2012
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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Please welcome DrFever, our newest contributor. He starts with a review of the Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill, a well-known Cuban robusto.

This Cuban cigar comes in at just under 5 inches in length (4.8” to be exact) with a ring gauge of 50. One of my preferred cigar sizes.

This particular sample came from one of my 25 count boxes with a box code of April 2012. It is a fairly young cigar but I have found that these cigars do smoke well fairly young. I have been smoking these cigars since 2007, a year after their official 2006 release. In the past I have picked up some single tubes of these but this box was brought back to me by a vacationing neighbour while travelling to Cuba.

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Montecristo No. 4

Montecristo No. 4

Origin : CubaMontecristo
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 129 x 16.67 mm (5 x 42)
Ring : 42
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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After exchanging a few words with Inspector, I decided to review a few cigars that were not hard to find or discontinued. Of course, I decided to start with the most popular cigar in the Habanos S.A catalogue and that is the Montecristo No 4. A friend of mine had just given me one from a box that was “on” so I figured it was a perfect timing.

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Cain F 464T

Cain F 464T

Origin : NicaraguaCain Cigars
Format : Nub Torpedo
Size : 4 x 64
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7.00
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The Cain cigars (check out our reviews of the Maduro, Habano and Daytona blends) are developed by Studio Tobac, a division of Oliva Cigar Company, one of the most respected brands around the globe. Studio Tobac is also responsible for the Nub line, considered rather innovative because of its easily recognizable shape. Today I am reviewing the Cain F 464T, which is a Nicaraguan puro that offers a strong typically Cain-ish blend (a mix of three Nicaraguan ligeros) in a Nub format: it's a 4 x 64 short torpedo. Which means it's basically a quintessence of Studio Tobac's expertise.

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Vega Fina SUMUM Edicion Especial 2010

Vega Fina SUMUM Edicion Especial 2010

Origin : Dominican RepublicVegaFina
Format : Toro
Size : 5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Cubano
Binder : Dominican
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian
Hand-Made
Price : $6.50
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I admit that I am not that type of person to smoke cigars from Altadis and General Cigar. There has got to be quite a bit of noise about a cigar to impel me pick up a stick at B&M and buy it knowing it was made by these companies. Say what you want, but smoking cigars these days from Altadis and General Cigar is like going to the golden arches for a hamburger or the deep fried cauldrons at the Colonel's,... it’s just not my thing. But the Vega Fina brand, with its European targeting, had me intrigued enough to reach out of my comfort zone and give it a try.

Long a favorite among the Spanish, Altadis has made the Vega Fina a unique experience within their myriads of brands. I guess they thought it would be a good time to bring a value priced, cubanesque, Limited Edition smoke to this side of the Atlantic after the grand success of other cubanesque cigars (i.e. Quesada Espana).

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Gurkha Seduction

Gurkha Seduction

Origin : Wherever they make GurkhasGurkha
Format : Fat Robusto
Size : 5 x 55
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Colombian Corojo
Binder : Dominican Olor
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.00 each
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This is another one of the cigars that Gary Hyams, president of Gurkha Cigars, sent me in my Christmas package. Much like the Royal Challenge I just reviewed recently, the box presentations are ridiculously nice. The Seduction has a gilded felt box that makes this relatively inexpensive stick look like a cigar made for royalty. The Royal Challenge had a favorable review, so can this new Gurkha seduce me?

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EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012

EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Short Run 2012

Origin : Dominican RepublicEP Carrillo cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 5 7/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Dominican & Nicaraguan
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : $7.10 each
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Since the company’s creation in 2010, E.P. Carillo has released an annual “Short Run” series in three vitolas. The 2012 edition is based on the New Wave Connecticut core line, and according to Ernesto Perez-Carrillo the line is a cross between the NWC line and the Core Maduro line. The 2012 Short Run Series has the same Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper as the NWC line, but uses the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper found on the Core Maduro line as a binder.

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