Montecristo No. 1

Montecristo No. 1

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 162 x 16 mm (6.38 x 42)
Box code : TUR JUL 08
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each in Cuba / ~$23 each in Canada
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Today we're bringing you a guest review by Tyler of an underestimated Cuban Montecristo No. 1. Enjoy!

Standing in one of the LCDHs in Cuba I was uncertain if this was the right purchase for me. I had never tried a Montecristo No. 1 and lonsdales are not typically my first choice of cigar size. On top of that I had been having bad luck with other Montecristos during the trip. I was however intrigued by the idea of purchasing a box of cigars that had already been aged without any work on my part. I am not normally one to gamble but on that day I was feeling bold enough to make a leap of faith. Upon returning home and lighting up I was very happy with the outcome and thought a good review would be in order.

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Juan Lopez Corona (2003)

Juan Lopez Corona

Juan LopezOrigin : Cuba
Format : Corona
Size : 42 x 142 mm (5.6)
Box code : 2003
Discontinued
Hand-Made
Price : $8
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We are happy to introduce Simon who just joined our team of reviewers. Here is his short bio:

It all started on a trip to Cuba about 6-7 years ago when I walked in a Casa Del Habanos to buy a single stick to smoke. My, then, girlfriend was on a day trip for some sort of sailing activity. I was stunned to see the variety of sizes, brands and the smell that was opulent and vivid. I ended up spending the day in the smoking lounge in the back of the Casa smoking, trying different cigars, talking and drinking with the house 'torcedor' Mr. Alfonso. I was hooked. The following years I have found my way to online communities, herf organisation as well as taking a major part in my local cigar club, The Montreal Club. I have been back to Cuba almost every year since. My latest project is a Cuban cigars pairing blog, sticksanddrinks.tumblr.com

He starts off with a review of the discontinued Juan Lopez Corona.

The Juan Lopez Corona is a pre-1960 release and has been discontinued since 2006. I picked this one up from a friend of a friend. The box code got lost in transit but it is of 2003. I have smoked a few Juan Lopez but I've got to say they are not a staple in my humidor. Hopefully, this one can change my mind and open up my humidor to a new marca.

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Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Little Robusto

Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ Little Robusto

Don Pepin GarciaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 x 50
Wrapper : Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Corojo & Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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I was really excited to see the old Series JJ line of Don Pepin cigars debut a new size, especially one of my favorite vitolas, the petit robusto. Revisiting the Series JJ line really excited me because first I have not smoked one in a really long time, second it’s one of my favorite cigar lines, and third it was one of the first brands that made me fall in love with cigars and the genius that is Don Pepin Garcia. The “Little Robusto Project” was the brainchild of Jerry Cruz, of Stogie Review, to commemorate his infant son’s passing and give awareness, and raise money, for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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Elogio Serie LSV Robusto

Elogio Serie LSV Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaElogio cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sungrown Oscuro (Somoto)
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $6.50-$8.00

To some, Elogio is not a new cigar, but to me I found out about this manufacturer just recently on a trip to Houston to visit Smoke Ring cigar store. I was introduced to a few new brands there of which I was surprised to how good they smoked. Elogio is manufactured in the town of Somoto, Northwest of the famous city of Esteli. Elogio has several lines of cigars that include the LSV, Habano, and Excepcionales (a double torpedo).

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San Lotano Oval Robusto

San Lotano Oval Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaSan Lotano cigars
Format : Rubusto
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan&Honduran
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $8.70
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Well, well, well, it’s been a big year for AJ Fernandez when you add up the accolades that Emilio Cigars and San Lotano garnered in 2011. The Oval, being probably the most anticipated release from AJ in his career, was received with grand applause from the cigar reviewers. Now if you read a lot of the articles from this website you will have noticed this cigar never made my list for Top Cigars of 2011. The first couple of samples intrigued me and I liked it a lot but it just didn’t float my boat enough to knock down a spot on my list. But the more and more I smoked of this stick I really got to liking it more and more. So this is my review of the last time I revisited this cigar.

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Romeo y Julieta Viejo “E”

Romeo y Julieta Viejo

Origin : Dominican RepublicRomeo y Julieta
Format : Box-pressed toro
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : San Andres Mexico
Binder : ?
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.5 each
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Until recently, I was never a huge fan of cigars made by the Dominican Romeo y Julieta. Then I was introduced to the Reserve Real. Ever since I smoked a couple of those, I have made those a cigar that I smoke regularly on the weekends. Then I was introduced to the Viejo. I was told that if I liked the Reserve Reals, I would like these as well. So I had fairly high hopes for this cigar.

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EP Carrillo Club 52

EP Carrillo Club 52

Origin : Dominican RepublicEP Carrillo cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 5.8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6.50 each
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After a week of fighting a cold and not being able to enjoy a nice cigar, I had the chance to light up a couple cigars this weekend. Saturday morning I woke nice and early and decided to start the day off with this cigar. E.P. Carrillo cigars are making their way into stores around my area, so these are still rare for the most part.

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Padilla Black Bear

Padilla Black Bear

Origin : NicaraguaPadilla cigars
Format : Double Toro
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Filler : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Daylight savings have taken a toll on the ability to review after work. With the sun going down about an hour after I get home, I have to have some of the work for my review done ahead of time. The weather is still very nice and perfect for cigar smoking. Tonight, I came home from work and grabbed this Padilla Black Bear because I was in the mood for a large relaxing cigar.

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