Don Pepin Garcia Vegas Cubanas Generosos

Don Pepin Garcia Vegas Cubanas Generosos

Don Pepin Garcia cigarsOrigin : United States
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Habano Rosado Claro (Nicaragua)
Filler : Cuban Seed Corojo (Nicaragua)
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7-8 each
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I have had several cigars with the Don Pepin Garcia name on them. When the opportunity was given to me to review this stick, I had to take it. I had never had this particular cigar, so I was looking forward to doing this one. I have never had a bad Don Pepin Garcia cigar either. So I knew, before I lit it, that I was going to be in a for a good time.

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262 Paradigm Toro

262 Paradigm Toro

Origin : Dominican Republic262 cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Brazilian
Filler : Colombian/Nicaraguan
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9.00

Many thanks to Tony from Casas Fumando for providing great pictures for this review!

Early on this year I strongly pursued a lot of new brands, particularly smaller or “boutique” brands, to try out and to see if there were any hidden gems in the mix of a sea of tobacco products. Through word of mouth and some generous brothers of the leaf I was able to acquire a few of the 262 Paradigm Toros. The 262 brand is quite unique with a more modern style of approach to advertising being highly social media friendly, with word of mouth as key to getting this product in the mouths of cigar smokers. Its motto is “Smoke the revolution.” The revolution is a double edged sword with references to historic tobacco revolutions of the past on one edge and brandishing a big middle finger for those who try to impede on cigar smokers rights on the other edge. Now, I wanted to know if this cigar could stand up to the stature of this cigars marketing monster. So here we go, …

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Rodrigo Habano Clasico Robusto

Rodrigo Habano Clasico Robusto

Origin : Dominican RepublicRodrigo cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.00

For several months I had seen Rodrigo cigars being passed between members of several different cigar forums with some good things being said about the cigars and its owner, George Rodriguez. I have to admit they looked awfully good, and I decided for myself I had to acquire some for myself to see what all of the hoopla was about. So I got in contact with George to procure myself a lovely sampler of several different sizes from his vitola lineup. George has the Rodrigo cigars made in Tamboril, Dominican Republic. At this moment, only a few B&M’s have these cigars with Height’s Cigar in Houston being one of them (George just finished a Rodrigo event there not too long ago).

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Padilla Habano Artisano

Padilla Habano Artisano

Origin : NicaraguaPadilla cigars
Format : Perfecto
Size : 5.75 x 54
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Wrapper : Habano, Connecticut and Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Hand-Made
Price : $7-8 each
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As I was walking around the Cigars International Super Store this past Memorial Day, this cigar caught my eye. Now I had smoked several Padilla cigars before, so I knew the brand name was good. And with a cigar this cool looking, I had to pick one up for myself, as well as one for my father.

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Room 101 Conjura Edition Petit Corona

Room 101 Conjura Edition Petit Corona

Origin : Honduras (Eiroa/Camacho)
Room 101 cigarsFormat : Petit Corona
Size : 4 x 48
Wrapper : Rosado (Origin?)
Filler : Dominican & Nicaraguan
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : $7.50-$8.00
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For some reason, over the last year, I have ignored the Room 101 brand at my local B&M even though they came highly recommended from the store manager. To me, a cigar blended by Camacho (Eiroa family) didn’t sound appealing since, truthfully, I never really cared much for them. Camacho’s have always been lackluster but very serviceable cigars. Somehow, Matt Booth, the head of Room 101, has teamed with the Eiroas and squeezed what seems to be the best thing I have smoked out of that factory. Check out below what makes this partnership so great.

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13th Floor Fondation Toro

13th Floor Fondation Toro

13th Floor CigarsOrigin : USA
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Ecuador
Hand-Made
Price : $8.20 each

Bryan White, owner of 13th Floor Cigars provided me with a sampler of his Foundation series (toro vitola) cigars to review for our website. I have to say I have been highly impressed with most of the boutique brands that I have had the privilege of smoking recently. I first smoked one of these cigars awhile back with a friend of mine on my way to the post office and was floored by how much I liked it, and told my friend that I couldn’t wait to actually sit down and write the review for this smoke.

The 13th Floor cigars are produced in Miami off of Calle Ocho by Willy Herrera of the El Titan de Bronze factory fame. I have never had an El Titan cigar, but if the 13th Floor is any indication of the production quality I experienced then I will be definitely on the lookout for anything coming out of that factory. Thanks again Bryan for giving us the opportunity to try your excellent cigars.

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Perdomo Habano Corojo Torpedo

Perdomo Habano

Photo credit: The Aspiring Gentleman

Origin : NicaraguaPerdomo
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Cuban-Seed Corojo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-7 each
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Background Info

Perdomo Cigars released the Perdomo Habano in August 2007. The company has touted this cigar in its use of three different tobaccos from different regions in Nicaragua, making for a balanced and enjoyable smoking experience.

Mission Debrief

Like the La Escepcion from my last review, I found the Perdomo Habano by accident, the box stuck in a corner of my B&M’s walk-in humidor. As I have not had as much experience in smoking the wares of Perdomo as I do of other popular cigar brands, I thought this would be a great time to get more acquainted with this line from Perdomo.

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La Escepcion Excepcionales

La Escepcion Excepcionales

Origin : HondurasLa Escepcion
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5.5 x 50
Wrapper : Honduran Habano Talanga
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Ometepe Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-7 each

Background Info

Originally a Cuban brand started back in the mid 1800’s, the La Escepcion was revived under the General Cigar banner, makers of Hoyo de Monterrey, Partagas and Punch to name a few. Honduran-made, this is the first cigar to boast using binder from the Nicaraguan island of Ometepe.

Mission Debrief

La Escepcion Excepcionales qualifies as one of those that you are looking through your local B&M and the band or name catches your eye, and you don’t recognize it right away (or at all in my case). I caught this one in a middle display, partially paired between a couple of boxes of La Traviatas, which I also purchased at that time. Always up for trying something unfamiliar to me, I picked up a couple to see what I could discern.

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