Punch is one of the few marcas I would buy a box without having previously tried the vitola. I just love their flavour profile and with a few years on them, Punch’s are great. This, again, is a pre-1960 release and it was discontinued in 2009. My local B&M received a 2007 cab of those so I had to try it. I brought it back home to let it sit in the humidor for a while but it kept looking at me every time I lifted the lid.
A cigar that made most people’s Top 25 of 2011 list, the Domus Magnus just missed the mark on my own. The critics were gasped when the Casa Magna topped the list at CA back in 2008. I really thought the Casa Magna Colorado from 2008 was a truly polished cigar, but nowhere near the top of the tobacco heap. Then Quesada and Casa Magna came out with the Domus Magnus this last year proving the hype behind Casa Magna was not a fluke, and with their best efforts, put out the best Casa Magna ever (in my honest opinion).
Having found an article about an indoors smoking lounge not far from where I live, I decided to check out the place last Saturday. Among the cigars I brought with me was this great looking Tabacos El Triunfador by Tatuaje that I managed to put my hands on thanks to a great BOTL Timo from Finland that I met on r/cigars. If you remember, the original El Triunfador was only available in one size, was extremely hard to find and was a great smoke. The new line is significantly different: several vitolas are available, the cigars seem to be much easier to get and the flavors are supposed to be more "polished".
The Partagas Panatela is a pre-1960 release and has been discontinued since 2002. Partagas is a brand I love. When I saw this, collecting dust at the B&M, I figured it was worth a mere 6$ for a 10+ years old machine-made cigar from this famous marca.
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.
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.
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).
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).