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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La Aurora Sublimes

La Aurora Sublimes

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Aurora Cigars
Format : Corona
Size : 5 x 39
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$11 each in Canada, ~$5.00 each in the USA
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La Aurora Sublimes are pleasant, mild cigars from the Dominican Republic. They have a consistent, rich flavour paired with quality construction.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto

Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robustos

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 102 x 19.84 mm (4 x 50)
Ring : 50
Box code : 2010
Weight : 9.59 g
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9/piece
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Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto has become one of my go-to cigars lately. It totally fits my current needs - a short smoke with a reliable construction and enough punch to be suitable as an after-dinner cigar. For this reason, the 4-inches long Cuban puro made it to my top Cuban cigars of 2011 list.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Corona

Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Corona

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Petit Corona (Mareva)
Size : 42 x 129 mm (5.1)
Discontinued in : 2006
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each at the B&M
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The Hoyo de Monterrey Short Hoyo Corona is a pre-1960 release and it was discontinued in 2006. I really enjoy the Hoyo des Dieux and Double Corona vitolas but to me Hoyo de Monterrey is a marca I am still discovering. I love trying new cigars and this was the perfect one to do so. It was much shorter than anything I had ever tried in their portfolio. Hopefully it will match up to its bigger brothers.

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Cabaiguan W. Curtis Draper 120 Redux

Cabaiguan W. Curtis Draper 120 Redux

CabaiguanOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4 5/8'' x 42
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7.50 (Box of 12 $84.00)
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Much like Smoke Inn last year, W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist is commissioning several manufacturers to produce cigars for this year, their 125th Anniversary. Pete Johnson, of Havana Cellars/Tatuaje fame, was once again called upon to remake a legendary stick,… the Cabaiguan WCD 120. This same cigar blend and vitola was made 5 years ago for their Draper’s 120th Anniversary. Those I know of that bought the old 120’s say they have aged like fine wine over the last 5 years, so here’s hoping that this release will be nothing different. So how does the new WCD 120 perform? Read below,…

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Punch Super Selection No. 1

Punch Super Selection No. 1

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Long Corona
Size : 42x 155 mm (6.1)
Box code : 2007
Discontinued in : 2009
Hand-Made
Price : $16 in Canada, $9 in Cuba
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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.

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