Nub Habano 460

Nub Habano 460

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : RothschildNub Cigars
Size : 4 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $5.20 each
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What a strange looking cigar. The NUB Habano 460 is a Nicaraguan puro manufactured by the Oliva Cigar Company. Have you ever noticed that some cigars taste best in the several inches toward the middle? The rationale behind NUB’s awkward sizes is that the cigars are designed in attempt to replicate this “sweet spot” from the beginning to end.

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Regusto Sublime Maduro

Regusto Sublime Maduro

Origin : Panama
Format : Presidente
Size : 6.3 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8 (currently 7-pack sampler for $25)

Thanks to Regusto cigars for providing a sampler for review!

This is a new cigar being marketed out of Panama, created by a joint venture between a Texan, a Cajun, and a Cuban exile. “Regusto”, per the website means “to taste again or repeatedly”.The first thing I thought about this statement was that it better be good for me to taste these “repeatedly.” Can they live up to their name? Let’s see…

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Avo Heritage Short Robusto

Avo Heritage Short Robusto

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 4 x 56
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sungrown
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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I am a sucker for petit/short robustos. I like smoking in the mornings with my coffee and a smaller vitola affords me the perfect amount of time to peruse the morning newspapers. A 45 minute to 1 hour smoke allows me to read my USA Today and catch up on the today’s propaganda. And I believe with the fairly new, Avo Heritage Short Robusto, I have found my morning “go to” bullcrap news smoke.

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Raices Cubanas Candela War

Illusione 88 Candela VS Viaje White Label Project Candela

Illusione 88 Candela VS Viaje White Label Project Candela
Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52 (Illusione), 5 x 50 (Viaje)
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8-9 each
Smoked 2 of each for review

Since two of the top brands in the industry (Illusione and Viaje) decided to come out with candela cigars, I found it only appropriate to match these up face to face to see how they compare. The two cigars are the Viaje White Label Project Candela and Illusione’s 88 Candela. What makes this match up even more interesting is that both cigars come out of the same factory. For a lot of people out there this may be a problem, especially for those loyal to their brands and they don’t like the fact that the factory allowed two candelas to leave its doors. Some even have gone as far as to say that Andre Farkas of Viaje is following (or copying) the lead of Dion Giolito. But the only question to myself, was which one of the cigars was better? So whose cigar is King of the Candela?

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Urbano Corojo Torpedo

Urbano Corojo Torpedo

UrbanoOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : N/A
Wrapper : Dominican Republic
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each

I am a huge fan of boutique brands and up and coming factories in the cigar biz. I love to see what a smaller, more hands on approach to cigars produces as far as quality, flavor, and value. Though due to smaller production, some boutique brands can be a little pricey, but the enjoyment of finding a diamond in the rough is what I am all about. This may be the case with Urbano Cigars and its owner Matt Urbano. Matt sent over a few torpedos from his corojo line, and I took the pleasure of letting these sit a week with much anticipation. These cigars are Dominican puros aged three years, triple fermented, and then sit within the factories seasoning rooms for another 90 days. Sounds promising right? Well,… you be the judge.

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Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro

Origin : Dominican RepublicRomeo y Julieta
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Dom. Rep., Peru, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Appearance

Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro Toro is wrapped in a dark cloak of Maduro-ishness. Dark, oily with a sheen. A couple of small veins running the length. Somewhat spongy. Nice looking cigar! The band is black and silver, simple but elegant. Much like myself. Agent Poopface, that wasn’t a joke sir…

Smoking Characteristics

Draw is a bit tight, getting some flaking tobacco on the tongue after cutting (guillotine). Plenty of smoke. Creamy mouth-feel. Target refused to speak a few times and required several re-lights. Ash is a black and grey marble color. Fantastic!

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El Baton

El Baton Double Torpedo

Photo credit: Classic Cigar

Origin : NicaraguaEl Baton
Format : Double Torpedo
Size : 6 3/4 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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Background Info

This cigar was reintroduced to the J.C. Newman (makers of Diamond Crown) family of cigars in 2009. One factory in Nicaragua makes this cigar, and nothing else.

Mission Debrief

This cigar will always hold a special place with me as this was the cigar I was smoking when I found out that my wife had started having labor contractions. When my wife told me that the process started, I returned to the basement and hastily finished the cigar. Needless to say, I was glad that I bought two of these cigars, if only to give this cigar its full due.

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Cuban Stock Chubby Ultimate

Cuban Stock Chubby Ultimate

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpe GrandeCuban Stock
Size : 7 x 60
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7-8 each
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Background Info

Size does matter; the bigger the better. It’s a fact and the Chubbys are proving it. This is one of the first 60 ring gauge cigars. We’ve been making it since 1995. The Chubby Maduro is a full bodied smoke, with a dark and shiny Dominican Maduro Special (DMS) wrapper developed by us. The Chubby Natural is absolutely gold, both in color and in the distinctive mild taste.

(Excerpt from the Cuban Stock Website).

Mission Notes

Beautiful day outside, perfect for a smoke. Unfortunately, I have a lot of errands to run, so there is only one solution. Smoke on the road. I pick out a beautiful Torpedo and immediately members of my family begin begging for some too. Briefly I consider delving into my traveldor in search of White Owls, but realize I haven’t allowed something like that into my case in ages. Grudgingly I hand out three of my precious sticks and begin my preparation.

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