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.
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.
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.
Today, we are bringing you a guest video review. It is shot by Derek who does a great job of reviewing cigars on his YouTube channel RedditCigarReviews. He is part of a very nice Reddit community called r/cigars. Enjoy the review!
Savinelli is more known for its pipes which the firm has been making since 1876. In 1994, Savinelli started releasing cigars in collaboration with big names like Oliva, Fuente or Placencia. The Special Selection 2006 is manufactured in the Oliva factory in Nicaragua. Covered by an Ecuadorian leaf, the cigar uses '2006 Nicaraguan tobacco as a filler. Video runs a bit over 9 minutes.
Origin : Nicaragua Format : Toro Size : 6 x 52 Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Filler : Nicaragua Binder : Nicaragua Hand-Made Price : $8 each
In the fall of 2010, the team behind 601 cigars and Sabor Havana Cigars in Doral came together to create a special cigar to celebrate the release of Rafael Cerrato Salas’ book “25448, No! Roberto Martin Perez.” This cigar highlighted the Cuban experience and life of an outspoken critic of Fidel Castro’s communist regime. Roberto Perez spent a total of 28 years in jail in Cuba, and he was referred by Castro as the “father of the prisoners.” The initial release of the book was in Spanish, and personally I have not read it. The cigars, 364 boxes of 10 (3640 total), were specifically blended for this release using the same Habano wrapper as the original 601 Red, but the filler tobaccos are unique to this stick. These cigars can be differentiated by the secondary “Edicion 2010 Limitada” band below the newer 601 Red label.
I bought a box of these cigars awhile back and planned on doing a review of them, but like a few other sticks, I ended up enjoying them so much that I smoked up all my stock. I acquired a few more from Brooks @ Smoking Stogie.com that I am doing the review on today. Just to note, this is not like any other Pepin made stick. This was a totally different cigar from what Pepin usually makes, so how was it?
The Raices Cubanas factory has made a quite a bit of noise the last few years with releases from the likes of Viaje and especially Illusione. Dion Giolito has carved out his own niche in the cigar world and keeps coming up with new hits. The Ultra MK supposedly is the first release of a new line of cigars within the Illusione mainline brand (his other brands being Epernay, Cuchillos Cubanos, Cruzado, and the former joint venture Nosotros). These particular cigars were recommended by buddy Abdul @ Habana House Cigars in Austin, TX (3601 South Congress, Suite-D200, (512)447-9449). Abdul has pretty similar tastes to my own, and these new sticks came in, and he immediately took me into the humidor to pick these up along with some of the new Cruzado Domenicos Extras. This being only my second review of Illusione cigars for Cigar Inspector, how did it fare?...
While the Tatuaje Fausto hit store shelves only months ago, the blend is based off the T110 released in very limited quantities two years ago. This cigar is manufactured with a large majority of ligero from Esteli and Jalapa, which should translate into a very bold and spicy cigar.
The Fausto FT153 has an oily and dark burnt chocolate colored wrapper that smells of barnyard and wood. A few medium sized veins are present but do not detract from the cigar in a meaningful way. The band has a very contemporary design.
La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale, the newest line from Team La Gloria, spent eight years in the making. This line features a brand new, golden wrapper which was the result of two years of development and cultivation. The line also features a redesigned band, which manages to take a big step away from the Cubanesque band of earlier LGC lines while still remaining true to the same general design. In general, I found the Artesanos Retro Especiale to be a tasty smoke initially, but each sample that I smoked seemed to lose its character about halfway through.