Punch Ninfas

Punch Ninfas

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Ninfas (Slim Panatela)
Size : 33 x 178 mm (7”)
Box Date : EAR – April ’02 (Controlado Feb ’05)
Discontinued in 2002
Hand-Made
Price : roughly $7/cigar in 2002
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Appearance : ★★★☆☆
Natural (Colorado Claro), flat sheen, few veins. Box pressed beyond any cigar I’ve ever seen with hard corners. The appearance is elegant by its nature. Generally white, grainy ash; flakey & not as dense as the tight draw would lead one to expect.

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H. Upmann Half Corona

H. Upmann Half Corona

Origin : CubaH. Upmann
Format : Half Corona
Size : 3.5 x 44 (90 x 17 mm)
Ring : 44
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6
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The H. Upmann Half Corona was released in 2011 and quickly became quite a popular cigar and a regular smoke for many cigar aficionados around the world. Why? It isn’t just the flavors, the construction and the price of this stogie that make it popular, but the size, which is a distinguishing characteristic. This Half Corona measures just 3.5” with a 44 ring gauge, making it a short cigar. You can smoke one of these at a leisurely pace and still finish up in less than 40 minutes, so it is perfect if you are pressed for time and still want to enjoy a nice stogie.

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Ortega Serie D Maduro No. 20

Ortega Serie D No. 20

Origin : NicaraguaOrtega
Format : Double Toro
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : San Andres, Mexican maduro
Filler : Esteli/Jalapa, Nicaragua
Binder : Jalapa, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.50 each
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The first of many solo launches by cigar great, Eddie Ortega, the Ortega Serie ‘D’ Maduro has earned praise from all corners of the cigar world, including a 90 point rating from Cigar Aficionado Magazine and a spot of Cigar Snob Magazine’s Top 25 Cigars of 2012 list. The Ortega Serie ‘D’ Maduro features a nearly flawless San Andres Maduro leaf wrapped around generous portions of Nicaraguan long leaf fillers. The San Andres leaf is the color of dark chocolate and has a slight oily sheen to it. The length of the six-inch stick is plump and expertly rolled and finished with a gentle box press. The triple thick cap is squarely mounted and cuts cleanly with my punch cutter.

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La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo

Origin : NicaraguaLa Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva
Format : Robusto Grande
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : San Andreas, Mexico
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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La Aroma de Cuba is made by Jose “Pepin” Garcia & Co. and distributed by Ashton. Mi Amor Reserva gained some press at the IPCPR in 2012 where it was featured prominently. If the name “La Aroma de Cuba” looks familiar to you (or the ornate band on the cigar), it is likely because you have seen older entries in La Aroma de Cuba before the Mi Amor Reserva sub-line was released.

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Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary Robusto

Punch 10th Anniversary

Origin : HondurasPunch
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Corojo
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each

As a 10 year milestone of the Rare Cojoro blend, General Cigar has released, a few years ago, the Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary. Available in only one size, 5 x 50 Robusto, this cigar is now quite hard to find.

On to the review…

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Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

Gran Habano Cabinet Selection

Gran HabanoOrigin : Honduras
Format : Gran Consul
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan grown Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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Please welcome Kayla, our newest reviewer. She starts with the Gran Habano Cabinet Selection, an old release from the company.

Appearance & Construction

Created by the Rico family in Honduras, the Gran Habano Cabinet Selection Gran Consul is an impressive, meaty stick. The oily Corojo wrapper, the color of burnt sienna, is beautifully complimented by the dark red and silver band. The wrapper leaf is flecked with multiple small veins and a few minor imperfections but is overall very attractive. The length of this six-inch stick is firm and well rolled, finished in a gentle box-press. The cap is thick but messily mounted.

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Illusione 888 “Necessary & Sufficient”

Illusione 888

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : ChurchillIllusione
Size : 6 3/4 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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The Illusione 888 “Necessary & Sufficient” is a Nicaraguan puro Churchill created by Dion Giolito. The name of the cigar is a testament to Giolito’s Christian faith. The number 888 is a numerological representation of the name of Christ. “‘Necessary and Sufficient’ both describes the balance and profile of the cigar,” explains Giolito on his website. “It also represents to not go wanting. He is all I need, He is necessary and sufficient.” The Illusione brand may not be the most globally famous cigar brand, but it still has quite a following, and for good reason. Illusione cigars have a reputation for quality, and the 888 is no exception.

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Oliva Connecticut Reserve Toro

Oliva Connecticut Reserve #1

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5 each
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To meet the needs of their milder cigar fans, in 2008 the Oliva Cigar Company blended and debuted the Oliva Connecticut Reserve line. The line is available in the following sizes: Robusto 5 x 50; Toro 6 X 50; Churchill / Double Corona 7 X 50; Torpedo 6.5 X 52; Lonsdale 6.25 X 44; Double Toro 6 x 60; Petit Corona 4 x 38.

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