Cain Habano Robusto

Cain Habano Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaCain Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.70″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Esteli Ligero, Condega Ligero, Jalapa Ligero, and a small amount of “other tobaccos”
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $7 each
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Cain – Straight Ligero. For those who know what Ligero is, you are probably thinking “damn”. Ligero is the highest priming of tobacco on the plant. These are the leaves at the top of the plant that get the most exposure to direct sunlight and the elements. Ligero tobacco is the thickest leaves and the strongest in terms of nicotine. It is also generally considered the most robust in terms of flavor. Most cigars only use a small percentage of ligero tobacco blended leaves from other primings on the plant. The blending of the different leaves is done to produce specific flavors that the blender wants as well as to give the cigar balance in flavor, strength and construction. Now the Cain is not really 100% ligero. It is actually around 82% or 84% (I have heard both numbers bandied around) ligero. This is still way more ligero than is typically found in a cigar, but the addition of the non-ligero tobacco is done for construction and combustion reasons. Ligero is the thickest leaf and as such is the slowest burning and hardest to keep lit. The other tobacco used helps to balance things out a bit to allow the cigar to burn properly. All that ligero still affects the burn though. This cigar burns awfully slow but more on that later.

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Avo Signature Lonsdale

Avo Signature Lonsdale

Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6 x 43
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : ~$10 each
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Avo Signature is the last classic line from Mr. Uvezian that I haven’t reviewed yet. [Check out my previous reviews of Avo Classic, Avo XO and Avo Domaine]. The Signature blend was created to celebrate the 75th birthday of Avo Uvezian, the Dominican binder and filler wear an Ecuadorian sun-grown wrapper (quite common for Avo cigars).

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Alec Bradley Tempus Centuria

Alec Bradley Tempus Centuria

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Churchill
Size : 7.0′ x 49
Wrapper : Honduran Criollo ’98
Filler : Honduran and Nicaraguan
Binder : Honduran Criollo ’98
Price : $7 each
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The Alec Bradley Tempus is made in the Raices Cubanas factory in Honduras. This is the same factory the the Illusione and Cruzado cigars are made for Dion Giolito. I mention this because of a story I heard. It is second or third hand so I have no way of knowing how true it is but it is interesting. The story goes that Dion was testing several prototype blends to use in one of his lines. Apparently Dion wants his cigars to change up on him 4 plus times through the course of the smoke so there were several blends that while good, complex smokes, they were passed on by Dion. The rumor is, that one such blend was offered to and subsequently bought by Alec Bradley to become the Tempus. Like I said, I have no idea if it is true or not, but it is an interesting story and maybe it provides some insight into what happens to some of better blends that go unclaimed during the development phase for a new cigar.

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CAO La Traviata Intrepido

CAO La Traviata

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Churchill
Size : 7 x 54
Wrapper : Colorado Brown Ecuadorian
Filler : Nicaraguan / Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Price : $115+ for a box of 24
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Background Info

Introduced this year at the IPCRR Annual Convention and Trade Show, the CAO La Traviata is an homage to the La Traviata brand that started over 100 years ago in Cuba.

Mission Debrief

This is one of those cigars that in the past couple of months has started making a buzz around the Internet, on various cigar blogs as well as on Twitter. I expect anything from CAO to typically be spot on, whether it is the ever-favorite Brazilia, the MX2, or even recently the Brazilia Cuban Press, a new take on the original. Being that I do my best to stay abreast of new cigars coming into the public eye, I felt it was my duty to give the La Traviata its owed time.

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Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill

Romeo y Julieta Short Churchills

Origin : CubaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Robusto
Size : 124 x 19.84 mm
Ring : 50
Box code : EST OCT 07
Price : ~$9 each
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I have been sitting on a 10 ct. box of these Short Churchills for over a year now. They tasted young and rather unimpressive to me when I first got them, so I gave them a little rest before this recent revisit.

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Cruzado Marelas

Cruzado Marelas

Origin : HondurasCruzado
Format : Perfecto
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua, Honduras
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$8 each
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In this review, Tim A.K.A. Handypilot draws a comparison between Cruzado and Illusione flavor profiles. Enjoy!

This stick is part of Cruzado series of smokes from Dion Giolito's Illusione brand. Similar to the Illusione, though a slightly lower price point, they incorporate blends of Criollo and Corojo. However, the Cruzado line is 2 parts Criollo and 1 part Corojo, as opposed to Illusione's 1 part Criollo and 2 parts Corojo. This stick was gifted to me from a fellow BOTL and was my first Cruzado. I was somewhat anxious to smoke the Marelas as I'm a big fan of Illusione. Here's my take...

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La Riqueza No. 1

La Riqueza No. 1

Origin : NicaraguaLa Riqueza
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6.5″ x 42
Wrapper : Sun Grown USA Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : $9 each
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La Riqueza; The Riches, or The Wealth. Interesting choice of names for what might be one of the ugliest cigars I’ve seen since a Padron. I kid a little, but it really isn’t a pretty cigar and that has solely to do with the wrapper. It is a sun grown USA Connecticut broadleaf wrapper that is rough, bumpy, toothy and rumpled looking. Not what you’d think would be a first choice for a cigar wrapper leaf. Another interesting thing about this cigar is that it represents the first time Pete Johnson stepped away from making a Nicaraguan Puro with a Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper. The Tatuaje Brown Label, Havana VI, and P series all used Nicaraguan tobacco and all use Corojo wrappers. Of course since Pete released the La Riqueza he has gone on to use this naturally dark sun grown wrapper on a number of cigars like some additions to the Reserva line (Regio and Noella), The Frank from the Monster Series, and the Cabiaguan Maduro (which is a misnomer since the wrapper isn’t really a maduro in the traditional sense).

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San Cristobal de la Habana Oficios

San Cristobal de la H. Oficios

Origin : CubaSancho Panza
Format : Corona (Oficios)
Size : 135 x 17.07 mm (5.3 x 43)
Ring : 43
Price : ~$180-250 for a box of 25
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San Cristobal de la Habana is the newest brand launched by Habanos SA. It started with 4 sizes in 1999 and three more were introduced in 2004 for the 5th Anniversary of the brand. Oficios, a 5.3 x 43 corona is one of them and proudly wears a second "La Casa del Habano" band indicating that this is one of the new vitolas.

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