Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto

Rocky Patel Private Cellar Robusto

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Conneticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8.50 each
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I previously wrote a review of the Rocky Patel Private Cellar Toro. In that review I advised readers that I would be sampling the Robusto to see if the size made any difference to the overall experience. Often times, the same blends in different sizes offer unique and subtle flavor differences that make one size preferable over the other even though the same tobacco is used. What I found was what I expected ... the flavor in the Robusto was slightly different. That doesn’t necessarily mean it was better. This cigar, like all of the Private Cellar sizes was rolled at Patel’s Tavicusa factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. How different was this cigar, rolled with the same tobacco and at the same plant as the RP Private Cellar Toro?

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Macanudo Vintage Maduro 1997

Macanudo Maduro Vintage 1997 #1

MacanudoOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 x 49
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua, Dom. Rep., Brazil
Binder : Honduras
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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Produced by General Cigar, the Macanudo Vintage Maduro 1997 is the first cigar from the General Vintage line to wear a maduro wrapper. Not only is this the first maduro vintage, the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper is 13 years old. Being the brainchild of General’s tobacco operations manager Edumundo Garcia, the vintage maduro 1997’s come packaged very different than your typical cigar. The cigars have a metal band near the head of the stick, which is referred to as “Reserva Dorado” (meaning gold reserve). The point of the metal ring is to not only catch the aficionado’s eye but to serve as a humidity gauge. That’s right! If the cigar starts to dry out the metal band will become loose, just as if the cigar is over humidified it will inflate like a balloon, squishing itself against the metal ring. Be aware though, once they have sold out of the cigars bearing the metal ring bands, the cigars will be marked with the normal Macanudo Vintage bands. So if you’re a collector you may want to hunt for them now.

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Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaPerdomo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 56
Wrapper : Cuban Seed Nicaraguan grown Maduro
Filler : Nicaragua (Esteli, Japala and Condega)
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.75 each
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In 1992, an enterprising air traffic controller named Nick Perdomo Jr. started a cigar company out of his home garage in Miami, Florida. Today, Tabacalera Perdomo owns the second largest cigar manufacturing facility in Estelí, Nicaragua. The 20th Anniversary blend was released to celebrate 20 years of business.

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La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Natural

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Natural

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Chisel
Size : 5.5 x 55
Wrapper : Sun Grown Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $8.75 each
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This vitola is named as such because of the unique cap that is shaped like the head of a chisel. In any event, the cigar is filled with Dominican Ligero tobacco, some of the strongest tobacco grown. The cigar’s name alone warns you to ready yourself for a powerful smoke and the company promotes the cigar with the “Eat before you smoke ‘em” tagline. Let’s see how this cigar measured up to my taste buds.

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Rafael Gonzalez Perlas

Rafael Gonzalez Perlas

Origin : CubaRafael Gonzalez
Format : Perla
Size : 40 x 102 mm (4 in)
Weight : 5.91 g.
Hand-Made
Price : $11.00 each/ $55.00 for 5 cigar cardboard pack Canada (LCDH)
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Today we are bringing you a guest cigar review by Sean. Rafael Gonzalez Perlas is a good value Cuban cigar that shouldn't be overlooked.

Pre-light : ★★★★☆
Dark Maduro wrapper that has a slightly dusty bloom. It looks very welcoming. Decent construction, although the cap is not executed perfectly as you get with other cigars this size like Cohiba Siglo I, or Montecristo No. 5. There are small veins that are not at all dominant, and overall the cigar feels quite heavy for its small size and is well packed with uniform feel. The smell is that of mild barnyard that has a hint of sweetness, reminiscent of dark chocolate. The cold draw tasted somewhat sweet with hints of roasted nuts and typical Cuban tobacco. The band is the non-glossy, non-embossed band, which I still haven’t figured out, as other vitolas are donning a darker more glossy embossed band. According to the information obtained online, the non-glossy band was discontinued in 2010, so I suspect that these cigars are 2 years aged prior to their 2012 release, explaining the band.

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Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada 2011 Torpedo

Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada 2011 Torpedo

Origin : Dominican Republic
Tortuga CigarsFormat : Torpedo
Size : 6.25 x 56
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Honduras
Filler : Honduras, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8.80 each

I had never heard of the Tortuga brand. This past summer while vacationing in the United States I happened upon them while in a popular local cigar shop/lounge. I saw this in their new release area with its deep burgundy band and the all too familiar these days “Limited Edition” secondary gold band. I picked one up to smoke in the store while I continued my shopping. I enjoyed it so much I picked up a couple more. These cigars are marketed as extremely limited cigars. Their website lists all the retailers around the country that sell them if you are interested in giving one a try. I doubt they’ll be sold out because of their relatively unknown status. These boutique cigars were readily available for sale at the shop I bought mine at. Finding them at all of their listed retailers may be difficult but worth the effort.

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Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story

Arturo Fuente Short Story #1

Arturo FuenteOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Figurado
Size : 4 x 49
Wrapper : Cameroon
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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The Arturo Fuente family is probably one of, if not the most, famous names in the cigar industry. For those new smokers out there that are wondering where to start your cigar journey, well I’d look at the Fuente family. The Hemingway series was released in 1983 with the 6 x 47 Signature and the entire series is still strong on the market today. In case you weren’t aware the word “Hemingway” refers to a certain shape used to roll a cigar (figurado body with tapper perfecto foot).

This should be a perfect size smoke for folks that have to bear the cold outside winter weather. Let’s see if the performance is worth it too…

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Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Robusto

Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real

Origin : Dominican RepublicRomeo y Julieta
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador (Connecticut Shade)
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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The Romeo y Julieta non-Cuban brand is produced by the giant company Altadis. The Reserva Real is a very popular blend, along with the 1875. Featuring an Ecuador-grown Connecticut shade wrapper and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Dominican Republic, this is an affordable cigar that retails in the $6 area.

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