Ortega Serie D #8

Ortega Serie D No. 8

Origin : NicaraguaOrtega
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/2 x 50
Wrapper : San Andreas, Mexican maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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Eddie Ortega is a big name these days. Only recently, Ortega set out on his own, after parting ways with EO Brands, the company he founded with Erik Espinosa. Serie D is the first selection offered by Ortega’s new solo company, and includes 5 different sizes in natural or maduro (this review is for the maduro). The filler and binder leaves are grown in Jalapa and Esteli in Nicaragua, while the wrapper comes from San Andreas, Mexico.

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Alec Bradley Black Market

Alec Bradley Black Market #1

Origin : HondurasAlec Bradley
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Panama; Honduras
Binder : Sumatra (grown in Ecuador)
Hand-Made
Price : $8 each
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Released in 2011, the Alec Bradley Black Market cigars use a blend of tobaccos from four different countries. However that’s not all… the cigars only contain visos and ligeros (no seco leaves are used in this blend). The Black Market cigars come in boxes of 22 that look like old cargo crates and are available in the following sizes:

Robusto 5 1/4 x 52; Toro 6 x 50; Churchill 7 x 50; Torpedo 6 1/8 x 54; and Gordo 6 x 60.

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La Aroma de Cuba Robusto

La Aroma de Cuba #1

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 54
Wrapper : USA/Conn. Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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Distributed by Ashton Cigar Company, the La Aroma de Cuba brand is now made by Pepin Garcia in Nicaragua (he already had ties with Ashton’s San Cristobal and Benchmade brands). The brand now consists of eleven vitolas including the Monarch that we previously reviewed.

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Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial

Tatuaje 7th Capa #1

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 45
Wrapper : Sumatra
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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So, if you’re a regular at keeping up with all of the online cigar blogs you’ve probably already come across many reviews of the Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial. There have been lots of mixed reviews on this cigar, which personally I think is a good thing. We must remember that the art of cigar smoking is just that… an art. Some people’s trash is another’s treasure, and that is the beauty of this leisure. Since there has been so much rave about this cigar I decided to go ahead and voice my thoughts about the Tatuaje 7th Capa Especial.

Before we begin I want to make note that this cigar is actually rolled at the My Father cigar factory in Esteli, Nicaragua just like the rest of the Reserva brown label line (instead of in Miami), and the Capa Especial is carrying a Sumatra wrapper instead of Connecticut Broadleaf.

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Padilla Miami Lancero

Padilla Miami Lancero #1

Origin : USAPadilla cigars
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 ½ x 42
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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Ernesto Padilla’s cigar line, after the revamp, consists of Reserva, Reserva Maduro, Miami 8 & 11, Miami Maduro, Vintage Reserve and Connecticut. The cigar that is being reviewed, however, is one of the old Miami lines. I believe that this one was still manufactured in Miami USA but I might be wrong. Needless to say, it has some age on it.

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Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2011

Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2011

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Mexican San Andres maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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Note: I did a guest cigar review for the Serie V Maduro Especial 2011 a year back on another website. I noticed that the owner of that site has now removed all references to Cigar Inspector from that review and basically published it as his own. Not a gentleman's move, but unfortunately this happens in the blogosphere. I'm illustrating this redux review with the original pictures so you can see who's the real reviewer.

Anyway, I thought this was an opportunity to revisit this cigar and see how it fares one year later. As a reminder, Oliva releases Oliva Serie V Maduro cigars since 2008 and the 2011 edition was a 6 x 50 toro featuring a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper.

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E.P. Carrillo Elencos Don Robino

EP Carillo Elencos #1

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 1/4 x 50
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : $10 each
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Until March of 2009, Ernesto Perez Carrillo worked under General Cigar’s eye, helping to oversee all aspects of the La Gloria Cubana brand. After heavy influence from his son, Ernesto III and daughter Lissette, he left General Cigar to pursue a family-run boutique brand.

The EPC Cigar Company has been nothing short of fantastic since its debut and is quickly becoming one of the better known cigar brands in the USA. Until the release of the E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series (which is actually the Edicion Limitada 2010, same cigars) I had only had the beginning Inaugural line cigars.

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Tatuaje Havana VI Artistas

Tatuaje Havana VI

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8 (MSRP)
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Tatuaje Havana VI is one of the main lines of the brand. It doesn’t get much attention compared to limited editions, but this cigar, produced in Nicaragua by Pepin Garcia on the My Father factory, also deserves a test drive.

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