H. Upmann Legacy Toro

H. Upmann Legacy Toro

Origin : HondurasH. Upmann
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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I’ve never smoked an Upmann from outside of Cuba before so I decided to finally give these sticks a try. On the recommendation of a friend I decided to purchase a couple Legacy Toros on a recent visit to the US. The following was my experience.

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Punch Rare Corojo Champion

Punch Rare Corojo

Origin : HondurasPunch
Format : Figurado
Size : 4 1/2 x 60
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Honduran, Nicaraguan, Dominican (Piloto Cubano)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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First and foremost, a little background on these cigars with the “Rare Corojo” double band. These smokes are released each year in March and are only available until the annual supply is depleted, which is why they are given the secondary "Rare" band. I was able to pick mine up while in Chicago over the July 4th holiday weekend and the cigar shop I was in had ample supply. Also, the Punch Rare Corojo Champion may appear to be a maduro cigar but I assure you it is not. The company brands this cigar as a natural but it is one of the darker naturals I have come across.

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5 Vegas Limitada 2008

5 Vegas #1

Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Dominican Corojo (’02)
Filler : Piloto Cubano (’03) & Criollo Ligero (’04)
Binder : Piloto Cubano (’03)
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Every year the 5 Vegas Cigar Company releases a traditional small batch of cigars know as their Limitada editions. Due to the limitation of the tobaccos used to blend these cigars production numbers are low. Never using the same tobaccos from year to year, the 5 Vegas Limitada cigars are said to be the finest of the entire 5 Vegas line. Other cigars produced by 5 Vegas are; 5 Vegas Gold, 5 Vegas Classic, 5 Vegas Serie A, 5 Vegas Miami, 5 Vegas Cask-Strength, and the 5 Vegas Relic.

This is my first time ever smoking any of the 5 Vegas cigars and I am looking forward to the new experience.

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J. Fuego Connoisseur Grand Robusto

J Fuego Connoisseur Grand Robusto

Origin : HondurasJ. Fuego Cigars
Format : Grand Robusto
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : A 50/50 blend of Nicaraguan Corojo and Honduran Corojo
Binder : Mexican San Andres Maduro
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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The cigar is made by J Fuego Cigar Company and owner Jesus Fuego promotes it as their top of the line brand. It uses aged tobacco in the entire blend and at 6 years old, the binder is the youngest tobacco in the cigar. With such a mix of aged tobacco I was expecting something packing a lot of flavor. This particular line “The Connoisseur” is a very new release that only started shipping to stores this past April 2013 and, according to my research, most stores started receiving their batches in May and June. I’ve never tried a cigar from this manufacturer so while in Chicago recently I happened to come across it and decided to give it a shot. It’s always good to venture out of one’s comfort zone in the hopes of finding something new.

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Master by Carlos Toraño

Master by Carlos Toraño #1

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 ½ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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What a year 2010 proved to be for Toraño cigars (can you believe it was just 3 years ago?). Not only was the company able to recover the distribution rights for their brands but they also founded the Toraño Family Cigar Company. The first thing the Toraño Family Cigar Company did was release three new blends: Single Region Jalapa Series, Brigade, and Master by Carlos Toraño.

Master by Carlos Toraño was created by master roller, Felipe Sosa. This blend is rolled in a small factory in Esteli Nicaragua with intent to be a small production cigar. The Master is available in three different sizes and each retails for under $6.00 USD: Robusto 5 x 50; Churchill 7 x 50; Torpedo 6 ¼ x 52.

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Alec Bradley Nica Puro

Alec Bradley Nica Puro

Origin : NicaraguaAlec Bradley
Format : Gordo
Size : 6.2 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8.50 each
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The new Alec Bradley Nica Puro cigars are the first Nicaraguan puros launched by the company. For the more novice smoker, as the name suggests, they are comprised completely of tobacco gown in Nicaragua.

Readers of my reviews might recall that I have not been a fan of Alec Bradley cigars. I wasn’t particularly fond of the Prensado where I completely disagreed with the “Cigar of the Year” distinction it had received from Cigar Aficionado magazine and I was just as unimpressed with the Black Market that I also reviewed for this site.

However, as a lover of cigars and always willing to try the latest product I decided to pick up a couple of the firm’s newest release, the Nica Puro. I decided to give it a whirl because as of late I have enjoyed the tobacco coming out of Nicaragua.

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Leon Jimenes Prestige Robusto Tubo

Leon Jimenez Prestige Robusto

Leon JimenezOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican Corojo
Binder : Dominican
Filler : Nicaraguan & Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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The Leon Jimenes Prestige was released in 2011 in order to revive an old brand (Leon Jimenes) that was first introduced back in the 70's. This line of cigars is manufactured in the Dominican Republic by the La Aurora company and is distributed by Miami Cigar & Co. I picked up a couple of these in Amsterdam and thought it was a good idea to take a few tubos on vacation.

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Rocky Patel Private Cellar Toro

Rocky Patel Private Cellar

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8.50 each
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The Rocky Patel Private Cellar is one of Patel’s newest cigars released for distribution in the summer of 2012. The Rocky Patel Company promotes this cigar as a medium-bodied one but I personally found it a bit on the milder side but perhaps this may be skewed a bit since I normally smoke strong cigars.

The blend for this cigar is made up of primarily tobacco grown in Nicaragua and is wrapped with a very rustic and, in my own personal opinion, ugly-looking Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. The cigars themselves are manufactured at Patel’s Tavicusa factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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