L’Atelier Lat 52

L'Atelier Lat52

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit RobustoL'Atelier Cigars
Size : 4 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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L'Atelier Lat 52 is manufactured by L’Atelier Imports, a company created by Pete Johnson of Tatuaje (although he doesn't participate in operations), his brother K.C. Johnson, Dan Welsh of New Havana Cigars, and Sean “Casper” Johnson. The four (three?) make a formidable team, and their line is getting a lot of attention. The Lat 52 has a Nicaraguan filler and binder in a unique Ecuadorian wrapper known as Sancti Spiritus. The wrapper is made from a hybrid tobacco made by combining Criollo and Pelo de Oro. So this is quite an innovative cigar.

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601 Blue Maduro

601 Blue Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Prominente
Size : 5.5 x 56
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long filler
Binder : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full
Hand-Made
Price : $9.30 each
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Construction

Created by Eric Espinoza and made by Jose Garcia, the 601 Blue Maduro has quite an impressive resume; including the number six spot on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2009 list and an impressive 93 rating. This beautiful stick is chock-full of rich Nicaraguan long filler tobacco and wrapped in a chewy broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The pretty blue and taupe colored band stands out beautifully against the wrapper. The wrapper leaf is the color of dark chocolate and flecked with minimal petite veins. There are a couple of imperfections marring the otherwise pristine wrapper leaf, but nothing that should affect the burn. The length of the five-and-a-half inch long stick is plump and skillfully rolled, finished with a prim box-press. The triple thick cap is squarely mounted and cuts cleanly with my punch cutter.

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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.

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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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