Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

Origin : NicaraguaAlec Bradley
Format : Terra Nova (robusto)
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : San Andres Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan & Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8.50 each
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Construction

The Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro utilizes the same delicious blend of fillers as the original Tempus and amps up the flavor with a San Andres Maduro wrapper. The wrapper leaf is the color of dark chocolate and flecked with a few veins. An ornate purple, silver, and gold band is the perfect accent to the stunning wrapper leaf. The length of the five-inch stick is mostly plump with a few noticeable soft spots. The cap is thick and neatly mounted. It cuts cleanly with my Colibri V Cutter.

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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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Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary

Rocky Patel 15th

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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The Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary was released to celebrate Rocky Patel’s 15 years in the cigar business. Starting as the Indian Tabac Cigar Company, Rocky Patel Premium Cigars has come to prove itself in the ever growing cigar industry. The Fifteenth Anniversary series is rolled in Nicaragua at Tabacalera Villa Cuba, which Patel only partially owns. The filler tobacco for these cigars is grown on a farm dedicated only to this brand and blend.

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Ambos Mundos Short No. 1 Habano

Ambos Mundos Short

Ambos MundosOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 ½ x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each
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Released in 2011, the Ambos Mundos Short No.1 Habano is an extension of the already popular Pete Johnson line. Ambos Mundos meaning “both worlds” is a blending of Nicaraguan binder and fillers with an Ecuadorian wrapper. Ambos Mundos cigars are produced by Pepin Garcia and are considered Johnson’s value-priced line. The full Ambos Mundos portfolio consists of eight different sizes/blends, although the official website shows only six sizes (have the Shorts been discontinued?). They are as follows:

  • Short No. 1 Habano 4 1/2 x 46
  • Short No. 2 Sumatra 4 1/2 x 46
  • Robusto No. 1 Habano 5 x 50
  • Robusto No. 2 Sumatra 5 x 50
  • Toro No. 1 Habano 6 x 50
  • Toro No. 2 Sumatra 6 x 50
  • Grande No. 1 Habano 5 1/2 x 56
  • Grande No. 2 Sumatra 5 1/2 x 56

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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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Illusione 888 “Necessary & Sufficient”

Illusione 888

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : ChurchillIllusione
Size : 6 3/4 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9 each
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The Illusione 888 “Necessary & Sufficient” is a Nicaraguan puro Churchill created by Dion Giolito. The name of the cigar is a testament to Giolito’s Christian faith. The number 888 is a numerological representation of the name of Christ. “‘Necessary and Sufficient’ both describes the balance and profile of the cigar,” explains Giolito on his website. “It also represents to not go wanting. He is all I need, He is necessary and sufficient.” The Illusione brand may not be the most globally famous cigar brand, but it still has quite a following, and for good reason. Illusione cigars have a reputation for quality, and the 888 is no exception.

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