Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Torpedo

Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 Torpedo

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 155 x 25 mm (6.25 x 52)
Wrapper : Honduran Broadleaf
Filler : DR, Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8-9 each
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Rocky Patel introduced the Vintage 1990 blend in 2003 and I remember at the time reading a lot of good things about this cigar. This was one of the first praised releases from the company that had just the year prior changed its name to Rocky Patel Premium Cigars from Indian Tabac. Rocky Patel has gone on to make some very good cigars over the years and this one, being one of their first acclaimed releases, was one that I had to sample. As I will discuss below, my boxes were purchased back in 2006. Having finished my first box some time back, I am now down to the last few from my 2006 collection. My palate has changed over the years and perhaps this is why the review is as it is. At the time, I really enjoyed this cigar but as the years went by I lost interest. I decided to pull out one of the 5 remaining sticks from my purchase and give it a whirl some 6 years after purchasing them.

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Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Gran Consul

Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970

Origin : NicaraguaJoya de Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 4.75 x 60
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Havana-seed
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-7 each
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The Antano! One of the most powerful cigars on the market. In fact for many years it was THE most powerful cigar around. Here's some info from the manufacturer:

Antaño in Spanish means "yesteryear", a name that is a tribute to the Joya de Nicaragua cigar of the 70's when the brand became one of the favorite smokes in the US market.

This is a full bodied cigar, made totally by hand with 100% Nicaraguan tobacco. The filler, binder and wrapper are Havana Criollo seed grown in Nicaragua. The shiny Colorado wrapper and the complexity of the blend give a very distinctive personality to this cigar, created to satisfy the most exigent smoker who looks for a strong cigar, rich in taste and aroma. Introduced in 2002, Antaño actually is one of the favorite cigars in the American Market and is a symbol of the true Nicaraguan puro.

I’m not normally a fan of big ring gauge cigars, but there is something special about the Gran Consul that sets it apart from the smaller sizes in the Antano line.

This beefy cigar is very oily looking and has a nice dull point to the torpedo end. The cigar clips easy and the pre-light draw is very open; but not due to being under-filled as this cigar is very densely rolled.

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My Father Cedros Deluxe Eminentes

My Father Cedros Deluxe Eminentes

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Corona
Size : 5.5 x 46
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7-9 each
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My Father cigars may only be a recent name in the world of premium cigars, founded in 2003 by Don José “Pepin” Garcia, but it’s a world famous one. My Father’s motto is, “the art, tradition, and style of Cuba,” though their cigars are not manufactured there. My Father Cedros Deluxe Eminentes was crafted with a Nicaraguan binder and filler wrapped in an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado leaf.

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Perdomo Habano Maduro Robusto

Perdomo Habano Maduro Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaPerdomo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua (Maduro)
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4-6 each
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This is my review of the Perdomo Habano Maduro Robusto (5x52). I picked these up as a 5 pack from CigarMonster.com.

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Xikar HC Series Habano² (squared) Robusto

Xikar HC Series Habano² Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaXikar cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano 2000
Filler : Honduran, Nicaraguan, Ecuadorian
Binder : Honduran, Nicaraguan, Ecuadorian
Hand-Made
Price : $6.75

Seasoned aficionados are well aware of the fact that Xikar, a world-famous producer of cigar accessories (especially their easily recognizable cutters), is also behind a line of cigars dubbed HC Series. Launched in 2008, the line consisted of three blends (Connecticut, Criollo and Habano Colorado) until the recent IPCPR 2012 show which saw an addition to the family, the HC Series Habano Squared (=Habano²).

According to the press-release, this blend was "unearthed" by Kurt Van Keppel and Scott Almsberger, co-founders of Xikar, on one of their recent travels. According to rumors, it is made in Nicaragua at A.J. Fernandez's factory and the blend is a mix of Nicaraguan, Honduran and Ecuadorian tobacco pulled together with an Ecuadorian Habano 2000 wrapper.

Kaitlyn from Xikar was very kind to send me a sampler of the new cigars; here is my review.

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Padrón Serie 1926 40th Anniversary Maduro

Padrón Serie 1926 40th Anniversary Maduro

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.5 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $25
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Padrón has a habit of celebrating important anniversaries with style, and the company’s 40th Anniversary is no exception. In 2004, Padrón released a stunning box-pressed torpedo named the Serie 1926 40th Anniversary. It garnered almost universal critical acclaim when it came out, but can this cigar hold up to its own mystique eight years later?

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Surrogates Bone Crusher

Surrogate Bone Crusher

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25 x 54
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7.50 ($6.00 street price)

If you are a lover of boutique cigars, chances are you already know about New Havana Cigars. Located in Columbus, Ohio (go Buckeyes [sorry Michigan fans]), NHC is my kind of store. The owners are hardcore cigar nuts that believe Cuba no longer makes the best cigars. I couldn’t agree more (see my article about this here), and I rely on NHC as a source for great, non-Cuban, boutique cigars.

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My Father El Hijo (Quick Smoke Series)

My Father El Hijo

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Robusto Extra
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano 2009
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $9.75

The El Hijo was one of four exclusive cigars made for Smoke Inn's 15th anniversary last year.

The El Hijo is a light brown box-pressed cigar with visible seams and a few large veins. The triple cap is expertly placed; the cigar has a pretty open draw and features about a quarter inch of filler tobacco protruding past the foot of the wrapper. The wrapper and filler tobaccos smell strongly of black tea leaves. Construction is perfect with no soft spots, good amount of filling, and razor sharp burn that needs no touch-ups.

1st Third- Filler tobaccos start off with slightly bitter but floral qualities. Once the wrapper is lit, has some nuttiness, hint of cedar, but backed heavily by light milk chocolate and floral notes.
2nd Third- Bursts forth with tons of chocolate-malt-pepperiness. Ends with wood and nut flavors.
3rd Third- Hazelnut, mild milk chocolate, and lighter pepperiness. Ends full-bodied.

My Father El Hijo

This is probably my favorite My Father cigar I have had outside the #1 and Le Bijou Petit Robusto. This is a bit different in the fact that its pepperiness is latent but is so pronounced that the cigar will need more aging to show how good it really is. It seems blended to stand the test of time. If you got 'em still, wait another 2-3 years. Definitely a box purchase. Keep smokin' my friends,...

Appearance : ★★★★½
Construction : ★★★★★
Flavor : ★★★★☆
Value : ★★★★☆
Overall : ★★★★½ (4.25)

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