Illusione Epernay Le Matin

Illusione Epernay Le Matin

Origin : NicaraguaIllusione
Format : Corona Gorda Extra
Size : 6 3/4 x 46
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
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Released in 2010, the Le Matin is the first size in the Epernay line to be box pressed and offered in boxes of 25. After seeing the discontinued M-7 boxes lying about the factory floor, Dion Giolito decided to put them to use in making a cigar with balance and elegance. By perfectly blending Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo tobaccos and topping it with a Rosado wrapper Dion was able to create this newest member of the Epernay portfolio.

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San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol Belicoso

San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol Belicoso

Origin : NicaraguaSan Cristobal Supremo
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sun-Grown
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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Up for review is a Nicaraguan San Cristobal Seleccion del Sol in the belicoso vitola. This brand is owned by Ashton and I found a pretty good description on their website:

San Cristobal Seleccion Del Sol is the finest new cigar of 2009. Handcrafted by the Garcia family, these cigars feature a very special sun-grown wrapper grown on the family's "Estrella" farm in Esteli, Nicaragua. Estrella sits on a picturesque plot of land surrounded by green hills, where sunlight abounds and the soil is as thick and as dark as coal. Jaime Garcia hand-selected these beautiful wrappers from the first crop of tobaccos harvested from Estrella explicitly for this cigar.

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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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