My Father Special “S”

My Father Special S

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua*
Filler : Nicaragua*
Binder : Nicaragua*
Hand-Made
Price : event only release (MSRP: $10)
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Beginning in 2011, the My Father Cigar Company began handing out special cigars to customers that purchased boxes at events. The My Father Special S is rumored to be based on the company’s very-limited 2007 release El Centurion. The sample smoked for review was one from a package of three I received after purchasing a box of My Father Cigars. As I began searching and asking for information on the blend, the closest answer I got is that the blend is based off the original El Centurion blend which is a Nicaraguan puro. Interestingly, there are actually two special “event-only” cigars that My Father Produces; the Special “S” and the Special “S” White Label. I was told by a very reputable dealer that the “White label” will stay an event only release, while you can find a few dealers that sell the “Special S” in boxes of three, which retail for about $30 a box.

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Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Reserva

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Double Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $13ish. Released in books of 24 with the Cojonu Capa Especial
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Back around January, I was able to obtain a sampler pack of the pre-release 2012 Tatuaje Cojonu through my membership with the Saints and Sinners Club (exclusive Tatuaje fan club). This year they will be in three different blends: Miami brown label Cojonu, Connecticut Broadleaf Reserva and the Sumatran Capa Especial. Just recently, these sticks were released in a beautiful book of 24 cigars by some of the big named B&M’s across the country. I waited until now to acquire more of the releases and do a thorough review instead of smoking one pre-release and writing about it. I was really psyched to see that the pre-releases were just like the actual release,… something that I can’t say about a lot of limited release cigars. So how did the Cojonu 2012 Reserva fare?,...

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Padilla Studio Tobac Figurado

Padilla Studio Tobac Figurado

Origin : NicaraguaPadilla cigars
Format : Figurado
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $14.00 (my local B&M is more around $12.00)

The most disappointing thing about being a cigar reviewer is that there are so many cigars out there and you can only review so many. The Padilla-Studio Tobac cigars had been sitting in my humidor staring at me for over 3 months now and for some reason or another they kept being pushed back in my rotation of review smokes time and time again. I eventually decided it was about damn time I got to them, so here goes.

The gist of what this cigar is about is that it is a reach out by Studio Tobac to broaden its horizons and touch the mainstream by collaborating with some big names in the industry. So for this first collab, they reached out for the genius that is Ernie Padilla to produce a limited stick that would pair both Studio Tobac and Padilla's expertise in bringing a unique cigar to the U.S. market. The tobacco is all Oliva's but they consulted Padilla to tweak the blends. Word on the street is that this will not be the last of Studio Tobac's collaborations which is exciting news. I am personally excited to try this cigar out because I have been a huge fan of Padilla's body of work ever since the release of the original Miami 8&11 years ago. The 8&11 was a game changer for me, and has a lot to do why I am sitting here writing this review. Now on to the review,...

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Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro (Quick Smoke Series)

Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto Extra
Size : 5.5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $11.00 each
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This is the new series of reviews I am introducing to Cigar Inspector readers. These are quick and brief reviews of usually one cigar that I am smoking at a brick and mortar or a cigar that otherwise I just didn’t deem needing a full review. This by no means states that these cigars didn’t deserve a full review, it just means I was a little more spontaneous in taking notes on these sticks. So in these reviews, I just smoke a cigar and take a few notes to give readers a general reference of what they can expect from the cigar. Hope everyone can appreciate these reviews for what they are- quick reviews of cigars I have never smoked before.

The exclusivo has a dark brown, leathery wrapper with minimal oils. The cigar gives when squeezed, has a good open draw, and is very rustic looking. The burn was very straight with no touch ups. Draw was consistently open throughout the smoke.

1st Third- Deep leather, cocoa powder, meat, and finishes with stinging pepperiness. Full bodied.
2nd Third - Smooths out. Cocoa becomes more prominent and leather weaves in and out. Body still pretty full.
3rd Third- Bitter cocoa flavors with some wood chips thrown in. Stunningly potent smoke.

The Exclusivo smokes more like a corona gorda than a robusto extra. The box press makes it seem a little thinner. The flavors are compact, lively, not overly complex, and have a ton of strength (it had me staggering a bit when I walked away). A really solid smoke for one of Cigar Aficionado's top cigars of the year. Personally, this is my favorite Padron I have smoked.

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

Tatuaje TAA 2011 Tobacconists Exclusive

Tatuaje TAA 2011 Tobacconists Exclusive

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Double Toro
Size : 5 5/8 x 54
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $11.00-$12.50
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This was a cigar that had evaded me for quite some time. It was hard to come by for me because the few B&M’s that were carrying this exclusive cigar sold out of them very quickly. Many people I know of were clammering to get their hands on this large quantity limited release. And the few B&M I saw online were selling them above retail, so I went underground to get mine. I went out and traded some sticks with some good friends of mine to acquire enough to do this review. I am glad I went out of my way, because I really liked this cigar, and definitely see why they were so popular during their release.

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Cabaiguan W. Curtis Draper 120 Redux

Cabaiguan W. Curtis Draper 120 Redux

CabaiguanOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4 5/8'' x 42
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7.50 (Box of 12 $84.00)
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Much like Smoke Inn last year, W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist is commissioning several manufacturers to produce cigars for this year, their 125th Anniversary. Pete Johnson, of Havana Cellars/Tatuaje fame, was once again called upon to remake a legendary stick,… the Cabaiguan WCD 120. This same cigar blend and vitola was made 5 years ago for their Draper’s 120th Anniversary. Those I know of that bought the old 120’s say they have aged like fine wine over the last 5 years, so here’s hoping that this release will be nothing different. So how does the new WCD 120 perform? Read below,…

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Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada Optimus

Casa Magna Domus Magnus Limitada Optimus

Origin : NicaraguaCasa Magna
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.75 x 52
Wrapper : Sun Grown Jalapa
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $8.90 each
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A cigar that made most people’s Top 25 of 2011 list, the Domus Magnus just missed the mark on my own. The critics were gasped when the Casa Magna topped the list at CA back in 2008. I really thought the Casa Magna Colorado from 2008 was a truly polished cigar, but nowhere near the top of the tobacco heap. Then Quesada and Casa Magna came out with the Domus Magnus this last year proving the hype behind Casa Magna was not a fluke, and with their best efforts, put out the best Casa Magna ever (in my honest opinion).

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Tabacos El Triunfador by Tatuaje

Tabacos El Triunfador by Tatuaje

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto (No. 4)
Size : 5 x 48
Wrapper : Habano Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Having found an article about an indoors smoking lounge not far from where I live, I decided to check out the place last Saturday. Among the cigars I brought with me was this great looking Tabacos El Triunfador by Tatuaje that I managed to put my hands on thanks to a great BOTL Timo from Finland that I met on r/cigars. If you remember, the original El Triunfador was only available in one size, was extremely hard to find and was a great smoke. The new line is significantly different: several vitolas are available, the cigars seem to be much easier to get and the flavors are supposed to be more "polished".

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