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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La Reloba Sumatra Robusto

La Reloba Sumatra Robusto

Origin : Nicaragua
Manufacturer : My Father Cigars, NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Sumatra seed (Grown in Nicaragua)
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $5 each
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What do great racehorses and great cigars have in common? It’s true that many great cigars have a “barnyard” aroma, but that’s not what I’m thinking of. I’m talking about pedigree. And in the case of the La Reloba Sumatra Robusto, the pedigree is very fine indeed.

Made in Nicaragua at the My Father cigar factory, the LRSR is the brainchild of Don Jose “Pepin” Garcia and his son Jaime. Over the last decade, Sr. Garcia has built a reputation as one of the world’s greatest cigar makers. With success after success, the Garcia name has become synonymous with well-crafted, great tasting cigars. And with the creation of the LRSR, the lineage continues.

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Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ Little Robusto

Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ Little Robusto

Don Pepin GarciaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4 x 50
Wrapper : Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Corojo & Criollo
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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I was really excited to see the old Series JJ line of Don Pepin cigars debut a new size, especially one of my favorite vitolas, the petit robusto. Revisiting the Series JJ line really excited me because first I have not smoked one in a really long time, second it’s one of my favorite cigar lines, and third it was one of the first brands that made me fall in love with cigars and the genius that is Don Pepin Garcia. The “Little Robusto Project” was the brainchild of Jerry Cruz, of Stogie Review, to commemorate his infant son’s passing and give awareness, and raise money, for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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Elogio Serie LSV Robusto

Elogio Serie LSV Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaElogio cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Sungrown Oscuro (Somoto)
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $6.50-$8.00

To some, Elogio is not a new cigar, but to me I found out about this manufacturer just recently on a trip to Houston to visit Smoke Ring cigar store. I was introduced to a few new brands there of which I was surprised to how good they smoked. Elogio is manufactured in the town of Somoto, Northwest of the famous city of Esteli. Elogio has several lines of cigars that include the LSV, Habano, and Excepcionales (a double torpedo).

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San Lotano Oval Robusto

San Lotano Oval Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaSan Lotano cigars
Format : Rubusto
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan&Honduran
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $8.70
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Well, well, well, it’s been a big year for AJ Fernandez when you add up the accolades that Emilio Cigars and San Lotano garnered in 2011. The Oval, being probably the most anticipated release from AJ in his career, was received with grand applause from the cigar reviewers. Now if you read a lot of the articles from this website you will have noticed this cigar never made my list for Top Cigars of 2011. The first couple of samples intrigued me and I liked it a lot but it just didn’t float my boat enough to knock down a spot on my list. But the more and more I smoked of this stick I really got to liking it more and more. So this is my review of the last time I revisited this cigar.

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Liga Privada Feral Flying Pig

Liga Privada Feral Flying Pig

Origin : NicaraguaLiga Privada
Format : Double Figurado
Size : 5.4 x 60
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Viso
Filler : Nicaraguan Blend
Binder : Brazilian Mata Fina
Hand-Made
Price : $15-$16
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Liga Privada Feral Flying Pig, a 5.4 x 60 double figurado released in December 2011, has a completely different blend from the original Flying Pig.

Appearance : ★★★★★
Ligas have always been some delicious looking sticks, and this one is no different. The Feral Pig has a dark brown wrapper that is thick and fragrant. It does not display the same amount of toothiness as its T-52 and No. 9 brethren though. It lacks the pock marks of excessive vegetable glue that seemed to cover the regular Flying Pigs. The veining in the wrapper leaf is small and it oozes with oodles of oils. Aromas of pipe tobacco, cognac, and soap come from the foot and rich leather from the wrapper. All in all, I think this is a much more appealing stick than the smaller Flying Pigs.

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