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)

Cain F 464T

Cain F 464T

Origin : NicaraguaCain Cigars
Format : Nub Torpedo
Size : 4 x 64
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7.00
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The Cain cigars (check out our reviews of the Maduro, Habano and Daytona blends) are developed by Studio Tobac, a division of Oliva Cigar Company, one of the most respected brands around the globe. Studio Tobac is also responsible for the Nub line, considered rather innovative because of its easily recognizable shape. Today I am reviewing the Cain F 464T, which is a Nicaraguan puro that offers a strong typically Cain-ish blend (a mix of three Nicaraguan ligeros) in a Nub format: it's a 4 x 64 short torpedo. Which means it's basically a quintessence of Studio Tobac's expertise.

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Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2010

Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2010

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Mexican San Andreas maduro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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You must have heard of the maduro version of the famous Oliva Serie V. Introduced in 2008, the blend has been since then changed yearly, which is a good way of creating regular buzz about a cigar. As for the vitolas, the first three years we've seen torpedos and the toro replaced it in 2011. Up for review today is the 2010 edition, a 6 x 54 filled with Nicaraguan tobacco (ligero from Jalapa valley to be exact) and wrapped in a Mexican San Andreas maduro leaf. I've received this cigar in a r/cigars trade with a cigar aficionado from Finland - thanks Timo!

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Viaje WLP Red 50/50 (Quick Smoke Series)

Viaje VLP Red 50/50

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10.00 each

The Viaje White Label Project Red 50/50 has a flawless wrapper,… deep mahogany with reddish tint. Invisible seams, and a few medium sized veins. Draw is somewhat tight and hard to pull on. More smoke comes off the foot than through the head it seems sometimes. Burn line is all over the place and needs a few touch ups while smoking.

1st Third- Leather is first noticed, then a tad bit of soy/and or beef jerky,... a little paperish too. Not much spice for a Viaje. A tad sour. Pretty one dimensional.
2nd Third - Started out with some smooth dark chocolate flavors that disappeared into charred meat.
3rd Third- Malty-paperish amalgamation, hard to pin down but not very good nevertheless.

Well, this was the third WLP cigar I have smoked and the consistent theme with them all can be summed up with one word,... underwhelmed. It had some glimmers of hope during the experience of smoking it, but all in all this stick is too reckless in its flavor delivery to provide much enjoyment. All I can say is that I am glad to have smoked one but one will be all that I need to smoke.

Appearance : ★★★★½
Construction : ★★½☆☆
Flavor : ★★★☆☆ (2.75)
Value : ★★½☆☆
Overall : ★★★☆☆ (2.75)

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