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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Tatuaje Barclay Rex 100th Anniversary

Tatuaje Barclay Rex 100th Anniversary

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Date Released : November 2010
Hand-Made
Price : MSRP $10.00, aftermarket approx. $15-$25
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For those of you that read my Top 10 Cigars of 2011 article, many will see a lot of Pete Johnson cigars on the list. Pete has been on fire the last two years, and arguably the last 5 years. Since the first release of Noella Reservas back in 2006, people have been crawling over each other to access any of the limited production/B&M exclusives that Pete produces. The Barclay Rex has been touted as one of the greatest Tatuaje’s to have ever been made, close behind possibly the original jar release of the Black Label corona gorda (soon to be review in the making!). The B-Rex, for short, is the tweaked version of the widely popular Pork Tenderloin Meat Locker Series made for Gloucester St. Cigars in Boston, which was a fatter, tweaked version of the J21. Now, I never had the opportunity to smoke the Pork Tenderloin, but I was told by many it was an incredible cigar. Only around a little less than 5,000 cigars were made of the B-Rex making it very hard to find, and even worse, extremely desirable. This will be the third B-Rex I have smoked, with one being from the release, and two being just recently. This review being written after my last B-Rex in my possession, I am sad to see them gone :(

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Viaje Exclusivo Tower 45th

Viaje Exclusivo Tower 45th

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10.50
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I have been more than fortunate to be smoking through some great sticks that have been sitting in my humidor for much of the year. This little gem was released back in March as a way to celebrate Tower Cigars’ 45th anniversary which really isn’t until 2012. Fortunately for all, they released these cigars in 2011 to treat all of the waiting public yearning for more of Andre Farkas’ exclusivo blend (his personal blend). Today, while writing this review, I read Jon Huber’s blog about bloggers/cigar reviewers and his thoughts of cigar makers as artists or musicians. If cigar makers are artists than I have to go out and say the Tower Exclusivo 45th is Farkas’ “Mona Lisa.”

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Padilla Black Bear

Padilla Black Bear

Origin : NicaraguaPadilla cigars
Format : Double Toro
Size : 6 x 60
Wrapper : Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Filler : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Daylight savings have taken a toll on the ability to review after work. With the sun going down about an hour after I get home, I have to have some of the work for my review done ahead of time. The weather is still very nice and perfect for cigar smoking. Tonight, I came home from work and grabbed this Padilla Black Bear because I was in the mood for a large relaxing cigar.

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My Uzi Weighs A Ton

My Uzi Weighs A Ton

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Fat Robusto
Size : 5 x 60
Wrapper : San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Brazil, Nicaragua
Binder : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Hand-Made
Price : ~$9-12
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“Well I'm all in - put it up on the board
Another rapper shot down from the mouth that roared
1-2-3 down for the count
The result of my lyrics - oh yes, no doubt”

Yea! That’s what I’m talkin’ about! You guessed it, that’s a taste of some old school Public Enemy No. 1 for ya! It happens to be a quite nice little ditty called “My Uzi Weighs A Ton”. As I’m reminiscing, I can’t quite decide if I want to pop a cap, or cut the cap on the new collaboration between Drew Estate and Joya de Nicaragua. Fortunately, I’m not the violent type, so I think I would rather tell my fellow readers about this intimidating stick.

MUWAT. That’s what JD, Jonathan Drew (yea, we’re tight like that… not really), calls his My Uzi Weighs A Ton creation for short. As I am quite sure everyone has figured out, JD is much more “with it” than other cigar makers, therefore, good for you JD for giving this beast such a moniker. MUWAT was JD’s personal blend, so I certainly had high expectations for this thing, and I have been chomping at the bit to get my hands on it.

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Viaje C-4

Viaje C4

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 5 x 56 (box press)
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo ‘99
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10.50-$11.00
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It seems as if you would think Andre Farkas would run out of bomb themed cigars this year. But yet again, here comes another one, the “C-4.” At this point in the year, I have been pretty disappointed in a lot of the Viaje releases. Some felt as if they were released too young and some were just plain terrible. But Andre has a way of keeping his followers' eyes peeled for that diamond in the rough. Every once in awhile he hits a homerun and I was hoping to find it possibly in this cigar.

The C-4 was released back in mid-June along with some other annual Viaje summertime releases: the TNT and Summerfest. Only 3,750 total cigars were made. As much of you all know, Andre only specializes in small batch, hard to find cigars.

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