Cult Ometepe

Cult Ometepe

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto GrandeCult Cigars
Size : 5.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Ometepe
Binder : Ometepe
Strength : Medium to Full
Hand-Made
Price : $8.75
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Construction

Painstakingly created in Esteli, Nicaragua by the owner of Quality Importers, the Cult brand is a labor of love. Since its launch in the beginning of 2013, the Cult brand has been earning mixed reviews from cigar lovers all over the world. The Cult Ometepe is swaddled in a dark, ruddy colored Ecuadorian Habano leaf. The wrapper leaf is veiny and rough, giving the Ometepe a desultory look. The five-and-a-half inch long stick is banded with a drab brown and white “Cult” band. All in all, the Cult Ometepe is not a stick that would catch my attention on the shelf of a brick and mortar.

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La Herencia Cubana Core

La Herencia Cubana Core

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Dagger
Size : 4.5 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano Ligero
Filler : Esteli Ligero, Jamastran Ligero, Pennsylvania Broadleaf, Nicaraguan Ometepe Ligero
Binder : Esteli Habano Viso
Strength : Full
Hand-Made
Price : $8.75
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Construction

A.J. Fernandez’s boutique brand, La Herencia Cubana, has been earning rave reviews from cigar enthusiasts worldwide as one of the best boutique brands available. The CORE, with its blend of Nicaraguan and American long filler, is no exception. Enveloping these delicious long fillers is a Nicaraguan Habano binder, and a dark, oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The wrapper leaf is the color of dark chocolate and flecked with a few raised veins. The length of this short stick is well-filled and perfectly tapered to a wedge. The cap is perfectly mounted and cuts cleanly with my perfect-cut guillotine.

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Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012

Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12.00 each
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The Nestor Miranda Grand Reserve 2012 was a limited edition run of only 1,500 boxes—so it is a little hard to get a hold of. It is perhaps the strongest cigar developed by Nestor Miranda, and comes beautifully packaged in a gorgeous box. I was very excited to get my hands on one. Let’s see how it measures up.

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Padrón 1926 Serie 80 Years Maduro

Padron 1926 80 years

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Perfecto
Size : 6 ¾ x 54
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $32.00 each
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To commemorate José O. Padrón’s 80th birthday, the Padrón family released its first ever perfecto, the 1926 Serie 80 Years. With production being limited to 40,000 units per year the 80 years cigars are available in boxes of eight with choice of natural or maduro wrappers. Along with the unique shape and specially aged Nicaraguan tobacco comes a hefty price tag (+$30). For most of us this is certainly not “in the budget” however every now and then it’s nice to step out and splurge a little (just don’t let the Mrs. find out).

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Curivari Buenaventura BV500

Curivari Buenaventura

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : RobustoCurivari Cigars
Size : 5 1/4 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5

Many American smokers have yet to try Curivari cigars, but they have been somewhat popular in Europe for over a decade now. “Buenaventura” means “Good luck.” The cigar was developed with the hopes of providing excellence at a low price point (most cigars by Curivari follow suit). This one is available in three different sizes, the BV500 (this one), the BV560 (5 ½ x 56) and BV600 (6 x 600). Did I have “good luck” when I picked up the Curivari Buenaventura BV500? Read on to find out.

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Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro

Origin : NicaraguaAlec Bradley
Format : Terra Nova (robusto)
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : San Andres Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan & Honduran
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8.50 each
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Construction

The Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro utilizes the same delicious blend of fillers as the original Tempus and amps up the flavor with a San Andres Maduro wrapper. The wrapper leaf is the color of dark chocolate and flecked with a few veins. An ornate purple, silver, and gold band is the perfect accent to the stunning wrapper leaf. The length of the five-inch stick is mostly plump with a few noticeable soft spots. The cap is thick and neatly mounted. It cuts cleanly with my Colibri V Cutter.

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L’Atelier Lat 52

L'Atelier Lat52

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Petit RobustoL'Atelier Cigars
Size : 4 3/4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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L'Atelier Lat 52 is manufactured by L’Atelier Imports, a company created by Pete Johnson of Tatuaje (although he doesn't participate in operations), his brother K.C. Johnson, Dan Welsh of New Havana Cigars, and Sean “Casper” Johnson. The four (three?) make a formidable team, and their line is getting a lot of attention. The Lat 52 has a Nicaraguan filler and binder in a unique Ecuadorian wrapper known as Sancti Spiritus. The wrapper is made from a hybrid tobacco made by combining Criollo and Pelo de Oro. So this is quite an innovative cigar.

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601 Blue Maduro

601 Blue Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Prominente
Size : 5.5 x 56
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long filler
Binder : Nicaraguan
Strength : Full
Hand-Made
Price : $9.30 each
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Construction

Created by Eric Espinoza and made by Jose Garcia, the 601 Blue Maduro has quite an impressive resume; including the number six spot on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2009 list and an impressive 93 rating. This beautiful stick is chock-full of rich Nicaraguan long filler tobacco and wrapped in a chewy broadleaf Maduro wrapper. The pretty blue and taupe colored band stands out beautifully against the wrapper. The wrapper leaf is the color of dark chocolate and flecked with minimal petite veins. There are a couple of imperfections marring the otherwise pristine wrapper leaf, but nothing that should affect the burn. The length of the five-and-a-half inch long stick is plump and skillfully rolled, finished with a prim box-press. The triple thick cap is squarely mounted and cuts cleanly with my punch cutter.

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