Sol Cubano Series B

Sol Cubano Series B

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$2 each
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When I first began smoking, a fellow BOTL generously set me up with a large assortment of cigars including some that he deemed as daily smokers. A dozen of these were the Sol Cubano Series B’s. Being far more focused on premium smokes at the time, I stored these away in my humidor. After gifting several of them to infrequent smoking friends and family along the way I discovered that almost everyone who tried them deemed it an enjoyable session. While traveling recently, I had a failed attempt (underfilled) at my first PSD4 and the only other smokes with me were ones that I had planned on giving out, one of which was the Series B. Thinking it the perfect opportunity, I broke one out in order to see what everyone was so pleased with.

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Tatuaje Cojonu 2009

Tatuaje Cojonu 2009

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.75″ x 48
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Ligero
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $12 each
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The Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 is part of the Cojonu extension of the Tatuje Brown Label line. Also known as Tatuaje Miami, Tatuaje Classics, Tatuaje Cabinet series, and even more formally (and very rarely) as Tatuaje La Seleccion de Cazador. The Cojonu extension is a series of very strong cigars that are released in a new shape every three years. It started with the Cojonu 2003 which was a long toro, and that was followed by the Cojonu 2006; a belicoso. So 2009 predictably brought us the next installment which happens to be a very long torpedo with a very short and rounded taper at the head. As I have always understood it, each of these cigars is the same blend with the same binder and wrapper, the difference with each edition being the vitola. So it is good to note that the year on these cigars does not refer to what most cigar smokers normally associate a year with. It doesn’t have to do with the crop, or the year it was made. It is simply the name of the vitola. Much like the Lonsdale in the classic Brown label line is called a Havana Cazadore, this torpedo is called 2009. All three vitolas are regular production cigars and all three are still made and available today.

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Tatuaje J21 Reserva

Tatuaje J21 Reserva

TatuajeOrigin : Miami, FL
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10-11 each
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First of all, I am really sorry for the lack of my reviews lately. I’ve been through some important changes in my life (new job, new home, new city…) which barely allowed enough time to take care of the website. I would like to thank all the reviewers for bringing you fresh content every week. During the last months I’ve been mostly smoking cigars for pleasure, relaxing with a glass of cognac after a long day. I didn’t feel like reviewing a Petit Edmundo again, or a Party Short. Last week, however, I did some on- and off-line shopping and also received a little package from Cayman islands (more on that in one of the next reviews), so I’ve got some interesting experiences to share with you.

We’ll start with a Tatuaje J21 Reserva. This is the very first Tatuaje that I tried (can you believe that?) and I was really curious to see whether it would live up to its reputation (you can check Joe’s review for example).

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601 Habano Oscuro (Green Label) La Punta

601 Habano Oscuro (Green Label) La Punta

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 5.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Strength : Dilbert with a 12 gauge shotgun (Full)
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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This mission was critical. I had to return my previous disguise to Agent 15, the BOSS… I’ll really miss that blue bonnet that his grandmother let me borrow. Anyway, I found myself compromised this time, stuck with my proverbial pants down. So I shaved my leg a little bit and MacGyver’d a new mustache. What? Like you’ve never done that. Whatever. I had to quickly cut this target and light it on fire… here’s what it had to tell me:

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Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break

Nestor Miranda Special Selection Coffee Break

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Rothschild
Size : 4.5″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Dominican
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The Nestor Miranda Special Selection changed quite a bit from its original incarnation when Nestor Miranda of Miami Cigar & Co. asked Don Pepin Garcia to re-blend and make this cigar for him. I don’t know much about this cigar before Pepin got his hands on it. The coffee break is supposed to be a smaller more convenient format for the highly touted, and very large Danno which is Nestor’s 20th Anniversary cigar also blended and made by Pepin. Surprisingly, there is absolutely no mention what so ever of the Special Selection cigars on the Miami Cigar & Co. website. Why do so many cigar companies fail at the simple task of keeping their websites up to date? It seems to be an annoying fact of life for cigar lovers who crave information. Cigar companies seem loathe to part with it.

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CAO America Potomac

CAO America Potomac

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 56
Wrapper : Connecticut
Filler : Nicaragua, DR, Italy, USA
Binder : Brazil
Hand-Made
Price : ~$110 for a box fo 20
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Wow, this is one gorgeous looking cigar. I love the detail with the double wrap, I love the big bold American flag and colors on the label, truly an amazing look to this cigar. On top of that, it's very well constructed with nicely packed tobacco. You know who I see smoking this cigar? Apollo Creed. I can see Apollo Creed smoking this cigar right before fighting Rocky Balboa. And then I see him smoking it again, after Rocky kicks his ass.

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CAO LX2 Robusto

CAO LX2 Robusto

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan Pueblo Nuevo / Dominican
Binder : Honduran
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6-8 each
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My name is Agent 3. My mission was to review the CAO LX2. As an asset of The Cigar Spy agency I promise to respect the A.S.H.E.S. code of honor.

Background Info

In 2008 CAO released their final "X2" series dubbed the LX2 (ligero times two). This beast was made in Nicaragua with a sun grown wrapper, stuffed with Dominican Republic and Nicaraguan ligero fillers, and a Honduran binder.

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Perdomo Grand Cru Maduro Torpedo

Perdomo Grand Cru Maduro Torpedo

Origin : NicaraguaPerdomo
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan Long Filler
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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This new offering from Perdomo is a Nicaraguan puro that is made with 100% Semilla Habano tobacco. Simply said, it is all Cuban-seed, Nicaraguan grown tobacco and they all happen to be selected from the same 2004 crop. It is offered in 4 run of the mill sizes and in three different wrappers. You can have it in a Connecticut Shade, Nicaraguan Corojo, and a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. I was curious when I saw it was available in a Connecticut Shade wrapper. Where was that particular wrapper grown? Do they grow that wrapper in Nicaragua? I’m not sure but I didn’t think that wrapper type is grown anywhere in that country. If it isn’t grown in Nicaragua, then that version obviously couldn’t be called a “Nicaraguan Puro” but I guess that doesn’t really matter. Back to the cigar at hand. For this review, I will be smoking the Maduro variety in the Torpedo format.

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