Padron Ambassador Natural

Padron Ambassador

Photo credit: Keepers of the Flame

PadronOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Lonsdale
Size : 6 7/8 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Colorado Maduro
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Strength : Funky like a bow-legged monkey (Medium-Full)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$5-6 each
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So the Fall weather is upon us once again here in the Appalachians. Where is Appalachia? Where men are men and women are too sometimes. Where a dental plan should be renamed a tooth plan. Where camo is always badass. The leaves are turning colors on the ground now. Folks are bundling up when they venture out and smoking cigars is becoming a frigid hobby. Speaking of frigid, have you ever accidentally put items in the refrigerator that don’t belong i.e. remote controls, sunglasses, ice cubes, nunchucks?

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Viaje Skull and Bones

Viaje Skull and Bones

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10+
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This super limited cigar is the second installment of the Viaje Skull and Bones Series. The first release, the daisy Cutter, was a little 4 x 54 petite robusto. This new release, which now will be released every Halloween does not have a name (yet?). It is very limited, just 150 boxes of 25 cigars each were made. I was lucky enough to get my hand on a few from my local, Empire Cigars.

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Red Lion Maduro Robusto

Red Lion Maduro Robusto

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 4.5 x 48
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras
Binder : Brazil
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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As the days start to turn towards a cooler nature I find myself taking advantage of what few nice days are left before the northern cold sets in. Lucky for me, I recently had the luxury of a gorgeous sunny day with an atypical high of seventy degrees Fahrenheit and commit myself to taking full advantage of it. Opening my humidor, a sampler nestled safely at the front that I had received from Heavenly Cigar Company catches my eye. Noting that the cigars have been resting for a few weeks by this time, it seems like the perfect opportunity to test this as of yet unfamiliar cigar out. Toting my newly acquired prize to the front porch I sit down to enjoy the Red Lion.

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Viaje Oro Delicado

Viaje Oro Delicado

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $8.50
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Viaje is a boutique premium cigar manufacturer that only produces a small number of top notch cigars every year. Their name is Spanish and means simply, “Journey.” Viaje focuses exclusively on crafting Nicaraguan puros. The Viaje Oro Delicado is promoted as the fullest-bodied cigar in the Viaje puro line. Measuring 6 x 50, the Delicado is a Toro with a consistent but enjoyable blend.

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My Father Le Bijou 1922

My Father Le Bijou 1922

Origin : NicaraguaDon Pepin Garcia cigars
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $135.00 per box
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Le Bijou, French for "the jewel" was a blend created by Jose Don Pepin Garcia to honor his late father after Jose's son, Jamie, created the original My Father blend to honor him. 1922 refers to the year of Jose's father's birth. The new blend utilizes a Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro wrapper in contrast to the original My Father series which uses an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The wrapper change gives Le Bijou a fuller body and more depth of flavor. I want to send a shout out to Jeremy Soares of My Father Cigars and everybody over at buttheadstobacco.com for making this review possible.

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My Father Limited Edition 2010

My Father Limited Edition 2010

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $10+ each
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This is a cigar I’ve been eagerly awaiting since I heard it will feature some of Pepin’s Pelo de Oro leaf. What’s Pelo de Oro? Meaning “golden hair”, PdO is the grandfather to the modern day Corojo wrapper. According to Tobacconist University:

It is usually a reference to a potent Cuban cigar varietal which was popular in the early and middle 20th Century. This tobacco could be used for wrapper and filler as well, but is disease prone and can infest entire crops and regions so it is rarely grown today. Pelo de Oro can be considered a ‘campesino’ or ‘guajiro’ tobacco since many agricultural workers grow and smoke it to this day – especially in the central part of Cuba. It is known for being quite strong and flavorful as well as sweet.

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Man O’War Flight

Man O'War cigars

The Man O’ War line of cigars was developed by A.J Fernandez in Nicaragua. There are three cigars that make up this line: the Man O’ War Virtue, the Man O’ War, and the Man O’ War Ruination. I saw a review by Jerry Cruz from Stogie Review of the MOW Virtue, and during his commentary, he suggested one do a flight of all three cigars starting with the Virtue and ending with the Ruination. So, I took up Jerry’s suggestion and did a flight of the Man O’ War cigars.

As the table didn't fit in a regular blog post, a special page had to be created.

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Revisiting the Oliva Serie V

Oliva Serie V Torpedo

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Torpedo
Size : 152 x 22 mm
Ring : 56
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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Cigar smokers often have some long time habits when it comes to choosing their cigars. I have a friend who only smokes Cuban cigars and he repeatedly stated that non-Cuban cigars simply can't be as good as a true Cuban. Trying to prove him wrong, I had a look at my local shop's shelves and spotted a box of Oliva Serie V torpedos. Over two years ago, I reviewed this cigar and it even headed our list of the best non-Cuban cigars of 2008. Given that I finished my last box of these over a year ago, I wanted to revisit it and check whether the quality was still there.

In terms of appearance, it's as good as ever. The dark, almost maduro wrapper shows obvious oil and, as stated in that old review, the band is just beautiful. Rather heavy, it feels great in hand. As for the construction, I was quite worried after hearing multiple reports on wrapper issues. Indeed, on one of the cigars the leaf cracked (it is visible on the photograph). Fortunately, it didn't affect the burn much and the draw was good, with some resistance. What's even better, the flavors are as rich as I remember them. Almost full-bodied from the very beginning, the Oliva Serie V delivers a lot of spice in the first third, with a nice woody background. Starting in the second third, delicate notes of cocoa appear and punctuate the experience. The finish is powerful with a lot of leather and earth.

It was nice to see that this is still a box-worthy stick. As for my friend, he said that he would pay more attention to Nicaraguan smokes in future.

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