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.

Tatuaje L’esprit de Vérité 2008

Tatuaje Esprit de Vérité 2008

TatuajeOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $14+ each
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I got the chance to smoke the new Esprit de Verite from the crazed mind of Pete Johnson creator of Tatuaje, Cabaiguan and El Triunfador cigars. This project, from what I understand, is a labor of love and something Pete has heavily invested his time in. The idea behind the Verite’s is to create a single cigar from a single vintage crop. The 2008 Vintage is available in either a Churchill (as the Verite) and as a robusto (the Esprit de Verite). All tobacco was harvested from Don Pepin’s farm in Nicaragua.

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CAO Sopranos “Boss”

CAO Sopranos

Origin : NicaraguaCAO Sopranos
Format : Torpedo
Size : 7 x 56
Wrapper : Brazilian Maduro
Binder : Honduran
Filler : Dominican, Columbian, & Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$12 each
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My wife and I missed the mad rush to drink the Kool-Aid that was The Sopranos television show when it first aired in 1999. Fortunately for us, a couple we are friends with partook heartily and ended up purchasing the entire twenty-eight disk box set. Borrowing it from our friends, the two of us proceeded to follow the crime boss cigar enthusiast, Tony Soprano, through six seasons all the way to the infamous cut to black and we both agreed that the show was slated to reside on our top five series list for some time. A short time after the roller-coaster’s conclusion, a fellow BOTL and I participated in a blind trade and the CAO Sopranos Boss was one of the cigars included from his end. Not having known that these cigars even existed, I was very excited to sample the smoke that CAO deemed fitting to represent big boss Soprano himself.

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Nestor Miranda Special Selection Lancero

Nestor Miranda Special Selection Lancero

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Lancero
Size : 7.0″ x 38
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan and Costa Rican
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The fact that this line of cigars was re-blended by Don Pepin Garcia should leave it as no surprise that a Lancero was eventually added to the card. Pepin has a reputation for being partial the old-school Cuban way of doing things and he seems to have a love of the traditional connoisseur vitolas like the Lancero. Not only that, but he seems to have a special talent for masterfully blending for the Lancero as his Lanceros tend to be the best on the market in my opinion. That said I have been looking forward to trying this cigar given how much I have enjoyed the other larger sizes in the line.

Like a lot of Lanceros it isn’t the prettiest cigar. It is a bit bumpy and lumpy looking but the draw is excellent and the burn is razor sharp. It starts off a little peppery before falling into a woody/nutty core complimented with leather and occasional subtly sweet caramel notes. There weren’t any dramatic changes in flavors but rather shifts in intensity between the present flavors and a build up of black pepper near the end of the smoke. Watchout for the ash on this one. It is a little flaky and falls off easily. If you don’t pay attention you’ll be wearing it. All in all the Nestor Miranda Special Selection Lancero is an excellent cigar that I will smoke again.

Cain F 654T

Cain F 654T

Origin : NicaraguaCain Cigars
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7.00
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Background Info

Sam Leccia, famous for his work with the Cain and Nub cigar lines, introduced the Cain F in limited quantities last year. Sam began a Cain F national tour in March of this year. Among the Cain offerings highlighted in the tour are the unreleased Cain F Nub, a marriage of the construction of the Cain Ligero plus the popular, unique size of the Nub. The “F” stands for fuerte, or strong in Spanish.

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Illusione Nosotros

Illusione Nosotros

Origin : NicaraguaIllusione
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : USA
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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The long-awaited Illusione Nosotros blend was released in 2009 in a joint venture between Jonathan Drew from Drew Estate and Dion Giolito from Illusione Cigars. These cigars are rolled in Drew Estate's factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. They come in eight vitolas with the Robusto been the subject of today’s review.

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