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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My Father No. 3 Cremas

My Father No.3 Cremas

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Cremas
Size : 6.0″ x 49
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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So as the story goes, Pepin’s son Jamie had a secret project he was working on. He was creating a cigar in tribute to his father and he was doing it behind Pepin’s back. He managed to keep it a secret up until he was nearly finished with it and when Pepin found out about it he told his son to give him three cigars which he promptly smoked and loved. That is the Birth Story of My Father Cigars. The cigar is made up of tobacco from the Garcia’s own farms for the binder and filler, and the wrapper is a lovely and oily Habano leaf grown in Ecuador by the Oliva Tobacco family.

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Ambos Mundos

Ambos Mundos

Ambos MundosOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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This is a cigar that I came across immediately following the release of Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 list of 2009. Naturally, being the obsessive-compulsive BOTL that I am, as soon as the list was published I immediately went to my local tobacconist to search out the 22 cigars on the list which are available in the U.S. My long trek through the top 25 list spanned several months, two states, and at least a half-dozen shops (and I still haven’t smoked the Opus X). Some of the cigars I smoked, of which reviews are forthcoming, were positively superb (the Padron 45th, the Casa Magna Solomon, and the Padilla 1932, to name a few), some not so much, some pretty good but simply not worth the hype, or the price tag, or both; but the broke college student in me holds in highest esteem those smokes that can consistently put a smile on my face for less than 12 dollars. The cigar that I’ll be reviewing today does just that, and for a mere 6 dollar price tag and about 70 minutes smoke time, you simply can’t go wrong.

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CAO La Traviata Intrépido

CAO La Traviata Intrépido

Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Double Corona
Size : 7.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaraguan and Dominican
Binder : Cameroon
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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I don’t know about you, but over the past several years it seemed to me that everything CAO did was centered around some kind of gimmick. Neon lighted humidors, barber pole wrappers, car trunk cigar boxes, etc. The focus has been all on the marketing and gimmicks to the point it seemed as if they had lost touch with just making cigars. It showed in the quality of the smokes they were putting out too. Then the go and release the La Taviata. No gimmicks, no fancy boxes or over the top elaborate modernized bands. Just a classic style cigar with a classic looking band and even using an old classic Cuban brand name. Very un-CAO like really. I have to say they should concentrate on the cigar itself more often, but more on that soon.

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