My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petite Robusto

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Petite Robusto

Origin : NicaraguanMy Father Cigars
Format : Petit Robusto
Size : 4.5″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each
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The My Father Le Bijou 1922 is an extension of the My Father line which was created by Jose Pepin Garcia’s Son Jamie to honor his father Pepin. Well Pepin created the Le Bijou himself to honor his father, Jamie’s grand father. Le Bijou means The Jewel and the 1922 is Pepin’s father’s birth year. It is a good looking cigar. The wrapper has a dry matte finish to it and it looks like a carved piece of dark wood. This is another cigar that sports 2 cigar bands. They are ornate, and beautiful, and large which is odd looking on this petite robusto as most of its length is covered up by the two bands. Though dual bands have become a bit of an annoyance for me lately as they have become more commonplace; on a positive note the bands on the Le Bijou always come off very easily and I have not had one yet that damaged the wrapper. Because this vitola is so short and the bands are so large, you really need to remove one if not both of the bands before you smoke it. Again, annoying but not too much so since they do come off easily.

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Elogio Habano Torpedo

Elogio Habano Torpedo

Origin : NicaraguaElogio cigars
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6.13 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $149 for a box of 24

Elogio cigars are a boutique brand that comes from a small factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Carlos Garcia Pereda is the master blender for Elogio, and he is the grandson of legendary Cuban tobacco grower and cigar maker, Alejandro Robaina. Carlos learned his trait in the Pinar del Rio region which can be considered one of the best of Cuba. The Elogio Serie Habano has tobacco from the Condega, Jalapa, and Somoto regions of Nicaragua. The cigar comes in several sizes: a 7 x 48 Churchill; a 5 x 50 Robusto; a 6 x 42 Corona Extra; a 5 x 32 Petite Corona; and the featured 6.13 x 52 Torpedo.

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Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Robusto

Romeo y Julieta Habana Reserve Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaRomeo y Julieta
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.0″ x 54
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan and Honduran
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $6 each
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Made in Honduras with mostly Nicaraguan tobacco, the Habana Reserve is unique in the prolific number of lines in the Romeo y Julieta portfolio. I believe, but am admittedly not certain, that this is the only one that is not made in the Dominican Republic. It is a handsome cigar with a good looking oily wrapper that has the look of leather. Constrction of the cigar seems to be high quality. The wrapper is neatly applied as is the double cap. The draw is ideal and the cigar is firm and well filled.

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Redux: Liga Privada T52 by Drew Estate

Redux Liga Privada T52 by Drew Estate

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Toro
Size : 6.0″ x 52
Wrapper : Stalk Cut Sungrown Habano
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Honduran
Binder : Brazilian
Hand-Made
Price : $14 each
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Drew Estate has been making quite the splash as of late on the cigar world and especially in the online cigar community and it is not for a type of cigar you would typically associate with the brand. Recently they have had two very successful and very well received lines of cigars and they are not flavored or infused in any way. They are traditional cigars and they are sold under the name Liga Privada. First came the No. 9 and most recently the T52 which a lot of cigar smokers are raving about. Not that long ago I was able to smoke and review a pre-production version of the T52. Specifically “blend #3″ which was supposedly selected as the final blend for what would become the production version of the T52. Now I have heard second and third hand, that Drew Estate actually tweaked that final blend a bit at the last minute using a hybrid of the pre-production blends #3 and #4. I have no idea how accurate that is if at all but I heard it said often enough that I thought it worth mentioning.

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5 Vegas Miami Churchill

5 Vegas Miami Churchill

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 x 48
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.50 each
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The 5 Vegas Miami line is one that I used to enjoy fairly often, but have gotten away from over the past year and a half or so. I've had this particular cigar in my humidor for 2 1/2 years. I was really curious to see how the extended aging would affect this cigar. In my opinion, non-Cuban cigars in general can tend to be unrefined and I was hoping the humidor time would lead to a smoother smoke...

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Oliva Connecticut Reserve

Oliva Connecticut Reserve

Oliva CigarsOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Connecticut
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$4.50 each
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Here is another cigar review from Richard Bui, enjoy the read!

When I usually reach for a cigar from my humidor, it is almost always a Cuban. It's not that I'm snob or anything, but I find, more often than not, I like the Cuban taste over Dominicans, Nicaraguans, and so on. But that doesn't mean that I haven't found some wonderful non-Cuban cigars that I equally like, one being the Oliva Connecticut Reserve that I'll be reviewing today.

Oliva is generally better known for their full-bodied cigars such as the Serie G, Serie O, and Serie V. The Connecticut Reserve is a special line of Oliva that is meant to appeal to mild-bodied cigar smokers who aren't looking for an over-powering cigar. The Connecticut Reserve comes in five sizes: Churchill, Lonsdale, Robusto, Torpedo, and Toro. This review will cover the Toro vitola.

Also an interesting tidbit is that you will not find anything about the Connecticut Reserve on Oliva's website except on their ratings page, not sure why that is.

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Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta

Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta

Origin : Nicaragua
Joya de NicaraguaFormat : Toro
Size : 6 x 50
Wrapper : Ecuadorian shade / Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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A few weeks ago Denis, here at Cigar Inspector, offered up a press release on Drew Estates’ newly released Joya de Nicaragua Cabinetta Serie. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on a couple shortly thereafter and chose it for this week’s review. Much like the visually unique barber pole style cigars many of us are familiar with, the Cabinetta Serie consists of a wrapper comprised of two leaf types. The first five inches from foot to band sports a soft caramel colored Ecuadorian shade grown wrapper. Roughly one inch of the head is overlaid by a significantly darker Nicaraguan Crillo wrapper. While not as glaringly obvious as the barber poles, the differentiation between the two raises intrigue and demands a closer inspection. The band helps to downplay the separate wrappers by encircling the barrel where the two colors join. The burnt sienna and soft gold hues do wonders to tie in the colors of the cigar. I would have liked to see the cream border removed, however, to allow the band to blend into the cigar, thereby enhancing its already earthy appearance.

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Don Pepin Garcia My Father Robusto

Don Pepin Garcia My Father Robusto

Origin : NicaraguaDon Pepin Garcia cigars
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $190.00 for a box of 23
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Introduced in 2008, this brand was created in honor of Jose “Pepin” Garcia by his son Jaime. The wrapper comes from Ecuador which is different from the traditional Nicaraguan wrapper used by Don Pepin Garcia. The cigar line offers different vitolas for enjoyment: a Torpedo (No. 2 -5.5 X 54); a Toro (No. 3 - 6 X 49); Long Panatela (No. 4 - 7.5 X 38); Grand Corona (Cedros Deluxe Eminentes - 5.6 X 46); Lonsdale (Cedros Deluxe Cervantes - 6.5 x 44); and today’s feature cigar, the No. 1 Robusto. The No. 3 was named “2009 Best Cigar of the Year” by Cigar Aficionado, and it received a very high rating of 94. The cigar features its own website; however, the section that covers the My Father’s line is still under construction.

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