Rocky Patel Private Cellar Toro

Rocky Patel Private Cellar

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Toro
Size : 6.5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : ~$8.50 each

The Rocky Patel Private Cellar is one of Patel’s newest cigars released for distribution in the summer of 2012. The Rocky Patel Company promotes this cigar as a medium-bodied one but I personally found it a bit on the milder side but perhaps this may be skewed a bit since I normally smoke strong cigars.

The blend for this cigar is made up of primarily tobacco grown in Nicaragua and is wrapped with a very rustic and, in my own personal opinion, ugly-looking Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. The cigars themselves are manufactured at Patel’s Tavicusa factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

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MUWAT Bait Fish

MUWAT Bait Fish #1

Origin : NicaraguaDrew Estate
Format : Petit Corona
Size : 4 x 44
Wrapper : Mexican San Andreas
Filler : Brazilian, Nicaragua
Binder : Connecticut Shade
Price : $7 each

The MUWAT (My Uzi Weighs A Ton) project is a collaborative effort between Drew Estate’s Subculture Studios and Joya de Nicaragua Factory. Rolled at the Joya factory the MUWAT Bait Fish was officially released at the 2011 IPCPR trade show and is exclusively sold through New Havana Cigars out of Columbus, Ohio.

On to the review…

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Viaje Fifty Fifty No.1 Black Label

Viaje Fifty Fifty #1

Origin : NicaraguaViaje cigars
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8 x 46
Wrapper : Nicaragua Corojo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $10 each

Released at the 2009 IPCPR show the Viaje Fifty Fifty No.1 Black Label is not exactly new to the cigar world but it’s pretty hard to find. “Viaje” meaning journey in Spanish, is a small boutique cigar company who produces cigars under the motto, “quality is better than quantity.” Their small verses big attitude allows for more quality control and a better overall product for its consumers.

The official description of the blend is as follows:

“the idea behind Fifty | Fifty is to offer the ability to enjoy two different flavor profiles while smoking the same cigar. Fifty | Fifty’s components are a closely-guarded secret, but two distinct blends were formulated to make up the cigar. Joining the two blends was a challenge that was difficult to perfect. Each cigar is carefully crafted taking triple the amount of time a normal cigar takes to roll. The cigar comes wrapped in a dark, oily Nicaraguan cover leaf with two binders holding the filler in place. Fifty | Fifty starts out as a rich medium bodied cigar before transitioning into a bold, full-bodied smoke.”

On to the review…

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La Aroma de Cuba Edición Especial No. 5

La Aroma de Cuba EE No.5 #1

La Aroma de CubaOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $8.00 each

Supposedly being the go to brand for Sir Winston Churchill, La Aroma de Cuba first originated in… Cuba. Today, the Cuban version still exists but there are also non-Cuban LADC’s produced. The La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial are rolled and blended by Jose “Pepin” Garcia for Ashton Distributors. At the time of their making Pepin was crawling into new territory by using the Ecuadorian wrapper instead of his traditional Nicaraguan standard leaves.

Cigar Aficionado did rate the La Aroma de Cuba Edición Especial No.5 its #4 cigar of the year in 2008 (which to some means absolutely nothing) however it certainly encouraged me to pick a couple up to try. And that’s exactly what I did back in 2009. Since then these cigars have sat in my humidor (4 years) almost as a long lost friend. So, today is the day I pull them out to see if these once lovely cigars are still making our hearts and palates wanting more.

On to the review…

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Casa Magna Colorado Corona

Casa Magna Colorado Corona

Origin : NicaraguaCasa Magna
Format : Corona
Size : 5 5/8 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $5-6 each

Casa Magna Colorado Corona was just the right size for my first week-end of outdoor smoking in 2013 (I’m a bit late in writing this review). This is a well-known blend since 2008, when it was named top cigar of the year by a well-known lifestyle magazine. This Nicaraguan puro is supposed to be a good bang for your buck, providing a high-end flavor profile for an affordable price (it can be found between $5 and $6). Let’s see whether this is true.

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Illusione ~2~

Illusione No. 2

Origin : Nicaragua
IllusioneFormat : Torpedo
Size : 5 1/4 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Price : ~$8-9 each

The Illusione ~2~ looks feisty. Short and stubby but a deep brown that exudes power and as I turn it to peer down the foot, I see a dense weave of ligero throughout the bunch.

As I light it, I find myself a bit surprised. At first it doesn’t seem like it’s going to be as spicy as I thought and certainly not as spicy as the ~mk~ (which is a limited release with an extra oomph thrown in).

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Cordoba & Morales Family Reserve

Cordoba & Morales

Origin : Nicaragua
Cordoba & Morales cigarsFormat : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/4 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Habano
Filler : Nicaragua (Blend of Tobacco from Estelí, Condega and Jalapa regions)
Binder : Nicaragua (Estelí region)
Price : $8 MSRP

These cigars were sent to me by Córdoba & Morales Cigars LLC to review. They arrived as we were headed into winter so they have been in my humidor resting since November of last year. I want to thank them for sending me 3 samples to review. It’s always nice when I can smoke more than one so that I can ensure that I just didn’t catch a bad day or a bad cigar. It also helps in getting a feel for consistency.

The cigars are blended by brothers Azarias Mustafa Córdoba and Osniel Mustafa Córdoba from Pinar Del Rio Cuba whose family has been growing tobacco for generations. The name of the company takes on the last names of their grandmother Celestina Cordoba Morales from which the brothers learned much of what they know. They now manufacture their cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua using fillers from three different regions in Nicaragua… Estelí, Condega and Jalapa. Their binder is from Estelí and they use Ecuadorian habano wrapper for their Family Reserve.

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Flor de las Antillas

Flor de las Antillas #1

Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Belicoso
Size : 5 1/2 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua Sun Grown
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Price : $8 each

This week I decided to review a new(ish) member of the Pepin Garcia portfolio. The Flor de las Antillas is a hand rolled Nicaraguan puro that is being made to honor the Garcia families ties to Cuba. In 2012, this cigar earned the first spot on Cigar Aficionado’s “Cigars of the Year” list. The Flor de las Antillas are available in boxes of 20 and come in the following four sizes:

  • Toro 6 x 52
  • Toro Grande 6 ½ x 56
  • Belicoso 5 ½ x 52
  • Robusto 5 x 50

On to the review…

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