Padilla Miami Lancero

Padilla Miami Lancero

Origin : USAPadilla cigars
Format : Lancero
Size : 7.50 x 42
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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The cigars for this review were kindly provided by CigarsDirect.com, your source for premium cigars.

This review concerns the new Padilla Miami, rolled at the Fabrica de Tobacos de Padilla in Miami. It sports a new band (you can see the old band in Jerry’s review) but it seems like the blend hasn’t changed and the moving was caused by Padilla’s desire to reduce costs by controlling the production (Don Pepin Garcia, the previous blender, being quite busy with other cigars might have also played its role). I haven’t tried the old blend so I will not be able to compare the two – consider it as a regular review.

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Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Fundadores

Don Pepin Garcia Blue Label Fundadores

Don Pepin Garcia cigarsOrigin : United States
Format : Lancero
Size : 7 1/2 x 38
Ring : 38
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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Everybody knows Don Pepin Garcia. Everybody has smoked at least one cigar rolled by the man, be it a EO 601, a Tatuaje or a Cabaiguan. It's no surprise that he produces cigars under his own brand - Don Pepin Garcia Blue was introduced in 2005 and had its band redesigned since then. This lancero is a Nicaraguan puro produced in the El Rey de los Habanos factory in Miami. It retails for approximately $9 per piece.

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Tatuaje Reserva Regios

Tatuaje Reserva Regios

TatuajeOrigin : USA
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.5″ x 50
Wrapper : Sun Grown Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $9 each
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This year hasn’t been as prolific with the new cigars like last year was, but 2009 has brought a few new things from my favorite brand of cigars, Tatuaje. This year there are two new additions to the Tatuaje Reserva line of cigars. Two of my favorite Tatuaje Brown Label vitolas now have a Reserva version, the Noellas and the Regios. The Regios will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first Tatuaje I had ever smoked, and it was the first vitola in the brand that I purchased an entire box of. So when I heard that the Regios was being used for a new Reserva I was predictably excited.

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Medina 1959 Miami Robusto

Medina 1959 Miami Robusto

Medina 1959 MiamiOrigin : USA
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Sumatra
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $189.99 for a box of 25
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This review comes courtesy of Nicky187, the winner of our Cigar Rights contest.

I received the box of Medina 1959 Miami Robusto cigars from the Duque Cigars Company. The package arrived in good condition. When I opened the solid wooden box, the smell was wonderful. Cedar from the box mixed with the smell of the cigars.

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Cuba Aliados Miami

Cuba Aliados Miami

Reyes Family CigarsOrigin : USA
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Habano
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : N/A
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The Cuba Aliados Miami is manufactured by Reyes Family Cigars, who are the makers of Puros Indios Cigars. These cigars are a different blend than the regular Cuba Aliados line, and are made in Miami instead of Honduras. I had a hard time finding background information on this cigar, as apparently it is a new release.

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Tatuaje El Cohete

Tatuaje El Cohete

TatuajeOrigin : Miami, FL
Format : Short Robusto
Size : 4 x 50
Ring : 50
Wrapper : Nicaragua
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each
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This little stogie is a special make for Tower Cigars. I seem to be on a roll with these mini smokes lately, but they have been quite enjoyable. This one is no exception.

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Tatuaje Reserva J21

Tatuaje Reserva J21

TatuajeOrigin : USA
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.0″ x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo (Aged Ligero)
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $10 each
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By now most avid cigar fans are very aware of Pete Johnson, Pepin Garcia, and the Tatuaje brand of cigars. The Tatuaje brand is the marca responsible for Pepin Garcia’s big breakout to fame in the cigar industry. Now the man makes an impressive number of cigar lines for an array of different cigar marcas. Most every cigar he puts out is received with praise and excitement, but the original Brown Label Tatuajes and their premium extension the Reservas are still the best cigars Pepin makes in my opinion. I have talked before about the meaning behind the names that Pete Johnson gives to his cigars. The meaning behind the J21 on this cigar seems to be a bit more cryptic. I have seen a number of explanations for this moniker, from 21 being Pete’s favorite number or 21 being the number of people in his family. Whatever the 21 stands for it seem that most agree the “J” is for Johnson.

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Tatuaje (Black Label) Private Reserve

Tatuaje (Black Label) Private Reserve

TatuajeOrigin : USA
Format : Corona Gorda
Size : 5 5/8” x 46
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $13 each
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The mystical, almost mythical Tatuaje Private Reserve, or as it is more commonly referred to the Tatuaje Black Label. Arguably the most sought after cigar of 2008, this cigar was originally made as Pete Johnson’s private cigar. It just seemed natural to me (after much internal debate) that I mark my 100th cigar review here at Matt’s Cigar Journal with a review of a rare and highly coveted Tatuaje. After all, it is my favorite brand of cigar, and I did obsess and dream of the Black Label and its beautiful Jar for 6 months before I finally got my hands on it.

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