Don Francisco Bohemio Knot

Don Francisco Bohemian Knot

Origin : USADon Francisco
Format : Robusto
Size : 5.25″ x 52
Wrapper : Corojo
Filler : Ligero Dominicano, Seco Dominicano, Piloto Cubano
Binder : Capote
Hand-Made
Price : $7 each

The Don Francisco Bohemio Knot is a rustic looking Corojo that is part of a very diverse line of cigars made for Don Francisco Cigars in East Brunswick New Jersey. When you walk into the shop the first thing you see is the rolling tables where the Don Francisco cigars are made. There is an amazing selection of cigars there and there is a huge lounge in the back of the store where customers are invited to sit and relax while they enjoy their favorite smoke. It is everything I’d want in a cigar shop. I was visiting family in New Jersey this past Thanksgiving and took the opportunity to stop in the shop.

I learned about Don Francisco’s at the HerfHut cigar forum where the owner Lew, is an esteemed member and moderator. While I was there I looked through a case packed full of delicious looking cigars all bearing the gold trimmed red band of the Don Francisco brand. It was almost too hard to choose. I was hoping to find some of the Culebras I saw pictures of over on HerfHut but alas there were none, but another cigar practically jumped out of the case at me. Its distinctive appearance making it a must buy. The Bohemio Knot.

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Padilla Signature 1932 Robusto

Padilla Signature 1932 Robusto

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Padilla Signature 1932Origin : USA
Format : Robusto
Size : 127 x 20 mm
Ring : 50
Hand-Made
Other vitola sizes available :
- La Perla 4.5 x 40 (petit corona)
- Corona Gorda 5.625 x 46 (grand corona) (Cigars International Only)
- Toro 6.0 x 50
- Lancero 6.125 x 42 (panatela)
- Torpedo 6.25 x 52 (figurado)
- Churchill 7.0 x 48
Available in boxes of 25 except the La Perla which comes unbanded in cabinets of 50 and is the only vitola produced at the TACUBA facility in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Brand Owner : Ernesto Padilla
Tabacalera : El Rey de los Habanos - Miami, FL
Master Tobaquero : Jose 'Pepin' Garcia
Wrapper : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Corojo (aged 5 years)
Binder & Filler : Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Criollo
Cigar Aficionado Rating : 88 (February 2007)
Price : $12 MSRP
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I am a fan of Jose Garcia and dare not miss an opportunity to smoke one of his creations. He is tops in my book. A friend gifted me one of these early this year and I have been stocking them ever since. Incredibly, an online vendor ran a special in mid-November for a Padilla sampler where I was able to pick these up for $3.55 a stick (including shipping). An absolutely absurd price considering MSRP is now $12 US! Couldn't pass it up.

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Tatuaje RC184

Tatuaje RC184

TatuajeOrigin : USA
Format : Figurado
Size : 7.25″ x 57
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $18 each
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Picked up a box of these recently. Tatuajes are hands down my favorite cigars so when I ran across these hard to find beauties I had to pull the trigger on them. The presentation on these is very cool. Pete Johnson loves cigars and has a lot of respect and love for the history of Cuban cigars, and as a tribute he designed the packaging and presentation of this cigar in a “Retro Cuban” style hearkening back to the old style foil-wrapped Cuban perfecto cigars. In fact the RC in the name stands for Retro Cuban. The 184 is the cigars length in millimeters.

Box of Tatuaje RC 184

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Tatuaje Reserva “A” Uno

Tatuaje Reserva “A” Uno 9.25″x 47

TatuajeOrigin : USA
Format : “A”
Size : 9.25″x 47
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $16 each
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Well I decided to smoke another giant Tatuaje. I promise to smoke and review a cigar that isn’t a Tatuaje soon. I know I have been kind of a one trick pony lately with all these Tatuaje posts. I guess it is bordering on an unhealthy obsession. To follow up the RC233 I went with the slightly longer but much slimmer Reserva “A” Uno.

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Tatuaje RC233

Tatuaje RC233

TatuajeOrigin : USA
Format : Figurado
Size : 9.125″ x 55
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $22 each
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So I’m probably building myself a bit of a reputation for being a Tatuaje “Homer” and I won’t deny it. They are fantastic cigars and even the cheapest of the line, the white banded P series is pretty darn good for a mixed filler yard ‘gar. Tatuajes have been dominating my smoking rotation as of late which is why they also have been dominating my recent reviews as well. So keeping with that theme here is yet another Tatuaje review. This time I put an RC233 to flame.

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Tatuaje Reserva SW

Tatuaje Reserva SW

Origin : USA
TatuajeFormat : Churchill
Size : 7.0″ x 47
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $11 each
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Tatuaje has become my favorite marca hands down and this cigar only reinforced that opinion. Tatuaje Reserva SW is a big stick with an oily, leathery, brown wrapper. There were small veins throughout and it was a little bumpy giving it a slightly rustic look. It had an expertly applied triple cap that clipped perfectly. It was well filled with no sign of any rib veins in the filler at the head or foot. The pre-light draw was firm with just the right amount of resistance. Very peppery at the start, it mellowed quickly to a nice woody core and vanilla notes with a nice earthy finish. I’d describe it as medium to full bodied, not as robust as the Regio or Noella. Half way through the vanilla disappeared and it got buttery/creamy with cocoa notes. The last third was the smoothest dominated by wood and leather. A fantastic and complex smoke from start to finish. If it wasn’t for the price I could smoke this every day.

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