La Vérité Vintage 2008 : L’Esprit de Vérité

Tatuaje La Vérité Vintage 2008 Esprit de Vérité

Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : La Estrella Habano Criollo (’08)
Filler : La Estrella Habano Criollo (’08)
Binder : La Estrella Habano Criollo (’08)
Price : ~$15 each

The La Vérité (the truth in French) project, developed by Pete Johnson, is an unusual undertaking using only tobacco from Pepin Garcia’s La Estrella (the star in Spanish) farm in Nicaragua, using only a single crop from a given year. The vintage concept is similar to wine, each vintage being significantly different from another. As far as I remember, one was even able to buy “futures” of the La Vérité series. To my knowledge, these cigars were relased in 2008 and 2009, while the 2010 release was delayed and still hasn’t hit the shelves (correct me if I’m wrong).

The 2008 first size, La Vérité, is a 7 x 47 Churchill and is the commanding ship of the entire project. This vitola was available in boxes of 10, 25, 50, and master cases of 100. The second, L’Esprit de Vérité, is a 5 x 50 Robusto that is blended to be a lighter smoke. It was only available in boxes of 10 and 25. I think these are still available at some retailers, but of course at higher prices than initial MSRP (at least $15 per stick).

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La Flor Dominicana Chapter One

La Flor Dominicana Chapter One

Origin : Dominican RepublicLa Flor Dominicana
Format : Chisel (box-pressed)
Size : 6.5 x 58
Wrapper : Brazilian Ligero Oscuro
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf
Price : $11 each

The La Flor Dominicana – Chapter One attracted a lot of attention at the 2013 IPCPR Convention, and is the first cigar from the brand to be blended by Antonio Gomez, Litto Gomez’s son. If you’ve seen his name online, it may be because he’s in charge of the social media pages for the brand. He’s done a lot of different duties with the company, and in fact lists his position on Facebook as “A Work in Progress.” I decided to check out his first cigar, and I can definitely say that he’s going places.

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Punch Churchill

Punch Churchill

Origin : CubaPunch
Format : Churchill (Julieta No. 2)
Size : 148 x 19 mm (7 x 47)
Box code : OCT 2005
Discontinued : 2010
Price : $12+ each

Punch is one of the oldest brands comprising Habanos S.A., founded clear back in 1840 in Havana by Don Manuel Lopez. The brand was created with the European market of cigar buyers in mind, and named for the puppet Mr. Punch from Punch and Judy. This particular cigar, the Punch Churchill, was discontinued in 2010, so the only stogies you can find today have been aged several years. My particular box is from 2005 (4 cigars were smoked for this review). Despite the fact that this cigar has been discontinued, you can still find it for a reasonable price online.

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Ashton VSG Spellbound

Ashton VSG Spellbound

Origin : Dominican RepublicAshton
Format : Double Corona
Size : 7 1/2 x 54
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $13 each

The Ashton brand has become one of the most well-known, sought out cigar brands in the world. The VSG Series cigars are blended exclusively by Carlos Fuente Jr. with 4 and 5 year old Dominican tobacco. The wrapper leaf is grown in Ecuador by the Oliva family and sold to the Fuente family exclusively for Ashton VSG cigars. The VSG Series comes in 12 different sizes for your smoking pleasure (a lot of these vitolas have already been reviewed on, click on the name to read the corresponding review):

Eclipse – 6 x 52; Wizard 37 – 6 x 56; Pegasus – 5 x 54; Enchantment – 4.5 x 60; Tres Mystique – 4.5 x 44; Belicoso No. 1 – 5.25 x 52; Corona Gorda – 5.75 x 46; Illusion – 6.5 x 44; Robusto – 5.5 x 50; Sorcerer – 7 x 49; Torpedo – 6.5 x 55; Spellbound – 7.5 x 54

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Rocky Patel Royale

Rocky Patel Royale

Rocky PatelOrigin : Nicaragua
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler : Nicaraguan Triple Ligero
Binder : Connecticut Broadleaf and Shade
Price : ~$11 each

The Rocky Patel Royale was released last year by the famous cigar company and is available as either a Robusto or a Toro. It took the company six years (really?) to develop this cigar because of all the special tobacco leaves that go into the blend! The Rocky Patel Royale has received a lot of favorable reviews, and I wanted to experience this unique blend for myself.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe

Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Petit Robusto (Magicos)
Size : 115 x 21 mm (4 1/2 x 50)
Released in : 2012
Packaging : box of 10
Price : ~10 EUR

The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe is a Cuban puro released by Habanos S.A. in October of 2012. The cigar was released as a retail exclusive for La Casa del Habano stores, and comes packaged in wooden slide boxes. Each box contains ten stogies. After giving the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure de Luxe a try, I was very glad I’d picked up a box; just like the H. Upmann Royal Robusto, this LCDH release is a success.

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Montecristo Petit No. 2

Montecristo Petit No. 2

MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Format : Short Torpedo
Size : 52 x 120 mm (4.7 in)
Released in : 2013
Cigars smoked for review : 3
Price : 12-15 USD

Introduced in 2013, the Montecristo Petit No. 2 is a shorter version of the Montecristo No. 2, a beloved Cuban puro from Habanos S.A. This version features the signature torpedo / piramide shape and the same thick ring gauge as the original, but is an inch and a half shorter. For those pressed for time who want to enjoy the same quality as the Montecristo No. 2, it is a great option—that is, if you can find it, and if you can afford it. Although cheaper than its bigger brother, the Petit No. 2 will still set you back at least $10.

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Davidoff Grand Cru No. 1

Davidoff Grand Cru No.1 #1

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Grand Corona
Size : 6 3/32 x 43
Wrapper : USA Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $15 each

The Davidoff brand, founded by Zino Davidoff, has been in production since 1946. As far as I remember, I read somewhere that this brand is among the top 5 best-selling cigar brands in the United States. As most of us are aware of, Davidoff cigars carry a large price tag in comparison to other competitor brands. Lets see how the Grand Cru No. 1 measures up to the test.

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