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Jun 17

La Garita Delirio Cabinet Selection Cigar Review

Posted on Friday, June 17, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

 

La Garita Delirio Cabinet Selection Cigar Review

This 6.5×42 cigar features a medium tan wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, an even pack with slight spongy give, satin feel and a soapy, chocolate and hay aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Mar 31

Press Release: PUNCH RARE COROJO RETURNS WITH NEW FRONTMARK

Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 in News

PUNCH RARE COROJO RETURNS WITH NEW FRONTMARK

Richmond, VA—The highly-anticipated 10th anniversary edition of Punch Rare Corojo is about to be made even more exciting with the release of a new, limited edition frontmark which will debut at tobacconists nationwide beginning in late March.

Called Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary, the 5” x 50 frontmark is unique in that it will feature a proprietary Connecticut Corojo wrapper. The new cigar will begin selling in late March for a suggested retail price of $6.50 per cigar until the limited supply is depleted. The cigars will be packed in eye catching cabinet style red wooden boxes and can be easily identified by a secondary red-and-gold band that bears the Rare Corojo distinction.

Rick Chandler, director of marketing for Punch cigars commented, “For ten years, cigar enthusiasts have looked forward to the annual return of Rare Corojo, a brand that features a unique reddish-brown wrapper and epitomizes the best of what Punch cigars offer – a spicy no-nonsense blend at a reasonable price. This year, we’re pleased to have upped the ante by offering the classic Punch Rare Corojo along with the standout new taste of the 10th Anniversary frontmark.”

Punch Rare Corojo 10th Anniversary joins the seven existing Rare Corojo frontmarks, which made their annual return to tobacco retail shops across the country earlier this month.

Punch Rare Corojo® are produced by General Cigar Co. Inc., which manufactures and markets handcrafted cigars for the premium market. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar also produces Macanudo®, Cohiba®, Partagas® Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur®, La Gloria Cubana® and several other leading premium brands. In addition, the company grows its own premium Connecticut Shade wrapper tobacco, as well as natural and candela wrapper in the Dominican Republic. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide. For more information, please visit www.cigarworld.com.

® Punch Rare Corojo, Macanudo, Cohiba, Partagas, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur and Club Macanudo are registered trademarks of General Cigar Co. Inc.

Mar 25

La Gloria Cubana Serie N JSB Cigar Review

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

La Gloria Cubana Serie N JSB Cigar Review

This 5.5×54 stick offers a very oily almost jet black wrapper with what appears to be a dark Corojo capital N stuck on just below the band. It was a thick, firm satin feel and dense pack, with small veins, invisible seams and a rich, oily tobacco aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Mar 22

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro Medius 6 Cigar Review

Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Alec Bradley Tempus Maduro Medius 6 Cigar Review

This 6×52 dark chocolate stick offers thick and stiff construction with minimal veins, invisible seams, a rich oily wrapper and a soft sweet tobacco aroma. First light reveals a very snug almost unsmokeable draw, minimal smoke output and medium bodied flavors of a very earthy black pepper with a deep finish. Rolling the stick gently I loosened up a bit of a plug near the band which opened the draw significantly. Still on the firm side it smokes fine with good output giving medium body flavors of a rich, oily and creamy earthy chocolate with black pepper especially on the long finish. 30 minutes in at the start of the 2nd third, flavors added a bit more chocolate and a touch of sweetness. This stick likes 2 quicker puffs rather than a long slow draw to keep the thick wrapper burning normally. 55 min in at the 1/2 way point flavors changed to a deep earthy oily coffee, with a good bit of strength kick to it, yet only medium body flavors. I’m surprised how slowly it’s burning considering how often it needs to be drawn. Ending at 1:30 where it began to get too warm for my taste, the last third transitioned to just a deep earthy tobacco with a very heavy aftertaste. Strength was near full certainly much more strength than body flavor. A big thank you goes out to viewer Jonathan Novatt for sending in this fine sample for review!

Mar 1

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Toro Cigar Review

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Toro Cigar Review

This 6×52 stick offers a dark chocolate oily wrapper with small veins, invisible seams, a very even crushed velvet texture with a slight spongy give and a rich oily chocolaty tobacco aroma. First light revels (more…)

Feb 27

Dona Flor Puro Mata Fina Robusto Cigar Review

Posted on Sunday, February 27, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Dona Flor Puro Mata Fina Robusto Cigar Review

This 5×52 stick offers a dark brown wrapper with slight imperfections, stretch marks, medium veins, color variation at the seams, a handrolled lumpy but firm and even constructions with a slightly sweet tobacco aroma. First light reveals a great draw, good smoke production and flavors of an almost aged tobacco with super smooth almost musty creamy medium body dry flavors and a long finish. The first third continues the exact same experience, burning fairly quickly with a very even line, great draw and smoke output. 25 min in at the 1/2 way point the ash fell off in a solid chunk, flavors remained virtually unchanged, only adding a bit of pepper on the finish. 40 min in at the start of the last third, flavors change to a softer tobacco with a bit of sweet caramel on the end of the draw, and the pepper is more pronounced, giving a bit of zing on the long finish. Ending at 55 min, past the band point the whole thing changed to a full body, heavy deep earth with a burned nut flavor and really strong after taste. It bordered on bitter, just knocking me out with hot temperature smoke and earthiness. Thank you very much to CigarsFromBrazil.com for sending a sample for review!

Feb 7

Pergamino Torpedo Cigar Review

Posted on Monday, February 7, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Pergamino Torpedo Cigar Review

This 6×54 torpedo stick offers a dark chocolate wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a firm even pack and a sweet chocolate and hay aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Jan 26

Pinar Del Rio Seleccion Reserva Limitada Torpedo 2010 Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Pinar Del Rio Seleccion Reserva Limitada Torpedo 2010 Cigar Review

This 6.5×52 torpedo stick offers a dark chocolate Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams and a firm pack. First light reveals a firm draw, good smoke production with extremely rich oily medium bodied flavors of nuts, sweetness and earth. The first third develops (more…)

Jan 18

Bolivar Royal Corona Cigar Review

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Bolivar Royal Corona Cigar Review

This 4 7/8×50 Cuban cigar features a dark tan wrapper with a slight red hue, minimal veins, almost invisible seams, a buttery leather feel and a rich aged tobacco aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Dec 8

Cohiba Red Dot Toro Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2010 in Cigar Reviews

Cohiba Red Dot Toro Cigar Review

This 6×50 stick offers a dark brown wrapper with an uneven but firm and dense pack, moderate tooth, minimal veins and tight seams with a double cap. The aroma is a slight barnyard and earth with a mild pepper. First light reveals a very deep, take your breath away kind of earthiness with a medium body, long finish and small pepper kick. The first third develops into an overwhelmingly dry, deep pepper nd earth, with a slight spice kick for a few seconds on the tounge after each draw. The burn and draw are both perfect, with plenty of rich smooth smoke. 45 min in just past the 1/2 way point the flavors are just about the same, just getting more mellow and smoothed together somewhat. 1 hour in at the band point, it transitions to a smooth deep earth with a bigger pepper and spice kick and medium bodied licorice just after the draw, keeping the earth finish. Finishing at 1:20 min, the last nub was just as tasty! Thank you very much to Alan May for generously sending this in for review!

Oct 22

Xikar HC Connecticut Grande Cigar Review

Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 in Cigar Reviews

Xikar HC Connecticut Grande Cigar Review

This 6×60 stick offers firm construction with minimal veins, tight seams, a double cap and a soft hay and tobacco aroma. First light reveals a very dry smoke with medium-full bodied flavors of earth, pepper and tobacco with a spicy finish. The first third develops along the same lines building the pepper on the finish. Smoke is rich and plentiful with a perfect easy draw. The experience stays the same through to the band point where it picks up a more smooth deep profile and kicking the spice way down. The ash held on for 1/2 the stick, and it ended at 1:45, very impressive! Thank you very much to Xikar for generously sending this for review!

Aug 19

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros Cigar Review

Posted on Thursday, August 19, 2010 in Cigar Reviews

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros Cigar Review

This 6×50 stick offers dual wrappers and the band at the foot end marking the transition between the first and 2nd third with connecticut and sumatran wrappers. It has a mottled rustic apperance, with a couple large veins, several smaller and a smooth firm feel. The aroma is a slight barnyard with a smooth tobacco. First light reveals (more…)