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15
Feb

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Avo CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Super Robusto
Size : 5 ½ x 55
Wrapper : Ecuador
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Mexico
Hand-Made
Price : $15 each MSRP
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Having been formally introduced to the cigar market in March 2010 (to celebrate AVO Uvezian’s 84th birthday), with only 10,000 cigars being produced, the AVO Limited Edition 2010 is now far from fresh on many cigar smoker’s minds. The AVO LE 10’s were available in boxes of 10 that used to retail for $150.00 a box. Today, these can only be found on the aftermarket.

AVO Limited Edition 2010

The pre-light ritual for my AVO LE 10 was harmonious. One of the first things I noticed about this cigar was its smooth, dark, oily wrapper. The double bands set well against the cigar with their brown, silver, and cream coloring however the lettering was splashed and sloppy on both bands. The cap was very round but applied sloppy and the pre-light smell gave way to wonderful earthy, chocolate cocoa notes. The loose airy draw was a little spicy and accented the cocoa that my sinuses found.

AVO Limited Edition 2010

Pre-light score: 9 pts.

The opening on the AVO LE 10 showed an effortless draw with a sweet chocolate and cream aroma… PERFECT! The burn started uneven and the thick grey smoke led to notes of earth, cocoa, and black coffee on the palate. The first third of the AVO LE 10 I considered to be somewhat of a “cool smoke” with its airy draw.

With the first third being absolutely fantastic I was interested to see where this cigar would go from here. Into the beginning of the second third I detected a faint change on the palate to nuts and almonds. The burn remained uneven and the ash a powdery grey. The earthiness remained throughout the 2nd third and the faint nut turned strictly to an almond character.

AVO Limited Edition 2010

With well over half of my AVO LE 10 gone I entered the final third a pleased man. The beginning of the final 3rd had a little unpleasant burnt charcoal taste. Upon removal of the bands the cigar’s wrapper leaf tore and I noticed for the first time the excessive amounts of glue that had been used to apply both bands. This caused me to have trouble finishing the cigar however I was able to pick up faint hints of what seemed to be graham cracker and caramel.

Smoking score: 7 pts.

Avo Limited Edition 2010

To sum up the AVO LE 10 I would classify it as a “gift” cigar. What I mean by this is, for my friends who are consistent cigar smokers I would not be embarrassed to give them this cigar as a gift. We all understand that most occasional cigar smokers are appreciative of any cigar, however someone with a semi-refined palate would find the AVO LE 10 an interesting smoke. The only regrets the cigar had was an inconsistent burn (had to touch up the entire time), and the falling apart of the cigar after removal of the bands. I would have liked to experience those flavors I was getting before having to put it down… bummer.

Overall Experience score: 6 pts.

AVO Limited Edition 2010 Rating

Pre-Light: 9 pts.
Smoking: 7 pts.
Overall Experience: 6 pts.

TOTAL: 22 pts.

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08
Jun

href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/cigar/vegafina-sumum-b.jpg" rel="lightbox" title="Vega Fina SUMUM Edicion Especial 2010"> class="aligncenter" width="450" src="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/cigar/vegafina-sumum.jpg" alt="Vega Fina SUMUM Edicion Especial 2010" height="568" />

Origin : Dominican Republic src="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/brand/vegafina.jpg" class="alignright" alt="VegaFina" width="200" height="145" /> /> Format : Toro /> Size : 5 x 54 /> Wrapper : Ecuadorian Cubano /> Binder : Dominican /> Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguan, Peruvian /> Hand-Made /> Price : $6.50 /> class="extravaganza" href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/buy-vegafina" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More info about purchasing Vegafina cigars…

I admit that I am not that type of person to smoke cigars from Altadis and General Cigar. There has got to be quite a bit of noise about a cigar to impel me pick up a stick at B&M and buy it knowing it was made by these companies. Say what you want, but smoking cigars these days from Altadis and General Cigar is like going to the golden arches for a hamburger or the deep fried cauldrons at the Colonel’s,… it’s just not my thing. But the Vega Fina brand, with its European targeting, had me intrigued enough to reach out of my comfort zone and give it a try.

Long a favorite among the Spanish, Altadis has made the Vega Fina a unique experience within their myriads of brands. I guess they thought it would be a good time to bring a value priced, cubanesque, Limited Edition smoke to this side of the Atlantic after the grand success of other cubanesque cigars (i.e. href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/quesada/quesada-seleccion-espana-petit-robusto">Quesada Espana).

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Appearance : 4.75 out of 5 stars (4.75) /> Vega Fina did a tremendous job of making this limited edition smoke look as classy and beautiful as possible. It has a very dark chocolate wrapper that oozes oils on its surface. The banding is simple but elegant with a secondary band indicating its Edicion Limitada status. Other than a few large veins, the Vega Fina SUMUM is basically as perfect a cigar as I have seen. The wrapper has a sweet smell like coconut and earth, and the foot is almost absent of aromas.

Construction : 4 out of 5 stars /> Perfectly cylindrical, tightly packed with a lot of filler, double capped, tightly sealed, and no soft spots= great pre-light construction.

Through the first third and most of the second the burnline was pretty straight. The white ash holds on for about and inch and a half and after dumping the first clump the burn problems were revealed.

The construction problem I have been plagued with with Dominican sticks returns again with only one side of the cigar wanting to burn. I have noticed that the bunching techniques in the fillers have been the culprit. I have seen this with href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/category/arturo-fuente">Fuentes, href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/arturo-fuente/arturo-fuente-opus-x-fuente-fuente-2001">Opus, C&C’s, and now this stick. With some, it’s easy to correct, and others it’s a pain in the ass. The Vega Fina is easy to correct and with a quick blast from my torch on the non-burning side we have no problems.

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Flavor : 3.5 out of 5 stars /> My first thoughts after lighting the Vega Fina are that this is a stick that is definitely more tuned for the European palate because it tastes awfully cubanesque right from the start. It reminds me of a fairly fresh href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/saint-luis-rey/saint-luis-rey-serie-a-review">San Luis Rey Serie A or href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/saint-luis-rey/saint-luis-rey-regios">Regio. It starts off with some leatheriness at first, then a little sweet earth, and after a few more puffs, it reveals some mustiness. It is a very balanced stick so far in the first third with no single component sticking out.

Getting to the second third didn’t take long since the Vega seems to burn pretty quickly. The mustiness in the first third has sort of disappeared to my disliking, but left over are flavors of dark chocolate,coffee bean, and sweet earthiness. There is a tingle of pepperiness that clings to the back of my throat which wasn’t there before also. At this point the body is a medium+ (mostly because of that pepperiness) for me but the nicotine content feels a little subdued.

Throughout the second third I started to get tiny hints of meringue, like lemon meringue, and mild sweetness like cotton candy that pops up and goes away quicky. I know that’s a little weird, but it’s what I taste. It’s not completely noticeable if you aren’t paying super close attention.

The last bit of the cigar ends with some nuttiness, cedar, and espresso bean notes. Overall there are several different flavors that lend a certain amount of complexity to the smoke, but my biggest complaint (which is nitpicking a bit) is that the flavors aren’t as vivid and don’t jump out at you as much as I would like.

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Value : 5 out of 5 stars /> This is a good value for the quality of smoke and the amount of complexity. I think Altadis did a great job with the pricing, and allows many to be able to have the chance to experience this stick.

Overall Rating : 3.75 out of 5 stars /> To say the least, I was impressed. I really do like this cigar and I will probably smoke several more. The cigar’s price is hard to beat. It is by far and away the best Altadis product I have smoked. Is it better than, let’s say, the Quesada Espana?,… not even close, but it is great in its own right. This will be the type of cigar that is approachable to about any smoker regardless of their experience and is consistent enough to deliver time and time again. Keep smoking my friends,…

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24
May

href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/cigar/oliva-serie-v-maduro-2010-b.jpg" rel="lightbox" title="Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2010"> class="aligncenter" width="450" src="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/cigar/oliva-serie-v-maduro-2010.jpg" alt="Oliva Serie V Maduro Especial 2010" height="242" />

class="alignright" src="http://www.cigarinspector.com/images/brand/oliva-logo.gif" alt="Oliva Cigars" width="116" height="116" />Origin : Nicaragua /> Format : Torpedo /> Size : 6 x 54 /> Wrapper : Mexican San Andreas maduro /> Filler : Nicaragua /> Binder : Nicaragua /> Hand-Made /> Price : ~$10 each /> class="extravaganza" href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/buy-oliva-serie-v-maduro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More info about purchasing Oliva Serie V Maduro cigars…

You must have heard of the maduro version of the famous href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/oliva/oliva-serie-v-torpedo">Oliva Serie V. Introduced in 2008, the blend has been since then changed yearly, which is a good way of creating regular buzz about a cigar. As for the vitolas, the first three years we’ve seen torpedos and the toro replaced it in 2011. Up for review today is the 2010 edition, a 6 x 54 filled with Nicaraguan tobacco (ligero from Jalapa valley to be exact) and wrapped in a Mexican San Andreas maduro leaf. I’ve received this cigar in a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/cigars">r/cigars trade with a cigar aficionado from Finland – thanks Timo!

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Appearance : 4 out of 5 stars /> The wrapper is rather rough to the touch and its chocolate brown surface shows a couple of imperfections. However, the overall impression is pleasant for some reason, perhaps because of the cigar’s comfortable weight (or the oily aspect of the wrapper?). The band is pretty similar to the one that can be observed on regular Serie V’s, with the exception of “maduro” and “especial” printed in small letters.

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Construction : 4.5 out of 5 stars /> I was satisfied with the construction of the specimen I smoked for this review. It burned regularly and the ash held strong. As I cut the cigar, the draw was too tight at first, but thankfully it was a torpedo so I just made a second cut and things came in order.

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Flavor : 4 out of 5 stars /> Unlit, the cigar smelled of plain tobacco and the pre-draw had an additional earthy flavor. After I torched the foot, it was impossible not to detect a prominent nutty flavor which, as I knew later, would be present throughout the smoke. Besides this main flavor, there were loads of creamy latte notes in the first third, then the cigar picked up some strength and developed an array of leathery amd bitter chocolate flavors. Good balance overall. Near the finish, the Serie V Maduro is just short of full-bodied. Surprisingly, I noticed almost no spice in this cigar. I’d expect more pepper from a Nicaraguan filler.

Value : 3.5 out of 5 stars /> The MSRP is $10.70 I believe, which sounds like a fair value to me. Considering the excellent presentation (a 10-box, each cigar having its own compartment), it’s a decent gift idea.

Overall Rating : 4 out of 5 stars /> I like all the aspects of this cigar, but I can’t stop comparing it to the natural Serie V – and, without surprise, as I usually prefer natural wrappers (a typical example is href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/category/padron">Padron – I’m in love with their natural versions), the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/oliva/oliva-serie-v-torpedo">regular one gets my favor. As you can notice, my opinion is highly biased – so I’d suggest trying out this excellent maduro and seeing how it fares for you. Cheers!

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11
Nov

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Origin : Nicaragua /> Format : Toro /> Size : 6 x 52 /> Wrapper : Nicaraguan Habano /> Filler : Nicaragua /> Binder : Nicaragua /> Hand-Made /> Price : $8 each

In the fall of 2010, the team behind href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/category/eo-601" >601 cigars and Sabor Havana Cigars in Doral came together to create a special cigar to celebrate the release of target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593881711/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=cigar-books-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399369&creativeASIN=1593881711" rel="nofollow" >Rafael Cerrato Salas’ book “25448, No! Roberto Martin Perez.” This cigar highlighted the Cuban experience and life of an outspoken critic of Fidel Castro’s communist regime. Roberto Perez spent a total of 28 years in jail in Cuba, and he was referred by Castro as the “father of the prisoners.” The initial release of the book was in Spanish, and personally I have not read it. The cigars, 364 boxes of 10 (3640 total), were specifically blended for this release using the same Habano wrapper as the href="http://www.cigarinspector.com/eo-601/eo-601-red-label-habano-toro" >original 601 Red, but the filler tobaccos are unique to this stick. These cigars can be differentiated by the secondary “Edicion 2010 Limitada” band below the newer 601 Red label.

I bought a box of these cigars awhile back and planned on doing a review of them, but like a few other sticks, I ended up enjoying them so much that I smoked up all my stock. I acquired a few more from Brooks @ target="_blank" href="http://www.smokingstogie.com/" >Smoking Stogie.com that I am doing the review on today. Just to note, this is not like any other Pepin made stick. This was a totally different cigar from what Pepin usually makes, so how was it?

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Appearance : 5 out of 5 stars /> Simply, it’s a perfect example of a toro. The quality control for 601’s are very good in general, but these are especially good looking cigars and perfectly put together. The wrapper is a light Colorado or tan coloration. Perfectly smooth on the outside, the wrapper has a fuzzy sueded texture to its surface. Veins are super thin and hardly noticeable. The wrapper leaf smells of cedar and hay/grass and a touch of leather, and the foot smells of sugar cane and hay.

Construction : 5 out of 5 stars /> Out of the 10+ cigars that I smoked, none had a bad draw after being snipped. If there was any deviation in the draws they were usually on the more open side. The cigar lights easily for a bigger ring gauge (52 gauge). Burn lines were usually razor sharp and I may have needed to only touch up one or two ever. I smoked several in my car that never needed a touch up. The salt & pepper ash holds on for 2-3 inches at a time. The smoke is very thick and plentiful coating the palate and is very retrohale friendly. This is also a cigar you leave alone for a few minutes come back and it will still be burning really well.

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Flavor : 5 out of 5 stars /> Pepin made the perfect Cuban cigar without Cuban tobacco. At this point with months of aging, this cigar has lost any spice that used to be present in the beginning of this cigar. A substantial amount of cedar flavor is tasted with the first few puffs and then a hay flavor appears. The smoke has a sweet tobacco and vanillin flavor to it. This flavor profile remains solid throughout the 1st third.

In the 2nd third, flavors move harmoniously to sugar cane, vanilla, and hay. The body of the cigar is definitely medium which is perfect for me. In the end of this portion of the cigar the flavors are a little fuller/darker and remind me of the sweetness I get in hoisin sauce. This round sweetness remains combined with hay, funk, and cedar.

The conclusion of this cigar transitions to milk chocolate and cedar with some asian five spice. The flavor profile just remains incredible with transitions bouncing from one to the other in a smooth fashion. Even though the body is medium, the nicotine content is significant in this one. This cigar allows you to get the full experience from your taste buds and sinuses, ‘cause you can retrohale the entire time while smoking it. Your sinuses never get tired of the smoke,….just surreal.

Value : 5 out of 5 stars /> It’s $8.00 for probably the best cigar from 2010,… enough said.

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Overall Rating : 5 out of 5 stars /> This is a classic cigar. Pepin shows he can out-Cuban the Cubans any day of the week. He proved, with this stick, that if he wants he can still produce cubanesque cigars that can compete with the best of the island south of Miami. Though most of his cigars are renowned for being pepper and strength heavy, Pepin really shows off his ability to master the full flavor and strength spectrum. This is simply a superb cigar and I can only wish that these could be made once again someday. This is a no-brainer for the top cigar of 2010 for me. If you still have these cigars, do smoke them, because they are singing right now!

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Sep

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