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20
Mar

Origin : CubaPartagas
Format : Noblezas
Size : 138mm X 52
Hand-Made
Price : USD 17
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Since 2000, Habana S.A has released every year an ‘Edicion Limitada’ cigar. These cigars used to wear an extra aged wrapper only until 2007. Until then every leafs in the cigar goes through the extra 2 years of aging. This allows the blend to be rounder and smoother.
Edicion Limitada cigars are very easy to recognise, they wear an extra black and gold band indicating the year of release.
For 2017 Cuba announced three new limitadas, the most famous of all of them is the Cohiba Talisman (you can read the review here), then the Punch Regios de Punch and the Partagas Series No.1.

Draw : 4 out of 6 stars
Burn : 3.5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3.5 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
strength : 4 out of 6 stars

Appearance

The cigar looks beautiful, dark wrapper very oily and silky. A true Edicion Limitada look. The touch is great and the cigar seems to be very well rolled.
The main brand band follows the alphabetical series of Partagas. Therefore we can read on the band “Series No.1″ just like for the Partagas serie D No.4.

tasting
As soon as I light the cigar, the density is smoke is rather high and it draws well. However the first flavour profile encountered isn’t your typical cuban characteristic. It almost doesn’t seems Cuban. I have a slight spiciness on the lips typical of Partagas but the flavours remind me of the the earthiness of Padron cigars. Not the rich grassy and earthiness Partagas would develop normally. But this is just the beginning…
after few minutes, the cigar starts to burn strangely. The draw is still fine but the flavours tends to drop on the palate. We are close to the end of the first part.
A slight bitterness on the back of the palate slowly develops but nothing alarming for a fresh cigar. The flavours remain very unusual for a Partagas. Blind tested I could have thought it is a Nicaraguan cigar. The aroma is beautiful and the intensity of smoke is very high and enjoyable.

The second half shows some changes and evolution. The blend shows its potential and now are smoking a Cuban profiled cigar. Just the construction reminds you you are smoking a cuban cigar, the burn is not good, result of a poor construction.
All throughout the second part there is a nice intensity expressing an earthiness and a woodiness. The flavours are lingering on the palate and herbal and vegetal notes are present in the blend.

The last third is very rich but also very harsh towards the end. Lots of ammonia present therefore it Hyde’s the woodiness and earthiness from before. This is because the cigar is still young and in few years it should be gone. The draw remain good but the burn not so much.

Cigar Review – Partagas Series No. 1 Edicion Limitada 2017

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21
Jan

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Panetela
Size : 6″ x 38 ring gauge (152 mm x 15.08 mm)
Ring Gauge : 38
Origin : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~€20.90 – $25.50 each
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Draw : 4 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 6 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 6 out of 6 stars
strength : 3 out of 6 stars

Introduction

The Davidoff 702 Series Signature No 2 – with the tri-Cuban-seed 702 Ecuadorian wrapper updating Davidoff’s Classic (now Signature) No 2 – offers a unique, really perfect, sweet and multi-dimensional flavour experience, tho it is somewhat fast-burning and perhaps a bit too mild given the luxe price.

Cigar history fans will recognise this long panetela vitola, as the exact preferred cigar shape & size of both Zino Davidoff himself, and Cuba’s Comandante Fidel Castro, two men who worked together for 3 decades.

Zino no doubt told successful revolutionary Fidel about how, as a boy working in his father’s Geneva, Switzerland cigar shop, young Zino had filled the tobacco requests of another successful revolutionary, a radical Russian exile named Vladimir Lenin.

Zino’s favourite Classic No 2 – recently renamed the Signature No 2 – has long been the Davidoff rival to Fidel’s identically-sized favourite, which Cohiba calls the Corona Especial, pictured in the second photo here alongside this new Davidoff No 2 with its dark and sweet 702 Ecuadorian wrapper. It’s natural to compare these identically-sized premium cigars, and so I’ll do so below.

Tasting
There is much that is great about this new dark-wrapper Davidoff offering, starting with the moment you pick up the cold cigar and bring it near your nose. There is an immediate lovely sweet aroma promising great things ahead, and that wonderful quality of aroma stays right through the smoke, as feminine opinion in the house confirmed to me.

With just the right extra oiliness and firmness to the touch, and with its black-ish good looks, it is a joy in the hand as one begins to prepare this pigtail-cap Davidoff for a first puff. Pre-draw is sweet and a bit leathery, tho I was later pleasantly surprised to find that there was no excessive leather taste during the smoke, as was my slight complaint with the Davidoff 702 Series 2000 using the same dark wrapper.

Initial puff was quite in cigar heaven. Superb flavour, sweetness amidst roasted coffee and nuts, just a delight. By contrast, the Cohiba Coronas Especiales – great cigars, certainly enough – tend to start out with quite mild and subtle flavours, especially in the first third.

One of the things I was looking for here in this Ecuadorian wrapper No 2, is what one experiences very distinctively in the regular Davidoff Classic – Signature No 2: A special ‘dimensionality’ in the cigar, where the sensations are on a couple of different spatial levels.

And very wonderfully, that was here too in this 702 No 2 Davidoff. All at the same time, one can feel a tingle high up in the nose, in the back of the palate, and on the tongue, so that your taste seems to be expanded in 3-D. This makes the cigar seem very ‘full-bodied’, even tho – especially with the ordinary Signature No 2 – it is a somewhat mild cigar. That sensation, is a major reason why every now and then I’ve picked up a No 2 Davidoff.

As the smoke proceeded with this 702 No 2, I had some minutes of a somewhat un-Davidoff-like tight draw toward the end of the 1st third, which also marked the introduction of some at first strong bitter fruit flavours. Later those flavours eased a bit, but remained and lent some sophistication to the overall sweetness.

The great virtue of this cigar was its excellent, delicious, evolving, sweet-tinged flavours. Second third was very rich, and so was the final third, at moments more of coffee or cocoa or roasted nuttiness. Toward the nub the bitterness heightened once again till it gave the ‘time to say farewell’ signal.

Had a chuckle about one aspect being the same both with this 702 No 2 Davidoff and the Cohiba Corona Especial – the varying in ash longevity. In both cigars, the ash usually didn’t hold that long in the first third – about 1.5cm – but became more solid in the 2nd third, holding over 2.5cm before dropping off. Ash was quite strikingly white from the Davidoff.

But in most ways, these two cigars are hugely different experiences. The 702 Davidoff has truly rich, Brasil-tobacco type sweet flavours that are very strong and pleasing throughout the cigar. The flavour palette in the Cohiba is certainly a pleasant one, tho much milder, more of cedar with a bit of honey and a fair amount of spice and pepper.

Somewhat significantly given the higher price of the Davidoff (€21 vs €19 for the Cohiba in my neighbourhood), the Davidoff burned much more quickly, too quickly really, so I get 40% more smoking time out of the identical-length Cohiba. Both cigars draw well, Cohiba being one Cuban marque that often has near-Davidoff construction quality.

But the Cohiba has a greatness that the Davidoff really didn’t, the Cohiba having superb Cuban cigar headiness and strength, whereas the Davidoff here – placing the new 702 wrapper on a quite mild cigar to begin with – remained a somewhat less forceful smoke.

With the Cohiba Corona Especial, after an often-very-mild first section, the latter two-thirds of the stick tend to place one quite squarely in pure Cuban cigar dreamy-thought-land. Between that and the slower burn, the Cohiba is totally satisfying despite its sometimes leisurely start, truly a world-class cigar.

With the Davidoff, however, tho I am enjoying very rich, sweet flavour throughout, I don’t quite get the cigar impact I would crave for this tariff, whilst the cigar also disappears into smoke much more quickly.

This was a contrast with my experience with the Davidoff 702 Series 2000 Corona, where I had some more Cuban-style cigar headiness with that slightly thicker stick. That cigar had a slightly excessive leathery taste for me, but given its much lower price point (€16 vs €21), I might recommend the 2000 as a better value for the experience of the 702 series sweet Ecuador wrapper.

Most other cigars in the 702 series, are thicker cigars from the stronger Aniversario line used as a base for the Ecuador wrapper, and no doubt there is some good cigar headiness to be found amongst them.

For the ‘sweet flavour’ experience on its own, I’d suggest some of the Brasil-wrapper cigars as from Balmoral Royal Maduro or CAO Brasilia, both under €10.

Despite top-class, unique aroma and flavour here in the Davidoff 702 Series No 2, in the end I am a bit hesitant about this very tasty stick, given the price point. That strongly ‘dimensional’ aspect of the flavouring, tickling you from nose to palate to tongue, is something worth experiencing, but I’d tend to suggest the regular Davidoff Signature No 2 at the lower price level (€17 vs €21) to enjoy that in a ‘purer’ form.

And though lacking the Davidoff’s rich, sweet flavours, the Cohiba Coronas Especiales, given the vivid Cuban headiness they provide, have still not been knocked off their panetela pedestal.

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27
Oct

DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Coronas
Size : 129 mm (5 1/16″) x 17.06 mm
Ring Gauge : 42
Origin : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~€ 14.90 / $ 17.70 each
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Draw : 4 out of 6 stars
Burn : 5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
strength : 4 out of 6 stars

Tasting
A new cigar from Davidoff, the 702 Series Signature 2000 Corona is a fascinating, richer-flavoured transformation of Davidoff’s best-selling cigar, giving some unique experiences of roasted coffee, nuts & cocoa with its unique trio-Cuban-seed 702 Ecuadorian wrapper. Not without flaws – a touch of leatheriness at beginning & end – but a very rewarding Cuban-style smoking experience with flavouring all its own, an exciting, if pricey, alternative from Davidoff.

Amidst Davidoff’s revamping of its cigar lines, a bold new range in their core offerings, is via re-making a number of their existing cigars with Davidoff’s proprietary 702 wrapper from a hybrid of three Cuban seeds grown in Ecuador. It’s said that the wrapper can be 40% of a cigar’s flavour, so these are really new cigars.

The 702 wrapper has been used to good acclaim in some previous Davidoff cigars, most notably in their 2009 Selección 702 series. The current 702 line is not a re-issue of the 2009 blend, but rather a re-vamp of 7 existing cigars, 5 from the medium-strong Aniversario Line, and 2 milder sticks from what Davidoff now calls the Signature line, the 2000 Corona (formerly the Mille 2000), Davidoff’s best-selling cigar globally, and the Signature No 2 (formerly the Classic No 2). With their dark tobacco wrappers accented by Davidoff’s gold-and-white bands, the 702 Series substitutes nicely for Davidoff’s now-cancelled Maduro line.

The 702 Series 2000 here, is a bold foray into making Davidoff’s much-loved mild subtle Corona, into a stick with a sharper flavour profile as well as the currently-fashionable dark-cigar appearance. Shades of the 2000 can vary a bit, this was one of the darker ones from the box.

Indeed what strikes you immediately about the 702 Corona, is its dark-to-chocolate-black wrapper, quite the opposite of the lovely yellow-golden wrappers one sometimes finds, e.g., on a Davidoff Grand Cru. For someone like myself partial to dark-shade Bahia Brazil cigar wrappers, it was irresistible to pick up this dramatic dark cigar. The wrapper here is not ‘perfect’, a bit of vein, and a bit more 3-D texture than usual in a Davidoff, plus a little colour at the foot at the factory cut. But it’s good-looking nonetheless.

A bit oily to the touch, with just-right texture, the 702 Series 2000 has an inviting aroma. It is catalogued as 1/16th of an inch longer than the 2000, same length as the Cuban Mareva, tho in Davidoff’s 43 ring gauge. The stick here was completely precise in length, not a bit short as Cubans tend to be.

The oiliness is apparent upon putting the cigar to the lips and throughout much of the smoke, not unpleasant but a bit different. Pre-draw is mostly appealing, with coffee, cocoa & a bit of spice that I didn’t sense so strongly after lighting, along with a bit of leather. Directly after lighting, the first few minutes were a bit of a let-down, as the dominant sense was one of leather which I don’t care for, rather like a Cuban Rafael González. But in a few minutes that faded, and the glories of this cigar began.

Most of the end of the 1st third, and the middle part of the cigar, were given to a wonderful sense of roasted coffee, roasted nuts, and some cocoa. At moments the ‘roasted’ sense was on the verge of being harsh but never quite got there. The middle third was particularly terrific as the cigar settled down, with the roasted – toasted sense continuing, there being some wonderful super bursts of flavour, plus a few of those moments that led me to smile involuntarily, with the thought, ‘This is pure Cuban!’ – The 702 wrapper clearly is something very special that Davidoff has developed.

At times I did have a sense of the ‘hybrid’ nature of the cigar, the feeling of an exotic wrapper grafted onto the Dominican tobaccos inside the stick. I wondered what the 702 Series 2000 might taste like after a year or so of humidor time, after the tobaccos had a little more time to mellow & blend.

In the final third of the cigar, the ‘roasted’ aspect of the flavours faded, leaving more of a basic nuts, coffee & cocoa flavour, but unfortunately alternating along with some return of the leatheriness I had tasted in the first few minutes.

Draw was not the usually super-easy Davidoff draw, but certainly made no problems. Cigar burn was nice and leisurely, if slightly uneven. Ash held well, about 2.5cm – an inch or so, before dropping off, the largely white ash a striking contrast to this dark cigar. Davidoff rates this cigar as having the same mildness as the Signature 2000 on which it is based, but I think the wrapper transforms this into something stronger, more in the medium-strength range.

At the Davidoff shop, the 702 Series 2000 is over 20% higher in price than its sister Signature 2000, and indeed it’s not a cheap stick. For me, tho, it’s a bit thrilling as it offers some of those Brazil-wrapper-type rich flavours, with a truly Cuban quality of smoke experience, a combination distinctive enough I don’t wish to argue the price. The displeasing leather notes at the beginning and tail end, are my bit of complaint here, but I credit Davidoff a good deal for creating a special smoking experience with this great-looking cigar.

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03
May

Balmoral Royal Maduro Panatela

Balmoral CigarsOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Panatela
Size : 139mm (5 1/2 inches) x 37 (14.68mm)
Wrapper : Brazilian Arapiraca
Filler : Brazilian & Dominican
Binder : Dominican Olor
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.5 EUR / 7.5 USD

Today we are publishing a guest quick smoke review from our long-time reader, Beneluxor! Enjoy.

Dutch company Balmoral dates back to the 1890s, and is distinctive in Europe for having both very popular ranges of short-filler machine-made slightly upscale cigars – like their ‘Sumatra’ line using Indonesian Java – Sumatra, Brazilian & Havana Remedios tobaccos – but also 5 lines of hand-rolled premium cigars, including this Royal Selection Maduro, which has quite won me over as a great favourite, one of the most satisfying maduro cigars out there.

A long-filler cigar hand-rolled in the Dominican Republic (Balmoral is part of Agio now), the wrapper is sweet dark Arapiraca from Brazil, the binder Dominican Olor, and the filler from both Brazil & the Dominican Republic.

The Balmoral Royal Maduro Panatela here is a unique elegant vitola, 37 ring rauge (14.68mm), and 139mm (5 1/2 inches) long. A great virtue of slender cigars is that the flavour impact of the wrapper can be heightened dramatically, as happens in smoking these lovely sticks.

It’s an exciting cigar, rewarding with wonderful explosions of flavours suggesting dark chocolate & espresso, rich but not over-strong, and tends to be very tasty well into the final third. It draws easily and makes nice ash. The amount of flavour burst can vary during the smoke and cigar-to-cigar, but generally stays in the upper end of flavour richness for maduros. The Balmoral Royal is for me, the top maduro value.

A singularly stylish & good-looking cigar too with the wrapper, the well-balanced sizing & the striking green cigar band, it’s not too pricey (around € 6,50 in my neighbourhood). With tobacco from their former Indonesian realms, the Dutch became great masters of the cigar business, and with this stick it’s clear that they still organise the making of great cigars today.

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Balmoral Royal Maduro Panatela (Quick Smoke Series)

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29
Nov

Tatuaje Cojonu 2006

TatuajeOrigin : United States (Miami/FL)
Format : Torpedo
Size : 5.5 x 52
Wrapper : Shade-grown Nicaraguan Viso
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$13
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The Cojonu (ballsy in Spanish) series by Tatuaje is comprised of several blends, each released in a given year – it doesn’t mean that the cigar was produced during that year though, so we can’t really talk about “vintages” here. Some of the blends have previously been reviewed on the site: Tatuaje Cojonu 2003, Tatuaje Cojonu 2009 & Tatuaje Cojonu 2012.

Construction is absolutely flawless with this cigar. The roll is seamless, the cigar is firm to the touch with a little bit of bounce.

The draw is great on the Cojonu 2006 and the burn is even. The ash was nice and compact with no flowering but it was very weak and fell off at about the half inch mark. The body of these cigars is medium to full but the strength is full especially towards the end of the cigar where it gave me a little buzz.

Some nice deep rich flavors from the start. I get coffee beans, nuts and a toasty almost chary cedar flavor. There is some pepper but it is very balanced with the rest of the flavors. In the second third some sweet honey notes come in and out which gives the cigar a nice creamy texture in the mouth. The final third was much of the same with the addition of some cocoa flavors. The flavors also became more full and pronounced in the final third.

I really enjoyed the Tatuaje Cojonu 2006 blend. The price tag on this guy is way out of an everyday cigar, but would make a nice occasional smoke for most of us. The flavors were balanced and complex which is a must for a cigar that goes over $10. The one downside to this cigar is that it doesn’t vary much from the other Tatuaje Miami’s that I’ve smoked except for the fact that it is a little stronger than the regular line.

Above Average

Tatuaje Cojonu 2006 (Quick Smoke Series)

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22
Nov

Casa Torano Maduro

Origin : Nicaragua
Torano cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 4 7/8 x 52
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler : Dominican, Nicaraguam
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6.50 per single
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The Casa Torano Maduro is by far the darkest Maduro I have ever seen. This cigar has a jet black wrapper with virtually no veins and has a solid feel to it. The roll is seamless but has a sloppy double cap.

It has a nice draw with a bit of resistance. The burn is fairly even and the ash is a whitish grey color that is solid and has no flowering or flaking. The body of the cigar is medium as well as the strength of the cigar.

The Carlos Torano Casa Torano Maduro has a base flavor of wood and natural tobacco but features nice notes of roasted nuts, coffee beans, and a fruity sweetness that reminds me of maraschino cherries; you know the ones they put on your ice cream sunday, or in your Old Fashioned’s. However, as the cigar progresses, the cherry sweetness turns more to an apple flavor which is quite interesting. Overall the flavors are about medium in intensity on this cigar.

Overall I thought this was a nice cigar. It has some nice complexity to it and for $6.50 I think it’s a superb deal. This is usually not the style of cigar I smoke but I really enjoyed the Casa Torano. I am one of the Don Pepin, heavy hitting, fuller the better cigar smokers and I think that crowd may not like this cigar because it doesn’t have that pop or flare that those types of cigar typically have. However, I think if they are in the right mindset that this is going to be a delicate smoke I think they could really enjoy it.

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Casa Torano Maduro (Quick Smoke Series)

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01
Nov

Litto Gomez Diez Cubano

Origin : Dominican Republic
Litto Gomez Diez cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Dominican
Filler : Dominican
Binder : Dominican
Hand-Made
Price : ~$10 each
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This is an average looking cigar with a smooth feeling, light brown colored wrapper. There are a few moderate sized veins in the wrapper but they should not be a problem. The cigar seems packed very well with tobacco and there are no noticeable defects with the cigar.

The Litto Gomez Diez Cubano has a nice draw with some resistance that produces an average amount of smoke. The burn was even with no touch-ups needed and the ash held well but was farily flaky. The body of this cigar starts off medium to full but mellows down through the cigar and dips down to the lower end of the medium spectrum. The strength of this cigar is medium to full.

The Cubano has a nice woody core with some floral notes, black pepper and a bit of leather. Some may think this cigar is a bit dry on the palate but there is just enough sweetness on this cigar to balance things out a bit. As the cigar progresses, the pepper backs down and is thrown in the background. Other than that there are no major changes throughout the cigar.

When all is said and done I did enjoy this cigar. The flavor profile was a nice change of pace but I got a little bored with it. For a $10 cigar, I was expecting there to be a little more complexity and a little more of a roller coaster ride but there was none to be had.

Verdict: Above Average

Litto Gomez Diez Cubano (Quick Smoke Series)

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18
Oct

Viaje Platino Chiva

Origin : Nicaragua
Viaje cigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 5 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : ~$8 each

The Viaje Platino is a very nice looking cigar. The chocolate colored wrapper has a slight tint of red to it and has some very small veins running throughout. The seams are even and the roll looks great. The cigar sports a nice looking green, silver and white primary band and a silver cloth foot band which is a nice added touch.

The draw on this cigar was a bit snug compared to the others I smoked before this review but it gave me enough smoke to satisfy me. The burn was even for the most part and the ash, although a dark gray, was compact and had zero flowering. The body of the Viaje is medium to full while the strength is average.

The Viaje Platino starts off with some nice earthy coffee like flavors along with some red pepper spice. The flavors are very rich and pronounced and I really like that about this cigar. The flavors didn’t change much in the second third but the final third offered an even more intense flavor profile.

Overall I really enjoyed the Viaje Platino. The flavors are nice and pronounced and are definitely not shy. It is a good smoke for cigar enthusiasts who like Don Pepin / Tatuaje flavor profile with a different approach.

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Viaje Platino Chiva (Quick Smoke Series)

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11
Oct

CAO MX2

Origin : Honduras
CAO CigarsFormat : Toro
Size : 5.5 x 55
Wrapper : Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler : Nicaraguan, Honduran, Dominican, Peruvian
Binder : Brazilian
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7 each
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The CAO MX2 Box Press sports a dark brown wrapper with a contemporary looking black and silver band along with a secondary band stating “Box-Press,” just in case you couldn’t feel or see the sharp box press on this cigar. There are some pretty big veins on this cigar which pop out from the rest of the wrapper. The wrapper also has a wrinkled look in some areas especially near the head of the cigar.

The cigar has a nice medium draw that produces thick billowing clouds of smoke. The burn line is slightly uneven and is rather thick and somewhat bubbly. The ash is a medium gray color and has just a bit of flowering, but held on quite well. The body is medium to full and the strength is average.

The CAO MX2 Box Press offers a light earthy core with heavy notes of chocolate and espresso. There is some slight pepper to this cigar but is balanced pretty nicely with the rest of the cigar. The flavors don’t change much throughout the cigar but overall very good flavors.

I’ve smoked plenty of the regular MX2’s and have not been overly impressed. This cigar however, is a winner. I’m not sure if it’s the blend with some different tobacco in it, or if it is the box press that gives it a different flavor profile, but the flavors are much more rich and pronounced.

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CAO MX2 Box-Press (Quick Smoke Series)

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04
Oct

San Cristobal Clasico

Origin : NicaraguaSan Cristobal Supremo
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 x 50
Wrapper : Nicaraguan
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Nicaraguan
Hand-Made
Price : $7-8 each
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The San Cristobal is blended by the illustrious Don Pepin Garcia and is rolled in his factory in Estelí’ Nicaragua for Ashton Cigars. This was Pepin’s first cigar with the Levin’s (owners of Ashton) and was debuted at the RTDA (now known as IPCPR) back in 2007.

The first thing you notice about the San Cristobal is the gorgeous band that this cigar sports. A very intricate band with a lot of color and a lot of gold accents, this cigar band is one of the best in the business in my opinion. The wrapper on the cigar is darker brown in color and has minimal veins. The roll is good and sports a Cuban style triple cap; a very nice looking cigar.

The San Cristobal has a nice free draw that produces a ton of smoke. The burn is quite uneven and required some touch up’s but nothing out of the ordinary. The ash is a medium gray color and has minimal flowering that does flake off in some areas.

Right off the bat you can tell this is a Pepin cigar. The San Cristobal starts off with some red pepper spice which mellows down after the first inch. After the initial blast the cigar settles into a nice combination of sweet cedar, coffee, and roasted almonds. Overall the cigar is nicely balanced and though the flavors do not change much between thirds, they have nice complexity on the palate. The body is medium to full as is the strength of the cigar.

I’ve smoked through quite a few of these San Cristobal’s and this cigar never disappoints. The flavor of the cigar is great and it balanced nicely. The only gripe I have is that for the price it could offer some a little more complexity between the thirds of the cigar, however this had never stopped me from picking up more of these cigars.

Thumbs Up!

San Cristobal Clasico (Quick Smoke Series)

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