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Archive for July, 2009

El Triunfador

I’m back with another lancero. This time it is the El Triunfador from Pete Johnson. Looking for information on the El Triunfador is impossible since it doesn’t even show up on the Havana Cellars/Tatuaje web site but I am more interested in the experience of this cigar anyway. Information or not, I cut into this […]


Fuente Opus X Robusto

First off…Happy Birthday Ben! Have a great day and some great smokes. Today I have my first Opus X. Unlike other reviews where I would have multiple sticks prior to a review, this time you are witnessing my first experience with the infamous Opus X so take this video for what it is…one cigar, one […]


G. A. R. Robusto Grande

This week, I’m reviewing the GAR robusto grande made by George A. Rico. George is well known for blending the Gran Habanos cigars as well as the famed 3 Siglos. These cigars are made in Danli, Honduras with Ecuadorian corojo wrapper, Ecuadorian Connecticut binder and blend of Nicaraguan filler. This cigar was very generously gifted […]


El Original Natural

The El Original line was created in 1999 by the Island Smoke Shop in Key Largo, FL. The cigar incorporates a five county blend of tobacco, which is capped of with an Ecuadorian wrapper. The El Original is described as a full-bodied cigar, so I’ll fire it up and let you know my take on […]


Oliva Serie V Lancero

According to the Oliva Cigar Website, the Oliva Serie V is a complex blend of Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos. Blended with specially fermented Jalapa Valley ligero, and finished with a high priming Habano Sun Grown Wrapper. This cigar is blended to deliver full body taste while maintaining an unparalleled smoothness. The Lancero vitola is 7” x 38 and carries a price point of around $5.50-$6.50 as a single.


Kinky Friedman Kinkycristo

This week, I’m reviewing something a little different. I was gifted a cigar from a friend in Texas made by the unique Kinky Friedman. If you don’t know who Kinky Friedman is, he is a country songwriter, candidate for governor of Texas and a mystery novelist. To those of you that don’t know who Kinky […]


Illusione ~mk~

The Illusione ~mk~ is another creation from Dion Giolito and the Raices Cubanas factory. This corona sized cigar is nicknamed the “Teaching Machine” because Dion believes that this particular vitola is perfect for tasting and appreciating the true beauty of the Nicaraguan tobacco used in the cigar. The ~mk~ is wrapped with a cafe colorado […]


Jesus Fuego Origen

The latest creation from J Fuego, the Origen, is currently a limited production cigar. However, the information I was able to find indicates this cigar will eventually be a full production line. Much of the blend is proprietary, but I can say that the wrapper is Corojo No. 1 and the filler is a secret […]


Camacho SLR Maduro Rothschild

This week, I’ll be reviewing the Camacho SLR Maduro in the Rothschild size. The SLR, Special Limited Reserve, are made with two wrappers: natural corojo and an US Connecticut broadleaf maduro. Camacho use 100% Pinareno tobacco in the cigars from Rancho Jamastran in Honduras famed for their Corojo. The tobacco is aged for 5 years […]


Rocky Patel Summer Collection 2008

A year after the release of the 2008 Summer Collection from Rocky Patel, I decided to take another look at this cigar. Since the 2009 Summer Collection was recently released I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the original seasonal collection cigar and find out if it was the cigar I […]