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    Fell off the wagon

    Back in June I did an inventory of my stash and discovered I had purchased far more cigars than I'd realized. A happy discovery, of course, but I vowed to avoid the devil's auction site. I fell off the wagon last week and visited the perfidious web page. My self-control failed me . . . . ...
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    5 Vegas Limitada 2006

    A simple review for a simple cigar. A well-made but otherwise average medium bodied cigar. The cigar: 5 Vegas Limitada 2006 Vitola: 6.25 x 52 belicoso Origin: Dominican Wrapper: Ecuadoran Sumatra From CI: The filler blend is complex, sporting well-aged tobaccos from Brazil and...
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    Nat Sherman Metropolitan Maduro Selection Metropolitan

    The Cigar: Nat Sherman Metropolitan Selection Metropolitan Maduro Vitola: 7x50 Origin: Dominican Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Binder: Dominican Filler: Dominican The marketing: From Nat Sherman: Nat Sherman's great Metropolitan selection now has a dark side: the Metropolitan Maduro. A...
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    HdM Excalibur Legend Crusader

    The cigar: HdM Excalibur Legend Crusader (5.75 x 45) Wrapper: CT Havana Binder: CT Havana Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic The sell (from CI): This Hoyo brings the brass. Hoyo de Monterrey has long been one of the world’s best-known, highest quality brands. Its legion of fans...
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    Petrus Reposado 6000 torpedo

    The cigar: Petrus Reposado 6000, 6x54 torpedo Wrapper: maduro Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Humidor time: 4 mos Picked up a 5pk on the Devil Site for under $10; not sure what to expect. What I got is an ok cigar, without much flavor. Pre-light: A 6x54 torpedo, clad in a...
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    CAO Cameroon robusto

    Cigar: CAO Cameroon robusto (5x50) Wrapper: Cameroon Filler: Nicaragua Binder: Nicaragua Humidor time: 3 mos Prelight: This box pressed robuto sports a beautiful colorado cameroon wrapper. Aromas of mild baking spice mixed with barnyard. Well filled, nicely rolled, and well constructed...
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    Troya #72 mini belicoso

    The cigar: Troya #72 mini belicoso (5x52) Picked up a sampler at auction; this was the first one I smoked, after about 3mos in the humidor. Nutrition information: Country: Dominican Republic Shape: Torpedo Wrapper: Cameroon (natural) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic...
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    Hoyo de Monterrey Marque Figurado (certified vintage 1999)

    The cigar: HOYO DE MONTERREY MARQUE FIGURADO (CERTIFIED VINTAGE 1999) (6.12x50 piramide) Picked up twenty of these "certified vintage" Hoyos from JR during one of their weekend warrior specials. They'd been sitting in JR's humidor for seven years, or so it's claimed, but I let them rest for...
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    Partagas Spanish Rosado San Agustin (5x52)

    The cigar: Partagas Spanish Rosado San Agustin (5x52) Wrapper: Honduran San Agustin Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf Filler: Dominican, Honduran and Mexican Manufactured: Dominican Republic The marketing CI: A mellow blend from one of the biggest names in the business. Welcomed with open...
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    LGC Wavell Natural

    The cigar: La Gloria Cubana Wavell natural (5x50) Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Humidor time: 4 months Smoking time: One hour Prelight: Smooth natural Ecuador Sumatra wrapper, dark caramel in color with a dull sheen. Well filled, with no soft spots...
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    Ramon Allones Reserve Hermoso #2 maduro

    The cigar: Ramon Allones Reserve Hermoso #2 maduro (5x50) The marketing CI: A stronger, more satisfying Ramon. Ramon Allones is an extremely tasty premium hand-crafted in Cuba, the Dominican, and Honduras. Manufactured by the mighty Villazon Factory of General Cigar (home of Punch and Hoyo de...
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    Vega Talanga Corojo Series Rojo toro

    The Cigar: Vega Talanga Corojo Series Rojo 6x52 toro, with about 4 months of aging in my humidor According to CI,"the Rojo blend hails from Honduras and employs a select mixture of long-fillers grown in the Vega Talanga farms of Honduras. These long-fillers, Corojo to be exact, are combined...
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    CAO Criollo Pato

    The specs: CAO Criollo Pato – 4 7/8” x 50 (robusto) Nicaraguan puro Humi time: 3 mos Beverage: sparkling water Price: about $3, courtesy of Satan's cigar site Prelight: I really like the appearance of this little robusto with its cute pigtail cap, which often signifies a loving...
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    Saint Luis Rey Reserva Especial Toro

    The specs: Saint Luis Rey Reserva Especial Toro 6x50 Manufactured: Honduras Wrapper: Nicaraguan Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Honduran, Peruvian, Nicaraguan Price paid: $2.60 (Devil Site) Humi time: 2 mos I'd enjoyed the SLR robusto, and so I picked up a 5pk of the toros on CBid for...
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    Newbies wanted

    Wigg needs some fresh n00bs for the Newbie PIF. I just participated in my first PIF. Fellow newbs, as great as CS is for getting information, it's even better for getting cigars. Check it out -- you'll thank me. Come join the NEWBIE PIF (PASS IT FORWARD) your intro to trading...
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    Bolivar Churchill

    The specs: Wrapper: San Augustin Ligero Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan (Esteli), Nicaraguan (Ometepe) Binder: Havana Medio Tiempo Humi time: 3+ months Prelight: This is one fine-looking cigar. The San Agustin wrapper is a deep, dark, inviting brown, shiny with oil. You know you're in for...
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    Padilla 1948 Churchill

    Padilla 1948 churchill 7x48 Nicaraguan puro Humidor time: about 3 mos Smoking time: about 1 1/2 hours Prelight: an attractive, serial numbered band looks good against the wrapper, which is natural but darker than usual, with some reddish hues. The wrapper looks a bit dry, and there are...
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    RyJ Reserve Maduro No. 4

    Got a good deal on a five-pack of these on CBid. This is the first one I've smoked; it had about 3 mos of humi time. The cigar: RyJ Reserve Maduro No. 4, 5x44 Blackened CT maduro wrapper Nicaraguan binder DR/Nic/Peru filler Prelight: The wrapper is a dull dark mottled brown with some...
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    La Aurora Maduro Robusto

    I've become something of a fan of the La Aurora flavor profile, and I do like my maduros, so I picked up some of these at auction. I like them; a good reliable cigar. The cigar: La Aurora Maduro Robusto, 5x50 Humidor time: about 3 mos Prelight: The wrapper looked lighter in color than...
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    REO Robusto Maduro

    The cigar: REO Robusto, 5 x 52 I was lucky enough to get this cigar in my first Newbie PIF -- thanks, Backstepper! Prelight: This is a solid little robusto, slightly pressed. The wrapper is dark, with a slightly oily sheen, smooth with only small veins. After I sized it up, I decided...
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