Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cigar Review: Partagás Shorts (DIC2012)



How do I review a cigar that I commonly refer to as crack sticks? I am not sure really, but I guess this is my attempt, and I was surprised we had never reviewed this cigar on Habanos Critic before. The Partagás Shorts is a desert island cigar for me, so I cannot imply objectivity in the following review. However, given the popularity of the Shorts, I felt that a review was in order. This particular box has a few years of age on them now, and I have powered through several boxes in the past.  The minutos size is by far my favorite size that Habanos offers, as every offering in this size appeals to my palate, and provides close to an hour of smoking enjoyment if you take it slow and use a Havana Saver.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cigar Review: Cohiba Behike BHK 54


Every true Habano lovers knows Cohiba and what comes with a Cohiba. They are Habanos that need age, and being the flagship brand for Habanos S.A., they come with a high price-tag as well. I have had positive experiences with the Cohiba brand over the years, understanding that they need time to truly mature and be the great Habanos that they can be, but I never invested deeply into the brand as I don't have the patience needed to really appreciate Cohiba, and the funds with that. That changed though in 2010 when the Behike line was released, a once limited release. As many know, the Behike line is a different blend than any of the other Cohiba lines, and the line itself comes in larger formats and is composed with medio tiemp tobacco. Medio Tiempo is the highest priming of a tobacco plant, and is a priming that is not always present on the plant. It is typically two leaves, and while they are strong and flavorful, they are quite small. This priming is used in the Behike line, and since the line was released it has received much praise and success. I have an initial box of the BHK 52 from the 2010 run never opened, but today I am not talking about that Habano, but focusing on my favorite offering in the line, the Cohiba Behike BHK 54.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

What Embargo?: Episode Veinticuatro



For What Embargo?: Episode Veinticuatro, Catfish and Biga Tuna recap on the 2014 limitadas. Tune in and hear their thoughts on the releases and see what they think of them now, and where they will be in years to come. Find out what Tuna's favorite is, and to no surprise, what Catfish believes is the best release, as it is completely different that Tuna. Enjoy y'all!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Cigar Review: Ramon Allones Caprichos Edición Regional España (2014)





My experience with Ramon Allones has always been good, and the regional or LCDH releases I have had are tough to justify based on how good the core releases of the marca are. That being said, when the Edición Regional España Ramon Allones Caprichos was released in 2014, I was looking forward to seeing how it compared to both the Robusto Corto release of 2013, and the RASS. Spain is known for their love of cigars and Habanos, and their regional releases have always drawn praise from the Habanos community.  The Ramon Allones Caprichos is a Mágicos size, coming in at 4.5 inches by 52 ring gauge, a petite robusto.  Personally, I love the Special Select, otherwise known as the RASS, so I am always curios to see how similar sized cigars from the same marca stand out as a unique blend. The Caprichos come in boxes of ten, with 5,000 total cigars having been released.  This is the second Ramon Allones Edición Regional España, the first one being the Grandes released in 2008.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cigar Review: Por Larrañaga Secretos Edición Regional España (2013)


If you pay enough attention to Catfish and I on What Embargo?, you would see that the two of us agree on certain brands in the Habanos portfolio, but there are a handful out there that the two of us do not see eye to eye on. I would not necessarily say it has to do with the strength and body of those brands, more the flavors, but when we disagree on a brand, we disagree. Two of the biggest brands that the two of us do not see eye to eye on are Quai d'Orsay and Por Larrañaga. I can't stand Qd'O and Catfish can't stand PL, and because of that we do not delve to deep into the opposing brands. So, with that being said, today I take a look at a regional edition for Por Larrañaga, a brand I care for, and see why Catfish wanted me to smoke this cigar so much.