Friday, May 29, 2015

Cigar Review: Romeo y Julieta Puritos

Continuing on with my reviews on machine made Habanos, the Romeo y Julieta Puritos was a no brainer for me, as I tend to enjoy most of what the marca has to offer. The Romeo y Julieta Puritos is another cigarillo sized machine made Habanos, that for this review came in a five pack. They are currently sold in a five pack or a 25 count small box to consumers.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cigar Review: Trinidad Vigia

Released to the public in 1997, the Trinidad brand is a brand that has had an interesting role for Habanos S.A.. It has never been an "in demand" brand, and in my opinion the only vitola really talked about that is still in production is the Fundadores. It has had two vitolas come in go throughout the life of the brand, and for the most part the brand does not leave the 40 ring gauge area. Last year though, Habanos S.A. announced that they would be expanding the brand and that a larger vitola would be making a return. They had had two 50 plus ring gauges on the market before, but those were discontinued in 2012. I am interested to see how the new vitolas does, and maybe now is the time to release a Habano of this caliber. With that being said, let us take a look at the newest and largest release for the brand, the Trinidad Vigia.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Cigar Review: Cohiba Club

Up for this week, is another look into the world of machine made Habanos.  Cohiba is the most popular name in the cigar industry worldwide, and most notable in terms of brand and marketing. The Cohiba Clubs have always been on my radar for short smokes, so it made sense to review the Cohiba Clubs as I find many aficionados are genuinely interested in the performance of this short smoke. One thing that is interesting about machine made Habanos, is they are not all available in all regions, but it seems the Cohiba Clubs are. The size is specifically known as a cigarillo, measuring in at 22rg X 96mm. The Clubs come in packages of 10 or 20, and also in special releases. Packaging for the Cohiba Clubs ranges from cardboard packs to tins. There is also a White release, which is a take on the blend, that I will review at a later date. All Habanos cigarillos are short filler cigars.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cigar Review: San Cristóbal de la Habana La Fuerza

I give Catfish props for getting me hooked on El Príncipes from San Cristóbal, and since smoking the one size I have wanted to branch out and try more offerings in the brand. I never got around to it, got tied up with other important things, but today I am looking at the other vitola offering that sparks my interested, and that is La Fuerza. The brand itself has always been one that is a cross between two brands, and it is one of the more modern brands that I can get behind. I enjoy Vegas Robaina very much, that is my first choice when picking a Habanos brand from the 90's, but after that I go with San Cristóbal de la Habana. The brand pays tribute to the great city of Habana, and the four lines in production pay tribute to the four forts in the city. La Fuerza takes its name from the fort, Castillo de la Real Fuerza, and it is considered to be the oldest stone fort in the Americas. Let's see if La Fuerza does the old fort justice.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Cigar Review: Fonseca No. 4 Edición Regional Benelux (2010)

Fonseca is a brand I cannot say I have ever enjoyed, nor looked for honestly. I can remember having one a long time ago, but though it was average at best. However, I had heard from friends that a Regional Edition was flying under the radar, the Benelux No. 4, so I figured I would give it a try and see if my initial experience with Fonseca was a misfire. The Fonseca No. 4 Edición Regional Benelux is a Hermosos No. 4, or a corona extra, that for Americans would fall into the robusto category of sizes. For me, I love Hermosos No. 4, as the slight change in ring gauge from a 50rg robusto appeals to my love of smaller sizes. The Fonseca brand itself, is a pre-revolution brand, that started in the late 1800's, and is now a multi-local brand with only a few current sizes. The Fonseca No. 4 Edición Regional Benelux is limited to only 1600 cigars in boxes of 25, so production was small, and they can still be found.