Friday, October 17, 2014

Cigar Review: Hector Luis Prieto Robusto Extra Farm Roll

If you have not heard of Hector Luis Prieto, you will soon. A quick search will find articles in Cigar Aficionado of one of the upcoming superstar farmers in Cuba. So much so, that he warrants a show on What Embargo as well. I was lucky enough to get my hands on some of his farm rolls at my friendly neighborhood LCDH, and was interested to see if his farmies lived up to his reputation. Prieto is known for innovative farming and curing techniques, employing new technology, and old secrets of the Cuban tobacco tradition. I had heard he grows criollo for wrapper, and his roller Miguel has been trained at the factories as well. The wrapper itself is beautiful, and the foot is semi-closed, draped in the wrapper.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cigar Review: Vegas Robaina Edición Regional Canadá Petit Robaina (2009)

Canada is a country that has received nine regional editions over the years, but they entered into the playing field in 2007, later than most. They are a country that has a high tax rate so it makes sense to do regionals in certain brands as it generates sales and promotes brands that may otherwise be ignored. I have my thoughts on the regional program, some good and some bad, but when Habanos releases a successful regional edition they have a true winner. I think Canada has one of the best regional releases from 2007, possibly one of the best ever over the years, and that is why I pay attention to regionals from that country. A member of the Habanos Critic forum snapped a photo of this Habano and after offering me one to review, I could not refuse. I don't know if I would have had the opportunity to smoke it otherwise, so thank you brother!

Monday, October 13, 2014

What Embargo?: Episode Dieciséis

What Embargo?: Episode Dieciséis, join Catfish and Big Tuna as they conclude their discussion on the best cheap Habanos and discuss all other matters that are of important or completely random.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cigar Review: Jose L. Piedra Cazadores

Jose Piedra. To me, the name piques my imagination to a place where seedy third world gangsters are trafficking dope and carrying AK47’s. Other times, I picture a farmer, poor but content, living off the land and happy with his stogie, rum, and family close by. I really want to get drunk on mojitos with Jose and Sancho Panza, but that might get me placed in a Cuban jail. Enough rambling, this is the final leg of the cheapo challenge Seth and I are doing with the Partagas Mille Fluer, Por Larranaga, Flor de Cano, and the Piedra Cazadores. In the past, I had enjoyed Piedra cigars as chew sticks and yard gars, but I had always opted for smaller sizes then the Cazadores. Amongst the Habanos faithful, this always seemed to be the size folks talked about, so I figured it would be best for us to include. The Cazadores is referred to as a Long Corona, 6x43rg so it is a bit longer and larger then a standard corona. Since it is a short filler, I kept this to a first half and second half review.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Cigar Review: Sancho Panza Belicosos (RMS ENE-13)

If you are unaware of who Sancho Panza is, he was the squire to Don Quixote in the novel titled The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha. The character is a humorous one, and he is a true sidekick you may say. Panza is Spanish for belly, so you can see that the character is built around being a large guy. What inspired this character to be a brand developed in the late 1840's in Cuba confuses me, and in some ways it seems to be the more fun of all the brands. You look at all the other old brands, and they are family brands or brands that were started off with the most serious of intentions. That is why, when I look at Sancho Panza, I can not help but laugh. More than likely, the gentleman who  created the brand was a fan of the character and the novel, but it is still odd to me. It is not a brand I have turned to in the past, but when someone asks you to smoke a stick and provide feedback, it is your job to do just that. So today I take on another Sancho Panza and see how it smokes. Thank you to one of faithful Habanos Critic listeners in sending this my way.