Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Cigar Review: Ramón Allones Gran Robusto Edición Regional Benelux (2008)

Very rare has a regional release been re-released for a second year, but those that have are truly successes and great releases that are worthy of box purchases. One of these regional releases that was released in back to back years is the Ramón Allones Gran Robusto Edición Regional Benelux. Originally released in 2007, the regional was so successful that it came back in greater numbers in 2008. I never had the opportunity to smoke the 2007 release, but when in Belgium last year, I was able to pick up some remaining 2008 releases and today I finally get around to reviewing it.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Cigar Review: Partagás Corona Gorda Añejados (OBE JUN-07)

Today I tackle our final assessment of the Añejados program. Overall, the program has been a disappointment, but things could turn around today with the Partagás. I have good things to say about the brand overall, young and old offerings, and since I have a love for corona gordas, things might be positive. Enough of the introductions though, let's take a look at the Partagás Corona Gorda Añejados.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrery Hermosos No.4 Añejados (GOP NOV-07)

A long time in a go in a country 90 miles away, Habanos S.A. had the idea of creating new and unique vitolas in the Global Brands. They would take these vitolas, age them for many years in Cuba and then release them to the market. When Habanos S.A. finally decided to open up the vault doors and release the vitolas last year, they were released in the newly established program called the Añejados program. They began with the Montecristo  and Romeo y Julieta brand, bur this year they announced an Añejado release for the Partagas and Hoyo de Monterrery brands. I was never a fan of the program after smoking multiple samples, but I am open to see how the new releases are and I am tackling the Hoyo de Monterrery Hermosos No.4 Añejados today.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Cigar Review: Diplomáticos Bushido Edición Regional Asia Pacifico (2014) (TOS SEP-15)

There are a couple brands in the Habanos S.A. portfolio that are limping on in my opinion, and one of those brands is Diplomáticos. It is a brand that was introduced post-Revolution, and since being introduced to the market in 1966, it went from five to seven vitolas, and is now down to one. Who knows where the brand will be in another year or so, probably stay as it is, but in the meantime the brand is getting a lot of attention with its regional releases. It has had a total of four regional releases, and its regional from 2014 has received a lot of press. The Habanos is called the Bushido, and it is a 109 offering for the Asia Pacifico region. The packaging is simply stunning and with it being a 109, it is no surprise that it has been in high demand. The cost is high, but it is no surprise given the cigar, packaging and region. Enough of the introduction though, let's smoke this Habanos

Monday, April 4, 2016

Cigar Review: Punch Super Selection No.2 (1999)

The last time I smoked a Habanos from the 1990's, it was in the 1990's in Eastern Europe! At the time those were young Habanos, they had not been aging the way this Habanos has, so I am pretty excited and lucky to have the opportunity to smoke this offering. This Punch release, the Super Selection No. 2 is no longer in production either, so this is a cool experience. Thinking about the age of this cigar, it really brings me back to my days when I was living in Eastern Europe. The Cold War had been over for less than ten years, and and I was living in a world much different than America. Digging into the memory banks right now. Enough of that though, let's take a look at a Punch Super Selection No.2 from 1999.