Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cigar Review: Ramón Allones Allones Superiores La Casa del Habano Exclusivo (MUR MAR-13)

If you thought retail exclusives only applied to cigars in the United States, think again. Habanos S.A., besides handling the distribution and exporting of Habanos from Cuba, also franchises the well known La Casa del Habano stores. These stores are official stores for Habanos, and carry a large selection of the brands. They are the stores to shop at when purchasing a Habanos and the reason for that is the authenticity of the product and so much more. One of the many perks that the stores offer is that they have certain smokes reserved for them. These are smokes that are special vitolas for a brand and are only available at those stores. They have these reserved/retail exclusive Habanos for several brands, but today I am going to look at a small brand that is a personal favorite of mine along with a vitola that is a personal favorite as well. Today I look at the Ramón Allones Allones Superiores.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cigar Review: La Flor de Cano Petit Coronas

At one time, La Flor de Cano was a bigger brand than it is today. The brand dates back to 1884 and for many years it was more than just a short filler Habano. I look at the brand today as the Byzantine Empire in the 1400's, and it is a brand that is barely holding on. Once filled with well known Habanos like La Flor de Cano Short Churchill, the only smokes that remain are the Petit Coronas and Selectos. While the brand is not what it once was though, there are still some surprises present in the brand and Habanos has not entirely given up on them. From time to time the brand sees a regional edition released with its name on it and it generates a calling among the passionate aficionados. Today though, I look at a short filler Habano that is well respected among Habano lovers and while it is "cheap," it is quite tasty. Let's open up a box of La Flor de Cano Petit Coronas and see how short fillers smoke.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cigar Review: Cohiba Piramides Extra (2013)

When Habanos S.A. released the Cohiba Piramides Extra at the Habanos Festival in 2012, it was the talk of the show. It was a huge year for Habanos if you ask me, because it was a year where they had some killer Edición Limitadas and an amazing Reserva release with that. The focus was probably not meant for the Piramides Extra entirely, but when you release a new Cohiba, you are going to draw a lot of attention away from other smokers. What really made it special was that this new release was the first regular production piramides that the Cohiba brand had. The flagship brand for all of these years never had a regular production piramides, and now when they did, it was larger than your typical piramides. The Habano was not meant to be affordable, that is not the case with any Cohiba, but it was pricier as it was in the price range of the Behikes. Adorned with a beautiful and new Cohiba band, this was a Habano that was meant to be the best in class.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What Embago?: Episode Dose Recap: Fake Montecristo No. 2 (new bands)

So last week was a big week because we received an email submission from a listener regarding a recently purchased box of Montecristo No.2s. A box of fake Montecristo No. 2s! What makes that such a big deal? Well, the reason it is a big deal is because it is the first fake box we have seen that uses the new Montecristo bands. To date, I have not seen anything on fake new Montecristo bands, so we were excited, and sad for the listener, at the same time. It was almost a Car Talk moment. So today, we are going to show some pictures and things you need to look out for with the new Montecristo brands. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cigar Review: Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro (2007)

When it comes to the double corona, Habano knows what it's doing. They can make a two plus hour smoke wonderful, and deliver everything that it needs to deliver from beginning to end. There are very few smokes in the United States that are true double coronas, and the ones that are there are no where near as good as these smokes. I think there is a reason for that, and there is no point in competing with Habanos S.A. When you think of double coronas by Habanos though, there are a few that come to mind and a few that are forgotten. Hoyo, Partagás and Ramón Allones are the most well known brands with double coronas, but one brand that does not get as much attention, and is a great brand that Catfish has brought back to my radar, is the Vegas Robaina brand. In circulation since 1997, this is a brand that for 17 years has had some winning smoked. Today I look at one of these Habanos, and look at a Habano that has seven years of age on it. The Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro.