Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cigar Review: Partagás Mille Fleurs

Habanos definitely has some winning petit coronas, hell they have great robustos, double coronas and other vitolas as well, but they have an abundance of great petit coronas in their portfolio. The American market does not come close to competing with them on the size, and it is a size that the entire world truly enjoys. It is not too big of a cigar, but at the same time the ring gauge is just perfect so that it is not too small. I tend to believe that the Dalias or Cazadores are the best sizes overall, maybe even the Franciscos, but the petit corona is a terrific size as well. Habanos currently has 19 petit coronas in regular production and I have only smoked ten of them. Today I look at the tenth and one that never sparked my interest. That Habanos is the Partagás Mille Fleurs, and this is a smoke that was sent to me by my brother Catfish. I don't know why I never reached out to it, more than likely I was satisfied with other offerings in the Partagás brand, but today I take a look at this smoke.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cigar Review: José L. Piedra Brevas

In the 1880's, the Piedra Family left the principality of Asturia and set out on the voyage to Cuba. The family arrived in Cuba but unlike some, did not stay in Havana. Instead, they headed east and set down in the central of Cuba at the town of Santa Clara. It is roughly three hours east of Havana and 45 minutes west of the town of Cabaiguan, home of Don Pepin Garcia. The Piedra Family settled down in the heart of the Vuelta Arriba, and this is a region that was growing tobacco since the 1500's. The family quickly entered into the world of tobacco and began producing cigars. The family continues to run the operations until the Revolution, and after that the government took control. For a period of time the brand was discontinued, but it was resurrected less than ten years later. The brand is all handmade short filler cigars, and prior to 2007 it was a Multi-Local Brand. It became a Global Brand that year, along with H. Upmann, and since then has become the only short filler Global Brand. Today I look at this short filler brand and focus on the José L. Piedra Brevas.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cigar Review: Montecristo Grand Edmundo Edición Limitada (2010)

Montecristo is a weird brand for me. When I first got into Habanos, I never liked Monte. I remember my buddies whom are more experienced collectors speaking about their love for the brand, but I never got it. However, once I experienced a few aged Edmundos and No 2’s, I started seeing why the brand had potential and explored the line. For me, the Edmundo and Petite Edmundo just pop, along with recent production No 2. Knowing how popular the Sublime release was, I figured the Grand Edmundo was worth exploring before they too disappeared and became highly sought after. I remember my first experience was mind blowingly good, so I had to seek out a box from my friendly neighborhood LCDH. I knew a few collectors whom went deep on this release as well, so I figured my investment would be worth the time.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Cigar Review: Montecristo Sublimes Edición Limitada (2008)

14 years ago Habanos announced the limited edition program and for 14 years those Habanos have done nothing but grab tons and tons of attention. There have been some that have not been as popular others, some that are your regular limited editions in terms of popularity and some that have become legends. Obviously Cohiba has been successful as a limitada, but behind them is the Montecristo brand. They have had some solid releases in the 14 years, nine to be exact, but the most successful in my opinion was in 2008 when they released a Montecristo in a size that did wonders for the Cohiba brand. That size was the Sublime, and today I look at the Montecristo Sublime and see how it has aged over the past six years since rolling. I don't know about you all, but I am looking forward to lighting this Habano up.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Cigar Review: H. Upmann No. 2 (2008 vintage)

My journey into the world all started with one cigar, the H Upmann No 2. Granted, before I ran into this specific cigar, I had several experiences with Habanos, but my Diesel Unholy Cocktail for breakfast, Dark Corojo for lunch, palate had yet to truly appreciate everything Cuba had to offer. I remember the first time I smoked an aged Upmann No 2, it was an old band, from 2004, that was gifted to me from a good friend. What ensued, was an NC apocalypse of sorts, and I proceeded to switch over to collecting Habanos, specifically the Upmann No 2. I found boxes or multiples from 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and proceeded to age them all and note the specific changes that took place. The result was a personal education on the importance of aging Habanos, and seeing how much different they can change over long periods of time. While some brands do not need much aging to shine, I feel that Upmann really awakens after 6 years and turns into a true gem. So for this review, I chose one of the few singles I have left from my box of 2008. It has been quite some time since I have had one, probably two or more years really.