Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Cigar Review: H. Upmann Coronas Junior (2011)

President of the H Upmann Whore Fan Club checking in, with yet another review of an Upmann blend. For this review, I chose my last H Upmann Coronas Junior from 2011, a smaller cigar only sold in a tubo, measuring in at 4.5x36. I grabbed this box a while back for something smaller, to fit in that 30min smoking range when time is short and you want a good smoke.  Given the emergence of the Half Corona, the Coronas Junior had not really caught my attention in quite some time, so I had forgot about having these stashed away.  Since it is a rather small cigar, I broke it up into two halves for review.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cigar Review: Cohiba Siglo V (2005)

In 1992, Habanos S.A. celebrated 500 years since the arrival of Christopher Columbus in Cuba, and with that celebration, they released the Linea 1492 Series. The Habanos would not actually be released to the market until 1994, but for those 500 years, they had five releases in place. They ranged from Siglo 1 to Siglo V, and they were releases the increased in length as they increased in numbers. They added a sixth, and the most well known of the Siglos in 2002, the Siglo VI, and what makes it odd was that they broke away from the tradition of having a release for every hundred years. The next release due would technically be in 2092, and if that happened I would be thoroughly impressed. We'd all be dead by then, but you never know. Anyways, we have covered the Siglo IV and Siglo VI, and today I cover a Siglo V. What makes this review great though is that it is not a recently released Siglo, bearing the new band, but rather a 10 year smoke from 2005.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cigar Review: Montecristo Churchills Añejados

In December of last year, Habanos S.A. announced a new vision and concept, especially for Habanos S.A., and it was called Añejados. It can be translated as Aged Habanos, and the idea behind is that Habanos S.A. would be releasing aged Habanos, something they don't do. These Habanos are between five and eight years old, and they have aging in Habana all that time. The releases would be limited to two Global Brands, and those brands would be Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta. The vitolas would be existing vitolas, and what makes these releases even more interesting is that the vitolas used in each brand are popular vitolas for the opposing brand. The Montecristo brand would have an aged Julieta No. 2, and the Romeo y Julieta brand would be receiving a Pirámides. Brother Catfish recently reviewed the Romeo offering, but today I look at the Montecristo Churchills Añejados.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Cigar Review: Hoyo de Monterrey Grand Epicure Edición Limitada (2013)

Those whom have followed us here at Habanos Critic, know that I am a big fan of Hoyo de Monterrey. Traditionally, I am not a huge fan of most Edición Limitada Habanos releases, but the Grand Epicure was one release I was looking forward to. Rather pricey at almost $20USD a stick, I have high expectations for cigars at this price point, as traditionally, I think nothing beats a well aged Habanos, limited or not. The Grand Epicure is large, a 2013 release in Montesco size, measuring in at 5.1 inches and a 55 ring gauge, with ten cigars to a box, and the secondary band representing Edición Limitada releases. The Montesco size seems to be a popular release now, based on the success of the Romeo Wide Churchill, and subsequent regional releases that are following suit. As Habanos releases continue to get larger, I am skeptical of the blending moving forward, even though the Wide Churchill shines right off the truck. Knowing that Habanos ages tobacco for two years for limited releases, my hopes are the Grand Epicure will provide depth beyond a regular release.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cigar Review: Partagás Selección Privada Edición Limitada (2014)

Today we finish up our assessments of the 2014 limitadas, and see how they all line up. So far, they have been in line with past releases, some good and some disappointing, and that happens. I have always struggled with limitadas and regionals, great concepts but sometimes poor delivery, but in the defense of Habanos S.A., the same thing happens with limitadas in the United States. At least Habanos S.A. makes them limitadas and they don't keep them around afterwards. To finish up the 2014 limitadas, we look at the Partagás Selección Privada, and this release is the one that I was interested in smoking, but not super excited for or worried about. You could say it was my second favorite brand of the three releases last year, and it is also the second favorite vitola of the vitolas released last year. To be honest, I was most excited about the Bolívar, but in the end I was disappointed. (Thus proof of my theory on the limitada and regional releases.) The Cohiba was very good, I think it will be great, but let's focus on the Partagás.