Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Cigar Review: Partagás Serie D No. 4

In 1975, Cubatabaco announced the release of a new robusto. At the time, it was just a robusto addition to a well known brand, but if they knew then they were releasing one of the most successful robustos of all time, I think they would have increased the price. Since 1975, the Partagás Serie D No. 4 has increased in demand and popularity, and I do not see that going anywhere soon. It is a classic smoke, and no matter the vintage, you are in for a treat. I have smoked tons of them over the years, tons of them, but one vintage that really stands out comes with a year 2008 and a box code of TEB. In 2008, the Partagás Factory was producing some of the best smokes out of Cuba, and that is why today, I look at the Partagás Serie D No. 4 from that year and with that box code.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Catfish and Big Tuna on Cigar Jukebox!

A little over a week ago, Catfish and Big Tuna were asked to join Dave Burck on The Cigar Jukebox. Dave Burck wanted to talk What Embargo? and also Habanos. Dave and The Cigar Jukebox are based out of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, but Dave is actually an American by birth. It was a great opportunity to have three Americans talk Habanos. Check out the interview here. Thank you so much Dave and The Cigar Jukebox!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Cigar Review: Juan López Seleccion No. 2

Recently I picked up some Juan López Seleccion No. 2s, and I was eager to smoke them but recognized that they would need some age before they smoked great. I sent some to Catfish to smoke as well, and he was on the same page as me. It is a brand that I am a big fan of, the Seleccion No. 1 is terrific, but like most Habanos, it does better with age. I let them get settled in my humidor for a period of time, and lit one up eagerly. I was thoroughly impressed with the smoke that I told Catfish he needed to smoke them soon as well. He was impressed with them as well, and was shocked that given their age they were as good as they were. I recently realized that we had not even reviewed the smoke so today I am here to review this hidden gem of a robusto.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What Embargo?: Episode Quince

Enjoy What Embargo?: Episode Quince where Catfish and Big Tuna talk about Edicion Limitadas. They discuss their favorite releases over the years, how they have aged and focus on the Montecristo Grand Edmundo and the Sublimes as well. Along with that, they analyze the program with regular production releases and see how they are similar, different make a pros and cons list with that. 

Cigar Review: Ramón Allones Specially Selected (2007)

The Ramón Allones brand is an interesting brand for Habanos S.A. It is a brand that has only three regular production smoke, but it is a brand that is packed full of regional editions. It is a brand that everyone wants, but not a brand that Habanos will make more available. While that is slightly irritating, I give Habanos props as it keeps smokers wanting to smoke the brand and keeping it in demand. It has seen some great sticks over the years, some discontinued now, but it is a brand that has continued to move along since the early 1800's. Today I look at one of the three remaining smokes in regular production, and it is also the newest offering for Ramón Allones. That smoke is the Specially Selected, a robusto, and it has been in production and demand since 1980.