Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cigar Review: Juan López Chiado 1864 Edición Regional Portugal (2014)

 Possibly one of my favorite brands, Juan López is a brand that delivers a flavor profile that is sweet and spicy, balanced, and always complex. They can smoke great young,and with age they are awesome. The brand is limited to only three vitolas which is kind of disappointing, but those vitolas are simply incredible. Because of the brand being a Local Brand though, it qualified to be part of the regional edition program, and that is a total plus. Since 2006 the brand has had a regional edition released, but it is not a brand that has had a regional every year. In 2014 however the brand received two regional editions, both for Europe, and today I take a look at the release for Portugal. I have already touched on the one for Benelux. The Habano is called Juan López Chiado 1864, and the name Chiado comes from a particular square within the city of Lisbon, Portugal. 1864 marks the year that the Treaty of Lisbon was signed, thus marking the borders between Portugal and Spain.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Cigar Review: Bolívar Belicosos Finos (TEB NOV-08)

As some of you may know, Brother Catfish has announced his retirement from being a public critic on cigars and Habanos, and with his departure I thought it was only correct to review a Habano that he is a fan of and also touch on a box code that he and I both love. Habanos Critic and What Embargo? will truly miss him, we will never be the same without him, but we wish him all the best. In his honor I review a classic, the Bolívar Belicosos Finos- (TEB NOV-08).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cigar Review: Punch Gran Robusto Edición Regional España (2009)

A brand we have not paid great attention to, Punch is a brand that is always solid and very enjoyable, but in my opinion gets forgotten about when looking at it's offerings compared with other brands. The Punch Punch is a classic, no doubt about it, but in the end I believe it can get overlooked by other corona gordas. Because of this, the brand has the opportunity to shine with Limitadas and Regionals, and today I look at a regional for the brand that is six years old. The Habano is the Punch Gran Robusto, and it was a regional release for Spain in 2009. Thus far, I have been very impressed with the releases for Spain, so let's see how the Punch Gran Robusto Edición Regional España smokes.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Cigar Review: Quai d'Orsay Coronas Claro

Al I can say is that this review is for Catfish, and if it were not for him I would not have smoked the brand any more than I have. Let's take a look at the Quai d'Orsay Coronas Claro and get the opinion of Big Tuna.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cigar Review: Montecristo Clubs

Continuing on my exploration of machine made cigarillos from Habanos, I grabbed myself a pack of Montecristo Clubs before heading out to class with a shot of espresso. The Montecristo Club is a standard cigarillo size, 22rg X 96mm, and normally is sold in packs of 20, as well as a humidor that contains 50 cigarillos, 25 clubs and 25 minis. I have smoked through a box of puritos before, so I was curious to see how the club held up against it.