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.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

CIgar Review: Alfredo Martinez Custom Roll Robusto

The beauty of custom rolls is you never know what you are going to get. The surprise is what it is all about, and honestly I have no clue who Alfredo Martinez is. I got this cigar form a friend on the forums, Bart, whom told me it was rolled in February and that the guy was traveling around Canada LCDH’s doing events. According to some digging on the old internet, seems like he spent time at Rome Y Julieta and the Partagas factory. He is considered a master roller, level 9 that is, and has a good reputation in the forums. Other then that, I had no clue what to expect going in. The cigar looks fantastic, with a beautiful Colorado maybe even claro wrapper. Here is a picture I found of him and the cigar.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cigar Review: Montecristo Petit No. 2 (2013)

Montecristo Petit No. 2

How do you write an introduction to the most well known cigar brand in the world?
You don't.