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The Cigar Nut

Size: 47 x 7 (Churchill)
Wrapper: Cuban
Binder and Filler: Cuban
Strength: Medium
Price: Unknown

Ramon Allones Habana

Behind The Stick:

First and foremost – I have to give a big thank you out to Cigarsthomas – not only is he an alright COD player, he’s a great guy and a perfect BOTL. I had made mention to him that I had only tried one type of Cuban cigar, and he did more than help me correct the errors of my ways! Again, thank you so much for this!

Here comes to us another great creation from the island just south of Miami, Florida. This one, the Ramon Allones was actually created in 1845 and has been toted as being the first of many different aspects of the cigar world that we take for granted today. Rumors support that they were the first to use colorful lithographs for box art, the first to use bands on their cigars and the first to package their cigars in the “8-9-8″ style although there any many arguments to these statements.

Ramon Allones Habana Exclusivo

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The Cigar Nut

Size: 5 x 42 ( 129mm x 42 )
Wrapper: Cuba
Binder and Filler: Cuba
Strength: Mild to Medium
Price: ~ $8 USD each
Box Date: Unknown

Behind The Stick:

For just about any ‘serious’ or even some of the once in a while smokers – Cuban cigars hold a certain air of excellence that for some, is second to none. For American’s it is almost always the “Forbidden fruit” aspect ( my favorite Cuban to this day was a ‘run of the mill’ Cohiba Robusto I purchased from La Casa Del Habano in Mexico ) while for those in Western Europe – it is almost the only thing you can get your hands on for a reasonable price. Granted, I still slant my preferences towards Dominican or Nicaraguan but – I digress…

That being said, The Hoyo De Monterrey brand has been commonly considered the “High Middle Class” line for Cuba’s tobacco production. While the cigars are usually well constructed and carry some unique packaging they are not as dressed up or go through the extensive critiques the Cohiba line does but it certainly gets more attention then the Por Larrañaga line for example.

Some of you may also be on freak out saying that the Coronations comes in a silver tube and that this white tube is just not the right one! Well – if you are talking about the pre 2011 versions then you are correct, but in 2011 the packaging was changed to the white tube – although the blend remained the same. I do feel a little bad about not letting these cigars rest longer but I just lack the self restraint to let a cigar ( especially a Cuban ) rest for 5 to 10 years at minimum.

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The Cigar Nut

Size: 6.5 x 42 ( Cervantes )
Wrapper: Cuban
Binder and Filler: Cuban
Strength: Medium
Price:

Behind The Stick:

Many of the die hard Cuban Cigar fans may recognize the Bolivar Gold Medal as a 2004 Habanos release exclusive to Germany but some may have forgotten ( or were not aware ) that the line actually started prior to 1960 but was discontinued in 1992. Twelve years later Habanos S.A. decided to re-release the Gold Medal but was limited to retailers in Germany, followed by another cease of production after only one year. 2007 brought the line back into action, but this time being limited to the La Casa Del Habanos chain. From what I understand, production again ended in 2011 and as of this time they are not slated to be another production item.

I want to make a point of saying – that although we might not agree with the vitolas that Habanos S.A. discontinues or begins to produce they do have their own rhyme and reason for what they do. Sometimes scarcity increases sales, sometimes the cigar is not as well accepted as they expected ( such as the 2004 German exclusive release ) or flat out – they want to change things up. Politics aside – lets see how this 2008 version of the Bolivar Gold Medal performs!

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The Cigar Nut

Just to spice things up a bit I thought I would fire off the occasional Short Review which would consist of a 1-2 paragraph review that is quick & right to the point.    In today’s hectic world I think we can all appreciate an opinion that pulls no punches and offers a brief meat & potatoes opinion.    

 Here we go:

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The Cigar Nut

Size: 5-2/3″ x 54 ring (Laguito No.5 – Double Robusto)
Wrapper: Cuban
Binder and Filler: Cuban
Strength: Medium to Full
Price: $8.95 CDN

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There is very little background available on these custom rolled Cuban beauties. According to the PuroExpress website; they are hand made from the finest Cuban tobacco by “seasoned experts” specifically for the fine patrons of Puro. Available in bundles of 25,15,10 & 5 these custom rolled cigars can also be sampled in other sizes: Laguito No. 6 (6-1/2 x 55 ring) – Robusto (4-4/5″ x 49 ring) – Piramide (6-1/8 x 52 ring) – Petit Corona (5 x 42 ring).

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By: Eric Hewett

Size:  4.33 x 52 ring
Country of Origin:  Cuba
Strength:  Med
Price:  $7 – $8CDN

Behind The Stick:  Montecristo is arguably the most popular & recognizable Cuban cigar brand in the world today.     Originally introduced in 1935 the brand itself is 76 years old & predates the Cuban Revolution by 24 years     A rich history makes the Montecristo brand a favorite amongst many classes of cigar lovers.    Even the Terminator & current California Governor himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is rumored to have a deep affection for the Montecristo #2′s.      No wonder California’s budget is blown to bits, the Guvna has expensive tastes!

The Montecristo Petit Edmundo was released in 2007 and is the shorter brother of the Montecristo Edmundo (5.25 x 52 ring, released 2004) which was christened in honor of the hero Edmond Dantes in Alexandre Dumas’s 1844 adventure novel “The Count of Monte Cristo”.     I know you are dying to hear more about the dashing hero Dantes & his quest for revenge and redemption but alas, I have another story to tell.     One of a short, fat Cuban named Petit Edmund……..say hello to my little friend!!!!!

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