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Arturo Fuente
Don Carlos Reserva No. 3

Dominican Republic

87

Corona

5 1/2"

44

$7.25

May/June '99
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: Cameroon

This cigar has dominant woody character. There is some nuttiness on the palate, but it finishes a little short and dry.
Notes: very woody flavor, but overall a smooth cigar. burned evenly and drew well. A short finish, but I didn't get any dry character. Wonderfull tobacco flavor.

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Arturo Fuente
Flor Fina 8-5-8

Dominican Republic

86

Corona Gorda

6"

47

$3.10

Winter '96/97
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: Cameroon

A strong peppery flavor dominates this cigar. There is a dusty, earthy quality to the finish that is a little dry.
Notes: a nicely made cigar rolled slightly loose. The draw was a bit too easy and unctontrolled. Burned evenly and cool. straightforward cigar.

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Arturo Fuente
Hemingway Signature

Dominican Republic

89

Figurado

6"

46

$3.85

Winter '95/96
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: Cameroon

A beautiful dark wrapper. A smooth, rich cigar with an earthy combination of spice, pepper and leather flavors and a cedary finish.
Notes: similar to the don carlos, but a little tight. tough to draw through, and couldn't get enough smoke. went out twice. overrated.

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Arturo Fuente
Seleccion Privada No. 1

Dominican Republic

85

Lonsdale

6 3/4"

44

$3.65

July/Aug '98
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: Cameroon

A good solid cigar. It has medium body with a short finish. There some herbal notes on the palate with a hint of dry rosemary.
Notes: nicely made as with many of the other fuentes. Nothing special about this cigar. Just another fine premium cigar produced by the Cigar Family.

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Ashton
8-9-8

Dominican Republic

86

Lonsdale

6 1/2"

44

$6.60

Autumn '96
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Conn. Shade

A very pleasant, creamy cigar. It has strong flavors of nuts, with hints of leather and nutmeg.
Notes: Beautiful presentation. Lacking in flavor. Very mild. Dry finish.

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Ashton
Panatela

Dominican Republic

86

Panetela

6"

36

$2.80

Autumn '94
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Conn. Shade

A well-made cigar with a good draw. This cigar has a spicy, pepper character and solid tobacco flavors.
Notes: Dec 9. First cigar I ever had. Couldn't tell you anything about it.

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Aurora
No. 4

Dominican Republic

87

Corona

5 1/4"

43

$2.85

May/June '99
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: Cameroon

A cigar with a good spiciness. There is some earthy notes on the palate, and it has a short finish.
Notes: I prefer the maduro... it has a hidden sweetness to it. It's a very pleasant smoke... perfect for a half hour break.

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Avo XO
Intermezzo

Dominican Republic

83

Robusto

5 1/2"

50

$8.75

July/Aug '97
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

A cigar with a salty taste. There is also a bit of dryness on the palate, and a dry wood finish.
Notes: beautifully made. Richer than the original Avo blend. Notes of nuts and herbs. Not very exciting to smoke however, and finished a bit dry.

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Avo
Domaine Avo

Dominican Republic

88

Robusto

5 1/8"

50

$6.75

Nov/Dec '98
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

A medium to full-bodied cigar, with a solid core of naturally sweet tobacco taste. There is a hint of coffee beans and a toastiness, with some good spicy notes too.
Notes: nice looking. rich flavors of floral and herbal characters. It had a woody finish.

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Avo
No. 7

Dominican Republic

84

Corona

6"

44

$7.00

May/June '99
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

Some evidence of extreme youth holds this cigar back. There are some good qualities of spiciness, and a salty character. Good texture and balance.
Notes: Mild cigar. Strong hints of herbs and light spice throughout. A light nutty woody finish.

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Bahia Gold by Tony Borhani
Robusto

Costa Rica

90

Robusto

5"

50

$8.00
£7.00

Nov/Dec '98
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: Ecuador

A beautiful dark wrapper. This cigar is packed with nut and coffee flavors and even a hint of cocoa bean. An overall sweet tobacco character.
Notes: the maduro is spectacular. full bodied with a very complex character..... hints of coffee and cocoa through out plus a sweetness to it. It burns very consistent.... and the smoke is quite aromatic.

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C.A.O. Anniversario Maduro
Belicoso

Costa Rica

87

Figurado

6"

54

$7.40

Mar/Apr '99
Filler: Dom. Rep., Nicaragua
Binder: Ecuador
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Broadleaf

A medium to full bodied cigar with a smooth character. It has some hints of toast and cedar and leather, but it has a fairly flat finish.
Notes: Beautiful wrapper; Dark and oily. Full bodied, but not harsh. short finish.

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Cohiba
Churchill

Dominican Republic

86

Churchill

7"

49

$15.00

Jan/Feb '99
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Indonesia
Wrapper: Cameroon

This is a well-made cigar with a solid medium body profile. It has an earthy core of flavors with a hint of spiciness, but it has a short finish.
Notes: Big. Spicy... medium to full bodied, finishing full. Stong tobacco character. consistent foot to band.

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Cruz Real
No. 14 Maduro

Mexico

87

Maduro

7 1/2"

50

$3.60

Summer '96
Filler: Mexico
Binder: Mexico
Wrapper: Mexico

This cigar has a sweet, earthy character. There are flavors of sweet wood and pepper with a long finish.
Notes: THROW IT AWAY! Smelled bad to begin with. Very dry character.

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Cruz Real
No. 2

Mexico

86

Corona

6"

42

$3.15

Spring '96
Filler: Mexico
Binder: Mexico
Wrapper: Mexico

A tart smoke with some slightly vegetal tones, but a spicy backbone that includes hints of black pepper.
Notes: THROW IT AWAY! Stale tasting bitter cigar... couldn't finish it.

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Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur
Epicure

Honduras

84

Robusto

5 1/4"

50

$4.75

Nov/Dec '98
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Binder: Honduras
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

Another full bodied powerhouse that needs some time. It has flavors of coffee and cocoa beans, and a strong roasted nut quality. A little short on the finish.
Notes: Medium bodied and creamy. nuts and coffee predominantly. finish was fine... but not developed.

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Hoyo de Monterrey
Excalibur No. 1

Honduras

89

Double Corona

7 1/4"

54

$2.80

Winter '92/93
Filler: Nica., Hon., Dom. Rep.
Binder: Ecuador
Wrapper: U.S.A./Conn. Shade

A really gorgeous cigar, with a medium-brown colored wrapper and an oily sheen. It smokes like a dream with delicious coffee, tobacco flavors and a long, rich finish.
Notes: huge. Gorgeous wrapper and wonderful flavors of coffee and nutmeg. It's a very straight forward cigar, but finishes beautifully.

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Hoyo de Monterrey
Excalibur No. 2 Maduro

Honduras

85

Maduro

7"

46

$2.75

Winter '93/94
Filler: Hon., Nica., Dom. Rep.
Binder: Ecuador
Wrapper: U.S.A./Conn. Broadleaf

A good, dark wrapper. The cigar has spicy, roasted coffee flavors, but some dry wood and vegetal notes on the finish.
Notes: Dark Oily wrapper. Medium to full bodied with strong coffee and cedary flavors. Beautiful ash. Full bodied finish... slightly bitter.

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Hoyo de Monterrey
Excalibur No. 2

Honduras

87

Churchill

6 3/4"

47

$4.75

Jan/Feb '99
Filler: Honduras, Dom. Rep., Nicaragua
Binder: Honduras
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

A mild to medium bodied cigar. It has a clear note of sweet cedar, and a good straightforward core of tobacco tastes.
Notes: All the wonderful perks of the Excaliber 1, minus about 20 minutes. Very straightforward cigar.

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Hoyo de Monterrey
Excalibur No. VII

Honduras

85

Corona

6"

45

$5.00

May/June '99
Filler: Nicaragua, Hon., Dom. Rep.
Binder: U.S.A./Connecticut Broadleaf
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

A well-balanced smoke. It is creamy and herbal, with a hint of dry mint. It has a dry woody finish.
Notes: Nice short smoke. medium bodied... and creamy witha nutmeg character. Very pleasant.

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Hoyo de Monterrey
Rothschild Maduro

Honduras

85

Maduro

4 1/2"

50

$2.00

Summer '96
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Binder: Honduras
Wrapper: U.S.A./Conn. Broadleaf

This cigar has a sweet spice, almost ginger-like, flavor. There are strong notes of nuts on the finish.
Notes: Full bodied with strong earthy tones. Spicy throughout. Burned evenly. Short finish

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Hoyo de Monterrey
Rothschild

Honduras

86

Robusto

4 1/2"

50

$2.40

July/Aug '97
Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.
Binder: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuador

A good medium bodied cigar. It has some earthy notes on the palate, and a light toastiness with a sweet spice finish.
Notes: A bit rustic. Nice draw. Medium bodied... woody flavors. Short finish.

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La Corona
Torpedo

Dominican Republic

85

Figurado

6"

50

$7.00

Mar/Apr '99
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

A mild to medium bodied cigar. It has a core of spiciness, but there is a tartness on the finish.
Notes: Very mild. Slighty sweet, with a floral character. Perfect for a warm day.

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La Finca
Robusto

Nicaragua

86

Robusto

4 1/2"

50

$2.00

Nov/Dec '98
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua

A cigar with a salty character. Although it lacks some depth, there are some earthy flavors including leather and a hint of cocoa beans.
Notes: Started VERY spicy and full bodied. Mellowed out to a nice medium bodied smoke with a light peppery flavor. Became bitter about half way down, but smoothed out again for a long finish. great smoke.

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La Flor Dominicana
Alcalde

Dominican Republic

87

Lonsdale

6 1/2"

44

$5.50

July/Aug '98
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Conn. Shade

A pleasant, mild-to-medium-bodied cigar. It has some pepper and sweet wood on the palate, and is well-balanced and smooth.
Notes: solid wood flavor. beautiful golden wrapper. Nice ash. Slightly dry finish.

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La Flor Dominicana
El Jocko Perfecto No. 2

Dominican Republic

87

Figurado

4 1/2"

54



Mar/Apr '98
Filler: Dom. Rep., Nicaragua, Mexico
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

A solid combination of woodiness, and herbal notes on the palate. It finishes with a good woody component.
Notes: Wonderful smoke. Medium bodied with a woody, herbal character. Rich finish. Don't let the size deceive you.

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Leon Jimenes
No. 2

Dominican Republic

84

Churchill

7"

47

$4.56

Jan/Feb '99
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

A mild to medium bodied cigar with a woody character. It has a dry finish that is dominated by a woody taste.
Notes: This Churchill sized Leon is extremely mild with hints of cedar and wood. A rather short finish.

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Leon Jimenes
No. 4

Dominican Republic

86

Corona

5 9/16"

42

$3.75

May/June '99
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

A mild to medium bodied cigar. It has a strong hints of herbs, and a note of dried citrus. There is a light, woody finish.
Notes: Great cigar. Perfect for any occaision. Very mild. woody and nutty with a light citrus taste on the finsh. Tends to burn hot. Perfect for the aficionado of first timer.

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Leon Jimenes
Petit Belicoso

Dominican Republic

84

Figurado

5"

52

$6.60

Mar/Apr '99
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

Although this cigar is well-made, it is a bit dry, and has some vegetal notes. Dry wood finish.
Notes: Very mild. Shape allowed for a complex finish.

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Leon Jimenes
Robusto

Dominican Republic

84

Robusto

5"

50

$2.32

Nov/Dec '98
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Sahde

A little young. But despite the bit of rawness, there is a solid core of wood and even a touch of leather on the palate.
Notes: Similar to the No.4. Mild with nut and wood flavors. Burns nicely.

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Macanudo
Baron de Rothschild

Jamaica

87

Lonsdale

6 1/2"

42

$4.95

July/Aug '98
Filler: Dom. Rep., Mexico
Binder: Mexico
Wrapper: U.S.A./Conn. Shade

A very well-made cigar. It has core of creaminess, with solid notes of dark toast and coffee beans on a light, medium bodied smoke.
Notes: over rated... as with many of the macanudos. I found that it lacked flavor.... and had a dry finish.

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Montecristo
Corona Grande

Dominican Republic

86

Corona Gorda

5 3/4"

46

$6.75

Winter '96/97
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Conn. Shade

This is a medium-bodied cigar with a fresh, clean character. There are hints of spice and a dry woody finish.
Notes: Mild. Very smooth and creamy. A strong coffee bean, light cocoa character.

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Montecristo
No. 2

Dominican Republic

85

Figurado

6"

50

$12.00

Mar/Apr '99
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

A creamy, smooth-tasting cigar. It has some hints of salt, and an herbal character. Mild to medium bodied.
Notes: Bravo. Mild cigar with a creamy character and hints of cocoa and espresso bean. The finish is much richer. Shape adds to the experience.

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Montecristo
Robusto

Dominican Republic

86

Robusto

4 3/4"

50

$8.25

July/Aug '97
Filler: Dom. Rep.
Binder: Dom. Rep.
Wrapper: U.S.A./Connecticut Shade

A very well-made cigar. There are strong hints of spice, tending almost toward a mintiness. It is mild, with a woody finish.
Notes: Burns slow and evenly. similar to No 2 and Carona Grandes. WOnderful flavor and aroma. short finish.

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Padron
1964 Anniversary Series Corona

Nicaragua

91

Corona

6"

42

$6.80

May/June '99
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua

A wonderful cigar packed with cocoa bean and earthy flavors. It has a sweet floral character. It is medium to full bodied.
Notes: AMAZING! Full bodied cigar with with cocoa and coffee flavors throughout. Finishes very rich, but not hot. Very Satisfying. A true smoking experience.

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Padron
2000

Nicaragua

88

Robusto

5"

50

$3.15

Nov/Dec '98
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua

A cigar with some inconsistency. There is some medium to full-bodied strength here, with some nuts and leather, but it ends on quite a dry wood note.
Notes: great cigar for the buck. medium to full bodied smoke, hints of coffee and a little spicy. Short Dry Finish.

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Padron
3000 Maduro

Nicaragua

88

Maduro

5 1/2"

52

$2.90

Summer '96
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua

A cigar with a strong spicy character and a range of coffee-style flavors. It is rich-tasting with an earthy finish.
Notes: Full bodied. Spicy, coffee, and cocoa throughout along with an earthy character. Finished a bit hot.

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Padrón
Palma

Nicaragua

88

Lonsdale

6 5/16"

42

$2.90

July/Aug '98
Filler: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua

A well-made cigar with a solid perfumned character. There is a hint of nutmeg and a sweet cocoa bean note on the palate. It's medium-bodied with a short finish.
Notes: A GREAT SMOKE! Medium bodied. Usual Padron aroma and characteristics. Can't beat the price.

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Partagas
No. 2

Dominican Republic

86

Corona

5 3/4"

43

$5.15

May/June '98
Filler: Mexico, Dom. Rep.
Binder: Mexico
Wrapper: Cameroon

A well-made cigar with just a touch of rusticness. There is a good solid core of nuttiness, and a dry woody finish.
Notes: