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    BTW Hatter, I've had one of those LFD Chisels. In the words of Borat, "Very nice!" Loved it. While I dig my cigars to be a bit more tame, every so often I want one to just throughly kick my a**. I noticed that even catching a whiff of the ambient smoke off of the cigar made my nostrils burn.

    Gonna have to buy a box of those sooner or later.

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    Sorry I can't contribute much to the thread, boys, but I had to cut back a bit on the stogies lately to nurse a chest/throat/sinus cold. I REALLY gotta get well because...

    I'll be bringing back a mixed box of Cubans from Japan in about 3 weeks and I'll need some suggestions before then. The place I'm going has most all the famous makers, but I have no friggin clue what sticks to get. So feel free to chime in.

    Domo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonnyboy11 View Post
    Damn dude- I LOVE that Gloria Serie R you got sittin the middle there- that one's a mean heater!
    Yeah these are great cigars. I just had one of mine (as a matter of fact it was the one in the picture.




    The La Gloria Cubana Series "R" is supposed to be a more aggressive smoke from the famed La Gloria line of cigars, if our experience is any proof, LGC has hit their mark.

    This is a showy cigar, the band compliments the normal LGC logo with a beautiful red and gold addition to the bottom, signaling the separate series. Dress a rich dark looking robusto in the aforementioned band, and you have a cigar dressed up and ready for a night on the town!

    You're now holding a good looking cigar that makes claims of being stronger and more full-bodied than what your used to from LGC. Usually your hopes are up, but your ready for a letdown if history is allowed to repeat itself. Most cigar manufacturers have had trouble adding on a "full-bodied" cigar when they seem to stray from their past success. In this case, like Ashton with the "VSG" line, La Gloria has hit on a winner.

    "This cigar smoked strong yet smooth, a combination I can't say I've seen in recent times."

    "If your a fan of stronger cigars (and I am), but not willing to expose your mouth to toxic fumes for the 3 days post smoke, this cigar is for you. In my opinion, a perfect combination of flavor and body."

    We offer up the two quotes above as proof of our reviewers burgeoning love affair with the LGC Series "R".

    The taste is dominated by spice, but not to the point where you miss other little nuances hidden throughout this smoking treasure hunt. You may stumble across some inconsistencies in the wrapper and the draw, but most are minor and self correcting. Ultimately, we highly recommend you give this line of smokes a try. If your a fan of larger ring gauges, the No. 6 in this line has a RG of 60! Open wide!

    We'll leave you with the following quote, which nicely summed up the advantages and minor flaws of this cigar, with some marital insight as well.

    "This cigar put me in a great mood, I lost myself in the thick smoke, strong flavor, and clean taste. A few unravels of the wrapper, which seemed a bit thin was easy to overlook. In fact I got so caught up in the smoke I almost burnt my lips trying to finish every last bit. I guess I shouldn't worry, I'm married so the days of kissing are long gone...in fact my wife cut me off and it took me 6 months to realize it! So much for that great mood."

    Vital Statistics:

    Shape = Robusto
    Length=5 1/2" RG=54
    Wrapper =Ecuador
    Filler = D.R., Nicaragua
    Binder = D.R.
    Estimated Cost = $6.00

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    had a punch tonight, was really impressed. I'd call that cigar "sweet." I also had a huge gage cigar, forgot it's name, but it was also very good.

    -_Sf

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    Will be smoking a lot of cigars in 3 weeks on my Chupacabra hunt in Mexico. Going to see if I can find good smokes on the cruise ship or in Ensenada.


    Quit smoking regularly about 3 years ago. Used to smoke 2-3 cigars a day. Would get them regularly delivered by Thompson. Prefer a bigger ring gauge around 46-50. Arturo Fuentes, Cohiba and Romeo & Julieta were my favorite smokes back then.
    I AM THE STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!

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    How bout a little change of pace. A couple nice afternoon cigars. The first is an AVO Domaine:



    Avo Uvezian has led a cigar-charmed life. He started out as a jazz pianist and composer, playing and touring as a very young man in Lebanon and the Middle East after World War II. In 1947 he traveled to New York, where he studied at the Juilliard School of Music and eventually was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. (He played piano in the First Army Band.)

    After following family members to Puerto Rico and working in the jewelry business for many years he started playing piano at a local resort. He discovered that the guests enjoyed the locally made cigars he kept on the top of his piano, and after giving away one too many of his personal stash, his young daughter Karin suggested that he might as well sell them.

    This was the spark that eventually led Uvezian to contact Hendrik Kelner of Davidoff, who had just opened a cigar factory in the Dominican Republic. Avo’s first cigars were called Bolero, but the name was quickly changed to Avo when it was discovered that “Bolero” had already been registered by another manufacturer. The initial production run in 1987 was about five thousand boxes. Today about three million cigars are produced under the Avo brand name and its extensions.

    The first Avo cigars - the now Classic line - were released in 1988, but Avo is really more of a song-and-dance man, a self described “PR man,” than a business and paperwork kind of guy, so in 1995 he sold his brand to Davidoff. But he remains, with his trademark Mimbre hat and ice cream suit, the face of Avo Cigars.

    The Domaine Avo was blended to be a stronger version of the original Avo. It was released in 1998 in a robusto size only, but other sizes, including this 6 x 50/54 perfecto, were added in 2001. The filler and binder are a blend of San Vicente and piloto from the Avo farms in the Dominican Republic, and the wrapper is Connecticut shade grown in Ecuador. Production is overseen by the inimitable Henke Kelner in Santiago.

    This is a beautiful cigar. For a few months I kept it in the top row of my humidor just so I could admire it during those few moments of indecision when I can’t decide what to smoke. The wrapper is a creamy colorado claro with small veins that are just about evenly spaced. The head and perfecto foot are flawlessly formed. There is an overall sense of proportionality and balance to this cigar that makes me hesitant to commit it to the flame.

    The head clips cleanly and the prelight draw is much more generous than I expected, even with a nearly closed foot. After an easy light the draw opens up even more and becomes completely effortless. This cigar exhibits excellent construction all the way around — a great draw and a slow even burn.

    The Domaine Avo introduces itself with a handful of sharp peppercorn — a surprise, considering the genteel appearance of the cigar. The finish from the start is quite long, and I found myself thinking “This is an Avo?” The texture of the smoke is smooth and creamy like I would expect from Connecticut wrapper, but the aroma carries all the characteristics of Ecuador, a nice easygoing cedary spice.

    After the first inch the pepper fades a bit into a mild woody flavor, balsa-like with a salty element. The spice from the wrapper combines with this flavor very well to create a complex smoky brew. The middle third continues in this vein, with the wrapper stealing the spotlight and the base flavors taking a back seat. Into the last third the pepper kicks in again. I found that I had to smoke slowly to keep the smoke in balance at this point– this is where a slightly tighter draw might be appreciated. But of course the sensible thing is to just slow down a little.

    The balanced appearance of this cigar seems to be reflected in the way that it smokes: it ends very much the way it starts, with a lot of spicy drama. In between is a pleasantly pastoral interlude. An extremely classy cigar that falls in the medium body range, maybe stretching to full at the end.

    The Domaine Avo “50″ is not a cheap date, but you’re not taking this one on the Tilt-a-Whirl at the State Fair. This is an operatic cigar, and in my opinion it’s worth the 8 or 10 dollars it sells for. There are a lot of fantastic cigars in that price range (and less, for that matter) but if price isn’t an object this stick is definitely worth a look.

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    uno mas: I just smoked this one 20 minutes ago:

    great smoke. for an afternoon as I personally prefer my cigars a little on the heavier side in which the Joya De Nicaragua Antonios is the perfect fit for me but again for a nice afternoon smoke this is perfect.



    It’s amazing the feel that some cigars have the moment you pick them up and hold them in your hand. I always find that if it’s a great cigar, it will feel like a great cigar, and this is certainly the case for the Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Torpedo. Just picking it up, taking look at the foot and feeling the consistency between my fingers immediately sends an “mmmm….” signal from hand to brain.

    Well, once again, my fingers were right on. This cigar began to deliver an exquisite leathery taste after lighting. It was not overpowering at all. I would say it had a great progression that never got harsh. The flavors of leather and earth were dominant, with some cedar and toward the end a bit of spice, though not significant. The cigar produced great amounts of thick smoke that just hit the spot.

    The burn was slightly off at times but nothing to complain about. The ash was definitely solid, like the best out there. The draw too was spot on.

    ell, it did leave me wanting much more… but sadly I only had one in my humidor this time. I brought these back to Europe from the U.S. and just couldn’t bring back too many cigars.

    So, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Joya de Nicaragua Celebracion Torpedo, and would highly recommend it as a medium-bodied smoke (certainly not to be taken lightly). Now the only thing left (for me) to do, is go online and order some more.

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    Last night I found out that a couple that i knew were 2 of the casualties of the San Diego fires. It was quite sad and I decided to say a little prayer for them and have a toast to them with my favorite cigar. That lauded Fuentes Fuentes Opus X.



    This year marks the ten year anniversary of the Fuente Fuente OpusX, one of the most highly praised and sought after cigars in the world.

    In the early 1990’s Carlos Fuente, Jr. had a dream to produce quality cuban-seed shade- grown wrapper leaf in the Dominican Republic. Wrapper leaf had never been grown there before, and the Fuente company was still importing wrappers from other countries to finish their cigars. The mere idea of growing wrapper leaf in the Dominican Republic was ridiculed and many believed it to be impossible.

    But the Fuentes are not people who back down in times of adversity. From their beginnings in Cuba, to Nicaragua where their barns were burnt down by the Sandinistas, to Honduras and another fire, to the Dominican Republic where they were told they couldn’t grow wrapper leaf… this is not a family that gives up easily.

    With the assistance of Angel Oliva and the Oliva family, the OpusX project was started on Chateau de la Fuente, about two hours south of Santiago, where Oliva believed the soil to be the closest he had ever seen to the soil in San Luis, Cuba. The first crop was sun grown piloto cubano, but soon after that the farm was expanded and began to produce the shade grown piloto that would make OpusX a star.

    It wasn’t long after I first started smoking cigars that I heard about the OpusX, partly because of the way it was released and marketed to the public. At first the OpusX was only available on the east coast of the United States. At the same time, the Newman family’s Diamond Crown brand was released exclusively on the west coast… and being in the west, of course everyone wanted what was in the east. Because, as we know, the forbidden (or in this case unavailable) fruit is always sweeter.

    These days the OpusX is sold throughout the U.S. and the world, though it’s not exactly easy to find, and comes with a super-premium price tag.

    The Perfexcion No. 5 is the petite corona in the OpusX line, a handsome little stick at a bit under five inches long with a 40 ring gauge. I thought this little feller would be a nice cap on a pleasant Saturday evening. I was in for a little more than I expected.

    I clipped the end and took a pre-light draw. The foot of the cigar shows a crazy swirling of leaves, with a solid black leaf curling in the center. The wrapper leaf is smooth and silky, and to my surprise it actually tastes peppery even before it’s lit. This should have been my first sign that this would be more than a little nightcap.

    Unsurprisingly, the first taste is a burst of pepper. This lasts only a minute or two until the smoke mellows into a very smooth and complex blend of leather and cedar. It’s a very full-bodied, tasty smoke, but not harsh in the least. Sneaky little devil.

    It burns very slowly, though I admit I took my time, smoking slowly and looking at the stars. I almost let it go out, as I felt myself sinking deeper and deeper into the chair. But it smoldered indignantly and never extinguished itself.

    At the mid-way point the aroma turns a little musky, an aroma I associate with Ecuadorian sun grown wrappers — a rich scent like new leather, though this time spiked with a peppery flavor that grows to the end. By the finale the pepper had taken up residence in my sinuses and I enjoyed several hearty sneezes which I hope didn’t wake the neighbors. But at the same time, this was a very smooth, almost creamy smoke from start to finish.

    And that’s the trouble. This is a powerful little smoke, which I didn’t realize until I stood up after about forty minutes to toss the nub on the compost heap and discovered I didn’t feel so well. This cigar is so smooth and tasty that you don’t realize that with the great flavor you’re also getting a serious nicotine payload.

    The OpusX Perfexcion No. 5 is a great little cigar, but don’t take it lightly. It’s much much bigger than it appears.

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    Wow. I stopped by Green Jug this morning and the Gurkha beast was on SALE FOR 3.99!!!!!

    The Gurkha Beast is a rare limited production blend with only 1,000 boxes produced annually.

    Just as its name indicates, the Beast is a massive 6.5 x 58, allowing for several hours of smoking time with a large ring gauge to ensure the cigar never burns too hot. Medium to full-bodied and full-flavored, the Beast draws much of its flavor from the aged Costa Rican Maduro wrapper that covers the cigar. This wrapper is accentuated by a tri-country filler from the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and Columbia.

    The Beast is yet another successful blend from a company that makes some of the rarest and most unique cigars on the market. Their use of some of the world’s best aged tobacco puts them at the top of the industry and with limited production runs, each cigar is rolled with precision and detail, ensuring a strict level of quality control. This will not be a regular item from Gurkha and these will sell out fast. Don’t miss your chance to try this exquisite blend.
    Also the CAO MX2 was also only 3.99!!!!!! FREAKING SCORE!!!!

    Hmmmm, what have we got here? This cigars wrapper makes a starless night look brilliantly bright. For this review, we tried the CAO MX2 “Rob”, a 5 x 52 robusto. The new CAO MX2 is by far the darkest cigar we have seen in awhile. The highly anticipated MX2 was introduced at the RTDA in 2003.



    CAO describes the MX2 line of cigars as follows:



    “The CAO MX2 (“Maduro-times-two”) is a double-maduro cigar that combines a triple-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper with a peppery Brazilian maduro binder. “Our goal was to create a flavor profile that combined the spicy quality of our Brazilia line along with the bittersweet chocolate characteristic of our CAO L’Anniversaire Maduro,” said CAO Vice President, Tim Ozgener. “The filler we blended for the CAO MX2 is an exotic marriage of tobaccos from Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Peru. The end result is a full-bodied cigar with intense flavors of sweet and spice; it’s like smoking a chocolate bar and chasing it with a jalapeno pepper.”



    Humidor candy the MX2 is. You can gander at this smoke for a good long time without tiring your eyes. The oils in the wrapper seem to drip like molasses off a wooden spoon. The cigar alone might appear slightly rustic, but the stylized band has a space age look to it.



    The construction of the MX2 Rob was unanimously praised amongst the folks testing the cigar. All cigars were very firm to the touch, and held a very solid feel in between your fingers.



    “Some might pass on this cigar based on the feel. After the cut, I was surprised that the cigar had a nearly perfect draw ala the Padron Anniversario line. The burn was mostly even with a firm light gray ash. The cigar burned at about the right speed.”



    “This was one of those cigars that feels so solid, you wonder if you will be able to get a draw out of it. Physics was challenged, as the draw was near perfect.”



    The taste and texture of the MX2 Rob was another hit. The only flaw found by any reviewers revolved around a slightly “chemical” like pre-smoke odor, and in some cases a mildly tight draw. It’s also important to note that once the cigars were lit, it didn’t take long for the praise to fly from the reviewer’s mouths.



    “The taste was quite nice, and I would rate it as a spicy flavor with a strength of medium. If they weren't quite so tight the volume of smoke may have lifted the strength to a medium-full. It provides you with a very rich taste, but none of the bitterness typical of full strength cigars.”



    “The MX2 robusto had a strong spicy aroma at the start. The taste during the first third of the cigar was very strong, bordering on harsh. Moving into the second third of the cigar, the aroma mellowed and became soft and full. The taste smoothed out also with a moderately spicy, woody, and somewhat dry taste. The tobacco tasted a little young.”



    “Damn if this wasn’t what I was hoping for. While perhaps a hair young, this was a very robust cigar with an exceptionally smooth taste.”



    No need to belabor the obvious…the CAO MX2 line of cigars is going to be a hit. Even with Top 25 Cigar buying one of the first boxes on the market, the cigars were still loved by the reviewers. We think once these cigars have a little time on them, they will bet even more popular.



    If CAO is trying to give the cigar smoker a new experience without following the recent trend of overpowering the palate, they have succeeded in spades. If you get a chance for this cigar…go for it.



    Vital Statistics:
    Size: 5 x 52
    Shape: Robusto
    Wrapper: Connecticut
    Binder: Brazil
    Filler: D.R., Hon., Nic., Peru

    Est. Cost: $
    And I have already posted the chisel.

    Good smoking!!!

    xoxo,

    Hatterlicious
    Last edited by Hatter; October 27th, 2007 at 02:29 PM.

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