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Holiday Stars: Honduras

CAMACHO COROJO After its recent acquisition by Oettinger Davidoff AG, Camacho undertook a dramatic repackaging and reblending of most of its cigars. This Honduran Corojo puro, Camacho’s flagship cigar, has been reblended to closely approximate the original power smoke, which was one of the strongest stogies to come out of the Jamastran Valley. It still […]

Gurkha Black Dragon

Characteristics Exotic top Notes reminiscent of curry and saffron, and with a dark five-year-aged Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrapper that serves as inspiration for its name. Insider’s Yip Key to the Dragon’s fire is its novel construction. All handmade cigars wrap their filler tobaccos in a binder leaf, which supports the wrapper and gives the cigar […]

Camacho Select

Characteristics Very complex yet not overbearing; a great daytime and early-evening smoke. The Cameroon wrapper and a blend of Honduran-filler leaves is the secret. Insider’s Tip Camacho cigars are usually Noted for their strength, but this departure offers a pleasant alternative. It was developed by company owner Julio Eiroa. Five shapes are made, with our […]

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve

Characteristics The ruggedly textured, box-pressed Costa Rican 5-year-old dark and oily maduro wrapper plays well against the Nicaraguan filler and binder. The result is a rough-hewn yet civilized flavor, somewhat akin to early Colonial furniture. There is also a slightly milder version with a beautiful Rosado Nicaraguan corojo wrapper. Insider’s Tip Be sure to remove […]

Punch Upper Cut

Characteristics Although this is one of the newest variations on this classic cigar, it still carries the traditional Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, the Nicaraguan filler is joined by Ometepe leaf, which lends a subtle sweetness to a slightly bumped-up and more robust smoke, resulting in a medium-to-full flavor. Insider’s Tip Ometepe tobacco comprises 30 percent of the filler blend, […]

Hoyo De Monterrey La Escepción

Characteristics Sweet earthy spice with a hint of pepper and leather, this cigar has a sophisticated strength with a complexity reserved for the experienced smoker. Insider’s Tip An offshoot of the Hoyo de Monterrey brand, the year on the double band hints that this is a limited offering. The rugged-textured wrapper is Habano Talanga from […]

Rocky Patel Renaissance

Characteristics An almost perfume-like bouquet and a rich, sophisticated smoke that sizzles at the top end of medium-well. Insider’s Tip A limited-production cigar, only 6,000 boxes are produced annually. The dark, oily Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper has been aged for four years, and is combined with a rich Nicaraguan filler and a binder from Jalapa. The […]

Fonseca Casa Magna Oscuro

Characteristics A rich, dark, and oily wrapper gives this cigar plenty of flavor but with a light sweetness to it. Insider’s Tip With its darkly aged Honduran wrapper, this cigar stops just short of being a maduro. Combined with Nicaraguan and Honduran filler, it is not quite as full as the Casa Magna Colorado, and […]

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