Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios – Cuban Cigar Preview

What a presentation.

What a cigar.

That’s all I can say. These massive cigars measuring 52 ring by 5 1/2 inches are gorgeous looking chocolate bars which when you open the box you don’t know whether you should eat them or smoke them. They smell very sweet with deep coffee and coco aroma which reminds you of coffee shops in little Havana, Miami.

Here is a short video on You Tube

Cohiba Lancero – Cuban Cigar Preview

Cohiba Lancero is the only cigar you see managers at Cohiba factory smoke. More interesting than that, Cohiba Lancero was Fidel Castro’s favorite smoke before he gave up smoking many years ago. Cohiba Lancero is long and thin measuring 38 ring by 7 1/2 inches long which makes it longer than a churchill but thinner than a petit corona. This measurement gives this cigar one of the creamiest flavors Cohiba has to offer and apparently the aging in the entire line.

Here is a short Video on You Tube

Minibar Rooftop Patio – Winter/Summer

Minibar Rooftop Patio - Winter/Summer

One of our members recommended Minibar for smoking cigars which is located 107 Mutual St. Toronto, ON. (In the Ryerson University neighbourhood, near Church and Dundas Streets). They have year around heater patio with live DJ. They are famous for their martinis but I personally don’t like martinis with my cigar.

107 Mutual Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2B2, Canada
(416) 203-2274

Sad Day For Mr. Bolivar and Mr. Cohiba

Yesterday while smoking a cigar on the third floor with my buddy I had a couple of extra cigars, a Cohiba Robusto and a Bolivar Royal Corona in a Xikar 5 cigar case. I had the case on the stair case rail with my lighter and while turning back I hit the cigar case and it dropped all the way down to the second floor. I looked down and said to my buddy its OK, we might have a cracked wrapper here. He went down the stairs and grabbed the case. When back up we opened the cigar case and we were both shocked to see both cigars exploded from inside. We both went silent for a few seconds in disbelief and shock on how a couple of wonderful cigars were ruined in a split second when they could have been smoked, bringing an hour of joy each. I had to take a picture to show you how delicate cigars are and how we should always be really careful when carrying cigars in the cases where they are loosely moving.

Exploded Cohiba Robusto and & Bolivar Royal Corona

Fake Cuban Cigars on Craig’s list

Fake Romeo Y Julieta

It’s very interesting how many fake Cuban cigars you can find with a simple search on Toronto’s Craig’s List. What is more interesting is that as per sellers all of them are purchased from “reputable sources” such as people on the beach or on the street. What they ask for a box of Cuban cigar on the Craig’s List is shocking for example a box of Cohiba Esplendido which goes for $470-$550 in Cuba is sold for $125 on Craig’s list.

Here are some interesting postings from the sellers which makes you laugh.

“They have the authentic stickers in the box”

Where in the world have you ever seen stickers inside a box of a cuban cigar??

“I have A box of Cohiba’s that I purchased on the beach of Veradero, Cuba.”

Perfect source. Could not have been a more reliable source to buy your cigars.

“These are the real thing, not the imitations”

Maybe not the imitation but for sure it’s a great replication of a Cuban cigar.

Here are some pictures which from the first look you can see the seal is in the box or in the wrong place. As per website page “The Ultimate Counterfeit Cuban Cigar Primer” which explains that the seal is applied to the front left edge of dress boxes wrapping top to bottom with the first fold over the top edge of the box falling within “oval coat of arms crest.”
Pay close attention to the following pictures and you’ll see none of them have the seal properly applied to the box or even better, not applied at all.

Fake Cohiba Esplendidos

Fake Cohiba Explendido

Fake Cohiba Explendido

Fake Cohiba Explendido

Fake Montecristo

Fake Montecristo

Fake Rome Y Julieta

Fake Romeo Y Julieta

Real Cuban Cigars

There are five major elemnents you should look for when buying ANY Cuban cigar. Here are clear examples

1. Triple cap

triple pack cuban cigar

2. Packed foot with tobacco

packed foot

3. Uniform and breath taking color, flawless and near perfect presentation

Uniform color and breath taking, flawless, near perfect presentation

4. Government Seal

Real cuba cigar
Real Cuban Cigar

5. Visible factory and date code

(run your fingers on Habanos s.a and it should be burned into the cedar)

Real cuba box code
At last not least buy your cigars from reputable brick and mortar or online retailers. Its always better to pay a little extra but get the real cigar and not to put your health in risk. The best way is to see more real Cuban cigar boxes and gain expereince with smelling and touching the cigars as they have a distinct pleasent aroma. I just wanted to convey the message to Toronto cigar aficiniados to be aware of these fake cigars. To view more cigar boxes click here to go to our Video Library. Good luck!

La Gloria Cubana Tainos Review

Price: $30
Size: 47 x 7 (Churchill)
Box: Varnished Box 10, code POS ENE 07
Paired with: Green Tea

La Gloria Cubana Tainos

I got this box last November when they were on sale online. Apparently this production had allot of draw problems. I was not immune as well and I had 2 out of 5 I smoked plugged up. Tonight, Sunday after having salmon for dinner I made some green tea and I decided to try them out again as they are fairly mild smokes and do not require a heavy meal.

La Gloria Cubana Tainos

Foot was packed with tobacco with no hollow spots.
La Gloria Cubana Tainos

Cigar construction is OK and you don’t see any visible veins. One thing that bugged me was the left over white glue in middle of the cigar and around the band but I like the classic band which looks like it was produced 40 years ago. Band looks a little faded and old school but really classic. One can say looks like vintage Cuban cigars. Clipped the cap and got an excellent draw. The pre-light aroma was sweet tobacco with cold moist. Typical pleasant Cuban tobacco flavor.

La Gloria Cubana Tainos

First third:
Easily started the cigar with my lotus lighter and immediately got hit with a nice sweet coco tobacco flavor which was very delicious. Flavor profile reminded me of Bolivar Royal Corona with coffee, coco taste but with medium body. As you see in the picture the burn was razor sharp and the dark lined gray ash felt right before entering the second third. While puffing away in first third the coco flavor faded away and was replaced with creamy tobacco taste and this finish was very short. It was becoming a baby Royal Corona in term of flavor and body.

La Gloria Cubana Tainos

Second third:
Burn was still razor sharp and the finish was getting a little longer. When exhaled through my nose the aroma was very pleasant but there was no more signs of coffee and coco which I noticed at the beginning of the first third. It was becoming a straight Cuban tobacco taste and somewhat boring. Cigar did not require allot of attention. Its really hard to decide but I kind of like it and I don’t but I would take this cigar anyday compared to any none-Cubans because I love the Cuban twang. In middle of the second third the body was picking up and becoming more enjoyable. I really must say the burn was one of the best I have had lately.

La Gloria Cubana Tainos

Final third:
I have to admit that it was getting really boring and I was almost forgetting this cigar before even finishing it. I would say save your money for a Bolivar for less money per stick as it gives you more kick throughout the smoke. While I was puffing away I noticed allot of smoke coming out of the foot for some reason which was strange and when I laid it down to continue writing it went out and had to re-light it again. With little effort I lighted it up and everything was back to normal, straight Cuban tobacco taste with little or no flavor except some tobacco complexity. I had to fix the burn only once but not problematic at all. I kept puffing away and writing as it felt it became a routine with little excitement. Close to the middle of final third cigar was getting really dry and I had to say goodbye.

La Gloria Cubana Tainos

It took me 1/5 hour to smoke this Churchill and I can say I only enjoyed the first half of the cigar where it was reminding me of Bolivar Royal Corona. As I mentioned this is a great cigar when you are not required to pay attention to your cigar and I rather go for a Bolivar Royal Corona and get the full flavored taste as they are very solid cigars. I had a Bolivar Royal Corona last night and I really enjoyed it compared to this. If you are looking for a mild Churchill I would recommend this cigar but remember with the same price you can get a Romeo Y Julieta Churchill or Bolívar Gold Medal which is way more flavorful compared to La Gloria Cubana. I give it a rating of 8/10

La Gloria Cubana Tainos

San Cristobal Muralla Review


San Cristobal Muralla Review

Price: $45 est.
Size: 7″ x 54 Rodolfo
Box: Varnished Box 25

The San Cristobal Muralla is a relatively new offering from Habanos launched in February 2006. The Muralla is named after a famous street in old Havana and the Rodolfo size is essentially a larger version of the Piramide. I was excited to spend my Saturday with this exclusive cigar, which is in the higher-end in terms of price than most vitolas. I have not come across this cigar at any B&M store I visit, but a box of 25 can be had for between $400-$500 through most online vendors. I would hazard to guess a street price of around $45 after the government and HoH get their share.


This cigar is all about presentation and visually it is stunning. Beginning with the beautiful Cherry stained wood varnished box to the wrapper and construction, it delivers on the impression as being something special. It’s sheer size is an intimidating 7 inch x 54 ring gauge. At the length of a Churchill, holding it in your hand and pressing the tapered end of the cigar to your lip simply makes you feel important. For those wondering, the draw was perfect.


Anxious to light this up, I began by slowly toasting the foot and gently blowing until the foot turned from charcoal to white. The first initial pulls immediately reminded me of cedar, earth and ginger flavors. The cigar is well refined, with a mild-medium body and smooth tobacco finish. The scent is extremely pleasant. It is just so mild, if smoked in a public place I would imagine most would welcome the scent than take offense. However, for all it’s benefits the cigar is completely lacking in terms of complexity and sheer enjoyment. There is nothing truly characteristic or bold about this vitola; it leaves very little in terms of a lasting impression. This is not a cigar for the serious smoker, but more so for the occasional one. It’s a kin to a Jag, sophisticated and well-refined, comfortable and predictable but boring – Give me a BMW! As a result, I found it extremely difficult to finish this cigar, it was simply too pleasant, too pretty and too predictable. For all it’s ups and downs, I would have been much happier with a Montecristo #2.


The San Cristobal Muralla is a lavish cigar with a gorgeous presentation. But it will likely be remembered more for it’s appearance than the smoking experience. It’s a fine cigar, mild and well-balanced, but lacking in character. This is a cigar for the golf course, where it serves to compliment the experience, rather than take centre focus. It’s simply too plain to be interesting, and for its size, can become boring. In terms of value it’s extremely difficult to recommend, mainly because there are far better and less expensive choices such as the Oliva Serie V. For name-sake alone, San Cristobal is not a very recognizable brand. Like many things aimed at the high end market, brand is everything. So I am not sure how they can reasonably expect to command such a high price. If I were to spend $500 on a box of cigars, it better say Cohiba – and they taste better too.

Rating: 7/10

Tobacco Haven Smoke Shop

Tobacco Haven Smoke Shop

Prices: 4 x Cuba
Selection: Low end cigars with lots of plume
Staff: Friendly
Rating: 6/10

Tobacco Haven is located in Toronto’s financial district Bay and Dundas at 595 Bay Street. Tobacco Haven smoke shop is more about accessories than cigars but their cigars have the most plume I have ever seen in any humidor. Their selection is mostly low-end cigars like small Montecristo sizes or Fonseca and so on. A few times I went there they didn’t have any of the famous sticks like Short Churchill or Bolivars unless they have recently added them to their collection. Friendly staff and prices are exactly 4 times Cuban prices.

595 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M5G 2C2
Telephone : 416-593-6655

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La Casa Del Habano Yorkville

La Casa Del Habano Yorkville

Prices: 4 x Cuba
Selection: Big variety with little plume
Staff: Friendly
Rating: 9/10

La Casa Del Habano is located in the heart of Toronto’s high end neighborhood 141 Yorkville street. This shop moved from Avenue road to Yorkville while back and now they have a really modern store with a good selection. Store feels very open and their glass walk-in humidor is top notch. When you walk in the store, staff is friendly and they show you around. I felt their humidor is a little too cold but cigar are pluming really nice. Prices are exactly 4 times what you get in Cuba but quality of their cigars is really high. I purchased a Partagas Culebras and I was happy with it. Unfortunately they don’t have a website but you can view some information from La Casa Del Habano website

Address: 141 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1C4
Phone: 1.416 926 9066

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Long Filler Mini Cigars

After reading good reviews about some of the long filler Mini Cigars, I decided to go ahead and get a few boxes to try them out. They go around $10 each.
After receiving them today I was surprised to see their flawless construction, packaging and quality specially the box pressed Ashton Esquire Maduro, yes, you heard me, box pressed. The ring gauge is about 28 by 4 inches long and makes a quick easy smoke when the time is short. Some people may assume these cigars are flavored but they are not and they are hand rolled with long filler aged tobacco which is used in their bigger brothers and that makes them a little special tasty cigar.

While taking pictures I laid a regular Robusto beside the boxes so you can get a feel of their size.

Camacho Corojo Machitos
Camacho Corojo Machitos

Ashton Esquire Maduro
Ashton Esquire Maduro

Onyx Reserve Impulse
Onyx Reserve Impulse

Can’t wait to smoke them and write a comment on this post.