After opening a couple of boxes of Cohiba Siglo IV I noticed how the same cigar coming from two different factories and packaged in the same month can have such a difference in wrapper color. From light blond to dark chocolate but both have their own beauty and I am glad to be able to taste them both and see which one has a better taste at the end of the day. Here are a couple of pictures.
Factory and Date Code
After two devastating storms hitting Cuban cigar industry one after another and destroying 3,414 barns where the harvested tobacco was being cured and damaging another 1,590 when they ripped through the western province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba needs 5 million dollars to repair the damage and the news is out that the cigar supply in 2009 will not be effected since they have a big reserve of material. But what’s important is the future supply of Cuban cigars are unknown and it heavily depends on how fast the can re-invest and the recovery can take place.
Ike was one of worse hurricanes Cuban cigar industry has seen in many years. Report say hurricane Ike destroyed a substantial amount of Cohiba cigar-wrapper crop and there are predications that prices will increase due to temporary shortage of these prime cigar-wrappers. It is very unfortunate that Cohiba was affected since they had the best production ever in 2006, 2007 and 2008. If you don’t have any of these past 3 year’s production, my recommendation is to start stacking up, because they will soon be classics as they are the best cigars produced in years.
King of Robustos
Cohiba Robusto Cab 25, 2007 Production
Have you heard of Mr. Stinky? He really exists. The maker of famous Stinky Ashtrays.
Stinky introduced these ashtrays a few years back and since then it has become the top favorite ashtray for serious cigar smokers around the world. They come in two sizes and the bigger size is called the Herf Edition which fits almost 1300 cigars. Its a great ashtray specially when you have your poker nights or cigar buddies over and its nice not to have to empty the ashtray few times a night.
This picture was taken at BMW Toronto as a promotion for Toronto Life magazine which gave us an entry into the random draw of having our picture in the next Toronto Life issue.
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.
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 www.cigarnexus.com 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 Rome 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
2. Packed foot with tobacco
3. Uniform and breath taking color, flawless and near perfect presentation
4. Government Seal
5. Visible factory and date code
(run your fingers on Habanos s.a and it should be burned into the cedar)
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!
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
Ashton Esquire Maduro
Onyx Reserve Impulse
Can’t wait to smoke them and write a comment on this post.
Just received a box of 10 Cuaba Salomones (57 x 7 1/4). Yes its a 57 ring!!! I’m hoping to try these after they age a bit even thought the box code is OEB OCT 06.
Very nice looking perfecto as you can see from the close up.
They are some of the nicest perfectos made and are fairly consistent in quality. They are not strong but have a medium body. But that will be in my review once I get to try one.
There are 2 sites I like to use to find out what peoples opinion of a specific cigar is or where I can post my opinion. cigar-reviews.org is great for cuban information and cuban reviews. The other is top25cigars.com which is great for non-cubans and much more information. Cigar Aficionado has reviews but only limited information but loads of articals and information.
http://top25cigars.com offers reviews of cubans and non-cuban cigars, club-stogie and much, much more.
http://cigar-reviews.org is another great site but only has reviews for cuban cigars.
http://www.cigaraficionado.com has a review section but is limited unless you subscribe to it.
For other information, like articles, blogs and formuns you can try these sites.
http://www.cigaraficionado.com has lodes of interesting articals, forums, blogs and information about cuba.
http://www.cigarfriendly.com has information about vendors, cigar lounges, resturants and other information. Not 100% accurate though.
http://www.cigarcyclopedia.com is another useful site for getting information on cigars and books and vendors.