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Size: 5″ x 60

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Maduro

Origin: Honduras

Age: 3 months

The Di Fazio Maduro is a medium bodied chocolatey offering from this small boutique outfit from Miami.

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Size: 5″ x 60

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Origin: Honduras

Age: 3 months

The Di Fazio Connecticut is the mild offering from this small boutique outfit from Miami.

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This super big ring gauge cigar took a while to light due to it’s girth, but it gave me time to admire the gorgeous Connecticut shade wrapper.  A flawless satiny leaf!

Once lit, this cigar gives off tons of smoke, with a nice woody creaminess, with a little tea on the finish.

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Size: 5″ x 50dl89chr-11

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: US Connecticut Shade

Origin: Dominican Republic

Age: 3 months

This is Miami Cigar’s new release from the 2008 show.  It is made in the DR at the Aurora factory.  This is a quick review.  You’ll see why…

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Size: 5″ x 50

Vitola: Robusto

Wrapper: Habano Sun Grown

Origin: Nicaragua

Age: 2 months

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Pinar del Rio cigars aim to capture the essence of a good Cuban cigar. Click here for more information on the company and their products. I received a sample from at at PDR cigars and was itching to try the Habano Sun Grown.

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Size: 6″ x 50

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro

Origin: Dominican Republic

Many thanks to the fine folks at Ted’s Made by Hand for letting me try their products!  This is the review for the Aged Maduro 6×50. 

Right off the bat you can tell this isn’t your standard Maduro.  When I hear or see Aged Maduro, I think of the Ashton cigar, but this is going to be completely different.  This cigar is a Maduro only in color, as it wrapped with an aged Nicaraguan Habano wrapper.  

This chocolaty brown cigar is firmer than the Connecticut wrapped version.  I used my punch and took a pre-light draw; this fellah is slightly tighter than the Connecticut Shade version.  After lit, the draw is still firm, but the burn is also slow, which is good for this stick.  A nice slow burn is good because it allows that thicker, sugary wrapper to burn evenly with the filler.  So often Maduros burn from the inside out!  

This cigar is way spicier than Connecticut Ted’s.  I pick up flavors of bourbon on the finish, you know, that nice oak barrel taste with a touch of vanilla.  There is also a little bit of pepper on the finish which at times is slightly metallic.  Don’t expect this cigar to have that typical Maduro sweetness that you find in your standard maduro.  This medium-full flavored cigar is on a realm of its own!

Rating: 89 (B+)

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Size: 6″ x 50

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

Origin: Dominican Republic

Thanks to the guys at Ted’s Made by Hand for letting me try their fine products!  

This Connecticut Shade wrapped Toro looks very inviting!  It has a light brown color (Claro) and an oily satiny feel.   I didn’t think I would, but I like the band; it is clean and simple. The cigars also come individually packed in their own little paper boxes (like the Cuban Trinidad Robusto Extras). 

Upon lighting, to no surprise it is a mild cigar that gives off woody and toasty notes.  There is just a little bit of green flavors, like hay and grass) here and there and it is a touch dry on the palate.  Halfway through I get a touch of vanilla on the finish, which is short. 

The cigar has a good draw, good construction and plenty of smoke.  It has a salt and pepper ash that hangs on forever.  This is a great morning cigar!

Rating: 88 (B+)

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Size:  5″ x 50

Vitola:  Robusto

Wrapper:  Ecuadorian Connecticut

Origin: Dominican Republic

Luis Molina was nice enough to send some samples my way for a review.  I’ve wanted to try these for a while.   Thanks a lot Mr. Molina!

Rolling this cigar in my hands I notice it has a very nice looking light brown wrapper, the Ecuadorian Connecticut-wrapped has a nice cap and firm feel; the leaf is soft and silky to the touch.

It cuts easy, this particular one I took with a punch, and cut the other two samples, and they drew fine with either cut.

The flavors I am greeted with are creamy buttered toast with a little coffee and a slight woodiness on the finish.  The cigar is just a touch dry on the palate with a nice long woody and leathery finish.

This is a great “breakfast” cigar that would go great with coffee and toast.

Throughout the entire smoke the burn was even with a firm salt and pepper ash evident of good construction.  The draw is firm not too firm and still yielded a good amount of smoke with every draw.

I would classify this as a mild to medium bodied cigar. I really enjoyed this cigar!  If you see a Devil’s Weed cigar, make sure you pick up a couple (or a box)!

Rating: 89 (B+)

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