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I have the distinct opportunity to smoke one of the most sought after cigars ever.  The original Miami La Glorias came about during the Cigar Boom and put Ernesto Perez-Carrillo on the map.  You probably wouldn’t have guys like Don Pepin Garcia, Pete Johnson or Dion Giolito without Ernesto.  The La Glorias were so hard to find that folks were paying quadruple and more of MSRP.

LGC Torpedo No. 1

LGC Torpedo No. 1

One of my buddies from Empire Cigars gave me a 15 year old LGC Torpedo No. 2 for the birth of my son.  I couldn’t wait to try this cigar that I had heard so much about.  I was just going to right a review for this old torpedo when I realized this was a good chance to compare the blend Then & Now.  So much has changed in 15 years, including LGC being bought by General Cigar to even in the last year Ernesto leaving La Gloria to start off on his own again.  Is there anyway these cigars can still be similar at all?  We’ll see!

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Size: 5 7/8″ x 41

Vitola: Perfecto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown

Origin: Dominican Republic

Age: 7 years

This is a very special cigar.  Not only did this blend lead to the AVO 787 but this is the only LE to have a different sized European release.  The original AVO 22  was 5 7/8″ x 50 while the European release has a ring gauge of only 41.  The Europeans historically prefer thinner cigars hence the change.  I got my hands on one of these in a trade and couldn’t wait to smoke it.

AVO 22 European Release

AVO 22 European Release

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Size: 7″ x 33

Vitola: Slim Panetela

Wrapper: Connecticut

Origin: Dominican Republic

Age: 13 years!

This is the last of the awesome cigar bomb I recieved from Matt (aka Cyrann) from the Brothers of the Leaf Forum.  This is also the oldest cigar, clocking in as an early teen of 13 years.

Davidoff 3000

Davidoff 3000

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Size: 6″ x 38

Vitola: Panetela

Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

Origin: Dominican Republic

Age: 10 years

Now I’m getting real excited!  This is the first of two 10 years+ cigars that were given to me by Matt (Cyrann) on the Brothers of the Leaf Cigar Forum.  This is the fourth installment of my Kelner Bomb Review Series.

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Davidoff Classic No. 2

This cigar looks beautiful!  Hardly any visible veins, the wrapper looks to me to have gotten darker with age, compared to the current Davidoffs which use Ecuadorian Connecticut wrappers.  This has a little sheen on it and judging by the cellophane, this baby has been resting for a long time!

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Size: 6″ x 50

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown

Origin: TabaDom Factory, Dominican Republic

Age: almost 2 years

This is the youngest of the cigars that Matt (Cyrann) of Brothers of the Leaf gave me, but also one of the nicest.  The Winston Churchill is no slouch and I can”t wait to see what almost 2 years has done for this luxurious cigar.

Winston Churchill Marrakesh

Winston Churchill Marrakesh

This cigar is way darker than most Kelner made cigars using an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper.  The leaf is teaming with oils and has a silky touch that is inviting and alluring.

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Size: 6″ x 40avo-xo1

Vitola: Long Corona

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Origin: TabaDom, Dominican Republic

Age: 4 years

This is the second of my Kelner Bomb Review Series.  One of my esteemed Brothers,Matt (aka Cyrann) from the BOTL cigar forum sent me a fantastic “bomb” of vintage Kelner cigars including this 4-year old Avo XO Preludio Tubo.

AVO XO Preludio Tubo

AVO XO Preludio Tubo

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Size: 6″ x 50

Vitola: Toro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Origin: TabaDom, Dominican Republic

Age: 5 years

This is the first of my Kelner Bomb Review Series.  One of my esteemed Brothers,Matt (aka Cyrann) from the BOTL cigar forum sent me a fantastic “bomb” of vintage Kelner cigars including this 5 year old Avo Classic No. 2.

AVO Classic No. 2

AVO Classic No. 2

The Classic have always been great morning cigars, but I was interested to see if age took too much off of this milder cigar.

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