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This cigar is only available at Smoke Inn stores in Florida. Special thanks to Abe and company for the opportunity to try this HTF cigar.
This looks like your standard Padron 64 except with a huge 60 ring gauge. The prelight draw is super easy and after it’s lit, I’m gifted with copious amounts of smoke. Great Padron flavors here: coffee, cocoa, leather and a bit of spice.
I’m not a fan of the ring gauge but I enjoyed every inch of this cigar.

Rating: 90 (A-)

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Now it really heats up!

Limited Edition cigars do not have the constraint of tobacco availability and the need for mass production when developing the bend.  it’s just the best cigar a manufacturer can make with the best tobacco on hand.  Price and availability did not factor in my picking of the Top LEs of 2009.  I also did not pick multiple cigars from the same line.

So without further ado, here’s the list as I see it:

Tatuaje Boris – better than the Frank, better than the Drac, this LE is one of Pete’s and Pepin’s best.

La Flor Dominicana El Museo – this really hard to find LE was made by Litto with the best wrapper out there right now, his Ecuadorian Habano wapper. This edged the Salamone only because it burned better.

Davidoff Seleccionne 702 Toro – so Davidoff only makes mild cigars, huh?  Try this and you will be blown away, the strongest and most flavorful Davidoff ever made.

Padron Anniversary No. 44 – only available at Padron events, this cigar is way better than the Family Reserve, in fact, its the best Padron ever made!

AVO Companero – rivaling the famous LE05, this special cigar is one of AVOs best.  And yes, AVO is technically owned by Davidoff, but it is a different brand…

Punch CRA Edition Toro – only available to members of the Cigar Rights of America, this limited Edition cigar was the best of the sampler and the best cigar General has ever made hands down.

Ok, so here’s the poll, write-ins are welcome and yes there are 6 cigars on the list instead of 5, but hey, I’ll let you guys decide!

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Size: 6″ x 48

Vitola:  Long Corona

Wrapper: 5-year old Nicaraguan Maduro (?)

Origin: Nicaragua

Age: a few months

This is an exclusive from Holt’s to celebrate their 110th Anniversary (really?).  Here’s a blurb from their site:

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To celebrate Holt’s 110th year of business our good friends the Padrons decided to blend a brand new, extra-special cigar exclusively for our customers: The Padron Legacy. Not only is this a momentous release due to the fact the Padron’s rarely produce anything new, but also because the cigar itself is spectacular. An incredibly well-aged blend of all Nicaraguan tobaccos in this gem, providing it with a complex, but balanced, full-bodied flavor boasting layers of earth and leather interwoven with nuts and spices, culminating in a smooth, chocolaty finish.

Now normally I buy local, but this LE I could not resist!

So this is still from the Serie 1926 blend, so the only thing really new about this is the size.  It features a 5-year aged Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper that is dark, luscious and inviting.

I punched this cigar because most Padrons have a single cap and often unravel with clipping.  The draw is nice and easy as expected.

I am enjoying this cigar with a home made B-52 cocktail (Kahlua Especial & Starbucks Irish Cream) that should pair perfectly with the maduro wrapper.

The first few inches are surprisingly strong and peppery.  This cigar packs more of a punch than most of the 26s I remember.

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Every year I wait in eager anticipation at Empire Cigars for the next batch of new releases and every year I am thoroughly disappointed. Bu this year has certainly been something special. It seems that just about every new release has brought something special or unique to the table.

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Size:  6 3/4″ x 54

Vitola: Perfecto

Wrapper:  5-Year Old Nicaraguan

Origin: Nicaragua

This is one cigar that’s really tough to get your hands on, especially at the price point too!

This is the only cigar that Padron makes that is a perfecto (other than the Maduro version of this cigar of course).  The cigar was made to celebrate the birthday of Padron’s founder Jose Orlando Padron.

From the first puff, I knew I was in for a treat.  The smoke was smooth and mellow and just rolled out of my mouth in lazy plumes.

I felt this was milder than any other of Padron cigar, and at first I was a little disappointed that it did not have as much oomph, but then I quickly realized that was the intent of the blend.  Some cigars have aged wrappers or aged fillers, but what made this cigar unique was that it tasted like the whole thing was rolled and then aged for five years!

There’s tons of wood and cocoa with a long finish peppered with anise and coffee.  Each puff gave me a varying degree of each of the flavors, so it seemed like every puff was from a different cigar.

This is one of the must have smokes of 2008!  I think this will have ot be added to the Top Zen (10) List…

Rating: 91 (A)

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