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Tortuga, Nestor Miranda, and Fratello Cigars

Tortuga_Reserva215_DiplomaticoLast Monday, before it snowed and I smoked a bunch of the Casta Cigars offerings (which, by the way, are only available direct from their website for now), I was in a Tortuga kinda mood, so I picked a single Tortuga Reserva Diplomatico from the humidor. The Diplomatico is a big cigar, 7½” x 58, why I decided on a cigar this large on a winter Monday evening is anyone’s guess. For me, at least, any Tortuga is a good decision, as I love the flavors in this Honduran made Nicaraguan puro. I can always count on the Tortuga line to satisfy me, and the box pressed Reserva line has the right balance of strength and flavor that just always works. I need to catch up with Victor Vitale again soon, he’s been quiet lately. He makes great, under-rated and appreciated cigars. I’m sure some warm, sunny day I’ll wish I had this one back, but it sure hit the spot! Fortunately, I have an old Tortuga Limited Edition and an Ora Vivo Armand Asante in this size still in the humidor.


CandelasFriday was Saint Paddy’s Day, and the temptation for me is to smoke a Candela. I rounded up my small stash of Candela cigars, and derivatives (Barber Poles with Candela), and decided I wasn’t in the mood for a Candela, so I found a Nestor Miranda Collection Habano Danno One Life Addition that, at least, had a green band.  This one was a couple years old, and is another formidable sized cigar, measuring 7″ x 56. The Danno line commemorates NMCDannoNestor Miranda’s  late son, Danny. It’s made at the My Father Factory in Esteli and is a wonderful blend of Nicaraguan, Brazilian and Honduran tobaccos. I really like the latest incarnation of the Nestor Miranda Collection cigars, sadly, I only seem to smoke them in the robusto format, which I enjoy in all four varieties (Maduro, Habano, Connecticut and Corojo), this size is special though. It’s more of a good thing.  I remain mystified that two years after re-working the packaging and bands on this line, the website remains out-dated.


Fratello_Oro_RobustoYesterday was a damp, overcast Saturday, so after running some errands, doing some good deeds, I relaxed on the porch with a Fratello Oro Robusto, the newest offering from Omar de Frias. I was tempted to smoke this on St. Paddy’s day, considering the irony that the 6’9″ Omar is pretty much the exact opposite of a leprechaun, at least in stature. I could definitely see Omar dancing around in green leprechaun costume.  Gotta say, the Fratello Oro is magically delicious! This Fratello is made in the Dominican Republic, with an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper, Cameroon binder and Dominican, Nicaraguan and Colombian fillers, no Peruvian tobacco in this one! It’s got the creamy, grassy flavor from the Ecuador Connecticut, the sweet “Camerooniness” from the binder, some strength and unique spice from the filler blend. It comes together in a very good, full-flavored cigar! While it didn’t absolutely blow my mind like the Fratello Bianco Boxer torpedo did, it was an excellent cigar with very good flavor and performance. I have yet to meet a Fratello I didn’t like.


That’s about all I have for today, hopefully the snow melts off as Spring officially starts tomorrow and we head towards my favorite time of year. Take a look forward to the beginning of June, when the Philly Cigar Festival is being held in Pottstown, PA. In the coming weeks I’m going to have a contest to give away a ticket to this multi-vendor event, so if you’re in the area, or are willing to travel, you might want to get in on the contest. I plan to be there, hopefully some of my readers can join me!  Now, I just need to give the organizers a little grief about using one of my photos on their website without giving me credit!  Until the next time,








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A Camacho Corojo Candela for St. Patrick’s Day – March 17, 2010

I know, I just mentioned smoking a Camacho Corojo Candela Monarca last week, but it’s St. Patty’s Day!  This box of cigars has been very consistent.  The draw is very loose, so I started out piercing the cap with a Cigar Spike, then gave it a traditional cut after the hole started to tar up.  The same full flavor, with that tinge of chlorophyll from the emerald green wrapper.  Very heavy, yet refreshing at the same time. Sadly, I’m down to my last 5 or 6 of these.

There was a very good article on Cigar Aficionado‘s website from back in 2003 about candela cigars.  It’s worth a read: http://www.cigaraficionado.com/Cigar/CA_Archives/CA_Show_Article/0,2322,1251,00.html

I’ve been nursing a cold for the past few days, but it’s subsided a bit, at least enough to enjoy a cigar.  I got to thinking that I’ve never really celebrated St. Patty’s day.  I’m not particularly religious, and I’m not particularly Irish, but, as a huge snake hater, I have a great deal of respect for anyone who can clear an entire country of snakes.  I like that.

One last thing:  I’m still waiting to hear from this month’s contest winner, Sebastian.  If I don’t hear from him by March 31, I’ll have to award the prize to the runner-up.  Sebastian, please e-mail me your address!  There’s a fine 5 pack of JdN Antaños courtesy of Drew Estate on the line!

That’s it for now, until the next cigar,




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Random Cigar Musings – Wednesday March 10, 2010

I’ve been on a maduro torpedo kick this week.  After Saturday’s Diesel Unholy Cocktail, I followed it up on Sunday with a very nice CAO Brazilia Samba.  The Samba is a 6¼ x 54 torpedo with a Brazilian wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler. I enjoyed this cigar quite a bit.  It burned very evenly and was on the stronger side of medium bodied. Cocoa, coffee and some spiceyness were the dominant flavors, ones that I expect and enjoy in this line.  I am pretty sure I got this one at the CAO party at the Palms in Las Vegas at the 2008 IPCPR show.  They handed out a handful of CAO, Toraño, and Henri Wintermans cigars at the door and Lynyrd Skynyrd provided the entertainment.  Quite a cool evening.

Last night I picked out a Toraño Exodus 1959 – 50 Years Torpedo.  Slightly shorter than the Samba at 5½ x 52, it also sports a Brazilian wrapper and Nicaraguan filler, but with a Honduran binder.  Similar in flavor to the CAO, but I found it milder.  I was a little disappointed by this one, I expected stronger flavors.  The construction was top notch of course.  I’ve had good experiences with this line, too bad this one didn’t live up to my expectations.  I picked this one up at Cigars International last fall when they had a Toraño event at the Superstore in Bethlehem.  I have a couple  Casa Toraño Maduro Lanceros for which I have high hopes.

After all the dark wrapped torps this week I decided I needed to change it up a little tonight and grabbed a Camacho Corojo Candela Monarca.  I know, I should have saved this for March 17th, it being the appropriate emerald green for St. Patrick’s Day. The cigars from this box have all been rather loosely rolled, giving them a very free draw.  I found out some time ago that if I pierce the cap with a Cigar Spike, it makes for a perfect draw. These are a strong cigar, although the candela wrapper tempers the power that the Corojo line is famous for a little.  These can still overwhelm if one isn’t careful. I find them a nice change of pace.  I still have several from a box I purchased a few years ago from Rock’s Smoke Shop in East Stroudsburg, PA. so smoking one next week isn’t out of the question.

Don’t forget, only a couple day left to get your entries in for this month’s contest.  Click here and leave a comment with your guess!  Thanks once again to the fine folks at Drew Estate for providing outstanding prizes!

Until the next cigar,



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