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Interview: Erik Espinosa, Espinosa Cigars
Stogie of the Week: 601 La Bomba Sake Bomb
Filler: Nicaraguan, Honduran
What We Have Been Smoking
The complete list of all cigars discussed in this segment can be found on the Episode 89 Stogies Page.
See Paul’s List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.
See Wil’s List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.
Mark Jr’s List
See Mark JR’s List, complete with pictures, ratings and mini-reviews on his Stogie Feed.
We recently ran a contest with some of our viewers choices. We are going to review some on the air and give some thoughts. (Given the size of the entries, let’s just pick one per list if we can get through it). We apologize for leaving anyone off the list in advance, we got a great response.
ATL and Zedman (Combined List)
- Herrera Esteli Lonsdale
- HU Half Corona
- Monte Edmundo
- UC Corona Viva, everyone should have a box.
- Illusione Epernay
- Oliva V, any other than the double toro
- Tat 7th Reserva
- Cabaiguan Guapos
- AF Mag R44
Mark Van Siedright
- Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro
- Room 101 Master Collection Two Papa Chulo
- Illusione Epernay Le Taureau
- EPC Cardinal Natural 52
- Liga Privada T-52 Robusto
Selected from the boxes recently purchased.
- Crowned Heads Headly Grange Drumstick
- Tatuaje Noellas Reserva
- Tatuaje 10th anniversay Belle Encre
- Herrera Estili Lonsdale
- RomaCraft Cromagnon Knuckle Dragger
I’ve picked 5 of my favorite box-worthy cigars which are also budget smokes (under $6)
- L’Atelier Imports El Suelo Prado (5.75 x 58) – Budget <$5
- Asylum Premium 2012 Vintage (4 x 44) – Budget <$5
- CAO Concert Solo (5.5 x 50) – Budget <$5
- Raymon Bueso Genesis the Project Robusto (5 x 50) – Budget <$4
- El Rey del Mundo Oscuro Robusto (5 x 54)- Budget <$6
- Arturo Fuente Short Story
- Herrera Estelli Short Corona
- MUWAT Bait Fish
- Padron 6000
- Olivia Series V Melanio Maduro Torpedo
My “Box Worthy” cigar starting lineup (harder to find)
- All-Time Favorite: Don Carlos No3
Delicious cameroon wrapped goodness in a small ring gauge.
- Favorite Maduro: Padron Principe Maduro
Like smoking a chocolate bar. Silky smooth smoke.
- Favorite Bargain Maduro: Padron Londres Maduro
Inexpensive, a bit rough looking, but with 2-3+ years of age on them, they rank just as high as the 1964’s to me.
- Go-To Daily Cigar*: La Casita Criolla HCB
Great morning smoke with a cup of coffee. True broadleaf flavor. Rich earthy sweetness but a touch dry. Black coffee is the perfect remedy to the dryness for me. I also love the rough looking sparkly wrapper leaf on it! Good price.
- Favorite Spicy Cigar: Opus X Perfection #4.
Leathery, spicy, and raisiny sweetness. I’m not one to do spice without sweetness. For me, good right out of the box, but becomes amazing after 3 years. I just love looking at the band.
- *Go-To Daily Cigar runner-up: Por larranaga Montecarlos
A long thin cuban great anytime of day, shows off the cuban twang well. A cigar anybody can pick up and enjoy. La Casita Criolla beat this one out because personally I can access these easier than the montecarlos. Also the La Casita’s are good right away. I find the montecarlos need time.
I like that my list consists of cigar that are not hard to find :) Also, just noticed these all happen to be small ring guages…
Thanks for the contest StogieGeeks and Stogie Santa!
- El Triunfador Lancero
- Liga Privada Undercrown Corona Viva
- Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art Maduro
- Oliva Serie V Melanio Petit Corona
- Padron 2000 Maduro
- Partagas Presidente (2008)
- H Upmann Sir Winston (2010)
- Padron Family Reserve 44th Maduro Pyramide
- Tatauje Black Corona Gorda
- La Aurora 100 Anos Preferido (Natural)
The recommendations reflect selections that were once tough to find but are now readily available. I also shot for different vitals at a price point of around $10.00 or less, thus something for most preferences.
- Arturo Fuente Work of Art Maduro
- Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro
- Arturo Fuente Don Carlos #3
- Tatuaje Taino
- Illusione F 9
- Liga Privada Dirty Rat
- Por Larranaga Petit Corona
- Room 101 Daruma Mutane
- Tatuaje TAA 2012
- Ramon Allones Specialty Select (in the 50 Cab)
- Headley Grange by the Crowned Heads
- Liga Privada Papas Fritas by Drew Estate
- Herrera esteli by Drew Estate
- Four Kicks by The Crowned Heads
- San Lotano Connecticut by AJ Fernandez
First of all I want to thank stogie santa and stogie geeks for this contest, my top 5 box worthy cigars are in no particular order are:
- Undercrown corona viva
- EP Carrillo medalla d’ oro (fantastic morning smoke)
- viaje platino reserva no. 6 (age has balanced these out nicely)
- San Lotano oval habano robusto
- Montecristo no. 2 cuban awesome smoke especially with some rest,
- Undercrown Viva Corona Gorda
- Crowned heads Headley Grange Eminentes
- Ortega Serie D No.7 Maduro
- Crowned heads Four Kicks Seleccion No.5
- Cigar Federation The Collective
- AKA Respect Devil Dog
- 5 Vegas ‘A’ any vitola
- Headley Grange Drumstick
- Punch Gusto
- 1502 Black Gold
Brian (Fat Kid)
Well I am new to smoking and cheap so nothing means box worthy to me right now. So I’ll give you the cheap mans version: The “cigars that when they go on sale for less than 39.99 I grab a mazo of 10 without thinking about it”-worthy cigars.
- JDN Celebration
- Man of Warruination
- AB Prensado
- DPG Blue
- CAO Brazilia Gol
- Undercrown Robustos
- Illusione Rothchildes
- Ramon Bueso The Project Robustos
- Arturo Fuente Best Seller
- Flor de las Antillas Toro