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Frank Llaenza 1961 Double Magnum

Before the 1961 Llaenza Cigar, Frank Llaenza was President of Villazon in Honduras for many years, his main focus being on the Hoyo de Monterrey and Punch cigar brands. 60 years after his introduction to tobacco and cigars, Frank has created a brand with HIS name on it.

FACTS ABOUT THE LLAENZA 1961

Limited released cigar: only 60 stores nationwide carry this cigar (CFO Sterling Heights and Troy being two of them). This cigar is also sold as in-house only; there is no online purchasing of this cigar. This cigar is completely handmade in Nicaragua.

THE CIGAR

  • WRAPPER: Ecuador Sumatra. This is a fairly dark wrapper (almost a chocolate color), fairly smooth with a slight etched feel to it, with very nice veins
  • BINDER: Nicaraguan
  • FILLER: Dominican and Nicaraguan
  • STRENGTH: Medium to Full
  • ASH: A nice, firm, solid, white colour (not flaky)

The pre light aroma was very indulging reminded me almost of a Cuban. The pre light draw seemed very good as well, but the real test was to come. This cigar provided an effortless draw the second I lit it and the burn on this cigar was exceptional, which is obviously due to the great construction of course. This cigar seems almost too good to be true! I’m on the first quarter and I’m getting some leather, cedary notes, with a smooth undertone staying very persistent. Not only is the burn perfect, but once again the construction comes back again to prove itself. I left this cigar un-smoked for nearly seven minutes and it stayed just the way it is was. I am now at the 1/4 point and I’m getting some chocolate notes coming through. I’m now at the halfway point of this amazing stick and the flavours, the burn and the draw are still as exceptional as they were 30 minutes ago . I’m now getting near the end of this cigar and all I can say is WOW. Seriously, the flavours just exploded as I neared the last ¼ of this stick… just amazing.

SUMMARY

This cigar is medium to full-bodied. I find it similar to the Oliva Serie V in the sense that they both carry full-body characteristics but yet maintain a consistent smoothness throughout the cigar. A perfect burn and effortless draw, providing smooth, cedary, leathery, and just a hint of spice flavours, all perfectly balanced to provide an experience that will not be forgotten. Just the way that Frank Llaenza intended it to be, the 60 years of experiences is clearly evident in this cigar. This must be why he decided to put his name on it. Stop By the CFO and pick one up today, you will not be disappointed.

Sincerely,

Eric D. Kukucka

Member of the Montecristo lounge, Sterling Heights, Michigan

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Diplomatico

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Diplomatico

  • SIZE: 7 x 50
  • STRENGTH: Medium to Full
  • WRAPPER: Nicaragua
  • BINDER: Nicaragua
  • FILLER: Nicaragua
  • ASH: Grayish white, slightly flaky but very strong

After a long day at the office, I had to then travel home where I was to soon be making a small fence on the side of my house. I knew it was going to be a long night. The fence was successful, but boy was I exhausted. I truly felt like I needed something rewarding for what I had accomplished that day and what better cigar than a Padron. I decided to smoke the 1964 natural Anniversary Diplomatico (Churchill). Padron cigars are a brand known worldwide for their persistent consistency and quality product. Jose Padron was born in 1926 and at a young age farmed tobacco in Pinar Del Rio, which is a prime area for cultivating tobacco in Cuba. In 1961, Fidel Castro nationalized Jose Padron’s farm. This then led to Jose getting a job as a carpenter in Miami, simply with a hammer he received from his friend. This hammer earned Jose the $600 he needed to start a tobacco farm.

Today, Padron cigars are run by both Jose and his son Jorge Padron and are the most well known name for a quality product. Their cigars have been rated multiple times by both Cigar Insider and Cigar Aficionado and to my knowledge they’ve only had a few cigars rated under 90 points and a ton rated over 90. Padron cigars have also been in Cigar Aficionados Top 25 cigars of the year in 2004 and 2007. In 2009, the Padron No.45 was crowed number 1 cigar of the year! You don’t get to be number one if you really don’t try your hardest at what you do and clearly the Padrons do; they have the ratings to prove it. If you still don’t believe all the hype, go to your local cigar shop, pick one up and SMOKE IT—they speak for themselves. I can honestly say that I respect Padron cigars and I do really enjoy them a lot. They truly do remind me of that Cuban-like taste and tradition. Jose did a great job on maintaining his family’s heritage that dates back to the 1850’s and the No.45 Maduro was one amazing cigar that I would defiantly smoke on so many occasions.

The 1964 were created in commemoration of the companies 30 years. This cigar is a limited release Nicaraguan Puro (only Nicaraguan tobacco). Each cigar has an authenticity band beneath the Padron label (this cigar was No.807952). This cigar is a four-year aged tobacco and debuted in 1994, which means that this blend is now 16 years old. This cigar is available in a Maduro wrapper and Natural . Today, I am smoking the Diplomatico which is 7 x 50 box pressed. The wrapper is not your typical everyday wrapper that you see. It has some evident veins that run across it and the wrapper has an almost slight wrinkle to it: it was hardly toothy and slightly oily.

Taste Profiles

Immediately after lighting the foot, I was rewarded with a soft nutty taste followed by a body of cream. Talk t a good first impression. Love at first puff, could you say? Yes Sir! The burn at this point is very fair a slight unevenness but nothing that I couldn’t use my torch to touch up again just a tad. It took about three minutes for the draw to fully open up but when it did my palate thanked me for it. As I’m getting into the 2/3 point of this cigar, the body is beginning to become fuller but still maintaining the creamy nut flavours. Now there’s just a hint of pepper for a bite in the back of my throat. The burn at this point is still good but is continuing to remain uneven in the one area. Like I said before, it’s nothing that can’t be fixed. The final third was where the body became fuller, increasing peppery notes and decreasing the cream, that’s not to say that there wasn’t still an undertone of cream coming through.

Summary

Overall, this is an amazing smoke that offers a lot of great flavours. Medium to full-bodied with creamy nutty flavours, all complimented by peppery spice. This cigar is one that your palate will not hesitate to thank you more than once. A good burn and nice overall appearance make this pardon a keeper—at a reasonable price for a limited pardon as well.

Sincerely,
Eric D. Kukucka
Member of the Montecristo lounge, Sterling Heights, Michigan

Montecristo Reserva Negra Robusto

Initially, Altadis: USA’s Montecristo, contained six lines. Last summer, the Montecristo Reserva Negra was released, which now gives seven lines to the Montecristo brand. The wrapper is a San Andres Morron, also known as San Andres Negro (hence the name Reserva Negra.) The interesting thing about this area is that from what I’ve heard, the soil is claimed to be comparable to Cuba’s famous Vuelta Abajo, which in Cuba is the prime area of wrapper tobacco plantations. The name Morron means “chestnut brow,”, this wrapper is also very rare. This will be the first Montecristo to Contain a Maduro wrapper, but don’t let that scare you, there’s a first for everything.

THE CIGAR

This Cigar has a beautiful Maduro Wrapper with very few veins. It is not oily in any way and contains a rugged finish, almost matted, you could say. The pre light aroma is very indulging; a lot of pepper and coffee scents coming through. Upon lighting the cigar the draw was slightly tight, but within three minutes it really opened itself perfectly to blast my palate with an immense amount of smooth creamy flavours of roasted coffee beans, chocolate, and a little bit of leather. The flavours are apparent in the first 1/3 of the smoke. I really enjoy the way this cigar is manufactured: it is slightly box pressed with rounded edges, which allows it to stay in your mouth nicely. This robusto is really nicely packed. The ash is very strong—a little flaky but strong—and the burn is absolutely flawless so far. It seems like this smoke is only going to get better. I’m at the halfway point and I seem to be getting some sweet woody type flavour, which are not necessarily cedary like most cigars offer. At the final 1/3, the cigar really seems to be giving me some full-bodied characteristics and overall power. A lot more peppery spice is evident but still having a smooth undertone. Not having smoked too many Mexican wrapped cigars besides the H.Uppman reserve Maduro and the Gispert, the Montecristo Reserva Negra is a definite MUST SMOKE. Don’t underestimate the quality of this cigar. I’ve been fortunate enough to smoke Cohiba Maduro’s on many occasions and let me tell you, the Negra in my books is very comparable in taste quality and burn profiles.

San Andres

  • WRAPPER: Morron
  • BINDER: Nicaraguan
  • FILLER: Nicaraguan and Honduran
  • STRENGTH: Medium to Full
  • ASH: Beautiful white colour
  • SIZE: 5 x 54

SUMMARY

The Montecristo Reserva Negra is a great smoke that offers a lot of desired flavours that your palate will thank you for. A perfect burn followed by a persistent smoothness with spicy woody and leathery notes, all toped of with a fuller bodied finish of spice. This cigar is sure to be one you will not forget . The wrappers rarity gives the cigar a one-up, but the taste and construction speaks for itself.

Sincerely,
Eric D. Kukucka
Member of the Montecristo Lounge, Sterling Heights, Michigan