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Canimao Robusto Extra + CONTEST!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Box2I was at a Canimao event last month, and got to chill with the President and CEO of the company, Mel Gonzalez. His master blender Vincente Garcia was there as well, and he rolled cigars all night.

Mel really made us pay attention to the flavors in the cigars we smoked that night and demanded our feedback. It was great to see that he wasn’t just there to push product. He displayed a passion for his small boutique cigar company that was refreshing.

This gave me the idea of reviewing the Robusto Extra, and giving away a box on this site. Mel was all for it. He signed a box immediately and donated it for the raffle.

To enter, you have to be at least 18 years of age, and you can only enter once. Simply leave a comment here on this post. Please leave valid contact info, or I won’t be able to contact you if you win. Your email address will be kept confidential.

That’s it! In a couple weeks, a random winner will be drawn. And let’s not forget to thank Mel and Canimao for generously sponsoring this contest!

In the mean time, check out what Ed and I thought of the Canimao Robusto Extra in the latest installment of The Ed  & Tom Show. This video runs 22 minutes.

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Canimao Event October 9th

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009


Mark your calendars now! Canimao will be at St.Pete Pipe & Cigars on Friday, October 9th, from 6PM to 9PM. Mel Gonzalez, the President and CEO, will be attending. For more info, see Ed’s website.

Mel was an early supporter of the site, as well as Ed and my reviews. See what we thought of the Canimao here and here. These cigars are a constant in my humidor.

See you there! Contest – Time Is Running Out!

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009


My yearly road trip is over, and I’m getting ready to draw a random winner. If you haven’t entered the contest, time is running out to enter and win a box of Don Gonzalez Special Edition cigars. Just click HERE and leave a comment. Any comment will do.

Let’s not forget to thank Duque Cigars for sponsoring this contest. Enter now, before its too late!

As I have mentioned before… I’m having another giveaway in October so stay tuned to the site. Good times…

Contest! Win A Box Of Don Gonzalez Maduro

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009


DSC03979It’s contest time again here at! This time around Duque Cigars is giving away a box of Don Gonzalez Special Edition Maduro cigars.

The Don Gonzalez Special Edition was rated 90 by Cigar Snob magazine, and features Cuban seed tobacco grown in the highly fertile region of Esteli, Nicaragua.

The box up for raffle is signed by Don Gonzalez himself, and is a $99.99 retail value.

I reviewed one of these cigars not too long ago and thought it was a decent medium bodied cigar. You can find my thoughts here.

Let’s get the formalities out of the way… You must be over 18 years of age to enter. You can only enter once. All you need to do is leave a comment here on this post. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. A simple “Give me cigars!” will do. I will then draw a random winner and send the box to you.

Your email and contact information will be kept confidential.

So what are you waiting for? Enter here and win! And thanks to Duque Cigars for sponsoring the contest!

Don Gonzalez Special Edition (Maduro)

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Awhile back, Duque Cigars sent me the Don Gonzalez Special Edition. After some rest in the humidor, it was time to smoke and review them. Rated 90 by Cigar Snob, these cigars use Cuban seed tobaccos grown in the region Esteli Nicaragua. You can see the selection of Don Gonzalez cigars here if this sounds like something you’d be interested in.

Stay tuned, coming soon I’ll let you know how to win a box of these.


Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: Toro 6 x 50

Price: Around $5.00


Pre-Smoke & Inspection:

The wrapper was a bit rugged looking, with some discolorations and bumps here and there. Otherwise it showed no flaws in construction or quality. The wrapper had a sweet grassy like smell, while the foot had a more earthy and peppery odor. The pre-light draw was a little tight, and had a simple earthy tobacco taste.

The burn was good, requiring no corrections. The initial tight draw opened up and wasn’t a problem, and the ash held for well over an inch.



The first third began with a smooth earthy flavor. A sweet spice was detected when passing smoke through the sinus. Woody notes of cedar followed to round out the first third.


Just at I got into the second third, I started to pick up very subtle notes of cocoa. It was a dry cocoa, similar to the powder you’d put in milk. Next up was a peppery spice with a hint of sweetness. The earthy flavors remained while the woodiness took a back seat. Simple but decent.


The last third crept higher into the medium body range. The dry mocha increased in strength and stood out over the other flavors. There was a peppery spice when exhaling through the sinus. The woodiness lurked in the background.



Although this cigar didn’t “WOW” me, I think it is a decent medium bodied cigar. Although the flavor profile was simple, I can’t fault it for that because it wasn’t harsh and didn’t taste bad. This is a cigar you’d have to judge for yourself. I say its worth trying.

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