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JR Special Corona- The Rebirth of a Classic JR Cigar.

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

For more than three decades, the JR Special Corona cigars were some of the best-selling smokes in our exclusive in-house lineup. When they finally disappeared due to manufacturing issues, some of the hardcore brand loyalists were very upset— to say the least! We are happy to report that we have resurrected this legendary brand and they are just as delicious and affordably priced as ever.

The brand new JR Special Corona, once again made exclusively for us, is handmade in Nicaragua in your choice of three top-quality wrapper styles that include a golden brown Ecuador Connecticut, a robust, clay-red colored Habano Rosado, and a deep dark and delicious Connecticut Broadleaf maduro. Nestled underneath these three fine wrapper varieties are perfectly aged Indonesian and Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos. All three blends are medium in strength, 6 x 50- Toro sized, and packed in value-price bundles of 15.  Now, let’s take a closer look at what this affordable brand has to offer.

When choosing the JR Special Corona Toro Connecticut Ecuador, you will enjoy an easygoing smoke with a warm and toasty aroma and lush complex notes of sweet spice, leather, nuts, and coffee. This one will become your ideal morning and mid-day cigar-smoking companion.

The Toro Habano Rosado Ecuador cigar really stands out with its stunning reddish-brown Cuban-seed wrapper. Slightly more robust than its Connecticut wrapped cousin, the cigar remains medium bodied with delicious flavors of earth, leather, spice, and dark roast coffee. Smooth enough for that first morning smoke, yet boasting enough complexity and balance for the evening, this Special Corona is a very accommodating cigar.

With the JR Special Corona Toro Maduro, dark leaf enthusiasts will savor delicious medium body notes of chocolate, coffee bean, earth, and caramel. This wonderful slow-burning smoke is one that can be enjoyed all day. This gem also pairs perfectly with espresso, port wine, and a nice craft brew.

Boasting outstanding construction and tons of complexity, our lineup of JR Special Corona blends prove that a premium cigar doesn’t have to be

Alec Bradley Special Blend

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Once again I found myself at the Habana Cigar Shop running the show. Standard disclaimer – This is a crude review in terms of video and audio quality. I threw it together using a MacBook webcam.

The Alec Bradley Special Blend is a decent mild bodied cigar. For me, it is a good fit for the morning with coffee. If you are in the market for a cheap, mild, yet decent cigar, my thoughts are below in this 8 minute video review.

MP3 Audio 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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