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New Cigars at 2012 IPCPR Trade Show - Part II

Reviews and First Impressions

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Prior to conducting full reviews, I have previewed a few more test samples of some new cigars that were featured by several cigar makers at the 2012 IPCPR Trade Show in Orlando. My first round of initial cigar reviews from the 2012 IPCPR can be found in Part I. All of the cigars sampled in these preliminary reviews were cut with the new and improved Shuriken Cigar Cutter, all were well made, all had great draws and even burns, and none required any relights. Click on "More Info" for additional information about any cigar.

Don Sixto Cigar

Don Sixto Cigar
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Don Sixto cigars are made by Nestor Plasencia in Honduras, and are marketed and distributed by General Cigar, beginning October 2012. All tobaccos in the 4-cigar Don Sixto collection are cultivated and processed by the Plasencia Group. The vitola sampled was the Corona Gorda, measuring 5 1/2 inches long with a ring gauge of 52. I found the cigar to be mild-to-medium bodied, with a very enjoyable semi-sweet spicy flavor with hints of pepper. This would be a great cigar for mainstream and new cigar smokers, but connoisseurs will like it, too. At a price of $6.25 per single stick, the Don Sixto Corona Gorda is a good value, and comparable in quality to some of the mild-to-medium higher end cigars put out by Ashton, Avo, and others. It took me 70 minutes to smoke the cigar down to 2" remaining. My rating is a very good 4 stars.
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Torano Salutem Cigar

Torano Salutem Cigar
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Salutem was the only "new" cigar introduced by the Torano Cigar Family at the 2012 IPCPR in Orlando. This cigar uses some Cameroon tobacco in the filler blend, as opposed to being used as the wrapper like most other cigars made with Cameroon tobacco (another cigar using Cameroon tobacco for filler is the Don Lino Africa). Salutem is a medium bodied cigar having a pleasant but mild spicy pepper flavor balanced with some nice earthy flavors in just the right amount (not what I would call a predominately earthy cigar). The cigar should appeal mostly to mainstream cigar smokers, but all smokers can enjoy Salutem. It took me 40 minutes to smoke the 5" Robusto down to 2 inches remaining. My preliminary rating is 3 1/2 to 4 stars. More Info and Video.
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Foundry Cigar

Foundry Cigar
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Foundry is not only a new cigar, but a new brand of cigars from General Cigar. Foundry is the brainchild of Michael Giannini, who told us about his new creation in a video that we captured at the IPCPR Trade Show in Orlando. He also told us to save the metal gears on these cigars, which will be used for a special promotion in the near future (make sure to click on "More Info" and watch the video). None of the tobacco used in Foundry cigars is traditional tobacco, it comes from four countries other than Nicaragua, Honduras and Dominican Republic. Michael would not reveal the origins of the proprietary tobaccos used in Foundry, but he did promise an unique smoking experience.

I admit, Foundry cigars do have some flavors that I have not tasted before. The cigar is fuller bodied with a bitter-sweet and sour herbal taste at the start, continuing strong for about 15 minutes when a dry cedar taste also joins in. This cigar is for experienced cigar smokers only. I will have to smoke more of these cigars to get a better handle on evaluating the flavor, so my very preliminary rating at this point is 3 to 3 1/2 stars, which is subject to the possibility of a significant change. I smoked the 5x60 size for one hour down to two inches remaining. More Info and Video.

Note on Shuriken Cigar Cutter

At this point in time, Foundry was the only cigar that I cut with a Shuriken cutter where I had to gently bite down on the head of the cigar to open the slits enough to get a good draw. So far, the cutter seems to work fine with any type of cigar, even those with a triple cap, since you can easily control the draw by the amount of pressure that you apply on the head of the cigar with your mouth.

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