La Paloma cigars, when first introduced, had substantial acceptance in the American marketplace at prices way above the present price. The Vintage Reserva edition is made from tobaccos that were not previously available but, having reached their maturity in early '08, are now available at lower prices. Hand made in the Dominican Republic with a rich Bahia Brazilian Maduro wrapper. Get a FREE Augusto Reyes 5-pack ($50 Retail Value).
Knowledgeable smokers claim Licenciados is the true son of the Havana cigar. Cigar Aficionado, in its June ’94 issue, awarded Licenciados a spectacular 93 rating! Most present-day Cubans don’t even come close. In point of fact, it’s the highest rating ever achieved by a non-Cuban cigar. How did this Havana, by way of the Dominican Republic, manage to achieve its 93 rating?For the answer to that, you need to know something of the dedication of Manuel Quesada, the guiding force behind Licenciados. It has been his single-minded passion to reproduce the famous taste of the Cubans of 40 years ago. Of course, this could be said of many of the old guard expatriate families since Castro. But none have succeeded on a par to match Quesada.
Bauzá belonged to that select group of Cuban cigars that were never exported. The conventional wisdom has it that the Cuban government of the 1920’s and 1930’s didn’t want to muddy the water by allowing too many Cuban brands into the export market. Bauzá, however, quickly found a ready acceptance on the local market and with tourists.Bauzá remains one of the true limited production cigars. It will never have wide distribution, and because of that, many will never taste it. It just isn’t available where most people buy cigars. The reason is simple. There just isn’t enough tobacco to meet the demand. This is a full-bodied cigar that takes a back seat to no one! Its mellow taste is accomplished by letting the Cubanito and Olor fillers cure for an extra year. Then when they are rolled in a Cameroon wrapper and aged, they emerge unparalleled. In the Cigar Aficionado/Cigar Insider rating system, Bauzá consistently achieves scores from 87 to 92. We feel it is our responsibility to bring these limited production treasures to the attention of the truly knowledgeable smoker. These are the cigars the manufacturer, Carlos Fuente, can lavish his attention on, can assign the energies of his star rollers to, can devote some of his best tobaccos to – ones that are not even available to large manufacturers because there simply isn’t enough to meet their demands.