I just love it when a plan comes together. Though calling what I have for you this week the result of a “plan” is really stretching it. It’s more the result of a little luck and a lot of shooting from the hip. Last week, Rich Meade (a regular on the Stogie Review forum, and occasional front-page guest reviewer) and I were sitting in the Buckhead Cigar Club here in Atlanta, doing what guys do in a cigar shop, smoking cigars and telling lies. In the course of the evening, we both found ourselves in possession of the yet-to-be-released Dominicano by Nestor Miranda.
Rich is a photographer by trade, and had been talking a lot about expanding his expertise into video. Sensing an opportunity to do some video without the hassle of editing, I told him that if he wanted to get some more video practice under his belt, we outta do a joint video review of the Dominicano. Instead of proposing unconventional and unpleasant uses for the cigars I just acquired, he agreed. We met up on Sunday, again at Buckhead Cigar, lit up our Dominicano Robusto Grandes and did a lot of recording. And from that rocky mess of footage, Rich put together a pretty impressive joint video cigar review!
But before we get to the video, here’s the scoop on the Dominicano. This cigar marks Don “Pepin” Garcia’s first adventure with tobacco from the Dominican Republic. And he didn’t mess around. He opted to wrap the Nicaraguan bedrock of this extension to the Nestor Miranda line in the same wrapper you’ll find on La Aurora’s 100 Años cigars. In addition to the Robusto Grande vitola Rich and I smoked for this review, the Dominicano will also be available in the following sizes: Coffee Break (4 1/2 x 50), Pyramide (6 1/8 x 52) and Lancero (7.5 x 40), which I incorrectly called a Churchill in the video. Speaking of video, here it is:
Size: 5 1/2 x 54
Wrapper: Dominican Republic Corojo (La Aurora 100 Años wrapper)
Smoking Time: 1 1/2 hours
Beverages: Water/Sweet Tea
Source: Free Samples
Price: MSRP $7.00 – $8.00
We do mention it in the video, but bears mention again that this review is based on single experiences with a pre-release cigar. The product available in cigar shops in March will have had the benefit of at least another solid month of age, and less rocky storage conditions. So yeah, your mileage may vary.
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