Partagás Cifuentes Diciembre Review!

Brand:  Partagás                Country: Dominican Republic
   Size:  Robusto 5.5×49    Wrapper: Corojo
 Price:  $5.70

The Label Factor:

Well, thanks goodness for random samplers, because I never would have purchased this cigar on it’s own, purely because of the underwhelming label. First of all, it’s ugly. Second of all, there are several paragraphs of Spanish text that I don’t understand and I am programmed to dislike what I don’t understand. In a nutshell, ugly label. BUT! This turned out to be a pretty enjoyable smoke, especially considering the price I paid: $0.33. This was one of three cigars from a CI sampler for $1. A cigar would have to be pretty bad for me to think it wasn’t worth $.33.

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Alec Bradley Tempus Review!

Brand:   Alec Bradley                Country:  Honduras
   Size:   Quadrum 5×55           Wrapper:  Criollo
 Price:   $8.15 (Buy)

The Label Factor:

Just because we are fancy and have a cigar blog doesn’t mean we don’t judge sticks by their covers.  In case that reference is more obscure than I think it is, what I mean is, we judge cigars by their labels.  Are we all on the same page now?  Good.  The Alec Bradley Tempus is a gorgeous cigar with an excellent label. That’s it.  End of review.

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Man O’War Ruination Review!

Brand:   Man O’War                 Country:  Ecuador
   Size:   Robusto 5×50            Wrapper:  Habano
 Price:   $7.00-$11.00 (More on this below)

The Label Factor:

With a name like Man O’War Ruination, a less than stellar label would not suffice.  Thankfully, the entire Man O’War line of cigars come wrapped in some of the coolest and most eye-catching labels you will find.  A spartan helmet adorned above the cigars name will impress anybody; smoker or otherwise.

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My Uzi Weighs A Ton Review!

Brand:   Drew Estate                 Country:  Nicaragua
   Size:   Robusto 5×60              Wrapper:  Maduro
 Price:   $8.90 (Buy)

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The Label Factor:

You know the mold? Well it’s broken with this one. You won’t find a shiny embossed label on the My Uzi. Instead you find a substantial text-based label that was interesting enough to lure us in. The name of this cigar is a full sentence, so you need a pretty large label just to fit everything on there.

It was hard to judge this book by its cover because it’s unlike any other covers I’ve seen. In the end, the label leaves you with a strong, bold impression. Very much the opposite of the impression left by the cigar itself.

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