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“Para Japon” cigar was created by La Aurora. Proceeds are being donated to relief efforts for Japan in wake of the catastrophic earthquake that rocked Japan in 2011.

The Para Japon cigar is available in only 1 size, a 5 x 50 robusto. The cigar is beautifully wrapped in Nicaraguan tobacco; bound together by Dominican tobacco; and blended with selected tobaccos from Cameroon, Brazil and Dominican Republic.

This cigar has an exquisite blend of tobaccos that provides a rich earthy complex smoke with lots of flavor, hints of spice, well balanced with an intense aroma and a long finish.

May 6th was free cigar day for most retailers. Nestor Miranda was giving away an Art Deco cigar with any cigar purchased. I'd smoked one of these at the IPCPR and really enjoyed it, however, when they came in the shop I was on a Liga Privada T52 binge. On free cigar day I smoked an Art Deco and was floored. It is a really good cigar. It flew under my radar and I'm sorry I have missed its tasty goodness for so long, so I have been making up for lost time by smoking a lot of the Art Deco.

The Art Deco is a full bodied cigar with a medium strength. It is spicy with a woody undertone and a subtle sweet molasses note. This is a fantastic everyday affordable smoke. Get your Art Deco cigars at

Guillermo Leon is the man behind the successful La Aurora Cigar Company and finally has a cigar with his name on it. The cigar was released at the annual cigar trade show in 2010. The Guillermo Leon Signature cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a double binder with Dominican Corojo and African Cameroon and a filler blend of Dominican, Peruvian, Nicaraguan, and Brazilian tobacco.

Enough with the technical mumbo jumbo let’s get down to describing the blue smoke. From the first puff on the cigar has loads of flavor and balance. Surprisingly the cigar builds in intensity till about the halfway point then plateaus only finally increasing again during the last quarter. The cigar is medium to full bodied in strength but full flavored with lots of character and balance. Notes of peppery, earthy spice with a wonderful subtle sweetness are present throughout the entire smoke. I wish these cigars would get a little more recognition because these could have easily placed very high on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2010. Here is hoping they make the list for 2011!

I know I have said it before, but I love new cigar arrival day at Corona Cigar Co. Today we received our shipment of Zino Platinum Z Class. I have been awaiting this cigar for a few weeks now as it has been touted as being medium to full bodied. Since I smoke predominately in the medium to full bodied category I like to see if cigar makers actually make good on their claims of full bodied status. The Zino Platinum Z Class definitely delivers.

The Z Class is not a strong cigar but it is most certainly full bodied. It has loads of flavor and a very nice nose spice when retro nasally exhaled. Each size is supposed to have a slightly unique profile. So far I have smoked a 550 R (robusto) and am currently smoking a 654T (toro). To be honest the only difference I have made out is the robusto seemed to be slightly stronger. Both have really delivered on taste and at $8 to $12 a cigar I will definitely be smoking more of these.

These are currently available only as pre-release at select Davidoff retailers, so look for these online at or call 1-888-70- CIGAR.

Fire Up A Zino Platinum Z-Class Series

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