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From: CigarCyclopedia

Los Angeles, June 9 2006
  reprinted with permission from  

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Los Angeles, June 9 – The artist known as Prince and other names and symbols immortalized the phrase “I’m gonna party like it’s 1999" in his 1983 hit titled . . . “1999.”
  John Vogel will tell you, however, that he can party like a cigar smoker from 1959!  
  Vogel is the career agronomist who founded Tabacos de la Cordillera in San Jose, Costa Rica to grow tobacco from authentic, first-generation Cuban seeds dating back as far as 1945. Collected over his more than 40 years in the tobacco trade, his goal is to bring the rich flavors of Cuban harvests long past to cigars made in the 21st Century.  
  He introduced the Cumbres de Puriscal lines last year (pictured above), offering three different blends: Gold, Silver and Emerald. The Gold has been the most popular so far, although the Silver is the heaviest at medium-to-full in body. All three types are offered in a full range of nine shaped. We decided to try the Gold and see what the fuss is about.  
  Cumbres de Puriscal Gold:
[Costa Rica: available in 9 sizes]
This is a medium-bodied cigar, but its refinement and balance impress you immediately.
  The cigars we tried were very well made, drew easily and burned evenly throughout. There’s a gently caramelized aroma that’s inviting and it enhances the lightly caramelized flavor profile.  
  There’s never even a hint of bitterness and the delicate taste slows you down so that you can appreciate it more. In its flavor and depth, it reminds one of the Cuban Juan Lopez brand, which we have found is among the very best medium-bodied cigars on the planet.  
  Best of all, the taste and strength remain consistent throughout the cigar, relaxing the smoker. The finish is fairly short, but is not a drawback; you simply wait for the next puff.  
  The taste settles down a bit in mid-course and there is just a hint of spice – only a tingle! – towards the end  
  As good as advertised, the CdP Gold is wonderfully made and very well priced at $3.25 to $5.90 retail. Its only drawback is that it is only available online and not at retail stores. Perhaps this will be corrected at next month’s Retail Tobacco Dealers of America trade show in Las Vegas. It’s the only thing wrong with this brand.
Overall grade: A: Exceptional.
  In addition to the Cumbres de Puriscal Gold, we had a chance to try three other blends, also wedded to a particular year!  



"Ancestral Cuban seeds grow the world's finest cigars™"


Tabacos de la Cordillera
Santa Marta de Puriscal
Costa Rica, Central America

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