Cigar Reviews: Winter 2017

Cohiba Macassar Double Corona Dominican Republic      7.25”x54     Medium 95-Rated From its Cuban origin to its recent Nicaraguan innovations, Cohiba has long been known for defining class and elegance in the cigar industry. Packaged in a luxurious case made with some of the rarest hardwoods in the world, Macassar impresses from first glance. Havana wrappers marry […]

Cohiba

Cohiba Macassar Double Corona

Dominican Republic      7.25”x54     Medium

95-Rated

From its Cuban origin to its recent Nicaraguan innovations, Cohiba has long been known for defining class and elegance in the cigar industry. Packaged in a luxurious case made with some of the rarest hardwoods in the world, Macassar impresses from first glance. Havana wrappers marry with a lush combo of Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers to deliver nuances of wood, spice, cream, earth, and a rich tobacco core combine with a medium to full-bodied balance that only Cohiba can execute this flawlessly. It’s a tall order to fill – but Macassar might be the finest Cohiba ever rolled.

Latitude-Zero

Latitude Zero Excursion Robusto

Nicaragua      5”x54      Medium-Full

94-Rated

The Oliva Tobacco Company is a veritable star within the cigar industry. Latitude Zero Excursion is the latest handmades to employ leaves from Oliva, joining the ranks of Davidoff and Ashton. The wrapper is a thick and oily Maduro leaf, aged twice as long as standards dictate to provide exemplary flavor and punch. A rich aroma of brownies is present upon lighting, complementing notes of earth, leather, and a satisfying touch of dark chocolate. Excursion, a superior Maduro-wrapped creation from the leading growers in the industry.

Davidoff

Davidoff Yamasa Toro

Dominican Republic      6”x52      Medium-Full

92-Rated

Calling upon rare tobaccos from the Dominican’s underutilized (yet waiting) Yamasa region, Davidoff’s newest offering known as Yamasa is a welcome addition to the brand’s highly-acclaimed portfolio. It took a team of scientists to perfect the growing conditions for this region, but the results are immediately evident — hints of sweetness and leather join a rich core of spices to make a complex cigar changing from one puff to the next. Milk chocolate brown Yamasa wrappers combine with four different, extensively aged long-leaf varieties to complete a Davidoff bred to satisfy.

La-Palina

La Palina Red Label Petit Lancero

Honduras      6”x40      Mild-Medium

91-Rated

If you haven’t already, take notice of La Palina. This luxurious brand has been making some waves lately, thanks to a generous array of delicious releases over the past few years. La Palina Red Label, and its use of Ecuador Habano wrappers overtop aged Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers, is a prime example. Made at the famed Pinar del Rio factory, this Petit Lancero dishes out mild to medium-bodied hints of red pepper, wood, earth, and nuts throughout a creamy core. Full flavored yet light in body, Red Label is a reliable and delicious everyday option.

Padron

Padron Family Reserve Maduro No. 44

Nicaragua      6.25”x52      Full

94-Rated

Family Reserve Maduro, a jewel from Padron individually handcrafted from ten-year-aged tobaccos. An undeniably unique experience worthy of celebratory moments. A complex, flavorful, exquisitely made cigar layered with big, bold flavors. Expect satisfying notes of spices and wood back by a rich tobacco core and nutty finish that will make you eager to come back for more. Reviewing this cigar was nothing short of extraordinary. I suggest you ‘review’ it, too.

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