Cigars

Cigar Review

Alec Bradley, Black Market Vandal “The Con” | Toro Honduras                   6.0” x 50                    Mellow-Medium                93-Rated The Honduran Connecticut wrapper hugging this Toro is both silky and toothy, and is used to […]

Alec Bradley, Black Market Vandal “The Con” | Toro
Honduras                   6.0” x 50                    Mellow-Medium                93-Rated

The Honduran Connecticut wrapper hugging this Toro is both silky and toothy, and is used to conceal an aged combination of Honduran and Nicaraguan long-fillers. The pre-light aroma is sweet with a touch of barnyard…a really good sign.  Upon lighting, I am greeted with a rush of sweet cedar and sweet tobacco. The aroma is sweet and somewhat zesty. As the cigar burns, notes of cashew and cream enter, adding layers of balanced complexity to a well-made, elegant cigar.

Cohiba, Connecticut | Toro
Dominican Republic                       6.5” x 52                      Medium             95-Rated

Everything about this cigar screams luxurious. The name. The silky, seamless Connecticut wrapper from Ecuador. The shimmering, glossy band. I’ve had a dozen Cohiba Connecticuts since its release and can testify: the flavor and performance lives true to my first impression. The smoke is exceedingly creamy, sitting heavy on my palate and dusting every last taste bud with notes of cedar, toast and peanut, with a subtle touch of white pepper on the finish. The burn is slow and true, as each 6.5” Toro provides a soothing experience that pairs perfect with sweet rum or creamed coffee.

AJ Fernandez, La Gran Llave Double Corona
Nicaragua                   7.5” x 54                     Medium-Full                       93-Rated

This cigar looks like a chocolate bar. The dark, San Andres Maduro wrapper is dark, toothy and loaded with oil, and the aroma at the foot is rich and toasty. Fortunately, the cigar delivers. Each puff releases a heavy plume of smoke that fills the palate, offering a rich array of cocoa notes followed by hints of cream and coffee. After the initial inch, I pick up oak and rich tobacco, complemented by a long finish that includes pepper and a unique touch of almond. There’s a lot going on here, and I like it all. A lot.

Ruin10

Man O’ War Ruination,  10th Anniversary | Box-Pressed Gordo
Nicaragua                    6.0” x 60                       Full                         94-Rated

Big, heavy in the hand, dark and oily, solid from head to toe and softly box-pressed. That’s the look and feel of this 60-ring Man O’ War. From the get-go, the flavor is bold and pronounced. An earthy spice blasts the front of the palate, while each puff pumps out thick, pillowy clouds of gray, aromatic smoke above. The spice mellows after an inch, giving way to notes of leather and oak that linger long on the aftertaste. Midway through, the cigar grows more powerful down to the nub, with satisfying spices returning just before the end. A complex and eventful cigar.

My Father | Corona Limited Edition
Nicaragua                     5.0” x 42                           Medium-Full                       95-Rated

Cuban-esque. If you took just one thing from this short review, make it that: Cubanesque. From the 5”x42 vitola to the Cuban-born maker and hearty flavor profile, this cigar could be straight out of Havana. A dark Ecuador Habano wrapper sits atop a Nicaraguan binder and bold Nicaraguan long-fillers, promoting a flavor-packed bouquet loaded with notes of peanut, espresso bean, earth and pepper. I get no twists or turns, just a blast of flavor from start to finish, delivered in smooth fashion down to the nub. This cigar may change your mind about Coronas.

Share This:

Cigar Review

Caldwell Collection, The King is Dead Premier Dominican Republic                       5.5” x 50                            Medium                       93-Rated The chocolatey look. The solid roll. The pre-light aroma. Each of these is perfect, setting high expectations before flame meets cigar. […]

Caldwell Collection, The King is
Dead
Premier
Dominican Republic                       5.5” x 50                            Medium                       93-Rated
The chocolatey look. The solid roll. The pre-light aroma. Each of these is perfect, setting high expectations before flame meets cigar. Upon lighting, two things are apparent. Each of the 5 Dominican tobaccos used to create this cigar are of superior quality, and the cigar has been extensively aged post-roll. Every draw from this slow-burning Robusto produces a warm bouquet, complete with toast, earth and milk chocolate. The finish is long yet subtle, completing a luxurious display of balanced, smooth flavors.
Drew Estate, Undercrown Sun Grown Flying Pig
Nicaragua                            6.0” x 54                          Medium-Full             93-Rated

Shaped like a Blackhawk Torpedo Bomb, this Drew Estate creation sports an oily sungrown wrapper from Ecuador and aged long-fillers from Nicaraguan bound by a Connecticut Habano leaf. The smoke is flavorful and complex, offering dense hints of leather, oak and earth complemented by bright hints of spice. A unique sweet and savory nuance lingers from time to time, which I can only describe as cinnamon. This Flying Pig is complex and burns incredibly slow despite its short stature.

Padilla, Finest Hour Connecticut Toro
Honduras        6.0” x 52                               Mellow-Medium                        91-Rated

This 52-ring Toro is perfectly rolled, solid from head to toe and boasts an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper that’s silky and smooth to the touch. Underneath, two Nicaraguan binders secure a vintage mixture of Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers. The bouquet is rich yet mellow, layered by sweet cedar and creamed coffee and finished by a long, toasty aftertaste. A fine fit for anytime enjoyment. No bells, whistles, twists or turns. Just smooth, buttery, soothing and tasty to the nub.

Puros, Indios Bronco
Honduras                    6.5” x 56                               Medium-Full                         92-Rated

I have always loved this classic cigar. Born by the hands of a legend, the late Rolanda Reyes, Sr., Puros Indios is as Cuban-esque and rustic as it gets. Cuban-seed Honduran long-leaf tobaccos reside within a leathery Ecuador Sumatra wrapper to create a rich and chewy smoke. Each draw exhibits rich earth and rich tobacco. A touch of coffee surfaces from time to time, while a subtle zest is constant throughout the burn. Better still, the raw, Cuban twang that’s present from start to finish…deliciously oldschool.

Rocky Patel, Vintage 1979 Churchill
Honduras                     7.0” x 48                               Medium                       95-Rated

Savor this cigar – enjoying a genuine African Cameroon wrapper leaf cultivated anywhere close to 1979 is a rare treat. Underneath this toothy, milk chocolate-hued wrapper, long-fillers from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican combine to deliver an exquisite series of earth, sweet cedar, rich tobacco and gentle spices. The wrappers’ natural sweetness completes each savory puff, offering a touch of toasted peanut on the finish.

Share This:

Cigar Reviews: Spring 2018

Caldwell Eastern Standard Cypress Room (robusto) Dominican  Republic        6.0”x54                               Medium 94-Rated I’ll start my review with one word: smooth. Then I’ll add another just before it: buttery smooth. Everything about Caldwell Eastern Standard is smooth. From the silky Ecuador Connecticut wrapper to the soft, pillowy smoke that fills thy palate. Beneath this dark-ish leaf, Nicaraguan and […]

Caldwell Eastern Standard Cypress Room (robusto)
Dominican  Republic        6.0”x54                               Medium
94-Rated
I’ll start my review with one word: smooth. Then I’ll add another just before it: buttery smooth. Everything about Caldwell Eastern Standard is smooth. From the silky Ecuador Connecticut wrapper to the soft, pillowy smoke that fills thy palate. Beneath this dark-ish leaf, Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos unite to present a medium-bodied array of cedar and cream with a lemon-like citrus. During the burn, a dash of white pepper completes each puff and lingers nicely on the finish.
Camacho Powerband Gordo
Honduras                            6.0”x60                               Full
91-Rated
This 60-ring vitola is big, beefy, solid from head to toe and sits heavy in my hand. The pre-light is straight barnyard, which I love. Upon lighting, I get blasted with charcoal and earth. A bold start, that eventually mellows to unveil a dark, roasted display of bitter cocoa and toasted oak. The finish is long, dominated by earthy undertones and complemented by pepper. The strength increases towards the nub, helping to complete a robust and satisfying experience.
Cohiba Blue Robusto
Dominican Republic        5.5”x50                               Medium
90-Rated
A 3-country blend from Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican mingle inside a leathery-brown Honduran wrapper to create Cohiba Blue. The cigar burns a bit fast, but stays cool and brings a wealth of subtle flavors I enjoy. Leather, sweet tobacco, cedar and cream. The smoke is smooth out of the gates and remains medium in body throughout. I noticed no bells, nor whistles, but found Cohiba Blue to be a straightforward yet flavorful cigar with delightful aromas.
Mi Querida SakaKhan (Churchill)
Nicaragua 7.0”x50 Medium-Full
93-Rated
Sometimes I say chewy. Grab a Mi Querida. You’ll know why. The dark, Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper on this slow-burning Churchill delivers a rich and sweet flavor with a chewy mouthfeel. A nice vehicle to prepare my palate for a dense series of earth, cocoa and espresso bean. Midway through, the Nicaraguan tobaccos inside kick in, revealing earth and pepper backed by ample power. I suggest setting aside a good hour-plus for this cigar. It burns slow and is worth the attention.
Rocky Patel 1961 Toro
Nicaragua                            6.5” x 52                               Medium
91-Rated
Disclaimer: 1961 may not be Rocky’s finest creation, but I’ll be damned if you can find something more relaxing with an RP band on it. The cigar is gorgeous, sporting an oily, reddish Habano wrapper from Ecuador. Underneath, well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos marry to create a smooth and sweet cigar. I get sweet tobacco and sweet cedar, followed by a spicy-sweet aftertaste. The aroma is like freshly baked bread and, every now and then, it hits the taste buds. It’s pretty darn good.

Share This:

Cigar Reviews: Winter 2018

CAO Flathead V660 Carb Nicaragua               6.0” x 60               Full 95-Rated Big. Beefy. Box-Pressed. Also, the head is flat. The V660 Carb sits like a brick in my hand, and burned slower than a decision on Ezekiel’s suspension during this review. A chocolate brown Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper cloaks this beast, imparting a rich bouquet that’s sweet […]

CAO Flathead V660 Carb

Nicaragua               6.0” x 60               Full

95-Rated

Big. Beefy. Box-Pressed. Also, the head is flat. The V660 Carb sits like a brick in my hand, and burned slower than a decision on Ezekiel’s suspension during this review. A chocolate brown Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper cloaks this beast, imparting a rich bouquet that’s sweet on the finish. Underneath, Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers combine to add leather, earth, and an almost sugary-sweetness I can only describe as molasses. Complex from the start, this CAO grows quite full throughout.

La Palina El Diario Torpedo

Honduras               6.1” x 52               Full

92-Rated

Leathery in appearance and oily to the touch, this powerful Honduran marries Nicaraguan Criollo and Corojo tobaccos inside an impressive Honduran Rosado wrapper. Aging is evident in the flavor, as this Torpedo dishes out big, bold flavors in surprisingly refined fashion. I get cocoa and spice up front, while cedar and rich tobacco linger on the finish just before a dash of white pepper enters the fray. Eventful yet graceful, El Diario is a perfect complement to a healthy pour after a generous meal.

New World by AJ Fernandez Churchill

Nicaragua               7.0” x 52               Medium-Full

93-Rated

I’ll say it now. I love cigars with tobaccos cultivated from the volcanic soils of Ometepe. These leaves are robust and flavorful, offering a gritty earthiness you’ll notice instantly. AJ combined these tobaccos with rich, chocolatey leaves from Esteli and aromatic long-fillers from Condega, then topped them off with a dark Nicaraguan wrapper. Espresso notes mingle with spicy-sweet nuances with each cocoa-laced puff. Then there’s the luxurious aroma, which I find myself savoring each time I put this Churchill down.

Partagas Aniversario 170 Robusto

Dominican Republic               5.0” x 50               Medium

94-Rated

Complex, no doubt, the 170th anniversary of Partagas had me at the pre-light aroma. Part freshly-baked bread, part barnyard, this cigar has a lot going on even before it’s lit. Upon lighting, the promise continues to the tune of sweet cedar, cream, toast, pepper, and dark chocolate. Midway through, I pick up a nuttiness…almost like the roasted skin of a peanut. Four countries came together to make this beauty, including Cameroon for the wrapper, Connecticut, USA for the Habano binder, and a blend of long-fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican.

Quesada Reserva Privada Toro

Dominican Republic        5.6” x 54               Mild-Medium

92-Rated

Blonde in color, Quesada Reserva employs a seamless Connecticut wrapper from Ecuador. Rich and soothing, this leaf produces a creamy core that clings to the palate. Underneath, Dominican long-leaf tobaccos meet dark, Pennsylvania Broadleaf long-fillers to create a lovely rich and elegant array of flavor. A nuttiness is present, but doesn’t overshadow subtle hints of wood, rich tobacco, and citrus. Soothing yet satisfying, Quesada Reserva was an enjoyable cigar to review to say the least.

Share This:

Cigar Reviews Summer 2017

5 Vegas Gold Toro Honduras 6.0”x50 Mild 92-Rated Silky at first glance, this golden Toro has a pleasant, barnyard pre-light aroma and feels solid. The Ecuador Connecticut wrapper is gorgeous, and graces a well-aged blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobaccos. The smoke is creamy. Almost buttery. Spice greets my palate upfront, eventually giving way […]

5 Vegas Gold Toro

Honduras 6.0”x50 Mild
92-Rated

Silky at first glance, this golden Toro has a pleasant, barnyard pre-light aroma and feels solid. The Ecuador Connecticut wrapper is gorgeous, and graces a well-aged blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobaccos. The smoke is creamy. Almost buttery. Spice greets my palate upfront, eventually giving way to ample hints of peanut and cashew. There’s even a slight sweetness mixed in, which lasts until the spice returns for a finale. Mild, yet incredibly eventful, this is a daily burner for sure.

Diesel Rage Torpedo

Nicaragua                            5.0” x 56               Medium-Full
93-Rated

Earth. Vanilla. Coffee. Sweet cedar. Spice. I’ve burned a ton of Diesel Rage(s??) and the 56-ring Torpedo showcases these flavors in grand fashion. Ecuador Habano Sun Grown wrappers extra-fermented to an Oscuro state hug a ligero-laced recipe of Nicaraguan long-fillers spawned by Cuban seeds. The result: a luxurious marriage of strength, complexity, and balance that grows more intense throughout the burn but never overwhelms. Tons of big boy flavor delivered in smooth fashion, that’s Rage.

Mi Querida SakaKhan

Nicaragua                            7.0” x 50               Medium-Full
92-Rated

All Nicaraguan long-fillers mingle inside a dark and toothy Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. All are aged extensively and blended to perfection, creating Mi Querida. This Churchill-sized vitola unleashes a wealth of chocolate and sweet Maduro undertones from the get-go, opening up midway through to unveil espresso, oak, earth, and a dash of pepper. It’s tasty, and jam-packed with tobacco to burn super slow. Consider Mi Querida your sleeper pick that covers the spread, and then some.

Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Imperial Maduro

Nicaragua                            6.0” x 54               Medium-Full
95-Rated

Since grandma was a girl, this gem has been a darling among cigar enthusiasts. I decided to burn the Imperial Maduro to tell you why. This dark, 54-ring cigar is dense, solid from head to toe, and feels heavy in the hand. Upon lighting, a rich, lush bouquet smacks my palate and coats each taste bud with heavy, creamy smoke. After a few minutes, the richness gives way to a deep core of coffee, cocoa, earth. A unique nuttiness lingers on the finish, and is complemented by hints of spice and toast. No twists or turns throughout the burn, just a complex, superior handmade worthy of celebration.

Partagas Black Label Clasico

Dominican Republic        5.25” x 54             Full
93-Rated

This beast is dark and oily to the touch. Once burning, thick clouds of gray smoke fill my office. Aromatic clouds, smelling of charcoal and earth. Love that. The flavor is big and chewy, dishing out robust notes of earth met by a delicious touch of leather just before the exhale. Retrohale (exhale through the nose) to appreciate the true full-flavored nature of Partagas Black – you’ll discover layers of subtle nuances, including coffee bean and black pepper. Expect a slow, satisfying burn from this cigar.

Share This:

Cigar Reviews: Spring 2017

Torano Exodus Robusto Honduras   5.0 x 54   Medium 92-Rated Torano. No stranger to unique blends, has whipped up something special with this new Exodus. Complexity is an understatement, as this 54-ring Robusto dishes out layers of chewy flavors with each puff. Tobaccos from five countries were utilized, and smoothly combine beneath a dark and […]

Torano

Torano Exodus Robusto

Honduras   5.0 x 54   Medium

92-Rated

Torano. No stranger to unique blends, has whipped up something special with this new Exodus. Complexity is an understatement, as this 54-ring Robusto dishes out layers of chewy flavors with each puff. Tobaccos from five countries were utilized, and smoothly combine beneath a dark and toothy Honduran wrapper. Oak, earth, leather, sweet spices, cedar…and so much more. All delivered gracefully throughout the medium-bodied bouquet. Cuban-esque from head to toe, this pretty handmade delivers.

Aging-Room

Aging Room Small Batch Fortissimo M20

Dominican Republic    5.75” x 47   Full

92-Rated

I love this size. A little salomon-shaped figurado, softly box-pressed and finished with a pigtail cap. A Mexican wrapper from the famed San Andres wrapper glistening with oils. A powerful blend of Dominican long-leaf ligeros inside a feisty Dominican binder. Upon lighting, you know this cigar has spent some time in the aging rooms. The palate is instantly greeted with creamy notes of cedar and toast. Every few puffs a peppery blast reminds me of the ligero within. So smooth, so creamy, and the burn is gradual, enabling me to savor every little nuance.

Oliva-Melanio

Oliva Serie ‘V’ Melanio Torpedo

Nicaragua   6.5” x 52   Medium-Full

95-Rated

Chocolate bar. You’ll agree once you grab a Melanio for yourself. The pre-light aroma ignites visions of a warm loaf of bread. The initial light offers a blast of black pepper, but quickly tames to showcase a wide range of rich flavors. Leather, coffee and cream first, then cedar, cocoa, and toast upon reaching the midway point. Towards the end, the pepper returns to deliver a robust finale that’s downright delicious and exceedingly satisfying, despite surprising. Get ready for a treat, my friend.

Nat-Sherman

Nat Sherman Timeless Nicaraguan 749

Nicaragua   7.0” x 49   Medium

91-Rated

Dark and toothy, this Churchill is solid from head to toe. Comprised entirely of aged Nicaraguan tobaccos, Timeless is a departure from the Nat Sherman you may know. Dense nuances blanket the taste buds throughout the burn. Notes of cocoa and cedar are prominent, while a lingering hint of dried fruit sits long after the exhale. The bouquet is mellow yet sophisticated, gradually evolving into a creamy core of coffee and earth tones. Expect big flavor delivered elegantly, and a slow-burning experience made complete by a fancy white ash.

Alec-Bradley

Alec Bradley Tempus Quadrum

Honduras   5.5” x 55   Full

94-Rated

For this review, I burned four of them. Not because I needed to, but because I love them. So yes, the Tempus Quadrum earns an easy ’94,’ and is something you can burn one after the other. You can stop reading here and go find one, or you can stay, and I’ll tell you about the robust notes of rich flavors this box-pressed beauty emits. Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers mingle inside a Habano wrapper to deliver gobs of richness, including oak, cedar, nuts, coffee, and sweet pepper. The burn is slow and true, and the profile grows stronger with each smoke-filled puff. Enjoy!

Share This:

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.

Share This:

Cigar Reviews: Autumn 2016

Brick House Mighty Mighty Nicaragua                            6.25” x 60             Medium-Full 93-Rated Brick House. A fitting name for this beefy vitola that’s jam-packed with aromatic tobacco, solid from head to toe, and sits heavy in the hand. Each Mighty Mighty burns slow and cool, dishing out layers of big, complex flavors from start to finish. Medium in […]

cigar-brick-house-mighty-mightyBrick House Mighty Mighty

Nicaragua                            6.25” x 60             Medium-Full

93-Rated

Brick House. A fitting name for this beefy vitola that’s jam-packed with aromatic tobacco, solid from head to toe, and sits heavy in the hand. Each Mighty Mighty burns slow and cool, dishing out layers of big, complex flavors from start to finish. Medium in body from the start, the strength gradually builds as nuances of earth and cedar mingle with pepper and coffee after each puff. A gentle sweetness from the thick Habano wrapper lingers long on the aftertaste, completing a scrumptious 90-minute journey.

cigar-graycliff-30-year-vintage-presidenteGraycliff

Nicaragua                            7.0” x 48               Medium

95-Rated

Expensive, yes…but, hear me out. Graycliff is a celebratory cigar, and 30-Year is fitting for the finest of occasions. The superior, 3-country blend of Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Honduran long-fillers mingles beautiful to deliver savory notes of cream and nuts complemented by chewy tobacco nuances and roasted espresso bean. The Cameroon wrapper adds a touch of roasted peanut, followed by sweetness, to create a luxurious, medium-bodied experience. Elegant and refined to the core.

cigar-macanudo-cafe-hyde-parkMacanudo Café Hyde Park

Dominican Republic        5.5” x 49               Mild

91-Rated

In a word: classic. Macanudo Café serves up a classic Dominican flavor, thanks to a silky Connecticut wrapper and aged long-fillers from the Dominican and Mexico. Subtle throughout, the key is to not overpower this cigar with a robust drink, enabling you to enjoy the soft hints of sweet cedar and toasty tobacco. Just enough Mexican tobacco is utilized to promote a faint touch of pepper. No twists. No turns. Just a consistently mellow yet tasty profile to soothe every last taste bud. Macanudo truly is the gentle giant.

cigar-ramon-bueso-olancho-vintage-toroRamon Bueso Olancho Vintage Toro

Honduras                            6.0” x 50               Medium-Full

93-Rated

Each Olancho Vintage is graced by a toothy Habano wrapper overtop a significantly well-aged blend of long-leaf tobaccos from Nicaragua alongside three varieties born from Honduran soil. Eventful is an understatement, as flavors come and go, build in complexity, grow in strength, and finally unite for a satisfying finale. Earth, leather, spice, oak, toast…this is a meaty cigar that consistently doles out dark, delicious flavors met by a perfect sweetness on the exhale. Through the nose you’ll receive ample spice, adding yet another tasty layer o’ goodness.

cigar-undercrown-shade-gran-toroUndercrown Shade Gran Toro

Nicaragua                            6.0” x 52               Medium

92-Rated

Silky. Smooth. Glistening with oils. That’s my first impression when looking at this 52-ring, Connecticut-wrapped Toro from Drew Estate’s Undercrown Shade line. The pre-light aroma is soft and sweet with a mellow floral note. There’s a dash of white pepper upon lighting. Throughout the burn, I pick up a buttery-smooth bouquet of cream, rich tobacco, toast, and a somewhat sweet hint of cashew. Midway through, subtle notes of white pepper return on the finish, yet never overpower the deliciousness I’m enjoying. Undercrown Shade, quite satisfying for a mellow, session-style handmade.

Share This:

Cigar Review: Summer 2016

AVO Syncro Nicaragua Box-Pressed Robusto Dominican Republic     5.0” x 50     Medium-Full 92-Rated This is AVO’s first blend with Nicaraguan tobacco, and hopefully it isn’t their last. A delicious, medium-bodied stick with a seamless Ecuador Connecticut wrapper. The inclusion of Nicaraguan long-fillers adds a bold, flavorful kick. Cream, leather, cedar, and a satisfying red pepper combine […]

vol5-1

AVO Syncro Nicaragua Box-Pressed Robusto

Dominican Republic     5.0” x 50     Medium-Full

92-Rated

This is AVO’s first blend with Nicaraguan tobacco, and hopefully it isn’t their last. A delicious, medium-bodied stick with a seamless Ecuador Connecticut wrapper. The inclusion of Nicaraguan long-fillers adds a bold, flavorful kick. Cream, leather, cedar, and a satisfying red pepper combine to keep things interesting down to the nub. Pairs well with a dark rum.

vol5-2

H. Upmann Media Noche Toro

Dominican Republic     6.0” x 54     Medium

93-Rated

Smooth and satisfying. The draw is easy, without being loose. Every puff of this Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro-wrapped cigar delivers waves of rich flavor. Dark espresso, leather, oak, and a natural tobacco sweetness are all prominent.  In addition, a thick cloud of smoke accompanies every draw, completing this a chewy, complexity-dense experience.  The finish is long, revealing a hickory, smoky-sweet flavor.

vol5-3

Macanudo Gold Label Lord Nelson (Churchill)

Dominican Republic     7.0” x 49     Mild

91-Rated

A real beauty to look at for any cigar lover. The Connecticut wrapper is silky-smooth, and perfectly complements the gold on the primary and secondary bands. The marriage of Cuban-seed Dominican and Mexican long-fillers consistently delivers a mixture of citrus, lemon sweetness and a cedary trace of pepper. Every inch of this Churchill burn cool, making Mac Gold the perfect companion to a mellow Sunday afternoon.

vol5-4

Man O’ War Armada Gordo

Nicaragua     6.5” x 56     Full

95-Rate

An absolute eruption of flavors from the get-go. Many cigars promise complexity, but Armada delivers in spades. This chunky 56-ring vitola employs a dark and oily Ecuador Sumatra wrapper, cloaking an aged mixture of Nicaraguan long-fillers. Expect a rich caramel sweetness to start, backed by bitter dark espresso note. The cigar crescendos into bold hints of earth, vanilla, coffee, and black pepper spices.

vol5-5

Punch Signature Torpedo

Honduras     5.8” x 52     Full

93-Rated

Cloaked in a reddish-brown Corojo wrapper, Punch Signature is an elegant blend. The Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers are rare and refined, while the Torpedo shape brings out red pepper and sweet spices. Throughout the burn, a tasty combo of soft floral flavors mingle with thick molasses and roasted nuts. The finish is all spice with some oak on the exhale. Dee-lish.

Share This:

Cigar Reviews: Spring 2016

Alec Bradley Black Market Vandal Perfecto Honduras     5.8”x60     Full 94-Rated This 60-ring Perfecto is a dream to look at. Burly, heavy in the heavy, and glistening with oils oozing from the dark Honduran wrapper. Underneath, a unique fusion of long-fillers from Honduras and the Panama is met with a proprietary leaf that brings spice in […]

vol4-2

Alec Bradley Black Market Vandal Perfecto

Honduras     5.8”x60     Full

94-Rated

This 60-ring Perfecto is a dream to look at. Burly, heavy in the heavy, and glistening with oils oozing from the dark Honduran wrapper. Underneath, a unique fusion of long-fillers from Honduras and the Panama is met with a proprietary leaf that brings spice in spades. This stick is a flavor bomb, unloading deep spices and blasts of pepper from first light. More mellow hints of hickory, cashew and rich tobacco linger on the satisfying finish.

vol4-4

Ashton Magnum

Dominican Republic     5.0”x50     Mild

92-Rated

This flawless Robusto is silky and smooth in appearance, thanks to a beautiful, Grade A Connecticut wrapper. The flavor mimics its appearance, as every Ashton delivers a mellow bouquet that’s creamy to the core and mellow with every puff. Sit back and enjoy the smooth Dominican long-fillers as they coat every taste bud with delicate notes of cream, sweet cedar, sweet tobacco, and a dash of white pepper. Mild, yet soothing.

vol4-1

Cohiba Nicaragua N5.5×54 (Toro)

Nicaragua     5.5”x54     Medium-Full

93-Rated

Cloaked by a reddish-hued Sun Grown Oscuro wrapper, this Toro is jam-packed with rich long-fillers from Nicaragua’s top valleys, Esteli and Jalapa, secured inside a Jalapa-grown binder. Expect rich and creamy notes of cedar and leather throughout the medium to full-bodied bouquet. Tamer hints of pepper and coffee bean complement each puff, and completing an eventful yet balanced cigar that grows stronger towards the nub.

vol4-3

Oliva Serie ‘V’ Belicoso

Nicaragua     5.0”x54     Full

95-Rated

Leather, pepper, nuts, wood, and so much more. There’s a lot going on inside this milk chocolate brown Torpedo. A graceful display of power, made possible by oily Habana Sun Grown wrappers, which hug a powerful marriage of long-leaf ligeros from Nicaragua. Each silky draw produces clouds of thick smoke, smothering the palate with tasty nuances that linger long after the exhale. Deliciously complex from start to finish.

vol4-5

Relic Robusto

Nicaragua     5.25”x52     Medium-Full

94-Rated

The bold pre-light aroma emitted from the foot of Relic promises a flavorful smoke. The Nicaraguan long-leaf ligeros and shade grown Habano wrapper from Nicaragua delivers this promise. Earthy nuances mingle with leather and espresso, while subtle hints of oak and dark chocolate shine through underlying spices. The strength builds during the burn. Aromatic smoke wafts overhead. This Relic hits all the senses.

Share This: