Cigars

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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cigar Review: Winter 2016

Ave Maria Divinia Toro Tubo Nicaragua     6.0” x 54     Medium-Full 94-Rated Justifiably, it was tough clipping the cap of this flawless Habano Sun Grown-wrapped Toro. Ecuador-born, this leaf offers ample notes of black pepper and a luxurious sweetness that lingers long on the finish. Feisty long-fillers grown throughout Nicaragua reside within, adding deep hints of […]

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Ave Maria Divinia Toro Tubo

Nicaragua     6.0” x 54     Medium-Full

94-Rated

Justifiably, it was tough clipping the cap of this flawless Habano Sun Grown-wrapped Toro. Ecuador-born, this leaf offers ample notes of black pepper and a luxurious sweetness that lingers long on the finish. Feisty long-fillers grown throughout Nicaragua reside within, adding deep hints of cocoa, coffee, earth, and nuts. From start to finish, a savory Cuban-esque twang teases the taste buds as thick smoke swirls about the palate. Bold and complex yet refined.

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Davidoff Escurio Gran Toro

Dominican Republic     5.5” x 58     Medium

92-Rated

Rich and flavorful, that’s Escurio in a tasty, tasty nutshell. Outside, you’ll notice a lovely Ecuador Habano wrapper that’s dark and glistening with oils. Waiting beneath, an eventful marriage of Brazilian and Dominican long-fillers. Notes of cream complement spicy-sweet nuances, awakening the palate for subtleties of leather, sweet oak, and a dash of nutmeg. Instant satisfaction from first light and medium in body.

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Gurkha Cellar Reserve Solara

Dominican Republic     7.0” x 52     Medium-Full

95-Rated

Silky to the touch, the Cellar Reserve combines extensively aged Dominican long-fillers with a Dominican Olor binder and a beautiful Criollo ’98 wrapper. As expected, each puff is elegant and smooth. Noble flavors gradually gain intensity during the burn, including sweet cedar, leather, and cocoa bean. A nutty influence joins the fray midway through, adding yet another tasty sensation towards the full-flavored finale. Sophisticated throughout.

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La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black No. 64

Dominican Republic     6.25” x 64     Full

92-Rated

Solid from head to toe, this girthy vitola is heavy in the hand and oily to the touch. Cloaked by a dark ligero wrapper, Serie R Black is a Nicaraguan puro chock full of aged long-fillers from Jalapa and Esteli. Layered with complexity, expect competing notes of black pepper, earth, and coffee backed by underlying hints of cedar, cream, and sweet spices. Outlandish in size, but no doubt enjoyable.

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Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne Epicure

Nicaragua      6.0” x 54     Mild-Medium

93-Rated

Where mild-bodied meets full-flavored. Nicaraguan long-fillers and Connecticut wrappers meet to produce an exceedingly creamy bouquet and aromatic clouds of white smoke. Rich tobacco, coffee, toasted wood, and a unique sweetness all dominate with each puff, just before the slightest touch of pepper lingers on the finish. Mellow, but Nicaraguan to the core and suitable for everyone.

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Cigar Reviews: Autumn 2015

CAO Pilón Robusto Nicaragua     5.0” x 52     Medium to Full 91-Rated Cloaked by a thick Habano wrapper born from Ecuador, each CAO Pilón comes equipped with bold long-fillers from Nicaragua inside a zesty Nicaraguan binder. The result is a medium-bodied profile tip-toeing the lines of full, dusting the palate with eventful hints of spice, sweet […]

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CAO Pilón Robusto

Nicaragua     5.0” x 52     Medium to Full

91-Rated

Cloaked by a thick Habano wrapper born from Ecuador, each CAO Pilón comes equipped with bold long-fillers from Nicaragua inside a zesty Nicaraguan binder. The result is a medium-bodied profile tip-toeing the lines of full, dusting the palate with eventful hints of spice, sweet cedar, and nuts throughout. A rich touch of cocoa enhances each puff on the final third, completing a complex cigar full of charisma.

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Diesel Unlimited d.6

Nicaragua     6.0” x 60     Full

94-Rated

A complex blend of long-leaf ligeros from Condega (Nicaragua) and Esteli (Nicaragua) mingle with spicy San Andres long-fillers, inside a leathery Ecuador Habano ligero wrapper. Power meets grace instantly, as thick and creamy smoke blankets every last taste bud. Leather, oak, rich tobacco, pepper, and rich earth smack the palate, growing more intense toward the nub without losing a touch of balance.

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H. Upmann The Banker Annuity

Dominican Republic     6.0” x 52     Medium

89-Rated

Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers reside within a toothy Ecuador Habano wrapper, delivering a straightforward, medium-bodied bouquet. Cream mingles with earth from the get-go, while a dash of spice dusts the taste buds on the finish. Mellow yet smooth and balanced, what The Banker lacks in complexity it makes up in quality.

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Julius Caeser Pyramid

Dominican Republic     6.5” x 52     Mild to Medium

93-Rated

A beautiful burn promotes rich, earthy undertones complemented by roasted coffee bean, sweet cedar, and the slightest touch of white pepper. A product of well-aged Dominican long-fillers inside a dark and oily, Havana Ecuador wrapper. Expect big clouds of smoke overhead, as this slow-burning treat lingers long on the palate and emits dense, woodsy aromas.

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Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Gordo

Nicaragua     6.5” x 52     Full

94-Rated

This big, burly, 60-ring behemoth oozes with oils, thanks to a thick Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. Underneath, two binders secure a bold blend of Nicaraguan long-fillers. Full, yet balanced, each puff booms with richness, yielding notes of dark chocolate and espresso between big, robust tobacco notes. Cool smoke disguises the full-bodied core, completing a lush, flavor-packed 60 minutes.

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Cigar Reviews: Summer 2015

H. UPMANN BANKER – ANNUITY Dominican Republic     6″ x 52     Medium – Full An oily, eye-catching Habano wrapper underscores this savory 52-ring Toro from one of H. Upmann’s most recent releases. A sweet aroma enhances the rich and robust nutty taste profile that is complemented with well-balanced flavors laced with notes of spice and espresso. […]

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H. UPMANN BANKER – ANNUITY

Dominican Republic     6″ x 52     Medium – Full

An oily, eye-catching Habano wrapper underscores this savory 52-ring Toro from one of H. Upmann’s most recent releases. A sweet aroma enhances the rich and robust nutty taste profile that is complemented with well-balanced flavors laced with notes of spice and espresso.

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CAMACHO ECUADOR – TORO

Honduras     6″ x 50     Full

A gorgeous Ecuadorian-grown Habano wrapper caps a robust Honduran and Dominican leaf core bound in an earthy, spicy and semi-sweet Brazilian Mata Fina leaf. Opening with an initial blast of pepper, the smoke rounds out with a profusion of complex flavors that WOWS the palate.

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COHIBA COMADOR – DOUBLE CORONA

Dominican Republic     7_” x 54     Medium

Made as a joint venture with rapper superstar Jay-Z, the Cohiba Comador represents the ultimate in luxury class cigars. All of the tobaccos are specially grown just for this blend, resulting in a full-flavored, complex smoke with a perfect burn and flawless construction.

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ROCKY PATEL TORO

Nicaragua     6″ x 52     Medium – Full

This attractive Nicaraguan puro is ideal for cigar lovers who like to smoke hearty and carry a big stick. A shimmery Nicaraguan Habano wrapper seamlessly dovetails with a diverse longfiller core, offering a creamy, complex and affordable smoke brimming with dark tobacco flavors.

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PUNCH SUCKER PUNCH “CRITICAL CONDITION”

Honduras     7″ x 52     Medium-Full

A full-flavored Churchill that hits you with a wallop of robust flavor when you least expect it. Skillfully rolled in a rich-tasting Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, the smoke is well-balanced and complex enough to keep you guessing. That’s the beauty of this very reasonably priced cigar.

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