Cigar Reviews Summer 2017

by Steve Rowbottom

5 Vegas Gold Toro

Honduras 6.0”x50 Mild

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

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

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

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

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.

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