This 4 5/8×42 cigar features a dark brown satin wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a nice triple cap and rich oily tobacco aroma. First light reveals a very tight draw but with good smoke production. Flavors are medium-full bodied giving a thick and chewy leather with an earthy pepper finish. The first third shows much the same flavors, dropping the body to a medium and the smoke is a bit less thick. Burn is excellent and the draw is still very tight. 30 minutes in at the 1/2 way point I clip it once again to try and open up the draw to no avail. It’s still very tight and quite difficult to draw and smoke, but it’s still putting off good smoke and flavors. Ending at 45 minutes the last bit showed no further changes. Thank you very much to Tyson Hockstaff for sending this in for review, and a big shout out to the Sailors of VRC-30 in Japan!
This 5×50 cigar features a dark chocolate wrapper with a slight red hue, slight imperfections, small veins, tight seams, a firm oily wrapper and feel with a small double cap and rich sweet chocolate aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw with just a touch of resistance, great smoke output and medium bodied flavors of a very soft creamy dry tobacco with a long finish of the same. The first third develops into a big blast of creamy leather, dropping the generic tobacco flavors. 30 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, flavors have shifted to a bold earth and pepper flavor with medium-full body and no discernible strength. Burn and draw are perfect with plenty of smoke output and a long deep finish. Ending at 1:10 min the last third brings back the leather joined by a very smooth creamy nuttiness with rich flavors through the finish. Thank you very much to General Cigars for sending this for review!
This 6.5×48 stick features a dark chocolate wrapper with a thick rustic feel, slight tooth with a nice oily sheen, small veins, even firm construction and seams, a double cap and a slightly sweet tobacco aroma. First light reveals a slightly snug draw with minimal smoke output, medium-full body flavors of deep earth, smooth aged tobacco, and a big pepper blast that goes well in to the long deep finish. The first third transitions to a nice smooth slightly musty aged tobacco with a sweetness and hint of pepper, keeping the long oily finish. Draw could be open just a touch to be perfect, but it’s burning well enough. The 2nd third opens up the draw and is now perfect putting off a very nice rich thick smoke. Flavors have completely changed, going to a rich, oily meaty flavor with a deep slightly salty finish that reminds me of eating steak. Burn is very good and the ash is holding for over an inch. Ending at 1:30 the last third went to a very deep ‘sticky’ earth, holding the flavors in the mouth for quite a long time with a big bold body and matching strength, giving me a bit of a rush at the end. draw tightened up just a touch again but it performed flawlessly. Thank you very much to viewer HappyTaro for sending this in for review!
This 7.25×38 stick features a slightly lumpy medium tan wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams a pigtail cap and slight soapy, peppery aroma. First light reveals tons of thick creamy rich oily medium bodied smoke with flavors of deep aged tobacco that quickly goes to a almost bitter grass and hay with a long finish and a perfect draw. The first third develops to medium-full flavors of a creamy, oily, smooth earth, pepper & spice with a bit of cinnamon coming in at points, and a long finish of a light earth and pepper with a good zing on the tongue. Burn is quite fast, going about an inch every 5 minutes to this point and the ash holding to the same. 30 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, flavors are joined by a bit of creamy coffee, with everything else remaining the same. Ending at 55 min, the remainder held all the same qualities. Thank you very much to PBenitezFineCigars.com for sending this for review, I greatly appreciate it!
This 5×50 stick offers a medium tan soft wrapper with a fairly firm pack, small veins and good tight seams with a double cap. The aroma is a soft tobacco and slight pepper. First light reveals a perfect draw, lots of medium bodied smoke with very dry tobacco flavors, finishing a bit bitter. The first third develops to slightly sweet, oily, buttery leather flavors on the draw with a long finish of just the leather. Burn and draw are perfect putting out rich thick smoke. The 2nd third yields no changes, but the last third shifts from the creamy leather to a touch of licorice on the draw with a slightly sweet caramel with an deeper earthy finish and a bit of black pepper. Ending at the 1 hour mark, it proved to be a solid performer!
This 5.5×52 torpedo shaped Connecticut stick offers a very soft medium tan wrapper wit minimal veins, tight seams and a slightly sweet soft tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, great smoke output, on the tick side. Flavors are a mild-medium slightly sweet and dry tobacco with a creamy texture. The first third shows smooth flavors of a creamy cinnamon with a bit of leather. The finish is mild but long lasting to the next draw with a dry tobacco taste. Burn is almost razor sharp, draw is still perfect and the smoke is rich and thick. The 2nd third shows a bigger medium body flavor of predominantly a wood, going a bit deeper but still carrying the 1st third flavors. 35 min in at the start of the last third, it transitions back to the same creamy cinnamon as the start, but keeps the bigger medium body. Near the end of the stick I noticed a strange sensation on my tongue that turned out to be huge amounts of tar coming through the tip. I wiped it off and was careful not to lick it for the remainder of the cigar. Ending at 45 min the last third showed no further flavor changes. Thank you very much to Holts.com for generously sending this for review!
This 4.8×50 stick hails from Cuba, offering a dark brown satin wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a firm even construction and soft tobacco aroma. First light reveals a very oily grassy, hay flavor with a touch of woody bitterness. Smoke output is great along with the draw putting off thick rich smoke. The first third gives very smoothy creamy medium-full boded flavors of wood and nuts with tons of thick smoke output. Burn isn’t perfect but doesn’t need a touchup yet. The burn continues to be a bit wonky, but not needing a touchup. By the 1/2 way point 30 minutes in there were no flavors changes, only a good bit of strength buzz hitting me. Ending at 45 minutes the last third showed no changes. Thank you very much to our viewer Hagai all the way from Israel, I really appreciate you sending this in!
This 6×50 torpedo stick offers a dark brows wrapper with a firm feel and slight tooth. Minimal veins, tight seams and a firm even feel are presented with a soft tobacco aroma with cedar, like an old barn. First light reveals a very loose draw with no resistance, tons of smoke and very full body flavors of rich, deep dry tobacco and black pepper with a long zingy finish. 20 minutes in to the first third the ash drops off in a solid chunk. Flavors are the same with the exception of the pepper dying down a bit. Burn is almost razor sharp and it’s performing perfectly. 45 min in at the 1/2 way point the flavors are pretty much the same, only shifting to a creamy taste replacing the dryness and parched mouthfeel. Ending at 1:10 the last third showed no further changes. Thank you very much to DiFaziocigars.com for generously sending this sample for review, I appreciate it very much!
Label Your Cigar Habano Double Corona Cigar Review
This 7.5×49 stick offers a medium tan wrapper with slight imperfections such as tears, nicks, discolorations and splotches. It has minimal veins, tight seams, a soft paper bag feel and even slightly spongy construction and a sweet barnyard aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, tons of rich medium body smoke with a core of pepper and sweetness. The finish is long and zingy leaving an oily mouthfeel. The first third burns pretty quickly, giving medium-full body flavors of a creamy leather and pepper with a bit of zing on the finish but not huge like first light. Burn is good but not razor sharp and the smoke output is excellent. The 1/2 way point comes at 1:10 with no changes to performance, it continues to be an excellent performer. The ash fell off in one big chunk, holding right to the 2nd third. 1 hour 30 minutes in, flavors change to a medium body creamy nut and wood combo, still with very good performance, only starting the last third. Ending at 1:50, the remainder was the same. Thank you very much to LabelYourCigar.com for sending this for review, I appreciate it very much!
This 5×50 stick offers a dark brown oily satin wrapper with minimal veins, invisible seams and a rich tobacco aroma. First light reveals an extremely tight draw, mild body flavors of a dry tobacco and minimal smoke production. The first third develops to a medium bodied oily tobacco with a touch of bitterness. The draw opened up slightly allowing very good smoke output with a short clean finish. 30 min in at the 1/2 way point the only change is the addition of a slight burnt caramel at the end of the draw. Burn is very good and slow, the ash holds on about 1/2″ at a time. Ending at 50 min, the last third added a minty flavor on the draw almost like a toothpaste, but not in a bad way. Thank you very much to Cigari Cigars for sending this sample for review, I greatly appreciate it!
This is an inexpensive metal lighter from Jobon, a Chinese company. It features both a natural butane and jet torch flame in one unit, plus a flip out cigar punch on the bottom. It is marketed both to cigar and pipe smokers, with a little pipe cutout design on the side. It comes with a small carry pouch and features an adjustment screw under the punch on the bottom of the unit. Burn time for the natural flame was 4:00 while the torch lasted 3:45. Thank you very much to Buy Lighters.com for sending this unit for review! Photography by bgpictures.com
This 6×52 stick offers a dark brown butter soft wrapper with a red hue, minimal veins, tight seams and a soft tobacco aroma. First light reveals a firm draw, minimal airy smoke with mild-medium flavors of an oily smooth tobacco with a slight bitterness. The first third proves to be similar with just a mild smooth aged tobacco taste with a long oily buttery finish. Burn is good but not perfect, and the draw remains firm. The 2nd third moved to more power and brought an earthy deep caramel but still mild. The finish was very deep oily and long with a touch of bitterness at points. The last third required multiple touchups and a relight, getting very warm by the band point at 1:30 where I stopped.
This 6×52 torpedo stick comes packaged in an aluminum tube and cedar wrap. It offers a dark chocolate wrapper with a slight red hue, a satin texture with very slight tooth, tight seams, minimal veins and a slight barnyard aroma. After toasting the closed foot and adjusting the head cut, the draw was perfect, smoke output was great and the flavors were dominated by a medium-full bodied smooth, rich pepper and spice. The first third develops to a light and airy leather with a deeper earthy pepper and spice, though not as intense as the first light. Smoke output is good with smooth rich smoke. Burn is ok, needing a touchup. The draw gets a bit snug and I clipped the head one more time. 30 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors have mellowed to a smooth creamy medium bodied smoke with a slight sweetness, earthy oily finish and good bit of pepper & spice. It is requiring a slight touchup every 10 min or so to prevent tunneling. Ending at 1 hour, the last third continues the same experience since the 1/2 mark, ending with a bit of power punch.