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Jul 10

Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles Cigar Review

Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

 

Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles Cigar Review

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!

Jun 21

Macanudo 1968 Robusto Cigar Review

Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

 

Macanudo 1968 Robusto Cigar Review

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 (more…)

Jun 14

Henry Clay Brevas Finas Maduro Cigar Review

Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Henry Clay Brevas Finas Maduro Cigar 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 (more…)

Jun 10

P. Benitez Lancero Cigar Review

Posted on Friday, June 10, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

P. Benitez Lancero Cigar 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 (more…)

Apr 1

CAO Gold Robusto Cigar Review

Posted on Friday, April 1, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

CAO Gold Robusto Cigar Review

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!

Mar 26

Old Henry Gold label Belicoso Cigar Review

Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Old Henry Gold label Belicoso Cigar Review

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 (more…)

Mar 18

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 Cigar Review

Posted on Friday, March 18, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 Cigar 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 (more…)

Mar 16

Di Fazio Picoso Torpedo Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Di Fazio Picoso Torpedo Cigar Review

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!

Mar 7

Label Your Cigar Habano Double Corona Cigar Review

Posted on Monday, March 7, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

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 (more…)

Feb 23

Cigari Habano Robusto Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 in Cigar Reviews

Cigari Habano Robusto Cigar Review

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!

Jan 8

Jobon Dual Flame Lighter Review

Posted on Saturday, January 8, 2011 in Accessory Reviews

Jobon Dual Flame Lighter Review

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

Aug 11

Royal Jamaica Oro Rojo Toro Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 in Cigar Reviews

Royal Jamaica Oro Rojo Toro Cigar Review

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.

Jul 20

Tatuaje Black Tubos Cigar Review

Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 in Cigar Reviews

Tatuaje Black Tubos Cigar Review

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.

Jun 30

J.C. Newman Brickhouse Robusto Cigar Review

Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in Cigar Reviews

J.C. Newman Brickhouse Robusto Cigar Review

This 5×54 stick offers a mottled dark chocolate wrapper with smooth but visible small and medium viens, a soft satin feel and slightly peppery smooth tobacco aroma. First light reveals (more…)

Feb 26

The Griffin’s Perfecto Cigar Review

Posted on Friday, February 26, 2010 in Cigar Reviews

The Griffin’s Perfecto Cigar Review

This 4 5/8×52 perfecto stick offered a medium tan smooth wrapper with good seams and a rock hard pack. Presenting draw problems until 1/4″ was clipped off the head and a further 1/2″ was burned off the foot, it finally settled to a just slightly firm draw. Burn was very good all the way down giving a rich voluminous smoke output. Flavors were very consistent showing a creamy cedar wood and slight pepper kick, with a short clean finish just leaving a touch of the pepper. Total burn time was 55min. Thank you very much to Michael Yamashita for sending this in for review, I greatly appreciate it!