This 7×50 churchill sized stick was produced for the 2011 Caddyshack Golf tournament and features a tan wrapper with a very soft spongy but even pack, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, double cap, glove soft leather like feel and pungent hay aroma. First light reveals (more…)
This 6.5×48 stick features a dark brown almost grey wrapper with a nice oil sheen, mottled appearance with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a sharp box press and thin wrapper. Unfortunately this one has a torn wrapper on on of the edges, hopefully the binder holds. It has almost no aroma just a faint tobacco. First light reveals (more…)
This 7×50 stick offers a dark chocolate, firm, dry satin wrapper with slight tooth, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a double cap and very rich barnyard aroma. First light reveals a snug draw putting out very good amounts of thick creamy smoke with medium body flavors of a rich (more…)
This 7×58 stick offers a dark tan thin wrapper with small and medium veins, some stretching and lumps, good tight seams and a triple cap with a strong barnyard aroma. First light reveals good smoke output with an effortless draw, flavors of a dry tobacco and earth with a bit of sweetness and oil on the short finish. The first third starts out with a bitter grass and a vegetable almost chemical taste, with good smoke output draw and burn. Later in the first third the chemical taste goes away leaving just the grassiness. The bitterness is still there, mostly in the oil on the lips. I suspect this is just not aged enough from the factory. 1 Hour in at the 1/2 way point, flavors had completely changed to a deep earth and touch of coffee with a bit of pepper, especially on the growing finish. The transition has been very slow from the 1st third experience. Ending at 1:40 where it began to get too warm for my taste, the last third brought up the coffee flavor a bit overtaking the earthiness as the main component. Thank you very much to LabelYourCigar.com for sending this for review!
This 5×52 stick from Drew Estate sports a dark brown wrapper with slight tooth and very slight green tint, firm even round construction, a generous double cap, minimal veins, tight seams and a sweet hay aroma. First light reveals a surprise to me, a sweetened tip. The flavor is just overwhelming sweetness, just a big candy taste. Draw is snug but putting off plenty of smooth light smoke. 20 minutes in the sweetened tip wears down ever so slightly and a small coffee flavor can be tasted on the retrohale. 35 min in at the 1/2 way point, the coffee infused flavor really comes out. It’s mixing with the tip flavor making it very sweet and smooth. Smoke output has increased even more, draw loosened up and it’s a medium-full body. Ending at 1 hour the last third dropped the artificial sweetness just going to a very creamy coffee flavor with a ton of rich smoke. Thank you very much to viewer Greg Bellante for sending this for review, I greatly appreciate it!
This 6×52 cigar features a dark brown oily wrapper with firm construction, minimal veins, tight seams and a soft tobacco aroma. First light reveals a rich decadent smoke with sweet oily deep tobacco and pepper flavors. The draw is perfect and the finish is long and zingy. The first third develops to a deep earthy leather with a big black pepper wash that carries over to the long finish. The burn is perfect, the ash bright white and the draw still fantastic. 30 minutes in to the 1/2 way point flavors transitioned to an oily creamy coffee flavor, smoke output doubled getting very thick and rich. It also has quite a strength kick, sneaking up on me making me a little dizzy. Ending at 55 min, the remainder was the same as the last point of change, keeping the nice creamy theme going on while the finish held a tiny bit of pepper and gave a very dry parched mouthfeel. Thank you very much to ForcadeCigars.com for sending this sample for review!
This 4 7/8×50 cigar hails from Cuba, wrapped in a medium brown satin wrapper with minimal veins, invisible seams, a soft tobacco aroma and a slight box press with rounded corners. It has a very soft squishy feel with random soft spots throughout. First light reveals a very snug draw but smokable, a decent amount of smoke output with soft slightly sweet and nutty tobacco flavors. Body is mild-medium and the finish is very long and oily, leaving a slick in my mouth. The first third is medium bodied with nutty, woody tobacco flavors. There’s an oily sweetness on the draw and a bit of pepper on the finish. Draw is snug but working just fine. Smoke output is decent, burn is almost razor sharp. 20 min in at the start of the 2nd third, the ash fell off and the draw opened way up, giving a perfect resistance with much more smoke and fuller body flavors. The last third transitions to a creamy, oily, sweet roasted coffee flavor with a deep long finish. Ending at 55 min this was a great smoking experience! Thank you very much to John for generously sending this in for review!
Pinar Del Rio Seleccion Reserva Limitada Torpedo 2010 Cigar Review
This 6.5×52 torpedo stick offers a dark chocolate Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams and a firm pack. First light reveals a firm draw, good smoke production with extremely rich oily medium bodied flavors of nuts, sweetness and earth. The first third develops those flavors while the draw loosens up a bit after another tip cut. The burn is good, and the finish is relatively short and clean keeping an oily earthiness. 30 min in at the 1/2 way point, flavors got deeper going to a big earthy finish, dropping most of the sweetness. I clipped a bit more off and the draw improved quite a bit. The burn needed a couple small touchups but nothing major. Just before the lower band point the flavors shifted to a creamy leather and earth with a very dry airy quality, and a longer dry finish. Ending at 1:20 the last third drops the cream for a dry roasted coffee flavor and the finish picks up a nice kick of spice that lingers for some time. The body remains medium while the strength slowly creeps up to medium-full. Â Thank you very much to PDRCigars.com for sending this for review!
This 5.5×60 stick offers a soft, firm satin dark chocolate wrapper with small veins, tight seams, nice double cap and a creamy tobacco aroma. First light reveals a rich smooth texture of a medium bodied slightly earthy peppery flavor. The first third continues the trend with smooth creamy textures of aged tobacco with a touch of sweetness and earth. The draw is firm, smoke output is minimal and the burn is good. I find that it smokes much better with a lot more smoke if you take two small puffs rather than the typical one long draw. It starts giving a smooth coffee flavor along with the rest in the 2nd third, hitting the 1/2 way point 45 min in. With no changes to the last third it continues all the good flavors through the rest of the stick ending at 1:15 with an inch left where it got warm for my taste.
Sorry, I goofed on the pics from this one and formatted the wrong card This 6×52 belicoso shaped stick offers a silky soft light tan wrapper with minimal veins, a slight spongy feel and light barnyard aroma. First light gives a small amount of smoke but it’s extremely thick and chewy, leaving a heavy oily feeling. Flavors are a slight grass, cedar, and touch of tobacco. Taking a third clip off the head really freed the draw to a normal level and increased smoke and body to a much better medium. From the 1/2 way point at 45 min in through to the end at 1:15 flavors took on a creamy slightly sweet light coffee flavor, still with a rich thick smoke. The finish slowly increased carrying the creamy coffee with it. Than you very much to Ashton for sending this for review!
This 6×52 dark chocolate stick comes wrapped in a cedar sleeve, inside a black aluminum tube for easy transport and storage. Offering a robust, slightly veiny irregular roll it presents slight tooth, a firm pack and beautiful chocolate tobacco aroma. Starting on the mild-medium body side of things, it opens with a oily, smooth tobacco and black pepper flavor without any of the spice and heat, adding a hint of a bitter chocolate in to the long pepper finish. Strength wise it’s definitely got a punch, medium-full by the first inch in. By the half way point flavors had changed to a creamy sweet chocolate and coffee, with a smooth pepper finish, getting richer as it burns down. By the end of the 2nd third flavors had dropped the pepper in exchange for more cream and butter, especially on the finish, leaving an oily creamy slick on the palate. The last third brought the coffee flavor to the forefront and the pepper back but at a milder point, with just a hint of the chocolate. Overall still rich, creamy, oily and slightly sweet, it finished long and smooth. Burn and draw were both excellent all the way down without issue. Total burn time to the last inch was 1:15 where it started getting hot. Thank you very much to Ashton for generously supplying this sample for review!