This 6×50 cigar features an oily jet black wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a slight spongy give and faint barnyard aroma. First light reveals an extremely loose draw with no resistance, light airy smoke and mild flavors of a sweet earth. At this point in the video I demonstrate why draw is important to a cigar. The first third comes and goes with much the same experience as the first light flavors, being fairly one dimentional. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, the draw improves giving medium body smoke, and flavors of a bigger earthiness with kind of a harsh bite to it especially on the finish. Ending at 1:15 minutes, the last third showed no further changes other than needing a couple minor touchups. Thank you to DiFazioCigars.com for providing this sample for review!
This 7×58 cigar features a small footband only, with a dark brown oily, smooth and firm wrapper with slight tooth, tight seams and minimal veins. Â The aroma is very rich, oily and a decadent chocolate and tobacco mix. Â First light reveals a perfect draw with tons of very rich full bodied smoke. Â Flavors are deep and soft earthiness with a pepper and spice that really comes on through the end of the draw and leaves a very oily mouthfeel. Â The first third holds much of the same experience only dropping the pepper and spice way down. Â The overall blend is exceptional, delivering tons of smooth rich flavors effortlessly with no strength. Â 35 minutes in the flavor drops slightly to medium-full while shifting to a deep substantial earth and pepper combo, leaving a thick heavy finish. Â The strength has been slowly building, giving me a bit of a rush at this point. Â 50 minutes in starting the 2nd third, the ash drops off in a solid chunk, and a slight creamy coffeeÂ flavorsÂ makes anÂ appearance, holding on through the long finish. Â 1:20 min in starting the last third, the coffee come up just a touch and the 2nd length of ash is still holding on like a champ. Â Ending at 1:40 the cigar proved to be a top performer! Â Thank you very much to our fan, Chaz for generously donating this for review!
This 7.5×50 cigar features a very dark almost coal black smooth oily wrapper with minimal veins, invisible seams, a great triple cap and a chocolate and manure aroma. First light reveals a tight draw, adequate smoke output with medium bodied flavors of a not smooth but not harsh dry tobacco. The first third holds pretty much the same experience, with a rather short dry peppery earth finish. Overall a fairly plain experience so far with no complexity. 40 minutes in, the ash has dropped off in a 2′ chunk, the burn is good and the draw opened up to normal, producing a good amount of relatively thick smooth smoke. Flavors though are unchanged. Near the end of the 2nd third 1:10 min in, flavors finally transition, giving a slightly sweet and smooth earth, with additional pepper following on the finish. Ending at 1:40 the remainder showed no further changes. Thank you very much to DiFazioCigars.com for providing this for review!
This 5.5×54 stick offers a very oily almost jet black wrapper with what appears to be a dark Corojo capital N stuck on just below the band. It was a thick, firm satin feel and dense pack, with small veins, invisible seams and a rich, oily tobacco aroma. First light reveals (more…)
This 6×54 stick offers a very oily, thick slightly toothy wrapper with a firm even construction, dark chocolate color, minimal veins, tight seams and a soft peppery aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, plenty of rich creamy textured smoke with a medium-full body of sweet and peppery flavors. The first third shows all the same great characteristics, burning very slowly and well with an almost razor sharp line. The 1/2 way point comes at the 1 hour mark, giving almost the exact same experience only adding the occasional licorice flavor on the draw. I have had to give it a couple touchups, but it’s not a major issue. Ending at 1;45 the last third was exactly the same, holding the ash to 1 1/2″ at a time with btte burn performance in the last bit. Thank you very much to RumbaCigars.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!
This 6.5×54 stick offers a dark brown, satin wrapper with slight tooth, a paper bag feel, minimal veins, invisible seams and a light tobacco aroma. First light reveals a medium-full body of creamy, soft tobacco flavors with a rich thick smoke, creamy texture and bit of sweetness and pepper on the finish. The first third continues the first light impression, staying strong and well blended with a perfect draw and burn. Slowing down a bit, the 2nd third produces much the same flavors adding a touch of bready yeast at points with a little leather although it comes and goes. Ending at 1:15 the last third was consistent with the 2nd providing a very smooth experience. Thank you very much to Tobacco Depot in Crystal River, FL for generaously sending this in for review, I greatly appreciate it guys!
This 5.50 box pressed stick offers a dark tan soft wrapper with slight tooth, a firm press, minimal veins and a slight barnyard aroma. First light reveals a firm draw, minimal smoke output and a mild dry tobacco flavor. The first third quickly develops into a perfect draw, plenty of rich smoke output, very thick and creamy flavors of sweet leather with a medium body. At the 1/2 way point flavors shift slightly adding a tiny pepper kick on the finish. Ending at 50 min where it started to get soft and hot, the experience had not changed again. Thank you very much to Brad Perkins for generously sending this sample in for review!
This 6×60 stick offers firm construction with minimal veins, tight seams, a double cap and a soft hay and tobacco aroma. First light reveals a very dry smoke with medium-full bodied flavors of earth, pepper and tobacco with a spicy finish. The first third develops along the same lines building the pepper on the finish. Smoke is rich and plentiful with a perfect easy draw. The experience stays the same through to the band point where it picks up a more smooth deep profile and kicking the spice way down. The ash held on for 1/2 the stick, and it ended at 1:45, very impressive! Thank you very much to Xikar for generously sending this for review!
This 6×50 maduro wrapped stick offers a firm satin wrapper with small veins, double cap, dark chocolate color and a thick oily rich tobacco aroma. First light reveals a very bitter black coffee with an oily tobacco after taste and thick smoke. Draw is snug but not a problem. The first third brings (more…)
This 6×6 stick offers a medium brown wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a firm even construction, double cap and a texture of fine sand paper with a very small tooth, with a rich smooth tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, plenty of thick rich smoke and flavors of earth, rich tobacco with a pepper and spice finish that builds over time. The first third develops in to earthy, nutty smooth and creamy flavors with a very oily pepper and spice finish. It’s medium-full bodied and strength, giving a bit of a head rush just 10 min in. 1:10 min in at the 1/2 way point, the experience is exactly the same which is fine with me! The last third continues the same experience, ending at the 2:15 mark! A fantastic value, as these are not very expensive and obviously give a GREAT smoke time! Construction was perfect and the flavors very smooth from start to finish. Thank you very much to Xikar for generously sending this for review!