A big thank you to Mike Boucher for being the first to respond and get in the transcription job! Enjoy your sampler buddy! For those that just want the nitty gritty an don’t want to watch the videos here is the meat and bones (the vids contain more info as I go off on other topics here and there). And please remember – these answers are all my OPINION. You are free to disagree with everything but please don’t start an argument:
Transcription of Video #1.
1. Does the color of the wrapper dictate how strong a cigar is?
- There is no direct correlation between the color of the wrapper and the strength of a cigar. You can have a Maduro (dark wrapper) wrapped cigar be extremely Mild in strength or a Connecticut (light wrapper) wrapped cigar be a knock you on your butt Full strength cigar. There is more to a cigar than just the wrapper. The filler and binder play a huge part in dictating whether or not a cigar has strength or certain flavors.
2. What are the different kinds of humidification?
- There are two types of humidification devices, Active and Passive. The active are usually electronic which are actively misting water into the air, usually these are used for huge walk in humidors. An example of this is the Oasis electronic humidifier, they can be found all over the place online. Passive humidification (one or two way) is what you’ll normally find in smaller desktop humidors. One way passive humidification only gives off humidity and two way will give off humidity as well as take in humidity if the humidity rises too high. An example of a one way humidification device are water pillows, these are literally small pillows of gel that soak up water and emit humidification right around 70% these are good to throw into a zip lock baggy if you ship cigars. An example of a two way humidification device which is what I use and (more…)
This 7×49 stick features an oily dark chocolate slightly spongy wrapper with a dry paper bag texture, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, triple cap and a rich oily musty chocolate aroma. First light reveals (more…)
This 7.25×54 stick features a rustic, thick and lumpy dark brown wrapper with a slight tooth, slight oil sheen, small and medium veins, visible seams, double car and a rich chocolate and wood aroma. First light reveals (more…)
This 5.75×50 stick features an aluminum cedar lined tubo sealed with cork and foil with a screw off cap. The cigar has a dark brown very firm hard wrapper with a dry paper bag feel, minimal veins, tight invisible seams, double cap, foot band and faint wood aroma. First light reveals (more…)
This 6×50 stick features a dark brown satin wrapper with firm even construction, nice oil sheen, small veins, tight invisible seams, good looking double cap and a musty, damp earth aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw and medium body flavors of a silky smooth musty aged tobacco flavor with a long pepper zing finish. Smoke output is excellent and it’s nice and thick. The first third is up to full body with deep in your chest earthiness, a creamy coffee and tobacco as side notes. The finish is pepper and spice with an oily heat on the lips. The second third shifts to a creamy earth and caramel combo, still full body with a ton of thick smoke. The ash held on for the entire third falling in a solid white chunk. Ending at 1:15 the last third was all creamy leather with a slight pepper on the finish and medium-full strength, giving a nice rush. Thank you very much to Gary Griffith, Owner of Emilio Cigars for sending this in for review!
This 6×54 stick offers a dry soft tan wrapper with minimal veins, invisible seams, a very thin wrapper and a soft wrap and pack with spongy spots here and there. First light reveals an extremely loose draw, tons of medium bodied smoke with flavors of a peppery and slightly spicy dry tobacco with a long zingy finish. The first third burns fast but even, giving sweet woody flavors with a pepper and spice zing especially on the finish. Near the 1/2 way point it gets creamier with a coffee and slight mocha. The last third quickly goes even creamier like a hazelenut and brings up the smoke and pepper zing even more, ending at 40 min with medium-full body and almost full strength making me a bit light headed! Thank you very much to RumbaCigars.com for sending this for review!
This 5 5/8×46 cigar offers a dark chocolate wrapper, with a very firm and thick feel, minimal veins, tight seams and a slightly bumpy toothy surface. The aroma is rich tobacco with a hint of hay. First light reveals (more…)
This 5.5×42 stick comes in a dark chocolate wrapper with tight seams, medium veins, a lumpy hand rolled appearance and a double cap. The aroma is very potent milk chocolate and coffee. First light reveals a HUGE blast of pepper and spice, lighting up my mouth and making me salivate! The first third mellows a touch but still has a huge pepper and spice blast, with a deep earthy core and long finish. The draw is firm but smoke production is excellent both in volume and coat. 30 min in at the 1/2 way point, flavors on the draw get a little creamier with a bigger coffee taste, which quickly fades to the pepper and spice on the finish. The draw loosens up a bit to normal, and the ash falls every 1/2 inch. Ending just under 1 hour, the stick finishes with another huge pepper and spice blast much like the first light! Pushing full strength this is a powerhouse of a small cigar. Thank you very much to Thompson for sending this fine Padron sample for review!
Cigar Obsession was selected to be among the first in the country to sample the new limited Edition Tatuaje Anarchy. Back in the spring of 2009, Abe Dababneh of Smoke Inn approached his good friend, Pete Johnson regarding the idea. Pete was immediately on board. After about 6 different attempts, they felt Pete and Pepin struck gold with a blend that they were proud of.
The wrapper used is a very special proprietary crop of Ecuadorian Habano leaf that Pepin & Pete personally chose for the project. The binder and filler is Nicaraguan, and blended to perfection. The National Release Party will be held December 10th at the West Palm Beach location of Smoke Inn with both Pete Johnson and Pepin Garcia in attendance. Pre-orders are available through Smoke Inn.
This 6×50 to 6×58 or so perfecto stick offers a thick, hearty dark chocolate wrapper with medium veins, with minor tooth and a rich chocolaty aroma. It features a unique pigtail cap that’s coiled like a snake on the head. First light reveals an easy draw, plenty of rich smoke giving a medium bodied earthy core of flavors with a big black pepper kick that builds on the long finish. The first third really picked up after getting over the foot taper, giving much more smoke than the initial light. Body is medium-full with flavors of a dry milk chocolate and earthy core, with a long deep finish of black pepper without the spice kick. 45 min in the 2nd third begins with a more creamy and buttery flavor of chocolate, while the pepper dies down a touch on the finish. Strength is up there but not full, just a nice kick. Ending at just under the 2 hour mark, the last third provides the same experience as the previous, continuing with a great smoking experience and bold rich flavors without the full strength kick! Thank you very much to Smoke Inn for generously sending samples for review!
This 6.1×52 cigar offers a velvet soft dark brown wrapper with a slight red hue, an even spongy give, invisible seams and minimal veins. The aroma is soft and rich smooth tobacco with chocolate notes while the first light reveals a medium-full peppery tobacco blast with a long finish. 15 min in to the first third the flavors hold steady but increase in power, going to a full body and near full strength. Draw is fantastic, burn is ok. 30 min in at the half way point flavors are still the same, which is fine by me! Smoke output has increased becoming more creamy. Ending at 50 min in with over an inch remaining the strength simply gre too much for me to finsih, making me light headed and sweaty! While not a bad thing, it’s just too much for this reviewer! For those of you that prefer full strength – this is a perfect example to try! Thank you very much to Canimao for sending this sample for review, I greatly appreciate it!
This 6 1/8×52 stick offers a medium tan wrapper with a firm smooth feel, minimal veins, tight seams, a few splotches here and there and a good double cap. The aroma is a potent potpourri type smell with a nice little zing. First light reveals a very easy draw, good thick smoke production, and flavors of a very dry earthy tobacco. The first third is very smooth with medium bodied earthy tobacco and a mild pepper kick with a pleasant smooth long finish and creamy aftertaste. 45 min in at the half way point the strength of this stick really got to me! It is a FULL strength cigar while only medium bodied. For those liking power, this is right up your alley! The last third continues the great performance and adds a tough of caramel and licorice rounding out the general sweetness. The strength and body also match up at a solid medium-full, just where I like it. Ending at just under 2 hours the stick proved to have a great burn time for the money with decent complexity and excellent construction. Thank you very much to Canimao Cigars for generously sending this sample for review!
This 7×50 stick offers a rich, almost black wrapper with a slick oil sheen, medium veins, and a very firm pack. The leaf seems fragile with a few tears here and there, more typical of a Connecticut than maduro. The feel is slightly toothy and the aroma is sweet and soapy. The flavors are of (more…)
This 4.7×50 stick offers a mottled medium chocolate glove soft wrapper, with seams you can see but not feel and almost no veins even visible. It has a uniform firm but not hard feel, a tight box press, double cap and has a slight oil sheen, giving a mild tobacco and pepper aroma. First light reveals (more…)
This 6×48 stick is derived from actual decades old pre-embargo tobacco from Cuba. Offering a medium chocolate wrapper with a spongy feel, closed foot and pigtail cap it shows minimal veins and good clean seams. With a burn time of only 1 hour, it imparts a medium-full body and full strength, giving a rush and buzz just an inch in to the smoke. Smoke output was voluminous after burning off the closed foot, giving rich smooth flavors. The first half showed a typical aged tobacco smoothness with a bit of mustiness and a good pepper zing on the long finish. At the half way point it transitioned to a creamy flavor and light leather, keeping the cream through the finish where the pepper joined in. Burn was wavy but it performed well all the way down with a draw just on the loose side. If you want these you must buy now while they exist.