This 4.75×50 cigar features a dark brown wrapper with slight red hue, a light pack but with a rock hard slightly toothy wrapper, small veins, tight seams, an oily feel and sheen with a rich smooth tobacco aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw without clipping the foot, bold pepper and spice blasts through the long finish with medium body flavors of a smooth slightly sweet leather. The first third develops along the same lines just getting creamier and upping the body a touch. 35 minutes in just past the 1/2 way point the pepper and spice drops leaving the very smooth and creamy flavors still going with a ton of smoke. Ending at 50 minutes where it began getting very warm and nutty, the cigar ended with excellent construction and rich flavors throughout. Thank you very much to Ken Spraberry for donating this sample for review, I appreciate it!
This 6×52 torpedo stick features a mottled dark chocolate wrapper with small veins, tight invisible seams, a slightly toothy satin feel and a rich, oily, musty tobacco aroma. First light reveals a medium bodied wood flavor, airy and parched but with an oily mouthfeel on the finish. Draw is on the snug side with good smoke output. The first third brings flavors of an oily nut and wood, with the same long finish. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors transition slightly to an oily nut and deep wet earth with a bit of a strength kick. Ending at 1:20 minutes, the last third only added a bit of warm licorice flavor at times, and added to the strength.
This 6×60 cigar is made of three different wrappers stacked in thirds. Starting at the foot with Connecticut, then Habano then maduro at the head. It features a butter soft feel, a few small veins, tight seams, double cap and a pungent barnyard aroma at all spots. First light reveals (more…)
This 5 5/8×49 cigar otherwise known as the Power Ranger, or Triple X, or X3, features a dark brown firm and smooth wrapper with a mottled splotchy appearance, minimal veins, tight seams, even construction and a soft perfume like aroma. First light reveals a perfect draw, tons of full bodied smoke with very dry black pepper and tobacco flavors with an (more…)
This 5×48 box pressed stick offers a butter soft mottled dark brown oily wrapper with small veins you can see but not feel, invisible seams, a double cap and firm even feel. The aroma is a rich chocolate that you can smell several inches away. First light reveals a very firm draw but decent smoke output with very peppery tobacco medium-full body flavors and an oily zingy long finish. The first third mellows to a medium body of just oily aged tobacco. By the start of the 2nd third flavors had changed slightly to include a creamy earth note, but it’s light and blends well with the tobacco core. 55 min in the 2nd third ends adding a bit of a creamy mocha flavor and brings the body to a medium-full again. Ending at 1:10 min where it started getting hot and the flavors washed out, the remainder showed no further changes. Thank you very much to Don Abram Harris Cigars for sending this for review!
This 5.75×52 torpedo shaped dark chocolate stick features a soft sily texture with minimal veins, invisible seams, an even slightly spongy give and slight barnyard aroma. First light reveals a big peppery tobacco taste, rich smooth and creamy textured with a perfect draw and plentiful thick smoke output. The first third goes mostly to a dry peppery tobacco, needing a slight touchup but otherwise burning very well and very slow. The ash is a bit flaky, so watch it if you in the car or whatnot. 1 hour in at the 1/2 way point, flavors remain unchanged. Ending at 1:25 the last bit added a tiny bit of cocoa but for the most part was very consistent with the first part of the cigar. Strength wise it did sneak up on me, I really felt it for 15 minutes after I was done with the smoke. Thank you very much to Jeremie Plouffe for generously sending this in!
This 5.5×49 slightly box pressed stick offers a dark brown slightly lumpy wrapper with minimal veins, tight invisible seams, a soft construction paper like feel and a soapy aroma. First light reveals (more…)
This 5×60 stick offers a deep brown wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams, a soft velvety feel and a very firm solid pack with an oily tobacco aroma. First light shows a tight draw with minimal smoke output, smooth oily tobacco flavors and a long tobacco finish. The first third brings a better draw with good smoke output. Flavors are a medium bodied smooth oily creamy textured slightly sweet earth with the same on the long finish. The 2nd third changes slightly morphing the tobacco flavor to a soft leather but on the light side. Ending at 1:25 the last third showed little change, just getting deeper in the aftertaste. Thank you to DiFazioCigars.com for providing this sample for review!
This 5.5×48-52 perfecto stick offers a very dark brown, almost black wrapper with a slight red hue, a velvet texture and a rock hard pack. It shows minimal veins, tight seams, very even firm construction and offers a barnyard and tobacco aroma. First light reveals (more…)