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 7.5×50 sungrown cigar features a very tight, firm wrapper with slight tooth, minimal veins, invisible seams, an oily sheen and feel with a soft floral aroma. First light revels a very smooth, silky soft medium body smoke with flavors of aged tobacco and a smooth earth, with a long finish and perfect draw. The first third develops to medium bodied thick rich smoke, giving flavors of aged tobacco, smooth creamy coffee and a slight sweetness that reminds me of toffee. The finish is long and smooth, going to an earthiness.45 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, flavors go to a very strong creamy coffee, dropping the tobacco. Ending at 1:35 the last third dropped the coffee going to a slightly sweet airy earth with a bit of pepper just on the finish. Thank you very much to our fan Chaz for sending this in for review!
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 a small amount of smoke but nice rich oily medium bodied flavors of a sweet creamy textured earth, with a long finish adding a bit of pepper zing. 20 minutes in, just 1/2 way through the first third, flavors are the same as the first light but down in body just a touch to mild-medium. Draw and burn are perfect, with the ash just a bit flaky. 55 minutes in at the 1/2 way point, the flavors are pretty much the same as the first third, just adding a small touch of coffee to the mix. Ending at 1:40, the last third did not want to burn. As soon it it got to the maduro it went out, prompting two relights in the last third, drastically effecting flavors. Thank you very much to Bluemountaincigars.com for sending this for review!
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 extremely long dry finish. You need a drink with this smoke.15 minutes in, the body is way down for an Opus X, to a solid medium while the strength is full on. It’s had a bad burn to this point, with almost an inch difference side to side and at this point needs a relight. Â Definitely strange for any Opus X. 40 minutes in at the 1/2 way point the flavors finally pick up a bit, adding a smooth coffee to the mix, although still very mild for an Opus X at a medium level. Burn since the relight has been just ok, needing more puffs than the usual cigar to burn properly. The ash is equally unimpressive flaking quite a bit and dropping off every 1/2 inch. Â 50 minutes in starting the last third, it needs another full relight. It simply does not like to stay burning and goes out on it’s own. It’s not tunnelling or burning lopsided, it just simply goes out. Â There has been no flavor transition since the last update point. Ending at 1:20 where it went out completely again with 1 1/2″ or so remaining there were no further changes. Thank you very much to viewer HappyTaro for generously sending this for review! Â Photography by
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 7×52 cigar sports an oily velvet dark brown sungrown wrapper with a slight red hue, triple cap, minimal veins, smooth tight seams and rich sweet earth aroma. First light reveals a very snug draw producing minimal smoke with medium bodied flavors of a smooth sweet earth much like it’s aroma. The first third shows much the same, only adding a bit of pepper to the draw flavors. It has a good bit of strength to it but certainly no full body as it’s marketed. The finish is long but subtle without and pepper or spice. 45 minutes in at the 1/2 way point flavors remained unchanged. Just over 1 hour in flavors finally shift a bit but require a double puff to really bring them out. They have transitioned to a soft creamy nuttiness followed by a soft oily earth. 1:25 minutes in after two touch-ups and a re-light the cigar is unfortunately out once again and I don’t care to try and continue it. Clearly this one just had severe construction issues. Thank you very much to viewer Darin Mohr for generously providing this for review!
This 5.5×55 box pressed stick offers a soft smooth and firm dark brown wrapper with minimal veins, tight seams and sweet barnyard aroma first light reveals a perfect draw with a ton of rich heavy smoke giving peppery creamy textured tobacco flavor, medium-full in body with a long finish. The first third develops to very similar flavors, adding a bit of pepper to the draw and finish, coming down to a solid medium body. 45 minutes in to the 1/2 way point there are no further changes to the flavor profile. Construction is perfect, with a razor sharp burn and perfect draw with tons of smoke. Ending at 1:30 the whole cigar proved to be very consistant in flavor profile with no noticeable transitions. Thank you very much to viewer Greg Bellante for generously sending this in 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 a perfect draw with mild-medium bodied flavors of a very rich silky smooth aged tobacco with a deep earthy oily finish. The first third shows a slight sweetness and general earth into a short and clean finish. 30 minutes in to the 1/2 way point, flavors shift slightly to a soft caramel and light leather before going earthy on the finish. Body is mild although the mouthfeel is oily and creamy with perfect construction. Ending at 55 minutes, the last third dropped the caramel and brought up the body to a plain earthy medium flavor. Thank you very much to viewer Jeremie Plouffe for sending me this for review!
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 an insanely tight draw but big medium-full flavors of deep oily tobacco and white pepper with a long earthy finish. 10 minutes in the draw opens up to a very nice light resistance and smoke output is excellent. Flavors are very deep and substantial with a long full finish. The draw flavors are very woody and peppery with an oily slick on the lips but dry parched mouthfeel. 25 minutes in I had to give it a small touchup, there was a strip on one side that wasn’t burning. 35 minutes in hitting the 1/2 way point flavors shift just lightly, adding a dark chocolate in to the mix. Ending at 1:15 the 2nd half proved to be very similar, only changing the draw back to snug, but not a big problem. I did have to give it another touchup, and the ash on this last half was not as firm as the first, flowering and flaking quite a bit. Thank you very much to our fan Jeremie Plouffe for providing this sample for review, I appreciate it very much brother!
This 6×46 corona gorda cigar features a dark brown wrapper with small and medium veins, a firm and lumpy appearance with a very oily smooth feel and sweet soapy aroma. This cigar was produced exclusively for the online forum community botl.org in 2010. First light reveals a perfect draw and tons of thick rich smoke. Flavors are medium bodied with notes of a slight sweetness and creme, dry nuts and tobacco with a dry earthy finish. The first third develops to a creamy leather with a good bit of black pepper that especially comes in on the finish, leaving a very oily zingy wash in the mouth. The smoke output is still great but not as thick as the very start and the draw is very loose. 15 minutes in to the first third flavors shift to a medium-full body showing a very creamy, sweet milk chocolate, keeping the nice zingy pepper. around the 20 minute mark the cigar lost almost all flavor and smoke output, although the draw and burn were still fine. 25 minutes in it bounced back to a medium-full body and full smoke output, the flavors shifting to a general earth and tasty bread replacing the chocolate. 40 minutes in closing out the 2nd third, the chocolate flavor ramps up with the cream again on the draw, the finish just going with the pepper and zing. Ending at 1:05 the last third shifted to a drier cocoa flavor, losing most of the creme. Towards the last inch it started getting very hot, shifting flavors to a warm nuttiness and pepper. Thank you very much to YouTube subscriber Megladon8 for generously sending me this to try out!